• Before starting my Real Estate career, I studied Interior Design at BCIT in Vancouver in 2009.
• Upon graduation, I decided to continue my education to study marketing and business at BCIT, specifically for Real Estate in 2011. As part of our curriculum, I worked on case studies with different Real Estate developers, including Bosa Properties and Beedie Living.
• I then started my career in sales at Mosaic Homes and helped successfully launch Fremont Blue in Port Coquitlam and Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows - both being townhome communities.
• After a couple of years, I had an opportunity to join MLA Canada, a sales and marketing Real Estate firm in Vancouver, as a Market Analyst / Advisory Manager. During this time, I worked with many different developers to help advise them on floorplan layouts, architectural designs, interior design concepts, and market data analysis and trends.
• I then grew my career to become a Marketing Manager at Anthem Properties and helped successfully launch projects across Metro Vancouver. On top of helping brand and market projects, I helped work and advise on floorplan layouts, interior design concepts, and also continued to do market data analysis and trends.
• 2 years ago, I joined Alabaster Homes and am now a Senior Marketing Manager. I have continued to utilize the skills I had at all previous companies to ensure the success of all our projects.
Diana Rose is the Principal and Creative Director for Diana Rose Design. Nationally published, known for creating tailored interiors that enhance and complement your lifestyle. Servicing Toronto & GTA, Muskoka www.dianarose.design @dianarosedesign.
Dolly Konzelmann is the President and CEO of CSPN. She has been in the customer service/customer experience industry for almost 25 years. CSPN has been empowering organizations to create a customer-centric culture and helping them differentiate their organization and brand. Dolly leads the company’s benchmarking, consulting, and training efforts that help many of the leading organizations build customer loyalty through the lens of the customer. CSPN is a recognized leader in the design and delivery of their numerous award-winning certified training programs including customer service, customer experience, change management and leadership.
CSPN hosts a number of events where people from all industries network, learn and acquire the knowledge they need to stay connected in this industry. Dolly is sought after speaker and has been interviewed on number on television and radio shows. She has been invited to be a judge on various service awards including the coveted FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers) and the BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) Awards.
I am a homebuilder and renovator. I founded Nofziger Construction 9 years ago. Our company has extensive experience with mid to high end residential work. I also have a Master's degree in theology. For me there is a lot of satisfaction in seeing quality work come to life in a project.
George, president of NVISION, has been an active player in the online world for over 20 years covering all aspects of digital marketing. The perfect compliment to George’s technical skills is his keen business sense which earned him the recognition of Entrepreneur of the year under 40. He has facilitated the execution of hundreds of websites and has been a pivotal factor in the revitalization of many businesses.
A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University and LEED AP design professional, Heidi holds licenses to practice in 12 states. She is a Fellow of the AIA and at the NY Chapter, she has been a member of the committee on Architecture for Education, Honors and Awards committee, Nominating committee, and a founding advisor to the Torch Mentorship program. She was honored by PWC as a Woman of Achievement and her work was included in the Built by Women exhibition curated by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in 2014.
John Farrow is the former CEO and Chair of LEA Group Holdings and is currently the President of LEA International. LEA is a Canadian company with a head office in Markham, Ontario. The company provides consulting and advisory services on infrastructure in 40 countries. LEA has been active in India since 1993 and currently has more than 2000 staff there providing services to all levels of government. This team of professionals supported by other LEA staff from around the world play major roles in implementing large infrastructure projects many of which are funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency also major public companies. John is a professional Management Consultant and City Planner. Prior to joining LEA lead he was a partner in Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) where he lead the Management Consulting practice and subsequently was the CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. He joined the LEA management team in 2001 and since then has been active in India playing leading roles in many major projects, including the preparation of a Transportation Plan and business plan for financing Mumbai infrastructure, the redevelopment of five major railway stations and the preparation of a comprehensive land use and transportation plan for the Greater Visakhapatnam Region. He has been a guest lecture at Indian Universities and is a speaker at events on enhancing Canadian Indian relations. Until recently he was a member of the Board of the West Northampton Development Corporation in the United Kingdom and recently served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the School of Urban Planning, at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Global Affairs Canada, Infrastructure Advisory Group, the Canadian Institute of Planners and The Royal Town Planning Institute.
Laura Grist is the Principal Interior Designer of Laura Grist Interior Design, a fresh and innovative interior design firm located in Port Moody, BC, specializing in residential design and renovation. The firm works with both residential and commercial clients across Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody and surrounding areas. Laura earned her Interior Design Diploma from The Art Institute of Vancouver and began practice as a Designer in a firm in Port Moody. Since 2008, she opened her own studio which enjoys helping clients transform their spaces into a vision of home.
Lynzi Michal joined FRPO in 2009 and leads the marketing, membership and events activities for the association. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of industries, Lynzi is a dynamic marketer with a passion for housing. Prior to FRPO, Lynzi held positions with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Spectra Venue Management working on high profile sports and entertainment events. Lynzi is a graduate of Western University and Fanshawe College.
Meet Manny Chatha, a highly experienced realtor operating out of Fraser Valley. With a focus on residential sales and new construction, Manny has made a name for himself as a trusted expert amongst his community and his fellow peers. As an active member of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and Board of Trade, Manny brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their role as a judge for the BILD Awards.
