We’re looking for trouble.

The PC Urban team has so much experience solving unique development challenges, it’s now part of our DNA. We literally look for the next great complexity to see how we can re-imagine it.

The principals of PC Urban developed their approach throughout Western Canada and Washington State, through cycles of real estate both rich and lean. Now, brought together under one roof, the PC Urban team is a multidisciplinary group of extremely dedicated individuals focused on maximizing unrealized potential in ourselves, as well as in the properties we re-imagine. Meet our team below.

For career opportunities, visit our career page.

J. Brent Sawchyn

Principal / CEO

Brent never has a bad day – well almost never. He thrives on the types of creative project challenges that make other people crazy. Re-imagining and communicating bold development visions is Brent’s passion, fuelled by success. For Brent, “impossible” is not a fact, merely an opinion.

  • Principal and founding shareholder, PC Urban Properties Corp 2010
  • President and Principal of Level Developments Corp. 2006 – 2009
  • Senior VP, Principal, COO, Anthem Properties Group/Anterra Retail Properties – 2000 – 2006
  • Principal, Westbank Projects Ltd, 1995 – 2000
  • Director Leasing, Development Manager, Schroeder Properties Ltd. 1988 – 1995
bsawchyn@pcurban.ca

Shawn Smith

Chief Financial Officer

Delivering great projects is a given.  Shawn believes that PC Urban should be best in class in all aspects of development. The goal each day is to take these strengths and incrementally work to improve all aspects of what we do as a team. These daily incremental improvements lead to large changes and learning over time.  This includes excellence in relations with investors, tenants, home buyers, suppliers, professional consultants, and employees.

Treating each of these stakeholder groups with respect, professionalism, honesty, and integrity will lead to long term growth and success for all.

Shawn also enjoys spending time with his wife, Marion, sons, Mitchell and Jeff.  They enjoy hiking, skiing, boating, and travelling.

  • Chief Financial Officer – PC Urban Properties Corp., May 2018
  • Chief Financial Officer – Pacific Capital Real Estate Corp, 2010-2018
  • Controller – Pacific Capital Real Estate Corp, 2007-2010
  • Director Internal Audit – Bentall Capital LP, 2005-2007
  • Controller – Bentall Capital LP, 2004-2005
  • Tax Analyst – Bentall Capital LP, 2000-2003
ssmith@pcurban.ca

Robert Cadez

Director, Development

Discovering he had a passion for design at a young age, Robert found himself drawn to architecture and building. He spent the early part of his career in an architecture firm learning the importance of good design and planning, and then moved on to real estate development where he could be a part of the entire creative process. Robert has always operated under the mantra that regardless of what you are doing it should always be well designed and constructed.

  • Senior Development Manager, PC Urban Properties Corp., 2015
  • Director of Development – the Airey Group, 2009 – 2015
  • Development Manager – Formwerks Development Corp., 2005 – 2009
  • Designer & Project Manager, Multifamily Projects – Formwerks Architectural, 1999 – 2005
rcadez@pcurban.ca

Dan Cupa

Director, Development

Dan is drawn to all things urban. Equipped with a master’s in urban studies (SFU) and diploma in urban land economics (UBC), Dan has been busy tackling and delivering a variety of complex projects over the last decade. First with Thomas Consultants, a firm specializing in retail development with a global reach. Next with Ivanhoe Cambridge, a large Canadian-based pension fund. Dan brings a unique energy to the Re-Imagining team.

