Who are we?

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is a national not-for-profit federation of nine provincial landscape and horticulture associations representing over 4,200 members. Comprised of thousands of locally owned companies that grow, sell, design, install, and maintain plants and other landscape features, our members represent over $2.2 billion at farm gate and over $14 billion in economic impact in Canada.

Our Mission
CNLA, with the Provincial Associations, will develop programs, undertake initiatives and form alliances in order to achieve sustainable prosperity for members and stakeholders.

Our Vision
A prosperous, professional and ethical industry that is recognized, valued and utilized by the public, as a result of the environmental, economic and life-style benefits provided by our members' products and services.

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We represent:

Landscape Professionals | Landscape Suppliers | Independent Garden Centres | Nursery Growers


Landscape Horticulture Certification Program (LHCP)

Provincial Associations

CNLA Constitution Bylaws

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100 Years of History


Growing a stronger green industry since 1922!

  • The purpose of CNLA-ACPP is to foster relationships and alliances, provide member certification and help its members function more effectively.
  • The Association dates back to 1922 with the formation of the Eastern Canada Nurserymen's Association, with members mainly from Quebec and Ontario. Gradual expansion of the nursery industry over the years resulted in the formation of seven regional associations by 1964.
  • Each regional association was represented on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nursery Trades Association (CNTA). CNTA was registered in 1968.
  • In 1972, the CNTA office was established in Ottawa. In 1973, it adopted the name Landscape/Paysage Canada for its brevity and easy bilingual connotation and because it represented more adequately the scope of the industry. Then in 1978, CNTA was relocated to the Landscape Ontario office in Mississauga, Ontario.
  • In 1998, CNTA officially changed its name to the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), in order to accurately reflect the nature of its members. CNLA has an official constitution and is incorporated under the laws of The Canadian Corporations Act.

CNLA Presidents

1946 -1949 1978 -1979
SPENCER McCONNEL, Port Burwell, Ontario STEVE LASTIWKA, Edmonton, Alberta
1950 -1951 1979 -1980
J.A. AITKEN, Brantford, Ontario WADE HARTWELL, Calgary, Alberta
1953 -1953 1980 -1983
T.A. TORGESON, Estevan, Saskatchewan MARC THIEBAUD, Brooklin, Ontario
1954 -1955 1983 -1984
J.V. (BILL) STENSSON, Oakville, Ontario RON HUNTER, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
1956 -1957 1985 -1986
A.B. LUKE, Montreal, Quebec STAN KOCHANOFF, Falmouth, Nova Scotia
1958 -1959 1987 -1988
W.B. WELLINGTON, Foothill, Ontario HENRY HEUVER, Calgary, Alberta
1959 -1960 1989 -1990
J.E. (TED) SHUTTLEWORTH, London, Ontario KARL STENSSON, Georgetown, Ontario
1960 -1961 1991 -1992
JOHN McDONALD, Lacombe, Alberta GERRY HUTCHINSON, Surrey, British Columbia
1961 -1962 1993 -1994
W.H. PERRON, Montreal, Quebec GORD SHUTTLEWORTH, Lambeth, Ontario
1962 -1963 1995 -1996
J.H. EDDIE, Vancouver, British Columbia GLORIA BECK, Red Deer, Alberta
1963 -1964 1997 -1999
LEN CULLEN, Toronto, Ontario JOHN ZAPLATYNSKY, Burnaby, British Columbia
1964 -1965 1999 -2001
CARL OLUCK, Ste. Therese, Quebec BRUCE MCTAVISH,White Rock, British Columbia
1966 – 1967 2001 -2003
DAVID HUNTER, Vancouver, British Columbia VICTOR KRAHN, CLHT, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1967 -1968 2003-2005
LENO MORI, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario HAROLD DEENEN, CLHM, Toronto, Ontario
1968 -1969 2005 -2007
JOHN PHILLIPO, Vancouver, British Columbia PAUL OLSEN, Schomberg, Ontario
1969 -1970 2007-2009
KEITH LAVER, Cooksville, Ontario MICHAEL MURRAY, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
1970 -1971 2009-2011
JACK VINCELLI, Cote Saint Luc, Quebec CARY VAN ZANTEN, Surrey, BC
1971 -1972 2011-2013
H. VAN DUYVENDYK, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan BILL STENSSON, Georgetown, ON
1973 -1974 2013-2015
1975 -1976 2015-2017
MEL McEWAN, Winnipeg, Manitoba RENE THIEBAUD, CLHM, Toronto, ON
1977 -1978 2017-2019
ANTHONY O’NEILL, Spaniard’s Bay, NL

CNLA President’s Award Recipients

GLORIA BECK, Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, Red Deer, AB
HAROLD DEENEN, Hank Deenen Landscaping, Toronto, ON
HENRY HEUVER, Foothills Landscaping Ltd., Calgary, AB
VIC KRAHN, Lakeshore Tree Farms, Saskatoon, SK
MICHAEL MURRAY, Murray’s Horticultural Services, Portugal Cove, NL
SANDY ROBERTON, Earth-Craft Landscape Ltd., Bedford, NS
KARL STENSSON, Sheridan Nurseries Ltd., Georgetown, ON
MARC THIEBAUD, OGS Landscape Group, Brooklin, ON
CASEY VAN MARIS, Parklane Nurseries, Gormely, ON
JOHN ZAPLATYNSKY, GardenWorks, Burnaby, BC