General Information & Show Rundown

We’re bringing together 500+ of our closest professional golf and sports field manager friends and colleagues, nearly two dozen world class turf management educators delivering 40 hours of sessions, along with 8000 square feet of turf management supplier and service provider trade show second to none, to the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC, February 15-17, 2023.  

WCTA 59th Annual Conference & Trade Show
River Rock Casino Resort, Richmond, BC
Feb 15-17, 2023


Keep reading for a rundown on what’s happening to get the most out of this year’s show including pre-conference seminars, four educational tracks spanning two days, turf industry trade show and social functions.

Wednesday, Feb 15
Four pre-con seminars are planned for the afternoon as follows:  

'Sustainable Strategies for Reduced Turf Inputs'
Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee

'Irrigation Electrical Troubleshooting Part 1'
presented by IIABC & Terry Ormrod, Toro Irrigation

'CEC Point Central'
Mario Lanthier, Crophealth Advising & Research

‘Reel Deal Grinding Clinic' 
presented by Oakcreek Golf & Turf

In the evening, catch up with friends and colleagues our annual President’s Reception starting at 7:00pm in the River Rock Show Theatre Upper Foyer, just upstairs from our registration desk.  Full package delegates and exhibitors will find tickets in their packages or you can purchase a ticket separately.

Thursday, Feb 16
Evanka Osmak from Rogers Sportsnet opens our show at 8:30am followed by two more keynote presentations including Dr. John Sorochan from the University of Tennessee who was recently named as lead agronomist for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Our  Annual General Meeting takes place over lunch, followed by two more hours of education on four separate tracks including two separate turf streams, CEC/CEU stream and Equipment Technicians stream.

At 3:00pm, our famous ‘Turf Management Industry Trade Show Reception’, formerly known as the Fest-of-Ale, will run on the River Rock theatre floor until 6:30pm.

Friday, Feb 17
Make sure you’re ready to go at 8:30am for our final day, again with four separate tracks but we change out the equipment tech stream for irrigation.  The trade show runs 10:30am to 1:00pm with lunch served on the show floor.

Following lunch, we’ll have a plenary turf session by turf guru, Dr. Nick Christians from Iowa State University of Iowa, while concurrently hosting our hugely popular ‘Turf Management 101’ post-con seminar with top turf teachers, Stan Kazymerchyk and Jason Pick.  And after all that seriousness, we’ll close the show with a set from the Vancouver local and very funny, John ‘The Comic’ Cullen.

Wait, There’s More!
•  Peruse our Silent Auction on Thursday, February 16 from 1:00pm to 6:30pm and Friday, February 17 from 8:00am to 1:30pm.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 for turf research!  Bid winners be sure you come back after 1:30pm on Friday to claim your item as they won’t be shipped.
•  BC and Alberta CEC/CEU’s are available (applications in progress).
•  Enjoy the River Rock Casino Resort before and/or after the show.  Our special room rates are extended three days pre and post-event.