Chris O’Donohue has over 16 years of experience in the landscape and horticulture industry. He founded The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in the year 2000. Chris holds the designation of a Certified Landscape Horticulturist in accordance with the Statutes of the Province of British Columbia . A North Shore resident since he was a toddler and currently resides in Edgemont Village with his wife and two daughters. He serves his community proudly through the ALSdirective.org and with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Edible Garden Project as a committee member of the Table Matters working group, which is responsible for educating the community about the importance of local food production. He has also served as the Vice President of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #44 and was on the Board of Directors with TB Vets. In 2011, Chris was awarded “Business Person of the Year” from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, his company was awarded “Service Excellence” from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Chris is proud of his entire team of dedicated staff which contributed to these achievements. He works hard to ensure customer satisfaction through his continued improvement in education and systems that are implemented at The Great Canadian Landscaping Company.
Mario Hristov, CPA, CGA
Mario Hristov was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, known as ‘The Land of Roses’, which is why he sees The Great Canadian Landscaping Company as a perfect match for him. For hundreds of years his native country has been amongst the major producers and exporters of precious rose oil. Mario fell in love with Canada over ten years ago and now lives with his wife Veneta and his daughter Liana in North Vancouver. Mario brings to the company a distinctive set of financial management skills. He holds a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Economy and a minor in Finances and Accounting and a Master’s degree with a major in Marketing and a minor in Marketing Management from Bulgaria. In addition, he has successfully completed a two-year diploma in Financial Management, Professional Accounting option, at BCIT. He is a Certified General Accountant from the CGA Association of British Columbia. As a proud new Canadian, Mario is committed to his local community. He serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for local chamber choir Laudate Singers.
Mark Justice is responsible for overseeing the construction and installation crews at The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. Mark joined the company after spending the last 2 years of his now 6 year second career as the project manager for a landscape design and installation company. His construction of that company’s display for the BC Home and Garden Show won the 2012 “Best Small Space” Award. He draws from his 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to make sound decisions in time and resource management. Mark is the first off-site contact for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and his focus is on ensuring quality work and complete satisfaction for the company’s clients.
Kayzia Wister holds a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a Magazine Publishing Certificate from Capilano University. While earning her undergraduate degree, she worked for several marketing agencies where she promoted multiple well-known brands. Kayzia has been with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company since March 2014, beginning in a marketing and administrative role and then transitioned into the accounting department by May 2016. Kayzia is happy to have found her passion for computerized accounting and hopes to further her education in this area at BCIT. When she isn’t working, you can find her exploring local trails, reading a good book or spending quality time with family and friends. Having grown up on the North Shore, Kayzia is thrilled to work with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in beautiful North Vancouver.
Michael is in charge of Landscape Construction Estimates and is responsible for commercial projects and residential clients. His goal is to provide all GCLC clients with detailed, competitive quotes for their projects and works with our project managers to ensure the project is delivered as quoted. Michael began his landscape construction career while still in high school. After 3 years he quickly moved up to lead hand and later foreman position. After moving to Calgary, he became a Project Manager for a local landscaping company and worked on many large commercial projects up to and including some valued at over $1 million. After honing his skills as a project manager, Michael started his own Hardscaping company when he relocated back to Vancouver and worked for some of Vancouver’s top Architects and construction companies. He is excited to be a part of the management team at GCLC and looks forward to meeting you to discuss your landscape project.
Bart Moore has been involved in landscape construction for 10 years, 5 of which have been in Vancouver. He has an Australian degree in landscape horticulture and construction. Bart has managed projects all over Vancouver in both high-end residential and commercial contracts ranging from $50k up to $1m. He hopes to work with you building your dream outdoor space.
Thomas Bennett has spent the last 3 years working with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and has over 12 years in the Agriculture and Horticulture field. Thomas grew up in Windsor, Ontario where he discovered his passion for the industry. Before coming to The Great Canadian Landscaping Company, he spent time working as a garden maintenance supervisor and organic veggie garden extraordinaire at various landscaping companies in both Vancouver and Windsor. He also has experience running his own gardening company. Thomas enjoys working for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and loves his position as the Estimator and Project Manager for Softscape and Maintenance. In addition, he is always continuing his education with B.C. Landscaping and Nursery Associations and is willing to learn new things to better your garden space.
Maintenance Team Leaders
Landon Giesbrecht has spent the last 12 years working with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and has over 25 years in the Agriculture and Horticulture field. Landon grew up in a small farming and lodging community, where he discovered his passion for the industry. Before coming to Great Canadian Landscaping, he spent time working on various golf courses, and was employed with the district of West Vancouver. Landon enjoys working for Great Canadian and loves his position as a foreman/supervisor for the maintenance division. In addition, he is always continuing his education with B.C. Landscaping and nursery associations.
Softscape Team Leaders
Steve Koonts has spent the last 10 + years working with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and has over 12 years in the Agriculture and Horticulture field. Steve grew up on the North Shore where he discovered his passion for the industry. Before coming to Great Canadian Landscaping, he spent many years working in local kitchens as a Chef. Steve enjoys working for Great Canadian and his position as a foreman in the softscape division allows him to mentor and support many new recruits.
Fence and Deck Team Leaders
Adam brings almost 20 years of experience in building construction to the team at GCLC. He has worked on the North Shore for the past eight years on high end, custom residential projects and many large commercial projects. Adam more recently dealt independently as a contractor working with clients on small home improvement and renovation projects until he became dedicated to working solely with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company.Adam was raised in a small prairie city, and now loves finding the similarities between there and the quiet, family oriented community of Lynn Valley where he lives with his wife and six year old son. When he’s not busy crafting custom backyard features, he can be found sipping coffee around Upper Lynn and exploring the Canyon
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Heather wants to live in a world filled with plants you can eat, books that come bundled with extra dark chocolate, and a force field around her bike that repels splashes from cars. As a designer and gardener with more than 10 years of experience, she’s worked for landscape architects, garden centres, design/build companies, (and more), designing, building, and maintaining outdoor spaces that reflect the style of the owner and the influences of the environment. When she’s not drafting designs or playing in the mud, you can find her whipping up a deliciously spicy entrée, upside down in an acro-yoga balancing act, or wandering aimlessly through the North Shore wilderness.
Heather has been a member of The Great Canadian Landscaping Company for three seasons, however the seeds of her interest in landscape design and her roots in the field run much deeper. Growing up on the North Shore influenced Heather’s love of nature and the great outdoors, and ultimately her decision to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture. Since graduating, Heather has gained experience by working with a number of landscape design and maintenance professionals in a wide range of venues including residential, golf course, shopping mall, public concourse and memorial garden installations. When she isn't designing or digging, she can be found in search of fair wind on the waters around Passage Island. An avid sailor, Heather races competitively as a crew member on a yacht named 65_RedRoses. She is also an on-call volunteer with the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Station 2.