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A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS

Todd Adair*

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Summer is in full swing now, and Muskoka’s seasonal businesses are buzzing again. It’s so great to see everything come alive!

thoughtful editorials, which were written with a view to exploring ways to enjoy everything the wonderful region of Muskoka has to offer you.

There are so many great adventures to find throughout our region and so many great places to explore this time of year, so we hope you will get out there and enjoy your summer with us here!

As for the summer real estate market forecast: well, expect a mix of sun and clouds. (!) We are seeing some segments in the market that are exciting, and some not so exciting. But overall, we still expect a healthy balance of buyers and sellers to continue.

We work hard in each issue of Collections not just to bring you our regular Muskoka “eye candy” of properties and luxurious waterfront homes, but also a wealth of other quality content. I hope you will take a moment to flip through and read our

I thoroughly enjoy being able to connect with you, our readers. You are why we do this. We welcome you back to Muskoka... we’ve missed you!

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Let’s just talk about the elephant in the room for a moment... spring in beautiful Muskoka was challenging, to be sure, but once the summer sun warms our faces and the “diamonds” sparkle on the water we know that there’s nowhere else we want to be. Over the long term, investing in pristine freshwater lakes 2 hours north of Toronto will always be of great value!

I wish you a relaxing summer season of fun and adventure (and hopefully, lots of sun and warm temperatures too!)

This issue will educate you, inspire you and impress you! To compliment our beautiful array of listings you will find interesting insights on art, décor and leisure. Don’t miss the thought-provoking article about the best sun exposure when searching for your dream property – southwest may not always be best! (And you may save a few bucks by re-thinking that preference!) Enjoy this issue and have a wonderful summer making memories with your family and friends!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Chuck McNair Electric Brings Tech To The Cottage

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Oil Paintings by Adriana Molea

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The meticulously crafted, slightly surrealistic oil paintings of Adriana Molea at Toronto’s Gallery 133 show the influence of her training in traditional fresco techniques at Bucharest’s art academy.

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By David Lasker In any story about artist Andriana Molea, her husband, Bogdan, who is also an artist, inevitably plays a starring role. Each has claimed opposite corners of the living-dining room in their apartment in north Toronto as their studio. The visitor quickly deduces, after a quick look at what’s on their easels, that their styles are intertwined.


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ndeed, the couple are two peas in a pod. They speak not as two individuals, but as conjoined intellects. Throughout the interview, one of them starts, interrupts or finishes the other’s sentence snippets.

Both Romanian natives, they met while studying monumental art and conservation at the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest (Grigorescu was a founder of modern Romanian painting). In this context, “monument” means mural painting using fresco, mosaics and other ancient techniques.

That action was a factor in the subsequent revolt that saw the execution of Mr. and Mrs. Ceausescu. After the revolution, as is often the case, life didn’t improve as much as Adriana and Bogdan had expected. “Romania was a country without much light on the horizon. That is why, disappointed, we decided at our relatively advanced age to leave,” he says. In 1999, the couple emigrated to Toronto, where they had friends from the Old Country.

“We worked together as a team,” he says. “We work together all the time,” she adds with a laugh. Their work ranged from restoring the outdoor Byzantine frescoes on medieval painted monasteries (several of them are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites) to painting battle scenes inside the National Military Museum. Subsequently, Bogdan was a decorative painter at the People’s Palace, where 20,000 workers toiled 24/7 to erect the biggest building (by surface area) in the world after the Pentagon. “It was very lucrative. We had a good life,” he says. Professional artists had no choice but to accept such government-assigned gigs if they wanted to make a living. “The art market was practically nonexistent, except for a minor segment of ‘art products’ for tourists,” she says. Meanwhile, Romania’s Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, had demolished most of Bucharest’s historic district to make room for his monument to architectural kitsch and extravagant megalomania.

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To pull up stakes and move as unknown freelance artists to a distant country speaking an unfamiliar language took courage, but the couple persevered. “We just focused on our art. In the beginning we didn’t have a studio, so we painted in the apartment,” Bogdan says.

