Learn about our Team and Culture

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do what ever it takes to make your business grow

Executive

Steven Butt

Steven Butt

President / Founder

Steven Butt is the President & Founder of Avenue Commercial. Steven has over 20 years of personal & professional experience in real estate. Steven has worked across Canada and extensively in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Vic Cotton, AMP

Vic Cotton, AMP

President, Avenue Financial / Broker

Vic Cotton is a commercial and business finance specialist. He holds his Accredited Mortgage Professional designation.

He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals and studied Business Administration at Red River College. With over 30 years of developing and selling businesses there are few concepts that are beyond Vic Cotton’s scope of financing.

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Office: 587.351.0221
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jeff Hopper

Jeff Hopper

Vice President, Investment Sales & Leasing

Jeff Hopper has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry. For several years Jeff ran his own successful property management company in Ontario. In 2006 Jeff relocated to Calgary where he launched his own private equity company specializing in the revitalization of Calgary inner city homes. Now a licensed Realtor and Commercial Associate, Jeff is available to assist you with a variety of commercial and development opportunities.

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Office: 587.390.2145
Fax: 403.802.6768

Welcome! This is our dedicated Team. Did we say that we would love to work with you? So dont be shy, get in touch!

Associates

Jim Martin

Jim Martin

Vice President, Office Leasing

Jim Martin has 22 years of Downtown office leasing experience focused primarily on tenant representation. Exceptional client service continues to be his hallmark.

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Office: 403.252.8260
Fax: 403.802.6768

Chuck Clubine

Chuck Clubine

Principal

Chuck is a 15 year commercial real estate industry veteran and has represented large users of office and industrial space in a wide array of real estate transactions. He has built a solid foundation of corporate clients through his tenant advisory services. Mr. Clubine has a long track record of successfully guiding local and national clients with their commercial real estate leases and acquisitions. His reputation has been earned as one of Edmonton’s most active associates by brokering in excess of 3 Million square feet spanning over 300 transactions.

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Office: 780.652.1533
Cell: 780.264.7773

Brandon Lau

Brandon Lau

Senior Associate

Always promoting positive community and economic growth in our city, Brandon brings 15 years of business ownership and entrepreneurial experience to the Avenue Commercial team. Successfully owning and steering startup companies in Calgary and Edmonton Brandon has the dexterity for sales, networking, leadership, and business foresight.

Brandon’s strong passion for business and economics allows him to be your finest and most dependable asset when it comes working hard for your commercial sales, leasing or investment interests.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 265
Cell: 403.708.0730
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jeff Penna

Jeff Penna

Private Equities Specialist / Associate

Jeff Penna’s experience runs deep as an entrepreneur, owning a furniture design studio in Canada before moving to Scottsdale Arizona to open an award winning restaurant and nightclub. Since moving back to Canada in 2006 transitioned into the real estate syndication sector in Vancouver before finding his home in Calgary to continue his passion in the real estate industry. He would love to help you with your real estate needs to fulfill your passion!

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 243
Cell: 403.970.8775
Fax: 403.802.6768

Brian Buckholz

Brian Buckholz

Associate

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Crisel Rivas Cabrices

Crisel Rivas Cabrices

Associate

Crisel is a Business Woman with twelve years of in Industrial Sales, fully dedicated today at Avenue Commercial to develop the e-Commerce and Distribution Warehousing Market. Crisel has extensive international sales experience working in a Multinational environment and covering a wide variety of markets. Her experience dealing with Owners, Operators, Managers and Team Leaders has given her the business and strategic platform needed to dedicate today to Commercial Real Estate. Crisel is a true Accelerator for growth. a big picture sales strategist with a gifted business acumen. Crisel has the capacity to harvest and transition speculative leads into great deals, interacting with a credible network of industry leaders initiated by her astute and aggressive marketing approach. Crisel is an authentic and inspiring leader, whom raises excitement, engagement and top performance. Always open, direct and eloquent, a great communicator, generates trust and respect serving with integrity and pride emphasizing the corporate benefits and the advantage of ethical behavior.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 240
Cell: 403.988.9169
Fax: 403.802.6768

Lauren Giang

Lauren Giang

Associate

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 223
Fax: 403.802.6768

Gurkamal Kullar

Gurkamal Kullar

Associate

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Cell: 403.499.8000
Fax: 403.802.6768

Sunil Mall

Sunil Mall

Associate

Sunil is a Real Estate Associate with over 5 years’ experience in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate. Sunil has vigorously educated himself on the tips and tricks of negotiation, deal structuring, leasing, land development and landlord & tenant representation. During his time so far with Avenue Commercial I have help lease out brand new strip malls, helped managed Industrial properties and have done deals with national clients such as Meineke, Various Doctors, Domino’s, Esso, Mac’s convenience store and many more. Prior to joining Avenue Commercial, Sunil was licensed with RE/MAX where he was recognized with a few awards during his career there.

