Meet The Team
Chris Urquhart: President & CEO
Chris hails from Halifax and although he’s lived in Ottawa for 30 years his “formative years” were spent in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and with regular family trips to New Brunswick and PEI. He studied Botany and Zoology at St. Mary’s University, so starting a company that cares for plants was a logical progression.
As Green Unlimited has grown his work has evolved into managing people and systems and sharing his technical knowledge for program design and development. A big emphasis here is his push for continuing education for all levels of the Green Team (as he likes to call us).
Giving back to the community has also been something Chris has instilled in us. His wife, Sharon, created “The Day of Tribute” 12 years ago. This event brings many local members of our industry together for a hard day of work at the Beechwood Cemetery wherein we work on the Veterans and DND sections to show our appreciation to the men and women and their families that have given all of us the freedoms we sometimes may take for granted. Chris is also an active member of Landscape Ontario and has served on its Board of Directors. He continues to chair the Golf Committee, which has raised over $30,000 for CHEO and now directs its efforts to YouTurn, a youth intervention program local to Ottawa (a program worth checking out if you haven’t heard of it). When not at work, Chris enjoys golfing, playing hockey, and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Steve Perigny: Operations Manager
Steve is our resident techy and problem solver, so his responsibilities include coming up with policies and procedures that ensure our technicians are performing their duties as thoroughly and efficiently as possible, and that they are as knowledgeable as possible so that they can identify problems on their own and provide our clients with the most informed, professional service in the industry.
When he’s not on the clock, Steve is the classic dad. He shares a home with his wife, four beautiful children, and two dogs, Alfredsson and Taco, and can usually be found helping with homework, or shuttling everyone around #DadTaxi. When they can get away, Steve and his family love to go camping so they can spend more time together while enjoying the great outdoors.
Aaron Lemieux: Sales Manager
Originally from the bustling metropolis of South Porcupine, Ontario, Aaron’s been a proud Ottawan since 2018. A Nipissing (Honours B.A. in History & Political Science) and Wilfrid Laurier (M.A. in Political Science) graduate, Aaron comes to us from the tech startup world, so he uses this knowledge to help Green Unlimited grow and become more innovative.
When he’s not at work, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, watching his beloved Leafs (Boo!), Cowboys, Jays, and Raptors, or reading about politics. He also spends his time giving back to the community by serving as the Director-At-Large of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, which provides food assistance to families in need in the Barrhaven area. Aaron’s words to live by: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Amber M. Office Administrator
Amber is originally from the small town of Lennoxville, Quebec, and moved to Ottawa in 2009 to attend Algonquin College. She graduated in the Spring of 2011 from the Public Relations program and fell in love with Ottawa, so she decided to make it her new home.
Amber joined the Green Unlimited family in May of 2016, and is very passionate about the work she does. She is an extremely caring individual, and is always willing to help her teammates with anything, be it work related or regarding their personal lives.
In her free time, Amber likes to hang out with her furbabies, especially Lily who is a rescue cat she adopted in March of 2018 when Lily was just a kitten. She also enjoys horror movies, photography and traveling. Her favorite locations she’s been to thus far are a tie between Las Vegas and Punta Cana.
Richard Groen: Senior Technician
Richard was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964, although he left when he was 2,
so he considers Ottawa his hometown. He joined the Green Unlimited team back in April of 2009, and is a licensed and trained pesticide applicator.
When he’s not on the road making Ottawa lawns green, he is actively involved in the
local film industry. He has acted and produced many films in the area, and has shot three feature films that have won numerous awards in various international film festivals in places like Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. It is while pursuing this hobby that he met our President and CEO, Chris Urquhart, who is also an actor.
Richard is engaged to his lovely fiancée, Julianne, with whom he owns a home in Cardinal, Ontario, along the St. Lawrence River.
Diana K: Customer Support Specialist
Diana was born and raised in Ottawa, and comes to us with years of office and sales
experience. She spent many years in the medical field, wherein she gained the
ability to deal with people, listen to the needs of clients, and give the best
possible recommendations. She amassed an impressive 17 medical diplomas and certificates throughout her career, but decided in 2018 that it was time to sell her business so she could move onto other things. Our clients can be at ease when speaking with her because she brings a ton of experience to the table, and will listen intently so she can tell you exactly what your property needs so it can look its best.
In her spare time, Diana loves taking her fur baby labradoodle for
walks, and meeting people that have a similar love of dogs. She also has a
beautiful granddaughter who she adores and enjoys spending time with. Diana looks forward to answering any questions you may have so you can be the lawn expert of your neighbourhood. Her words to live by are “Take care of yourself so you can be there for others”.