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Despite the living room’s west-facing windows – artists prefer north light for its steadiness throughout the day – “We ended up enjoying it, so we didn’t want a [separate] studio.” “It’s so comfortable here. You just wake up and start painting,” Adriana adds. Her recent work favours two subjects: ribbons and – this being a cat-free household – flowers, because “flowers are a primordial symbol,” she says. From the florist shop, she’ll select a single anemone, iris, orchid or magnolia to take home, because “they’re the most sculptural flowers.” Her sharp-focus hyperphotorealistic style; plain, monochromatic backgrounds; and stark, raking light with big contrasts of light and shadow give her blooms a masculinity they lack in life. ■ Iris, Oil SUMMER on Canvas, 2019 36” x 30” 21


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hile she admits to being influenced by the famous floral close-ups of Georgia O’Keeffe, she doesn’t represent vegetative physiognomy as women’s genitalia, which many critics claim to see in work by the pioneering Santa Fe modernist (though O’Keeffe herself denied that this was her intention). Instead, she admires O’Keeffe because “she has the same sculptural shapes. Her flowers almost look monumental. My mind thinks in terms of structures.” The key word is “almost.” Because we all know how big flowers are, “You can’t imagine flowers being monumental. Otherwise you’re totally out of scale,” Bogdan says.

Finally, her ribbon paintings also induce uncertainty, because the viewer can’t be sure whether the object is depicted in bird’s-eye or frontal view: Is the thing lying down or standing up? “Usually you’re looking from the front because she thinks of the objects as abstract sculptures,” Bogdan says. But, you can’t see what’s holding her objects up. They hang in space, suspended as if by levitation. “No, and this brings a little surrealism. The object is floating. It’s in an unusual situation. It’s not so clear what is there.” Still, Bogdan continues, “She doesn’t push it [the surrealism] too hard. She wants to hint at that. She wants to keep the objects looking as familiar as possible.

On the other hand, Adriana’s ribbon paintings do lack a sense of scale: Is the ribbon big or little? They oscillate between both extremes. This quality gives them the brooding, slightly sinister ambiguity of surrealism.

“She’ll work for a month on one painting,” Bogdan says.

At first glance, Flamenco and Presence, for instance, evoke nostalgic childhood memories of watching Mom curl wrapping-paper ribbon by dragging it along the edge of her scissors.

“We don’t paint alla prima [Italian for “at first attempt”] like the Impressionists,” he says of artists who turn out paintings in a single sitting.

The next moment, an image of something huge comes to mind, such as the Douglas fir-clad sculptural staircase rising from the second floor of Walker Court, through the glass ceiling and extending to the fifth floor, in architect Frank Gehry’s renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario. An instant later, I’m thinking small again: a Slinky, that precompressed helical spring toy that walks itself, end-over-end, down a flight of stairs. Speaking of metal, in her ribbon paintings, she prefers brightly polished, gleaming metal finishes, silver especially, to duller surfaces like platinum or titanium because, she says, “it’s more dramatic.” Another factor contributing to the sense of ambiguity and disorientation is her subtle manipulation of lighting. In Pearls, lifelike shadows project below each lustrous spherical mass. However, the brightly lit upper-right edge of the sheet of paper, on which the pearls repose, curls up so that it looks taller than the pearls. In life, this corner of the paper would cast a shadow on the pearls. But Adriana, playing light-source mind games, gives us bright white, rather than greyed-out, pearls. 22 SUMMER 2019 ■

“My technique is very slow,” Adriana says. “Each painting has many layers and I have to wait for each layer to dry. That’s why I work on a few paintings at a time.”

The concept of layers explains the numbered Post-it Notes marching up the side of their in-progress canvases. “The way we paint is very precise and careful,” he says. “We use traditional, proven techniques we learned from our experience as restorers.” “If you paint layers the wrong way, the surface will crack,” she says. “The rule is, fat over lean,” he says. “You should add more oil to the new layer.” Their paintings typically have four layers, plus a possible fifth layer for accents. For instance, during my visit, the canvas resting on her easel showed a few fragments of flowers on a light-purple background. The first layer was the purple wash; the flowers were on the second layer. Why bother with such a tedious system? Why not just paint directly on the primed canvas? “Some effects cannot be done from the first layer,” Bogdan says. While acrylics are water-soluble and less messy to work with than oils, the newer medium lacks the inner light and richness of the Old Master technique.


