Greenspace Horticulture

Young Leaders Mentorship Program – Mentors Needed

October 27, 2016 • Written by

CTTAM’s Young Leaders Committee has developed a mentorship program. This program will help facilitate the progression from post-secondary education into the engineering technology industry by mentoring students and new graduates in career development and opportunities available post-graduation.

For more information regarding the mentorship program, please click here. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor for the upcoming term (December 2016 to April 2017), click here for the Mentor application. Please note that the deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

This is a great opportunity to help CTTAM’s young professionals.

Mentor applicants must meet the following requirements for consideration:
• Must be a certified member in good standing with CTTAM (C.E.T., A.Sc.T., or C.Tech.)
• Must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the engineering technology industry
The role and responsibilities of a Mentor includes, but are not limited to:
1. Willingly and openly communicate and provide honest and constructive feedback to their Mentee(s) and to CTTAM Mentorship Program organizers
2. Encourage and guide their Mentee(s) to recognize, develop, and achieve their career goals
3. Advise their Mentee(s) regarding career paths and technical development opportunities within the engineering technology industry.
The success of the Mentorship Program is contingent on active involvement, and we hope that you consider participating.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at
Michael Turko, C.E.T. & Michelle Amigo, C.E.T.
Young Leaders Committee

Greenspace Horticulture Courses now available to industry

August 2, 2016 • Written by

For registration information please click here.  Note: As neither course is a full day course meals and parking are not included in the price.


Golf Course Development and Construction

Dates: October 24, 2016- April 28, 2017

Times: 4 hours per week

Course dates and time: Tuesday 10 am – noon and Friday 8 am to 10 am

Cost: $750 + applicable taxes (includes materials costs for construction lab)

Location: Red River College, Notre Dame Campus

Registration deadline July 29, 2016.


Turfgrass Maintenance I

Dates: October 24, 2016- April 28, 2017

Course dates and times: Tuesdays 8 am – 10 am, Wednesdays 8 am to 10 am and Thursdays 9 am to noon

Cost: $750 + applicable taxes

Location: Red River College, Notre Dame Campus

Registration deadline July 29, 2016.

Happy 50th Anniversary CTTAM!

November 10, 2015 • Written by

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The role of Engineering Technologist may have existed for years but its title and recognition is not as old as you may think. In fact in Manitoba, the Engineering Technologist has only been around for 50 years.
October 28th, 1965 was the day Engineering Technologists were finally recognized in Manitoba through the emergence of MANSCETT (Manitoba Society of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists) now known as CTTAM (Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba). Fifty years later, technologists, technicians, engineers, and professionals celebrated this achievement with grace and in style.

Friday night’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program Launch was held at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The polar bears swam, the seals played, and the humans talked, ate, and enjoyed themselves immensely. The CTTAM Young Leaders presented the Mentorship Program that will match experienced CTTAM members with engineering technology students as they navigate through their education, co-op work terms, and careers.

Saturday evening’s Gala dinner was delicious as we sat under the wings of vintage aircraft that had been built, designed, and/or flown by Canadians and Canadian companies. This has been a powerful weekend where students, graduates and College staff, and industry partners spent the evening as colleagues and mentors discussing all types of subject matter.

It was noted that 1/3 of the attendees at the Gala are currently students at Red River College. and another 1/3 of those attending are past graduates of Red River College. It was evident that Red River College contributes a large number of Engineering Technologists to Manitoba. Thanks to the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT), the national affiliate to CTTAM, RRC’s engineering technology programs recognized throughout the country as providing high quality professionals ready to contribute to their professions in a meaningful and lasting way.

They say there are six degrees of separation in knowing everyone in the world and in Winnipeg, it may only be one or two! One way to know everyone in your industry will be to be part of at least one industry-based association and for Engineering Technologists that should include CTTAM.

Happy 50th anniversary CTTAM and congratulations to all past and current CTTAM members for 50 years of growth, strength and leadership!

Contributor – Shari Bielert, Chair of Civil Engineering Technology, CTTAM member since 1997.

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Red River College has a strong partnership with CTTAM
Engineering Technologists (RRC makes them, CTTAM gets them recognized)

WCA Education Program Schedule 2015-2016

September 23, 2015 • Written by

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s that time of the year again!

The Winnipeg Construction Association is now offering a wonderful selection of Education Courses for 2015-2016 calendar year. Whether you’re new to the industry, or you simply want to sharpen and refresh your skills – these courses will help you do both! Available courses cover a wide variety of industry-related topics ranging from how to write effective construction bids and reports all the way to navigating the building permit process.

Don’t delay. Space is limited. Sign up by emailing Tammy Harper at

WCA Education Program Schedule 2015-2016








We’re still here and you’re still needed!

August 12, 2015 • Written by

Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Turfgrass Stream

June 30, 2015 Update

Picture1The Greenspace Horticulture Diploma has existed in three different versions since its inception in 1997. In the two most recent versions, including the current version, students have a choice after completing the first year of the program of one of two streams, either landscape/horticulture or turfgrass management. This allows students to focus their studies in their specific area of interest in both second and third year.

Although recent turfgrass stream enrollment numbers have been low, employment opportunities remain high. This likely a result of two things; one, the golf market has been ‘soft’ which has resulted in reduced revenues and subsequently reduced expenditures at golf courses across North America. This means that Golf Course Superintendents have to “do more with less”. This combined with the negative publicity surrounding the golf economy may be dissuading some people from pursuing a career in the golf sector. Still, there is a need, and it could be argued a greater need, for highly skilled and experienced turfgrass management staff. This may be the case now more than ever as superintendents’ labor resources are reduced and golf clubs and superintendents alike are more focused on hiring quality personnel to allow them to maintain quality, while reducing costs. This coupled with what now appears to be a stabilized golf economy put trained individuals in a favorable position.

Trained personnel possess the knowledge and skills that can be applied to deliver the outcomes golf clubs are looking for. However, many golf clubs are finding it difficult to secure such individuals either as superintendents, particularly at rural golf clubs, or as assistant superintendents located in or near urban centers. In fact, in some instances, employers are only receiving one or two applications for quality assistant superintendent positions and at rural golf club’s no applications for superintendent positions. Sounds like a perfect world for would be turfgrass professionals!

Consequently, if this is a career you are interested in consider obtaining an education that will set you apart from those who are not trained in this area. Red River College is committed to offering the Turfgrass Stream (second and third year of studies) in the 2016-2017 school year. Register now for entry in the general first year.

If this is a field you’re interested in, speak with your employer or contact me at 204-632-2302 or email

Rob Officer is the turfgrass instructor with the Greenspace Horticulture Diploma Program at Red River College