Meet the Daizen Team

Dai (Yoshito) Ona

Dai (Yoshito) Ona / Business Development & Project Scoping

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 and building experience to create final products that are distinct, functional and sustainable. Dai conveys both passion…

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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 in Juergen’s home country of Germany and he began apprenticing at age 14. By 21,…

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Johnny Matak

Johnny Matak / Business Development

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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 concept stage through to the end product. Kevin received his degree in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and, after graduation,…

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Eijiro Hara

Eijiro Hara / Timber Frame Team Leader

Eijiro Hara began his carpentry career sharpening his chisels under the direct supervision of his father who would inspect Eijiro’s work with a sharp eye and say “o.k.” only to ping the freshly sharpened chisel with a hammer for Eijiro to resharpen. This established a…

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Miki Ona

Miki Ona / Accounting

Miki Ona 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 and diligent processes ensure responsible financial management within the company. Her role behind the scenes is integral to…

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Jason Trefzger

Jason Trefzger / CNC Controler

Prior to moving to BC, Jason started apprenticing at a timber frame Company in his home country of Germany. Shortly after successfully completing this, he continued his studies and achieved his Master Timber Framer accreditation, at the young age of 22. Jason also attained the…

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Rick Bhullar

Rick Bhullar / Material Controler

I was born and raised in Kamloops, after high school, I moved to Calgary and worked in construction for over a decade. Just over five years ago, tired of the big city, I came back to Kamloops to raise my family.  I have two daughters,…

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Tomoko Shimoda

Tomoko Shimoda / Office Administrator

Tomoko Shimoda takes care of all the internal office administration at Daizen. She has an office administration certificate from Thompson Rivers University and has experience managing a small business. Tomoko is responsible for review and crosschecking inventory and analyzing office related information on a day-to-day…

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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 and continue his experience as a joiner was fulfilled when he found a fulltime position with Daizen…

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David P Schettini

David P Schettini / Joiner

Dave fell in love with Timberframes when he was living in Whistler.  “I really loved the beauty of the wood. I would go for walks at night and admire the way the lighting accented the exposed beams and steel plates.”  He knew he would build…

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Noam Ironi

Noam Ironi / Joiner

Noam Ironi is a Red seal carpenter with ten years experience both in high end residential and commercial construction. His focus has been to develop his skills as a timber frame joiner and installer. He has six years experience both in hand cutting joinery and…

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Conny Poepsel

Conny Poepsel / Finisher

Conny Poepsel is responsible for detailed work in the final phase of production at Daizen, as she oversees all finishing on projects as well as staining. Originally from Germany, Conny has more than a decade’s worth of experience in this area. Prior to her work as…

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Ken Brookes

Ken Brookes / Safety Organizer

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Jens Mavius

Jens Mavius / CNC Operator

At the age of 20 years, I started my career as a CNC technologist in Germany. Since about 15 years I work on several Hundegger CNC machines that became a passion of mine. I always wanted to go to beautiful Canada so when I got…

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Ryuichiro Kan

Ryuichiro Kan / Floater

Ryuichiro Kan shortly called Ryu by his co-workes, moved to Canada from Japan in the summer of 2015. Prior to this, Ryu worked as a carpenter and general laborer in Japan for 10 years. Together with his father, he built small-scale buildings and also had…

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Kazunari (Kazu) Furuya

Kazunari (Kazu) Furuya / Fine Joiner

Kazunari Furuya moved to Canada after working as a carpenter and log builder in Japan for 14 years, where he gained knowledge and expertise in the Japanese style of construction. Kazu also worked to achieve a degree in architecture and is a licensed architect in…

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Leni Hoffman

Leni Hoffman / Stainer

Leni is a busy mom of 3 teenagers.  Her husband of 20 years has helped greatly to improve her skills and knowledge of the wood industry as a journeyman carpenter.  2 years as a cabinet builder, 3 years making veneer, and carpentry over 3 years…

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Joseph Poulin

Joseph Poulin / Designer

Joe came to Daizen in 2016 with over 30 years in the construction industry; 18 of which have been directly involved with timber framing. After completing the timber framing program at the College of the Rockies, he worked for Unique Timber Corp in Lumby, B.C….

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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 Leonard began working at Daizen in 2011 he had no timber framing or log…

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