By Mike Jiggens
July 10, 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 Miranda (Moe) Robinson, 34, assistant superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, B.C.
An advocate for mental health, anxiety and women in turf, Robinson recently accepted a new position as assistant superintendent at Cordova Bay Golf Course in Victoria, B.C.
She has been featured on numerous podcasts, is the author of several articles in Golfdom and Golf Course Industry magazines, and is highly engaged on social media – namely Twitter where she has been named among the leading influential turf personalities.
Robinson bucks the trend of the superintendent known to dress in khaki pants, a collared shirt and blazer, and instead is more comfortable wearing an Iron Maiden T-shirt, jeans and running shoes.
Prior to joining the team at Cordova Bay, she was superintendent at Summerlea Golf Club in Port Perry, Ont. where she was a jack-of-all-trades – turning wrenches, grinding reels, applying fertilizer and pesticides, and looking after irrigation. At Summerlea, she worked with little budget and a small crew. All the while she simultaneously served as consulting superintendent for the nearby nine-hole Western Trent Golf Course.
Robinson employs a minimalistic management style and is often forced to be resourceful on a shoestring budget.