At Ulmus Development, we bring together the combined experiences, inspirations and mindsets of the key people who have the like-minded goal of developing for a better planet. always challenging the past to create a better future, our partners have joined their collective talents to create Ulmus Development.




With a development career spanning over 35 years, Don has worked with pension funds, academic institutions and private investors to successfully complete over $1.25 billion in real estate projects including several high rise residential, commercial and institutional developments in the Vancouver area.

As an investor in sustainable technology and advocate for sustainable development, Don’s passion is to create beautiful real estate developments that are environmentally sustainable from both a human and financial perspective.

While Don is a graduate from both the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Construction Engineering Technology and the Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia, he continues to build his knowledge of the sustainable development industry by traveling the world to explore new technologies.

Don is a member of the Canadian Green Building Council and International Living Futures as well as Past President of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, Greater Vancouver Chapter. Currently, he serves as the Vice-President of the Medallion Housing Society, and Chairman of The Home Foundation of BC – both non-profit groups that assist low-income, single-parent families acquire home ownership.


Managing Director

Ryan has always had a passion for building.

With a Bachelors in Municipal Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology and his Masters in Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Ryan used his knowledge to found Royal Golden Construction Group Ltd. after a successful position with Bird Construction, who notably built the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre. This was also his introduction to LEED Gold Certification and how a building can impact its environment.

While designing and building luxury homes on the Vancouver West Side and Richmond, he discovered his appreciation for the craftsmanship of millwork and wood carving. To deliver the specialty products he envisioned for his homes, Ryan opened Vancouver Wood Carving Ltd. and Brother’s Millwork to fulfill his exacting standards for quality.

However, it was his family that inspired him to create Ulmus Development Ltd. Having worked on large-scale commercial and single-family homes, he considered what would be the legacy left behind for his children and their children. More importantly, what kind of environment would he be responsible for as a developer. It is this long-term thinking and consideration that formed the basis to only design and build developments that have a positive impact. For his family, Ulmus Development is committed to positive environmental change and sustainable places that will continue to attract people for generations to come.