Gary van Bolderen is the founder of Dutch Masters Construction Services.
Born in the Netherlands, Gary came to Canada with his parents in 1952 when he was four years old. He grew up on a dairy and fruit farm near St. Catharines Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula region. His interest in farming led him to seek a future in agriculture through post secondary education at the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph. Since then, Gary has been involved in the farm building construction industry in many different capacities. He has sold lumber which opened the door to being an agricultural building sales rep, then specializing in barn construction.
In 1990 he decided to concentrate exclusively on the design and construction of horse facilities by establishing Dutch Masters Construction Services. This was a direct response to a client’s request for a project management service to encompass all aspects of the design and construction of new horse facilities and farmstead infrastructure. The company has grown to include his son, Greg, as a Project Coordinator and other support staff.
Gary is a charter member of the Canadian Farm Builders Association (CFBA) and has been the President for three terms. He has been recognized as Member of the Year for his volunteer services for the CFBA. He has served on many committees and continues to be a strong supporter of the Association’s work. Gary also serves as a Board Member for the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) which keeps a close eye on the policies at Queens’s Park and how they affect all types of construction across theProvince.
Gary has made presentations about the farm building industry at seminars, meetings and at trade conventions. He has also made presentations to students at college equestrian programs. Gary has written several media articles about topics concerning construction for the horse industry, as well as contributed to a book about horse management. He has also participated in continuing educational programs for ventilation, project supervision, health and safety, truss erection, quality assurance, concrete specifications, building codes, AutoCAD, and surveying.
Gary raised his family in Barrie and now lives with his wife, Sharyn, in Caledon East.