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.
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 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!"
John is a seasoned operations manager with extensive international experience in engineering, manufacturing and accounting. His background includes automotive, aviation, civil engineering, electronics, durable building products and modular construction. He is a subject expert in world-class manufacturing, ISO systems, Lean Manufacturing & Total Quality Management (TQM)
Trained by Rolls Royce, john possesses solid business skills in mechanical engineering, project management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and industrial Engineering. He is also a qualified Lean 6-Sigma Black Belt. He’s managed large 24/7 Fortune 500 companies with annual turnover > $120 million, as well as project managing multimillion dollar building projects comprising an international workforce in excess of 1,200. John has worked in Europe, Asia, Middle East, US, Canada & the Caribbean. As an ex-captain in the British Army, John served a 1 year term in Iraq; disarming landmines.
In his spare time, John enjoys horseback riding, water skiing, diving, cycling and martial arts. He is a member of the International Red Cross and “Helping Hands”;often being called upon to help in flood, hurricane & earthquake stricken regions.
“You’ve got to hunt where the ducks are” & “Don’t go where the puck is, go where the puck’s going to be!”
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."
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 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.
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 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."
After 4 years in residential construction as a finish carpenter, Shawn completed a civil engineering degree and has spent 2 years as an engineer. This background brings extensive experience to CTF and allows him to pass on his knowledge and passion for energy efficient design to clients when they build their dream home with us. Shawn made the move to Golden after selling his brewery and distillery business in Vancouver and now spends as much time as he can on the world-class snowboarding and mountain biking trails at Kicking Horse and in the back country.
When Shawn isn’t enjoying the outdoors you’ll most likely find him working on his house or brewing his next batch of beer and spirits in his garage.
"Never be afraid to try something new"
With over 21 years of knowledge, experience and skills in timber frame design and construction, Tim's passion for timber frames goes back to his childhood where he spent countless hours playing in barns and became fascinated with the simplicity and beauty of their construction. Little did he know then that many years later he would build timber frames for those who also shared his passion for this timeless art, allowing others to create their own memories to be passed down from generation to generation. After graduating from Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto, Tim worked as a planning consultant for five years. Unable to suppress his desire to work with timber frames and fueled by his long time love of barn architecture, he founded his own timber frame company in 2001 to 2018, until he joined the Canadian Timberframes team in 2018.
Outside of work you will most likely find Tim in the outdoors whether its biking with his wife, fishing and camping with his kids, tapping maple trees in the spring, cross country and downhill skiing in the Winter or just simply taking a walk with his best pal Archie… his faithful Springer Spaniel!
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.
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!”
"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)."
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 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.
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 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”
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”
Pierre previously worked in the oil and gas industry where he held leadership and supervisory roles. Now he gets to utilise those skills in the timber frame industry which he is passionate about. He enjoys the challenge of leading his team and making the production process efficient for our clients and suppliers.
Pierre loves his outdoor adventures. You’ll often find him camping near a mountain bike trail head during the summer months or back country skiing during winter and exploring new mountains and trails.
The show must go on!
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 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 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."
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"
Since day one Jeff loved working with wood. ...He is passionate about all aspects of carpentry and is excited to apply his talent to the timber framing industry. Having grown up in northern Manitoba Jeff is now settled in to be closer to his family and live with the mountains as his backdrop and enjoy all the outdoor activities after the whistle blows. Another welcome addition to the CTF team.
"Jeff is excited to apply his wood working talent to the timber framing industry."
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.
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."
Brittany fell in love with Golden 5 years ago when she moved here from Kamloops. Having worked up North or in the Okanagan region on the Marwest Pipeline in the past she is happy to be able to work at home and enjoy the Golden lifestyle.
Outside of work Brittany enjoys going to the gym to unwind and shares a love of motocross with her 4 year old daughter. Both of them like to get outside and ride as often as they can.
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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