Our Faculty

Grant Fraser, M.Ed., M.B.A.

Professor: Survey of Golf I and II, Event Management, Psychology of Golf

Grant Fraser has been involved with the professional golf management program at Niagara College since day one. Prior to teaching at Niagara College, Mr. Fraser established the first professional golf management program in Ontario at Humber College in 1995 and the Golf Management Institute of Canada in 1999. Mr. Fraser is a Golf Journalists’ Association of Canada award winning photographer and writer and is the author of “50 of Ontario’s Greatest Public Golf Courses”, “Golf Access” and “Golf Smart.” In addition, Mr. Fraser has served on the ranking panel for several of Canada’s leading golf magazines including Score Golf, Ontario Golf News and Fairways. In recent editions of the National Post’ s Golf magazine, he was recognized as being one of the Top 25 Most Influential Individuals in Canadian Golf.

Anne E. Edgar, B.Comm., C.A.

Professor: Rules of Golf and Competitive Tournaments, Finance I and II

Anne Edgar is a chartered accountant with over 18 years business experience including 9 years as a partner of Ernst & Young, LLP. Ms. Edgar has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Ladies’ Golf Association, the Brampton Golf Club Limited, and the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club Limited. In addition, Ms. Edgar has worked as a rules official with the Canadian Junior Golf Association, the Golf Association of Ontario and Golf Canada.

Warren Crosbie, CPGA

Professor: Retail Management and Marketing Management

Warren Crosbie is a golf industry veteran having served as the Head Golf Professional at the Bayview Country Club in Toronto for over 30 years. Mr. Crosbie was named “Retailer of the Year” by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Canada and served as the president of the PGA of Canada from 2005 to 2007. Throughout his career, Mr. Crosbie has served on several boards including the Golf Management Institute of Canada, the PGA of Canada and the Golf Association of Ontario where he is currently the chair of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame selection committee.

Doug Lawrie, C.P.G.A.

Professor: Golf Swing Fundamentals

Doug Lawrie is the founder and president of the Focus Golf Group. Prior to establishing the Focus Golf Group, Mr. Lawrie was the Head Golf Professional at the Lakeview and Braeben Golf Courses in Mississauga. Prior to joining Lakeview, Mr. Lawrie worked at such reputable golf courses as the Board of Trade in Toronto, the Trafalgar Golf and Country Club in Oakville, the Georgetown Golf Club, and Glen Abbey. Mr. Lawrie has been a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Canada for over 20 years. In 2012, Mr. Lawrie received the Junior Teacher of the Year Award from both the Ontario PGA and the PGA of Canada.

John Piccolo, B.A.

Professor: Golf Operations Management

John Piccolo is the owner of Piccolo’s Custom Golf Shop located at the Eagle Valley Golf Club in Niagara Falls. Mr. Piccolo obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Ryerson University and has been the golf columnist for the St. Catharines Standard newspaper since 1998. Mr. Piccolo specializes in building custom golf clubs and club repairs.

Marc Skinner, DIPL.AA., CFM

Professor: Food and Beverage Management

Marc Skinner has over 25 years managerial experience in the food and beverage/golf management industry. Mr. Skinner currently oversees the operations of the Lakeview and Braeben Golf Courses for the City of Mississauga. Mr. Skinner also worked for the Niagara Parks Commission where he managed the Whirlpool Golf Club. Marc is a graduate of Niagara College where he obtained a diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Administration Program and a diploma in Arts & Administration. Mr. Skinner is Smart Serve Certified, holds a Wine Council Certificate of Merit and is accredited by the Canadian Foodservices Association as a CFM (Certified Foodservice Manager). Marc holds Instructor Certificates in F&B Management, Purchasing, F&B Service and Security from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association and has been awarded a 2004 Part-Time Studies Teaching Service Award from Niagara College.

John Taylor, C.G.S.A.

Professor: Golf Course Architecture

John Taylor is a graduate of the first class of the Golf Course Technician program at Seneca College. After graduation, Mr. Taylor accepted the superintendent position at the Twenty Valley Golf and Country Club in Vineland, Ontario where he served for 18 years. In 2000, Mr. Taylor moved to Welland, Ontario to assume the superintendent position at the newly constructed, Graham Cooke-designed, Hunters Pointe Golf Course. In addition to serving as the course superintendent, Mr. Taylor was involved in all phases of the design and construction of the golf course. Mr. Taylor has been active in various golf associations and served as the president of the Ontario Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1995 and president of the Western Ontario Golf Superintendents Association. Mr. Taylor is currently the Property Manager of the Grand Niagara Resort.