Our Canadian Timberframes team

Canadian Timberframes provides timeless timber frame homes

We have years of experience in: design, manufacturing & management, all under one roof to serve you!

Our Team

We at Canadian Timberframes are a team of creative, skillful, dedicated and diverse professionals sharing a common goal; providing you, our client, with a timeless timber frame home. It goes without saying that we pride ourselves with the quality of our products, and our commitment to go above and beyond when providing customer experience. We have built a solid reputation as one of the World's Premier Timber Frame Companies not only because of our precision and passion - but because  we truly care about our clients needs.

Jeff Bowes - President, Owner

Jeff Bowes - President, Owner
Jeff Bowes - President, Owner

Growing up on a farm in Ontario, work often found itself within the shadows and protection of many turn of the century hand cut timber frame barns. The appreciation for these structures inspired what is now a 32 year career in the Industry. In the mid 80's Jeff started a 20 year involvement with an Ontario based timber frame firm. In 2006, requirements of many projects, architects and clients led Jeff to resign from this eastern firm and strike out toward the west and source what he would later refer to as a "Premier Boutique Timber Frame Manufacturer". In 2011 Jeff was invited to join Canadian Timberframes as a partner, to direct business development and growth through his vision of marketing, customer service and expanded product lines. Jeff enjoys being "on the ground" monthly throughout Canada and the US, whether at shows or consulting with clients, architects and builders.

"Jeff's true grounding comes from time spent in the mountains, whether skiing, biking or just taking it all in"

Stephanie Bowes - Vice President

Stephanie Bowes - Vice President
Stephanie Bowes - Vice President

Stephanie has joined us from Toronto where she was the VP, of Global Marketing at a software co. Stephanie has over 20 years’ experience in delivering financial results in large blue chip organizations where she was responsible for building and leading teams in various disciplines from strategic planning, marketing, advertising, product marketing, database marketing, segmentation, direct marketing, digital marketing, trade-shows and more.  We are happy to have Stephanie on board to drive the successful leadership and management of Strategic Planning process, Marketing, Advertising CRM and help us in consistently achieving our mission and objectives through program development and the administration of the plan. 

"I love being part of growing an organization and expanding its brand presence & market share!"

Joachim Strobel - Design & Production Manager

Joachim Strobel - Design & Production Manager
Joachim Strobel - Design & Production Manager

"I grew up in Germany a few kilometers from where Hundegger machines are manufactured so it was logical for me to complete my university studies on how these machines improve productivity in the timber frame industry. This knowledge opened doors for me to work in North America." Joachim successfully contributed his design talents to timber frame companies in Tennessee and Ontario where he was also instrumental in implementing HSB design software to guide the production of cutting the timber frame from handwork to machine precision. In the summer of 2012 he acted on an opportunity to join our team and headed west with his "Canadian" wife to settle in Golden. This time his travels takes him to the B.C. mountains where yet another passion takes hold on the slopes.

"Leben ist gut! (Life is good)."

Alexandre Lathion - Logistics & Operations Manager

Alexandre Lathion - Logistics & Operations Manager
Alexandre Lathion - Logistics & Operations Manager

We are pleased to welcome a new member to the design team – Alexandre. He brings over 17 years in the woodworking industry with him most recently from Cambium Woodwork, a custom architectural woodwork company in Calgary and 3 years before that he was living with his wife and working in Veysonnaz which is situated in the Swiss Alps.  Alexandre brings a passion for wood and mountain living with him to his position.  “Wood is a material that has always appealed to me; there is nothing better than smelling the scent of fresh cut wood when you arrive to work. Creating a structure out of a natural resource is also very rewarding; I can apply my knowledge of modeling software towards making beautiful and functional living spaces in some of the most spectacular locations for our customers.” Says Alexandre.

On his time off Alexandre enjoys splitboarding, camping, hiking & exploring British Columbia with his wife and 1 yr old son.

