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About A modern approach to homebuilding.

It’s simple, we build homes we would want to live in with our families.

Our vast experience developing single and multi-family homes has shown us what works and what doesn’t from a design and technical standpoint. This knowledge and understanding, along with our own individual experiences with home ownership and raising growing families, helps us we carefully consider how homes are experienced. We’re taking a human-centric approach in pursuit of creating a more livable home.

Formwell Team

Meet Sam Ganong

Co-founder + Principal

Sam’s career began in commercial real estate at Canada ICI Capital and then at Colliers International, where he gained experience in acquisition, apartment, and construction financing.

Sam was hired by Abstract Developments, a national award-winning custom homebuilder and developer. He grew into the role of Vice President of Development and partner, managing projects with values reaching upwards of $100 million. In 2018, Sam went on to start Curate Developments where he oversaw the design and approvals for a portfolio of multi-family projects before going on to co-found Formwell. Today, Sam oversees all aspects of the community development, planning and design process. His passion for great design and disciplined analytical approach are establishing Formwell as a respected and sought-after homebuilding company. Sam lives in Gordon Head with his wife Hannah, and two young kids.

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Meet Kyle Ryan

Co-founder + Principal

Kyle is a proven leader and expert in the field of construction management and scheduling. He studied engineering before landing his first job in construction project management in Calgary in 2003.

In 2011, Kyle took a position at Abstract in Victoria, where he eventually became Chief Operating Officer and partner, contributing to the company’s significant growth over a 10-year period before leaving to start Formwell. 
 With notable experience in both single and multi-family residential and public building projects, Kyle has a deep understanding for how functional building designs shape healthy and complete communities. At Formwell, Kyle oversees the build process from end-to-end, transforming forward-thinking designs to completed communities. He lives in North Oak Bay with his wife Kelsey and three young children.

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Meet Nick Saklas

Principal

Nick Saklas

Nick has an extensive background in several key business areas, including finance and accounting, leadership, corporate governance, strategic analysis and customer engagement and service.

As a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV), Nick articled and spent a decade with KPMG in Vancouver, primarily practicing in Corporate Finance, performing merger and acquisition advisory and valuation service. He has been involved in the advisory of over a dozen mid-market transactions with enterprise values ranging from $10 million to $250 million. Following his time in public practice, he has operated in a range of business capacities, from hospitality, hotel management and real estate, to providing consulting for start-ups and private businesses. Prior to Formwell, Nick was Chief Financial Officer with Abstract Developments. Nick lives in Oak Bay with his wife Lisa, and two children.

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As long-time homebuilders, we’ve seen firsthand the benefits that having a well-designed home can have on people’s lives.

We recognize the direct impacts our design decisions make. Our approach to design comprises a series of all-embracing standards for livability, to create homes that consistently deliver on comfort, convenience, and durability – inside and out. Because we believe spaces should encourage better well-being through their design.

When homes are easy to maintain, and everything has its place, there’s more time to focus on the things that really matter. We maximize every square inch of storage, from built-ins in the front entry, to an appliance garage in every kitchen.

We also believe light has a big impact on how a space feels. So, we design homes with large windows, overheight ceilings and cased openings, and we include accent lighting in places you might not expect. These are just a few of the Live Well features we include in every Formwell home. Each has been carefully considered for its function and livability.

Great homes need to not only be built to last, also be able to evolve with the changing needs of residents. Each Formwell home carries the promise of durable, time-tested materials and construction practices. Highly adaptable living spaces accommodate the needs of growing and changing families – in whatever form they may take.

We believe great homes should be easy to love, today and for years to come.