President's Perspective - Fall, 2022

By Daniel Goyette on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

I’m writing from a hotel in Malmö , Sweden, having just wrapped up partici­pation in the ISA’s 2022 Annual Conference. Of course, I’m writ­ing this at 3am, right up against the deadline for going to print, but Wow! What an energizing event in this post-COVID world to see the turnout here and feel like we are getting back together.

Though there is an “I” in International, it definitely was “we” are here as one. A big thank you and shout to our lovely and most gracious hosts, the Sweden Chapter; this was a wonderful event in a beautiful setting. Thank you for sharing Malmö with us.

I know every year the ISA Annual Conference welcomes members and guests from all over the world, but being from North America it was so invigor­ating to meet other members from Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the Czech Republic (to just name a few). The Vice President of the Ontario, Canada chapter struck up a conversation with me before a presentation and we both found it amazing to be there as part of representation for our respective chapters.

Most of us have been to a re­gional event for the day to gath­er CEU’s, or to a chapter annual conference, or to the ISA Annual Conference. COVID has remind­ed me how special these events and gatherings are. I’m sorry that I was not able to be present in Oakland for the WCISA con­ference this past May, but I’m con­fident that there are others who have come to the same conclu­sion, or have had the realization wash over them that they did not know how much they missed be­ing around their peers, colleagues, friends - our arbo­ricultural family.

I’m keeping my first message short, but heart­felt, in recognizing and remembering that we gather at in-person events not only to learn and stay abreast of emerging topics, but to feel connected to one another and our industry. We need to remind our­selves that we are not doing this in a vacuum and there is much to more to learn.

Thank you and I look forward to my term as Western Chapter President.

Daniel Goyette, WCISA President 2022-23