  • Development Manager, Ivanhoe Cambridge – 2012-2017
  • Project Manager, Thomas Consultants – 2007-2012
dcupa@pcurban.ca

Brian Kozak

Development Associate

Brian Kozak joins the PC Urban Team in an advisory role as our Development Associate. Brian has wonderful real estate savvy across Western Canada in a number of asset classes and is particularly adept at simply “getting things done.” Previously, Brian was the Executive Vice President to First Capital Realty, one of the largest owners of retail shopping centres in Canada and prior to this role served as the Western Vice President, Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited. Brian has guided the acquisition and development of over $4.0b of real estate.

bkozak@pcurban.ca

Jim Vasto

Senior Project Manager

Jim is a registered architect with over 20 years of professional design and management experience. He has played a key role in the design and planning of large-scale commercial, industrial, institutional, corporate and retail projects throughout North America and takes pride in his ability to drive projects through all phases of design and documentation. Jim’s responsibilities have included project management, design, contract documentation, contract administration and coordinating consultants. He approaches each project as a new challenge, bringing an enthusiastic and positive attitude that permeates the entire design team.

  • Carrier Johnson + Culture, San Diego, California  – Senior Project Manager 2017-2018       
  • B+H Architects, Vancouver, BC— Senior Project Manager 2004-2015
  • Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, Michigan—Project Architect/Designer 1999-2004

Shawn Oh

Assistant Development Manager

Shawn has a strong desire to promote positive community and economic growth in our neighborhoods. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a master’s degree in real estate from Georgetown University, he is excited by the possibilities a new project holds.

When not poring over the details of a spreadsheet or assembling permit applications he can often be found speeding down the hills on a mountain biking trail.

  • Development Associate, Ditto Residential – 2016-2017
  • Project Manager, Urban Habitat – 2014-2016
soh@pcurban.ca

Chris Karu

Assistant Development Manager

Holding a master’s degree from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, Chris is a firm believer that communities are shaped by their built-form, which in turn help shape the communities. Focused on thoughtful design and excellent execution of construction, Chris is passionate about ensuring that the buildings created today are revered for decades to come. First working with GWL Realty Advisors providing high-level market research, Chris then cut his teeth with Boffo Properties learning how to design and build great homes.

When not helping shape communities, Chris is outside playing soccer, golf or training for his next triathlon.

  • Research Assistant, GWL Realty Advisors – 2015-2016
  • Development Coordinator, Boffo Properties – 2016 – 2018
ckaru@pcurban.ca

Matt Sawchyn

Assistant Development Manager

A mechanical engineering and a recent Ivey MBA graduate, you would think Matt would only bring a technical and analytical view to the properties we undertake. But Matt is creative as well. The combination – technical and creative – helps each property reach its true purpose.

Away from the office Matt can almost always be found outdoors, trekking through the mountains on skis or getting lost in the woods on his mountain bike.
Project Engineer, JACOS Hangingstone Project, Ledcor – 2016-2017
Cost Engineering Coordinator, Ledcor – 2014-2016
msawchyn@pcurban.ca

Louise Tagulao

Creative Marketing and Communications Manager

Louise has a passion for Urban Life. Buildings, people, community and how they can most successfully interact drive her thought process behind each project opportunity. Urban revitalization is a particular area of focus stemming from a background in history and a belief that old truly can become new again. A people connector at heart, Louise enjoys the challenging front end of planning, approvals and marketing of real estate.

When not re-imagining a neighbourhood, Louise loves to run through them while training for her next half marathon or ski high above them on our local mountains.

  • Project Manager, PC Urban Properties Corp. 2017
  • Real Estate Coordinator, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada 2010-2017
  • Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant to the CEO, Anthem Properties Group 2004-2010
  • Constituency Assistant, Gordon Campbell MLA 2002-2004
ltagulao@pcurban.ca

Larissa Maion

Office Coordinator

Larissa is thrilled to be a part of the PC Urban team whose core values of revitalization and community equates to her passion of culture & history. With 3 years of office management experience, she has become a lover of wearing many hats. Larissa is drawn to the fast-paced environment, the challenges, and the constant opportunities; she brings enthusiasm and a “can-do” attitude to this new adventure in property development.

When she’s not in the office, you can find Larissa spending quality time with her family & friends or working out in a spin or Pilates class.

