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2017 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase & AGM

2017 BCSLA Annual Conference, Showcase of Products & AGM


The Delta Okanagan Grand Resort is offering discounted guest room rates for all BCSLA Conference delegates subject to availability.  Book now to secure the best choice of guest rooms and rates.   Follow this link today!

If hotel guest rooms are unavailable for your preferred dates we have organized a Courtesy Block, subject to availability, at the Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel.   Please quote “BC Society of Landscape Architects” to receive the rates when calling the Reservations Department at 1-800-445-5255.


Whatever the Weather: Resilient responses to climate change

It is anticipated that more than 250 delegates, speakers, exhibitors and allied professionals will gather at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC  from March 31 to April 1, 2017. This premier event for  landscape architects, interns, students, and key stakeholders, from the public and private sector, academia, and the community provides an opportunity for design professionals to come together to share ideas and solutions.  Through a landscape design lens, invited key speakers will frame the conference , will address what landscape architects and allied professionals are doing, on the ground, and in our communities.  The preliminary program is a combination of responses to the Call For Papers and invited speakers. 

Download the Preliminary Program

We recommend that you check the website regularly as the program is constantly evolving due to speaker availability. 

Download the Conference Registration Form - Register by March 28, 2017 to get the best pricing!  On site rates are available after March 28, 2017.

Landscape Cafe: Thursday, March 30, 2017

This year we are switching things around to showcase projects in the BC Interior in a relaxed atmosphere.   Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring “give and take” with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on a work in progress. Delegates may choose to visit some of the projects while they are in town

Download the Landscape Cafe Flyer & Registation Form

Showcase of Products & Services

Discover a myriad of new products, services, technology applications, and design concepts in Kelowna. Previous exhibitors, program supporters and BCSLA Affiliates are given preferred choice of exhibition space. The remaining booths are being reserved on a first come first serve basis.  There are several sponsorship and promotional opportunities from which to choose.  Contact the BCSLA office to identify an opportunity that will fit your marketing program and your budget.  Please follow the link below

2017 BCSLA Conference, Showcase & AGM Program Supporter and Exhibitor Booth Information Kit

Exhibitors: Please note that the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort does not accept exhibitor shipments.  Please ensure that prior arrangements for storage or materials handling have been made before shipping anything.  All exhibit materials must be sent to Showtime Event & Display or bring  all of your materials with you on the date that you set up.  Showtime will receive, store and deliver items directly to the exhibit booth.  Any materials sent to the hotel may be refused and/or returned to the sender without notice.  All brokerage, shipping and handling costs are the responsibility of the exhibitor.  If you require the services of an event company please follow the link to Showtime Event & Display below for complete details and pricing.     

Showtime Event and Display

Program Supporters

The BC Society of Landscape Architects is fortunate to have generous program supporters who come forward every year to provide financial and in-kind donations to offset the conference costs.  Thank you to Abbotsford Concrete Products Ltd. Holland Landscapers, WMW Reprographics Ltd., T Moscone & Bros. Landscaping Ltd., Cedar Crest Lands (B.C.) Ltd, landscapeforms, Metrix Professional Insurance Brokers, XL Catlin and more!  

The City of Kelowna has proclaimed March 31, 2017 as "Landscape Architecture Day" in Kelowna.  We are delighted to report that Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna, will open the Conference by welcoming delegates, speakers and volunteers to Kelowna.  


2017 BCSLA Annual General Meeting

The BCSLA AGM will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC. The AGM is an opportunity to: elect a board of directors, receive the financial statements, make important decisions regarding the BCSLA , learn about current and and future activities and ask questions.   Eli Mina, M.Sc., P.R.P. , will be on hand to facilatate the meeting.  Mahmoud Virani,CPA, will be present to provide comments on the financial statements and audit. There is no cost to attend the AGM.

Thank You & Giving Back

The BCSLA is pleased to recognize the contributions of the many participating presenters at the 2017 BCSLA  Conference while giving back to the community. In lieu of traditional presenter gifts, we will make a donation on their collective behalf to a non-profit organization that reflects the values of the BCSLA and our Members. This year we are pleased to report that the En'owkin Centre has been selected by the BCSLA Conference Program volunteers.

The word En'owkin is an Okanagan conceptual metaphor which describes a process of clarification, conflict resolution and group commitment. With a focus on coming to the best solutions possible through respectful dialogue, literally through consensus. The En'owkin is a dynamic institution, which puts into practice the principles of self-determination and the validation of cultural aspirations and identity. The En'owkin Centre and ECOmmunity Place (ECOmmunity) in Penticton are helping to preserve and protect the Indigenous plants, wildlife, culture and spirituality found on the land. It brings together lands & learning, conservation & culture on a 100-hectare site located on the West side of the Okanagan River Floodplain. Guided interpretive programs provide schools with the educational programs that incorporate curriculum projects which use studies, cultural arts, story telling and Indigenous drama; thus raising visitor awareness around environmental values and the Syilx culture.   

Project: Telus Atrium Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc in collaboration with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins