Roberta BacellarProject Manager Cape Construction
Roberta has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and has joined Cape Group in 2019 after finishing her Master’s in Global Leadership and Administration. Before moving to Canada, she had been working as a site coordinator for over 10 years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Roberta worked on various high-rise residential, commercial projects, and shopping centres.
She is excited to be part of the Cape team as a Project Manager and hopes to continuously improve her abilities and knowledge. Her enthusiasm for construction and her self-motivation make her a great asset to the Cape team.
Fun Fact: In her spare time, Roberta can be found riding her bike on False Creek seawall with her husband and two adorable daughters.
Jeremy BoudreauSite Superintendent Cape Construction
Jeremy is a third generation trades person following in the footsteps of his grandfather who worked as a carpenter in the mines at Hedley and Britannia after WW1. Jeremy is a Red Seal Carpenter, Leed Green Associate and Construction Safety Officer. His career in construction began in 1989 building concrete barges and has since been working in carpentry, safety and supervision on infrastructure and ICI projects in BC, Alberta and Australia.
Jeremy comes to Cape Group as a Site Superintendent. He is particularly excited about working with Cape on our socially and environmentally responsible residential projects and the legacy of what we leave for generations to come.
Fun Fact: Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family (partner and stepson) traveling and being tourists in our own town. He has been an avid motorcyclist for his entire life having ridden many places in BC, Alberta, Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California, and Nevada, with many more trips planned.
Rupert CampbellDirector of Development and Acquisitions Cape Group
Rupert has a Master’s in Urban Planning from UBC and extensive experience working on complex real estate development projects in both China and Canada. Originally from New Zealand, Rupert has lived all over the world from Europe to Asia and North America, but is now a Vancouverite by marriage and is very happy to call Canada home.
He is in charge of leading Cape’s real estate development process from start to finish, and brings buckets of passion, energy, and humour to the boardroom, along with abundant checklists, spreadsheets, and scrawled diagrams. Some of his favourite things include innovative models for impactful business, urban design, and white boards.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, you’ll find Rupert in a pair of boxing gloves practicing his foot speed and head movement, working hard to maintain his facial arrangement.
Luciano CariaDevelopment Coordinator Cape Group
Luciano, who hails from Brazil, has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade Federal da Bahia and an Executive MBA in Real Estate and Civil Construction Management from FGV. Upon moving to Canada, he finished a Post Degree Diploma in Applied Planning from Langara. Luciano had been working with large developers in Salvador and Recife, coordinating development processes of social housing and industrial projects. He is excited about the challenges and exchanges working at Cape will provide him, both professionally and culturally.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, Luciano loves taking care of his dozens of plants and cooking for his friends. During the summer, he can be found at Spanish Banks playing beach volleyball.
Mark CoderreHealth, Safety & Environment Manager Cape Group
Mark has over 30 years as a thorough and knowledgeable safety professional with extensive experience in a variety of industries. He is a dedicated life long learner whose desire is to meet the evolving needs of the organization and to provide new and different solutions. He provides comprehensive & innovative project safety management with an understanding of multifaceted team dynamics. He has profound knowledge of OH&S standards and regulations.
From his experience as a Fire/Paramedic Chief to complex construction site safety, Mark is a dedicated manager of human capital committed to keeping the workplace accident free without sacrificing productivity and is exceptional at handling high-pressure & emergency situations to achieve or exceed expected outcomes.
Gayne DesmaraisSite Superintendent Cape Construction | Kamloops
Gayne has been in construction from a very young age, his father was a contractor in North Vancouver where he grew up. He started out in single family home construction and became a carpenter before moving up to Foreman on multifamily construction. Gayne also has experience with highrise construction in downtown Vancouver, and started working for Cape in 2003 on our iconic Pacifica tower in Nanaimo.
Fun Fact: Gayne can get anywhere in the province in his red truck so fast that if it were an Olympic sport, he would win gold every time. Without infringing on any traffic laws, naturally.
Claudia EscobarAccounts Payable Cape Group
Claudia brings to Cape Group over 12 years of experience as an Accounts Payable Specialist. With a Certificate in Travel and Tourism, Claudia spent many years working in the Travel industry with the likes of Canada 3000 and Harmony Airways before moving into an accounts payable position at Flight Centre. With her experience and knowledge gained from her time at the large multinational travel conglomerate, Claudia then moved to the construction industry which has helped shape her into the highly adaptable, quick thinking, problem solver she is today.
