Slate of Nominees for the Board
Real LaFrance, Brookfield Residential (Alberta) LP
Over his decade at Brookfield Residential, Real has demonstrated drive and commitment to the home building industry by achieving progressively responsible positions. While hired as a Journeyman Carpenter on site, Real worked up to Site Manager before shifting to Associate Construction Manager at the Edmonton office and progressing to General Manager for Single Family Homes.
As General Manager, Real is accountable for the formulation and execution of the Business Plan, the broader Brookfield Residential strategic plan and general management of the business unit. He ensures delivery of projects through effective management of operational, financial, sales and marketing, and human resources.
Currently Real is a member of the CHBA Government Relations and Women in Residential Construction committees, the latter of which encourages diversity and support for women in construction. Prior to these he served on the Technical Advisory Committee for six years, serving some of them as Chair. He has worked on joint sub-committees with the City of Edmonton looking at Affordable Housing and Addressing Fiscal Impacts of Greenfield Growth.
Leading a team of 65 Real enjoys mentoring and training those coming up through the construction teams to be results-driven and adaptable in this fast-paced, innovative industry.
Real is a Red Seal journeyman carpenter, and he is working towards a Management Development Certificate through the University of Alberta.
Dhruv Gupta, Akash Homes Ltd
Dhruv Gupta is the Vice-President of Akash Homes. With Akash, Dhruv is responsible for all strategic operations of the organization. His responsibilities include construction, finance, human resources, legal and sales and marketing. Prior to joining Akash, Dhruv practiced commercial and residential real estate law with both a large national law firm and an Alberta-based real estate law boutique. Dhruv’s unique professional and educational background gives him a strong understanding of the myriad of issues that face the residential construction industry whether it be from the perspective of builders, trades, or suppliers.
Dhruv has been involved with the CHBA-ER by serving on both the Government Relations and Economic committees as well as the Strathcona County Working Group. Dhruv also currently is a member of the City of Edmonton’s Housing Innovation Lab Committee. Lastly, Dhruv participates in governance with various local charities.
Dhruv earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics in 2010 and a Juris Doctorate (Bachelors of Law) in 2013, both from the University of Alberta. Dhruv is currently completing his Master Home Builders Designation with the Professional Home Builders Institute and hopes to be finished his designation in early 2018.
Sydney Bond, Effect Home Builders Ltd
Sydney began her career with Effect Home Building six years ago as a bookkeeper. Today, she leads key aspects of the business including design, marketing, strategic growth, finance, and legal.
Working for a small, dynamic company has allowed Sydney’s passion for the industry to grow and flourish rapidly. She is excited to be part of the future of sustainable building and sees tremendous potential for businesses to be innovative and forward-thinking when it comes to approaching growth in Edmonton.
As a custom home builder, mainly constructing in mature neighbourhoods, Sydney recognizes the importance of nurturing relationships between the community, industry and Association. Her work with the Association has allowed her to be an advocate for sustainable building and alternative energy in the Edmonton Region.
Currently, Sydney is the co-chair of the Women in Residential Construction (WIRC) Committee. Her work with the WIRC enables her to share her passion for the home-building industry while engaging a diverse and wider audience.
Sydney is also an active member of the Renovator Committee. For the second year in a row, she is a lead for the Renovation Month Project. Her diligent planning resulted in the 2016 project winning a Community Service Award. This year, Sydney has the privilege of again leading the Renovator team into a much larger, and more impactful project. She hopes the project will inspire more significant commitment on a national level.
Sydney has participated in a variety of working groups with the CHBA-ER. Some collaborative projects include working with the City of Edmonton regarding the challenging yet exciting future of infill in Edmonton. Sydney has represented the Association in front of city council and the media, including television, radio, and print. She effectively and passionately speaks on some of the more contentious and complicated issues that many of our members face.
Sydney has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Art and Architectural History. She is also working towards completing the Residential Interiors Program at the University of Alberta.
As a small business leader, Sydney believes there is an opportunity to engage more businesses like hers within the Association and on the Board. She hopes the diversity she brings along with her unique perspective will help propel the association into an exciting future.
Vanessa Zelada, Superior Cabinets Edmonton Ltd
Vannesa Zelada moved to Edmonton from Bolivia in 2008. She studies Architecture and Urbanism in San Simon University and has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Chile. She grew up in Construction Industry where she spent her formative years on the job sites with her father. Passionate about building and construction, an industry that she believes brings people together from all walks of life.
In 2009, Vanessa joined the Edmonton division of Superior Cabinets a large Western Canadian Kitchen Manufacture with divisions in Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary, as a Senior Sales Designer. Vanessa quickly became recognized as one of the company’s top sales designers. In 2012 Vanessa was promoted into a new position of Strategic Sales Manager for Northern Alberta; over the next three years she developed a team of designers and field operations to deliver a high level of service to Superiors larger accounts in Northern Alberta.
In 2015 Vanessa was appointed to the position of General Manager Northern Alberta, a role she currently fills. In this Executive Role with Superior Cabinets, she also participates corporately in the Company’s management. Vanessa leads a Northern Alberta team of 45 sales Operations and installation staff; in her current role she grown the Northern Alberta Region into Superiors largest division.
Adil Kodian, Rohit Group of Companies
As Vice President of Rohit Communities, Adil is responsible for the profitability of Rohit Communities nationally. With divisions in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina and Fort McMurray, Rohit Communities is poised to become one of the largest, fully integrated home builders in Western Canada. Adil also provides executive leadership for Human Resources and Information Technology for the group of companies. He leads a team of 130+ to achieve Rohit’s mission to be “The Real Estate Opportunity Company.”
