OUR GREAT CANADIAN TEAM

Often, we are told by clients that we make it easy, that the process from start to finish was seamless. We believe this
is a direct reflection of our team’s diversity, skillset and proficiency in each phase from concept to completion.

We are experts in all aspects of our field, as many of our team leaders are certified landscape technicians, red seal carpenters, and accredited installers, ensuring you’re receiving the latest industry practices and standards. We’re certified in integrated pest management, synthetic turf installation, BCLNA horticulture practices and pride ourselves on managing all aspects of your landscaping, so you only need one point of contact.

You are hiring professionals and masters of their craft, with a passion for
creating and maintaining incredible landscapes.

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Through our over 20 years of serving the North Shore, Vancouver
and Sea to Sky Corridor, we have forged partnerships with reputable
suppliers and subcontractors that provide us with the skills, knowledge
and products to ensure what we provide is nothing but the best available.
Together, we get the jobs done on time and on budget. That is how it
should be done, every time.

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  • Leadership Team
  • Forepersons
Owner

Chris O’Donohue

President/Founder

Chris O’Donohue has over 25 years of experience in the landscape and horticulture industry. He founded The Great Canadian Landscaping Company Ltd. 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 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 Ltd. 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 Ltd..

Gord Driver

Gord Driver

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.

Steve Koonts

Steve Koonts

Estimator / Snow and Ice Manager

Steve Koonts has spent the last 14 years working within The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. Using his years of experience in the field Steve has become an integral aspect of the operations team within the company. Steve’s role within Great Canadian has evolved over the years and he is now the Snow & Ice Manager and Project Coordinator. Within this role Steve values working in the community in which he grew up in and takes pride in ensuring a high level of customer satisfaction. This role also allows him to mentor and support the new recruits as they enter the Horticulture trade and further improve the overall team. When Steve isn’t working he loves spending time with his young family and playing sports such as baseball, hockey, soccer.

Derek Churchill Foreman Softscape

Derek Churchill

Maintenance Manager

Derek is a horticultural specialist. He has been in the industry since 2004 and has focused his skills on understanding how plants grow and how best to care for them.  Derek is a Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist, ISA Certified Arborist, qualified tree risk accessor, and BC Certified Pesticide Applicator.  His experience includes working as a trades gardener at a municipality, owning and operating his own landscape maintenance company, volunteering as an official in the BC Skills Competition and working with the Industry Training Authority.  Derek is currently a faculty member with Burnaby Community and Continuing Education teaching the Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship program.

Derek is proud to call North Vancouver home, where he was born and raised.  Currently, Derek lives with his wife and son near Parkgate and enjoys camping and going for bike rides with his family.  

Sean Gladwin

Sean Gladwin

Logistics Manager

Sean has worked at Great Canadian Landscaping for the past 8 years; originally working as a Heavy Machinery Operator and now as the Logistics Manager. He enjoys being a part of the GCLC team and making sure everything is in good working order for the crews. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him working on his cars and taking them for a spin!

Cristian Cifuentes

Cristian Cifuentes

Field Project Manager – Softscape

Cristian finished school in 1996 with an Advanced Technician Degree and since then has dedicated himself to work in the area of ​​landscaping. He has worked in different companies always trying to deliver the best and also learn from the best professionals he has met on this long journey. Cristian has always taken landscaping with a lot of passion and dedication, for him it is more than his profession, “it is art”. He always tries to put his 100% in what he does, and as an ideal in his life he always tries to be the best in what he does. Learning from his mistakes and his colleagues, they never finish learning and that is the key to always continuing delivering more and more. With great humility Cristian has always tried to share his experience and make people understand, and especially his colleagues that respect and love nature like himself. Cristian is thankful for the opportunity to work at The Great Canadian Landscaping company Ltd. that allows him to express his work with the passion he has in his heart.

Braden Kamphuis

Braden Kamphuis

Field Project Manager – Landscape Construction

Braden is one of the Foremen at Great Canadian Landscaping. His passions and strengths lie in paving and natural stone work. Snowboarding, skateboarding, hiking and spending time outside is where you’ll find him when he isn’t at work!

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Alex Grimble

Field Project Manager – Carpentry

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Dana O’Higgins

Field Project Manager – Landscape Construction

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Landon Giesbrecht

Landon Giesbrecht

Maintenance

Landon loves The Great Canadian Landscaping Company Ltd. He has spent the last 16 years working for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company Ltd. 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.

Catharine Lansing

Catharine Lansing

Maintenance

Catharine is a seasoned traveller who has loved the outdoors since her first camping trip at the age of two. Since then she has completed an Outdoor Education Program and utilized her knowledge during countless hikes and portages while growing up in the forests of Ontario. She put herself through the Environmental Technology program at Georgian College by planting trees and working forestry at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Catharine is now loving her role at GCLC and is in the process of completing her Red Seal Certificate in Landscape Horticulture, where she can continue to build on her passions for plants and landscapes.

Kate Sibbald Foreman Maintenance

Kate Sibbald

Maintenance

Kate was born with a green thumb and has had a love for all thing’s nature since a very young age. Born and raised in North Van, she started her landscaping career 8 years ago working alongside her Dad and his small company; it was there she realized Horticulture is her passion, and with that, her hunger for growth and knowledge. Since then she has moved on to complete the first level of her Landscape Horticulturist apprenticeship and is eager to continue working towards her Red Seal. She joined the Great Canadian family in December 2019 and is excited to see what opportunities may await her here.  In her spare time, you can find her hiking with her dog or in the outdoors seeking the next adventure that life has to offer.

Luke Olds

Luke Olds

Install

Luke joined the Great Canadian Landscaping company Ltd. as a Softscape Foreman in September 2017. Originally from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, he now calls Vancouver home. Luke brings with him 14 years of experience, completing his Horticulture Apprenticeship in 2008. Luke’s passion for horticulture intensified once he left Australia in 2015, since then he has traveled around the world, working in the United Kingdom and now Canada. Traveling has giving him the opportunity to master different horticultural techniques and learn a vast array of plant species that don’t exist in the warmer climates. Being new to the Pacific North West, he is continuously fascinated by the majestic snow capped mountains, picturesque autumn leaves and the explosion of colour during spring. Luke’s impeccable standards and his priority for customer satisfaction is what motivates him to come to work every day. When he’s not at work Luke likes so spend his spare time watching sports and researching the next exotic travel destination.

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Nathan Ypma

Install

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Hugo Jackson Foreman Install

Hugo Jackson

Install

I was born and raised in west London, England.  Moved to Canada in 2010 after completing a year of schooling in tree surgery, and then 4 years of horticulture, design, plant and soil sciences, and native ecology.  I was lucky enough to be apart of Chelsea flower show twice and have received two silver guilds from the queen for my participation in those gardens.

I have my first aid level 1 OFA and my aireal rescue ticket from tree climbing.   Due to living in Squamish for 10 years now I enjoy my fishing, climbing, hiking with my dog, and riding my motorbike.

I came to the great Canadian landscaping company because of the diverse group of professionals I get to work with and enjoy working daily with the whole team.

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Grant McKenzie

Carpentry

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Charlotte Shen

Landscape Designer

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We service residential & commercial properties in Vancouver, the North Shore and the Sea to Sky Corridor.

We are experts in Landscape Design, Maintenance, Installation, Carpentry, and Snow & Ice Management Services.

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