Chris O’Donohue has over 25 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. Chris has lived on the North Shore 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 Edible Garden Project. 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 2010, his company was awarded “Service Excellence” from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. He was also awarded the “Forty under Forty” from Business in Vancouver in 2010. In 2011, Chris was awarded “Business Person of the Year” from the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. From 2013-2017, The Great Canadian Landscaping Company has been awarded “Best of Houzz in Design & Service”. Chris works hard to ensure customer satisfaction through his continuous development 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.
As COO of The Great Canadian Landscaping Company, my main function is to work to achieve the strategic plan set forth by the CEO. This involves designing and implementing plans and procedures, establishing policies, monitoring company operations and the work of the Project Managers, along with planning and implementing our human resources requirements. This would be the technical explanation of what I do at the company.
The reality of my job, however, is what I truly love. I interact with the staff both inside and outside of the office. I get to play a part in giving people the opportunity to have a great place to come to work and for them to produce very satisfying results for the clients of Great Canadian. The people and the culture of the company are what get me out of bed every morning; to help employees reach their goals and further their careers. I have the privilege of experiencing the joy of our clients when our employees have invested hard work in producing quality results. I am extremely lucky to call The Great Canadian Landscaping Company my home away from home (with apologies to my wife) and to consider the staff here a part of my family.
Kayzia joined The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in March of 2014. She began as an administrative and marketing assistant and then transitioned into the accounting department where she now oversees accounts receivable. She was born in Ontario but grew up in beautiful North Vancouver. Before working with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company, Kayzia attended Simon Fraser University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. While earning her degree, she worked for several marketing agencies where she promoted a variety of well-known brands. Kayzia has recently gotten married and become a dog-mom to her fur baby Lucy the Italian Greyhound. When she isn’t working, you can find her at a yoga studio or exploring a nearby trail.
Steve Koonts has spent the last 10 + years working with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and has over 12 years in the Horticulture field. Steve grew up on the North Shore where he discovered his passion for the industry at a young age. Steve enjoys working for the company and his is now the Operations Manager overseeing our Snow & Ice Division & Field Operations. This role allows him to mentor and support many new recruits as they enter the Horticulture trade and further improve our team as they grow with our company.
Leila joined our team as an Administrative Assistant and soon started her new position as an Accounting Assistant in May 2017. She is currently pursuing her accounting degree at BCIT, and is excited that GCLC gives her the opportunity to apply and expand her accounting and business knowledge in a practical setting. Leila is thrilled to be a part of this team as she finds the company culture very strong and valuable. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading interesting articles, and strolling with her dog.
Kelly joined our company in May 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Since Kelly is a North Shore local, she picked up the duties and roles as the Admin Assistant with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company quickly. In the end of August 2017, she then transitioned into being the Organizational Development Manager. Kelly is thrilled to be working on the North shore, close to home and her family. When you don’t see her sitting behind the computer, you can find her boating on the open waters of beautiful BC.
Gina comes to The Great Canadian Landscaping Company with two seasons of landscaping maintenance and customer service under her belt. Her previous profession as a Graphic Artist in a fast-paced newspaper environment has prepared her for the busy business of scheduling estimators to meet our clients’ deadlines. Gina’s hobbies include teaching her grandchildren the mystical and magical world of beekeeping; and cycling every flat road in the Fraser Valley.
Kevin joined the Company in 2015 as our Shop & Equipment Manager. He has an important role and provides daily assistance to our crews. He loves fixing equipment and tools to keep our crews running efficiently each and every day. Prior to joining The Great Canadian Landscaping Company he worked as a Helicopter Mechanic. He is passionate about making sure we are always running and works very hard keeping our shop and equipment in tip top order.
Alex has no doubt that design will save the world, so a sketchbook and a pencil are his survival kit. He is passionate about creating living spaces, community building and hot chocolate. One of his favorite activities is coming up with an elegant design solution that will make people say: “That makes so much sense!” Coming to Vancouver from sunny Israel, Alex wanted to get hands-on experience in the local landscaping practices so he joined the company as a landscaper. Today he is responsible for the company’s designs, as he pursues his training in Landscape Architecture. To keep his body and mind sharp, Alex enjoys writing satirical poetry, photography and Taekwondo.
Andy is a Project Manager/Estimator for the Great Canadian Landscaping Company. He has been involved in construction for nearly 15 years and has managed the Great Canadian Fence and Deck division since 2014. Andy has worked on a variety of projects in both commercial and residential settings throughout the North Shore and Vancouver. He enjoys being a part of our team and is committed to finishing your outdoor renovations on time and on budget. When Andy is not working, you can find him travelling the world with family and friends.
