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OPPI CONFERENCE 2019

toronto | october 1–3

Facing change and guiding Ontario into the next quarter century

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Robert Heggie

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Robert

Director of Grounds, MLSE

Robert started his career in turf at the young age of sixteen which started by working at local golf courses.  Before long he realized he wanted to make a career out of it.  After attending The University of Guelph for both Horticulture and Turfgrass Management, he found himself in Barbados building Apes Hill Club, one of the top golf courses in the Caribbean.  Upon construction completion, the opportunity to be a part of The BMO Field conversion from artificial grass to natural grass came up which he jumped at.  In the past 10 years with MLSE, he has built up the field from a modest pitch to one of the most technologically advanced pieces of sports turf grass in the world.  Hosting both soccer and football consecutively is no short order and in Toronto’s harsh climate it requires special tools.  Robert was the first to bring many technologies to Canada including, Grow Lighting, Undersoil Heating (soccer specific), Hybrid Grass, etc.  He also oversaw the construction of the BMO Training Facility where all of TFC’s teams practice and play out of.  The Training Facility is also home to a small stadium where TFC II play.  Event’s under Robert’s belt include, The MLS Cup 2010, 2016 and 2017, The 2016 Grey Cup, U-21 World Cup, NHL Winter Classic and the 2015 Pan Am Games. 
 

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