ECOASIS specializes in land acquisition and development of residential and resort real estate—signature properties that we enhance for the benefit not just of stakeholders but the surrounding communities as well. Currently our geographical focus includes Hawaii, Whistler, and Victoria, BC. By partnering with the most experienced consultants, architects, engineering firms, and construction companies, we create products of high quality and lasting value. Ecoasis has the advantage of being a closely held, well financed company.
We work with a talented team, selected for their shared philosophy and business integrity. Together we have a common goal, to create vibrant neighbourhoods and communities where families and businesses put down roots and thrive. We truly understand people, their needs, and their dreams. The work we have chosen is turning those dreams into reality.
As the President and CEO of the Ecoasis Group of Companies, Dan brings solid broad-based expertise in the realms of strategic planning, acquisitions, structuring, and finance. At Ecoasis, Dan leads the overall growth strategy defined by a balanced and risk-measured approach. Dan is a pioneer in sustainable building practices, and as a founding member of the Canadian Green Building Council his development focus always has environmental considerations at the forefront of planning. Complimenting his drive to maximize the value of the real estate projects of Ecoasis, Dan brings more than 20 years of experience in private equity and capital markets with private equity investments in renewable energy, privacy and security technology, clean-tech, and various real estate syndicates.
Bob first became involved in Bear Mountain more than two decades ago when he was the Manager of Land Development and Governmental Affairs with Doman Industries Limited, and its subsidiary, Western Forest Products Ltd. Bob served five years as a Deputy Minister for the Province of BC in the Ministries of Transportation, Forests, Lands, Parks, Housing and Energy. Bob was also elected National President of the Canadian Home Builders Association. Bob has been active in the residential construction and land use industry in BC for over 40 years, during which time he initiated a number of large residential communities including; College Heights in Prince George; Aberdeen Hills in Kamloops; Heritage Mountain in Port Moody; and Fraser Glen in Surrey as well as five residential neighborhoods in the District of Highlands, where he now resides. Bob’s passion, experience and knowledge are an invaluable asset to the Ecoasis team.
With over 19 years of experience, David has held numerous roles in the Finance and Accounting realm. Several years into working with boutique accounting firms, David started his own bookkeeping service and served as an instructor at Toronto's George Brown College. Following a relocation to the west coast, David joined Bear Mountain, where he focused on strategic planning, financial modeling and forecasting, as well as overseeing the organization’s finance and accounting operations.
Originally trained as a civil engineer, Eric worked in Germany, England, the United States and Canada. In 1993, Eric moved into real estate development with an initial focus on inner-city multifamily projects. Over time he transitioned to beach, ski and golf resorts, a move that allowed him to bring together his personal passions of the mountains and water, with his professional expertise. With a career spanning more than 21 years, Eric ’s ability to align quality product with appropriate lifestyle is key to satisfying homeowners and visitors alike. Eric has played an integral role in shaping award-winning projects with both Intrawest and Intergulf, and deems priceless the importance of location when planning an inspired and vibrant community. Eric has his Masters in Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, and his MBA from UBC.
Francis joined the Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa in September 2010 as General Manager. Prior to his arrival at Bear Mountain, Francis spent 40 years with Canadian Pacific Hotels and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. During that time, he held management positions at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary, The Banff Springs, Chateau Lake Louise, and The Empress in Victoria. He was also Hotel Manager at The Banff Springs and General Manager at The Lodge at Kananaskis, the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver, BC. Francis holds a Hotel Management Degree from Hollings College in Manchester, England, and has completed the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry (AMPHI) at the University of Guelph.
Kerri brings over 19 years of experience in strategic marketing of resort real estate to the Ecoasis team. Formerly a vital member of the Intrawest organization, Kerri is charged primarily with strategy development and integrated marketing campaign implementation. Her broad expertise ranges from project and budget management to ad agency, brokerage and homeowner relations. Kerri's professional ability to manage relationships is a constant in successfully driving the sales and marketing process of resort real estate. Kerri has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University.
Prior to joining Bear Mountain, Melissa worked as a legal assistant for over eight years. After 11 years with Bear Mountain, her role has grown to include matters requiring legal attention, including; preparation of disclosure statements, subdivision and strata creation, conveyance for purchases, preparation of commercial leases, and Contracts of Purchase and Sale with regards to all phases of development. Melissa assists with project management, liaises with clients, handles reception and administrative duties, and facilitates event planning. Melissa is also the Project Coordinator for both the forthcoming Westin Bear Mountain and the Westin Bear Mountain Fitness Renovations.
A long-time, key member of the Bear Mountain Real Estate Sales and Marketing team, Ruthanne is a versatile professional. Ruthanne’s broad range of experience and skills make her an asset in supporting all land and community initiatives, including the coordination of sales and marketing activities, and the oversight of quality assurance practices and project build-out.