Since 2008, Mario has been a real estate sales and marketing professional. He has helped builders with sales of many projects throughout the GTA. In 2021, Mario opened Timberstone Realty which focuses on representing builders in their sales and marketing of pre-construction properties.
Mitchell Harpur, Vice President, Marketing, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing Limited, is accountable for the overall creative direction of a billion dollar plus per annum portfolio. Working with an established British Columbia wide new home pre-construction leader he has also developed a reputation for innovation, strategy, people development and technology.
Nishant is the Associate Publisher of Rental Housing Business (RHB) Magazine, Canada’s most widely read publication for Apartment Owners, Managers and Association Executives. Nishant is also the publisher of theANNUAL (the complete market perspective for the rental housing industry), FRPO’s FE Online Magazine and GTAAonline Magazine.
Rick joined Isle of Mann Property Group in 2007 where he began his career on the construction site. After developing his knowledge of best practices within the construction process Rick graduated to Project Manager, where he could oversee the full spectrum of a development from planning, design, financing and marketing to construction, sales and home delivery. As Director of Development & Construction, Rick oversees all development, construction and product delivery for IOM. He leads these divisions by providing direction for all planning and development files, implementation and oversight of construction processes, and ensures projects are delivered on time and on budget while maintaining exceptional standards of quality. Rick’s experience with the practicalities of development and construction, complemented by his knowledge of civil and structural engineering, makes him a valuable member of the Acquisition team by providing key insights during due diligence and proforma analysis. Rick holds a Certificate in Project Management, Real Estate Services, and Civil & Structural Engineering.
Core Competencies: Land Development, Commercial Construction ,Residential Construction, Civil Engineering, Acquisitions, Negotiations
Robert broke ground in the municipal sector, primarily focused in policy and legislative interpretation and reform. He parlayed those experiences, and the broad network of like-minded colleagues he established, into the private sector. With the pandemic came the opportunity to establish his own consultancy, specializing in local and agency approvals and permissions in real estate development, and land management.
As a senior architect in our Toronto studio, Simon tackles complex mixed-use residential projects. His strength is in applying his design skills to solve problems of any scale. Whether low or high-density spaces, Simon can unlock the potential of each site and fuse the visions of our clients and city planners into one robust solution.
Simon is known for his personal, collaborative approach to design. He is an adept leader who works seamlessly with other disciplines as well as across diverse stakeholder groups. Recent projects in Simon’s portfolio include master planning and transforming significant developments into multi-phase livable communities. Ottawa’s Heron Gate project is just one example of Simon’s dedication to achieving community wellbeing. Other examples include significant master plan community developments in Mississauga, Vaughan, and Markham and several infill high-density mixed-use developments in downtown Toronto and North York.
Simon was a partner at DIALOG for over eight years, and remains active and fully engaged with design teams and clients on projects.
Dr. Steven Webber is a Registered Professional Planner and the Principal/Founder of Urban Formation, a consulting practice that supports city building and housing affordability outcomes by bridging the gap between planning and real estate development. Steven was previously a faculty member at Toronto Metropolitan University (Ryerson) and the University of Toronto.
Susan Speigel is the President of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). Rooted in her passion for community-building, activism, equity, and innovation, her Toronto-based multidisciplinary firm Susan Speigel Architect Inc. (SSA), focuses on architecture, landscape, and urban design for non-profit organizations and the public housing sector. With a career spanning more than 30 years, she is also an educator at George Brown College School of Design at the Institute Without Boundaries, where she works at the intersections of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, activism, community, ecology, and academia.
Tony Irwin is President & CEO at the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO). With 2,200 members, FRPO is the leading advocate for quality rental housing in Ontario. Before joining FRPO, Tony was President & CEO at the Canadian Consumer Finance Association; a national trade association representing businesses that provide a range of financial products to Canadians. Prior to his posting at CCFA, Tony held progressively senior roles in the financial services and insurance sectors. From 2005-2009 Tony served as Executive Director of the Justin Eves Foundation, a non-profit organization granting scholarships and bursaries to learning-disabled and disadvantaged young people to assist them to achieve a post-secondary education. Tony has also held key political roles and was Senior Advisor to an Ontario Premier and Executive Assistant to the Leader of the Official Opposition.
A environmentalist at heart, Vanessa uses her social work training combined with over a decade in various customer service rolls, and ability to adapt to excel in an industry she was completely new to. She joined Diamondback Enterprise Group just two years ago as a part time assistance and has quickly grown into the companies Operations Manager. She oversees 5-20 projects at any given time, while ensuring the overall success of the company as a whole. Always eager to take on any new task or challenge that comes her way.
Yosh Kasahara is Chief Operating Officer for the Alabaster Group of Companies. He has over 15 years of experience working for leading Vancouver real estate development and sales and marketing firms. In his current role at Alabaster Homes, Yosh oversees development, construction, sales, and marketing. He also manages Pavilion Cowork, the company's boutique flexible office space division.
Yvette Byrne-Menard is a curious, customer-centric marketing
leader who has contributed to the success of global & national reaching
brands such as Disney Consumer Products, Avery Labels, and Enercare Inc. She now delivers fractional marketing and
communications leadership to SMBs who want to improve their bottom line in a
Yvette’s creativity and people-first team approach is
supported by her love for data to deliver best-in-class results for both new
and existing clients.
You can often find Yvette with her family kayaking in the
Kawartha Highlands or giving lectures at Centennial College School of Business.