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 key member of the DEXEL team for the last ten years. Kris first joined the team in 2006 after completing a degree in Civil Engineering with Dalhousie University. Demonstrating his passion for lifelong learning, Kris completed his professional internship under his professional Mentor and Company President Louie Lawen. Since then, Kris has embarked on another degree in Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University. Kris began his career with Dexel as a Site Supervisor with a passion for learning the multi-unit residential business and a goal of doing things better. Kris’s passion has lead him through 5 major multi-unit residential developments with the DEXEL team and carried him through several different roles with company from Construction Manager, Project Manager and to his current role as Chief Operating Officer.
Through the unique perspective and experience forged in DEXEL’s design - build environment Kris has been able to hone his construction and project management skills and bring this knowledge to the design phase of the project. This unique methodology of applying lessons from the field in the design stage is part of what has made DEXEL a success. Through the unique reuse of the ex-Greenvale School as loft apartments, Kris has also gained appreciation and know-how for the rehabilitation of heritage buildings.
Kris is a co-founder and board member for local non-profit The Ramp Project, Recipient of; Robert Shaw Scholarship; Canadian ALS Society Award volunteer award; and Queen’s Golden Jubilee award. Kris has been an active member of Engineer’s Without Boarders as an overseas volunteer in Ghana in 2001; a Scout leader with the 36th Halifax and is currently an active member or the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) serving on an advisory committee for HRM’s Construction Management Plan as a representative of the Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia.