Louie G. Lawen created Dexel Developments in 1999 as the development, design and construction arm of the Lawen Group of Companies. Louie is also one of the co‐founders of Paramount Management; the property management arm of the family business that owns and manages 1,000 residential units and 200,000 sq ft of commercial property primarily in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With 25 years of focusing on urban multi‐unit mixed use projects, Louie has had the opportunity to develop, design, construct and manage some of Halifax’s premier signature buildings.
One of his most recent projects, Avonhurst Gardens, won the Investment Property Owners Association of NS (IPOANS) Multi‐unit Development of the Year (2015). Other project awards include: VIC Suites won Lieutenant Governor's Design Awards in Architecture Citation (2011) as well as the IPOANS Multiunit Development of the Year (2012). The Lofts at Greenvale won the Heritage Trust of NS Commercial Award (2010) and the IPOANS Multi‐unit Development of the Year (2011). In 2010, Dexel was awarded the Business of the Year Award by the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore Louie won the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (Real Estate). As a partner with his brothers John and Peter Lawen, Louie was awarded the Pillar of the Community 2013 Award from IPOANS.
Currently, Louie is a board member of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia. He is an active member of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church, where he has led the re‐development of the Church building at the corner of Windsor and Chebucto in Halifax. Additionally, Louie is a former board member of Sacred Heart School, Urban Development Institute (UDI) and IPOANS. As a former graduated of the Dalhousie University Engineering program, Louie gained his professional status in 2000. With the philosophy that good planning and design are pillars of a healthy society, Louie founded the George Lawen / Dexel Scholarship which is awarded to 2nd year Dalhousie Masters Planning Students actively involved with the local community.
Native Haligonian Kris Skiba has been a dedicated member of the Dexel team since 2006. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University, Kris completed his professional internship at Dexel under the mentorship and tutelage of Louis. He also holds an MBA from St. Mary’s University (of which he completed while working full time at Dexel). Kris’ passion for design and construction has driven him to advance immensely within the company; from Site Supervisor to Project Manager to his current role as Vice President of Design and Construction. He is involved with the Construction Association of Nova Scotia and is proud to be co-founder and board member for local non-profit, The Ramp Project. Kris’ accomplishments both inside and outside of the company are many; he was the recipient of the Robert Shaw Scholarship, the Canadian ALS Society Award Volunteer Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. When he isn’t strategizing with Louis at the office or mentoring his team on the jobsite, Kris enjoys golfing, boating and spending time with his wife, son and two dogs.
Adam began working construction in his hometown of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland at the age of 14, where he learned the ropes of multiple different trades. In university he studied structural engineering and began designing complex structures for a design firm after he graduated. Dexel recruited Adam in 2018 to assist with their construction projects as a result of his expertise in structural load transfers. He’s now living out his childhood engineering dreams while also helping to shape Halifax’s downtown core. During his downtime, Adam is a bit of an adrenaline junkie with a penchant for high-intensity outdoor activities like waterskiing and skydiving.
After over a decade of high-rise residential on-site experience in Toronto, Mark set his sights on someday working for a company that both designed and built high-rise residential buildings. This led him to join the Dexel team as Site Superintendent in 2018. Mark’s educational background is in Construction Engineering Technology and Construction Science and Management. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Mark feels right at home in Halifax where he enjoys both the moderate climate and the friendly people. When he’s not on a job-site, Mark is usually on a hiking trail with friends and family, or exploring a new corner of the province on his motorcycle.
With an extensive background in building envelopes, Jeff joined the Dexel team in 2019. As Assistant Project Manager, Jeff assists with all aspects of the construction process, ensuring that each project runs smoothly. His role is filled with constant learning but Jeff thrives in a fast-paced environment where he has the opportunity to tackle new challenges and solve problems. He’s a big fan of the energy and atmosphere of living and working in Halifax. Jeff is also a movie and music buff who loves spending time with his family (and his small army of cats).
A skilled industrial engineer with two decades of mixed project management experience, Sean is a key member of the Dexel team. He’s proud to work for a family-oriented company shaping local developments and leaving a legacy on the great community of Halifax. Originally hailing from Windsor, Nova Scotia, Sean loves how Halifax still feels like a small town yet also has diverse cultural influences from around the world. In his spare time, he puts his management skills to work as a lacrosse and hockey coach.
Jordon’s diverse background in both commercial diving and steel frame building installations led him to his current role as Site Coordinator with Dexel. Calm under pressure, he’s an expert at creating a job site that suits everyone’s needs. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Jordon enjoys the Halifax Waterfront and the wide variety of restaurants the city has to offer. During his off-hours, you can usually find Jordon hitting the open road on his motorcycle, or seeking out a new hiking trail.
Mohammad has always wanted to build high rises, so joining Dexel in 2018 felt like a natural move for him. As a Civil Engineer by training, he began his career working as a project coordinator before transitioning to building construction. At Dexel, he feels right at home working within a close-knit team to complete building projects. Mohammad is originally from Doha, Qatar and enjoys the friendly, diverse atmosphere of working in Halifax. He loves hiking and roadtripping with his family, as well as giving back by volunteering in his community of Bedford.