An active member of the community, Mr. Hopfner enjoyed a distinguished banking career, having joined the Bank of Montreal in 1969 after graduating from the University of Manitoba. He worked with the Bank of Montreal throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan and held executive positions with the Bank in Alberta and Ontario. He is also a graduate of the Banff School of Management. Since retiring in January 2005, as Vice President of Bank of Montreal Calgary, Chris has remained active in consulting while serving on various corporate and non-profit sector Boards. He has maintained his involvement with a variety of organizations in Calgary including the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, as a Director of the Calgary Convention Centre Authority and serves on the Board of Governors of Bow Valley College.
Trico Homes was established in June of 1992 by Wayne Chiu, a mechanical engineer who immigrated to Calgary from Hong Kong.
Over the past twenty-five years, Trico Homes has continued to grow and develop as one of the top five builders in Calgary. To date, the company has built over 9,000 quality single- and multi-family homes in Calgary and the surrounding communities. With a reputation for integrity, innovative design, quality craftsmanship and customer care, Trico Homes brings their best to every community.
Check out our most memorable moments over the past 25 years on our timeline!
Our vision is simple. We want to become a legacy company in the new home building market.
Our mission is to build homes with pride, that are crafted to enhance the lives of our customers and the communities they live in.
At Trico Homes, we bring our best to every community we build in. We understand the importance of providing our support to promote vibrant lifestyles. Our pillars of community involvement support health and wellness, education, multiculturalism, community events and celebrating in communities we build in.
Our major initiatives include our long-term sponsorship of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta, Globalfest and the Trico Centre for Family Wellness. We strive to commit to philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and the ability to create business opportunities through addressing social challenges
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What is a B Corporation?
B Corps are a new type of company that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. By definition, B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the non-profit organization B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. They create higher quality employment opportunities and improve the quality of life in our communities and the community as a whole. Trico’s desire to uncover business opportunities through creating positive social impact guided its decision to become a Certified B Corp in 2012.
There are only 2100 companies from over 50 countries worldwide that have met the rigorous standards required to become a certified B Corp. Businesses must continue to meet evolving standards and recertify every two years to maintain their B Corp Certification. The continuous improvement shown in Trico’s B Impact Scores demonstrates the company’s commitment to use the business as a force for good.
Trico was recognized as one of the “Best for the World ” 2016 B Corps and was presented with the Trailblazer Award for its contributions from the B Corp Leadership Development, Western Canada at the 2017 Western Canadian Conference.
The belief of “doing well by doing good” is deeply rooted into the DNA of the entire Trico Homes organization and is stronger than ever as the company celebrates 25 years of building homes and community in Calgary.
Learn more about our company's B Corp Impact at https://www.bcorporation.net/community/trico-homes
We recognize that a company is nothing more or less than the people who make it up. Trico Homes is continually recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada - and that says a lot about our culture. We combine our energy for work with our passion for life, community and learning, which we believe create a fuller, more enriched lifestyle. When you arrive at Trico, we want you to stay and experience what the freedom to inspire, create, and innovate feels like.
Our team bridges the gap between the "Art" of homebuilding and the "Heart" of homebuilding. With a focus on customer care, and a history of community and charitable support, the Trico team consistently demonstrates a degree of professionalism, dedication and passion which distinguishes us from the crowd.
Board of Directors
Mr. Wayne Chiu is the Founder of Trico Developments Corporation and Trico Homes Inc. Mr. Chiu, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Manitoba, a qualified master builder and past Director of the Professional Home Builders' Institute, continues to be active in all aspects of strategic land development and construction. Mr. Chiu, a graduate of the Directors Education Program (January 2009), Institute of Corporate Directors, in partner with Rotman School of Management, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. Mr. Chiu holds an Institute Certified Director Designation ("ICD.D"). Mr. Chiu's corporate and entrepreneurial acumen has also reinforced his desire to support the communities which have contributed to his success. As a father of three, Mr. Chiu and his wife and business partner, Eleanor Chiu, continue to be major supporters of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and have supported such diverse organizations as the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association, Asian Heritage Month, the Glenbow Museum, GlobalFest, Mount Royal College, Bow Valley Collage, Chiu School of Business and many other worthwhile charitable and community events and organizations.
Al Trellis has 25 years of experience as a custom home builder and is a highly acclaimed consultant in the home building industry. He is a co-founder of Home Builders Network, which provides management consulting, marketing, residential design, and land planning for home builders throughout the United States and Canada. Collectively, HBN's clients build 3,000 homes per year with a sales value of $1.2 billion. Six of their clients have been awarded the prestigious "America's Best Builder" award through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Working with Design Basics, the leading home plan service for builders, HBN created the Neighborhood in a Box series of house plans. Al is a noted author of numerous books on residential construction, including his most recent book "Building with an Attitude". He has served as chairman of the NAHB Custom Builder, Education, and Business Management committees. As chairman of the Custom Builder Committee, he helped create the Custom Builder Symposium, and chaired the symposium for its first five years. A frequent speaker at national and local seminars and workshops, Al has been consistently rated as one of the country's leading speakers at the NAHB National Convention. Al has been actively involved with strategic and operational planning at Trico since 2003, and maintains a significant role in the growth of the company.
Mr. Ross has been a partner of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP since 2002 and prior thereto, was a partner with McCarthy Tetrault LLP. He practises extensively in the taxation area and is a specialist in cross border financing, partnerships and trusts, M&A, corporate reorganizations and structured finance while he has been widely published in scholarly journals. David has a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Alberta and a Diploma in Law from the University of Oxford (New College). Mr. Ross' affiliations include involvement with the Rosslynn Charitable Foundation, Alberta Law Society, Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and the Tuesday Tax Group, while he has also acted as corporate secretary for public companies. David is a speaker and contributor to various national and international associations and corporations with respect to tax related matters.
Ask around the Trico worksite or office and you will hear employees talk with pride about the role they play in making our company an industry leader. They stay because they are passionate about the work, like the people they work with, and are rewarded for their successes. For some real insight into what makes it such a great place to work, see what some of our employees have to say about our culture and what it's like to work at Trico.
I love working for Trico! The best part about working for Trico Homes is its people and the values-based culture. Its guiding values would always ensure individuals career growth while growing as a company.
There are so many great things about working at Trico Homes. I value the working relations I have with the Trico employees, there is always an open opportunity to further your education or to change career paths within the company, and the flexibility within the company is so refreshing. It is understandable why so many Trico employees invest in a long career with this company.
From my perspective, Trico's outstanding company culture and values allow for all employees to feel as they belong and this is important to me. It is a great place to work as it is a diverse organization with talented people, great leadership, as well as a collaborative culture.