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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

Provincial Associations

Cnla Constitution Bylaws

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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 / Anita Heuver Landscape Saskatchewan Representative / Aaron Krahn MBNLA Representative / David Hinton
Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador Representative / TBA Landscape New Brunswick / Landscape PEI Representative / Kevin Nauss
Committee Representatives
Public Relations 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 / Cable Baker, CLT, CLM 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 / Phil Paxton, CLT, CLM

CNLA Past Presidents

1946 -1949 1977 -1978
SPENCER McCONNEL, Port Burwell, Ontario GLEN PEISTER, Kitchener, Ontario
1950 -1951 1978 -1979
J.A. AITKEN, Brantford, Ontario STEVE LASTIWKA, Edmonton, Alberta
1953 -1953 1979 -1980
T.A. TORGESON, Estevan, Saskatchewan WADE HARTWELL, Calgary, Alberta
1954 -1955 1980 -1983
J.V. (BILL) STENSSON, Oakville, Ontario MARC THIEBAUD, Brooklin, Ontario
1956 -1957 1983 -1984
A.B. LUKE, Montreal, Quebec RON HUNTER, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
1958 -1959 1985 -1986
W.B. WELLINGTON, Foothill, Ontario STAN KOCHANOFF, Falmouth, Nova Scotia
1959 -1960 1987 -1988
J.E. (TED) SHUTTLEWORTH, London, Ontario HENRY HEUVER, Calgary, Alberta
1960 -1961 1989 -1990
JOHN McDONALD, Lacombe, Alberta KARL STENSSON, Georgetown, Ontario
1961 -1962 1991 -1992
W.H. PERRON, Montreal, Quebec GERRY HUTCHINSON, Surrey, British Columbia
1962 -1963 1993 -1994
J.H. EDDIE, Vancouver, British Columbia GORD SHUTTLEWORTH, Lambeth, Ontario
1963 -1964 1995 -1996
LEN CULLEN, Toronto, Ontario GLORIA BECK, Red Deer, Alberta
1964 -1965 1997 -1999
CARL OLUCK, Ste. Therese, Quebec JOHN ZAPLATYNSKY, Burnaby, British Columbia
1966 – 1967 1999 -2001
DAVID HUNTER, Vancouver, British Columbia BRUCE MCTAVISH,White Rock, British Columbia
1967 -1968 2001 -2003
LENO MORI, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario VICTOR KRAHN, CHT, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1968 -1969 2003-2005
JOHN PHILLIPO, Vancouver, British Columbia HAROLD DEENEN, CLP, Toronto, Ontario
1969 -1970 2005 -2007
KEITH LAVER, Cooksville, Ontario PAUL OLSEN, Schomberg, Ontario
1970 -1971 2007-2009
JACK VINCELLI, Cote Saint Luc, Quebec MICHAEL MURRAY, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland
1971 -1972 2009-2011
H. VAN DUYVENDYK, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CARY VAN ZANTEN, Surrey, BC
1973 -1974 2011-2013
FRANK FITZELLE, Port Burwell, Ontario BILL STENSSON, Georgetown, ON
1975 -1976 2013-2015
MEL McEWAN, Winnipeg, Manitoba CHRISTENE LEVATTE, CLP, Sydney, NS
2015-2017
RENE THIEBAUD, 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
GLORIA BECK, Parkland Nurseries and Garden Centre, Red Deer, AB
VIC KRAHN, Lakeshore Tree Farms, Saskatoon, SK
HAROLD DEENEN, Hank Deenen Landscaping, Toronto, ON