Vancouver Fall Home Show – Ask the Experts
Planning a renovation? Building your dream home? Looking to design a space that is both functional and beautiful?
Register to attend seminars, and automatically get two tickets to attend the Vancouver Fall Home Show – for FREE!
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October 18-21st, the GVHBA in partnership with industry-leading, builders, renovators, designers and suppliers will be onsite at the “Ask-the-Expert” centre at the Vancouver Fall Home Show!
Featuring the Trail Appliances Stage, our Experts will be speaking on renovation and custom home building – bringing together everything you need to know, to help you bring your dreams to reality – expert advice, face-to-face contacts with the industry’s leading builders, renovators and designers.
Check out the ‘Agenda Tab’ for list of seminars. Topics include Budgeting, Design Trends, Contracts, Kitchens and so much more.
We encourage you to bring your questions and plans to discuss with the industry experts who here to help.
THURSDAY (BE INSPIRED BY DESIGN)
5: 30PM The Design to Build Process; Kathy Yuen (Phase One Design)
6: 30PM Interior Design Tips & Trends; Meme Brooks (Meme Brooks Design)
7:30PM Living Large in Laneway Homes; Kevin & Shaun Rai (Homes by Engineers)
4:30PM Building a Healthy Home for a Healthy Family; Greg Hanberry (Cirrus Homes)
5: 30PM Managing Expectations Through Your Renovation or Build; Shayne Letford (Lower Coast Building Group) & Babak Nikraftar (Project Mint Developments)
6: 30PM To Renovate or Build New? Builder Insight to Help you Decide; Sandro Stefanucci (Abstract Homes & Renovations)
7: 30PM Sizzlin’ Kitchens: Design Trends for Your Inner Gourmet; Katerina Vastardis & Silvie Pantsios (Designs by Katerina & Silvie)
11:30AM Living Large in Laneway Homes; Kevin & Shaun Rai (Homes by Engineers)
12:30PM The Design to Build Process; Kathy Yuen (Phase One Design)
1:30PM Building a Healthy Home for a Healthy Family; Greg Hanberry (Cirrus Homes)
2:30PM Get it in Writing: Renovations, Building and Contracts; Seema Lal & Michael Williams (SHK Law)
3:30PM Budgeting & Financing for a Build or Renovation; Elton Donald (Kerr Construction)
4:30PM Building a Healthy Home for a Healthy Family; Greg Hanberry (Cirrus Homes)
5:30PM To Renovate or Build New? Builder Insight to Help you Decide; Sandro Stefanucci (Abstract Homes & Renovations)
6:30PM Managing Expectations Through Your Renovation or Build; Shayne Letford (Lower Coast Building Group) & Babak Nikraftar (Project Mint Developments)
7:30PM Your Team: How to Hire & Work with the Pros; Mark Cooper (Shakespeare Homes & Renovations)
11:30AM The Design to Build Process; Kathy Yuen (Phase One Design)
12:30PM Sizzlin’ Kitchens: Design Trends for Your Inner Gourmet; Katerina Vastardis & Silvie Pantsios (Designs by Katerina & Silvie)
1:30PM Get it in Writing: Renovations, Building and Contracts; Seema Lal & Michael Williams (SHK Law)
2:30PM Budgeting & Financing for a Build or Renovation; Elton Donald (Kerr Construction)
3:30 PM Your Team: How to Hire & Work with the Pros; Mark Cooper (Shakespeare Homes & Renovations)
4:30PM Living Large in Laneway Homes; Kevin & Shaun Rai (Homes by Engineers)
Fall Home Show Speakers
Mark Cooper, President, Shakespeare Homes & Renovations Inc.
On the North Shore in a family of artists, Mark found his interest after taking the construction course at Carson Graham high school in 1983, before graduating from the BCIT construction program.
A journeyman carpenter and a home construction contractor for more than 20 years, Mark incorporated Shakespeare Homes in the early 1990’s.
For several years, Mark took time to help launch a high-tech company into the number one seller in North America, dealing with Fortune 500 companies. This means he brings to Shakespeare Homes both financial stability and solid professional experience in working through business issues.
