Meet Your Consulting Team

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Mike Nield

Principal: 2015 – present

Mike Nield

My fascination with creating aesthetically pleasing compositions and structures began at an early age. Born and raised on a farm in the Okanagan valley, I spent my childhood building tree forts and creating sculptural objects. At age 12 my first painting was installed on the ceiling of the X-ray room in the Summerland Hospital. Always drawing in my sketch book, I was sitting in the waiting room when a hospital administrator saw my sketch of ‘Donald Duck’ surfing; and asked if I could paint it larger on a ceiling tile for the X-ray room. This was the beginning to many artistic explorations that would eventually shift into architectural design.

My creative nature pushed me to explore diverse facets of thought processes to enable me to approach projects with diverse modes of thinking. After high school I pursued several disciplines, receiving a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

I have always been interested in the forces of natural and man-made elements. Inspiring to bring architectural design and sculpture together; my sculptural work and design work is an exploration into the phenomenon of forces, energy, and motion.

I like the viewer to experience the properties of natural elements as an exploration of its physical properties. My goal is to eventually fully merge kinetic sculpture with architectural design so that people can experience homes that are living works of art.

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Jeff Gagnon

Principal: 2010 – present

Jeff Gagnon

Born and raised in the village of Naramata, most of my youth was spent at the beach or exploring the beautiful mountain terrain of the Okanagan. I followed hockey and baseball in depth as a teen, keeping up with all the games, stats and trades. The two other shows I really enjoyed watching were home improvement shows and ancient history documentaries. I loved to see an older home stripped down to the studs, exposing all of the framing elements; and then seeing the new design that came afterward. Ancient and medieval history piqued my curiosity; learning how large stone structures were built, and how they stood up against the test of time.

My interest in construction and architectural design continued to flourish when the house I was living in at the time came under construction. I was able to view first-hand, the process of excavation, concrete pouring and framing of the new house addition. I was able to help out and with odd jobs around the job site and impressed the contractor with my ability to read and understand blueprints with no prior experience.

From that juncture I knew I wanted to work in the industry. Graduating from Okanagan College with an AutoCAD technician certificate, I was fortunate to get hired by a family design firm in Summerland called Okanagan Development Consultants. Over the years I have dedicated myself to the study of construction, architecture, BC building code and local bylaws. I also learned how to communicate with clients by listening to their needs and wishes. This is an incredibly important skill that is often overlooked as part of an enjoyable and successful design process. Over a decade of hands-on experience has helped me develop an ability for creative problem solving. Allowing me to guide clients down the path to the home of their dreams. I am grateful and proud to carry on the next phase of my career as a partner and co-owner of this family firm.

When not in the office I spend my time enjoying all the Okanagan has to offer with my wife Aimee and our two beautiful daughters.

-seven years on Naramata parks & recreation committee
-brief stay with Naramata APC committee

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William Coates

Project Coordinator:  2005 – present

William (Bill) Coates

Duties: Coordination and management of property development projects, including subdivisions, rezoning and variance applications. Assist with various types of Land and Property Development projects, liaison with Municipalities, Regional District and other government agencies, including Agricultural Land Commission applications on client’s behalf.

Previous Career: Province of B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Highways – 30+ years as draftsman, surveyor, District Maintenance Management Coordinator, District Technician and Area Manager, Roads.

Bill began working with ODC after retiring from the Provincial Government in 2005. Bill’s many years of experience with the Ministry of Transportation and Highways provide a definite asset in dealing with development projects for ODC.

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Aimee Gagnon

Accounting and Invoicing Manager: 2019 – present

Aimee Gagnon

Administration, bookkeeping and drafting.