A multi-disciplined real estate development company with over 35 years of experience in the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Golden Horseshoe residential, commercial and industrial markets.
Our team has extensive experience structuring complex land assembly and multi-party stakeholder acquisitions.
With extensive experience navigating the regulatory framework and development approvals process, we are able to efficiently and effectively manage the entire land development process from initial acquisition to full build out.
Our process creates more than just homes or buildings. Our communities are vibrant, walkable places that encourage social interaction.
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Tercot Communities Limited
T: (416) 309-9275
Joe Valela has been involved in all aspects of the residential home construction and building business. He has built subdivisions, condominiums and custom homes across the Greater Toronto and Southern Ontario areas over the past 35 years. He has broad experience in the full range of transactions that make up the development business, including complex land assembly and multi-party stakeholder acquisitions, planning and development, construction and project management, joint venture and bank financing, project marketing, sales and customer service.
After completing University in the early 1980s, Joe entered the residential construction industry. Over the years, he has built his career working his way from foreman to site supervisor to contracts manager for companies such as Sandbury Homes and Heron Homes. At Heron Homes, Joe became President and Partner of Maple Ridge Building Corporation.
In 1990, Joe Valela started his first company and today Tercot Communities is a company which is driven by the vision of delivering quality designed homes with superior finishing products and exceptional customer service on a large subdivision scale.
Joe is described by his colleagues as a “builder’s builder”, for his hands-on management style, attention to detail and effective approach to the economic and policy issues faced by the housing industry.
Joe’s commitment to professionalism and dedication to the industry is evident by the various positions he has held over the years.
As President of BILD, Joe had a weekly guest editorial column in the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and the Globe and Mail, and authored numerous articles on home builder issues in both the local and national media. Joe has also been selected several times to represent the CHBA on government and policy briefings to the Governor of the Bank of Canada and deliver the national economic platform for the housing industry.
Joe is a strong believer in transparency and added value that is inherent within customer service. He prides himself on direct communication with his buyers. Joe’s commitment in this area was highlighted by author Stan Adams in his book, The Sales Prevention Department: A Consumer’s Perspective on Customer Service. Mr. Adams’ daughter was a new home purchaser who was affected by rotating construction strikes. According to Mr. Adams, “the organization very effectively managed the understandable frustration of their homebuyers by maintaining regular and open communication”.
Gina Banwait is a marketing and sales consultant who has been connecting people and products for more than a decade.
Gina uses her expansive network in various sectors to create opportunities for Tercot Communities‘ projects. Gina is recognized as a leader, strategic thinker, collaborator and innovator who is motivated by her entrepreneurial spirit to consistently set the bar higher. Her innovative approach fosters an unparalleled ability to utilize the power of social networks to increase awareness and sales.
Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society and Philosophy from York University and Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. She is currently pursuing part-time education in Graphic Design. Gina is also a licensed Realtor®.
Her diverse education and skills empower her to apply various principles, while delivering measurable and powerful results when marketing and selling new homes.
A natural connector, Gina is a member of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and Women of Influence. She continues to build on her networks and evolve as a professional in the industry.
Melissa spent six years as a leader and key member of the catering sales team at Four Seasons Toronto. In her time at the Four Seasons, Melissa was responsible for the execution of high level and VIP events including weddings, corporate conferences, galas and holiday parties which have hosted international high ranking government officials and celebrities.
Melissa’s dedication to growth within her markets was evidenced by consistently exceeding yearly sales goals culminating in being awarded the North/South American Catering Sales Manager of the Quarter for Q4 in 2014.
Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Media, Information and Technoculture from the University of Western Ontario and a Graduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College.
David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban, Economic, and Social Geography from the University of Toronto and a Master of Planning (Urban Development) degree from Ryerson University.
For immediate release October 7, 2015
For immediate release October 7, 2015 Toronto,