As a long-standing member of the GVHBA (Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association), Mark is a Director of their Board for many years, also serves as the Chair of its Renovation Council and is active in its seminars and training events. As well as mentoring newer construction companies and trades, he is supporting the school district’s on-site introduction to construction by hosting regular site-progress visits for grade 11-12 students. Mark also has a keen interest in building science and energy efficient techniques as a Built Green and Energy certified builder.
For more information on Mark or his company, please visit Shakespeare Homes and Renovations.
Kathy Yuen, Senior AT, President & CEO, Phase One Design
Kathy is an Architectural Technologist and Principal of Phase One Design. Her award-winning design firm has been working with homeowners for 11 years and has helped over 500 clients successfully design and plan their new custom home projects. Her area of expertise is in designing and planning “tear down & new build” custom home projects. Kathy has over 16 years experience and is a frequently featured speaker at industry events.
Babak Nikraftar, Director of Construction, Project Mint Developments
Babak has been versed in the Vancouver construction & property development sector since 2001. After completing his BCIT B.Tech in Construction Management, he started his career working as a technician on the remediation of “leaky condos”, exposing him to the consequences of failed construction methods/details.
Babak then followed his passion for design and creativity which lead him to work on new-build high-rises and condominiums. Employed by Cressey Developments & Mosaic Homes, his roles spanned from site superintendent to handing out the keys of a customer’s new home. This exposed Babak to all the steps involved in property development, from land acquisition to project delivery.
In 2014, Babak took the initiative and gambled on his skill set and contacts to team up with an architectural colleague and formed Project Mint Developments: a boutique-builder/developer that designs and builds sustainable performance homes. In this short time period, Project Mint has managed to be recognized for Georgie & Ovation Awards. A former member of the U40 Committee himself, Babak continues to remain active in various GVHBA forums.
Katerina Vastardis & Silvie Pantsios, Owners, Designs by Katerina & Silvie
Together as a team, we bring dream projects to life. From renovations to new construction, our focus is in the home; kitchen and bath. With a passion for organizing spaces while keeping functionality in mind, we design stunning rooms for all budgets. With our clients’ lifestyle taken into consideration, we specialize in the design of cabinetry for any room of the home to store all the practical items, while also displaying some of the pretty ones too!
Selecting materials and finishes, project managing, and over 10 years of design expertise, is what you can expect while working with Designs by Katerina & Silvie.
Kevin Rai, Owner, Homes by Engineers
After working nearly a decade as an engineer and project manager, Kevin Rai co-founded Homes By Engineers, a local residential construction company specializing in new custom homes, laneway housing, renovations, and interior design.
Kevin built his own home in Vancouver, which became the catalyst for co-founding Homes By Engineers. He has a passion for home construction and brings extensive detailed design experience to his company. His strong values for quality control and integrity allow him to ensure he fulfills his clients’ needs and expectations to get work done- the way he initially promised.
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, professional engineering status with the Province of BC and the State of Washington, and is a Licensed Registered Builder. His previous work includes a combination of engineering and project management in residential homes, townhomes, low-rise and high-rise buildings, and mixed-use commercial facilities.
Kevin loves competing in fitness shows, spending quality time with family and friends, and presenting at his local Toastmasters club. He likes to build his homes like how he builds his body- strong and durable for the long term!
Shaun Rai, Owner, Homes by Engineers
As an accomplished project manager, Shaun has led new building construction across the Greater Vancouver area. Shaun designed and built his own home in Vancouver, which became the catalyst for co-founding Homes By Engineers, a local residential construction company specializing in new custom homes, laneway housing, renovations, and interior design.
He has a passion for building development and brings his out-of-the-box way of thinking to his company. His curious nature of always seeking to understand the deep meaning of ‘why’ has led him further seeking knowledge of design and construction methods. Through this, Shaun possesses the desire to educate his clients through his Plan, Engineer, and Build process.
Shaun became a Licensed Registered Builder after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. His previous work experience includes a combination of engineering and project management in single family and multi-family homes.
Shaun enjoys keeping his fitness a priority, leading to living a healthy and happy life. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, presenting at his local Toastmasters club, and cooking. He makes a mean chef in the kitchen!