Debra Kotulak - Accounting Supervisor

Debra Kotulak - Accounting Supervisor
Debra Kotulak - Accounting Supervisor

Raised in Golden, Debra has returned to be closer to her family. Debra is excited to join Canadian Timberframes and be a part of a Professional Organization that values customer service.

When Debra isn't working she is spending time with her family and most likely planning her next big trip.  When asked what her favorite travel destination is her response is "I don't have a favorite place, just a favorite thing about the places I have travelled."

Glynnis Phillips - Accounting Assistant & Customer Service

Glynnis Phillips - Accounting Assistant & Customer Service
Glynnis Phillips - Accounting Assistant & Customer Service

Glynnis came to Golden for a work opportunity that brought her closer to family. After starting on a Accounting Technician certificate, she recently joined the Canadian Timberframes team and is very eager for an opportunity to learn and use these new skills. Glynnis has previously worked various administration and customer service roles and is excited to bring these skills to CTF.

Outside of work, Glynnis enjoys cross-country skiing in the winter and in the summer can be found on one of the many great hiking and biking trails in the area.

Eleanor Phillips - Sales Associate

Eleanor Phillips - Sales Associate
Eleanor Phillips - Sales Associate

From a stay at home mom to taking on part time work...Eleanor started in the shop sanding and staining part-time. She progressed to completing hand cutting and chiseling, to operating the forklift and packaging the completed project. After six years in the shop she moved into her administrative position in the front office. For a number of years before joining CTF she worked with a small silviculture company on prescribed burns; clearing overgrowth from planted trees with a brush saw and cleaning creeks after logging crews had completed their harvest. Eleanor's the one who would gladly help out with anything at the office. At home she happiest working in her flowerbeds, camping and quading with her family in the summer and sledding and ice fishing in the winter.

"Planning for an exotic vacation is on Eleanor's wish list."

David Gagne - Sales Associate

David Gagne - Sales Associate
David Gagne - Sales Associate

David brings with him a long history in the building construction industry with over 10 years of combined stick frame, timber & log building experience. He also has extensive background in the ski industry with over 7 years of soft & hard good sales and, was with the Canadian Snowboard Cross Team for 4 years leading up to the Sochi Olympics. David is thrilled to be working with Canadian Timberframes where he can put many of his passions to work. He loves to get to know clients stories, what drives their dreams and loves helping shape them into a new reality; a custom timber frame home, chalet or cottage.

"His love of the mountains brought him to Golden; his passion for wood & high end products brought him to Canadian Timberframes."

Mike Jacobson - Sales Associate

Mike Jacobson - Sales Associate
Mike Jacobson - Sales Associate

Mike’s grandfather arrived in Canada from Norway and started Jacobson Brothers sawmill in 1954 operating successfully as family business until 1995.  Third generation in wood business Mike has a passion for timber, working with a truly sustainable resource is in his blood.  Today he can actually walk in forests planted by his family.

Mike was with Pioneer Log Homes for 12 years where his focus was to listen to a client’s vision, show what is possible and exceed all expectations for their new home.

The opportunity to join the CTF team gives the chance to work with so many talented people and of course these beautiful Douglas Fir timbers.  CTF has given the opportunity to continue his passion to work with great clients and enjoy the moment where their home becomes a reality.

Caroline Picard -Sales & Contract Coordinator

Caroline Picard -Sales & Contract Coordinator
Caroline Picard -Sales & Contract Coordinator

From Hotel and Project Management to an international relocation advisor, Caroline is happy to join CTF! Recently, she was coordinating the international relocation for CAF members and she truly loved it. It was a challenging time by the complexity of the international relocation but it was the most rewarding position as she had the chance to make a difference in the lives of many families by her kindness and hard work. She believes that when a team works together we can reach higher summits.

Caroline and her husband relocated from Ottawa to be in Golden and she can't believe that she is in BC again. Original from St-Raphael in QC, she always wanted to travel and meet new people. She travelled through Canada and Europe enjoying Corsica and the Mediterranean. But it is in BC that she found roots. She is an avid snowboarder and always ready for a new adventure!

