The Legends of Housing Presented by FortisBC

May 30, 2024 (4:30 PM - 8:00 PM) (PDT)


Legends of Housing is a premier annual event featuring three influential industry leaders who have significantly impacted the residential construction industry in the Central Okanagan. 


Join us on May 30th at Bernies Supper Club and Cinema for a panel discussion offering a retrospective into how residential construction has evolved over the last three decades, and where the industry may be heading in the years ahead. Sit back as we pull back the curtain on their careers in the industry and share their personal stories of success and lessons learned along the way.

Your ticket will include a welcome glass of bubbly and light supper from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the restaurant. The panel presentation will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30 pm. 

Introducing the Legends

Jonathan Friesen - CEO, Mission Group

Jonathan Friesen is a leader in the real estate development industry with over 36 years of experience shaping communities. As the founder and CEO of Okanagan-based Mission Group, he has spearheaded the development of numerous progressive multi-family residential projects, building upon early career successes such as Vancouver’s 1000 Beach community and Kelowna’s Mission Shores with a prolific slate of single-family, townhome, low-rise, and mixed-use communities throughout the Lower Mainland and Okanagan valley.

Jonathan's recent notable achievements include Kelowna’s master-planned, transformative Bernard Block and Aqua Waterfront Village communities. Leading Mission Group with a Build It Forward mindset, Jonathan’s passion for community betterment is the cornerstone of his enduring legacy.

Mike Jacobs - President, Dilworth Homes

Michael Jacobs graduated in 1985 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. After 18 months with the Engineering Department of the City of Vancouver, he then completed his Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Stanford University. Michael Jacobs, P. Eng., currently serves as Chairman of The Board of the Emil Anderson Group. He joined Emil Anderson Construction in 1988 as Project Manager for Dilworth Mountain Estates, a 750-acre residential development in Kelowna, B.C.

In 1989 he founded Dilworth Quality Homes Inc, a residential building company in the EA Group. He was appointed General Manager of Land Development and Housing at EAC in 1996, promoted to Vice President in 1998 and President in 2004. He has extensive road building and heavy construction experience, and his project highlights include the Sliding Centre and Ski Jump venues in Whistler for the 2010 Winter Olympics, road and rail expansion at the Port of Prince Rupert, multiple highway projects in the Kicking Horse Canyon, over 2500 new homes in the Okanagan and many prestigious hillside developments.

Gord Turner - President, Gord Turner Renovations

Gord Turner began his business in 1991 - becoming fully committed to providing clients with a different kind of renovation experience by making them the priority, 

listening to their requests and respecting their budgets, defining the Scope of Work together, relaying true costs, establishing documentation and processes to assist in communication and transparency, building a team of experts in their fields to work alongside him, answering all questions/concerns, and following up on their projects. 

He built a solid reputation in the community due to his honesty, integrity, quality workmanship, standards, and quality results. 

Gord is a Journeyman Carpenter who over years of building Gord Turner Renovations, has transitioned from being ‘on the tools’ and running all aspects of the business itself, to becoming a full-time businessman - mainly handling sales and management. He makes ongoing education and training not only a priority for his team but for himself as well, having demonstrated commitment to company growth by implementing the services of a certified business coach. 

Gord and his team support their community by assisting KSS Athletics, the Gospel Mission, Freedom’s Door, Coyotes Basketball, and the Okanagan Sun. 


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Bernies Supper Club & Cinema
353 Bernard Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N6 Canada
Event Contact
Nancy Dunsmore
(250) 861-3988
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May 30, 2024 (4:30 PM - 8:00 PM) (PDT)

4:30 pm - doors open
4:30 - 5:30 pm - welcome glass of bubbly and light supper in the restaurant
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - panel starts in the cinema
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - question period for panellists
8:00 pm - event ends

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