About the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF)

The Canadian leader in turfgrass research funding, the OTRF is dedicated to supporting the continued advancement of turfgrass through research projects. We are focusing on funding projects that will assist the turf industry with improved products, better practices, and sustainable enhancements.

Our Mission

The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation directs and promotes turfgrass research for the benefit of the turfgrass industry and the general public.

Our History

Formed as a charitable foundation in 1978, the OTRF was a forerunner in working with donations and industry partners to provide funding for turfgrass research. This important research would be used to ensure the sustainability and continued viability of the turf maintenance industry.

Our years of experience in providing funding for turfgrass research has played a major part in investigating ways that managers of turf to lessen the inputs for turf without sacrificing the standards.

  • The OTRF was chartered in 1979 as the result of leaders in the turfgrass industry recognizing the necessity of continuous, well-funded research and education in turfgrass management. Since its inception, the OTRF, working with its partners, has provided funding  and  has vigorously directed and promoted research and education that has benefited both the turfgrass industry and the general public.

    Dr. Clayton Switzer Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food and Dean of Ontario Agricultural College

Our Future

Climate change, environmental challenges, and increasing strains on turf maintenance budgets for golf courses, sports fields, and managed landscapes makes it difficult for superintendents and turf managers to deliver the same quality of surfaces year after year.

The OTRF continues to support the funding of key research projects, which have the potential to significantly reduce the inputs needed to maintain turfgrass in the future.

Our Support

Quality research comes at a cost and the OTRF requests your assistance. Become a partner by making a donation or by registering in our annual fundraising campaign. Your sponsorship is an investment in the turfgrass industry.

The OTRF is a charitable foundation with Charitable Registration No. 0572420-23-13.

Our Board

OTRF Board of Directors

President: Alexander Dickie | Zander Sod

Secretary-Treasurer: Jason Hanna | Credit Valley Golf & Country Club

Directors:

Corrie Almack | Almack Agronomic Services

Jesse Benelli | Bayer

Perry Brazeau | Target Speciality Products 

Sean Gunn | Clublink- The Country Club

Scott Horsburgh | Plant Products

Reg Langen | City of Mississauga Parks

Jonathan Smith | Mississaugua Golf & Country Club

Kevin Thompson | SV Law

Mike Van Beek | Landscape Consultant

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