About Us

We design and build lasting impressions.

OnGrowing Works is a multiple award winning North American provider of sustainable living spaces. We work to exceed industry standards and build long term relationships. Our clients greatly appreciate our team’s ability to integrate proven strategies with an innovative approach designed to custom fit unique needs, and our dynamic array of technical skills, combined with a vast network of professional innovators, enables a comprehensive response to any challenge or opportunity.

In business since 1999, we are your trusted designing and planning, and home and landscape construction team. Our one-stop-shop can help take your dream and make it a reality.

At OnGrowing Works we:

  • Are committed to an OnGrowing mastery of heritage craftship integrated with advanced technology and sustainable practices.
  • Work to innovate technically and creatively with the intent to educate ourselves, our clients and community in preparation to renovate indoor and outdoor living spaces.
  • Design for an experience that engages the client, anticipates challenges and opportunities ensuring confidence in the master plan and the budget.
  • Build meaning and value through innovative solutions to custom residential and commercial craftship.

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Meet the Team

The true value of OnGrowing Works is often shared by our clients long after the project is finished. They remain impressed by the quality of construction, but also emphasize the positive impact of their experience with our people. Considerate, tidy, hard working, engaging and professional are words often repeated by our clients. Our priority is to ensure that our practices exceed industry standards. Our team maintains and develops a high level of certification as technicians and craftspeople, and our company selects our team based on strength of character and nurtures a culture of exceeding client expectations. We humbly appreciate the many awards received over the years, but more importantly, the joy our clients find in their new living spaces.

Our team believes in the work we do, and we are passionate about the work we do. When you work with us, our dedicated team of exceptional craftspeople will ensure you receive the highest quality solutions in the industry. Meet our team now:

Bruce Kay

Bruce Kay

Owner and Chief Inspiration Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Bruce Kay is the proud owner of OnGrowing Works. Officially launched in 1999, he grew the company into one of North America’s leading sustainable living space providers. With a passion for low impact sustainable development, permaculture (fresh water conservation, rain water harvesting and food production) and traditional construction crafts (timber frame construction and real stone masonry), Bruce is highly sought after across western Canada for his 35+ years of technical knowledge and commitment to meticulous craftship. He is a longstanding member of government and trade organizations such as Landscape Alberta, Olds College School of Horticulture and Alberta Industry Training where he acts as an advisor and continually refines his expertise. Most importantly, Bruce is a family man and prioritizes spending quality time with his wife, kids and five grandchildren on Early Dawn Farm.

Mary H.

Mary H.

Vice President

BIOGRAPHY

Mary H is the Vice President of OGW, bringing with her 20 years of experience across a range of industries. She joined the company in January 2023 and has since been instrumental in building teams to lead the company into the future. Mary’s expertise lies in operational optimization, strategic planning, and implementing health and safety programs.  One of the highlights of Mary’s career has been the opportunity to coach and support young leaders, helping them unlock their full potential. She finds great satisfaction in being a supportive team member and witnessing the growth of those she works with.

 

Outside of work, Mary enjoys spending time with her two puggles, who always manage to bring a smile to her face. She and her furry companions love exploring the woods and rivers in their local area. Mary is also an avid scuba diver, having been diving since she was 18.  When she’s not globetrotting or underwater, Mary can be found whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen. 

 

Mary’s decision to join OGW was driven by her desire to return to a small business environment after spending over 13 years in a large corporation. She finds the energy and passion of the team at OGW infectious, and is constantly inspired by their commitment to their work

Chris Felber

Chris Felber

Business Manager

BIOGRAPHY
Chris Felber is an integral part of the OnGrowing Works team. After more than four years with the company, Chris wears many hats. You can find him guiding the company’s direction as the business manager, reviewing budgets as the financial controller or supporting marketing, HR and business development efforts. Chris feels like OnGrowing Works is the ideal place to work thanks to the ethical leadership, team culture and innovative work coming together under one roof. Born and raised in the Calgary area, he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Calgary. A life-long learner, he  has his sights set on pursuing his Masters in Business Administration in the near future. Outside of work you can find Chris hiking in the Rocky Mountains, working out at the gym or traveling.
Raymond Vincent

Raymond Vincent

Planning & Design Manager

BIOGRAPHY
Raymond Vincent grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba, so finding a company that supported the local community was important to him. As OnGrowing Works’ planning & design manager, Raymond  supports local communities and affects positive change by helping people connect to their indoor and outdoor spaces. He oversees OnGrowing Works’ general and landscape construction teams, and believes that every space starts with a great plan. With more than 14 years in the construction industry, Raymond holds his Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist from Olds College and Architectural Technologist Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. When he’s not planning thoughtful spaces, Raymond is spending time with his family, playing baseball or camping.
Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

Administrator

BIOGRAPHY

As an Administrator, Ashley Moore ensures that OnGrowing Works’ office runs smoothly. Whether she’s scheduling projects, ensuring clients are helped from start to finish, welcoming people to the office or creating gift baskets, you can count on Ashley to get the task done. When you call OnGrowing Works, Ashley is your first point of contact and will put you in touch with the right team member to start your project. She is an advocate for taking care of our planet and appreciates OnGrowing Works’ sustainable values. Originally from Nova Scotia, Ashley is a vegetarian who loves animals and video games.

Meagan Brace

Meagan Brace

Horticulture Services Project Leader

BIOGRAPHY

Meagan MacLeod is an integral part of the OnGrowing Works family. As the team’s Horticulture Services Project Leader, she meets with clients to determine project scope and help their vision become a reality. In addition, she designs planting plans, orders materials, supports the field team and schedules client maintenance. In the fall and winter, she also organizes seasonal displays. With over 10 years of horticulture experience, Meagan is an ISA Certified Arborist and holds a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Horticulture, a Diploma of Technology in Environmental Horticulture and a Certificate in Landscape. She’s excited to be part of the OnGrowing Works team and loves the company’s culture, people and her job. Outside of work, she can be found mountain biking in the summer, and sledding in the mountains and scuba diving in the winter.

