A company is only ever as strong as the people behind it. At Abstract, we put the same emphasis on choosing our team as we do designing our developments. By carefully selecting professionals with the skills and personalities to complement and enhance our company, we have built a diverse team of individuals who share the same passion for creation and development.
United by a relentless pursuit for the best of everything, our team is comprised of experienced construction, design and project management professionals, along with some of the city’s most seasoned field staff. We take care to build each home as if it’s our own.
As Abstract’s founder, Mike brings his relentless drive and passion for detail to every project the company touches – big or small. A true entrepreneur, Mike started taking odd jobs from the age of seven years.
It started with a gig at the baseball park with a concession cart; then it was paper routes, a chef’s apprenticeship and after that, an automotive restoration journeyman. By age 20, he had bought his first house. Acquisition of a second home to redesign and renovate quickly blossomed into the early days of Abstract Developments.
Over the subsequent two decades, Mike’s agility, reputation and business intuition grew Abstract into one of Victoria’s most highly-sought after custom builders and earned the company a jam-packed wall of regional and national distinctions. Abstract Developments has received a record-setting number of awards and the Victoria Chamber of Commerce recognized Mike as Business Person of the Year in 2011. However, he’s quick to credit his community mentors, partners and highly skilled team of staff for contributing to the ongoing success of the company.
Mike has volunteered extensively in the housing community, as president of the CRHC and the Urban Development Institute (Capital Region) and a former board member of the Canadian Homebuilder’s Association. When he’s not working, Mike spends time with his wife Rebecca and three children, finding inspiration for building and design through travel and time spent at his cottage on Cowichan Lake.
As Vice President of Construction, Kyle Ryan oversees all building and quality control for Abstract Developments. Kyle grew up in Calgary where his family owned a rural farm as well as a meat shop in the city.
At a young age, Kyle quickly realized he was more interested in building, maintaining and improving the farm buildings than his other duties. With a keen mind for mathematics and science, Kyle studied engineering and landed his first job at Calgary-based Burnco. Here Kyle began to refine his skills in quality control and project management. In 2005, Kyle joined Genesis Building Corporation and as a project manager, worked on a variety of public building projects including banks, schools, churches and hospitals. Kyle credits this role with seeding his understanding of how high-functioning building designs shape healthy and prosperous communities.
Kyle moved to Vancouver Island in 2009, working with Draycor for two years building roads and homes on the West Shore, before making the move to Abstract Developments in 2011. He is a proven leader in the field of construction management cost and scheduling, assets that have benefitted Abstract well over his tenure. Kyle also serves on the board of the Victoria Residential Builders Association. He and wife Kelsey are parents to a set of young twins.
Born and raised in Victoria, Sam’s family background in real estate and finance helped him recognize at an early age that he wanted to work in development. He was initially interested in architecture, but a short stint at a local firm helped him realize he was interested in the business side of development.
Sam went on to study economics at University of Victoria, and while getting his education worked on a construction sites during summers and weekends. Toward the end of his degree, Sam began working for a Victoria-based commercial real estate finance brokerage under his father. Following his degree and time at ICI Capital, Sam joined Colliers International where he continued to build his knowledge of the real estate industry.
Having been introduced to Abstract Developments during his time at Colliers, Sam was attracted to Abstract’s forward thinking, designs and long-term vision. Bringing a good foundation of industry knowledge, Sam joined Abstract in 2012.
Sam plays an integral role on the team helping to blend the design and financing aspects of projects, and now oversees the company’s developments from acquisition through to the start of construction.
Sam also serves on the board of the Urban Development Institute, Capital Region chapter. When not working, Sam spends time with his fiancé Hannah and their dog. His travel aspirations include anywhere with great food culture and unique architecture.
At Abstract, we’re proud of the company we keep and are happy to work with many of Vancouver Island’s most respected professionals. They help us elevate our final product and create the homes you’ve always dreamed of living in.
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