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.