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.
Gord Driver has been working in the west coast landscape climate for over 25 years. He brings with him years of experience in all areas of the industry including estimating , installing and project management. His roots are firmly planted on the North Shore having brought up four kids here. He spent the majority of those years running his own local landscape business and is now excited to come to the Great Canadian Team. Gord is here to share his knowledge , create new relationships and manage your projects.
Michael is in charge of Landscape Construction and Commercial Landscaping estimates and is responsible for commercial projects and residential clients. His goal is to provide all 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. Michael joined the company in 2015 as a Project Manager / Estimator. He is proud to have worked with some of Vancouver’s top Architects and construction companies.
Thomas Bennett joined The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in 2013 and has over 13 years in the Agriculture and Horticulture field. Thomas grew up in Windsor, Ontario where he discovered his passion for Horticulture. Before joining the 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 owning and operating a private gardening company. Thomas loves his position as the Project Manager / Estimator for Softscape and Maintenance and is always able to assist with your needs. In addition, he is consistently educating and learning new horticulture practices through the B.C. Landscaping and Nursery to better your garden and landscape space.
Sarah Penner-Kinch grew up in the Eastern Fraser Valley and fell in love with the horticulture industry while working in a garden centre as a teen. She studied Agriculture Technology Diploma at UFV with a major in Horticulture. Sarah has worked in many different areas in the horticulture and landscaping industry over the last 20 years. Before coming to The Great Canadian Landscaping Company, she was a subcontract supervisor for over seven years at a landscape garden and maintenance company in the Valley. She also ran her own small landscaping company when she had time off. In her spare time she enjoys sprinting, playing golf and paddle boarding.
Maintenance Team Leaders
Landon loves The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. He has spent the last 16 years working for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company as a Foreman/Supervisor. He is a CLT Certified Landscaping Technician (Turf Maintenance) and has successfully completed Smart Driver in the City on behalf of FleetSmart. Landon is also certified in Emergency First Aid for Industry (the OFA Level 1 Equivalent). In the winter, Landon is all about Great Canadian Snow Management. He has provided Snow and Ice Services for the past 14 seasons.
Matt joined the company in 2015 in the Lawn and Garden Maintenance Division. He loves maintaining and improving his clients properties and working on the North Shore. He has been in the Horticulture field for a number of years. He enjoys hockey and football and watches it regularly.
Kayla joined The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in 2015 from a friend's recommendation to "try it out and see if she liked it". Two years later with GCLC, she is on her way to completing her Red Seal Certification as a Landscape Horticulturalist through Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She brings with her a keen eye to detail from her diploma in art and a passion for client satisfaction from her background in account management and sales. Kayla has experience in softscape and hardscape installations, and is currently loving her role as a Maintenance Foreman. She looks to continue her growth in the Landscaping & Horticulture industry for years to come.
Fence and Deck Team Leaders
Ray has worked in the landscape design and construction industry for over 10 years. Prior to entering landscape construction, he worked as a commercial forming carpenter for 4 years. As a Red Seal Carpenter, he brings to the team many years experience and expertise in custom decks, fences and other carpentry projects- both commercial and residential. Ray takes extreme pride in his work and is known for his client relationship management skills. In his down time, he can be found spending quality time with his family or exploring the outdoors rain, shine or snow!
Install Team Leaders
Alex has worked with our company for 6+ years in many different roles. Alex enjoys all aspects of Landscape Installation & maintenance. There is not a job Alex can’t do at our company and he is one that our recruits always look to for training and assistance. When he is not installing landscapes you can find Alex either up on the Mountain Skiing or Mountain biking the local hills.
Chad likes working for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company because he is able to work outside in beautiful Vancouver and the North Shore. He loves working for our clients and the team that surrounds him each day at work. Work is never boring and there is always an opportunity to learn something new. He is always looking for new training opportunities to improve the craft of Hardscape.
Ivan joined our team in 2016 and has quickly become an essential member. Horticulture and Gardening has been a big part of his life, professionally and as a hobby. His passion is evident when it comes to his work and cares about his clients and their homes. He treats every project as if it was his own place and never skips a beat. He also enjoys training new staff and letting them learn through repetition and guidance. When he's not out working on projects, he can be found walking the local trails with his dogs.
Machine Operator/Trucking Leaders
Sean has worked for the company for 2+ years and is either on a machine or operating heavy equipment. He enjoys fixing things and also being in charge of getting the sites ready for the installation crews. In a past life he drove Tow truck and enjoys working with our clients and crews ensuring the jobs our always done to our Standards.