The Rize Team

Will Lin

President & Founder

Will Lin

President & Founder

As a child, Will was always that kid who questioned the status quo – and some things never change. A consummate thinker, Will is excited by the possibilities inherent in a challenge. He pushes both himself and his company to ask the bigger questions and see beyond the constraints, to create projects that matter. “We like to think we’re leaving a legacy in each neighbourhood we build in. Something beyond the physical structure that contributes to positive change.”

Alex Smith

Construction Safety Officer

Allyson Heo

Senior Administrative Assistant

Allyson Heo

Senior Administrative Assistant

With a Masters in Organizational Science (okay, a BA in English), Allyson puts her vigilance and efficiency to good use managing contracts, corporate and project records, and arranges insurance for all Rize projects. When not working, Allyson enjoys music, yoga and organizing her closet. Again.

Angela Wakefield

Director of RizeCare

Angela Wakefield

Director of RizeCare

Angela joined the Rize team in 2014. When she isn’t helping to prepare suites for homeowners or assisting with the troubleshooting of warranty items, you can find her spoiling her three rescue dogs. What does Angela believe that Rize does differently? “A lot of thought goes into the design of the buildings. It’s easy to feel proud of the finished product.”

Anny Lu

Executive Assistant & Corporate Development

Anny Lu

Executive Assistant and Corporate Development

A one-woman IT department since 2004, Anny troubleshoots servers, computers and communications devices. She also helps with office design and corporate/project marketing. None of which is covered in her job title. That’s already long enough.

Bob Williams

Manager of Special Construction

Bob Williams

Manager of Special Construction

Bob joined Rize in 1996 and knows his way around every facet of our company and every building in our portfolio. Whether it’s scrutinizing quality control on new construction finishes, building a sales centre in record time, or sorting out a tenant emergency in an established commercial property, Bob is always on the scene, solving problems and making things better.

Brent Beatson

Development Manager

Brent Beatson

Development Manager

Brent dreams of building something as memorable as the Colosseum in Rome. In the meantime, he’s busy managing people, projects and expectations. For Brent, the best part of working with Rize is, “being able to contribute to positive, everlasting change in the communities we build in.”

Chris Claudio

Project Coordinator

Chris Claudio

Project Coordinator

Chris loves being part of the great team of people who change the city’s skyline. When he’s not dreaming of becoming a professional motorcycle racer, Chris creates a positive safety culture for Rize and coordinates site processes.

Chris Twells

Controller

Chris Twells

Controller

Although Chris is a Rize Controller, he wants the world to know he’s not a controlling guy. Really! Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant who produces monthly financial statements, budgets, tax returns and variance reports for Rize Alliance Properties LTD, Rize Alliance Assets Inc., and other Rize entities.

Chris Vollan

President, Projects

Chris Vollan

President, Projects

A dedicated member of the Rize team, Chris Vollan is proud to be “pushing the conversation of architecture and how we live in Vancouver.” His passion for architecture and design pairs with his engineering problem-solving acumen to make him instrumental in bringing the vision of each Rize project to reality.

Daniel Yu

Project Manager

Daniel Yu

Project Manager

Daniel’s role, as he says, is to “make the trains run on time” by overseeing schedules, interpreting contracts, and ensuring projects are on budget. Daniel is inspired by the creativity of each Rize project: “We’re not building the same thing over and over, so it keeps us learning. Every day I grow, like a budding flower.” Funny guy!

David Downs

Director of Acquisitions

Devery Harris

Estimator

Devery Harris

Estimator

After 14 years spent onsite in construction, Devery has put aside her dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster to work as an estimator for Rize. She loves her team, and the view from her office can’t be beat.

Drew de Wynter

Vice President, Finance

Drew de Wynter

Vice President, Finance

A Chartered Professional Account (CPA, CA) and our Director of Finance, Drew is responsible for sourcing debt financing and overseeing all accounting, tax, and reporting functions. Were he not negotiating with lenders or analyzing numbers for Rize, he would probably be leveraging his Taekwondo skills into a starring role in the next Star Wars movie.

Eileen Zhang

Project Accountant

Gigi Wong

Senior Project Administrator

Gigi Wong

Senior Project Administrator

The million-dollar ocean view from her desk is one of the many perks Gigi appreciates as she manages construction draws, property management, and payroll.

Grant Balacko

General Superintendent

Grant Balacko

General Superintendent

Grant is in charge of our onsite supervision. Grant is known for his friendly personality and is a problem solver who enjoys the satisfaction of seeing a cleverly devised plan realised.

Hans Meuser

Senior Vice President Estimating

Hans Meuser

Senior Vice President Estimating

When Hans isn’t rigorously scrutinizing each project budget to ensure every last ounce of value is being delivered to both the client and the company (a delicate balancing act), he can be found rolling down the highway on his Harley-Davidson. What keeps his motor running? “That Rize strives to leave behind a legacy, not the cookie-cutter towers some others build.”

Jasmine Bari

Construction Administrator

Jasmine Bari

Construction Administrator

Jasmine’s always dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on tenders, trade documents, and contracts, all with a smile on her face. Her favourite thing about where she works? “Rize is all about innovation and creativity”. Oh, and she loves to dance!

Johnny Hozeph

Construction Labour

Katherine Lui

Vice President Operations

Katherine Lui

Vice President Operations

Katherine oversees company operations including administration, corporate matters, risk management, human resources, project monitoring and property management. What does she love most about Rize? “Our team builds projects that are unique in design and also blend in with the community.”

Ken McRae

Senior Estimator

Ken McRae

Senior Estimator

Most of Ken’s work as an estimator involves discussing why all materials cost too much, counting absolutely everything, and, negotiating tenders. Working on projects with artistic design and cutting-edge technology, as well as collaborating with Rize’s trade partners, keep Ken inspired.

Lisa Craven

Project Manager

Lisa Craven

Project Manager

A would-be personal trainer, Lisa Craven spends her spare time at the beach bonding with her pit bull and letting the sun reflect off her pipes. In her daily life, she muscles her way through the various aspects of successful project management at Rize, loving that no day is ever the same.

Mario Ariello

Senior Vice President, Construction

Myra Shunny

Development Manager

Myra Shunny

Development Manager

As if the title of Myra’s degree isn’t already long enough – Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management – she’s now working to add MBA to her credentials. Since 2011, Myra has loved the challenges of her job, the people she works with, and the ability to learn something new every day.

Nancy Li

Project Accountant

Nancy Li

Project Accountant

Nancy is not only a Rize project accountant, she’s also been voted best-dressed Rize employee by her peers. Her favourite building in the world is the Forbidden Palace in China as, “It’s a harmonious combination of history and art.” Can you tell she has good taste?

Serai Sak

Administrative Assistant

Terry McConnachie

Assistant Superintendent

Terry McConnachie

Assistant Superintendent

If Terry could change one thing in the world today it would be to have more beer and wider roads for riding his motorcycle. Hey – now, at least he’s honest! Terry has been Assistant Superintendent with Rize since 2013. By now we can safely say, you just gotta know him.

Zhou Yong-Xin

Carpenter