During my career so far as a Real Estate Agent, I have utilized my passion and relentless work ethic to help numerous individuals become home and business owners. When it’s time to lease/buy or sell you deserve an experienced realtor who gets it. Someone who listens to what you say, and hears what you don’t.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 262
Cell: 403.826.3846
Fax: 403.802.6768

Lila Miller

Lila Miller

Associate

Lila joined Avenue Commercial in October 2012.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 244
Fax: 403.802.6768

Talha Niazi

Talha Niazi

Associate

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 230
Cell: 587.228.8203
Fax: 403.802.6768

Gurpreet (Preet) Sihota

Gurpreet (Preet) Sihota

Associate

Email Preet
Cell: 403.830.1361
Fax: 403.802.6768

Kael Smith

Kael Smith

Associate

Kael Smith has been with the Avenue Team full time since in May 2007. During his time at Avenue Commercial, Kael has been active primarily in Retail and Industrial Leasing and in Investment Sales. He has also participated in several business brokerage transactions and office leasing transactions.

Kael draws upon his years of experience as a real estate investor and as the owner of several successful small businesses.

Let Kael’s experience, strong work ethic and negotiating skills go to work for you.

Email Kael
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 252
Cell: 403.681.2022
Fax: 403.802.6768

Ksenya Graham

Ksenya Graham

Executive Assistant

Ksenya brings over nine years of experience in finances and administration.She worked at TD Canada Trust as a sales and services administrator providing a team with assistance to make sure all bank operations run smoothly. She also has an experience as a Financial Advisor helping clients with their financial needs like understanding banking, setting up portfolio for day-to-day financial needs, choosing investments, mortgages and financing.

At Avenue Commercial she is providing support to the President/Founder of the company and other management personnel by performing a wide variety of responsible, confidential, administrative, secretarial, analytical and research duties.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 232
Fax: 403.802.6768

Financial Team

Jennifer A. Neal

Jennifer A. Neal

Assistant Vice President

Jennifer Neal is a Mortgage Associate with Avenue Financial. As a mortgage associate she assists home owners with all their mortgage needs. Whether it’s purchasing their first home, a rental property or refinancing their existing property, Ms. Neal is able to help. Understanding that there are many important factors in determining which mortgage product is right for her clients, Ms. Neal is able to find the mortgage that best suits her client’s needs.

Ms. Neal especially enjoys the challenge of finding a mortgage for clients who may have experienced some blemishes on their credit or have little work history.

Prior to her career in the mortgage industry, Ms. Neal worked in the Marketing and Advertising industry.

When she is not working with her clients, Jennifer enjoys camping, volunteering at community events, baking and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

Email Jennifer
Office: 587.351.0221
Cell: 403.862.6915
Fax: 888.337.3306

Alejandro Benavides

Alejandro Benavides

Senior Advisor / Mortgage Associate

Alejandro began his career in Real Estate Finance in September 2007 with one of the largest commercial lenders in Canada. As a Funding Officer he had the opportunity to be part of many Real Estate transactions, these include Multi-Family, Condo, Land Development, Retail, Recreational and Industrial projects in western Canada, the majority situated in Alberta.

After 5 years in the business, Alejandro travelled back to his home country (El Salvador) to start his own business and invest in real estate. This ambition helped create jobs and give back to his home country.

Since starting at Avenue Financial in late 2014, he has been involved in structuring construction, Land developments and business financing loans. His recent completed project consists of land loan (soon to be a 26 unit condo development) and multiple infill construction loans in Calgary, AB and Regina, SK.

Outside of work Alejandro enjoys travelling with his family, playing and coaching soccer.

