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 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. Kanas was started in 1996 by Robert and 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 experience with insulated concrete form construction prior to Kanas.

BONNIE HOOPER Property/Operations Manager

Bonnie brings 25 years of experience with Calgary Housing Company to her role at Kanas. At one time, she managed a portfolio of 3,000 subsidized and affordable housing units. She is uniquely positioned to help us effectively grow Kanas’ portfolio.