Workshops and Programming

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature educational sessions on using greenhouse biological controls on November 4, 2021. 

  • How to Handle and Release a Variety of Beneficial Arthropods for Greenhouse Biocontrol, including Mistakes to Avoid. John Sanderson, Cornell University
  • Upcoming Challenges in Biocontrol/ BCA Compatibility with Traditional Products, Ron Valentin, Bioworks, Inc.
  • Keep Yourself up to Date with What’s Happening in Pest Management (including new biocontrol products, techniques, and tools to help with your IPM program). Suzanne Wainwright- Evans, Buglady Consulting

John Sanderson has been a professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University for over 30 years.  He has research/extension responsibilities for arthropod pest management on greenhouse crops, with an emphasis on biological and integrated control.  He has done research on every serious greenhouse pest and most of the predators, parasitoids, and pathogens used against them.  John has given numerous talks at many of the major national and regional greenhouse grower conferences, and published articles in major trade magazines.  His primary goal is to help growers accomplish cost-effective, sustainable management of the pests that plague greenhouse crops.

Ronald Valentin was born in the heart of the greenhouse industry in the Netherlands. His family owned a greenhouse operation and his father started using biological control in 1971. At a very young age Ronald developed an interest for the “bugs” and as a teenager he was managing and producing the biological control agents for the family greenhouse operation. After finishing his education in crop protection management, biochemistry, and vegetable production at State Secondary College of Agriculture in De Lier the Netherland, he embarked on a career in biological control in 1986. After working in biological control technical support in the Netherlands and several other European countries, he came to Canada for his first visit in 1996. After traveling to Canada once every 6 to 7 weeks in 1996 and 1997 he immigrated to Canada in December 1997. In March 2004 he became a Canadian Citizen. Over the years Ronald has worked with many growers to set up sustainable and effective pest management programs with as a focus to use BCA’s as a first line of defense. He also has trained and managed technical support teams in Europe, Canada, and the USA. Ronald is currently Director of Technical Business, BCA at BioWorks, out of Victor, NY. Ronald is very passionate about making an IPM and biological control approach work for every grower as well as reducing the use of pesticides for the better of the environment and the future.

Suzanne Wainwright-Evans is a horticultural entomologist specializing in integrated pest management. Suzanne has been involved in the Green Industry for more than 25 years with a primary focus on biological control and using pesticides properly. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with degrees in both Entomology and Environmental Horticulture. Suzanne is the owner of Buglady Consulting, now in business for over 20 years providing expert horticultural entomological consulting and seminars to commercial growers.  All client recommendations are made to promote the health of plants while being ecologically minded. The full use of natural and reduced risk pesticides, organic and cultural control practices and methods are used while focusing on biological control.

The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. – a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.

Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Learn more or reserve your space here:”  Contact Karen Forbes at  The full program is posted on the NEGC website.    Attendee registration is open in August at

Delaney Meeting & Event Management
Phone: 802-865-5202

Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo will feature educational sessions offered in Spanish on November 3, 2021.

  • Working Efficiently and EffectivelyTrabajando de Manera Eficiente y Efectiva Gerson Coates, Flow Vision
  • Principals of IPM in Ornamental CropsPrincipios de Manejo Integrado de Plagas (MIP) en Cultivos Ornamentales, Vanessa Campoverde, University of Florida
  • Tips to Ensure Consumer Success with Compact Fruiting Vegetables, Consejos para garantizar el éxito del consumidor con vegetales compactos para jardinería de interior y en patios, Celena Gomez, University of Florida
  • Pest Scouting in Nursery Production, Monitoreo de plagas en la producción de viveros,  Vanessa Compoverde, University of Florida

Meet the presenters

 Gerson Coates 36 years of Lean Flow Manufacturing experience includes actual implementations in factories where he worked at as well as guiding Lean Flow implementations in companies around the world. In 1998 Gary, with three other partners founded FlowVision, LLC, – The Lean Business & Supply Chain Consulting Group. He has implemented in companies that produce as few as 1 product a day in the semiconductor capital equipment industry to as many as 20 billion coins a year at the US Mint. His experience ranges from high tech, high volume to machine intensive, low volume, make to order industries. Some of the products that he implemented Lean Flow on include: Ultrasound and cat-scan medical equipment, sanitary ware, semiconductor capital equipment, networking equipment, SMT lines, leather, and electromechanical equipment.

Vanessa Campoverdeis a bilingual University of Florida/ (IFAS) Educator.
She has provided training to growers and green industry professionals in south Florida since 2011. Ms. Campoverde began her career in agriculture in 2001 working at The International Potato Center in Peru.  After graduating with her Master’s in Plant Pathology from the University of Florida, she worked as a plant research scientist for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic at the Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, FL.   Campoverde has gained invaluable experience in leadership and agricultural projects involving research, teaching and Extension appointments in collaboration with research institutions, society organizations, academia, and private industry. Interacting with local, national, and international audiences in Latin America and USA. Vanessa was recipient of the UF/IFAS Award for Excellence in Internationalizing Extension, and Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Young Professional Award among other awards.

Dr. Celina Gómez has a BS from Zamorano University in Honduras, a MS from the University of Arkansas, and a PhD from Purdue University. She joined the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in late 2016, where she has research (60%) and teaching (40%) responsibilities. She leads a cross-commodity research program that supports specialty crop production in Controlled Environments. Her area of expertise is plant lighting and hydroponics. Celina teaches ‘Greenhouse and Nursery Crop Culture’ and co-teaches ‘Hydroponic Systems’ and ‘Advanced Controlled Environment Plant Production’. Dr. Gómez is the University representative for the NCERA-101 (Committee on Controlled Environment Technology and Use) and the NE-1835 (Resource Optimization in Controlled Environment Agriculture). She also serves as faculty advisor to the Zamorano Alumni Association at UF, comprised of international graduate students and staff.

The biennial Northeast Greenhouse Conference & Expo is co-sponsored by New England Floriculture, Inc. – a group of grower representatives from the Northeast, augmented by University and Cooperative Extension staff in each state who specialize in greenhouse crops and management.

The full program is on the NEGC website.    Register online by Sept 18th for early registration rates at

Delaney Meeting & Event Management
Phone: 802-865-5202


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