Who's behind this whole Northscaping thing?
James (Jim) Kohut
James is the inspiration and visionary behind the Northscaping concept. He's an experienced business executive who has served in senior management capacities in the private sector for over 15 years. An engineering technologist and application programmer by trade, he is also an accomplished public speaker, having appeared on national television and presented at major conventions and seminars across North America. He is a self-taught landscape designer and hobby gardener who has designed and installed numerous landscapes in the harsh zone 3 environment of the eastern Prairies. He's an avid collector of exotic "out-of-zone" trees and shrubs, so much so that his yard has literally run out of space, forcing him to tactfully "borrow" the neighbors' landscapes (to their benefit, of course). A seasoned landscaping and gardening writer, he has written numerous articles for the Northscaping Info Zone, he has authored a regular column in Northern Gardener magazine, and was the Guest Editor for The Prairie Garden 2007, an annual publication for northern gardeners. James has only one aspiration in life, and that's to have Northscaping touch the lives and yards of every homeowner and gardener in the North.
Stefan Fediuk, B.E.S., M. Land. Arch.
Chief Editorial Director
Stefan is the resident horticultural expert at Northscaping. He has been actively involved in the landscape and garden industry as a Professional Landscape Architect and Horticulturalist for over 25 years. He's got his masters degree in Landscape Architecture, and currently teaches classes in horticulture and landscape design at the University of Manitoba. Stefan's experience spans both the public and private sectors, with such notable positions as urban Landscape Architect and Head Gardener of some of the largest parks, sculpture and historical display gardens in Canada, and Chief Horticulturalist for several major garden centers. A member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, he has numerous urban and residential landscape designs and studies to his credit across North America. Stefan is an accomplished gardening writer who has published numerous papers and articles, including his popular weekly column ('Stefan's Corner') which appears on Northscaping. He was featured as the Guest Editor for The Prairie Garden 2006, and is a regular columnist in Northern Gardener magazine. He has appeared on television in the United States and Canada and is an accomplished speaker, frequently invited to speak at gardening and landscaping events across the continent. He offers presentations, seminars and workshops on a wide variety of topics in horticulture and landscape design.
Shannon Langan, ISP
Art and Style Director
Shannon is the creative force behind Northscaping, and is the developer of the Northscaping image and website design; if you think this site looks great, it's thanks to her exceptional talents. Shannon is the owner and principal photographer of Kiss The Girl Photography, a Winnipeg-based studio specializing in wedding, boudoir, glamour and family photography. She has been a Professional Designer for over 15 years, working with international companies from countries such as Canada, the United States, Turkey, China and India. Starting as a Graphic Designer, Shannon’s unique design skills were a natural fit for the home style market and led her into the world of Interior Design, Event Planning and Home Staging. Shannon is a regular Style and Design writer for the Northscaping Info Zone, and was a featured expert on Chatelaine.com/Domestic Diva’s website. Shannon is ISP & MGDC certified (International Staging Professional, Professional Member – Graphic Designers of Canada). Shannon is also Northscaping's resident PR expert, ensuring that all northern homeowners, landscapers and gardeners discover Northscaping!
Director of Sales & Marketing
Director of Technology
There are two other members of the core Northscaping Team who prefer to remain behind the scenes, hard at work making Northscaping a phenomenon in the internet world of landscaping and gardening. The Director of Sales & Marketing, who shall remain anonymous, is a true marketing genius with a knack for making businesses successful using innovative and often unconventional methods. The Director of Technology, whose name shall not be mentioned, is a diehard "techie" and programming guru with incredible application development talents. He admittedly doesn't know a thing about plants, and doesn't really care, either. Besides these, Northscaping has a team of developers and contractors who work behind the scenes to make this website a reality. Without all of their contributions, Northscaping simply wouldn't be possible. You'll just have to trust that they really do exist!
Now, aren't you glad you asked?