THE ATLANTIC TURFGRASS

2022 VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

February 15, 22 & 24, 2022

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Dr. Tom Hsiang

Professor, University of Guelph

Dr. Tom Hsiang is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada specializing in fungal diseases of plants. Before arriving in Guelph, he worked on tree and landscape plant diseases in Washington State, U.S.A, where he obtained his Ph.D. (University of Washington) and conducted post-doctoral studies (Washington State University). He is from Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Forest Biology & Pathology at the University of British Columbia. His current teaching and research involve diseases of trees and turfgrasses, particularly biology and genomics of fungal pathogens as well as disease management. He has done extensive work with snow molds of grasses.
Contact Information:
Email: thsiang@uoguelph.ca
Tel: 519-824-4120 x52753

Dr. Tom Hsiang

Callum Haughn

Turfgrass Specialist

Callum has over 20 years working in turf. He is a graduate of of Holland College, Guelph University and the University of Minnesota. He's spent several years on AGSA Board of Directors holding positions as Nova Scotia Director and Industry Representative.
Callum spent several years as Turf News Editor for AGSA. He is a GreenStart Academy and Syngenta Superintendent University Alumni.
Callum is currently Manager of Professional Turf for Halifax Seed and resides in Mahone Bay, NS with his wife Juliette and two sons, Tucker and Theo.

Callum Haughn

Gordon Kauffman

Gordon Kauffman

Leah Brilman

Leah Brilman

Jeff Mingay

Golf Course Architect

Based in Toronto, Jeff Mingay has 20+ years experience in golf course design and construction. Over the past decade, Jeff's principally focused on restoring aged layouts from the pre-World War II era throughout Canada and the United States, presenting those courses in historic fashion while ensuring they function up to the expectations of contemporary golfers. His first solo 18-hole design debuted at the Derrick Golf & Winter Club, in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2015. For a decade prior to establishing his own practice in 2009, Jeff worked as senior associate to fellow Canadian golf architect Rod Whitman. With Whitman, he participated in the design and construction of Blackhawk Golf Club, Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club and Cabot Links, which have all featured among Canada's top-10 courses, according to SCOREGolf magazine.

Jeff Mingay

Alan Dolick

Alan Dolick

Ryan Beauchamp

Ryan Beauchamp

Cam Stephens

Cam Stephens

Paul MacCormack

General Manager & Superintendent, Fox Meadows Golf Course

Paul graduated from UPEI with a BA in Psychology in 1996. He then graduated from Seneca College in Toronto in 2000 with a degree in Turf Management. He has been a Golf Course Superintendent since 2003, at Anderson's Creek, Green Gables and has been General Manager & Superintendent at Fox Meadow Golf Course since 2010.
Paul was recipient of the 2019 Atlantic Golf Course Superintendents Association Superintendent of the Year Award
and a finalist for the Turfnet Superintendent of the Year Award (North American wide, largely recognized for the mental health awareness advocacy). He has been a blog Writer for Turfnet since 2012 - The Mindful Superintendent Blog is dedicated to exploring the personal side of the turf industry with an emphasis on mindful living. He was co organizer of the 2018 Mindful Superintendent Retreat. The first of its kind in the turf industry, it gathered together 15 Superintendents from across North America to Prince Edward Island to explore the benefits of Mindful living in a retreat style setting. https://www.turfnet.com/turfnet-tv.html/profiles/the-mindful-superintendent-retreat-2018-r659/
Paul has been conference speaker at a number of events include the GCSAA Golf Industry Show (2018,2019,2020), CMAA Expo (2020), CGSA Fall Field Day (2019), NETRF (2020), BCSGA Turf Show (2018), Maine Turf Conference (2019) WAGCSAA Virtual Conference (2020), and the Alberta Property Managers Virtual Conference (2021).
Paul speaks about the benefits of mindfulness meditation practice and along with adopting a mindful approach to living and working. He organized the first mental health panel discussion at the 2021 GCSAA Golf Industry Show (audience of approx. 19,000 Turf Professionals) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvUF__dRNEQ
Paul recently completed a 2-year Meditation Teacher Training Program led by teachers Tara Brach & Jack Kornfield. The program consisted of video, readings, practice teaching, group work and collaboration, journaling, and personal practice. He was the author and lead host for the 2021 Mindful Leadership Sessions – 5-part series with industry leaders that explored themes and ideas related to mindful living. He worked in collaboration with the Carolinas GCSAA to produce the content for their members.
Paul is a life long resident of Prince Edward and resides in Stratford, PEI with his wife Jill and 3 kids Maria, Lucas & Clara.

Paul MacCormack