Claudia provides high quality customer service to multiple stakeholders including developers, distributors, sub-trades, suppliers, and vendors alike and prides herself on building and maintaining trusted professional relationships.
Fun Fact – Claudia is of Salvadorian descent and speaks fluent Spanish. You can find her indulging on pupusas (traditional Salvadorian dish everyone loves) or Spanish dancing in her spare time (call or email for lessons)!
Karla FraserDirector of Construction Cape Construction
Karla Fraser has over 27 years of experience working in the construction industry. Karla started off in the industry as a surveyor and equipment operator before getting a Civil Engineering degree from The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). In 2003, she moved to Vancouver and began working in General Contracting as Project Manager for the likes of Scott Construction and Urban One to name a few. In early 2020, Karla began Hive Projects Inc, working with various clients at the concept stages in order to help develop the best solutions for their projects.
Karla has a passion for mass timber builds and environmentally sustainable materials and buildings, as she views this to be the future of Vancouver’s construction era. She won the Wood Works Technologist award in 2018 for her achievements working on UBC’s Brock Commons project, an 18 storey hybrid mass timber building.
Karla has a meticulous planning process utilizing 4D software and excels in her ability to effectively communicate with people which contributes to her projects being managed so swiftly.
Fun Fact: Karla likes to hike the local mountains and has a standing date with three friends and their dogs almost every Sunday. Karla and her partner are registered Bee Keepers and what was supposed to be an easy hobby has turned into a part time job for the both of them. They also love to travel having seen every province and territory except the Maritimes. The east coast of Canada was on their travel plans for the summer but COVID nixed that. They try and travel both internationally and nationally a couple times a year.
Maria GoennemannEstimator Cape Construction
Maria is originally from Bulgaria but spent 16 years in Germany before moving to Canada in 2018. She graduated with a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Augsburg and received her Construction Estimating Certificate from BCIT.
Maria has over 5 years experience working in the construction and development industry as an assistant project manager and estimator. She brings with her strong analytical, problem solving and communication skills.
Fun Fact: Maria left Bulgaria at the young age of 18 in order to immigrate to Germany. Moving to Canada is her second immigration
Jacky-Rae GreenSenior Project Manager Cape Construction
Jacky-Rae has over 13 years experience in the design and construction industry with Healthcare and Institutional project portfolios as well as experience in managing large commercial and residential development projects.
In her role as a Senior Project Manager, Jacky-Rae fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining moral. Her strong communication and client service skills enhance process-driven management philosophy. She is a natural leader and hands-on team player.
With her comprehensive industry knowledge and thorough understanding of administration and technology, she facilitates effective communication and document control processes, ensures compliance and makes informed decisions for a successful project outcome.
Fun Fact: Jacky-Rae has a love for modeling and has been doing it off and on since she was 16. She loves to sing and does so in her spare time (when no one is watching). She also enjoys helping others break down the fog in their minds to find their passion in life and love.
John HaanSite Superintendent Cape Construction
John was born in Toronto, Ontario where he started working on construction sites at 14. By the time he was 18, John started his own company building single family homes and townhouses. He made his way to Slave Lake in 2012 to help rebuild the city after a wildfire destroyed a significant portion of the town, before heading to Alberta to continue his construction career. In 2015, John moved to Vancouver where he has been working as a Site Superintendent on both single family homes and townhouse developments.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, John loves to fish and golf.
Norm HamiltonProperty Accountant Accounting
Norman has been with the company since January of 2005. His responsibility is to handle all aspects of Property Management accounting for properties located in the Lower Mainland. Norman attends to all tenants needs in the area of accounting.
Fun Fact: Norman has the highly acclaimed role of setting the office radio station in the morning.
Joanne HoCSO Cape Construction
Joanne has been working as a Site Safety Officer since 2018. She has experience working in commercial construction and was previously working for Wales McLelland Construction before joining Cape.
Joanne first started her path in Safety after studying food safety and receiving a diploma in Food Technology at BCIT. She then decided to pursue a different avenue of safety and landed into the construction industry. Currently, Joanne is in the process of getting her certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of New Brunswick.
