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 have contributed their visionary expertise to Ottawa’s changing real-estate landscape. Always with great respect for project integrity, their unique, client-focused approach yields bold, custom projects and unconventional restoration results in the nation’s capital. With this guiding principle, Gemstone has built a first rate team. Led by Tony Natoli, our group of experts is unparalleled in this industry. We work with the city’s best architects and interior designers, and our administrative staff and master contractors boast years of experience. Each member of the Gemstone crew plays a pivotal role in building the luxury custom space of your dreams.

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  • Neil Zaret


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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


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    A successful business career and background lead Josh to his leadership role at Gemstone in 2012; today he oversees Business Development, and Operations. His expert business acumen and unique design aesthetic lend to building Ottawa’s most creative luxury spaces. A believer in giving back, Josh volunteers for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) on the major gift committee, and sits on the board of the Ottawa Jewish Community School.

  • Tony Natoli

    Vice-President of Construction

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    There is nobody better suited to lead Gemstone’s on-site teams than Tony - construction is in his blood. As a child who received tools instead of toys, his passion and expertise has grown to over 30 years of experience in the industry and a prestigious portfolio that includes the homes of notable Ottawa architects. Tony joined Gemstone in 2016 and executes each project with passion and precision.

  • Bryan Chandler, CPA, CA

  • Sarah Quach

    Office Manager

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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


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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.

  • Carlo Palanza

    Site Supervisor

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    As a Gemstone Site Supervisor, Carlo lives his passion for new construction and renovation daily. From a young age, Carlo has been building his experience in construction: first with 5 years in drywall, then in development as a building operator, and finally as a successful entrepreneur. After owning and operating Palanza Drywall & Renovations Ltd. for 7 years, he calls Gemstone his home, and we’re grateful for it!

  • Jim Sayah

    Site Supervisor

  • Jonathan Kinkade

    Site Supervisor

  • Shawn Gordon


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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.

  • Jason Thompson


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    Jason’s love and impeccable skill in construction comes from a lifetime of experience. Growing up on his family’s resort, he was responsible for renovating the resort and golf course, and followed this experience with 14 years in the construction industry where he acted as both lead hand and foreman. At Gemstone, Jason is a trusted carpenter, where he helps establish the unique character of every home and project he works on. It is Jason’s belief that every home has a soul, and that every client deserves a contractor who is accountable, thinks outside of the box, and has an eye for detail. We’re certainly on board with that, and are happy to have Jason on our team!

  • 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.

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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    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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