Our Story

Calgary isn’t just where we live. It’s who we are. We’ve worn shorts in January and shoveled snow in June.
There’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

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 founded Trico Homes, with a commitment to being a different kind of homebuilding company. One that is conscious about creating the best places to live. One that believes businesses have a responsibility to be caring corporate citizens with the power to bring positive change to their communities.

In those many years since Trico built our first home, our city has grown and so has our love for it. Along the way, we’ve become one of Calgary’s top builders – and now proudly include Cochrane, Airdrie, Chestermere and Okotoks among our Trico communities.

Our team has built over 10,000 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. Our entire staff start every day with the goal of delivering incredible life-changing moments for our homeowners and our community.

Trico Homes is proud to be western Canada’s first and only homebuilder to become a certified B Corp. This international designation is earned by those who are redefining the ways success is measured in business. We’re committed to our industry and our city. And we are conscious about creating a lasting legacy as a company that helped make the world a better place.

Our history

Trico Homes has experienced many memorable moments throughout
our history and have showcased those we are most proud of in a timeline.

Vision

Our vision is simple. We want to become a legacy company in the new home building market.

Mission

Our mission is to build homes with pride, that are crafted to enhance the lives of our customers and the communities they live in.

OUR CORE VALUES

Trico Homes Mission

THE TRICO TEAM

Trico Homes Executive 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.

The Trico Team

Our team exemplifies “The Heart of Homebuilding.” This is reflected in our sincere care and commitment to our customers, our craftsmanship and our community. It’s not something we just say: it’s something we really do take to heart.

board of directors

Chris Hopfner – BA, MA, ICD.D.

CHAIRMAN

Chris Hopfner – BA, MA, ICD.D.

CHAIRMAN

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.... Read More

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.

CEO

Wayne Chiu – CM, AOE, ICD.D.

CEO

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... Read More

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

DIRECTOR

Al Trellis

DIRECTOR

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,... Read More

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

DIRECTOR

David Ross – BA, LLB, Dip Law (Oxford), TEP

DIRECTOR

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... Read More

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.

DIRECTOR

Laurel Wood – BSc, MBA,CMC & ICD.D.

DIRECTOR

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,... Read More

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.

OUR CORE VALUES

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