Management Team

Chris O’Donohue
Chris O’Donohue
Owner / President

Chris O’Donohue has over 15 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, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer

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
Mark Justice
Senior Project Manager

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.

Satomi Oshida
Satomi Oshida
Office Administrator

Having grown up in a small town of Iwate Prefecture in Japan, Satomi had always been curious about the rest of our great world. She had an opportunity at the age of 16 to visit Canada and instantly liked Canada because of its cultural diversity. She was very good at English in school, and it was her dream to one day pursue her post-secondary education in a different language. She returned to Canada in 2005 to do just that and in 2008 made the Dean’s list for Academic Achievement in Tourism Management at Capilano University! She jumped started her career in Canada, working as a Visitor Information Counselor at the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Grouse Mountain to name a few. She likes that everybody in the west is laid back and not stressed like the people in Japan. She loves having both the ocean and mountain in one place, particularly the ocean because she grew up in the woods. She regularly walks and bike rides throughout our great city and when the opportunity arises, love to camp.

Kayzia Wister
Kayzia Wister
Administrative Assistant

Kayzia received her undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University where she studied Communications and Publishing. While earning her degree she worked for several marketing companies where she promoted dozens of well-known brands. Kayzia has been with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company for over a year and enjoys her position as the Office and Marketing Assistant. She provides an upbeat and can-do attitude to ensure an efficient, productive and cheerful work environment. When she isn’t working you can find her exploring local trails or reading a good book. Having grown up on the North Shore, Kayzia is thrilled to work with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in beautiful North Vancouver.

Project Managers

Bart Moore
Bart Moore
Project Manager / Estimator

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.

Mark Takahashi
Mark Takahashi
Project Manager / Estimator - Irrigation and Lighting Specialist

Mark Takahashi brings 5 years of commerical lighting and design experience to the company, as well as a background in Sustainable Development. Like a rising pheonix, Mark has risen through the ranks to eventually end up at the helm of our Lighting and Irrigation department. Formerly working in the Alternative Energy field, Mark continually strives to incorporate Green technology in with progressive Lighting and Irrigation techniques and principals. In his seldomly utilized off-time, Mark enjoys racing cars, and camping with his dog Charlie.

Thomas Bennett
Thomas Bennett
Project Manager / Estimator

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
Landon Giesbrecht
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman

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.

Derek Churchill
Derek Churchill
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman

Derek has worked in the landscaping industry for over ten years with a focus on lawn and garden maintenance. He spent five years running his own maintenance company, which maintained 82 properties on a weekly basis.  Currently, he is focusing on increasing his knowledge by enrolling in the landscaping horticulture apprenticeship program. This is a second career for Derek as he was previously employed as a manager in a bank. Derek was born and raised on the North Shore and now lives in the Parkgate area with his wife and son. When he is not working, he enjoys camping on Harrison Lake with his family.

Softscape Team Leaders

Steve Koonts
Steve Koonts
Softscape Foreman

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.

Reese Sterling
Reese Sterling
Softscape / Maintenance Foreman

Reese has worked in the landscaping industry for over 7 years with a focus on all aspects of lawn and garden care. Reese was raised on the North Shore and continues to live in the area. When he is not working, he enjoys camping, hiking, playing hockey and watching live music.

Fence and Deck Team Leaders

Adam Yake
Adam Yake
Fence & Deck Foreman

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

Andrew Hoeller
Andrew Hoeller
Fence & Deck Foreman

Bio coming soon.

Designers

Heather Pelz
Heather Pelz
Designer / Estimator

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 Arnold
Heather Arnold
Design Assistant

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.