Case Studies Region: Canada

Derek Wallace – Chatters

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Usually when a Canadian company expands its geographical footprint, it goes from the more populous eastern provinces to the west. But not with Chatters, which since 1991 has grown from a sole hair stylist in Red Deer, Alberta, to being Canada’s largest salon and retail products chain.  The growth had been prolific with 116 locations […]

Terry Sim – Humber River Hospital

Est. reading time: 4 mins

There are few guarantees in life, but aside from death and taxes, Terry Sim says you can always guarantee the need for more healthcare services as populations grow. And that need is exactly what he’s dealing with now as the director of facilities and development for Humber River Hospital in one of the fastest-growing areas […]

Bryan Wakefield – Western University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It takes some doing to earn the designation of Canadian Certified Healthcare Facility Manager. Bryan Wakefield reckons that everybody who has the certification, along with his experience, would fill a modest room with seats to spare. He garnered that certificate in 2019 while finishing a 14-year stretch at Ontario’s London Health Sciences Centre in facilities […]

Ciro Mascarenhas Falluh – Groupe Dynamite

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s not a “Tale of Two Cities” as much as a tale of two stores about 90 miles apart. The first is a Garage clothing store that opened in April 2022 in a five-story, mixed-use commercial and residential building in New York City’s historic SoHo neighborhood. Catering to the tastes of women ages 18 to […]

Phil Johnston – Best Buy Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a concept Phil Johnston reckons is catching on in Canadian retail and maybe elsewhere. Indeed, he assures, the early feedback has been positive from consumers at a new and condensed Best Buy location at the Sherwood Park Mall just outside the Alberta capital of Edmonton. “We could be trend-setters,” he tells Blueprint in November. […]

Andrea Wolf

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A 2022 article in Bloomberg magazine emphasized how recent labor shortages have led to women smashing past the concrete ceiling in the construction industry. Meticulously charting her path through the similar and adjacent boy’s club of corporate real estate, Andrea Wolf spent the past three decades firmly ignoring ceilings. Instead, she developed her guiding philosophy […]

Steven Piepgrass – Green Impact Partners

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Caring for the environment has long been a passion for Steven Piepgrass, whose first job out of college involved cleaning up Distant Early Warning Line stations and oil and gas sites in the Arctic. During the 1950s, the U.S. military built approximately 30 bases from Alaska across northernmost Canada and into Greenland, with the goal […]

Doug Carles – Ribbon Communications

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In the past 15 years, Doug Carles has been a part of several significant milestones for Ribbon Communications, including its rebrand to Ribbon after the 2017 merger between GENBAND and Sonus. As the company’s vice president of global real estate, he’s putting his experience in telecommunications engineering and facilities management to use as Ribbon continues […]

Frank Geyer – Richmond School District

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For more than 20 years, it’s been Frank Geyer’s mission to limit distractions for students by making sure their learning environments are in good operational order. Most of the time, that’s involved making repairs, like turning up the heat, tending to roof leaks or fixing rips in the carpets. But with his retirement pending, Geyer […]

Janet Mininch – Headwaters Health Care Centre

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A hospital never sleeps. So reminds Janet Mininch, who adds that the one she works for in south-central Ontario has never seemed so active. COVID-19 kept Headwaters Health Care Centre at full capacity the past couple of years. That’s had Mininch, who oversees facilities, paying extra attention to infection control practices and supply chain management, […]

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