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“I only paint in oils,” Adriana says. “It’s more versatile and transparent than acrylic. I can make radiant-looking transitions from one colour to another that are impossible to do in acrylics. Oil is my friend,” she adds with a laugh. After finishing a layer, she will adjust the hues and intensity by painting on

the successive layers, as if working with adjustment layers in Photoshop. The process of creating a painting begins by choosing a model. For the ribbon paintings, it could be a length of actual ribbon, or linguini-like strips of thin paper. “She’ll arrange the shapes until she gets

Pearls, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 48”

the right dynamic. Her compositions are balanced; her patterns have rhythm. This, along with the strong colour component, appeals to designers.” Not to mention, all the other art lovers who adore her work. View online at www.gallery133.com SUMMER 2019 23 ■


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COTTAGE COMFORT Meets Uptown STYLE By Martha Uniacke Breen

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Urban Rustic Living’s Tary Roossien and her team create eclectic, personalized cottage interiors that are supremely comfortable, with just the right touch of chic.


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rban Rustic Living owner and design consultant Tary Roossien believes that designing living spaces for vacation homes is a very special journey. “Many clients have a sense of the feeling and look they are going for, but are not always able to articulate it,” she explains. “That’s where we come in: to assist with identifying a highly personalized space geared towards the strong connections between cottaging and family.” We visited recently with Tary in the vaulted principal space of Urban Rustic Living’s showroom on Huntsville’s main street, formerly the sanctuary of the historic former First Baptist Church. Across the street is The Lighthouse, the firm’s specialty lighting store, where you’ll find one-of-a-kind lighting pieces from a wide range of manufacturers and in a breadth of styles, from very traditional to very modern. Roossien sees her principal mission as a decorator is to inspire with design. “People usually know what they don’t like, but may not be certain how to get the look they do want. Our job is to work with you in a partnership, to help bring out your inner design preferences to create a design that truly reflects you.” With that in mind, she invites visitors to stroll around the 7,000 sq.ft. store and get inspired. Its beautifully

curated displays are set up as a series of vignettes, showcasing furniture, lighting, décor and accessories designed to assist with visualizing a complete design package, whether you’re refreshing a room, planning a renovation or embarking on a new build. To keep things fresh – especially for regular browsers – the vignettes are updated each season with a sprinkle of the newest on-trend looks and colours. But she insists that great design, especially for the cottage, isn’t really about what’s trendy: it’s about what makes each individual cottager and their family comfortable, often over generations. “A cottage isn’t just about the owner’s lifestyle; it’s about extended family and how that space can operate comfortably for everybody,” she says. “That may mean developing a style that both the grandparents love, but that is equally comfortable for family and kids, and maybe even the next generation, since often cottages are passed down.” While Roossien and her staff are trained to offer a wide range of styles, from spare and modern to cozy and nostalgic, she finds the most appealing looks for her clients lean towards a transitional, eclectic mix that’s easy to live with and easy to update. The most versatile cottage décor, both aesthetically and practically, features “a casual, up-country feel, with large, comfortable multifunctional pieces that you can move here and there.”

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“A cottage isn’t just about the owner’s lifestyle; it’s about extended family and how that space can operate comfortably for everybody" also offers professional lighting design specialists.) In addition, they regularly hire interior design students as interns, and have seen many of them go on to successful careers.

“Many clients have a sense of the feeling and look they are going for, but are not always able to articulate it”

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he predominant feature of many cottage layouts today, she explains, is the great room – a single large room combining living/ family/dining and kitchen areas. In these spaces, she’ll map out sub-areas following the principle of anchor and vignettes, to accommodate a variety of activities such as playing a board game here or reading a book there.

As Urban Rustic Living celebrates its 20th year, they’re about to embark on a new venture: a line of fully custom, Canadian-made upholstered furniture called Urban Rustic Design. “We did it because after 20 years, we wanted foundation pieces that are exactly in line with what we do: casual, comfortable, with good design. And every piece is designed to be tailored to the customer’s individual preference: sofas with a choice of two seats, three seats or a bench; custom widths and fabrics. It’s like an a la carte menu, where you can plan it out exactly for your needs.”