She is excited to continue her career with Cape, while working on Cape’s environmentally sustainable residential projects.
Fun Fact: On a sunny weekend, Joanne can be found biking around the seawall.
Howard HsuProject Manager Cape Construction
Howard joined Cape in 2005 and has a Master’s in Construction Management, a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, is Gold Seal Certified and an EIT. Howard also recently became certified in Passive House Building. He has been project manager for multi-residential wood frame and high-rise projects, owner’s representative for oversea investors, and multiple office, restaurant, and clinic TI. He also has past experience in Asian projects.
Fun Fact: Howard competed for two years in the BCSS Provincial Championship for badminton while a senior in high school and has recently resumed training to maintain physical health. He also enjoys other sports like golf, volleyball, and bowling.
Lola HyndleyOffice Manager Cape Group
Lola was born and raised in London, UK where she graduated from the University of East Anglia and was lucky enough to do a year abroad at the University of California- Santa Barbara. She arrived in Vancouver in February 2020.
With her experience as an Operations Manager and Office Manager at a corporate events company, she is looking forward to bring her experience to Cape Group.
Fun Fact: Lola likes food and enjoys exploring BC on the weekends.
Chris JailletCSO Cape Construction
Chris began his career as a carpenter before joining the military where he became a field mechanic with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Victoria, BC. Once his military career was over, he took on various other jobs before landing and excelling in safety. He has worked the past 17 years as an NCSO in Oil and Gas, construction and large plant settings. Chris moved back to BC in 2015 because of his desire to work and be closer to family and is excited to bring his expertise to Cape Group.
Fun Fact: Chris is an avid guitar player and has taken that love into learning how to repair old guitars and giving them away.
Vittesh JhaveriIntermediate Accountant Cape Group
Vittesh was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and moved to Canada in 2015. He completed a Post Baccalaureate in North American Business Management from Capilano University after arriving in BC. Prior to that, in India, he received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Advanced Accounting & Auditing, a Certification of Hospitality Management and Certificate in Entrepreneurship.
He has over three years of experience in real estate and property management accounting. Prior to coming to Cape, Vittesh worked at Brightside Community Homes Foundation as an accounting professional and employee committee member. He is a follower of Kaizen and strives for continuous improvement. He is a great multitasker with strong a analytical skills.
Fun Fact: Vittesh loves chai and can make at least 6 variations. He aims to invade coffee industry with chai as a main product. Very few people know that I hold a States Scouts award of India.
Mona LiProject Coordinator Cape Construction
Mona was born and raised in Beijing, China. She moved with her parents to Canada at the age of 15. Mona received her education from University of British Columbia and University of Melbourne. Five years of under- and post-graduate Engineering learning really opened her eyes and paved the way to this industry. She kicked off her career working as a Project Coordinator helping erect one of the largest wineries in Western Canada. Later on, Mona joined a local developer to oversee constructions of boutique Vancouver West condos. With three years of experiences working for local companies, Mona is excited to put her knowledge and experience in use for any forthcoming challenges at Cape.
Fun Fact: Mona is a road bike enthusiast who is also into fishing and car modifications.
Ana NotenSenior Development Manager Cape Group
Ana is originally from Brazil and moved to Canada five years ago. She has a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Universidade Santa Ursula with a MBA in business from IBMEC.
She has been working in real estate for over 9 years, working on over 45 projects from commercial to residential to shopping mall projects, all in different phases with an estimated revenue of over 810 million.
Once in Canada, Ana completed the Architecture Technician course from Vancouver Community College to familiarize herself with the Canadian standards. Working at Cape Group has given Ana the opportunity to get back in the development industry where she excels and is beyond excited for this new challenge.
FUN FACT: In her spare time, Ana loves being in the outdoors and hiking the local trails. She has also been known to enjoy Happy Hour sampling some of our fantastic British Colombian wines.
Misha RatnerDirector of Asset Management & Leasing Asset Management
Misha has over 10 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of Property Management, leasing and construction, and has attended the construction operations program at BCIT, as well as the Rental Property Management Licensing course at the UBC Sauder School of Business.
He oversees all property management operations related to Cape’s commercial and residential portfolio. Responsibilities range from the management of tenant and capital improvements, to assisting Cape’s team of building managers in operating rental properties.
