A shared vision. Friday Harbour is a masterstroke of master planning. With the combined foresight and strength of four of Canada’s leading developers and businessmen, Friday Harbour is visionary realized.
With a business and real estate background spanning more than 30 years, Mark Silver founded Optus Capital Corporation in 1998.
Now celebrating 60 years in business and originally founded in 1954, ConDrain Group has become one of the largest and most successful infrastructure construction companies in North America.
With more than 50 years of creating successful residential and commercial developments, Pemberton Group continues to build on their solid reputation of excellence.
Founded in 1977, Geranium is a fully integrated land development and building company, with many master-planned communities and more than 8,000 homes completed across Ontario.
chief executive officer
James DiRenzo has lived and breathed hospitality his entire life. He grew up in what is now a 60-year-old family business, playing roles in some of the highest regarded hospitality companies across North America, Beijing, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the award-winning Granite Club in Toronto, before becoming Friday Harbour Resort’s Chief Executive Officer in 2016. James is a passionate foodie, hockey fanatic and outdoorsman whose vision is to deliver an extraordinary resort experience for each Friday Harbour resident and guest.
Chief Financial Officer
Marco has a broad Operations Executive background. Most recently, he was the Director of Finance for Bell Canada’s Business Markets Division. Marco currently leads our strategic and operating initiatives in all aspects of the Finance Division.
Chief Sales and Services Officer
Leanne has spent many years leading Sales and Marketing teams at several top organizations, playing important roles in organizing events such as the Canadian Women's Open. Leanne currently leads Retail Merchandising, Membership Sales, Personalized Service, Resort Rental Program and Marketing and Communication.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jessica has spent many years leading Human Resources teams at several top resorts including The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and most recently, the JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa. Jessica currently leads our staff and service providers, overseeing Recruitment and Retention, Training and Development and Compensation and Benefits.
Chief Property Officer
John has spent many years leading teams at several top organizations including Honda, and most recently, The Granite Club. He oversees our strategic and operating initiatives for the Marina, Resort Maintenance, Landscaping and Housekeeping, Transportation and Security, Health and Safety.
Chief Technology Officer
John has spent 30 years dedicated to continuous innovation and progress in the fields of information and communication systems and technology. He currently leads our strategic and operating initiatives for all aspects of technology at the Resort, in addition to managing of all Resort hardware and software.
Chief Resort Services Officer
Andy has spent many years leading hospitality teams at several top organizations, most recently at The Toronto Ski Club in the Blue Mountains. He holds several designations and is a certified Chef and Sommelier. He leads our strategic and operating initiatives for the Food and Beverage, Events, Recreation and Leisure Departments.
Geranium is guided by the vision to create places that are meticulously planned, expertly executed and designed with sensitivity and respect for the environment, the local neighbourhood and the families who will call them home. With expertise in land acquisition, planning and process, engineering, servicing, design and construction, Geranium is one of Ontario's few fully integrated land development and building companies.
Pemberton Group has more than 50 years of experience in creating successful residential and commercial developments, and has built a solid reputation for excellence. Expect design creativity, superb craftsmanship and innovative features that stand out from the crowd. At Pemberton, quality, service and value are not mere buzzwords but a commitment taken seriously at all levels.
GOLF COURSE architect
Since 1985, Doug Carrick has been designing award-winning golf courses around the world, from right here in Ontario to the Scottish countryside and even suburban Seoul, South Korea. Doug has staked his claim on understanding a particular landscape’s unique, natural attributes and maximizing the potential it represents. As an architect and designer, Doug has earned praise for his sensitivity to the natural environment, elevating the golf experience through his ability to blend your game seamlessly into its surroundings.
TAYLOR HANNAH ARCHITECT
Taylor Hannah Architect was empowered to bring an entirely new design aesthetic to Lake Simcoe’s Friday Harbour. With offices in Toronto and New York, they bring a splash of celebrity to every project they touch.
The innovative firm is spearheaded by Dee Dee Taylor Eustace, weekly columnist for The Globe and Mail’s Saturday Style section and three-time guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dee Dee brings over 20 years of experience in high-end residential architecture and interior design to her company’s extensive range of services, which includes hands-on involvement in design consultation and development right through to project managing the finishing touches.
Applied Technology & Management
Applied Technology & Management of Charleston, South Carolina, is a world-leader in marina design. The firm’s team of experts has planned, designed, and engineered hundreds of marina projects supporting both public and private interests throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Dubai. Working in collaboration with the industry’s top shore-plan engineers, ATM is helping to make Friday Harbour the finest freshwater marina in North America.