Category: News

Wesley Hawley Memorial Award

The Wesley Hawley Memorial Award was presented at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s, School of Horticulture Scholarships & Awards Celebration, on April 12th, 2016. Congratulations to Scott Vigue, who completed his Arborist Technician technical training at Kwantlen ealier this year. Peter Brinson, HEBC Board Member, and Instructor at Kwantlen presented the award. Wesley Hawley Memorial Award Wes... Read more »

New Foundation Program – TRU, Williams Lake

Thompson Rivers University – Williams Lake Campus is excited to announce the first intake of the Horticulture Technician Foundation Program. This program will provide the foundation knowledge required to become a Landscape Horticulturalist. They select, handle and utilize trees, shrubs and ornamental plants and turf grasses for the design, development and maintenance of public and... Read more »

Bill Hardy receives BCLNA Outstanding Service Award

Founding and current Board of Director of, was honored on October 1st at the BCLNA Member Awards Ceremony. “In the last few years, there has been some confusion concerning the difference between the Honorary Lifetime Achievement award which is awarded by the board of directors, and the Outstanding service award, which was formerly the... Read more »

Pacific Horticulture College – Info Session

Date: October 1, 2015

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Pacific Horticulture College, 505 Quayle Rd, Victoria

Their next full-time Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program starts January 18, 2016! Learn about the program, meet the college staff, see the gardens and bring all your questions to this information session. Please register for free by emailing; [email protected] For more information, go to

CanWest Horticulture Expo

Date: September 9, 2015 - September 10, 2015

Time: 11am to 6pm

Location: Tradex, Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, BC

HEBC will be sharing a booth this year with the BCLNA, at the CanWest Hort Show.  Come on down to get the latest news on HEBC and ask all your horticulture apprenticeship questions. For more information on the Show and Seminars, visit

BC Tree Climbing Championships

The 2015 BC Tree Climbing Championships is being held at Filberg Park – 61 Filberg Rd, in Comox on Vancouver Island. Preliminary events will be held on Saturday August 8th, and finalists will compete on Sunday August 9th. Annika will be at the competition between 8am and 3pm, so come on by to ask all your... Read more »

National Skills Competition – Saskatoon

The National Skills competition took place from May 27th to 30th in Saskatoon. The Landscape competition is one of the 40 trades represented during the 4 days. As usual, landscape draws a large crown, who come to see how the competitors progress. Four provinces competed; Team Alberta who received Gold, Team Manitoba who received Silver,... Read more »

Results announced for Landscape Competition

Another successful Landscape Competition at SkillsBC.  Gold goes to Kwantlen Polytechnic University Diploma students; Richard Blackwell & Sarah Pucek.  Silver goes to Kwantlen Polytechnic University Apprenticeship students Dillon Mennie & Morihiro Okada. Thank you to Judges; Mike Vandergugten, Douglas Luckow and Julio Villegas. Thank you to the sponsors, this competition would not happen without you;... Read more »

Canada-BC Job Grant

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant is an employer-driven, cost-sharing program that can help you offset the expense of employee training – and boost the effectiveness of your workforce. The grant covers up to two-thirds of the cost of training an employee, to a maximum of $10,000 per grant. Click here for a quick fact sheet. Bowman... Read more »

In Loving Memory of Wes Hawley

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of a great father, husband, son, brother, and friend – Wesley Hawley who was taken from us far too soon in a tragic work-related accident. Wes passionately pursued life and embraced it whole-heartedly. He truly understood the magic that can be found... Read more »

Climbing Arborist Apprenticeship @ Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will be offering the Climbing Arborist Apprenticeship program on March 2nd, 2015. The program is running for certain.  There is still time to register. For information on the Climbing Arborist program; how to regsiter with ITA, Kwantlen, and info on tuition click here. Contact Bruce McTavish if you have any problems registering at... Read more »

Canada Apprentice Loan

The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade. Landscape Horticulture is a Red Seal trade. Starting in January 2015, you can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money will be available... Read more »