Our Staff

Meet the Team

Gord Nickel, Owner

Gord began working in the industry in 1977, when at 14 he worked for Plants Plus in Chilliwack. He moved to Victoria in 1978 and started working for Cannor Nursery in 1980. In 2005 he received the BC Landscape and Nursery Association Outstanding Service Award. He continued working at Cannor and in 2007, Gord took full ownership of the Nursery.

In 1996 Gord became the host of “Get Up & Grow,” a national half-hour gardening show airing on Global TV for 9 years where he supplied practical gardening instruction to viewers. Gord Nickel’s passion for the horticultural industry is evident in everything he does.

In recent years, Gord began focusing on a new project: the evolution of Cannor Nursery into Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre, an all in one destination for all your outdoor needs including design and installation. Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is the place to come to do it yourself, or have it done for you.



Mike James, Wildwood Waterscapes & Landscapes

Mike James was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Throughout his life, he has had a keen interest in art, graphic design and photography.  He started out in designing and building residential and commercial aquariums, and eventually progressed to working for the University of Victoria in the Aquatic Research Facility, conducting research, designing student projects and managing the $3 million re-circulation facility. Mike acquired a Certificate of completion in Advanced Recirculation Systems from Cornell University through their program at Virginia Tech. He is trained as a “Small Water Systems” & “Wastewater Treatment” Level 1 Operator with the EOCP, Certified with Cast Lighting as a landscape lighting installer, and is proud to be a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor. Mike is in their top 100 water feature installers in North America.

Mike James has teamed up with Gord Nickel and the Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre to provide the center with a full service design and installation department. Mike has been designing ponds and outdoor living spaces for many years and is passionate about creating functional and yet visually striking creations.


Jasmine Maxwell, Store Manager

Jasmine is a born and raised islander. She started at Cannor Nursery in 2001 and has been in the industry for over 25 years. She comes from a long line of avid gardeners and has always carried that passion with her. The name Jasmine suits her chosen career perfectly!

You can reach her at jasmine@wildwoodoutdoorliving.com


Nolan Gray, Aquatics

Nolan is our aquatics expert and has always had a passion for helping people. He found his niche when he started working at Cannor Nursery and has been selling Beachcomber Hot Tubs, a product he is passionate about, ever since! Nolan believes spas can truly help people and is proud assist our customers in finding the right one for them.


Laura Hamilton, Operations Coordinator

Laura joined the team in 2017 after many years working in the hospitality industry. Laura has her finger on the pulse of the office, answers customer inquiries and maintains our design team’s scheduling.



Andrew Croucher

Andrew has been a part of our team for over 10 years. You’ll often see him around the nursery eager to help wherever needed!