About Us

Project Development, Design and Building Team

The Nelson Commons Development team is comprised of experts in various fields who have all come together to make this project happen.

Deirdrie Lang, Project Manager

Deirdrie was with the Co-op for 28 years, 21 years in the position of General Manager.  During that time, her combination of careful budget management, practicality and progressive management practices have grown the Co-op to a store with $13M in annual sales, 90 staff and over 12,000 members.  She oversaw its 1998 renovation project and 2001 expansion project.

Russell Precious, Project Manager

Russell is the co-founder of the Naam restaurant in Vancouver (still running after 35 years)  He started an organic fruit stand & wholesale fruit business, operated Quadra Foods Market on Quadra Island and started Capers natural foods stores in Vancouver.  He was CEO of Capers from 1985-1998. During that time, he designed and built three large stores with restaurants and remodeled three additional stores in Victoria and California.  In 2000 he was a founding partner of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Boulder, Co. where he oversaw design and branding.  He designed and project managed the opening of 12 Pharmaca stores in 11 US cities.

Ron Little, CA

Ron holds BA in Economics and English and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1977. He started his business career auditing a variety of enterprises, then moved to the oil and gas industry focusing on corporate tax and ended up as the Treasurer of an international drilling company. In the early 1990’s, Ron joined four other partners to launch licence technologies in Canada. Later, he became a management consultant working with both large and small companies helping technical experts define projects qualifying for scientific research tax credits. Since moving to Nelson, Ron has focused on helping small business owners discover what their businesses are really about and how their personal lives manifest in economic results.

Andrew Creighton, Communications & Marketing

Andrew has been in the field of communications and branding for more than two decades. At major advertising agencies in Montreal and Toronto, Andrew worked as a writer and strategist on campaigns and branding mandates for clients like McDonalds, Bombardier, Nike, Air Canada and Cirque du Soleil. Since “running to the hills” of the Kootenays almost ten years ago, Andrew continues to work on big-city mandates remotely. Locally, he has worked as an in-house marketing consultant for Columbia Basin Trust, has helped the Nelson Kootenay Lake Hospital with a brand reset process and leads communications for biodiversityatlas.org.

Marnie Christoffersen, Graphic Design & Marketing

Marnie has 15 years of experience in the sales and retail industry; specializing in merchandising, in-house product design, branding and marketing. She attended Kwantlen Polytechnic and the University of Sussex and has enjoyed expanding her skills while working on a wide variety of communications and graphic design projects, from web design and brand identity to gallery installations and product design. Marnie currently works on staff at the Kootenay Co-op as their graphic design, merchandizing and advertising specialist as well as for the Nelson Commons and other private clients.

Ray Letkeman, Lead Architect

Ray Letkeman has an impressive portfolio of projects completed over the past 30+ years.  Raymond Letkeman Architects Inc. offers comprehensive multi-family residential, resort village master planning and design experience gained by our completed developments throughout Canada and the United States.  He has teamed up with our builder, ITC Construction Group, on several building projects.

Steven Kaup, Supporting Architecture and Planning

Steven holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and Journalism, Master’s training in Construction Management, a Masters degree in Architecture and has logged over 10 years sharpening his building skills as a carpenter and contractor in New Mexico and Colorado.  Studio 9, his 5 year old Nelson based firm, is a full service architecture firm that emphasizes energy and resource efficient design principles.  Steven, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, AIA, LEED AP promotes a blend of traditional and contemporary project delivery models for effective and efficient design.

David Dobie, Interior & Building Designer

David operates a design practice from his studio office in Nelson BC, focusing primarily on residential and light commercial design in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. After graduating from Camosun College in architectural technology and technical drawing, he apprenticed and mentored with practicing architects until starting his own business in 1984. Over the last three decades he has designed many projects throughout the Kootenay-Boundary region, ranging from small intimate renovations to custom homes on complex dramatic sites. His commercial projects include extensive historic upgrades and restorations, hotel refitting, restaurants, cafes, retail stores, medical and dental clinics, veterinarian hospitals, professional offices and private schools. Dobie is well known for creating human environments that work, are flexible, and hold an inherent beauty of proportion and detail. He strives, in all his work, “to create beauty and to enrich our lives.”

David Fisher, Landscape Designer

David has a degree in horticulture from Niagara College and has spent most of his adult life in the field of landscape design and plant management.  He spent seven years studying xeriscape design in Arizona—the preferred approach of the Nelson Planning Department.  His company ‘New Leaf Design’ is responsible for many projects in the greater Nelson region including his much admired design for the outdoor patio and gardens at Oso Negro Coffee.

Doug MacFarlane, ITC Construction Group

ITC Construction Group specializes in the construction of concrete residential high rises.   ITC is a recognized leader in high-rise construction in Western Canada with completed projects in British Columbia, Alberta and the US Pacific Northwest.    ITC’s Commercial division has proven capabilities and experience in various commercial building types including hotel, convention center, car dealership and resort construction projects.  ITC is one Western Canada’s largest General Contractors, one of BC’s Largest Private Companies and one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.