Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Chairman Receives Landscape Ontario Trillium Award

    VINELAND, ON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - At the 36th Annual Landscape Ontario Awards
of Excellence Gala held last evening in Toronto, Vineland Research and
Innovation Centre's Chairman, Donald Ziraldo, received the highly respected
Trillium Award.
    "I was greatly honoured to receive this award on behalf of the staff and
board of directors at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre," said
Donald Ziraldo, Chairman, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. "This award
is especially gratifying because I have had the pleasure of serving as Vice
Chair of Landscape Ontario in 1974 from which I resigned having received the
first winery licence since prohibition to start Inniskillin with my partner
Karl Kaiser."
    The Landscape Ontario Trillium Award is given only in exceptional
circumstances to an individual who through innovation has introduced a
product, service, program or activity that has made a considerable impact and
provided substantial benefits to the horticulture industry and society as a
    "Just when it looked like the 100-year-old Vineland Research Station was
about to be mothballed, Donald was asked by the Minister of Agriculture to
Chair a committee that was able to renew, raise funds, re-energize and
re-invent the institution as the new Vineland Research and Innovation Centre,"
said Paul Olsen, C.E.O. Brookdale Treeland Nurseries Ltd. and former Chairman,
Past President and Honourary Life Member of Landscape Ontario. "The Centre is
focused on accelerating and commercializing research and innovation that will
enhance prosperity for the public and the horticulture industry."
    "The good news from our perspective is that Vineland has embraced the
Environmental Horticulture sector and has already hired an industry-specific
researcher," added Tony DiGiovanni, Executive Director, Landscape Ontario.
"Vineland will become a Centre for Environmental Horticulture and a catalyst
for highway greening."

    About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is an independent, not-for-profit
corporation established to create a world-class centre for horticultural
science and innovation. Vineland will have a broad range of lasting benefits
for Ontario, the Niagara Peninsula, and Canada. Research outcomes will be
aligned with industry needs and will support a healthy and economically
vibrant Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Darlene Brown, Director, Public Relations and
Communications, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, p: (905) 562-0320

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