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About Trico

Company Overview


In 1982, a mechanical engineer named Wayne Chiu immigrated to Calgary from Hong Kong to start his career and build a new life for his family. In 1992, he started Trico Homes and began building his Trico family.

In the 25 years since, our city has grown and so has our love for it. Calgary isn't just where we live. It's who we are. We’ve worn shorts in January and shoveled snow in June and there's nowhere else we'd rather be.

Along the way, we've become one of Calgary's top builders. We've developed over 9,000 quality single and multi-family homes, earning a reputation for our design, craftsmanship and customer care. We've also been recognized as corporate leaders, champions of innovation and valuable contributors to the betterment of our community. One of things we are most proud of is our commitment to start every day with the goal to deliver incredible life changing moments for our homeowners and our community. We're also proud of our B Corp. certification, an international designation earned by those who are redefining success in business.

We're committed to our industry and our city. We want to make our mark, to become a Legacy Company in our market. We'll continue to build homes that people can be as proud of as we are. Homes that are crafted to enhance the lives of our homeowners and the communities they live, work and play in.

We love our city and our Trico family.

Our History

We've created a great deal of memorable moments throughout our 25-year history and have showcased some of the ones we are most proud of in a timeline. We welcome you to view our most memorable moments.


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.

Trico Home Community Involvement

Community Investment

Trico brings our very best to every community we build in. We value the importance of providing our support and leadership to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles and strengthen the communities where we serve. We strive to positively impact our society and create value for all of our stakeholders, including our community. For Trico, supporting our community is fundamentally tied to our values, mission and vision.

Our community investment pillars support education, health and wellness, community development and multiculturalism. Our long-term major sponsorship initiatives include Kids Cancer Care of Alberta, the Trico Centre for Family Wellness and GlobalFest and the Trico Homes International Fireworks Festival.

We will always endeavor to do well as a company, while at the same time do good in our community.

View Community Initiatives

The Trico Team

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.

Trico Homes Executive Team

Board of Directors

Chris Hopfner - BA, MA, ICD.D.
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.
Wayne Chiu - CM, AOE, ICD.D.

Wayne Chiu is the founder and CEO of Trico Group. Mr. Chiu, a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Manitoba and qualified master builder continues to be active in all aspects of strategic land development and investment. Under Mr. Chiu's leadership, Trico Homes has grown and developed into one of Calgary's Top 10 Builders. 

Wayne's corporate and entrepreneurial acumen have reinforced his desire to support the communities that have contributed to his success and to promote and practice the concept of doing well and doing good. In 2008, Wayne and his wife and business partner, Eleanor, founded the Trico Charitable Foundation as a way to combine their passion for entrepreneurship and a keen awareness of the need for creative solutions to ensure sustainability in the non-profit sector.

In addition to his passion for engendering social change, Wayne Chiu is ardent about supporting lifelong, accessible learning. He served as a member of the board of directors of Calgary's Bow Valley College for eight years. In 2014 Bow Valley College unveiled the Chiu School of Business to recognize the Chiu family for their contributions and support of the school of business. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Chiu has been recognized with numerous awards. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Canadian national order within Canada's honours system, and one of our country's highest civilian honours. Wayne is an appointee of the Alberta Order of Excellence and has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and graced with the Alberta Centennial Award. Other awards of note are the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, the CASE Community College Benefactor Award, the Immigrant of Distinction Award, the Generosity of Spirit Award, and the Calgary Citizenship Award.

Al Trellis
Al Trellis has 45 years of experience as a custom home builder, speaker and 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 and articles 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 International Builders Show. 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.
David Ross - BA, LLB, Dip Law (Oxford), TEP
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.
Laurel Wood - BSc, MBA,CMC & ICD.D.
In June 2018, Laurel retired from the position of Executive Vice President, Clients & Services at MNP, having joined the firm in 2002. In her most recent role, she was responsible for leadership of all of MNP’s service lines, industry and niche specialty groups, as well as the firm's award winning Marketing department. Earlier in her career, Laurel spent 14 years in Management Consulting with two global professional services firms; EY and Arthur Andersen.

Laurel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and an MBA, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Always active in her community, Laurel has been involved in a number of business, educational & charitable boards and committees, both in Winnipeg and Calgary. Today, Laurel is the Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, and a Director of the Trico Group.

In 2009, Laurel was honoured by the Women’s Executive Network as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

What Our Employees are Saying

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!”

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.

Sarah Butt Design Studio Consultant 12 years with Trico Homes.
Nicole Walker
Customer Relations Manager

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.

Alexandra Scott
Design Studio Consultant

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.