Grants, 2019 Scholars and Profile of a Champion


2019.11.22 / November e-Bulletin: 1/  The Annual Grant proposals for 2020 are in, 2/ Recognizing our 2019 LACF-FAPC Scholars, 3/ LACF seeking Sponsors,  4/ A profile of LACF champion, Ian McAskile, President of Maglin Site Furniture. 

1/ Annual Grant proposals for 2020 are in...

Faye Langmaid, Chair of the Grants Committee reports that “the grant committee received 18 grant submissions with 15 in the professional category (includes PhD students) and 3 student submissions to be adjudicated.  The jury will have some interesting reads and difficult decisions to make over the next month and a half.”  Results will be announced in January.  

photo credit above: November on the Saint Lawrence, W.Graham

2/ Recognizing our 2019 LACF-FAPC Scholars

Celebrating LACF-FAPC Scholars / top row: Kendra Cheeseman, Selena DeWolf, Tan Au Ca Nguyen,Amélie Fortin, Grace Christie, Michael Wideman, Beth Bray, second row: Nicole Reenders, Mengyi (Nancy) Zhang, Christina Peace, Kathryn McCudden, Thu Ngo, Mason Lam, Karen Tomkins.

In 2019 the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) will have awarded 15 scholarships that recognize 14 deserving students across the country for their superior academic performance, leadership skills and original design work and research. The LACF Board extends congratulations to all! 

List of Scholars from East to West (from left to right) 

Atlantic Provinces 
Kendra Cheeseman / Peter Klynstra Memorial Scholarship + LACF U of Guelph MLA Award
Selena DeWolf / Atlantic Landscape | LACF | Dalhousie Scholarship
Tan Au Ca Nguyen, MAP UdeM / 50e anniversaire de l’AAPQ 
Amélie Fortin, MAP Ude M / Bourse d'études de voyage Danièle Routaboule
Michael Wideman / LACF University of Toronto | MLA 
Kendra Cheeseman / LACF University of Guelph | MLA (voir premier portrait en haut à gauche)
Grace Christie / LACF University of Guelph | BLA 
Beth Bray, / Alain Lamontagne Scholarship in Landscape Architecture 
Nicole Reenders, MLA UofM /Andre Schwabenbauer | University of Manitoba MLA 
Mengyi (Nancy) Zhang, MLA UofT / SALA Academic Award 
Christina Peace, UofCalgary / SALA Academic Award
Kathryn McCudden, UofManitoba / SALA Academic Award
Thu Ngo, MLA UofC / LACF University of Calgary | MLA 
British Columbia
Mason Lam / BCSLA Robillard LACF Scholarship in Landscape Architecture
Karen Tomkins / LACF UBC Scholarship in Landscape Architecture 
In 2018-19, three (3) new scholarship endowment funds were established and fundraising efforts to fully endow them is ongoing. Three new scholarships including the Frederick Gage Todd National Scholarship, the LACF Indigenous scholarship and the Canadian Landscape Charter | U of Calgary LACF Scholarship will be awarded in 2020. LACF’s annual scholarship investment will raise to over $25,000.  LACF believes that supporting in our LA students and future leaders of the profession is a sound investment for a better future. 

3/ Seeking Sponsors 2020

Our 2020 sponsorship campaign is on the go and already we have good news!  Maglin Site Furniture has signed up for its third consecutive year as our Lead Platinum Sponsor and we welcome landscape structures, a leading playground equipment manufacturer, as one of our sponsors for the first time.  

A full list of our 2020 sponsors will be announced in January. Because LACF is a philanthropic organization, support from individuals, organisations and sponsors is essential.  They provide critical financial support that allows LACF to do the work we do. Interested in making the world a better place? Do you believe in the Power of Landscape? We think you do. Become a partner. Learn more…Contact Gerry Eckford, our Fundraising Committee Chair. 

4 / A Profile of Ian McAskile or...Maglin steps up again! 

LACF is grateful to all our generous donors for their support and every once in a while, one of them steps up and stands out.  These are our LACF Champions.  We want you to know who they are, what they do and why they do it. We want you to meet Ian McAskile, President of Maglin Site Furniture. 

“Landscape architects are uniquely suited to create a better future. By leveraging our shared knowledge and experiences, we will make this vision a reality.” Ian McAskile

Ian McAskile got his start in the outdoor furniture industry in the late ‘70’s and founded Maglin in 1983 to meet the demand for custom products. The company began working in the Toronto region and has grown to supply projects across North America. and the product line has grown to include a full range of site furniture. 

Lighting specially developed for Crerar Quad at the University of Chicago demonstrates Maglin’s ability to innovate and to craft sophisticated works shaped by clients’ visions. 

Maglin is tightly focused on the landscape sector for good reason. McAskile says “landscape architecture has grown in stature tremendously” in the scope and nature of projects undertaken. After decades spent working with LAs, he finds the profession has found a new level of confidence. He senses that landscape architects “know who they are and what they’re doing” and that the public increasingly recognizes the value of the profession.

On becoming the LACF platinum sponsor for 3 years running, McAskile says he was looking “to support a good cause.” Maglin recognized that the Foundation needed to look beyond landscape architects to invest, and stepped up. Their support goes beyond contributing financially to the Foundation. The Maglin team lent a hand in refreshing and updating the LACF website in 2018 and in 2019, and helped initiate a renewal of the Foundation’s fundraising strategy with their technical expertise. But still McAskile says, “I think we could do a lot more.”

Maglin’s own success, their generous support of LACF, and their commitment to assist the Foundation to increase our reach make Ian McAskile a real champion. As this bulletin goes out, Maglin confirms that they are on board for 2020 as platinum partner and in closing Ian adds “I challenge other companies to join us and invest in making the world a better place by supporting the Foundation’s work.”   

Thank you Ian McAskile and the entire Maglin Team!