Our Team

Kanas has a core team of 50 people that combine the latest research with practical experience. They lead successful low, mid and high-rise development and construction projects. They are committed to the value of providing affordable housing to Calgarians who might otherwise not have housing choices.

ROBERT SIPKA P.Eng., President

Robert has a technical diploma in municipal engineering and a B. Sc. in Civil Engineering. Robert spent five years with the City of Calgary as a Municipal Engineer. Roberta started Kanas in 1996, and he has grown it into the innovative company it is today, uniquely positioned to develop, construct and manage affordable multi-family homes.

JOHN HARROP, Architect AAA, MBA, VP of Development & Design

John has over 25 years’ experience in the consulting, development and construction industries in across Canada and in Europe. He has been involved with all aspects of the development process from design, planning and financing to construction, closeout, sales and leasing. He has worked in both the private and not-for-profit housing sectors.

MOHAMMED NAZIR Ph.D., P.Eng., Structural Engineer

Dr. Nazir’s international engineering career spans the globe from Sri Lanka to Colombo to Canada. His background in structural design, construction material research, teaching and civil engineering software development is ideal for his work with Kanas. Dr. Nazir leads our creative problem solving, helps us innovate.

JASON WHITFIELD. M.A., Project Manager

Jason received an Honors in Bachelor of Environment and Resource Studies in 1999 and a Master of Arts in Planning in 2001. Jason has 15 years experience in planning, development and construction. His background includes 6 years of experience with insulated concrete form construction prior to Kanas.

BRENDA BLANEY, Property Manager

Brenda has more than 15 years of experience in property management and joined the Kanas team in 2018. Her experience includes more than ten years with a public housing organization, managing 80 staff and a portfolio of 3000 suites. Brenda has served on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Residential Rental Association for 4 years and is the current President.