Trained as a civil engineer, Ryan joined the team as someone who represents both the entrepreneur qualities required in land development as well as a desire to act proactively and sensibly given his engineering background. Ryan has always shown a comprehensive understanding of project’s needs and the knowhow to solve problems in an organized and logical manner. As a local talent, Ryan plays an integral part in dealing with resort operations, municipal approvals, neighbor relations, and construction/project management as Ecoasis moves forward on growing the resort amenities and realizing the remaining real estate potential. Ryan has a B.ASc in engineering from University of British Columbia.
A communications professional with over 18 years of experience in public relations and strategic communications planning, Shannon has worked in the media, corporate, non-profit and education sectors. Prior to joining Ecoasis, Shannon spent the last three years travelling the globe recruiting students for one of Canada’s top boarding schools. She also spent five years as the Director of Communications at the Victoria Foundation, Canada's second oldest and sixth largest community foundation. Shannon’s other professional experience includes Manager, Community Investment with BC Ferries in Victoria, and Sponsorship and Promotions Manager for CTV affiliate CFCN in Calgary, Alberta. A graduate of UBC and the University of Grenoble, France, Shannon has also volunteered on the Steering Committee for the University of Victoria Diploma Program in Public Relations, and Community Foundations of Canada's National Communications Action Team.
Dale is recognized as a pioneer within the technology community and his efforts have been instrumental in establishing a ‘critical mass’ of technology-based companies in the Victoria region. Dale’s commitment to industry and innovation runs deep and is reflected by his participation on a variety of committees and boards. He brings to Bear Mountain over 18 years of executive experience in North America’s technology sector, and is the former president of the University of Victoria’s Vancouver Island Technology Park and the Marine Technology Centre. Dale was the founding member and first president of the Canadian Association of University Research Parks, and was the recipient of the 2012 Colin Lennox Award for Technology Champion and 2012 Queens Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of his achievements in the advancement of Canada’s technology parks.
ECOASIS ADVISORY BOARD
Our active Advisory Board members have extensive, global real estate and development expertise, with a strong focus on resort locations in some of North America’s most prestigious destinations. As Advisors, they provide strategic and operational guidance throughout the Ecoasis project portfolio.
Brian is a veteran developer with over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. In his current role, Brian serves as Head of Development for New York City-based Fisher Brothers, a third-generation business with over 7 million square feet of commercial properties and more than $1.5 billion of residential buildings under development. Brian was formerly the President of Intrawest, a resort-focused real estate company based in Vancouver and Denver, and a Principal of Colgate Development and Millennium Partners, where he was responsible for the development of numerous 5-star hotels, including Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton properties, as well as thousands of luxury condominiums.
FRANCIS A. WONG
Francis is the principal shareholder and Chairman of Genesis Hotel Development LLC, an international leading provider of corporate hotel development services. Francis co-developed and owned several hotels in California and Hawaii, including the Maui Marriott Resort and the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui. Francis has provided development and hospitality consultancy services for various hotel properties in Vancouver and Whistler, BC and Palm Desert, CA. A retired Hawaiian State Senator, Francis had a distinguished political career - including being a member of staff of the U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy. During his time as Senator, Francis helped create the State Ethics Commission, the Shoreline Management Act and the Hawaii State Plan for economic, physical, and social development policies. Francis is also named in the first edition of Best Lawyers in America.
One of Vancouver’s best-known and most admired citizens, Senator Larry W. Campbell served as Mayor of Vancouver from 2002 - 2005, after a distinguished and high profile career primarily in law enforcement and death investigation. Senator Campbell is the President of Mortis Consulting Ltd. where he does contract work for private industry and government in the area of forensics and investigation. Senator Campbell sits on numerous corporate and nonprofit Boards including as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, a Director of the Canucks for Kids Fund, and Director Emeritus of City University in Washington. Senator Campbell is currently a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration, and National Security and Defence.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Chris has held executive positions with Towne Development of Hawaii, Inc. since 1987. Towne Development specializes in providing quality, affordable homes in the best locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In his capacity as Vice President, President, Vice Chairman, and now Executive Vice President of Towne Development, Chris has been intimately involved in the development of over 2,000 residential units in more than 25 communities, with gross sales during his tenure in excess of $1 billion. Chris is currently licensed as a Hawaii real estate broker and previously had his own general law practice.
With over 10 years of experience in real estate-focused mergers & acquisitions, Trevor holds the position of President of Intrawest Resort Club Group (IRCG). In this capacity, Trevor is responsible for the growth and overall management of Intrawest’s private vacation club. Trevor also actively works with Intrawest’s business team providing advice regarding partnership and forward-thinking program development opportunities as well as restructuring and transactional assistance. Trevor is a director for a number of companies including Blue Mountain Resorts, Ltd. and several Intrawest companies. He also serves as a director for various homeowners associations and is an ARDA Chairman’s League member and a member of ARDA’s Board of Directors. Trevor was called to the bar in both New York and British Columbia.