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You’ve Got What It Takes: Paul Eden from The Gardener

How he got here:

  • Born in Halifax, Paul moved frequently when he was growing up between cities like Ottawa, Victoria and Toronto. “I went to five schools in one year,” he says. “My dad was in the military, so we lived on the bases. I was mostly into sports at the time and we had great fitness facilities at our fingertips.”
  • After finishing high school in Ottawa, Paul did clerical work for the federal government, then moved to Toronto in 1977 to pursue a career in the manufacturing sector. His work in this field included sales, distribution, project management and consulting, but mostly purchasing and materials management.
  • In 1998, he moved into information technology (IT), helping implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems for the pulp and paper industry. Then he helped optimize these systems for the furniture industry from 2001 to 2004. “Going from purchasing to IT was a big jump,” he says.
  • In 2005, he took a consulting position with another company that was integrating the ERP software with proprietary manufacturing execution software (MES) systems, also for the pulp and paper industry. The work had him travelling for most of the year, visiting clients in the U.S., Mexico, the U.K., Israel and Kuwait.
  • In 2008, the pulp and paper industry took a big hit from the recession, putting what Paul calls a “crashing halt” to investment in new business systems. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next,” he says.
  • Having always been handy at gardening and enjoying the outdoors, Paul went to work for a landscaping company and looked for an opportunity to buy his own. His research in early 2009 brought him to The Gardener. After a few months, he was able to sign a deal.
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  1. Hello,

    I am interested in looking into a franchise. I am in my fourties and have worked for a big Canadian company for 31 years. I love the outdoors and I have always loved property maintenance and any outdoor work. Is it time for a change?

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