Meet the RJR Team
Shawn Stewart : President
Shawn was born and raised in the lower mainland. He has an extensive background in project and risk management. In 2001, he began managing a millwork shop. During this time, several houses were renovated by Shawn, culminating in him building his own custom home. It was a natural fit when the opportunity to partner with a successful builder/renovator such as Bob Rasmus.
Osman Ozakcayli : Architectural Designer / Estimator
Osman Ozakcayli is a European trained architect that has been with RJR Construction since 2001. Before joining RJR, he worked as building envelope designer for over 2 years. Since joining RJR, he has become one of the key players on architectural design, sales, and estimating.
Osman has more than 25 years experience with every phase of construction from concept design to project and business management. His creativity and attention to detail throughout all phases of a project result in innovative, functional, unique, and beautiful spaces for clients to live in. Over the years, Osman has designed many award winning projects.
Osman has a solid understanding of design, construction, and green building principles. His approach is to work with the client’s vision, budget, and timeline to deliver an exceptional project. He says “every project has its own unique requirements and challenges. At the end, nothing makes me more satisfied than seeing in my client’s eyes the enjoyment and pride of having a beautiful space they have just created. I am glad that I am part of it and we have earned their trust.”
Osman worked with the renovation task force to create a green building code system tailored for the renovations.
He is a Certified Residential Designer in BC and a member of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC.
Andressa Linhares: Architectural Designer / Project Manager
Andressa is a Brazilian architect working with residential construction in North America since 2007. She has worked as a kitchen & bath designer for 5 years before joining RJR in 2012. Being an architectural designer and project manager, she can oversee a project start to finish with a unique perception.
Besides holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture & Urban Planning, she studied Environmental Systems in North Carolina, USA, attended Building Code classes at BCIT, and completed a design course at Harvard University.
Gino Di Francesco: Estimator
Gino Di Francesco has been involved with residential construction for over 14 years and has been working with RJR since 2009 providing detailed estimates. He has a background in commerce and graduated from BCIT with a degree in Building Engineering Technology. Prior to joining RJR, Gino was involved with construction of custom homes and renovations in South Surrey.
Gino has completed the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist program for development and modification of homes for maturing adults and the transition required as they become older. He has also become the company leader and auditor for its Work Safe Certification of Recognition in maintaining a safe work environment.
Ian Knight : Senior Project Manager
Ian Knight has been involved with the construction trade for over 30 years, built custom high end homes in Shaunnesy and Kitsalano for 17 years and has been working for RJR Construction since 1998. During his time with RJR, he has brought hundreds of projects to completion on time and budget and he is currently the senior project manager with the company.
Ian specializes in structural framing and historical restoration, quality control, as well as custom design.
Ian is a journeyman carpenter with certifications in building science, construction operations, construction supervision, and certificate of recognition (COR) in the Construction Safety Association of British Columbia (CSABC). Ian bases his management style on Total Quality Management (TQM).
Bruce Coutu : Manager Small Projects Division
Bruce has over 25 years experience in residential renovations and has received multiple achievement awards in sales and customer service throughout his career. He has been certified as a kitchen designer by Paris Kitchens in Paris, Ontario; factory certified in the sizing and design of residential heating and cooling systems by Keeprite/ICG and has also been acknowledged for his outstanding performance and knowledge of asphalt roofing products by the CEO of IKO Canada Inc.
Bruce has been working with RJR Construction since 2004.