"The real journey is not to travel the desert or to cross great distances underwater, it is to reach an exceptional point where the flavor of the moment bathes all the outlines of the inner life." -- Antoinde de Saint-Exupéry

Jeremy Liddy - Marketing Coordinator

Jeremy Liddy - Marketing Coordinator
Jeremy Liddy - Marketing Coordinator

Jeremy comes to us from New Zealand with over 8 years experience working in Local government and Chambers of Commerce specialising in Economic Development and Marketing. His role is responsible for driving our online platforms and growing our brand awareness and leads across North America. He is excited about building on the strong growth Canadian Timberframes is experiencing.

Jeremy enjoys his sport and is looking forward to exploring the trails and skiing in British Columbia along with traveling to different parts of Canada.

Leo Hiziroglu – Project Estimator

Leo Hiziroglu – Project Estimator
Leo Hiziroglu – Project Estimator

Leo moved to North America after gaining his architectural degree in Istanbul. Over his 22 year career he has worked in Baltimore, Washington DC, Las Vegas and Toronto specialising in retail, commercial, mixed use and hospitality projects. Leo is a LEED certified Green Associate and his extensive experience is a valuable addition to our team.

Leo is a design enthusiast and believes quality design is a collaborative effort, not an individual journey. He is an avid maker, spending plenty of time in his basement building furniture and experimenting with different materials. He is passionate about tennis and cherishes every moment he gets to spend with his family.

“Life is not short, your interests are!”

Klaus Stelzig - Senior Designer/Timber Frame Technician

Klaus Stelzig - Senior Designer/Timber Frame Technician
Klaus Stelzig - Senior Designer/Timber Frame Technician

Accepting a tempting internet job offer from Canadian Timberframes uprooted Klaus from Rosenberg, Germany. His 20 year background in timber framing and design is a great asset when it comes to the complexity of designing energy efficient envelopes and complex roof structures for our timber structures. Golden is a favorite place his family enjoys all year round. Klaus often spends time camping at the lake with his family.

"Klaus is always up for the challenge of snaging a catch-of-the day for dinner."

Jeff Parker - Designer/Timber Frame Technician

Jeff Parker - Designer/Timber Frame Technician
Jeff Parker - Designer/Timber Frame Technician

Jeff has applied his passion for the aesthetics of wood design in the Design and Engineering Industry in a variety of roles and responsibilities. He moved from Calgary in 2010 to join CTF and apply his experience as an architectural technologist to both residential and commercial timber structures. When Jeff is finished resolving any core issues of a project to keep it moving on schedule, preparing engineered drawings for a luxury mountain home, he leaves the office walls behind to enjoy many outdoor activities against the back drop of the mountains. One of these days he'd like to go powder snowboarding in the forests of Japan.

Michael Kuziak – Designer/ Timber Frame Technician

Michael Kuziak – Designer/ Timber Frame Technician
Michael Kuziak – Designer/ Timber Frame Technician

After completing his civil engineering degree, a strong interest in traditional  timber frame lead Michael to take a 13 week timber frame program in Cranbrook, BC to learn some of the practical knowledge and tricks of the trade. Before joining CTF he completed his Master of Engineering in integrated wood designs to gain the technical knowledge and learn sustainable building practices. 

Michael is passionate about traditional building methods and balancing tradition with production. He enjoys woodworking, building and is looking forward to getting outdoors and taking in the great views Golden has on offer.

Philip McKinley - Designer/ Timber Frame Technician

Philip McKinley - Designer/ Timber Frame Technician
Philip McKinley - Designer/ Timber Frame Technician

Philip has always had a strong interest in timber framing and his desire to immerse himself in timber themed architecture has lead him to the team at CTF. At this point in his career he is most passionate about working with and learning from clients that love timber as much as him. The opportunity to work on unique projects across North America really excites him.

Philip has a variety of passions ranging from cooking, music and travelling to hiking, biking and skiing. He enjoys the outdoors and is happiest spending time with family and friends around a campfire or fishing in a back country stream.

