Management Team

Chris O’Donohue
Chris O’Donohue
Owner / President

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, 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
Chief Operating Officer

Mark Justice is responsible for overseeing the construction and installation crews at The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. Mark joined the company in 2013 as the Senior Project manager for a landscape design and installation company. In 2016, Mark became the COO and oversaw the development of many changes and improvements to the financial success of the Company. He draws from his 25 years of experience in the financial services industry to make sound decisions in time and resource management. Mark’s focus is on ensuring quality work and complete satisfaction for the company’s clients as well as ongoing development of Company Culture.

Kayzia Mitchell
Kayzia Mitchell
Accounts Manager

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 on the east coast 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.

Breeanna Campbell
Breeanna Campbell
Operations Manager

Dog lover. Tree Hugger. Want-To-Be Runner. Bree is an Honors Global Studies graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University and a nature enthusiast. 5 years ago, she came to the West Coast and started her career with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. During her time here, Bree has worked as a maintenance labourer, an administrative assistant, and is now Operations Manager. She is working hard to take the company paperless and aspires to continue helping the company be a good-for-the-earth business. When she is not working, Bree returns home to enjoy the quiet and rejuvenating lifestyle of the Squamish Valley, or sets out to explore the breath-taking BC coastline.

Steve Koonts
Steve Koonts
Operations Manager – Snow & Ice Management / Field Operations

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 Tasaboti
Leila Tasaboti
Administrative Assistant

Leila joined our team in September 2016 as an administrative assistant. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at BCIT and is passionate about learning. She is excited that the company gives her the opportunity to apply and expand her knowledge in a practical setting. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants and playing games. Leila also loves going for long walks in the refreshing and natural environment of the Lower Mainland.

Shop Manager

Kevin Gudmanz
Kevin Gudmanz
Shop and Equipment Manager

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.

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 you can find her volunteering with the Edible Garden Project or mountain biking through the North Shore wilderness.

Josh Long
Josh Long
Designer / Estimator

A bearded designer (no surprise there) and admirer of all things art. Josh painted himself as an artist from very early on, experimenting in the abstract form by fearlessly challenging the commonly suggested rule of colouring within the lines. As the years passed, his passion for art took him through professional programs in art, photography and landscape design. Enjoying his 5th year with GCLC, Josh has developed his career with a focus on built in kitchens and covered dining areas, drawing inspiration from the modern west coast aesthetics that surround us. Outside of the daily work environment, Josh returns home to a simple way of life within the Squamish Valley. It is there, deep within the valley, on the banks of the Squamish river, that he continues to be terrible at fly fishing.

Project Managers

Andy Hoeller
Andy Hoeller
Project Manager / Estimator

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
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.

Gord Driver
Gord Driver
Project Manager / Estimator

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 Edwards
Michael Edwards
Project Manager / Estimator

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
Thomas Bennett
Project Manager / Estimator

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.

Maintenance Team Leaders

Landon Giesbrecht
Landon Giesbrecht
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman

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 Nunn
Matt Nunn
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman

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.

Brendan Cleary
Brendan Cleary
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman

Brendan grew up on Vancouver Island and has always enjoyed nature and the outdoors. He has worked in the landscape industry for six years and has extensive experience with lawn and garden maintenance, softscape installation, and snow & ice services. He joined the company in 2016 and enjoys the training and development aspect of the trade and is involved with our training and mentoring programs.  

Softscape Team Leaders

Ivan Pinillos
Ivan Pinillos
Softscape Foreman

Ivan has worked for the company since 2016. Horticulture and Gardening has been a big part of his life since he graduated High School. His passion is evident when it comes to his work and he cares a lot about his clients houses he works on. 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. He loves dogs and often can be found walking the local trails on a daily basis.

Sarah Penner-Kinch
Sarah Penner-Kinch
Softscape Foreman

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.

Michael Abdelmesseh
Michael Abdelmesseh
Softscape Foreman

Michael joined our company in 2016 as a Softscape Foreman. He enjoys the Horticulture and Landscape Industry. He has been landscaping for many years and is passionate about Gardening and Installations. When he is not at work, he enjoys being in a band and playing guitar.

Fence and Deck Team Leaders

Adam Yake
Adam Yake
Fence & Deck Foreman

Adam brings 20+ years of experience in building construction to the team at The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. He has worked on high end, custom residential projects and many large commercial projects. 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 9 year old son. When he’s not busy crafting custom backyard features, outdoor kitchens or decks, he can be found skiing the North Shore slopes, kayaking, and hiking the beautiful trails that wind through the North Shore wilderness.

Install Team Leaders

Alex Jordan
Alex Jordan
Install Foreman

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 Toth
Chad Toth
Install Foreman

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.

Machine Operator/Trucking Leaders

Sean Gladwin
Sean Gladwin
Machine Operator / Install Foreman

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.

Andrew Smethurst
Andrew Smethurst
Trucking / Logistics

Andrew has worked for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company running the trucking and logistics portion for our installation division. He is always busy moving bins and deliveries of landscape materials for all of our crews. He loves taking the elad and making sure the crews are always able to keep moving. He has lived on the North Shore his entire life and enjoys hanging out with his family in North Vancouver every single day.

Support Team

Ogin
Ogin
Chief Morale Officer

Ogin joined The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in 2016 as the Chief Morale Officer. She discovered her passion for lawns and gardens at a very young age and is often found exploring local parks. Ogin is one of the most inquisitive members of our team and goes out of her way to greet employees as they start their day. She enjoys power walking in the morning, taking naps in the afternoon and practicing yoga poses between meetings. When the work day is over, Ogin spends her time watching funny animal videos, relaxing with friends and enjoying long walks on the beach.