“The big foundation piece, a sofa or chaise, remains where it is. Because we’re dealing with a lot of windows and the water, you don’t want to encroach on the view. That’s why we love to use swivel chairs. You can turn and face the view, the fireplace, or talk to someone in the kitchen. And not everyone needs to sit in a deep chair.”

While Roossien, like most good designers, says classic design should never rely too heavily on what’s in fashion right now, we still wanted to know what she’s seeing for summer 2019. She obliged us with a few observations on what updates, especially in casual interiors, might be on trend for this season.

Roossien began her career as a colour consultant in the cosmetics packaging industry, which gave her a keen eye both for style and the psychology of design. Today, the family-based firm employs a staff of 10 that includes Tary, her husband, son and daughter – who is one of the four full-time professional interior decorators on staff. (The Lighthouse

“This year, you’ll see a lot of yellow. Turquoise and rosy coral for summer is pretty and fun. Blush is great for bedrooms. We’re moving away from greys in furniture to a warmer pewter or putty. Gold patina is a huge influence. We have coffee tables with brass corners, which adds a bit of warmth in a cooler scheme.”

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or pillows and poufs, she favours bold floral prints in semi-saturated, dusty earth tones (she points out that blue can sometimes be used as an earth tone, too). “We have a pillow showroom with the biggest and best pillow collection in Muskoka,” she adds – a time-honoured way to update a room without breaking the bank. Texture-wise, she opts for accessories with the Boho, craftsy look of the hand, such as ceramic jugs with concentric rings that reveal the jugs’ birth on the potter’s wheel; and pillows with textured wool and pompons. She also observes that many cottage interiors today are moving away from rooms crammed with tchotchkes and memorabilia collected for years, towards a more pared-down look. But, she hastens to add, cottages are often all about memories. If you want to display favourite pieces or accessories with a family history, then you should. “As stylists, we work with our clients to bring out their style; I never dictate. We’re not about glamour or putting our style on you. We’re about comfort, and making cottage living easier.”

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Typically, homeowners don’t think much about their roof until it starts leaking. While petroleum-based asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in North America, there are also cedar tiles, clay tiles, metal roofing, and various kinds of fake stone tiles. What they all have in common is a definite expire-by date: roughly 20 years for asphalt shingles. And they all share a tendency to deteriorate, visibly, with age. That is, unless you’re lucky enough to own a house with a natural stone slate roof. Slate is the Rolls-Royce, Patek Philippe, and bespoke tailored suit of roofing. People buy slate roofing for the same reasons they buy these other luxury brands: you’re buying quality that costs more upfront, but will last longer than six or seven conventional roofs. “If slate only lasted as long as the alternative materials, it might be a different matter,” says John Neil, Canadian sales rep for Toronto-based North Country Slate, Canada’s largest distributors of slate roofing. “But given its lifespan of more than 120-140 years, people regard a slate roof as providing a home with added value, a capital improvement that will repay your initial investment.”

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The value of a slate roof WHY BUY? goes up. An investment of $140,000 in a slate roof today might be worth $240,000 eight to ten years from now.

That’s because slate not only keeps its resale value; it actually appreciates in value. “As the value of asphalt, cedar and fake slate shingles depreciate over, say, 10 to 20 years, the value of a slate roof goes up. An investment of $140,000 in a slate roof today might be worth $240,000 eight to ten years from now.” And that’s in addition to all the other, more obvious reasons people choose slate roofs: it’s waterproof, fireproof, termite-proof, resistant to hail, snow and freezing rain, and still looks great when other roofing materials are visibly rotting away. The durability of slate, and its added value, are certainly the most practical reasons to buy a slate roof. “But I would have to say that the biggest appeal is aesthetic,” says John. “It’s slate’s natural good looks. You know it’s real slate when it’s done properly, and you’re close enough to the building. Natural stone is unique; it looks like nothing else. “