Email Alejandro
Office: 587.390.2147
Cell: 403.971.7592
Fax: 403.802.6768

Alvaro Garcia

Alvaro Garcia

Mortgage Associate

Alvaro is well known for his friendly and helpful approach with clients who appreciate the professional customer service they receive.

He takes pride in a personal level of service with particular attention to a fast response to his clients’ needs. Alvaro works on your behalf to find you the mortgage that best suits your needs.

Alvaro will not only ensure that you receive the best interest rate possible, but also that you understand and obtain the mortgage product that is right for you. Serving clients in Spanish and English

Email Alvaro
Office: 587.390.2146
Cell: 403.827.8967
Fax: 403.802.6768

Ed Serna

Ed Serna

Mortgage Associate

Ed’s professional mortgage career started in 1997. During his tenure as a professional mortgage consultant, he has provided his clients with customized mortgage solutions tailored to their individual financial needs. Ed prides himself on providing his clients with the right mortgage to purchase their home, transferring their current mortgage on renewal for a better interest rate and terms, or using the equity in their current home to consolidate high interest rate loan and credit card debt.

Ed specializes in financial solutions including debt consolidation and credit repair, private mortgage financing for 1st and 2nd mortgages, foreclosures, mortgage renewals and residential purchases.

Email Ed
Office: 403.319.0555
Cell: 403.703.5032
Fax: 403.319.0700

Home Realty Team

Natasha Serrurier, B.Comm.

Natasha Serrurier, B.Comm.

Realtor® / Broker

Natasha Serrurier has been a licensed Realtor working in Calgary and the surrounding area for the last 12 years. She also obtained her Broker license in 2011 and is a Certified Condominium Specialist. The industry has evolved a lot over this time and the market has fluctuated a great deal requiring successful Realtors, like Natasha, to adapt their marketing strategies, keep current with technology and be diligent in order to achieve results for their clients. Having also been born and raised in Calgary she is extremely knowledgeable about the city and its diverse communities.

Prior to a career in real estate Natasha worked for over 10 years in the field of Marketing where she developed extensive presentation, organizational, and communication skills. She is also a graduate of the University of Calgary where she achieved a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

With Natasha’s background she is able to offer her clients a very high level of service and has a proven track record of getting the job done. Her experience, knowledge and tenacity assure you that when you sign on to work with her you will be satisfied and secure in knowing you are making knowledgeable real estate decisions.

Email Natasha
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 253
Cell: 403.512.3435
Fax: 403.802.6768

Krysaly Gidley

Krysaly Gidley

Realtor®

With an enriched background in the real estate, interior design, multi-media and legal industries of Calgary, Krysaly caters to clientele looking for the highest quality assistance possible. Genuinely caring about people and their specific requirements, she applies her unique and diverse skill-set to customize every aspect of your experience.

Whether you are an experienced buyer, buying your first home, selling and/or looking for an upgrade, an investor looking for a rental property or seeking a new space for your business - to lease and/or purchase - she can help you!

Whatever you require, residentially, commercially, or within the rural marketplace, Krysaly is committed and honoured to be ‘finding your happily ever after’!

Qualifications:

• Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB) - Real Estate Associates Program (REAP)
• C.S.S. Certified Condominium Specialist
• Interior Decorating and Merchandizing Certificate (IDMC)
• Bachelor’s Program (BP) - CIR
• 10 years of Home Staging experience
• 12 years of professional Videography, Photography & Video Editing
• 15+ Years of experience in Contract Law / Negotiations

Get more information about Krysaly on her website at www.krysaly.com

Email Krysaly
Cell: 403.629.6297
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 350
Fax: 403.802.6768

Eric Houvenaegel

Eric Houvenaegel

Realtor®

Eric holds a BA Honours in Political Economy from Bishop‘s University. After being a commodities trader for close to 10 years he coupled his investment skills and passion for real estate to co-found a real estate investment company. Eric has been an active investor in the Calgary market for the past 7 years. As a successful "flipper" with 15 profitable projects, he has a keen eye for value, quality and of course, opportunity. Knowing the building process first hand is a valuable asset to Eric’s clients, allowing them to be confident their real estate decision is a well informed decision.

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Cell: 403.606.8391
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 351
Fax: 403.802.6768

Jasmina Mihajlovic

Jasmina Mihajlovic

Realtor®

Jasmina has been a Licensed Realtor since 2002 and joined Avenue Home Realty in May of 2016. She has a deep appreciation for the Real Estate business, with over 14 years of experience in the Calgary Area. Jasmina’s career has been built upon referrals and repeat business, indicating her clients are more than satisfied with her services. She always put them first and foremost.

