George CantaliniPresident

When George thinks about his childhood community, it’s the after-school street hockey games that he remembers most. He and his friends never had to leave the neighbourhood for amusement, there were always interesting places to explore, and they always felt comfortable and safe. For George, this is what characterizes a great community: a place that provides its residents with amenities and attractions required for everyday living, and a place that people are proud to call home.

Leveraging his insightful nature, George sets strategic vision for Beaverbrook, identifies new development opportunities, and devises the financial strategies needed to make them happen. George’s charisma and strong financial background (as a chartered accountant) are what contribute to the great successes of the company. As the motivation and glue behind Beaverbrook’s team of professionals, George gives Beaverbrook’s partners peace of mind in ensuring the growth of their investments. A natural mentor with a knack for seeing past the impossible, George inspires his team in a collaborative effort to deliver great projects. Actively involved in his industry for 20 years, George lends his expertise to the Urban Development Institute executive committee as treasurer and board member, as well as to the Sanitary Sewer Strategies Fund Operational Committee.

Notable Achievements:

• Instrumental in the start-up of Dolce Vita Homes, one of the top home builders in the region.

• Involved in the transformation of Edmonton’s northwest creating Skyview, Carlton, Oxford and Hudson communities.

• Initiated planning and development of the Windermere area well before others could see the potential for housing in that part of Edmonton.

Jodie WackoVice President, Development

As Vice President, Development, Jodie is responsible for all aspects of the entitlement process. With over 15 years in urban planning, he has built up a thorough understanding of municipal approval processes. He has also acquired excellent communication skills as a consensus-builder between client, public and political interests. It’s this extensive experience that makes Jodie perfectly suited to his role here at Beaverbrook.

As a husband and father of two, Jodie’s work is guided by his belief that a good community is an organic one that changes over time, while always providing its members with a sense of security, safety and belonging.

Among his other professional affiliations, Jodie is involved with the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), the Alberta Community Planners (ACP) and the Urban Land Institute. He also served as an elected member of Edmonton’s Urban Development institute from 2005-2007 and continues to be involved in affordable housing and regionalization to this day.

Al KulayConstruction Manager

Al has been in consulting engineering his entire career. He provides support and mentorship to project managers. His strong ability to communicate with multiple contractors and coordinate their activities ensures timely construction deadlines. Al also works with municipalities to pursue Construction Completion and Final Acceptance Certificates.

For Al, good communities have access to roadways that both vehicles and pedestrians can share.  He believes safety is key. That’s why he’s implementing a work health and safety program for Beaverbrook to keep employees educated on job safety standards.

Al’s notable achievements include a co-chairmanship of the NAIT Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee and being a part of the lead design team that designed and directed construction of Edmonton’s first and only master-planned freshwater lake community.

Salima KherajSenior Project Manager

For Salima, a great community is one where coffee and groceries are within walking distance. It’s one that fosters an active lifestyle with plenty of open park spaces. It’s one that instills a sense of identity with pleasing architecture.  Most importantly, it’s one where residents feel safe. In her childhood community, Salima remembers walking to school every day and playing in the streets with her friends after school.

As a Senior Project Manager with Beaverbrook Developments, Salima oversees the land development process from vision through to construction.  Working closely with engineers, planners and related disciplines, Salima directs the municipal approval process, project budgets, construction timelines and sales and marketing to create communities that people call home. Trained as an urban planner herself, Salima studied at the University of Waterloo earning a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and also completed a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Salima understands that good planning makes all the difference in how a neighbourhood comes to life, and applies her knowledge and experience in land use planning, design and sustainable development to find and implement creative ideas in Beaverbrook’s communities.  With a passion for design, Salima works hard to create a sense of uniqueness and identity in the communities and projects she works on.  Prior to working with Beaverbrook, Salima worked as a planning consultant with Stantec Consulting and as a planner with the City of Edmonton.

Ryan SmithSenior Project Manager

An avid team player, Ryan applies a dedicated work ethic to his role as Senior Project Manager at Beaverbrook. His areas of expertise include project planning, municipal approvals, construction, budgeting, marketing and sales. His combined background in finance and construction make him an efficient project manager and the perfect person to collaborate with our planners, contractors, builders, investors and clients.

Ryan sees an ideal community as a safe and comfortable place where residents can go for a stroll, socialize with their neighbours and have a great sense of pride in their home.

These beliefs helped inspire Ryan’s role in notable projects including, One at Windermere, Robinson, Stonecreek and Heritage Landing in Parsons Creek.