Seema Lal, Principal, SHK Law Corporation
Seema Lal is a principal of SHK Law Corporation with particular expertise in the areas of builders liens, construction law, commercial litigation and employment law. As a Vancouver-based construction lawyer, Seema’s clients include owners, developers, general contractors, sub-trades, suppliers and design professionals. Seema assists her clients in the construction industry by providing advice on contracts, procurement, builders liens, construction litigation and disputes, including claims for extras and delay.
Seema is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Canadian Construction Women, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and the Vancouver Island Construction Association. She is a member at large of the CBABC Construction Law Section, the Vice-Chair of the board of directors of the College of Denturists of BC and a cabinet member of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s “A Night of Miracles” gala.
Seema is a volunteer lawyer with Access Pro Bono and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Volunteer Legal Advocacy Program.
Seema regularly lectures and provides seminars to industry groups, both in-house and at various CLEs, including the Independent Contractors Association of BC, Affinity Institute and Pacific Business and Law Institute. She is also an adjunct professor at UBC for fourth-year engineering students – “Legal Aspects in Engineering Practice” – her classes focus on company, labour and employment law.
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Michael Williams, Associate, SHK Law Corporation
Michael joined SHK as an associate in 2016 after articling with the firm. He is a litigation lawyer with a focus on commercial, construction and employment disputes. Michael provides legal counsel to contractors, developers, architects and property owners on a breadth of issues.
Michael obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with high honours from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa. Following his undergraduate degree, Michael attended law school at the University of Victoria where he concentrated on corporate, commercial and debt-related courses.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Michael gained a considerable amount of experience in the construction industry, working for both contractors and sub-trades as well as a leading innovator of new construction technologies.
While attending law school, Michael was Vice President of the Law Students’ Society, the representative body of law students responsible for overseeing the LSS budget, funding, social events and a wide variety of clubs and societies. He gained solicitor experience as a member of the Business Law Clinic group that offers legal information to small businesses and non-profits on matters such as incorporation, financing, charitable registration and more. In his third year, Michael was also awarded the Murray Fraser Award for his outstanding contribution to life at the law school during his final year.
Michael is an avid guitar player, sailor and skier.
Elton Donald, Partner, Kerr Construction & Design
Elton Donald is a partner and long-time employee of Kerr Construction and Design. He began working for the company back in ‘91 as a labourer and worked his way up through the ranks to ownership in 2005. As a ticketed red seal journeyman with 20+ years of experience in the construction industry, Elton’s vast hands-on knowledge is essential to the growth and prosperity of the company. As the lead sales representative, he has been key in developing the Kerr Sales Process. When not at work, he enjoys family activities like ATVing, mountaineering, camping with his son and cheering his daughter on at swimming competitions.
Sandro Stefanucci, CEO & President, Abstract Homes & Renovations
With a history of satisfied customers spanning 34 years, Sandro Stefanucci has earned a reputation as a meticulous and efficient contractor. Dedicated to the highest level of quality and customer satisfaction, Sandro is a hands-on multitasking powerhouse. Sandro’s passion for his clients and projects is reflected in the quality of his work and his portfolio of successful jobs. If you’re looking for the best detail-oriented, full-service contractor to manage your major home renovation or luxury dream home build – build it with Sandro, build it with Abstract.
Greg Hanberry, Prinicpal and Owner, Cirrus Homes
Greg was born and raised on the North Shore and has called it home his whole life. He is married with two children.
Greg has been active in single-family home construction for 32 years on the North Shore, in Vancouver West Side and Burnaby. He is the Principal and Director at Cirrus Homes Inc. Cirrus specializes in the design and construction of highly efficient west coast homes. He is a Certified Residential Builder and Renovator as well as a Master Builder with the Canadian Homebuilders Association, a Master Carpenter and holds a design diploma through Capilano University.
Aside from work, Greg enjoys spending time with family, playing music, motorcycling, skiing and training.
Shayne Letford, Lower Coast Building Group
Lower Coast Building Group is a full service construction company operating in southwestern BC. We provide a wide array of construction services including home renovations and additions, new home building, condo and strata renovations, commercial projects, and remote access work. With a diverse range of experience and a reputation for timely, clear communication, Lower Coast consistently delivers the best possible product. Our staff works closely with each client to set attainable and realistic goals and we see each project through with tenacious dedication. Get in touch with us for a detailed overview of our services and find out how our process can benefit you.