“It’s a beautiful day for a beautiful day”

Martina Bartol - Architectural Designer

Martina Bartol - Architectural Designer
Martina Bartol - Architectural Designer

Martina grew up in Slovenia, where she completed a degree in Architectural Engineering. Her thesis focused on sustainable home design and it’s these principles, concepts and passion that she now applies to her designs at Canadian Timberframes. While on a rock climbing trip in India Martina met a fellow climber from Canada.  She came to visit him a few months later, bringing only a surf board and gym bag full of clothes.  She's never left.  They are now happily married and live with their three dogs and small flock of chicken.  Since then Martina has lived across western Canada and worked in a number of different positions and has finally found her dream job in her dream location. On weekends or after long days being in front of her computer, Martina can usually be found hanging off the side of a mountain on the pointy end of a rope, or barreling down one on skis or a mountain bike.

“Believing in sustainable principles, Martina is motivated by frugal living. She was called a 'crazy professor' by her friends due to all of her DIY projects around her house and yard.”

Mike Majkowski – Architectural Designer

Mike Majkowski – Architectural Designer
Mike Majkowski – Architectural Designer

Mike first discovered Golden in 2014 through his love for the mountains and paragliding and his been returning ever since for his vacations. He moved from Ontario to join CTF in 2018 after meeting one of design team through mutual friends. Mike loves his sport, he was involved with Tennis, Gymnastics, Soccer and Triathlons while growing up and now he has a passion for paragliding, mountain biking and hiking.

Professionally he is passionate about clean and efficient designs, both aesthetically and technically.  He enjoys the technical aspects of the profession and seeing his work come to life. He likes being exposed to all aspects of design and construction, it makes life more interesting.

“The positive power of negative thinking”

Logan Winters - Architectural Designer

Logan Winters - Architectural Designer
Logan Winters - Architectural Designer

Building timber structures with his Father while growing up in Canmore kick started Logan’s passion for architectural design especially timber frame structures. Being able to envision, create and make a end product that clients can call their own is what drives Logan and excites him in his design career.

He continues to enjoy building and has a real passion for skiing, biking, dirt biking and enjoying his friends company while tackling the outdoor opportunities around Golden.

‘It’s not a mistake,  it’s a design feature”

Matt Pilon - Senior K2 Technician

Matt Pilon - Senior K2 Technician
Matt Pilon - Senior K2 Technician

With a passion for computerized technology Matt does a great job of operating the Hundegger Planer and K2, and controlling the flow of floor operations. The Hundegger runs at a steady pace and he keeps a good balance of feeding the machine and keeping the crew busy as well. He's very gratified to see his efforts come to fruition. From a background that started with Matt planting massive forests he now crafts that tree to be part of a spectacular timber frame structure. Matt and his wife keep busy with their 3 kids enjoying the great outdoor life they have chosen in Golden. When the kids are asleep Matt puts time aside to work on building a new and improved computer or planning for his bike trip across Canada!

"Matt plans for a bike trip across Canada."

Cael Bowes - HMD 625 Planer Technician

Cael Bowes - HMD 625 Planer Technician
Cael Bowes - HMD 625 Planer Technician

Cael took this opportunity to move from Beaverton, ON and put his carpentry, general construction background and finishing skills to work, joining the business in the summer of 2012 and being the second generation to do so. He hopes to contribute his part in crafting the finest timber frames one can ask for and one day hopes to build his own fully sustainable home. Cael's sense for adventure coaxed him west to the Rockies where he thrives on extreme sports and the great outdoors, it's in the (Bowes) blood.

"Cael thrives on extreme sports and the great outdoors."

Rick Schacher - Lead Sawyer - Sawmill/Log Yard Supervisor

Rick Schacher - Lead Sawyer - Sawmill/Log Yard Supervisor
Rick Schacher - Lead Sawyer - Sawmill/Log Yard Supervisor

Rick Schacher has been involved in the forestry and timber business most of his life here in the Columbia Valley. Joining Canadian Timberframes in the early years, Rick's contribution to our manufacturing process remains invaluable. From overseeing the huge log inventory, being the primary sawyer, and being responsible for the care and maintenance of our mill and heavy equipment, Rick is our "go to" guy. It's worth noting that the easy way to find Rick in the busy summer season is to look for the cloud of dust….he'll be just ahead of it!

