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Brothers Bernie and Eric Van Maren started the Van Maren Group of Companies in 1973. During the initial years the company acted as a framing and concrete subcontractor on a variety of projects.

By 1976 the company expanded into real estate development and general contracting, completing projects all over British Columbia.

In 1985 the company opened an office in Seattle and, over the next 10 years completed approximately 1,200 housing units, as well as a variety of commercial and industrial projects. During the late 80’s and early 90’s the company also completed two large projects in California.

In 1994 the company decided to concentrate its construction and development activities in British Columbia. The largest project developed was a 500 unit multi-family project in Abbotsford.

From 1985 to 2002 the company specialized in the design and construction of affordable housing all over British Columbia. The company has also completed design-build projects for government clients such as the Cities of Vancouver, Merritt, Chilliwack and Langford; ICBC; Ministry of Defense; Ministry of the Attorney General; and BC Buildings Corporation.

In 2002 it completed an award-winning public private partnership project involving the City of Chilliwack and the Province of British Columbia. Also in 2002, it completed BC’s largest ever non-market housing project; C-Side, a 284-unit, 30-story apartment in Vancouver.

In total the company was involved in the design, development and construction of over 20,000 housing units as well as a wide variety of commercial, retail and industrial projects.

In 1994 the company started a real-estate finance and investment division, which is managed by Bernie Van Maren. This division specializes in providing short-term bridge financing to real estate developers and investment syndicators all over Canada and the US, as well as investing in real estate projects in Ontario, Alberta, BC, California, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and Hawaii.

At the end of 2002 the company discontinued the design-build and construction parts of their business and now concentrates on developing, financing and investing in real estate projects throughout North America.

 

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Bernie Van Maren

Partner

Bernie is the President of the Van Maren Construction Group. Bernie's primary responsibility is managing the company's lending and real estate investment activities in Canada and the USA.









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Blair Neels

Construction Manager

Prior to joining the Van Maren Group in 2004, Blair obtained a Civil & Structural Engineering Diploma and took many Construction Management courses at BCIT. Blair acts as project manager for Van Maren’s residential projects in BC; often investing his own capital to become a partner in the project. Blair is currently the project manager of The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake.

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Eric Van Maren

Partner

Eric is the secretary of the Van Maren Construction Group. Historically, Eric’s primary area of focus was construction and development in Washington State and British Columbia. He’s currently the partner in charge of The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake as well as managing the company’s various real-estate and investment holdings in BC. He’s also a volunteer board member of a First Nation Economic Advisory Board and a non-profit organization.

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Narbi Dhesi

Controller

Narbi is a Controller at the Van Maren Group of Companies and is responsible for finance and administration. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, she uses her expertise and business acumen to analyze and interpret data with a clear overall view of the Van Maren Group’s plans and objectives. Narbi values spending time with her loving family, is an avid runner and enjoys travelling.