Burnaby landscaping biz, B.C.'s largest, turns 40 this summer

Para Space has grown from one man in 1979 to more than 165 employees taking on 337 contracts this year

The largest landscaping company in the province is turning 40 this summer.

Burnaby-based Para Space has also reached a new record this year, employing more than 165 people and taking on nine intern students from Canada and the U.S. Those students are spending the summer with Para Space to earn school credits toward horticulture and landscape design.

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Since it started in 1979, the business has grown from one man, Peter Foley, and six contracts in the first 18 months to its current employee count and 337 contracts.

Para Space has also been “heavily involved” in the local community, volunteering to upgrade the patio greenspace at Burnaby General Hospital in 2015.

According to Para Space, the company leads in health and safety programs and invests into research and development on green initiatives, “providing our clients with the best possible environmentally friendly services.”

The company won awards for a Fairview property in Vancouver and the Bissonnette Residence in Burnaby last November.

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