Tony DiGiovanni, Co-Founder
Tony DiGiovanni is the Executive Director of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, one of the world’s largest and most active Horticultural Associations. The organization enjoys a membership of over 2,400 companies, publishes 2 magazines, coordinates 3 trade shows and hosts over 250 seminars and workshops.
In addition to his role as Executive Director of Landscape Ontario he also serves as the Executive Director of the Ontario Horticultural Trades Foundation. The Foundation has distributed over $280,000 in scholarships and millions of dollars worth of research support since its inception. In 2004 the Foundation started a scholarship in his honour and raised over $80,000 for the Tony DiGiovanni Scholarship Fund. This is one of Tony’s proudest achievements
Tony has been active in many facets of horticulture industry development. He participated in the founding of the following organizations:
- Canada Blooms, Canada’s premier flower and Garden Festival. Canada Blooms is one of the largest indoor events in North America attracting over 200,000 people in a 10-day period.
- Integrated Pest Management Council (served as Executive Director)
- Pesticide Technicians Advisory Council – (dedicated to pesticide safety training)
- Ontario Horticultural Human Resource Council (Served as Chair for 10 years)
- The Smart about Salt Council – (An alliance of associations dedicated to reducing the impact of road salt on the environment and raising the professional stature of the Snow and Ice Management industry)
- The Green Infrastructure Coalition – An alliance of associations dedicated to raising awareness for the economic, environmental and social benefits of gardens, landscapes, green space and green infrastructure
- Trees for Life (This coalition of tree advocacy groups was founded by Mark Cullen. Its aim is to promote 40% urban tree cover)
Tony has also been a board member of the Toronto Botanical Garden and held advisory board positions at the University of Guelph, Seneca College, Ryerson University, Humber College and the Industry Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Colleges Training and Universities.
He has participated in numerous committees and received many awards including the Humber Alumnus of Distinction in 2002 and an Honorary Degree in 2011.
Tony has a passion for growing a prosperous, professional, ethical, recognized, valued and contribution-oriented horticultural industry.