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Learning opportunities at LICO in London

January 24, 2014
By Drainage Contractor administrator

Jan. 24, 2013, London, Ont. – Ontario’s drainage contractors and drainage superintendents met in London, Ont., on Jan. 22 and 23 for the annual Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO) and the Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario (DSAO) convention, which was filled with learning opportunities, site tours and myriad opportunities for networking with peers.

A highlight of the event was Dr. David Lobb’s presentation on phosphorus runoff in Lake Winnipeg, an issue of interest to all attendees. Lake Winnipeg experiences algae bloom caused by nutrients from agricultural land, and traditional methods of solving this problem have proven to be somewhat unsuccessful. Lobb’s presentation, which Drainage Contractor will expand on in an upcoming issue, offered several suggestions of the potential opportunities for land improvement contractors to play a part in solving the problem.

Several meetings took place through the afternoon, and Drainage Contractor’s own Peter Darbishire ended Wednesday’s presentations with an entertaining slideshow of archived photos taken on his many travels to events and into the field. The banquet, traditionally held on the second night of the conference, ended the formal part of the first day before the evening’s casino night began.

Thursday’s events included a presentation on the lighter side of drainage by Eric Cryderman, the drainage superintendent at the City of Ottawa, and a tour to Wolfe Industries in nearby Strathroy. Watch for more highlights and in-depth coverage from the LICO and DSAO conference in the May 2014 issue of Drainage Contractor.


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