Vancouver Fall Home Show Ask-the-Experts Consultations

Event date: October 18, 2018
Showtime: October 18 - 21
Location: Convention Centre West

Planning a renovation? Building your dream home? Looking to design a space that is both functional and beautiful?

Register for a complimentary consultation and receive two tickets to the Vancouver Fall Home Show – for FREE!

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT. To purchase tickets, click here.

October 18-21st, the GVHBA in partnership with industry-leading, builders, renovators, designers and suppliers will be oniste at the “Ask the Experts” centre, featuring the Trail Appliances Stage, at the Vancouver Fall Home Show!

Offering free consultations, and seminars – bringing your plans and ideas to the Experts who will help get you on the right track, to bring your dreams to reality – expert advice, face-to-face contacts with the industry’s leading builders, renovators and designers.

Check out the ‘Speaker Tab’ above for our list of consultants. 

We encourage you to bring your questions and plans to discuss with the industry experts, who are here to help.

Event Agenda




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)



  • Michael Merakian, Founder & President, Blue Ocean Construction

    Michael has worked in the residential construction industry for 35 years. He is the Founder and President of Blue Ocean Construction Inc., a General Contracting firm which has operated consistently for the past 28 years.

    As a Consultant to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Red Seal Exams Michael is a respected Builder who is called upon frequently for consultation services, by various government branches serving the building and housing industries. He is currently a BC Housing Builder Qualification Committee Board Member (Representing Vancouver Area) and a Founding Board Member in 2013/14 of the BC Professional Builders Institute.

    Michael will take the time to fully understand your requirements and provide you with information needed to make an informed decision on your construction needs. He has an open, friendly and flexible working attitude, and provides professionalism and peace of mind to his customers.

  • Dan Klassen, Principal, Jedan Brothers Contracting

    Dan Klassen was born and raised in the Lower Mainland.  His experience on a construction site began early in life.  What started as a way to make some extra money working for his dad grew into a passionate career.  Dan is a Red Seal Carpenter and former professional firefighter.  His love for building led him to start his construction business, Jedan Brothers Contracting, with his brother over 10 years ago.  Dan gets great satisfaction transforming people’s homes into something they can be proud of and he finds it extremely rewarding when a project is completed with a satisfied customer.  Dan is an award-winning contractor and has had numerous finalist nominations for building awards.  Besides building beautiful homes Dan is a family man.  He and his wife Nicole of 20 years have 3 boys.   Dan loves living and working in Vancouver and enjoys all that living in such a beautiful, diverse city offers.

  • Greg Hasler, Owner & Head Contractor, Hasler Homes

    A North Shore contractor you can trust. Greg Hasler has garnered the ability to visualize and execute large projects and combine it with his uncompromising attention to detail and customer care. Greg has successfully made a name for Hasler Homes Ltd as a top-tier, start to finish, a construction company focused on custom homes and large renovations. Knowing the importance of building homes that align with the BC’s Step Code, Greg has become fully trained in Passive House, Built Green, and is currently training in Net Zero. When it comes to sub-trades, from surveyors to roofers, Greg and his team have a full roster of tradespeople who share the same desire to exceed expectations. Concrete forming to crown moulding, new builds to renovations, and sub-contracting to project management, Greg and Team Hasler will provide quality, dependable contracting with a focus on making sure that your needs as a homeowner are fully realized and your expectations surpassed.

  • Nick Petrie, co-founder, Chief Business Development Officer, and Managing Director, DOS Design Group

    Nick Petrie is one of the Owners and founding Principals of DOS Design Group, a Part 9 Building Design Firm, started in 2014, now with an Interior Design division and a Permitting division. DOS designs around 100 projects each year and focuses on projects that are constructed or renovated to be better than Code minimum, the majority of our projects are at Step 3 or higher of Building Code including a number of Step 5 and one Passive House project.


    Nick graduated from UBC in their Project Management Program in 2010, studied Passive House Design in 2018, attained a Level 2 designation in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in 2019, and over the years has taken numerous courses in Construction techniques and best practices.


    Nick currently sits on the Advisory Design Panel for the City of North Vancouver, sits on multiple councils and committees for the HAVAN and is regularly called to advise the City of Vancouver, and the Province (in conjunction with other Municipalities) on existing or upcoming policies, regulation changes as well as provide input on long-range planning.



  • Shira Rosenberg, CEO, Draft On Site

    Shira is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Draft On Site Services and oversees almost every Design Project we take on and is the driving force behind all of the process improvements at the Studio.

    Shira has worked in various segments of the Building Design and Real Estate Industries for more than 15 years and has overseen producing Floor Plans for more than 18,000 properties during that time. On top of that Shira has overseen the design of more than 200 Projects, including New Builds and Renovations.

