John R. Bladon, President and founder, has been immersed in golf, business, turfgrass and the environment since childhood. Since graduating from University of Guelph and studying at Cornell, John has helped construct and grow in two golf courses and in the early part of his career, spent nine years as a golf course superintendent.
Of late, in addition to having done work for a large multinational within Marketing, Innovation and Agronomy, John has been an active participant in many other facets of the industry. John has authored in excess of 50 articles and executed more than 50 presentations ranging from business and agronomy, to physiology and chemistry to communications and sustainability. He has lectured to students, golf superintendents, boards of directors and club memberships, regulatory groups, growers, lawn care operators and employees, governments, municipalities and golf course owners alike on a “common sense” approach to management.
After having done a series of site consultations on a part time basis, and numerous continued requests from professionals in the field, John launched The Chimera Group; his own management, communications and consulting firm with a small group of strategic partnerships and affiliations. With a clear need for practical solutions within the industry, work began with end user professionals and a wide variety of industry interests groups through on site consultations, strategic communications training, technical support, education and management of research data.
Chimera also works in partnership and manages the brand of the Canadian Turfgrass Advisory Group. The group's intent is to bring industry professionals together with contracted PhDs to educate and problem solve in the field. Collectively, this group are largely thought of as Canada’s authority on turfgrass management. They are dedicated to stewardship projects primarily with golf and sport turf facilities from coast to coast and furthering research and education on turfgrasses nationally and abroad.
In his spare time, John enjoys golf, travel and is an avid photographer. He has visited and photographed more than 30 countries around the globe including time spent in New Zealand and Australia, Central and South America and the Middle East.