Meet the Daizen Team

Dai (Yoshito) Ona

Dai (Yoshito) Ona / Founder

As owner and big picture thinker at Daizen, Dai Ona identifies business opportunities and works with clients to bring their project visions to life. He applies his design… [read more]

Juergen Poepsel

Juergen Poepsel / Operations Manager

Juergen came to Daizen Joinery with three decades experience as a Master Timber Framer, having been raised in a timber framing family, himself. His father had a timber frame operation… [read more]

Miki Ona

Miki Ona / Accounting

Miki has been with Daizen since its inception in 1991 and has developed and overseen all accounting systems for the company. Miki’s ongoing attention to detail… [read more]

Kevin Mattson

Kevin Mattson / Designer

Kevin has more than two decades of design-build and timber frame experience and applies this knowledge on Daizen projects, from the design… [read more]

Eijiro Hara

Eijiro Hara / Team Leader

Eijiro Hara’s role as a Daizen team leader is defined by his own success as a timber framer. Eijiro oversees the detailed work that goes into all aspects of the… [read more]

Rick Hay

Rick Hay / Material Handler

Rick’s work ethic is evident each day at Daizen. He’s often the first to arrive at the workshop and the last to leave. Rick’s talents are multi-faceted as he runs the planer, undertakes… [read more]

Kazunari Furuya

Kazunari Furuya / Fine Joiner

Kazu moved to Canada after working as a carpenter, log builder and architect in Japan for 14 years, where he gained knowledge and expertise in the Japanese style… [read more]

Brad Allan

Brad Allan / Joiner

Brad joined Daizen in 2013 after finishing the timber-framing course at the Gabriola Island School of Building Arts. Brad was drawn to the program, in part, to fulfil… [read more]

Leonard De Vos

Leonard De Vos / Timber Dresser

Leonard oversees a crucial step in the preparation of timbers prior to staining; he sands or brushes the wood to make the most of the grain in the final product. When… [read more]

Conny Poepsel

Conny Poepsel / Finisher

Conny’s detailed work completes the final phase of production at Daizen, as she oversees all finishing on projects as well as staining. Originally from Germany, … [read more]

Junko Furuya

Junko Furuya / Finisher

Junko moved to Canada in 2014 with her Husband Kazunari and joined the team at Daizen shortly after. As an athlete she enjoys the physical “hands on” work… [read more]

Tomoko Shimoda

Tomoko Shimoda / Administrator

Tomoko takes care of all the internal office administration at Daizen. She has an office administration certificate from Thompson Rivers University and has experience… [read more]

Steve Friesen

Steve Friesen / Raising Specialist

Steve was a firefighter for 10 years before officially moving his career to the timber frame industry. He completed a timber-frame course at… [read more]

Luke Magnan

Luke Magnan / Joiner

Prior to relocating to BC, Luke worked in the small town of Deep River, Ontario under a master builder doing traditional style joinery. Luke’s desire to move west… [read more]

Daizen’s On-Site Assembly Crew

Derek Kurucz

Derek Kurucz / Timber Framing Specialist

Derek is a Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter who graduated from the College of the Rockies Timber Frame program and has more than a decade of construction experience working for top timber frame… [read more]