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. Our geographical focus currently includes Hawaii and British Columbia – Whistler and Victoria. 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, individuals that are 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.
Dan Matthews is the founder and serves as the President and CEO of the Ecoasis Group of Companies. 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 a founding member of the Canadian Green Building Council. Complimenting his drive to maximize the value of the real estate projects of Ecoasis in Victoria, Whistler and Hawaii, Dan brings more than 27 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 in 1992 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 is also past National President of the Canadian Home Builders Association. Active in the residential construction and land use industry in BC for over 50 years, Bob has 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 neighbourhoods in the District of Highlands. Bob currently serves as a Director with the Bear Mountain Community Association. Bob’s passion, experience and knowledge are an invaluable asset to the Ecoasis team.
Prior to joining Bear Mountain, Melissa worked as a legal assistant for over eight years. After 18 years with Bear Mountain, her role has grown to include all legal matters, including but not limited to preparation of disclosure statements, subdivision and strata creation and all conveyancing for all phases of the development. Melissa is also the Executive Assistant to the CEO and assists with project management, human resources, accounting and tax matters, liaises with clients, handles reception and administrative duties, and facilitates event planning. Melissa was also the Project Coordinator for the Westin Bear Mountain and the Westin Bear Mountain Fitness renovations, and is currently coordinating renovations for the Bear Mountain Activity Centre.
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 possesses both the entrepreneur qualities required in land development as well as the 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 with 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 25 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 three years travelling the globe to recruit students for one of Canada’s top boarding schools. She also spent five years as the Director of Marketing and 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, Mount Royal University and the University of Grenoble, France, Shannon volunteers on the City of Langford Economic Development Committee, the Greater Victoria Sports Tourism Commission Committee and for Golf for Kids Charity Classic.
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. Brian recently joined Silverstein Properties as its executive vice president and director of development where he will focus on leading the company’s new developments in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Collins has worked as head of acquisitions and development at Fisher Brothers since 2011 and previously worked as the founder and owner of Colgate Development. His other prior roles have included president of Intrawest Resort Holdings and COO of Millennium Partners, where he worked on multiple Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons hotel projects.
FRANCIS A. WONG
As Chairman and CEO of Genesis Hotel Development LLC, Francis offers valuable development, financial, political and legal expertise. As the owner and developer of several branded hotels in Hawaii, British Columbia and California, he has successfully developed, financed and completed many of these hotels. He was a former Hawaii State Senator and a member of the staff of US Senator John F. Kennedy. As a graduate of Georgetown College and Law School in Washington, D.C., he was named in the first edition of Best Lawyers in America. He has been the chairman of both the Planning Commission and the Architectural and Landscape Committee of the City of Indian Wells. He. Currently sits on the Board of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, one of the largest non-profits in California, the Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a Hawaii non-profit dedicated to the reforestation of native woods, and Allied Hotel Properties Inc., a Canadian public company. He also chairs the Development Committee of the Allied Board and has oversight responsibilities for its 775-unit condominium project in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and leads the development of the Palm Springs Residences, a 125-unit resort condominium project in downtown Palm Springs, CA. He is an active member of the development community in the desert, passionate about sustainability and resides in Indian Wells, CA.
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.
Trevor is Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for the Belkorp Group of Companies. He is involved in all aspects of operational, investment, divestiture and management decisions and provides legal support for all business operations at Belkorp. Prior to joining Belkorp in 2016, Trevor spent 10 years at Intrawest where he served in numerous roles, including President of Intrawest’s hospitality and timeshare division, Vice President of Corporate Development and legal counsel. Trevor also spent six years practicing at Sidley Austin LLP in New York. Trevor obtained a Bachelor of Law and B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is called to the bar in New York and British Columbia.