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About Formwell

About Us A modern approach to homebuilding.

Founded in pursuit of creating a more livable family home.

Homes that are both thoughtful and inspiring in their design is something we’ve noticed missing from most new multi-family communities across the region.

We see this as an opportunity to build more beautiful and functional townhomes. Homes that our homeowners will love, from the first moment they move in, and for years to follow.

Established by two families, Formwell is the result of more than 30 years of shared experience in residential development and construction in Greater Victoria.

Reimagining the townhome experience.

Townhomes are nothing new, they represent a housing type that has existed for centuries. Generally viewed as a stepping-stone between a condo and a single-family home, the townhomes of the past compromise on important elements like storage, functionality, and outdoor space.

But as homebuilders, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve set out to create a new kind of townhome experience, one that rivals all the comfort and conveniences of a single-family home.

In Good Form, our approach, seeks to raise the standard for townhome livability, while creating more sustainable communities, for current and future generations.

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Meet Our Team

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.

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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.

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Nick Saklas

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.

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Owen Groves

Site Superintendent

Owen is well-experienced in construction management with nearly two and a half decades working in the field. He has a demonstrated track record leading site operations for several notable residential and mixed-use projects across Greater Victoria.

A carpenter by trade, Owen began his career in construction in 2001 when he started working toward becoming a ticketed carpenter through BCIT and Kwantlen Community College in Vancouver.

From carpentry, Owen transitioned to becoming a tower crane operator and rigger at Graham Construction, working across Canada for five years, before establishing his footings as a Site Superintendent; first at West Rock Construction, followed by Abstract, before Owen eventually began his own construction company based in the Cowichan Valley. In 2021, Owen joined Formwell and today he leads successful construction operations at Washington.

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Experienced in homebuilding, aligned on values.

Our values and guiding beliefs are the blueprints for our actions and decisions. Through their purposeful intent, we’re setting a solid foundation for success, both within our team and working with others.

  • Building trust
    By promoting openness, honesty, and reliability, we ensure that trust is always at the foundation of our relationships. We prioritize transparency and accountability in all of our interactions.
  • harnessing growth
    Emphasizing the value of learning and development, we encourage a culture of innovation, adaptability, and ongoing improvement, continuously striving to find new opportunities for growth, and as a result, delivering better outcomes for our homeowners.
  • Embracing optimism
    Cultivating a positive mindset and attitude, we focus on possibilities and opportunities, in even the most challenging situations. We approach our work with enthusiasm, resilience, and a belief in our ability to overcome obstacles and achieve greater success.
  • Fostering sustainability
    Demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability practices, we actively seek ways to minimize our ecological footprint, promote conservation, and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future for all.
  • achieving excellence
    Setting high standards for ourselves, we strive to surpass expectations in all aspects of our work. We aim to consistently provide exceptional experiences that leave a positive and lasting impact on our homeowners, partners, and the community at large.

Homes that are easy to love, for years to come.