Superintendent In Residence


The Univeristy of Guelph's Superintendent in Residence (SIR) is a unique event where an experienced industry professional is invited to spend a few days on campus with students and instructors from the Associate Diploma in Turfgrass Management (ADTM) and Turf Manager's Short Course (TMSC) programs. Students and faculty have the opportunity to spend time both in and out of the classroom with the Superintendent in Residence during their stay. Typically held on the evening of the final day, the SIR is invited to give a presentation open to the public which is often followed by a social event. Presentation topics often include unique agronomic challenges, lessons in communication, using technology, staff management advice and personal messages.  This is truly a wonderful program that we are proud to host and are thankful to the groups of industry sponsors who support the event each year.  

2019 - Cory Janzen - Westmount Golf and Country Club, Kitchener, Ontario

"Work-life Balance, it IS Achievable!"


Cory Janzen BSc.(Agr.) is Course Superintendent at Westmount Golf & Country Club, a classic Stanley Thompson designed private club consistently ranked among the top 15 in Canada. Originally from Kitchener, Cory began working in golf course maintenance at Dundee Country Club in the mid-80s.  Upon finishing high school, Cory was a student at the University of Guelph where he first attended the Turf Managers Short Course and then received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1993.  During University work terms, he worked on the Green Staff at Glen Abbey GC and then at Westmount G&CC in 1992.  In 1993, Cory moved to Woodbridge to become Assistant Superintendent at the Board of Trade Country Club.  He was Assistant for five years and was then promoted to Superintendent when longtime Superintendent Gord Witteveen retired.  Cory was Superintendent for three seasons at the Board of Trade before returning to Westmount as Superintendent in 2001.  As a strong believer in environmentally responsible golf course management, he spearheaded the effort that resulted in the Board of Trade Country Club becoming only the tenth golf course in Canada to receive full certification under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. In addition to his duties as Superintendent, Cory has taught college level courses in Turfgrass Management at Humber and Georgian Colleges and served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation, and is the immediate Past-President of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association.   

Cory has been married for 22 years and has two children Kaitlyn (17) and Tyler (14). In his spare time, he can often be found around the rinks of Southern Ontario watching his daughter figure skate or his son play hockey.


Event Information

When: February 13th, 2019

Time: Doors open at 5:30pm

Where: Cutten Fields, Guelph, Ontario

Cost: Free!!

Registration: Click here!


2018 - Dean Graves, CGCS

The Superintendent in Residence for 2018 was Dean Graves from Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Dean has been the Golf Course Manager at Chevy Chase Club for the past 18 years.  Under Graves' leadership, Chevy Chase Club underwent a $6.5 million restoration and grow-in; a significant facility upgrade that restored the classic property which was founded in 1892.  Prior to Chevy Chase Club, Graves served as the Golf Course Manager at Bethesda Country Club from 1989 to 2000.  At Bethesda CC, Graves had to opportunity of managing a major restoration project as well as hosting prestigious tournaments such as the Greater Washington Open (1989) and the Mazda LPGA Championships (1990-1994). Dean is well known and respected by staff, work associated and industry peers for his tremendous leadership style which fosters an inclusive culture of good communication, staff motivation and mentoring.  Dean received his Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences from The University of Delaware (1979) and later enrolled in the Turf Management Degree at Pennsylvania State University (1981).  We are honoured to host Dean Graves as our 2018 Superintendent in Residence and hope you will be able to join us for the presentation.  

2017 Thomas Bastis

The Superintendent in Residence for 2017 was Thomas Bastis from the California Golf Club of San Francisco.  Bastis is a certified arborist, pest control advisor, certified irrigation auditor and the Turfnet/Syngenta 2010 Superintendent of the Year.  He holds a qualified applicators license and C-27 landscape contractor license.  Bastis is an advocate of using new technology alongside traditional maintenance practices to manage his course in the most environmentally and economically efficient manner.

2016 - Lucas Andrews

The Superintendent in Residence for 2016 was Lucas Andrews, Dye's Valley Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA.  Lucas is a class of 2010 DTM graduate and alumnus who was inspired in his turfgrass career by 2008 Superintendent in Residence Gordon McKie.  Luca interned with Gordon at The Old Course at St. Andrew's during his time as a turfgrass student at the University of Guelph.


2015 - Doug Meyer

Ice Damage: Reflections on Forty Years of Experience in Quebec

The Superintendent in Residence for 2015 was Mr. Doug Meyer, superintendent at Beaconsfield Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec. Mr. Meyer graduated from the University of Guelph associate diploma program and worked briefly as a turfgrass research technician on campus before pursuing his career in professional turf management

2014 Stefan Nilsson

Practical Greenkeeping in Scandinavia

Stefan Nilsson, Course Manager
Vallda Golf & Country Club
Gothenburg, Sweden

Superintendent in Residence 2014 Public Lecture & Webcast "Practical Greenkeeping in Scandinavia" 

2013 Tom Brodeur

Balancing Nature with Championship Conditions

Tom Brodeur, Golf Course Superintendent
TPC Boston
Norton, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 2012

Keith Bartlett

If I Only Knew This Twenty Years Ago 

Superintendent in Residence 2012 Public Lecture & Webcast

Keith Bartlett, Golf Course Superintendent
St. Georges Golf & Country Club
Toronto, Ontario

2011 Ken Siems

The Global Superintendent: Lessons Learned.

Superintendent in Residence 2011 Public Lecture & Webcast 

Ken Siems, CGS, MG, Project Manager
Jinhai Lake, Beijing, China

2010 Jeff Carlson

Seven Years of Organic Management 

Superintendent in Residence 2010 Public Lecture & Webcast

Jeff Carlson, CGCS
The Vineyard Golf Club
​Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA

Previous Superintendents in Residence include:

  • 2005 Rhod Trainor, Hamilton Golf Club, Anacaster, ON
  • 2006 Paul Robertson, Victoria Golf Club, Victoria, BC
  • 2007 Mark Kuhns, Baltusrol Golf Club, New Jersey, USA
  • 2008 Gordon McKie, St. Andrews Old Course, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • 2009 Blake McMaster, Royal Montreal Golf Club, Montreal, QC