    Shira is a multi-disciplined Specialist having studied Industrial Design, AutoCAD, Building Code and transitioned to Residential Design and automation software development. Shira is the spine and nervous system of Draft On Site: holding us up, connecting us all and setting up pathways for information to travel from one person to another.

  • Mila Djuras, Owner, Intermind Design

    Intermind Design is a highly awarded design-build company that understands that our personal and working spaces are more than just shelters but an extension of our personality and our ideals. The word “Intermind” signifies the importance of an intelligent holistic approach in design.

    This approach allows for spaces to be seen as inspirations, obstacles as opportunities, and clients as friends. Mila and her team are dedicated to creating the best possibilities of your space and doing it right, whether it be a new home, rebuilt and/or renovation,  office, shop or warehouse.

    Much of the company’s success is a product of its principal & owner Mila Djuras’ fluency in different architectural styles, design forms,  colours & icons alongside with an integrated strength of design and construction facets.

    Intermind Design team will be there from inspiration to transformation to ensure that everything is done correct and reputable.

  • Aida Ziari, Principal, Stylux Construction & Design

    With a depth of experience in the home design industry, as well as a background in engineering, Aida Ziari knows how to create spaces that are interesting, functional and be true to your style.

    Aida’s attention to detail and dedication to exceeding your expectations drives her to create a space you feel resonant with. Her ability to incorporate a wide variety of styles into small and large spaces will ensure your home is a space that you feel comfortable in and reflects who you are.

    Her in-depth collaboration with the construction experts allows both teams to work together seamlessly and build off of each other’s knowledge and ideas. This results in a home that architecturally resonates with you, and design that fits into it beautifully.

  • David Martin, Renovation Engineer, RSC Renovation Science

    Hello! I’m David Martin with Renovation Science and I love to fix things. I grew up playing with Meccano, model railroads, and helping my dad with repairs around the house. I studied mechanical engineering and worked for a few years in the corporate world of automotive design before deciding that I preferred the independence of entrepreneurship.

    After renovating a couple of houses for resale, I became a residential renovation contractor in 2008. An interest in the technical side of things led me to a Masters Degree in Building Science in 2015. Renovation Science was founded that same year, with the goal of providing a high-quality renovation experience to Metro-Vancouver house and condo owners. The art and science of renovations is about more than just achieving a picture perfect end result. Truly understanding what the homeowner wants and working through the entire process from concept to completion in a smooth and comfortable manner is equally important to me.

    For more information on David or his company, please visit RSC Renovation Science Corp.

  • Ian Nicule, Owner & CEO, Nicons Enterprises Ltd

    Locally owned and operated since 2001, Nicons Enterprises Ltd. became one of the most trustful and reliable service providers in the industry for residential and commercial sectors.

    Our business continues to be built around the principals of honesty, integrity, workmanship and excellence. We have built a strong reputation for ourselves the old-fashioned way: through honesty, effort and steadfast dedication to making sure our clients are pleased with our services. You are going to get customization, quality, personalization and innovation when you seek our services.

    At Nicons Enterprises Ltd., we believe that building your perfect family home begins and ends with your vision. We bring our creative custom designs to life with your needs and desires in mind… because that’s the only way to turn a house into your home.

    We bring a fresh approach to creating modern homes and interiors, mixing new with vintage. Our dedication to creating spaces that are beautiful to the eye and serve proper function is what sets us apart in the industry. Whatever your dream home, the Nicons’s team can bring it to life for you.

  • Simon Boisvert, CEO & Owner, Kitsilano Construction & Design Ltd

    Hailing from Quebec City, Simon founded his first Construction Company in 2006 at age 23. Currently the CEO and Owner of Kitsilano Construction and Design Ltd, Simon lends his expertise to residential renovation and building projects throughout the lower mainland. An experienced project manager and designer, he is a graduate of BCIT’s Architectural Technician and CADD Graphics Program. Simon specializes in home renovation, new buildings and laneway homes, with a focus on character and heritage homes.

  • 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.

    For more information on Sandro and his company, please visit Abstract Homes & Renovations

  • 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 HAVAN forums.

  • 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.

  • Matt Corbet, Bella Concepts Ltd.

    Matt Corbet is the Principal Owner of Bella Concepts Ltd. Matt is a knowledgeable and regarded professional within the building industry of the Lower Mainland with over 20+ years’ experience. Bella Concepts Ltd was created to provide an integral approach to building within the local construction association standards. Matt has unique credible experience that provides the client with exceptional results. Matt is a very diverse contractor with credited experience based on his years of experience ranging from drafting & designing of homes, to designing custom floor, window, and structural systems of residential and commercial developments, and to managing award winning custom homes.