Dennis Pirot co-founded K West Equities Corp with Kevin Bird. Dennis was also one of the three partners that founded Centre Group Commercial Realty, which is now owned by Colliers International. Dennis was born and raised in Saskatchewan and started his business career in a general Store in Cochin, Saskatchewan owned by his uncle. He soon purchased the store and while living in North Battleford, Saskatchewan he also partnered to purchase a Dodge & Chrysler Jeep Dealership, a Home Hardware Building center, a home construction company, a commercial bingo gaming operation and was involved in several other ventures. Having retired in 2017, Dennis continues to provide guidance to the K West management team.
Robert William Halifax
Robert (Bob) Halifax was born and raised in Saskatchewan and attended the University of Saskatchewan. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and Bachelor of Law in 1972. He was admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories in 1973 and the Law Society of Alberta a year later. He was appointed a Judge of the Territorial Court and in 1989 was appointed Chief Judge of the Northwest Territories, which position he held until retirement in 2003. Bob has been involved in Judicial Education for many years as well as being a guest lecturer at a number of institutions in Canada and the United States. He has also served on a number of public and private boards after retirement.
Tim Brown is originally from Toronto and Montreal and has lived and worked in the Okanagan for the past 30 years. He attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from UVIC and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Manitoba before being called to the bar in 2001. Tim is a partner at Porter Ramsay LLP in Kelowna, BC and has been with that firm for 16 years. He specializes in all aspects of real estate law with an emphasis on real estate development. He has been involved with many large and small scale real estate developments and thousands of real estate transactions over the years. Tim is married and has six children and enjoys traveling, hockey, golf, jazz music and good wine and food.
Frank was recruited to the Okanagan to operate Kelowna’s prestigious Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre. As General Manager, he implemented changes and developed the Grand Okanagan to becoming the top hotel in the interior of British Columbia. He also oversaw construction of the hotel’s new tower that brought the number of guest rooms to 395. Before moving to the Okanagan, Frank was the Vice President of Operations for Coast Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for the operation of 19 hotels located throughout British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.
Tom was born and raised in Vegreville, Alberta and obtained his Engineering Degree at the University of Alberta and his MBA from the University of Western Ontario. Tom Johnston’s 30 years of executive level management experience in the oil and gas industry, make him a key investor and invaluable player on the K West advisory team. He is an inspiration to the group and demonstrates a genuine confidence in his forward momentum to success. Tom’s resume includes engineering and leadership roles in several major energy companies in areas of strategic planning, mergers & acquisitions, operations, financial management and business development.