"Rick's contribution to our manufacturing process remains invaluable."

Michael Prete – Carpenter

Michael Prete – Carpenter
Michael Prete – Carpenter

With a passion for mountain and timber structures, Michael joined Canadian Timberframes to contribute quality craftsmanship to the timber frame industry and further develop his skills in the industry.

Like many of our staff he makes the most of the outdoor opportunities in Golden and enjoys snowboarding, biking and climbing with his girlfriend.

"That’s the way she goes"

Dave Glebe - Carpenter

Dave Glebe - Carpenter
Dave Glebe - Carpenter

Dave made his way to Golden from Ontario after seeing CTF in a range of magazines while working for a timber frame business. He has over 10 years experience and loves working on custom projects and seeing his hard work come to life.

His two boys keep him on his toes and he loves that they share his passion for the outdoors, especially dirtbiking, snowboarding and biking. Over the winter you will usually find him with his kids and wife enjoying Kicking Horse Resort.

"Get er done"

Will Braisher – Production Team

Will Braisher – Production Team

Will joined Canadian Timberframes wanting to challenge himself in the industry and to learn new skills. He enjoys being part of a team and gaining new experience through the variety of projects he works on. Golden offers him the perfect lifestyle to enjoy his passion of hunting and fishing.

Judy Wikman - Production Team

Judy Wikman - Production Team
Judy Wikman - Production Team

Timber staining is a great way to bring life to timbers and Judy will ensure you a colour matched finish. With over 12 years in CTF shop she prides herself on a job well done. Thank you Judy! She has loves to spend time with her grand kids and one day hopes to enjoy an extended vacation down east in the Maritimes.

"Judy will ensure a colour matched finish."

Taya Young - Production Team

Taya Young - Production Team
Taya Young - Production Team

Taya has always had an interest in timber frame homes and joined CTF to learn more about the industry after wanting a career change.

She is passionate about the outdoors and enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and dirt biking and bonfires by the lake in the summer. Her husband and her also enjoy nights in with their pets.

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”

Adam Morrison - Production Team

Adam Morrison - Production Team
Adam Morrison - Production Team

Adam joined CTF because of his love of wood and to further his knowledge of timber frame consruction. When he isn't at work he enjoys sking and swimming with his two kids and carrying out his passion of wood working at home.

"Get er done"

Ryan Milligan - Production Team

Ryan Milligan - Production Team

Ryan installed one of our timber frames on a previous job which sparked his interest in Canadian Timberframes and lead him to applying for a role with us. He has 15 years experience in construction and like a lot of our employees enjoys the Golden lifestyle that allows him to hike, camp and water-ski with his family.

Isaak Posylek – Tail Sawyer

Isaak Posylek – Tail Sawyer

Isaak has been in forestry for over 8 years and enjoys witnessing the raw material being turned into product and envisioning the outcome. He has always been curious to learn more about timber frame fabrication and the process behind it.

He is passionate about nature, the mountains and loves the outdoors. When he isn’t working you will find him kicking back with friends, snowboarding, hiking and enjoying spur of the moment ideas and passions.

"It is what it is"

Timber Bowes - Company Mascot

Timber Bowes - Company Mascot
Timber Bowes - Company Mascot

Timber joined the Canadian Timberframes team in Dec 2016. Timber’s pawsitive attitude, endless amounts of energy and her passion for sinking her teeth into a quality piece of wood made for a perfect fit to the CTF team!

When Timber isn't working hard making her daily rounds of the facility, you can find her on long trail runs throughout the Columbia Valley and basking in the sun along the river while enjoying her favourite treats. We are extremely happy to have Timber join the CTF team as she brings a smile to everyone’s face when she runs in the room!

"Ruuffffff sawn Interior Douglas Fir is my favourite!"

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