71 episodes

An in-depth look into Canada’s landscape and snow removal industry. Hosted by Grant Harrison, a 30-year veteran who has taken his vast knowledge and experience and built a successful coaching business in Nextra Consulting. Featuring one-on-one interviews with business owners, industry giants, national suppliers, innovators and support organizations. Learn business management lessons and strategies from some of the most professional companies in Canada. 

Nextra Presents...‪!‬ Grant Harrison

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

An in-depth look into Canada’s landscape and snow removal industry. Hosted by Grant Harrison, a 30-year veteran who has taken his vast knowledge and experience and built a successful coaching business in Nextra Consulting. Featuring one-on-one interviews with business owners, industry giants, national suppliers, innovators and support organizations. Learn business management lessons and strategies from some of the most professional companies in Canada. 

    Episode 70 - Nextra Update/Powergroup Resources (W/guest Jake DeJong)

    Episode 70 - Nextra Update/Powergroup Resources (W/guest Jake DeJong)

    There have been some recent changes at Nextra! In this episode, Grant and Marla share about those changes, and the circumstances that set the changes in motion. Then Grant speaks with Jake DeJong from PowerGroup Resources about their part in the changes and what the future holds for both PowerGroup and Nextra. 


    Episode Links:

    Connect with Jake
    519-865-2487
    Email
    PowerGroup Resources

    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn
    Twitter 

    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 30 min
    Episode 69 - Dave Hockley (Hockley Landscape)

    Episode 69 - Dave Hockley (Hockley Landscape)

    On today's episode, our HR Director, Charolette Cascioli talks with Dave Hockley from Hockley’s Landscaping in Simcoe. Hockley’s brought in two temporary foreign workers this year and Dave shares what that experience has been like for him and for his company as well as the staffing struggles that led up to using the TFW program and what the benefits have been since. If you are at all curious of how the TFW program could help you're business and what to hear directly from another contractor, you have come to the right place. 
    Episode Notes:

    Connect with Dave 
    519-909-0117
    Email 
    Hockley's Landscaping


    Episode Sponsor – Bidwell Financial
    Bidwell Financial website 
    James Fullerton phone: 416.906.3398
    James Fullerton email


    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn
    Twitter 


    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 35 min
    Episode 68 - Wendy Ladd (Jim Pattison Lease)

    Episode 68 - Wendy Ladd (Jim Pattison Lease)

    On today's episode, we welcome  back Wendy Ladd from Jim Pattison Lease. Wendy talks about the services JPL provides as well as gives us an update on the current vehicle market. She provides information on timelines and availability of new vehicles and outfitting, and then touches on what’s happening with electric vehicles as well as discounts available to contractors. We have Wendy on each year to give us all updates from the vehicle side of things and we love having her every time, enjoy!

    ** Apologies for the slight audio dips throughout this episode, sometimes when we record virtually, zoom does not like to cooperate but we feel it did not take away from the content of Wendy & Grants  great conversation**


    Episode links:
    Connect with Wendy 
    416.417.5233
    Wendy.ladd@jplease.com


    Jim Pattison Lease
    Website


    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn                                      
    Twitter 


    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 38 min
    Episode 67 - Paul Vanderzon

    Episode 67 - Paul Vanderzon

    On today's episode, Grant speaks with Paul Vanderzon, a lifetime landscape/snow industry professional and mentor to many. Paul has spent his life working in and advocating for the snow removal industry and its associations. Grant and Paul discuss his experience, the changes he’s seen in the industry and the ones he feels still need to happen as well as the benefits of snow contractors being part of associations like SIMA. This interview was a treat to record as Paul is full of experience, industry knowledge, and passion and we know you'll love listening to it.


    Episode Links
    Metal Pless
    SIMA
    En pleine têmpete TV show (season 1, episode 1)
    Project Snow Fighter episodes


    Connect with Paul
    Email
    LinkedIn


    Episode Sponsor: Jim Pattison Lease
    Wendy Ladd
    416.417.5233
    Wendy.ladd@jplease.com


    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn                                      
    Twitter 


    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 66 - Ryan Quigley & Mitch Bursey (Storm Solutions +)

    Episode 66 - Ryan Quigley & Mitch Bursey (Storm Solutions +)

    On today's episode, Grant talks with Ryan Quigley and Mitch Bursey from Storm Solutions made a transition to liquid brine in 2019 and they share how they made that transition, what was involved, and how they trained their staff. Storm Solutions Plus is their sales, service and parts business. They are the Canadian dealer for VSI by Boss and for MetalPless snow blades and they were excited to share their story!

    Episode Links:

    Connect with Ryan
    Email
    LinkedIn
    Facebook
     
    Connect with Mitch 
    Email
    LinkedIn 
    Facebook
     
    Storm Solutions Plus 
    Website
    Facebook
    YouTube
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    705-775-7587
     
    Other Links
    VSI by Boss 
    MetalPless
    Innovative Surface Solutions
     
    Episode Sponsor: Jim Pattison Lease
    Wendy Ladd
    416.417.5233
    Wendy.ladd@jplease.com
     
    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn                                      
    Twitter 
     
    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 36 min
    Episode 65 - Brian Cotter (LGMP/Durham Artificial Grass)

    Episode 65 - Brian Cotter (LGMP/Durham Artificial Grass)

    On Today's episode, Grant is joined by Brian Cotter. Brian is the president of Lloyd’s Grounds Management Professionals and Durham Artificial Grass. Brian and Grant talk about about his history in the landscape industry, his dual businesses, the growth of the artificial turf industry and about the company culture he and his leadership team have created. They also give some sage wisdom on investing in your company and your people by hiring consultants and being part of peer groups.
    Unfortunately, there were some spots where Brian cuts out a bit due to connection, but it does not take away from the message being presented.  Brian & Grant cover a lot of ground in this episode and we know you’ll appreciate all he has to share. 

    Episode Links:

    Connect with Brian
    Email
    905-263-2225


    Lloyd’s Grounds Management Professionals
    Website
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    YouTube


    Durham Artificial Grass
    Website
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    YouTube


    Other Links
    Jeffrey Scott 
    Jacki Hart


    Episode Sponsor: Jim Pattison Lease
    Wendy Ladd
    416.417.5233
    Wendy.ladd@jplease.com


    Connect with Grant
    Email
    519.868.6398
    LinkedIn                                      
    Twitter 


    Nextra Consulting
    Website
    Facebook
    Instagram
    LinkedIn

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

C.hockley ,

Best landscape business podcast

I have listened to quite a few podcasts and have found nextras podcast to be one of the best for landscape business and growth. Grant and his guests are very knowledgeable in the profession and I always look forward to listening to the podcast. In fact this podcast is the reason we are currently using nextra in our personal landscape business today!

Frosty mermaid ,

Applicable advice to other industries too ☺️

Thanks Grant for sharing your experience and network connections with everyone through your podcast.

Rockerchris ,

Awesome podcast

Just enjoyed listening to Grant’s interview with Paul St. Pierre. Very insightful. Looking forward to hearing more episodes from industry titans!

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