Jasmina came to Canada with her husband and two daughters in 1994 from former Yugoslavia. She is fluent in English & Serbian/Croatian. Jasmina loves to travel and her favourite destination is Cuba!

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Cell: 403.605.4444
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 352
Fax: 403.802.6768

Chris Poffenroth

Chris Poffenroth

Realtor®

Chris is a native Calgarian who understands not only the Calgary market, but has extensive knowledge of housing across his home province of Alberta. With his background in Residential Investment Realty at Alpine Investment Group, he strives and lends much support for the Investor client.

In previous years, Chris practiced Medicine for Alberta Health Services with seven years serving the public. He is educated in Paramedicine and graduated from the Alberta College of Paramedics in his home town of Calgary, Alberta.

Chris’s energetic and striving personality continues into the self business corporate setting. With his background serving the public, business acumen and just a simple desire to serve, he helps families and business leaders successfully source Real Estate across Alberta.

Email Chris

Cell: 403.467.4560
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 355
Fax: 403.802.6768

Get more information about Chris on his website at www.poffenrothrealestate.com

Kate Sachyk

Kate Sachyk

Realtor®

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Cell: 403.830.4787
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 356
Fax: 403.802.6768

Werner Sohl

Werner Sohl

Realtor®

Werner has 37 years of experience working with a major Calgary-based oil & gas company. He has broad experience in project and construction management. His career spans a variety of project management disciplines on numerous small to mega-sized projects; Werner now enjoys using his skills to serve clients in the Calgary real estate market.

Over the years Werner has developed strong leadership and communication skills, leading teams focused on project planning, economics and finance. With a family background in home construction, he maintains a keen interest in real estate ownership and investment.

Whether you need assistance with the purchase or sale of your first or subsequent home, Werner has the maturity and patience to help make this a pleasant and rewarding experience for you and your family.

Email Werner

Cell: 403.554.1036
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 357
Fax: 403.802.6768

Property Management Team

Dennis Villeneuve, CPM®

Dennis Villeneuve, CPM®

Broker / Vice President, Property Management

Dennis has overall responsibility for client liaison and satisfaction when it comes to the management of our client’s properties. Dennis has recently joined the senior management team of Avenue Commercial and brings to the organization close to 30 years’ experience in the management, leasing, development, acquisition, and sale of a wide array of real estate including office, retail, and industrial properties. He has held senior positions with some of Canada’s largest and most respected landlords as well as a number of prominent third party management companies. Dennis holds the prestigious designation of Certified Property Manager CPM® as a member of The Institute of Real Estate Management and The Real Estate Institute of Canada. In addition Dennis is past president of Calgary Chapter 4 of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, a past member of BOMA Calgary, Government Affairs Committee and past member of RECA (Real Estate Council of Alberta) Property Management Advisory Committee. Dennis is also a licensed Associate Broker in the Province of Alberta.

Email Dennis
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 261
Cell: 403.589.9208
Fax: 403.802.6768

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Ken Lucianovich, RPA

Director, Business Development

Ken Lucianovich has over 30 years’ experience in real estate management with a specialization in retail and has held a variety of roles relating to facilities construction, operations & management. He managed the Calgary office for an Alberta property management firm managing retail, office and industrial properties in Alberta and the NWT and later became an owner of the firm.

Ken is considered very hands on and creates value through his experience and ensures a bottom line focus with adherence to best practices. He is creative in leasing and is credited with many new lease deals and renewals achieved through his experience aided by his strong focus on long term relationships. He places great emphasis on customer service & client satisfaction and he holds a Real Property Administrator designation (RPA).

Email Ken
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 221
Cell: 403.617.7112
Fax: 403.802.6768

Brendan Weekes, BA

Brendan Weekes, BA

Associate, Assistant Property Manager

After graduating from the University of Calgary, Brendan began his career in commercial real estate as a research analyst focusing on the Calgary office, retail and industrial markets. Now a licensed associate, Brendan’s foremost objectives are new business development, strategic planning, lease negotiations and client-specific market analysis.

Brendan’s knowledge of the Calgary market and extensive background in research adds immediate value to his clients.