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On a tour through some of the upscale neighbourhoods in Oakville, Ontario, John can easily spot real slate from imitation or faux slate, made out of plastic and rubber; ordinary asphalt shingles in various states of decay; cedar tiles that are obviously waterlogged; and metal roofing, which has all the charm and curb appeal of well-aged aluminum siding. It’s surprising how severely damaged some of the roofs obviously appear, even from a car window as you drive by. And these are all multi-million-dollar homes. Slate is one of nature’s best building materials, a fact that’s been known for at least a thousand years. “While slate isn’t an uncommon stone,” says Chris Large, U.S.A. sales rep for North Country, “the high-quality slate that you need for roofing is relatively scarce.” In England, the best slate quarries are in Wales, whose local slate has been prized for hundreds of years. In North America, some of the best slate


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quarries have been found in Quebec and Vermont. “North Country sources its slate from a Quebec quarry near the New Brunswick border, and eight quarries in the Vermont-New York region,” says Chris. “Their inventory includes 12-14 variations of colours and more than 100 different sizes of various widths, lengths and thicknesses.” The color choices are very specific to slate. “Unfading Black” might be the slate equivalent of Henry Ford’s Model T “in any colour, as long as it’s black. “Black is the most popular. And from a geological standard, it’s the most common, dominant colour in the ground,” says Chris. “It’s probably at least 50 percent of the slate sold in the world.” But there’s also “Semi-Weathering Vermont Black,” “SemiWeathering Purple,” “Unfading Green,” “Unfading Mottled Purple and Green,” and more. The market for slate roofing has been very stable, says Chris. “If anything, the demand has been trending upwards, as people are getting fed up with the inferior alternative products. We’re seeing a lot of replacement roofing, as well as new builds. People can see the difference, love the

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SLATE ADDS TO THE AESTHETIC APPEAL, IT ENHANCES THE LOOK OF A BUILDING. natural stone look, and a lot of architects are starting to specify real slate roofing.” The size of the project doesn’t matter, says Chris. “We’ve done small pool houses and small row houses.” North Country has also supplied slate roofing for major commercial and public institutions, universities and government buildings. One of North Country’s most high-profile projects was Magna International’s headquarters in Aurora. On the U.S. east coast, they’ve done the roofing for U.S. Air Force and

Naval station barracks and officers’ quarters. If it lasts a hundred years in those climates, that’s clearly good value. Obviously, stone never rusts, and it never really dies. So it’s not surprising that there’s a growing recycling market for used slate. “There’s a huge demand for salvage slate,“ says Chris. As roofing slate ages in place with weathering and exposure to the elements, he explains, it acquires a patina, like fine old furniture. It adds to the aesthetic appeal, enhances the look

A slate roof is one WHY BUY? of those special luxury products that brings a little extra pleasure – the pride of owning something that is very out-of-the-ordinary. of a building, and gives the appearance that it’s been there for a hundred years. “We’ve had people take slate off a hundred-year-old home, rebuild the masonry and the carpentry, and put the slate back on.” Slate obviously isn’t for every homeowner. But for those who can afford it and know the difference, a slate roof is one of those special luxury products that brings a little extra pleasure – the pride of owning something that is very out-of-the-ordinary. As Chris says, “People who’ve just built their 10,000-square-foot home in the country, and they’ve gone golfing with their buddies that day and they’re coming back to see it, they’re not driving up their long, winding driveway and saying, ‘Hey, look at my new plastic roof.’ But they would say, ‘What do you think of my new slate roof?’ It says you’ve made it, and you’ve got something a lot of people never will have.” northcountryslate.com

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If you’re unfamiliar with the term “home automation,” you might conjure up a daunting, futuristic image – perhaps a pair of disembodied, Rube Goldberg-esque arms preparing and delivering up dinner on a conveyor belt, or the Jetsons’ robot maid, Rosie. But the reality is actually both more familiar, and more impressive. If you have an electronic home security system, or even just a programmable thermostat, you’re already using a form of home automation. And according to brothers Steve and Mitch McNair, principals of the Bracebridgearea firm Chuck McNair Electric, it’s particularly well suited to cottage life – not just new builds, but existing houses as well, regardless of age.

