President and Chief Executive Officer
The WestStone Group
Brian Regehr, Founder, President and CEO of the WestStone Group, started real estate development during the early 90’s in British Columbia’s scenic Okanagan region. His first venture, a two-phase development of 80 multi-family homes, was so successful that he was inspired to continue with further projects. By the late 90’s he had successfully completed some 500 homes in the Okanagan.
The economy in British Columbia slowed significantly during 1998 and Brian’s forward thinking took him to Calgary, where he faced new challenges. He found strong competition in the form of local developers. However, his innovative attention to architecture and design made a big impact in the fairly traditional Calgary marketplace and he produced an award-winning development. In 1999 Brian completed the 203-unit River Grande Estates, an inner-city condominium project that receives accolades to this day.
During 2001, inspired by the largest residential housing market in North America, Brian opened a division of WestStone in Phoenix, Arizona. With its head office in Scottsdale, WestStone went forward to successfully complete over 1,000 multi-family homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
In parallel with its expansion into the US marketplace, WestStone also commenced developments in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia. Initially building single-family homes in the Fraser Valley, WestStone moved forward to complete many award winning multi-family and town home developments.
In 2006 Brian’s visionary understanding of the real estate market led to the assembly of a large parcel of land in Surrey, British Columbia which has now turned out to be some of the most prized development land in the Lower Mainland. The land sits adjacent to Surrey’s new City Hall, Civic Plaza, Library and future Performing Arts Centre, the SkyTrain rapid transit system and both Simon Fraser and Kwantlen Polytechnic Universities. This new emerging City Centre is designated as British Columbia’s next great Metro Centre and has been named as the “#1 Place to Invest in British Columbia”.
WestStone is currently heavily involved in the build-out of these lands with its $1-billion, 2,500-unit West Village, a tasteful master-planned community comprising of several high-rise towers, low-rise multi-family buildings, town homes and commercial/retail units.
Brian was a Founder and co-owner of Eagle West Cranes, the largest crane company in British Columbia, with an annual turnover of more than $100-million.
Brian is also a Founder and co-owner of Rite-Way Fencing, one of Canada’s largest fencing companies, with annual revenues of over $30-million. The company has eight branches spread across Western Canada and the Prairie Provinces. Rite-Way was selected to provide fencing for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.
Brian’s unique prescient abilities to forward think in the realm of real estate development will continue to take WestStone from success to success during the years to come.
His ability to focus on urban inner-city developments that are enriched with unique qualities of architecture and design has triumphed and will continue to triumph in the future.