  • Office Manager- Ayima Canada Inc. 2016-2018
  • Office Manager- Cactus Club Café North Vancouver & Coal Harbour 2015-2016
lmaion@pcurban.ca

Jackie Lee

Senior Construction Manager

Jackie always had a passion for creative problem-solving. After finishing BCIT and gaining experience as a technologist and a designer at architectural firms, he became Project Manager of Design and Construction for the Joey Restaurant Group. After 14 years of designing and constructing restaurants across Canada and parts of the Western United States, Jackie joined PC Urban to satisfy his thirst for variety by re-imagining the complexities of urban development.

  • Senior Project Manager, PC Urban Properties Corp., 2016
  • Director of Project Development, Joey Restaurant Group 2001-2015
  • Senior Technologist, Omicron 1999-2001
  • Senior Technologist, Urban Design Group 1991-1999
jlee@pcurban.ca

Wade Girgulis

Senior Construction Manager

Wade has always wanted to be in construction since he was young. His greatest joy is taking a project from conception to completion. He takes pride in ensuring that no detail is overlooked and his personal commitment to each unique endeavour enables him to deliver an attractive, functioning building in the most cost effective method. Wade holds a BCIT Diploma of Building Technology and has 20 years of experience in commercial, institutional, residential and industrial construction.

  • Senior Project Manager, PC Urban Properties Corp., 2016
  • Project Manager, Axiom Builders/Bosa, 2014-2016
  • Project Manager, Shape Properties, 2011-2014
  • Project Manager, Dominion Construction, 2005-2011; 1995-2000
  • Project Manager, Ledcor, 2000-2005
wgirgulis@pcurban.ca

Al Abdduh

Senior Construction Manager

Al has over 12 years of construction experience in all aspects of Project Management and is responsible for overseeing project development specifically in the areas of design planning, estimating, budgeting & cash flow forecast, tender analysis, contract awards, project controls, scheduling, quality control monitoring and projects closeout. Never one to sacrifice quality, Al champions PC Urban’s rigorous design intent throughout the entire construction process from breaking ground to completion and post occupancy.

  • Project Manager, Aragon Properties  2016-2018     
  • Project Manager, Mountain West Properties  2013-2016    
  • Project Manager, Suncor Energy 2008-2013

Martin Zhu

Financial Analyst

Martin builds financial analysis models to assist in acquisitions, underwriting and project cash flow budgeting. He especially enjoys seeing deals executed, projects financed, and buildings underway.

Martin has his M.Sc. in Finance from SFU and continues working towards both his CFA and CPA designations. He is fascinated by economics and dynamic capital market outcomes. Martin’s economic modeling and devouring of big data are the keys to re-imagining in PC Urban’s ever more complex world.
mzhu@pcurban.ca

Takahito Fujiwara

Development Accountant

Takahito is an operationally minded accountant who believes accounting is more than just number crunching. His mandate is to design processes that provide timely access to data for better decision making.

Takahito’s motto is “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra” – a motto he has recently taken to heart as father of a baby boy.
tfujiwara@pcurban.ca

Sean Kim

Accounting Manager

Sean is a firm believer in creating value through creativity. Being nimble in the private equity market place and re-imagining projects and processes is what he believes stands all test of time for delivering excellence.  Coupled with a passion with numbers, these are his keys to re-imagining real estate with PC Urban’s constantly changing and complex world.

Sean holds a BBA from Simon Fraser University, and is a CPA, CA. In addition to completing the CPA In-Depth Tax Course, Sean is a CFA charter holder.

  • Manager, Accounting – PC Urban Properties Corp. July 2018
  • Manager, Tax – KPMG 2011 – 2018
  • Associate, Audit – Grant Thornton 2009 – 2011

Alex Vu

Junior Accountant

Alex is very fascinated in the potential and the challenges of real estate industry, especially in large cities like Vancouver. As she thrives in a fast-paced environment, Alex values proactivity and persistence when it comes to problem solving. She enjoys finding ways to make her work more efficient and less time-consuming.

As an accountant, Alex believes that one should not lose their balance, literally. On the weekends, Alex can be found hiking, volunteering, or spending time with her friends.

avu@pcurban.ca