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OUR TEAM

At the heart of NUQO are our people: a diverse group of professionals united in their passion for delivering quality, long-lasting modular buildings and homes that enrich communities and promote sustainable innovation. 

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Rory Richards, M.G.C.
PRESIDENT & CEO

Rory Richards has dedicated more than twenty years to founding and leading numerous successful, cross-sector Canadian businesses. A proud Coast Salish woman of Shíshálh (Sechelt) descent, Rory’s work at NUQO blends her community-first, values-led mentality with modular construction methods to tackle one of society’s biggest challenges: affordable and Indigenous housing.  

 

Honoured with the Medal of Good Citizenship by the Province of British Columbia, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Rory’s history of heart-led work is long. The outstanding, female-led construction team she’s built at NUQO reflects Rory’s integrity, passion for social justice, and fierce advocacy for quality, culturally appropriate Indigenous housing. Rory is also a vocal supporter of quality childcare and has worked alongside respected advocates for many years to increase access.  

 

“Designing and building someone’s home is an intimate act. Homes have the ability to heal, to change the trajectory of a person’s life journey. Tremendous trust is given to us by our partners and I consider it an honour to do the work that we do.” 

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Natasha Dempsey-Ceron
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR CHILD CARE

Natasha has been involved in Child Care for nearly 10 years. Her roles include Early Childhood Educator, Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant, and Child Care Licensing Officer (VCH). In addition to these career paths, Natasha is also a graduate of the Community Care Licensing Program at the Justice Institute of BC. Combining her career experience and higher education makes Natasha a pioneer in the childcare Industry. 

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Arwen Brenneman
PEOPLE AND OPERATIONS LEAD

With a rich background that includes developing communications strategies and revitalizing operational frameworks, Arwen is passionate about building environments and processes that prioritize people and help individuals thrive. As People and Operations Lead, Arwen enhances team collaboration and efficiency by developing and maintaining internal systems and processes that support NUQO's growth. With a curious and energetic approach, she focuses on nurturing creativity and fostering collaboration among our team.

 

Armed with a profound belief in the power of community and transformative change, Arwen plays an instrumental role in building NUQO’s culture of innovation and inclusivity.
 

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Mark Sundin
CSA/QUALITY CONTROL

Mark has spent over 25 years sourcing products and manufacturing sourcing for industrial and construction material, consumer goods, and steel fabricated components in residential, commercial, and multifamily modular construction. His previous roles include General Contractor for residential, Design & Install Project management for residential and commercial, and Offshore Director of Manufacturing of modular units for multifamily mid-rise, in all cases to Canadian CSA A277 standards. Part of his expertise is dealing with QA/QC documentation requirements, CWB certification for welded steel, CSA A277 certification for the factory, and building codes for various municipalities.  

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Preethi Thati
PROJECT COORDINATOR

Preethi’s career started in her home country of India, where she overcame systemic gender inequity by earning a degree in civil engineering and charting her own path into the construction industry. In 2021, she immigrated to Canada, earned her postgraduate degree in construction management, and began seeking roles that prioritize public service.

Preethi is driven to succeed by the excitement she feels when submitting bids to prospective clients. She firmly believes that countless Canadian communities can benefit from NUQO’s expertise.   


Ashley Mendoza
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

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While supporting some of the most notable producers and directors in the film industry, Ashley Mendoza developed the skill set she’s now using to succeed at NUQO: maintaining clear lines of communication, keeping tasks tailored to each day’s overarching objectives, and nurturing relationships with stakeholders. 

 

Ashley spent the first five years of her life navigating two cultures as she traveled between her hometown of Victoria, British Columbia and her family’s home in Manila, Philippines. Today, she’s embracing every opportunity to develop her understanding of the construction industry and continue her professional growth as a part of the NUQO team. 

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Cindy Ieong, CPA, CA
CFO

Cindy Ieong takes the lead on all of NUQO’s numerical tasks, from tracking budgets to performance-based goals to payment invoices. She’s a Certified Public Accountant with over a decade of experience in real estate, but NUQO is the first company she’s partnered with that does not prioritize their bottom line over their mission.  

 

Cindy comes from a family steeped in the construction industry. She’s been a part of NUQO since its earliest days and values the unique combination of adaptability, problem solving, and objectivity she utilizes within the team.  

 

Cindy is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, and is excited by the exponential growth prospects of the modular construction industry.  

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Erin Rose
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

With nearly 20 years in construction, Erin has managed major projects across Canada, including ones worth over $16 billion. With a Gold Seal Superintendent designation and safety certifications, she brings extensive knowledge and dedication to quality and client value. Erin's experience ranges from operating 400-ton cranes to rehabilitating multifamily buildings, demonstrating her comprehensive skill set and leadership in project management. A mother and grandmother, she mentors women and youth in the industry, living by the motto, “problems are just solutions waiting to be found”.

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Mehdi Kamali
DESIGN INTEGRATION

Mehdi is NUQO’s in-house designer for our modular building units. He received his Masters of Architecture in Iran and Certificate in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mehdi is considered an expert in modular design. He brings years of residential and commercial design experience to NUQO and extensive experience working with computer-aided design software such as Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD. Mehdi has strong knowledge of building codes and construction methods both in modular and conventional construction systems.

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Rob Fisher
PROJECT MANAGER

With more than 20 years of experience, Rob Fisher is one of the most experienced modular project managers in the construction industry. He first entered construction by following in the footsteps of his father, and subsequently began building his own career on a foundation of drafting, designing, and site superintendent roles. 

By pursuing more diverse positions, Rob found his way to his niche: social housing. He’s studied construction management and earned a diploma in architectural technology, and now is primarily driven by the opportunity to provide new, high-quality, and energy efficient homes to people who need them. 

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Nikki Vincent
JUNIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Nikki Vincent has worked in the construction industry for 19 years, with 16 of them focused on modular construction. She got started as a multidisciplinary modular designer with several notable Canadian companies. Years of field training led her to crave the front-end influence that project management offers. As a project manager she breaks big picture projects down into step-by-step, attainable goals that help even the most complex cases go smoothly. 

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Taylor Myers
PROJECT COORDINATOR

Taylor Myers is a proud Cree woman from the Red Pheasant Nation. Her career has taken her from mechanical and electrical administration to modular project coordination, where she is loving the meticulous, fast paced coordination of modular construction. 

 

In addition to her full-time role, and with the encouragement and support of her NUQO work family, she is also pursuing her Project Management Professional certificate at the First Nations University of Canada. 

ADVISORY BOARD

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Jim O'Dea

Co-founder of Terra Housing. Involved in the housing and community sector for over four decades.

 

  • Former Chairman of BC Housing

  • President of the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation

  • Director of the Homeowner Protection Office

  • Manager of Housing Programs and Operating Agreements at Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC)

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Lee Ann Keple

Over 25 years experience transforming the industry status quo in industry, government and non-profit organizations.

Nearly three decades of experience as a management consultant and executive mentor in a wide variety of industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Extensive experience building high-potential work teams and empowering organizations to succeed.

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Luke Harrison

Experienced leader in modular manufacturing and real estate development with MBA from UBC. Currently CEO at Catalyst Development.

His previous roles include:

  • Vice President, Horizon North Manufacturing

  • CEO, City Of Vancouver (Affordable Housing)

  • Real Estate Development Manager, Translink

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