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About the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association

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.

We represent:

Landscapers | Independent Garden Centres | Nursery Growers

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Our History

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.

The purpose of CNLA is to foster relationships and alliances, provide member certification and help it's members function more effectively.

CNLA Board of Directors

CNLA President / Bruce Hunter, CLT, CLD, CLM Past President / Rene Thiebaud, CLM 1st Vice President / Gerald Boot, CLM
2nd Vice President / Phil Paxton, CLM Treasurer / Anthony O’Neill
Provincial Representatives
Landscape Ontario Representative / Alan White Landscape Nova Scotia Representative / Robin Godfrey BCLNA Representative / Michael Kato
Landscape Alberta Representative / Jeff Oudyk Landscape Saskatchewan Representative / Aaron Krahn MBNLA Representative / David Hinton
Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador Representative / Peggy Head Landscape New Brunswick / Landscape PEI Representative / Kevin Nauss
Committee Representatives
Communications Chair / Bill Hardy, CLM Government Relations Chair / Michael Murray Professional Development Chair / Jeff Foley, CLT, CLM
Garden Centres Canada Chair / Robin Godfrey Landscape Canada Chair / Leslie Cornell Growers Canada Chair / Anita Heuver
Human Resources Chair / Harold Deenen, CLM Research Chair / Vic Krahn, CLT Member Services & Insurance Chair / Gerald Boot, CLM
Climate Change Adaptation Chair / Alan White Green Cities Foundation Chair / Phil Paxton, CLT, CLM

CNLA Past 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, CHT, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1967 -1968 2003-2005
LENO MORI, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario HAROLD DEENEN, CLM, 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
FRANK FITZELLE, Port Burwell, Ontario CHRISTENE LEVATTE, CLM, Sydney, NS
1975 -1976 2015-2017
MEL McEWAN, Winnipeg, Manitoba RENE THIEBAUD, CLM, Toronto, ON
1977 -1978 2017-Present
GLEN PEISTER, Kitchener, Ontario BRUCE HUNTER, CLT, CLD, CLM, Toronto, ON
CNLA President’s Award Recipients
HENRY HEUVER, Foothills Landscaping Ltd., Calgary, AB
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
GLORIA BECK, Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, Red Deer, AB
VIC KRAHN, Lakeshore Tree Farms, Saskatoon, SK
HAROLD DEENEN, Hank Deenen Landscaping, Toronto, ON
MICHAEL MURRAY, Murray’s Horticultural Services, Portugal Cove, NL

CNLA President's Award Recipients

The CNLA President’s Award is given to members or staff who, in the opinion of the current Executive Committee of the CNLA Board of Directors, has demonstrated beyond question, a sustained personal commitment that has contributed beneficially to the enhancement of the industry at a national or international level.

HENRY HEUVER, Foothills Landscaping Ltd., Calgary, AB
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
GLORIA BECK, Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, Red Deer, AB
VIC KRAHN, Lakeshore Tree Farms, Saskatoon, SK
HAROLD DEENEN, Hank Deenen Landscaping, Toronto, ON
MICHAEL MURRAY, Murray’s Horticultural Services, Portugal Cove, NL