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You can program the system to power down part of the house – perhaps a guest wing, if it’s just the two of you up for the weekend. You can control alarm and security functions remotely from your home in the city. And you can maintain complete control and be immediately aware of emergencies, 24 hours a day. “Think about when you first arrive at the cottage from the city; you go around turning on lights, turning on the water, heating or AC, and it takes a while before it’s completely comfortable,” observes Steve. “With automation you can get it all powered up from the road just by pressing a button, and by the time you walk in it’s all set up.” That’s more precious time to relax and enjoy your weekend. If all this sounds complicated – and expensive – that’s another myth the McNair brothers want to explode. As Mitch explains, “Often when we first sit down with a client, the aim is to find out exactly what their objective is – whether they want it very automated, or just more efficient, and what their budget is. Usually once you understand what the benefits are, you can see better what will work with your ideas.”

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Each home has its own individual automation “personality,” says Steve, which the partners fine-tune with a combination of lighting design, CAD and custom programming, and set up to operate through a phone app that is unique to your house. Some of the tech relies on conventional wiring, but many of the functions actually operate wirelessly, which means it rarely requires extensive retrofitting or complex installation procedures. That makes it quite feasible even for older cottages; in many cases, you don’t even need to open the walls.

Mitch recalls a recent new-build project where the owner requested that they design the lighting so precisely that the light levels could be set for the old-timey ambience she remembered from her childhood. “When a house is being wired for home automation, it’s actually very easy to customize it for what you want to do,” he says. “With a new build, of course, it’s great the earlier we’re brought in, but even if we come in at the final stages, we can still install a full system. But even older cottages can be

retrofitted – it’s not even particularly difficult, compared to upgrading conventional wiring.” The two-person team of Steve and Mitch, aided by company founder and father Chuck McNair and a qualified team of about 15 installers and other support professionals, are uniquely suited to their specialty. As kids, both started working summers for the company, which the elder McNair founded in 1987 as a general electrical service. Each of the sons earned their electrical

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apprenticeships at George Brown College in Toronto, ultimaely earning their 309A electrical licenses (Steve later went on to earn his master’s license), and joined the family firm as licenced electricians after graduation. “Our dad did some home automation installs just when the technology first became available,” recalls Steve, adding with a laugh, “Kind of the equivalent of the first cellphone brick!” But just as the younger McNairs began working fulltime with their dad, the technology advanced to the point where it could be programmed into cellphones, and began to take off. When an architect hired them for a complete home automation job about seven years ago, the junior McNairs were intrigued and accepted the job immediately, figuring they’d learn the ropes later. But Mitch had developed an affinity for computer programming, and Steve had discovered a keen eye for design. Something chimed, and from that point on the company has focused on this unique and rapidly advancing specialty.

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Lighting is the most popular application of home automation, and a great place to start if you’re considering installing the technology. “One way to look at it is that you might hire a lighting designer to tailor the lighting to your needs and layout, so this take it to the next level and makes the actual operation of the lights easier and more efficient,” explains Mitch. You might want to gang a group of lights to activate with a single switch, or set levels to change automatically over the course of the day; you can set it up so that you can operate individual lights or shut them all off with a touch. You can program it to work with voice recognition or motion sensors; or if you like, set it up with the cottage’s GPS coordinates so that landscape lighting activates precisely when the sun goes down. And you can control all this either through the app or discreetly labelled wall switches. (There’s even a little extra nicety for detail lovers: you can choose any font you like for the lettering.)


But the system, of course, can automate much more than lighting, which is where its true innovation shines. Along with standard household functions such as HVAC and security, it can be programmed to monitor vital components such as ambient temperature – warning you, for example, if the temperature drops below a certain level, which might indicate a furnace failure or damage while you are away. You can disarm the security system remotely to let in a local contractor to do work on the cottage, or give them their own temporary entry code. And when you leave on Sunday night, it can put the whole house to sleep at a touch of a button. “The system is so customizable that we can program it to control all or just some of your home’s functions,” says Steve. “You can have an array that just labels your switches so you can see what’s on and off, add another layer for security or home comfort, or you can make every function separate or tie it all in together. That’s the beauty of it; it can be tailored exactly to your needs.”