Prior to joining Avenue, Brendan held roles as a research analyst and junior broker for Avison Young in Calgary where he was responsible for assisting senior brokers with their clients’ immediate and long-term needs.

Email Brendan
Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 250
Cell: 587.215.5060
Fax: 403.802.6768

Carolynn Eastgaard

Carolynn Eastgaard

Executive Assistant / Property Management

Carolynn Eastgaard joined Avenue Commercial 2010, she has over 20 years’ experience in Residential, Condominium and Commercial Property Management. Previously, Carolynn has served as a Senior Accountant with Avenue Commercial and Consolidated Real Estate Services. A past Co-Operators Insurance service excellence award winner that provides superior client satisfaction. She brings extensive experience in customer service and administration. “Enjoy doing all the little tasks that help everyone put it all together”.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 229
Fax: 403.802.6768

Robin Iles

Robin Iles

Property Manager Edmonton

Robin brings several years’ experience as a Commercial Property Manager to Avenue Commercial. In the past she has managed a diverse portfolio of commercial, office and industrial properties. She also has a background in business and finance that she brings to the table. Robin is a licensed Real Estate Associate for Alberta and is currently studying to obtain her Real Property Administrator (RPA) professional designation through the BOMA/BOMI governing associations.

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Office: 780.732.4886
Cell: 780.257.3345

Danielle Vandervlugt

Danielle Vandervlugt

Property Administrator

Danielle brings her experience in Residential Property Management to Avenue. Her administrative background and experience working with Property Managers and unit owners has allowed her to provide a variety of abilities to our team. Danielle has an interest in Real Estate and also has experience as a business owner.

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Office: 780.732.4886

Terry Heinrich

Terry Heinrich

Building Operator / Project Manager

Terry has over 20 years experience in building management and operations. This includes experience with high-rise office buildings, retail complexes, industrial buildings and owner-occupied special use facilities. He possesses a Building Operator Class A Ticket.

Terry takes pride to ensure that all properties are maintained and operated to the highest standard possible at all times.

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Steve Schellenberg

Steve Schellenberg

Project Manager

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Kin Cheng

Kin Cheng

Construction

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Hassan Bahadori

Hassan Bahadori

Building Maintenance

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Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Mohsen Hemmati, P.Eng

Mohsen Hemmati, P.Eng

Building Operator

Mohsen, affectionately referred to by his colleagues as Molson, is a certified 4th Class Power Engineer and a Professional Mechanical Engineer.

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Curtiss Bushman

Curtiss Bushman

Construction

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Usman Ilyas

Usman Ilyas

Cleaning Supervisor - Calgary

Office: 403.802.6766
Fax: 403.802.6768

Administration Team

Alvin Foo, CPA CGA

Alvin Foo, CPA CGA

Corporate Accountant

Alvin has been in financial accounting for over 10 years in Alberta, mainly Calgary and Edmonton. After finishing high school, he attended the University of Alberta and earned Bachelor degrees in biological sciences/psychology, and commerce. Besides being an avid jogger, he appreciates the intricacies of real estate business, while performing his role in corporate financial analysis. He has designations in accountancy and discretionary portfolio management and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA), and Canadian Investment Manager.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 222
Fax: 403.802.6768

Nazeli Aboolian, CPA CGA

Nazeli Aboolian, CPA CGA

Senior Accountant

Nazeli Aboolian has over a decade of experience in accounting. Prior to joining Avenue Commercial, she worked in public accounting with several international corporations as well as the oil and gas sector. Nazeli enjoys the many rewarding aspects of her role and strives to being her passion for analyzing and solving problems into her daily activities at Avenue. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and a Payroll Compliance Practitioner.

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 259
Fax: 403.802.6768

Shaila Khodabux

Shaila Khodabux

Corporate Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 227
Fax: 403.802.6768

Melody Li

Melody Li

Property Accountant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 248
Fax: 403.802.6768

Katica Andric

Katica Andric

Accounting Assistant

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 246
Fax: 403.802.6768

Kathy Olin

Kathy Olin

Marketing Coordinator / Investor Relations

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 254
Fax: 403.802.6768

Chris Konanz

Chris Konanz

IT & Marketing

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Office: 403.802.6766 ext. 235
Fax: 403.802.6768

Esnath Mange

Esnath Mange

Receptionist - Edmonton

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Office: 780.732.4886
Fax: 780.732.0263