Meet the team behind the Kelowna Mill Site.

Holar Developments

Built in 1932 during the Great Depression, the Kelowna Mill Site served Kelowna residents for over 80 years as a place of employment and a source of community connections, with an excellent team that produced a highly regarded, quality stud for North American and export markets.

Holar Developments is managing the Kelowna Mill Site planning and redevelopment initiative and is 100% owned by Timber Investments Ltd., the same family business that owns Tolko Industries Ltd. and the mill site property.

Meet the Holar Team

Daniel Walsh Team Lead

Dan Walsh is an established and well-known real estate development industry leader. He works in a strategic capacity with several development and investment companies, managing assets in British Columbia and elsewhere in North America.

Since 2004, he has been a Director with University of British Columbia Properties Trust and is very involved in the complexities of a major public institution – interfacing with a wide range of community interests and a sizable development program across BC.

Previously, and for many years, Dan served as both an Executive and Board Member for Grosvenor International, a global real estate development and investment company. He has also held numerous other strategic positions with a variety of community and industry Boards.

Jordan Hettinga Development Advisor

Jordan is one of few locals both born and raised in Kelowna and, over the course of his career, has worked for various levels of government and consulted to many developers, municipalities and First Nations in BC.

Most recently Jordan was the Senior Real Estate Advisor for Kent-Macpherson, recognized as one of the leading appraisal and consulting firms in the province.

He provides leadership on a variety of real estate processes for his clients, including OCP amendments, rezoning and development permitting, land negotiations, tax exemption and appeals, highest and best use studies, concept planning, subdivision applications and Agricultural Land Reserve applications.

Mary Lapointe Community Relations & Development Advisor

Mary is a Kelowna-based development management and community relations professional with 30 years of experience in the real estate development industry.

Mary has worked with both private and public sector land-owners managing complex, multi-stakeholder development and community relations issues in communities throughout BC.

She combines community-mindedness with a strategic outlook and a strong understanding of the development approvals processes and communicates effectively across a broad range of community interests to build understanding and support for land development and management objectives.


DIALOG’s experienced and diverse planning team has facilitated large-scale community planning initiatives across Canada.

Joost Bakker BA, B.Arch, Architect AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, FRAIC, RCA

Through more than 40 years of professional practice Joost has focused on innovative and award-winning urban design, mixed-use, residential, institutional, and cultural projects.

His experience lies in integrated design, strategic management practices, and hands-on team-based leadership. Joost’s major projects include the Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC, Quest University in Squamish, BC, the AMS Student Nest at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the major addition and renovation of the CBC’s Vancouver Headquarters, the BCIT Gateway Building , and the West Vancouver Police Services and Municipal Hall.

His work has received numerous design awards including a Governor General’s medal for Richmond City Hall.

Molly Steeves M.Urb, BA (Hons.), Associate, Senior Planner, Engagement Specialist

Molly Steeves is an urban planner and engagement specialist with 15 years of experience working on community-oriented projects. She brings a unique array of skills from her diverse professional background including non-profit management, arts and culture, education, and marketing and communication. She holds a BA (Hons.) in the History of Art from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.
Molly is a skilled facilitator who is passionate about demystifying complex issues into
digestible and accessible information to enable more diverse community participation.
Throughout her career, she has focused on projects that involve working closely with
communities and stakeholders at a variety of scales.

Maryam Ahmadi M.Arch, MUD, LEED Green Associate, Urban Designer

Since joining DIALOG, Maryam has been a chanpion for provocative design initiatives amongst her peers. With a background in Architecture and Urban Design, her interdisciplinary career spans across various project scales and components; from site specific architecture to community engagement and master planning. For Maryam, cities are exquisite beings where the cultural and physical, complex and ordinary blur into one another. She views design as an integrative process where the outcomes strive to better the living of all the involved.
Maryam also has a passion for data driven design and urban analytics. Her works embrace data collection and visualization of urban information through mapping and methodical graphics. Additionally, as an avid runner, she has a palpable perception of the built environment and the dynamics between the components of an urban setting.

Kendra Scanlon M.LA (Hons.), BA (Hons.), Landscape Designer

Kendra brings a grassroots, community-oriented approach to design that is based in a colourful interdisciplinary career including radio broadcast, communications and marketing, and small-scale agriculture. This combination has developed a sensitivity and deep curiosity for public realm design in relation to the natural world. Her ongoing research in values-based and climate resilient design informs a forward-looking practice. She takes a systems-thinking approach which encourages understanding and meaningful connections with clients and stakeholders, creating a familiar foundation to build on together.
Kendra is personable and enthusiastic and has collaborated with a diverse client-base including municipalities and developers, musicians and artists, agriculturalists and an array of community organizations. Her technical skills in visualization and communication design are used to amplify the unique stories and character of the communities she serves.

DIALOG Projects

Connecting North Vancouver’s waterfront

The Shipyards

The Shipyards is a world-class mixed-use development on the North Vancouver waterfront. It boasts an unparalleled public realm that completes a series of interconnected plazas, transit routes, and recreational spaces.

Vancouver’s cultural heart

Granville Island Redevelopment

We were interested in the buildings and the stories they had to tell. We fought to give them new purpose and show people how special they could be – if used meaningfully.

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From the very beginning, this project has been about community. An opportunity to connect our community, to serve our community, and to include our community.

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