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Does the sun rise and set around your dream cottage? And do you even want it to? Rethinking your wish list Picture this: you’ve settled down to dinner in your new cottage, ready to soak in the sublime lake views. As you slice into your perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, the setting sun blinds you – you reach for your Ray-Bans and drop the window blinds, completely covering up those amazing views. Wait, isn’t that what you paid all that money for?

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You may imagine your dream retreat optimally positioned for the rising and setting sun, but a southwest-facing cottage can have a dark side. Full-on sun can spoil dinner as well as speed up wear and tear to the cottage itself – if, in fact, you do end up with extended sun. Nevertheless, it’s a point that many purchasers get easily hung up on, and it boggles Todd Adair’s mind. The president of Cayman Marshall International Realty, who grew up in Muskoka, says it’s an absolute fallacy that the best cottages face southwest. “People have this preconceived notion that they need to have southwest exposure, but yet they don’t really know why,” says Adair. “It really narrows down your purchasing options – you can totally miss out on the perfect cottage.” Time and again, he meets first-time cottage buyers whose friends tell them they have to look for that sought-after southwest exposure. “Our team always asks, ‘Why do you have to be facing southwest?’” They typically respond that they want more sunshine-y hours during the day, and spectacular sunsets at night. While the docks at southwest-facing cottages generally do net the most sun, Adair says, once you factor in trees, hilly or rocky areas and elevation, those flashy rays may be eclipsed. Another caution: sun damage isn’t limited to human bodies – it affects buildings, too. Sun-splashed cottages are more costly to maintain, as the siding, shingles, seals and seams on all the doors and windows age twice as fast when pounded with all-day sun, says Adair.

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The boathouse and dock get a savage beating too from waves, wind, changing water levels and ice chunks. “I prefer a calm, sunny day with no wind on a property facing northeast any day,” Adair says. But isn’t it all worth it for those gorgeously fiery #sunsetpic posts on Instagram? “The likelihood of getting one if you’re facing southwest is pretty slim,” says Adair. “People are shocked to find out that summer sunsets are actually in the northern hemisphere, not the southern hemisphere. They almost don’t believe us.”

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But it’s easy to verify: the summer solstice is on June 21st – the longest day of the year – when the sun sets due northwest. In reverse, the shortest day of the year is December 21st, when the sun sets in the southwest.That means the sunrise/sunset game at northeast-facing properties is pretty strong. Adair loves touring clients through such properties to prove it.

Need that #sunset pic for the ’gram? “The likelihood of getting one if you’re facing southwest is pretty slim. People are shocked to find out that summer sunsets are actually in the northern hemisphere, not the southern hemisphere.” #CaymanMarshallTip Moral of the story? Expand your mind (and horizons). Check out places and exposures you typically wouldn’t. You might surprise yourself and get a deal in the process. Even if you’re not a seasoned buyer, think like one. “Don’t get hung up on the specs of a property,” says Adair. “Get out there and experience how each property behaves and feels.” You might even end up enjoying that beef tenderloin, minus the Ray-Bans and window blinds. Oh, and don’t forget that perfect glass of your favourite red. Now that’s an Instagram- worthy pic! #nailedit.

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The electric trolling motor enables them to zero in on the fish silently and slowly, cruising Lake Rosseau at a scant two miles per hour. The 225-horsepower Yamaha SHO (superhigh output) outboard motor hanging off the back of the boat chugs at low speed; the power that whisked them quickly from the hotel isn’t needed in these quiet waters. Gardy offers half- or full-day tours on Lakes Couchiching, Joseph, Muskoka, Rosseau, Simcoe, Sparrow, Vernon, Lake of Bays, Fairy Lake, Peninsula Lake, Georgian Bay, and, as his website states, all surrounding area lakes. “The guests will call and I’ll pick them up right at the dock. It’s a luxury for them; they don’t have to meet at a boat ramp somewhere. We supply all the tackle, rods and reels, so when clients step on the boat, all they’re bringing is sunscreen and a sweater.”

