Team Member Spotlights
At Strathmore, we are committed to caring for the environment for now and for future generations while providing our suppliers and clients with true landscape partners by building trust through taking ownership of each site we manage as if it were our own. This is only possible through our exceptional people who work, every day, for a better, more sustainable, future.
Here you can meet them, and learn about their individual journey while at Strathmore.
‘‘I love my job because first and foremost I love the people I work with. I also love to build relationships with our clients as partners and friends, and that’s allowed me to help grow the business with Strathmore.”
Integrity and trust
Integrity and Trust begins with you because, at Strathmore, we view long-term relationships with our clients as the most important investment we can make and the foundation of a strong and lasting company.
From Gardener to Account Manager
Jonathan has been a vital member of the Strathmore team for over 10 years. He has built his expertise from the ground up, beginning as a gardener in 2009.
Through Strathmore’s commitment to excellence and continuing education, Jon was able to complete his DEP in Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations in 2011. Jon has a well-rounded understanding of what makes a property look great while respecting a client’s investment in their landscape. He has put this to work for Strathmore clients as an Account Manager since 2014.
Presently as Senior Account Manager, he is busy guiding our Account Managers as they cultivate long-term relationships with our clients. When he is not working, he spends as much time as possible with his wife and three boys, partakes in many activities at Church, and is an avid sports fan.
“I feel like I’m part of the Strathmore family. We work in a team, outdoors, and we do our work well knowing that clients are satisfied.”
At Strathmore, we believe in presenting clients with solutions, not problems. That’s why every employee is trained to spot a potential problem and fix it.
From Team Member to Team Leader
Ghislaine has been a key member of the Strathmore team since 2014. Her positive attitude and leadership qualities allowed her to grow from crew member to crew leader in just a few short months. Ghislaine, known to the team as “Gigi” is a bright light in the team, bringing joy to our crew room even on the darkest and coldest of mornings.
Gigi has maintained the same properties for many years, overseeing all aspects from spring cleanup to summer maintenance to fall shutdown. Ghislaine treats these properties as if they were her own and takes great pride and ownership in seeing the landscapes mature and appreciate in value.
When she is not working, she spends her time gardening in her yard, reading, riding her bike to the market, and fishing.
‘‘Being an arborist is one of the coolest jobs there is! Everybody is always interested in what’s happening. Everyday is a new challenge because every tree is different.”
Safe and smart
At Strathmore, working safely and smartly is paramount to doing each job well.
From Farmer to Climber
While completing his DEC in farm management from McGill, Kyle developed a passion for tree climbing as a member of the intercollegiate lumberjacking team.
He became an ISA certified arborist in 2013 and after many years working for himself, he joined the Strathmore Arboriculture team in 2018 as Crew Leader and Climber.
Kyle sets a standard of excellence in his role. If you have the chance to see Kyle at work, you might find him in a bucket truck, 65-feet in the air or coordinating efforts with a crane operator for large-scale removals. His peers look up to him for his technical expertise as well as his unwavering commitment to safety.
When he is not climbing trees, he loves to ride his motorcycle.
“Ensuring consistency in the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our clients are two things that are very important to me.”
At Strathmore, we seek to add value to each interaction we have with others. We treat each property as if it were our own.
From Moldova to Montreal
Sergiu has been a key member of the Strathmore team since 2014. The respect he shows for his fellow team members, for the quality of work, and for our clients has been vital in his growth from team member to Supervisor in just 2 years.
Hailing from Moldova, where he graduated from University with a degree in Landscape Management, Sergiu is continuing to refine his skills by completing a certificate in horticulture and greenspace management at Université Laval.
Since 2019, Sergiu was given the mandate of overseeing the maintenance of the Baron de Hirsch Cemetery and has taken great pride in ensuring top-quality work. In 2020, he has also taken on the role of training the crew for our new Toronto branch. For Sergiu, the client always comes first.
When he is not working, he loves to cook delicious vegan meals, spend time outdoors with his two kids, and practice yoga.
‘‘What I love about my work is the evolution. We never finish learning about horticulture, I still learn every day. Horticulture changes a lot depending on new trends, different culture, climate and seasons. I am very proud to be a part of making the world a better place for future generations.”
Open to new ideas
At Strathmore, team members are constantly challenging themselves to be better, and, without question, we believe that it improves our company as a whole.
A Passion for Growth
After working at a nursery and garden centre for a few years and developing a passion for horticulture, Amélie decided to change from her studies in the Arts to Horticulture at L’ITA.
Amélie first came to Strathmore in 2018 at only 20 years old, already having several years of experience! She started as crew leader in landscaping and quickly made her way to a key position for an important tree contract for the City of Montreal.
Amélie’s dedication and positive attitude has allowed her to grow quickly and touch different fields of work in a short period of time. In the winter of 2019, she was promoted to Snow dispatcher and now is field supervisor for two different sectors.
In keeping with Strathmore’s value of continuous learning, Amélie enrolled in the workplace apprenticeship program just a few weeks after starting at Strathmore and is now recognized as a Qualified Landscaper by the Province of Quebec and her peers. She is currently completing The Recognition of Acquired Competencies (RAC) program.
When she is not working, she likes drawing, spending time with family and friends, and cooking. Especially with chocolate!