I’m in Calgary for the Golf Business Canada Conference Trade Show being run by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada. It runs until Saturday at the Hyatt Regency.
On Thursday morning, the Women in Golf Business 2018 Summit is being held, with Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 1:45 p.m. local time, followed by four different workshops in the afternoon.
A full schedule of events can be fund here.
I’ll be the breakfast keynote speaker on Friday morning. I’m calling this One Industry-We Are All Better Together.
Gone are the days when there were separate silos in golf, when one might be the PGA of Canada or the zones, or the NGCOA, Canadian Golf Superintendents Association, Golf Canada or the Canadian Society of Club Managers.
It’s a business and if we work together, as we have been, we’re that much stronger and there are so many people in Canadian golf committed to doing that, whether it’s Laurence Applebaum at Golf Canada, Jeff Calderwood with the NGCOA/CGSA, Kathryn Wood of the CGSA or Suzanne Godbehere of the Canadian Society of Club Managers.
Golf is in a good spot and that’s why I’m honoured to be speaking t the NGCOA on the topic of collaboration, which is not only important within a particular association or group, but between those groups, provincially, nationally and internationally.
When we go to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, we set up meetings with PGAs around the world and I welcome somebody like Laurence Applebaum to join me. I want him in the meetings and when we go to USGA meetings, he’s also very inclusive with me.
We have a great rapport with the NGCOA in respect to education. We’ve gone to the owners and asked them what they’d like to see us focused on in our education programs because they’re the companies and individuals who will be hiring our golf professionals.
Collaboration may be a word that gets overused, but the reason for that is that it’s so important as we seek to enhance the game for everyone who works within it and the people who play it.