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Meet The Team

John Vani

Owner

John opened his first tile business in Duncan, BC in 1974 after a stint in Calgary & Red Deer, Alberta. John came back to the Lower Mainland and founded Bridgewater Tile Ltd. in 1979 (incorporated 1987). He built the business from 2 men working out of a truck, to 40+ employees working from a 5,000 square foot warehouse and office facility in Burnaby. John was an Executive member of the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association (TTMAC) of BC for 15 years, 4 of which as President. John has a partnership interest in Euro-Can Marble and Granite, a slab fabrication shop supplying both Residential and Commercial projects. Along with his life and business partner Liz, he has run Bridgewater as a family company for over 40 years while making their home on the North Shore of Vancouver with their children and grandchildren.

Liz Vani

Customer Service

Liz's contribution to the business is multi-faceted from Human Resources, Safety & Customer Service support to assisting Customers with tile selection. Prior to Liz's time at Bridgewater, she was Director Customer Service and Sales for a Telecommunications company. As an ``Adult Student`` and while rasing 3 children, she successfully completed her MBA at SFU. Along with a team of dedicated and skilled individuals, Liz & John take pride in the successful business and the solid reputation that Bridgewater has. Though Liz & John's children chose careers outside of the Tile business, they feel that the Bridgewater team are ``family`` and after 25 years of marriage, deeply value the legacy they have built.

Aileen Cuevas

Estimator

Aileen joined Bridgewater Tile in August 2019 as an Estimator. Aileen has a post degree diploma in Project Management in Canada, together with her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Chile, she brings to the company two years of experience in the architectural field and a year as an estimator specializing in flooring. Aileen works in a variety of projects from high-end residential, commercial and multi-family projects. Outside of works, Aileen enjoys spending time with her husband and cat and making crafts, jewelry and clothing.

Andrew Carniel

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew joined Bridgewater Tile in 2020 and brings over 15 years of construction experience and over 20 years of senior management experience to the team. Andrew has excelled at building strong, long-lasting relationships with stakeholders at all levels of industry and government. Outside of the office, Andrew is a dedicated family man who spends his time with his wife and 2 children.

Derick Pang

Project Manager - Multi Family Division

Derick joined Bridgewater Tile in 2001 after earning his diploma in Architectural and Building Technology from BCIT. His role has since expanded from Estimator to Project Manager. Derick primarily works on the multi-family side of the business and with his 19 years in the field, has built strong relationships with major developers, suppliers, and contractors alike. Derick is known for his easy-going personality and his can-do attitude. Outside of work, Derick enjoys watching and playing hockey. He is a dedicated family man and if he’s not watching or playing hockey himself, he can be found around the rink with his kids.

Mario Bulawit

Estimator

Mario joined Bridgewater Tile as an Estimator in May 2018 after moving from Winnipeg to BC. He has a degree in Science in Civil Engineering from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines. Mario held various positions in the Philippines from Project Engineer to Project Manager until he immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 2007. He worked as Project Manager and Estimator for various home builders and general contractors in Winnipeg from 2007 to 2018. At Bridgewater, Mario’s work now includes Estimating on commercial, multi-family projects as well some high-end residential projects. Outside of work Mario is a dedicated family man and enjoys singing with the Novalis Choir.

Spencer Lawton

Project Manager - Custom Residential Division

Spencer started his career as an estimator with a local tile company, working mainly in the lower mainland and with a focus on commercial projects. Spencer moved to Regina for several years and worked for a tile supplier as a sales representative of tile, setting material and all related equipment. This served to broaden his knowledge of the industry. After moving back to Vancouver and joining Bridgewater in 2013, Spencer began working in the high-end, single-family home division, working with John to expand this important segment of Bridgewater's business. Spencer is married and has recently celebrated their son's first birthday.

Alex Wong

Project Manager - Commercial Division

Alex has been in the tile industry for over 20 years. He started as an Installer and then moved into Sales & Project Management. He recently joined Bridgewater with ten years of project managing experience in the Commercial sector. Alex has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys photography, playing snooker and a little fly-fishing.