Fun Fact: Misha is known around the office as the “Misha Missile” for how fast he is at taking care of all kinds of problems. We’re not sure if he’s heat-seeking or laser-guided, but he’s always on target.
Sean ReismanDevelopment & Acquisitions Analyst Cape Group
Sean is an urban planner that specializes in land use planning, design, and financial modeling. His approach leverages his background in the planning processes, land economics, and urban design to work on projects from conception to delivery.
In his role as a Development and Acquisitions Analyst, Sean works with the goal of developing projects that both enhance the community and meet financial goals.
Sean holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Geography from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Fun Fact: Sean lived in Texas for 12 years and has a twin brother. He enjoys skiing, biking and playing tennis in his free time. ”
Rachele RenziMarketing Coordinator Cape Group
Rachele has a background in Graphic Design and Photography. She is from Italy and has moved to Vancouver to pursue her career in Marketing with a specific interest in Digital Marketing.
She is thrilled to be creating eye catching graphics and bringing marketing strategy to life for Cape Group.
Fun Fact: She loves travel and she has been in 20+ countries so far.
Alexandra RhodProject Coordinator Cape Construction
Alexandra is originally from Brazil and moved to Canada in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a postgraduate diploma in Construction. She has been working in the construction industry now for 8 years on residential, commercial, and institutional projects, and she is excited to put her knowledge and experience to use at Cape Group.
Fun Fact: In her spare time, Alexandra loves hiking and being in the outdoors with her family during summertime.
Zack RossCOO Cape Group
Zack is a graduate of Integrated Engineering from UBC, as well as a licensed airplane pilot. As the third generation of the Schwartzman family, he started in the family business as a site labourer, and over the course of a decade has worked his way up to head office to become the company’s king of spreadsheets.
Zack oversees ongoing business operations within the company, from acquisitions to construction management, and particularly works on finding optimal structures and mechanisms to lead Cape from strength to strength.
Fun Fact: Zack played baseball for UBC and really knows how to make balls fly. He also knows how to actually fly. He is also the most likely to lead a Pure Barre class after work.
Jennifer RyanMarketing Manager Cape Group
Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience bringing marketing strategies to life and has a solid track record in project management, strategic development, and brand management. A born and raised Vancouverite, Jennifer attended the University of Western Ontario, obtaining a BA in English Literature before returning to Vancouver.
Her main responsibilities are managing all marketing aspects of the Cape brand as well as all development projects. Having worked both agency and client side gives Jennifer a vast array of experience which she brings to the table every day at Cape Group.
Fun Fact: Jen first started working at age 12, clearing out horse stalls and before going to university traveled throughout California, Alberta and BC doing equestrian competitions.
Ana SamaviAccounts Payable Cape Group
Ana received an Associate Degree with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration from Capilano College in 1995. In 2000, she moved to California where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
For over 20 years, Ana has worked in HR, Payroll & Benefits, and different fields of Accounting for property management and real estate companies in California. In June 2020, Ana decided to move back to Vancouver to begin a new chapter of her life where she joined Cape Group’s Accounts Payable team.
Fun Fact: Ana loves any indoor and outdoor physical activities including skiing, biking, hiking, swimming, tennis, and walking. She is passionate about nutrition and enjoys learning more about it.
Ralph SchwartzmanFounder & CEO | Cape Group Cape Group
Ralph is a graduate of University of Manitoba in Civil Engineering and was registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia in 1964. He started as an engineer in construction, and quickly established his own construction company so as to engage in more dynamic development.
With his vast experience and wealth of knowledge, he has led the Cape team in the construction and development industries for over six decades. He has been considered a visionary in the building community, bringing many new building concepts and developments to Western Canada and Northwest USA.
Fun Fact: Ralph’s first project was a water tower that he designed and constructed at the age of 16. It was only taken down in 1974 to be replaced with water lines, so it stood the test of time!
Gurinder SinghProject Coordinator Cape Construction
Gurinder has a Master’s in Construction Management from Concordia University with active experience working with framed structures in residential and commercial projects in Asia.
He is very excited to join Cape Group and be part of a cool, diverse team of individuals with years of enriched experience in Western Canada. His interests include exploring “Green building” development that looks at reducing net carbon footprint.
Fun Fact: Gurinder speaks 4.5 languages.
