About Bowda

The Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association (BOWDA) is a membership driven networking and advocacy group focused on the needs of the building & development industry and related business in Canmore and the Bow Valley. As of Dec 2017, we have over 225 members comprised of builders, developers, consultants, suppliers, trades and supporting businesses. This gives us a significant voice when addressing issues that impact business and development in the Bow Valley.

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BOWDA is more than networking and advocacy. Each year at the Christmas luncheon BOWDA members donate to local charities. In the past 11 years, the Christmas tie auction has raised over $197,000 for local charities. In 2017, BOWDA members raised $27,000 in 10 minutes for the Canmore Community Daycare. This shows the passion and commitment that the building and development industry has for the local community.

BOWDA began as the Bow Valley chapter of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) in the late 1990’s as a way for the development community to have a common voice when addressing issues that impacted the industry. In the late 2000’s the organization decided to move away from the UDI framework and become a stand-alone organization, not affiliated with a parent organization.

In many ways, BOWDA is similar to a UDI, a Canadian Home Builders Association, and a Chamber of Commerce, however is not affiliated with any of these organizations. BOWDA does borrow and adapt applicable ideas and programs from these organizations to suit the needs of our members.

BOWDA is a membership based networking and advocacy group that focuses on the needs of the building & development industry in Canmore & the Bow Valley.


BOWDA currently has over 225 members comprised of builders, developers, architects, designers, lawyers, accountants, realtors, engineers, some of the utilities that service the building industry, and numerous trades and supporting businesses. Our full list of members is available on www.bowda.ca.

BOWDA has an elected Board of Directors that meets monthly with its Executive Director.  To maintain regular liaison, members of the Board also meet 5 times per year with the Town of Canmore’s General Manager of Municipal Infrastructure, and Manager of Planning. Attached is an outline of the purpose of these Liaison Meetings:  LiaisonMeetings.Outline.Jan2017

The full Board requests a meeting with Canmore’s Council, CAO and senior managers annually. BOWDA committees meet with members of municipal administrations in the Valley to identify and resolve issues that affect the building and development industry.  The Executive Director meets with departmental managers whenever necessary, attends Canmore Council meetings and acts as an advocate when serious concerns arise.  BOWDA’s events co-ordinator organizes monthly lunches for the membership as well as educational workshops and seminars.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Chairman: David Taylor, Three Sisters Mountain Village Properties
Vice-Chairman: Stephen Ross, Devonian Properties
Secretary/Treasurer: Richard Bremner, Bremner Engineering
Past Chairman: Guy Turcotte, Stone Creek Resorts
Directors: Jessica Karpat, QuantumPlace Developments
Frank Kernick, Spring Creek Mountain Village
Adrian Wilson, ISL Engineering & Land Services;
Bob Kocian, Distinctive Homes;
John McIsaac, Bow View Homes;
Vicki Young, Riverstone Insurance
Executive Director: Ron Remple