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Who We Are

Who We Are

At Gemstone, we don’t just build houses - we build relationships and spaces that define your dreams.

With over 40 years of business and entrepreneurial experience between them, Neil and Josh Zaret contribute their visionary expertise to Ottawa’s changing real-estate landscape. With great respect for project integrity and a stellar team, our unique, client-focused approach yields bold and custom results in the nation’s capital.

We are a family-run operation and pride ourselves on seeking out and developing the best local talent. Our award winning projects feature the city’s best architects and interior designers, and our administrative staff and contractors boast years of experience. Each member of our crew plays a pivotal role in building the luxury custom home of your dreams.

Get Personal Meet the team

  • Neil Zaret

    President

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    Gemstone’s founder has over 40 years of business experience in the Ottawa area. An active member in the community, Neil sits on numerous boards and takes pride in the city he calls home. His passion is our guiding force, and continually drives Gemstone’s position as the most innovative luxury builder and developer in the nation’s capital.

  • Josh Zaret

    Vice-President

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    Having a penchant for business his whole life, Josh joined the Gemstone team in 2012 in a leadership role after a successful business career. Today he oversees Business Development and Operations. Is that too much business? We don’t think so. Josh’s expertise and charismatic leadership has helped secure Gemstone’s position as Ottawa’s primary luxury builder. When he’s not developing the city’s most creative luxury spaces, he sits on the boards of Ezer Mizion Canada and the Ottawa Jewish Community School.

  • Adam Zaret

    Vice-President

  • Jim Sayah

    Construction Manager

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    20 years of industry experience and a passion for building beautiful, luxury spaces inspires Jim on the daily. As the Construction Manager, his expertise goes a long way in keeping our customers satisfied and our teams motivated. With Jim’s love for his work and building a luxury finished product, he is a great addition to the Gemstone team.

  • Bryan Chandler, CPA, CA

    VP of Finance

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    When asked what inspired his career in finance and accounting, Bryan’s response is: “accounting needs no additional inspiration!” If that isn’t a testament to Bryan’s passion for managing a company’s financial position, we don’t know what is. As Gemstone’s Vice President of Finance, Bryan’s 10+ years of finance experience in the construction industry is being put to good use. Aside from numeric nuances, Bryan enjoys playing sports and spending time with his kids. We’re sure they love accounting as much as he does.

  • Keith Martelock

    Property Manager

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    As an Ottawa native, Keith began his career in property management over 12 years ago. He prides himself in building and leading dynamic teams, and has a deep passion for this ever-evolving industry. Keith loves a challenge, and enjoys how no day is the same as the next. Building solid relationships with clients and vendors, we are proud to have Keith as the face of our Property Management team. In his spare time, Keith is a foodie with an interest in the local craft beer community. He also enjoys travel, and spending time with family & friends.

  • Sarah Quach

    Project Coordinator

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    A former teacher, Sarah holds two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts in History from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa. After three years of teaching, Sarah changed career paths and landed at Gemstone, where the team relies on her to keep it all together. From learning about construction processes to managing social media, Sarah wears many hats in a day.

  • Greg McIntosh

    Foreman

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    Quality craftsmanship, passion, and attention to detail. These aren’t just buzzwords; they’re qualities that ignited Greg’s career from sweeping job sites to managing them in less than 10 years. With 15 years of experience in construction, Greg’s hands-on approach as a foreman is appreciated by clients and colleagues alike.

  • Erik Starcevic

    Jr Site Supervisor

  • Shawn Gordon

    Carpenter

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    Originally from Ottawa, Shawn’s origin story starts in the restaurant industry where he worked as a chef, but always had a passion for building and craftsmanship. His love for problem solving, design and woodworking led him to change careers and graduate with honours from the 2 year Advanced Housing and Construction Carpentry Program at Algonquin College. Construction combines his many skills and passions, as well as the opportunity to work with clients and a great team of professionals.

  • Terry Maadarani

    Labour Manager

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    With 6 years of management experience, Terry brings his dedicated, go-getter attitude to every Gemstone job. Starting from Irpinia Kitchen deliveries, Terry now oversees our on-site teams; making sure tasks are completed, staff is organized, and working with on site supervisors to ensure a smooth project. Born and raised in Kanata, Terry is a true Ottawa native whose passion lies in seeing how Gemstone’s projects are changing the cityscape.

  • Hannah Nadeau

    Office Administrator

What You Can Expect From Us. Every Time.

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    heart Icon Integrity

    From first contact to project completion; transparency, diligence, and the highest standards of service drive every project so you avoid frustrations and surprises. Know that we’re a trusted partner every step of the way.

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    diamond Icon Quality

    Every one of our custom luxury projects bears the hallmarks of impeccable craftsmanship; our partnerships with experts in their respected fields offer up singular results, every time.

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    You’ll know it when you see it. A balance between old and new, style and function - our projects enhance the cityscape while maintaining integrity and respecting the aesthetic of the surrounding neighbourhood.

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    four-corners Icon Versatility

    Thinking outside the box is our forte, as is our appreciation that no two projects are alike. Whether a custom home build, restoration, or project management requirement, our services adapt to suit your individual needs.

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    Imaginative. Bold. Sumptuous. Much like our understated design elements, our sophisticated style needs little fanfare and speaks for itself.

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    checkmark Icon Results

    From developing land to building custom luxury homes and commercial spaces; the excellence of our work is reflected in the satisfaction of our clients. Our award-winning results are built on a foundation that starts from sourcing the highest quality materials to offering the most professional services.

How We Do It Our Process

Our one-of-a-kind approach to stepping in at any stage of a project is what sets us apart. It’s not the norm, but we like it that way. The outcome is a fully comprehensive and transparent relationship so that you, the client, are kept in the loop and satisfied.

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Clients, Community, Commitment

In a world where quantity and speed are prioritized, at Gemstone our commitment is to bring your dream to life with the utmost care, transparency, and exceptional execution at every step.

Understanding that a community is shaped by the people and places within it, we are proud to apply the same commitment to excellence to your home as we do ours. Gemstone supports our community through various sponsoring of local charities, and donating our expertise to local boards and committees.

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