Over his 17 year professional career Adil has worked in diverse areas such as large scale information technology, planning, telecommunications and real estate. Prior to working at Rohit, he has had progressively senior roles at TRLabs (University of Alberta), the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta.
Adil received a Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering) and an M.B.A. both from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering (B.Eng.) from the National Institute of Technology in Surat, India. As a researcher in the field of network design, Adil has published in international, peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences as a technical expert in the field of survivable network design.
In the last year Adil has led the introduction of Rohit’s industry leading Essential product line into Edmonton and Calgary which brings a $150,000 town home into the Edmonton market. He also led the development of www.MyRohitBuild.com which allows home buyers to view their homes being constructed online. He is also the driver behind the Caught Working Safe safety program to spearhead safety awareness throughout the industry.
Adil is actively involved with CHBA-Edmonton Government Relations board and has relevant Board / Volunteer experiences in the Edmonton region including:
- Member, Board of Directors, Built Green Canada
- Member, Government Relations Committee, CHBA-Edmonton
- Past Member, Board of Directors, Urban Development Institute (UDI) Wood Buffalo
As a volunteer with the Government Relations Committee, Adil has provided representation, including presentations to council, on multiple critical issues such as secondary suites, parking requirements, and inclusionary zoning. He also represents the Government Relations committee at Capital Region Board meetings.
Adil brings to the CHBA board table his knowledge of the real estate industry, experience driving multi-disciplinary innovation, expert knowledge of information technology, relationships with key stakeholders and experience working at the municipal and provincial government.
Jody Keppy, Vice President of Finance and Administration of Kimberley Homes Group
Jody is the Vice President of Finance and Administration of Kimberley Homes Group
overseeing operations and finance at Kimberley including; home construction, multifamily
construction, land acquisitions, and investments.
Jody began her career in the commercial real estate industry as an employee of
Corporate Realty Inc. for 5 years. She then joined J.J. Barnicke Edmonton Ltd. (later
Cushman Wakefield Edmonton Ltd.) for 12 years acting as their Office
Manager/Controller. During this period she was actively involved with the partnership
team, the Cushman merger and strategic planning sessions assisting in both
development and implementation. From here she progressed to Avison Young as their
Corporate Controller for Alberta Operations reporting to the CFO in Toronto. Caring for
Edmonton and Calgary accounting operations and working closely with their respective
general managers while implementing and monitoring controls, as required by real
estate regulations in addition to company and audit guidelines. She was also involved
nationally with standardizing processes and procedures in regards to accounting,
production and the implementation of software.
Jody joined Kimberley Homes Group in 2012 as Controller under the study of the
Kimberley senior team to learn all aspects of the company operations. In 2016, Jody
became Vice President of Finance and Administration for Kimberley Homes and began
taking a leadership role in the growth, financial model, and strategic direction of the
company. Jody implemented financial and accounting systems and processes, forecast
and new budgeting strategies.
Jody’s mandate is to ensure that Kimberley maintains a corporate reputation among
lenders and financial institutions for unmatched high quality homes while owning the
implementation of the organization’s strategic plan with a keen focus on systems and
processes while supporting her colleagues with the firm’s mission of relationshipcentered
Glen Harke, Gem Cabinets
In the 40 plus years I have spent in the Cabinetry Industry I have held positions in Operations, Field Inspection, Sales, Sales Management, General Manager, Regional Director, and Senior Regional Director. Within these roles I had responsibility for sales budgets of 5 million to 50 million during my term. These budgets included full responsibility of the profit and loss of each sector. As a manager and director, I had active roles in Marketing and Sales, New Product Development, Store Brand Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Operational Metrics, Shared Services (Property IT and Assets), Sales Volume, and Financial Forecasting.
In 1999 I was a senior manager when the company went from private to public ownership, and in the following years learned about compliance, succession planning, disclosure, risk assessment, and public reporting of financial affairs. As a senior manager, I reported regularly to the parent company on the activities in the retail sector and was involved in strategic planning initiatives for the Canadian Market. During this time I was awarded 10 Leadership Awards for results and team projects.
Personal History Public Service
As a member of several boards and an elected municipal councilor and mayor I was exposed to financial planning, cultural development, sustainability planning, economic development, and the governance which was the MGA for the 9 years of public service. The experience in public service was challenging as the village had many infrastructure and economic concerns. During the term, our group was able to bring a sustainable water project to the village (Water for Life) and continue the development plan to service 54 lots with affordable land cost so housing would be affordable in the small community. The land development has been completed and debt serviced so the Village could move on to the next project pavement in the entire village. The water project was by far the most important and during this period I was working within a team that included engineers from the Province of Alberta, senior managers from the counites of Leduc and Strathcona, MLA's, Private Consultants and Financial Managers from the City and County of Leduc. My role was to advise and align our taxpayers we had a plan that was affordable and sustainable to provide assurance property values would be held in tack. Certainly, a challenge to present information and accept their questions and concerns.
- President of Our Saviour Lutheran Church 1983-1985
- Member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church Building Committee 1986
- Served on local Recreational Boards 1980-1990
- CHBA Volunteer Boards, Golf Committee, RCIC, Slow Pitch Committee
- Elected Municipal Councilor Village of Hay Lakes for 3 Terms (9Years)
- Elected Mayor of Hay Lakes for 4 Years.
- Board Member of the New Capital Region South West Water Commission
- Municipal Boards, Library, Fire Department, Budget, Sustainability, Infrastructure and Development, Assessment
Appeal, Telegraph Park, Mayors and Administrators, Emergency Management, and Water Governance.