General Manager/Executive Professional
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Gilles Dufort joined the PGA of Canada back in 1978 where he launched his golf management career and worked at three different clubs before deciding to relocating to British Columbia in 1984. He spent two seasons at the Whistler Golf Club, before joining Capilano Golf & Country Club in January 1986 for three seasons.
Gilles then returned to the Whistler Golf Club in the capacity of Director of Golf for the 1989 golf season until the fall of 1989 when he was appointed in the same capacity at University Golf Club.
He remained at UGC until 1994, joining The Harvest Golf Club as the first Head Professional in its inaugural year. In 1995, he was provided the opportunity to become the General Manager at The Harvest and performed both positions for the following 10 years.
Gilles has served on the PGA of BC board of directors on two different occasions, including a term as President in 1999/2000. He also served on multiple committee and boards, notably with the Okanagan Golf Alliance, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and the BDC.
Gilles is the co-founder and trustee of The Sandman Harvest Celebrity Golf Classic that has raised in excess of $1.2 million for local charities benefiting ill and under privileged children in the Okanagan.
Currently serving on the committee of Kelowna’s Future Tennis professional tournament, Gilles latest project is the creation of a new junior development program called “Grow Through Golf” with The Harvest partnering with additional golf courses for the purpose of introducing and promoting junior golf in the Kelowna area.
Over the last 24 years, golf clubs he has been affiliated with have been nominated and received multiple awards for service and operational excellence. Gilles has personally been nominated for Head Professional of the Year by the PGA of BC on three separate occasions, receiving the award in 1994.