By Mike Jiggens
June 4, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
This year marks Turf & Rec’s second consecutive mission to find the best young talent in the industry in Canada who have yet to reach their 40th birthdays. Whether they are employed in the golf, landscaping, sports turf or other sector of the industry, these chosen individuals have made significant contributions to their profession over the years and are setting an example for their peers, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals.
Turf & Rec wishes to thank The Toro Company for its sponsorship of the Top 10 Under 40 program.
This week we feature Amanda Gillies, 24, director of sales and marketing, Maritime Green Products, Moncton, N.B.
Gillies is looked upon as part of the next generation of female leaders in the industry. As a key component of the family owned and operated distribution company, Maritime Green Products (MGP), she currently holds the position of director of sales and marketing.
Owned by the Gillies family, MGP operates out of Moncton and is recognized as a leading supplier to golf courses, municipalities and landscape contractors across Eastern Canada.
Gillies holds a business administration degree from Crandall University and recently graduated from the Rutgers professional turfgrass management program. The combination of her business acumen and passion for the turfgrass industry is said to be contagious, and she is one to watch in the years to come.
She is passionate about her customers and helps to problem-solve with them. Her first exposure to turf and horticulture came via the company’s wholly owned Sun Nurseries. Exposed to plants at a young age by her father, she began to absorb knowledge from him, allowing her love of plants and turfgrass to flourish.
In her spare time, Gillies likes to strum her acoustic guitar next to a campfire.