About Emergent

Emergent Properties is focused on the Vancouver market area and drawing on the depth of expertise of its leadership team, Emergent brings a passionate commitment to seeking out new and better ways to create value, manage risk and build exceptional projects that will deliver stronger communities, better buildings and superior performance in all aspects of designing, building and operating real estate in the increasingly complex and uncertain world that is the global real estate market in the 21st century.

Why ‘Emergent’?

The name is drawn from a new philosophical and strategic approach, known as Emergence, which seeks to explain and understand complex phenomenon and systems by understanding both the component parts and the underlying relationship between them. What emerges from all such relationships are phenomenon that are truly ‘more than the sum of its parts’, not just a difference in degree but of kind, often at a scale much larger than the collection of parts would imply.

The role that the built environment, especially in cities, plays in the lives of the increasingly urbanized citizens of our world is profoundly complex and becoming more so every day. We at Emergent Properties believe that with an Emergent approach, elegant viable solutions will be revealed, and along with them substantial new physical, social and economic opportunities.

Emergence at its most elemental:

Career Milestones & Key Projects:

Formed Emergent Properties to bring to bear the combination of a strong innovative skillset and these many years of experience.
3 Civic Plaza
City Hall Plaza, Surrey BC
Work undertaken on behalf of Century Group
All images courtesy Century Group Project Type:525,000 sf total built area, including 144 guest rooms in a 4.5 star Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel Project Value:$200 million
Ormidale Block, Gastown
152 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Work undertaken on behalf of Century Group
All images courtesy Century Group Project Type:40,000 sf of commercial office / retail space Project Value:$20 – 25 million Project Won:Design award from CUI as the best brownfield commercial redevelopment in Canada in 2015.
Joined Century Group. Played a key leadership role in large scale mixed use projects, operations, financial strategy and business development.
Tsawwassen Town Center Redevelopment
11.5 acre site located at the north west corner of the intersection of 56 Street and 12 Avenue, Tsawwassen, BC
All images courtesy EKISITCS Project Type: 500,000 sf, mixed use including retail, office, cultural and residential uses all targeted to address a narrowly framed range of unmet demands in the immediate local market in order to be compelling to the local demand and competitive and viable in the regional economic market. Project Value:$130 – 150 million
Joined Emaar Canada. Played a key leadership role in establishing a Canadian presence for the Dubai-based development company. Lead the master planning, design and construction of multiple multi-family and mixed use projects in the Vancouver and Pacific Northwest markets.
Balaclava / Knox United Church Project
Balaclava Street & 41st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
All images courtesy Smith + Gill Architects Project Type: 90,000 sf, 66 residential units, shared central and rooftop gardens, full underground parking. Project Value:$70 million
Capilano Lands Master Plan
340 acre site at north terminus of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Shore, Vancouver, BC
All images courtesy Aecom Project Type:20 – 25 million sf, mixed use including residential, retail, office, recreation, healthcare, educational, cultural and heritage uses all reflecting authentic Squamish Nation culture heritage.
Denny Triangle Master Plan
11 block area located between, downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union neighborhoods in Seattle, WA
All images courtesy Skidmore Ownings and Merrill Architects Project Type:Approx. 11 million sf, mixed use including residential, retail, office, recreation and hospitality.
Wills Creek
3109 161 Street, Surrey, BC
All images courtesy R. Yamaguchi Project Type:98, 3 – 4 bedroom strata townhomes, with fully restored natural stream running through the property, shared recreation facility including exercise areas, change rooms, swimming pool, meeting rooms and barbeque area. Project Value:$35 million
Joined Intrawest Resorts as VP Development, Storied Places, the fractional vacation home offering from Intrawest. The concept for Storied Places involved planning, building, sales and operation of luxury multi-family vacation properties in Whistler BC, Mont Tremblant PQ, Sandestin FL, Las Vegas NV, and Mammoth Mountain CA.
At Nature’s Door Fractional Resort Home Community
2300 Nordic Drive, Whistler, BC
All images courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Project Type:22, 3 – 4 bedroom resort homes, fully equipped and fitted out with a complete FF&E package and including a shared Owners Lodge & Spa, all in just over 65,000 sf. Project Value:$70 million
As principal of Maurice J Ouellette Consulting, acted as an independent representative for several municipal governments in the Greater Vancouver region, including the District of West Vancouver in developing the Gleneagles Community Center, one of the first thermodynamically designed, ground source heated and cooled buildings in North America. Not only was the project the winner of a Governor General’s award for architecture but it also received a citation for the 2030 Sustainability Challenge program from the Architectural Institute of Canada.
Gleneagles Community Center
Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC
All images courtesy Patkau Architects Project Type:24,000 sf, including full gym, exercise area, craft studios, change rooms and administrative areas. Project Value:$6 million Project Won:Governor General’s award for excellence in architecture in 2008.
Citation from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for the 2030 Design Challenge for Sustainability.
Rejoined Canadian Pacific Hotel, later Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, to oversee the expansion of the Chateau Whistler Hotel as well as leading and winning the proposal call from YVR Airport Authority to develop a luxury hotel at the International / Transnational terminal at YVR.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel and Resort, Phase 1 & 2
Chateau Way, Whistler, BC
All images courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Project Type: Phase 1: 343 guest rooms in a 5 star, full service resort hotel and spa, including full banquet facilities and off-site staff accommodation.
Phase 2: 225 guest rooms, including Executive Club Level rooms and lounge, doubling of banquet facilities to full convention capacity. Project Value:Phase 1: $75 million
Phase 2: $45 million
Fairmont Vancouver Airport
US and International Terminal, YVR Airport, Vancouver
All images courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Project Type:396 guest rooms, including Executive Club rooms and lounge, full service food service and banquet / meeting facilities. Project Value:$65 million
Joined Reichmann International as VP Development with a particular focus on pursuing development projects in the Mainland China., as well as leading the Reichmann-backed proposal to expand the Vancouver Convention Center in response to a call for proposals from Vancouver Port Corp.
1988 – 1990
Project Manager for Canadian Pacific Hotels, supervising all aspects of constructing, fitting out and opening the Chateau Whistler Hotel, Whistler, BC. 1989 – 1992, Joined Dominion Construction to play a key support role in the re-development of a key downtown Vancouver landmark site; the Georgia Hotel.
1985 – 1988
Worked with Relax Inns developing budget hotels, mostly in Southern Ontario. Rose from Assistant Project Manager to Director of Design.
Graduated UBC School of Architecture