Management Team

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 and is currently completing his Certification as a Landscape Professional (CLP) with the BCLNA. A North Shore resident since he was a toddler and currently resides in Edgemont Village. He serves his community proudly through the and with Vancouver Coastal Health’s Edible Garden Project as a committee member of the Table Matters working group, which is responsibe for educating the communty 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 Great Canadian Landscaping.
Jason Black,
Vice President of Operations
Jason Black has over 25 years of experience in business management, specializing in marketing and business development. He owned and operated Newsagents (Global News) in Park Royal Shopping Centre for 13 years and thereafter worked as General Manager and Assistant Vice President for a large Vancouver based Property Management Company. Today, Jason is Vice President of Operations for The Great Canadian Landscaping Company and is responsible to attract and retain long-term quality clients for the company through the development and implementation of a marketing delivery system, staff development, support services and legal technical advice that fulfill the company’s marketing message and contractual obligations to clients and the company’s financial and strategic objectives. Jason has previously been President of the Park Royal Merchants Association, a Director of the Coho Festival and currently sits on the Executive as President of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Gita Naran,
Office Manager / Bookkeeper
Gita Naran has been in a managerial role for over 15 years, with 12 years of office management and 7 years of full-cycle bookkeeping. Her administration and accounting experience includes the hospitality industry, telecommunications, the architecture industry and small-business management. She is driven by organization and financial efficiency. Gita is responsible for maintaining the company’s daily accounting and creating a liaison between operational management and employees. She is highly dedicated to the clients and culture of The Great Canadian Landscaping Company. She believes in promoting a positive, resourceful, and healthy outlook within the community. When Gita isn’t crunching numbers, you can find her pursuing her passion as a pastry chef or in various yoga studios across Vancouver. As she has grown up on the North Shore, Gita is ecstatic to work with The Great Canadian Landscaping Company in North Vancouver.

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 Great Canadian and his focus is on ensuring quality work and complete satisfaction for the company’s clients.
Gerry Williams,
Project Manager / Estimator
Gerry Williams has worked in the Construction Industry for over 20 years. Starting out as a Bricklayer, earning accreditation after a 3 year apprenticeship. From there, went on to be involved and project manage many Residential and Commercial Projects ranging in value from $5,000 – $2,000,000. Having a strong background in Civil Projects, which translates into a regimented Project Management skill set. This enables a project to remain on Budget and on time. Gerry moved to North Vancouver over 4 years ago, with his wife and son. When not at work, he and his family enjoy the outdoors, walking the local trails and travelling throughout B.C. With his love of Mountain Biking and Hiking, North Van has become the perfect home.
Omar Garcia,
Project Manager / Estimator
Omar Garcia brings over 15 years of experience in residential landscape construction and maintenance. He joined Great Canadian Landscaping four years ago. Has a practical background and great patience on training his crew and taking care of clients. Omar is the on-site manager that oversees the projects from start to finish. He holds an A.S. degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture. He obtained his landscape horticulturist title with a red seal endorsement in accordance with the ITA training authority. Omar grew in a small town in Chihuahua Mexico, were he learned to work hard since he was six years old. He moved to Canada five years ago. He got most of his landscape training and education in California where he lived for more than 16 years. He enjoys playing soccer and currently coaches his eight year old son’s soccer team on the North Vancouver league.
Josh Long,
Landscape Designer
Josh Long brings over 4 years of Landscape Design training in programs such as Google SketchUp, Landscape Architect, Dynascape and Autocad. He creates Landscape design in both 3D and 2D perspectives. This process allows the client to see and imagine the final project in a reality other than just a plan. He came to the West Coast to learn more about Landscaping and also to enjoy the Mountains, Ocean and City life. He is very proud to be part of the GCLC Design and installation division. Josh is a graduate of landscape design, studying the design and development of commercial, institutional and residential landscapes. His education includes skills in drafting, computer illustration, design theory of both hardscape and softscape, as well as field construction experience. His academic tenure includes the completion of an Advanced Diploma in landscape design, Landscape Design Program Certificate of Positivo University, Brazil and course completion in art and photography. Joshs design inspiration is drawn from his passion for artistic expression and love of nature, which assist him in creating outdoor spaces both aesthetically pleasing and functional to the unique lifestyles of each individual client.

Heather Pelz,
BCSLA Intern, Landscape Design Assistant
Heather Pelz began her career with a small property maintenance company in Muskoka and worked her way through garden centres and nurseries learning horticulture and design. This led her to complete a degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Guelph. Now, after many years away, Heather has returned to her native British Columbia with a passion for planting design and a fascination with the colours and textures of the landscape. She is very excited to be part of the growing GCL team, and is thoroughly enjoying all the north shore has to offer. She volunteers with the BCSLA as an intern representative on the Board of Directors, and with Community Studio, doing non-profit, community-based design. Outside of design work Heather can often be found balancing upside down with a small troupe of acro-yoga junkies. She enjoys big dogs, spicy food, music with soul, and books about plants.
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.

Maintenance Team Leaders

Landon Giesbrecht,
Lawn & Garden Maintenance Foreman
Steve Koonts,
Lawn Install Foreman
Heather Pelz,
Garden Maintenance Foreman

Softscape Team Leaders

Thomas Bennett,
Softscape Foreman
James Hume (Seasonal),
Lawnscape Foreman

Installation Team Leaders

Jesse Goldman,
Hardscape Install Foreman

Mark Dontigny,
Hardscape Install Foreman / Machine Operator

Fence & Deck Team Leaders

Chris Davis,
Fence and Deck Foreman

Adam Yake,
Fence and Deck Foreman
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