Reisa SchwartzmanPresident Cape Group
Reisa is the second generation in Cape Group’s family run real estate and development business. Reisa completed her undergraduate degree at UBC before joining the company in 1984. From a young age, she had always been involved in the business working on site and learning directly from her father Ralph Schwartzman, Cape Group’s founder. In her role as President, Reisa has seen the successful completion of projects like Pacifica in Nanaimo, Raphael Towers in Coquitlam, Lakeview in St. Albert, AB and Creston House in Kamloops, Terraces on 7th Avenue in Vancouver. Reisa takes pride in developing building design, marketing approaches, and investor relations from the ground level to implementation. She has been instrumental in taking the business to new heights and will continue to lead Cape into the future by expanding into new communities, bringing new innovations and creative product to market.
Reisa is an active member in the community serving on several charity boards and is always looking for ways to give back to the community. She is also the owner of Griddly Games bringing her passion for arts and science to life with STEAM kits and games for kids.
Fun Fact: Reisa maintains stashes of chocolate around the office, ready to bust out on unsuspecting sleepy employees of an afternoon. She is also the most likely to know the names of all your relatives, and future children, after just one conversation.
Gord ShapkaSite Superintendent Cape Construction
Gord started with Cape in 1987 as a construction laborer. He completed his apprenticeship training at BCIT and is now a site superintendent who has worked on various projects including Viridian Green, The Kerry Apartments and most recently Trillium in Surrey. Gord always enjoys a challenge and his vast knowledge of the industry makes him a great asset on the Cape team.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, Gord can be found spending time with his loveable dog and wife.
Natan VasquezCSO Cape Construction
Natan was born in Villahermosa, Tabasco in Mexico and left for university at 17 years old. Natan received a BA in Foreign Languages from the Universidad Interamericana de Puebla in Mexicoi before getting his International General Certificate in Occupational Health in and Safety with Distinction in 2011. Natan has 17 years of experience in Oil and Gas HSE positions. He has worked on the rigs with Pride Drilling, with CGG- a French company that uses seismic vessels to look for oil reservoirs in the ocean and EMGS, a Norwegian company where he was in charge of the logistics of importation and clearance of 2 ships into Mexico and HSE/Maritime compliance for the length of the project. Natan joins us in the Construction Department as a site Chief Safety Officer.
Fun Fact: At home, Natan enjoys cooking traditional Mexican dishes and brewing his own beer/kombucha. He also loves traveling and taking pictures of street art.
Dawn WilliamsBuilding Operations Asset Management
Chloe YuSenior Accountant Cape Group
Born and raised in a coastal city of China, Chloe made her way to Ontario where she completed her Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Windsor. Her previous experience includes full-cycle accounting in the finance department of a pioneer in the greenhouse industry in Ontario before eventually relocated to Vancouver to reunite with family.
Chloe is excited to be a part of Cape Group and enhance her abilities in the real estate & development industry while becoming more proficient in the accounting and finance field.
Fun Fact: Her hometown is famous for its coastal view, seafood and especially the Tsingtao Beer, but she never liked the taste of beer all that much. Chloe can always be seen with a smile on her face.
Kirk YuenDirector of Operations Cape Construction
Kirk is leading the construction management team for Cape Construction, with a key emphasis on operational excellence. Kirk continuously works with multiple stakeholders to ensure construction project success. As part of our leadership team, he is also involved in business process improvements, system automation and building client relationships.
Kirk has over 25 years of expertise and experience in all aspects of construction. From consideration to build and through project planning, he has experience in a wide diversity of construction projects including multi residential, high rise, tilt up, recreational and shopping centres.
He has a BA in Economics from UBC and graduated as a Building Technologist from BCIT.
Fun fact: His ancestors arrived in Victoria, BC in the 1860’s and have also been involved in construction for generations.
Lan ZhangChief Financial Officer Cape Group
Born and raised in China, Lan came to Vancouver in 2000 where she attended Simon Fraser University. She obtained her CPA, CA designation while working at the Assurance Group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Since then, Lan has worked exclusively in development accounting and finance. From a single high rise tower to multiple phased communities, Lan has brought her expertise to every stage of development.
Lan is overseeing all accounting and finance aspects of Cape Group, as well as identifying risk factors and opportunities to improve internal controls.
Fun Fact: Lan was a part time wedding makeup artist and had a wedding location in one of her own project towers!