kiɁlawnaɁ builders limited
Your partner for success
Who We Are?
KiɁlawnaɁ Builders Ltd. is a community driven company with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry (formerly WIBCO Construction). The company is part of the award winning Ntityix Development group. We specialize in residential and commercial projects ranging from single family and multi-family homes to mid-sized projects such as shopping malls and community centres. When working with us we guarantee transparency, communication, professionalism, and respect for the land to give you the peace of mind you deserve.
From Concept to Completion
KiɁlawnaɁ (grizzly bear) is an essential species that plays a significant role in balancing the ecosystem in which they inhabit. At KiɁlawnaɁ Builders Limited, we also embrace a significant role – to service Westbank First Nation’s construction needs while maintaining our responsibilities to the land and upholding a strong cultural identity.
Since our early beginnings, KiɁlawnaɁ has been the primary contractor for Westbank First Nation and surrounding communities. As an experienced construction management company, we have begun to expand our horizons to tackle larger projects leading throughout the Okanagan Valley.
No matter where the job takes us, you can always guarantee that our team of experts will take care of you – from concept to completion.
Paul Courtoreille GSC, CET
General Manager of Construction
Paul has over 18 years experience in the bidding, coordination and project management of Commercial and Residential Construction Projects throughout British Columbia and Alberta. Paul began his career immediately after graduating from the construction engineering technology at the Northern Institute of Technology in 2002. Over his career he has had the great pleasure of working for four well-respected general contractors in British Columbia and Alberta, as a construction coordinator, estimator, project manager, office manager, construction manager and was recently named General Manager of Construction for WIBCO Construction.
He has played a key role in the successful completion of various residential and commercial projects, with an emphasis on safety, quality, timelines, budgets, and profitability. This includes but is not limited to single family, multi-family, high density rental apartments, school additions, community halls, commercial retail spaces and a number of office / warehouses. Paul holds a diploma in construction engineering technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the Certified Engineer Technologist (CET) designation from the Alberta Society of Engineer Technologists. He has also obtained his Gold Seal Certification (GSC) in project management from the Canadian Construction Association.
Ken Ahner has 30 years of experience working in civil, structural, commercial, and residential construction in the Okanagan and throughout the Metro Vancouver area. Ken has Red Seal certification obtained from the International Trades Association.
He is a certified heavy equipment operator, a member of the IUOE 115, and has run his own successful construction company for many years. His vast experience is all inclusive, including civil groundwork, excavation, foundations, framing, extending through to completion. Additionally, Ken is well-versed with on-site management, including estimating, coordinating trades, scheduling, procurement and managing his employees with safety and efficiency at the forefront. His high work ethic and attention to detail ensures all his projects are performed to the highest quality of standards.
Chad Paul has 30 years of experience in the building construction industry and is credited with the successful completion of numerous projects throughout the Okanagan Valley during his career. Chad has his Red Seal Carpenter certification from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Training and Technology. He has experience building to CMHC housing standards in the construction of custom homes, timber / log frame homes, “spec ” homes, multi family residences and countless renovations.
Chad utilizes his experience, training, and expertise to support the betterment of the team and continually provides training to individuals interested in construction and the apprenticeship program. Chad is grateful for the rewarding career and financial security, working in trades has afforded him and full heartedly endorses those interested in pursuing a career in the industry. He stands by the moto “Learn a trade and get paid.” Chad’s experience lends itself nicely to his role as Superintendent.
Grant Lachmuth had a 36-year career as a senior manager with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and since 2013, he has worked as a Senior Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations in the consulting sector. He brings a unique and in-depth understanding of multi-agency partnerships involving various levels of government and the private sector. Grant’s work over the last 10 years has focused on infrastructure projects (P3’s), such as the William R. Bennett Bridge and the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project. Grant’s work has taken him throughout Canada as well as assignments in the US, China and Israel. Grant’s educational background is in Civil Engineering Technology at BCIT, and Executive Leadership at Royal Roads University and he has also spent several years as a member of the Council for Leadership Insights, with the Conference Board of Canada and a Board Member with Technology Accreditation Canada. He has appreciated working throughout BC and spending the last 15 years here in the Okanagan with his family. He is particularly looking forward to supporting NDC businesses and the broader community.
Councillor Andrea Alexander working throughout different departments within WFN, such as Inter-Governmental Affairs, Development Services, and Administration, Andrea has had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of knowledge and experience concerning WFN Government operations.
Andrea has served on the Community Consultative Group and the Syilx Indian Residential School for the past 4 years where she has found her passion for the health of the community as a whole and community building. She brings along education from her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies to the role and is in the process of completing her Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence through the Banff Centre.