His service to the society has been extensive: Eastern Region president 2012-13, board of directors, local site committee chairman, program committee chairman, IPPS ER Foundation executive director, publicity committee chairman, nominating and recognition committee chairman, staff evaluation committee chairman, and Eastern Region delegate to the international board of directors. Cappiello has also assisted in countless IPPS-ER special projects, assistance to various committees, and even swept a floor or two if needed.
Cappiello has presented five papers into the IPPS proceedings, written a book, introduced eight new plant cultivars to the industry, and managed to write over 116 professional publications. He was awarded the Fellow award in 2008. Paul has also received numerous awards and honors from other educational and horticultural organizations; he is an incredible teacher, administrator, horticulturalist, and public gardener.
Also at the 2017 IPPS Eastern Region Conference, Keith Osborne was honored with the Fellow award. Osborne is the horticulturalist for GroBark (Ontario) Ltd. and is a long-time IPPS member, board of directors member, active leader in local IPPS area meetings in Ontario, and is also currently on staff at IPPS ER as the sponsorship coordinator.
Osborne began his career assisting his parents with their garden center in Blenheim, Ontario. He studied business and finance and eventually plant biology at the University of Guelph. Keith and his wife Dong-Mei have a five-year-old daughter, Ella, who is the apple of Keith’s eye. The family has traveled several times to China to visit Dong-Mei’s family.