Colin McCarthy-Butt

Colin McCarthy-Butt

Permie, Plumbing & Heating Lead

BIOGRAPHY

With 10 years of experience in plumbing and heating and another decade in permaculture, Colin McCarthy-Butt is nothing short of an industry expert. Having received a Red Seal Endorsement as both a Journeyman Plumber and Journeyman Gasfitter Class A, Colin was an easy addition to OnGrowing Works’ team of leads. Whether it’s service, new construction or a renovation, Colin specializes in all aspects of plumbing and heating, and he also has various skills in solar thermal heating, rainwater harvesting and permaculture. Outside of work, Colin enjoys spending time with his kids, engaging with his community, learning new skills to better himself and playing the guitar. While he was drawn to OnGrowing Works’ focus on sustainability and permaculture, he also loves the family-feel and personal values that the company embodies.

Greg Sherstianko

Greg Sherstianko

Construction Superintendent

BIOGRAPHY

With more than two decades of experience, Greg Sherstianko is OnGrowing Works’ Construction Supervisor. In this capacity, he leads the company’s construction crew, while also mentoring new employees, reviewing drawings and ordering materials. Greg worked as an OnGrowing Works subcontractor for over five years before coming on full time in February 2022. Making the transition to a permanent position was an easy decision for him as he loves the company’s family-oriented and team approach. Not to mention that he gets to work on extremely interesting projects in his very own hometown of Cochrane, Alberta. As a Journeyperson Carpenter and Architectural Technologist specializing in building development, Greg was inspired to join the construction industry after taking part in Habitat for Humanity projects where he had the opportunity to build homes in Mexico. He also enjoys spending time with my family, camping, biking, and playing hockey and golf.

Evandro Ramalho

Evandro Ramalho

Junior Designer

BIOGRAPHY

Evandro Ramalho believes that there is nothing more exciting than seeing a project come to life. As a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Architectural Technologies Program, he supports the OnGrowing Works planning and design team by ensuring that all client design and drafting requirements are exceeded. You can find him visualizing and sketching design plans, sourcing products and materials, determining costs and inspecting construction to ensure each project aligns with design specifications. Outside of work, Evandro loves photography and spends his time listening to music, playing sports and dancing.

Aline Melo

Aline Melo

Residential & Interior Designer

BIOGRAPHY

At OnGrowing Works, Aline Melo is responsible for all aspects of residential and interior design. With over a decade of experience and a degree in Architecture and Urbanism, she creates functional spaces that align with client expectations. Whether Aline is meeting with clients, preparing layouts, coordinating electrical, mechanical or civil engineers, or researching material selections, she plays a critical role in ensuring each client’s vision is exceeded. Aline loves how supportive and understanding the OnGrowing Works team is, especially when it comes to clients, and thinks that the team’s ability to communicate ensures a positive customer experience. At home, Aline also puts her design skills to work through DIY projects with her husband and spends as much time as possible with her children.

Steve B.

Steve B.

Landscape Superintendent

BIOGRAPHY
Shane Papke

Shane Papke

Landscape Foreman

BIOGRAPHY

At OnGrowing Works, Shane Papke is a Site Supervisor in the Landscape Construction Division. As a graduate of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus, he specializes in water mitigation, management and harvesting, as well as plumbing and landscape maintenance. For Shane, the thought of creating outdoor environments that utilize natural resources has always fascinated him. From harnessing the power of water to create electricity and water plant material to using the sun for heating and electricity to relying on soils and natural stone to make outdoor living spaces reflect the beautiful world we live in, he works with meticulous detail to incorporate natural materials in each project. Outside of work, Shane loves to backpack, play guitar and fish.

Brenda Beck Edwards

Brenda Beck Edwards

Safety Coordinator & Seasonal Horticulturalist

BIOGRAPHY

Brenda Beck Edwards describes herself as a farmer, horseperson and gardener. Not to mention the over 20 years of safety, first aid training, planning and administration experience she brings to the OnGrowing Works family. In her role as Safety Coordinator and Seasonal Horticulturalist, Brenda ensures that the company continues to exceed the highest workplace safety protocols, while also assisting with landscaping and planting projects. She holds post-secondary qualifications in adult education, training and coaching, and loves working outdoors. Outside of OnGrowing Works, she spends time with family, and as an avid rodeo lover, Brenda works on a team that produces the Calgary Stampede rodeo.

Lucas Steeves

Lucas Steeves

Landscape Foreman

BIOGRAPHY

Lucas Steeves always knew he wanted to work in the landscape industry. Since he was 14 years old, he’s had a passion for beautifying outdoor spaces and creating peaceful green areas for people to enjoy. Lucas is a journeyman landscape horticulturist, industry certified hardscape technician and holds his class 1 truck driver license. He believes he has two purposes in life: to have fun and to improve the lives of those around him. With this philosophy, OnGrowing Works is the perfect job for Lucas as he finds pure joy in building and operating equipment while also improving people’s lives by giving them the outdoor spaces they’ve always dreamed of. Lucas believes in giving back to younger generations and does so by teaching and mentoring upcoming generations of tradespeople and passing on his knowledge to support the landscaping industry.

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OnGrowing Works Ltd.

Head Office
125 River Avenue
Cochrane, AB T4C 2C2

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Canmore
60 Lincoln Park
Canmore, AB T1W 3E9

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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