Katrina RoweProject Manager

Katrina began her career in the real estate industry working with developers on both residential and commercial projects. She discovered she had an instinct for coming up with smart solutions and new ideas that helped make better communities. To say we are happy to have her as a trusted member of our project management team is an understatement. At Beaverbrook she oversees all aspects of a new community development from construction to sales, while working closely with our planners, engineers, and contractors.

Katrina sees a great community as one where families know each other and kids can play with their neighbours. Her belief that a community's residents should look out for one another inspires her work both with Beaverbrook and as a Director with Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd. (WIN House).

Alessandra BruniAssistant Project Manager

Growing up as a competitive athlete, Alessandra brings her teamwork mentality and hard work ethic to the Beaverbrook team. With two diplomas under her belt, Alessandra is currently working towards her degree in Business. At Beaverbrook, Alessandra pours her limitless passion and energy into her role as an Assistant Project Manager. She handles everything from site visits to builder queries and is also our in-house marketing guru thanks to her background in strategic marketing. Growing up in a tight-knit Italian home, Alessandra believes a community should be a place where kids can play street hockey, and run to the corner store for afternoon snacks.

She is proud that she can be a part of designing beautiful communities that families can thrive in. This passion is seen in her work with Beaverbrook and as a member of Edmonton’s New Horizons Committee.

Jesse LaFranceAssistant Project Manager

Jesse’s fondest memory of his childhood community was riding his bike to school. A sense of community has always been important to Jesse: after moving to Edmonton in 2010, Jesse took on the role of Director of Development for Edmonton’s Parkallen Community. Since his appointment, he has worked to ensure sustainable development for the community’s next generation.

A background in Finance has had Jesse working for a global winemaker and a boutique investment counseling firm. Now with Beaverbrook, Jesse is an Assistant Project Manager and works closely with Project Managers on all stages of the land development process. For Jesse, a community is a place where memories are forged right next door. Days are filled with reading the paper at the café, socializing with your neighbours in the park and a community BBQ in the evening. Jesse looks forward to building progressive and forward thinking communities around Edmonton with Beaverbrook. And he still makes time to ride his bike whenever he can.

Darren YoungAssistant Project Manager

As assistant project manager, Darren Young plays an integral role in implementing marketing campaigns, handling customer concerns, the preparation of financial statements and performing site visits. In short, he’s a great multitasker.

To Darren, community means waking up in the morning and waving “hello” to your neighbour as you pick up the morning newspaper. It’s about mutual respect and looking out for one another, simply because it’s the right thing to do.

His hard work, positive attitude and great organizational skills have not only made him a valued member of Beaverbrook, but has also lead to the creation of the University of Alberta Real Estate Club.

Kai ChoiAccountant

After 15 years of working in finance on the international level, Kai Choi and his family chose to make their home in Canada. Here he pursued his Certified General Accountant training and decided to put his considerable talents to work in the Land Development industry.

Kai defines ‘community’ as a safe place where his family can feel comfortable. His passion for creating the kind of communities he loves are what make him a role model at Beaverbrook and an essential part of our team.

Lois MattisonOffice Administrator

Lois is instrumental in supporting the Beaverbrook community as the company’s office administrator. Drawing on over twenty-nine years of office experience, she helps families and buyers secure lots by tracking and reconciling vital documents. She intuitively identifies opportunities to help out, and never hesitates to lend a hand. It’s Lois who keeps everyone at Beaverbrook organized and on track every day.

For Lois, a good community is a group of family, friends and neighbours who come together to help and support one another while enjoying life together.

Tamara MitroAdministrative Assistance

Tamara has made herself an essential part of the Beaverbrook team, by devoting her attention to accounts payable, office administration, and keeping the rest of the office in line. Her willingness to support her co-workers and her ability to stay open to new ideas and suggestions is what sets her apart. Tamara’s strong organizational skills help keep the team functioning in a timely and efficient manner daily. Her considerable experience in the development industry doesn’t hurt either.

Tamara believes a great community is a safe place for families, where everything you need is within walking distance and where kids can ride bikes until the street lights come on.

Meet the
Beaverbrook Team

Our team is committed to creating lasting communities for generations to come. Every day, when we leave our own homes for work, we strive to redefine Edmonton and its surrounding areas by working together towards developing the best places to live.

George CantaliniPresident
Jodie WackoVP, Development
Al KulayConstruction Manager
Salima KherajSenior Project Manager
Ryan SmithSenior Project Manager
Katrina RoweProject Manager
Alessandra BruniAssistant Project Manager
Jesse LaFranceAssistant Project Manager
Darren YoungAssistant Project Manager
Kai ChoiAccountant
Lois MattisonOffice Administrator
Tamara MitroAdministrative Assistant
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