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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.

Kim Barraza Morales

Office Administrator

Kim joined Bridgewater tile in July 2021, bringing over seven years of experience as a professional office executive assistant and manager. She has a degree on International Relations from UAD in Mexico. Kim ensures the smooth operation of the office while providing support to her team members. In her free time, Kim enjoys going on hikes and spending time with her family.

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.

Leandro Valente

Project Coordinator

Leandro joined Bridgewater Tile in 2020 as a site worker and quickly made the transition to Project Coordinator. He brings over ten years of leadership and management expertise to the team. Leandro holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration, a Bachelor's in Marketing, and a Bachelor's in Theology, as well as master's degrees in Strategic Marketing and Strategic Management. When not working, Leandro likes to explore the province that he now calls his home. Whether it be long hikes to far out wildernesses, camping in BC’s forests, or developing his photography and videography hobby, you can bet to find Leandro somewhere in the outback.

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.

Dave Griffith

Project Manager- Commercial

Dave joined Bridgewater in 2020, bringing with him more than twenty-five years of construction and flooring experience. He started out in the early 90s as an apprentice for a family-owned flooring business in Northern Ontario. For the last fifteen years Dave has been primarily focused on managing commercial tiling projects of all sizes throughout the lower mainland and western Canada. When not at the office or spending time with his family, Dave enjoys working on his hobby farm and coaching hockey.

Marketa Goller

Senior Accountant

Marketa joined Bridgewater Tile in November 2020 and brings over 20 years of accounting experience to Bridgewater Tile. After graduating from McGill University, she moved to Vancouver and began her accounting career. She worked with a CPA for 10 years and then focused on working with Not-For-Profit organizations. Outside of work, Marketa enjoys spending time at the cabin, walking the dogs and being with family and friends.

Stefano Papa

Project Coordinator

Stefano has been with the Bridgewater team since the summer of 2021. He possesses a diversified work history ranging from being a youth therapeutic worker at a mental health and additions alternate high school program to a construction management background in general contracting and multifamily renovations. Stefano has a double Bachelor's in Sociology and Philosophy. When he isn’t busy working at the office, Stefano is busy developing his many hobbies; consisting of mixed martial arts, off roading, hunting, hiking, camping, snowboarding, cooking, and golfing.