A BIG FISH in Muskoka’s BIG PONDS Brian Gardy, the Tiger Woods of pro sport fishing in the Muskoka region’s picturesque lakes, is the go-to guy for fishing charters. harter fishing guide Brian Gardy stands at the bow of his 20-foot Triton TR20X bass boat with one foot in the pedal tray, operating the front-mounted trolling motor while his hands are busy casting with his sevenfoot-long fishing rod. The two clients who have hired him for the trip carefully emulate his movements.

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Born and raised in Orillia, Gardy started fishing as a three-year-old at his grandmother’s cottage on Skeleton Lake. “I’d get up in the morning and sit on the dock until noon. I would never catch a thing because the water was only three feet deep, but I didn’t know that. I enjoyed it anyway.” Depending on location and time during the season, guests will fish for small- and largemouth bass or lake trout instead of Northern pike. Are any of them as tasty as pickerel? It’s a moot question, because Gardy’s fishing tours, like his tournaments, are catch-andrelease. If left in the fish’s mouth, the hook doesn’t do long-term damage; it will rust away in a few weeks. “If guests want to keep a few of their fish, I’ll allow that, but I’m not out there to fill everybody’s limit. I like to see the fish live for the guests’ children to catch when they grow up.” If a guest catches a particularly impressive fish and wants to pose for a selfie with it when they return to shore, the fish can swim around at the back of the boat’s live well, where oxygenated lake water constantly circulates. He even provides for those craving a trophy for their basement rec room. Gardy has them send a picture of their live catch to a taxidermist, who will make a fibreglass replica.


I’LL TAKE YOU OUT TO WHERE I KNOW THERE ARE FISH. His clientele range from newbies to veteran anglers, who often find it worthwhile to hire a guide to avoid wasting precious time on the water. “I’ll take you out to where I know there are fish,” Gardy said. “You won’t drive around the lake looking at random.” It’s not just fish who are the attraction; for celeb hunters, Gardy points out the cottages and helipads of movie stars, hockey players and other notable residents along the route. And in leaf-peeper season, fall foliage is a big draw. (Gardy guides until the lakes ice up in late November).

Gardy is also a competitive angler, with an impressive record: During the 2018 season, he won first prize among the 88 teams in Gravenhurst’s Lake Muskoka Pike Open. Two weeks later, he came in first among the 63 teams in the Huntsville Pike Challenge, and in late August he was third among 218 entrants in the Competitive Sport Fishing League’s Bassmania Series Fall Classic Western Tour. Our interview took place at Kelseys Original Roadhouse in Orillia, one of his competition sponsors, whose logo decals, in saturated, eye-popping colours, stand out against the

backdrop of his jacket, baseball cap and black vinyl-wrapped boat hull. Competitive fishing burns through cash for contest entry fees, gasoline and hotels, he explains. “Kelsey’s Restaurant and Montana’s Cookhouse have sponsored me for the past five years, and Creecher Design has been wrapping my boat. Without their help, I wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing.” His other sponsors include barbecues (Napoleon), sunglasses (Maui Jim), fishing rods (Daiwa), and tackle (Duo Realis and Sunline America Vok).

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I LIKE TO SEE THE FISH LIVE FOR THE GUESTS’ CHILDREN TO CATCH WHEN THEY GROW UP.

’ve done tournament fishing for 20 years. You travel from lake to lake. The winner is whoever comes in with the biggest five fish for their weight.” That’s where the boat’s 76-mph top speed, thanks to that powerful motor, comes in. “In fishing tournaments, you start at 7 or 8 a.m. and you’re done by 3 p.m. You have to manage your time all day long to be on time for the weigh-in. You’re penalized half a pound for every minute you’re late. So, when you’re running from spot to spot, you want to run as fast as you can.”

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Away from guiding, which he’s done for 10 years, and the pro competitions, he owns a logistics company, brokering freight throughout North America for Florida-based transportation-services firm Landstar Ranger. Today, he’s passing on the passion for the sport to the next generation. He’s teaching his boys, aged three and eight, to fish. “They’re right into it,” he says, grinning with fatherly pride, as he manoeuvres the boat’s prow delicately around a family of loons, barely disturbing them.

“The guests will call and I’ll pick them up right at the dock. It’s a luxury for them; they don’t have to meet at a boat ramp somewhere."


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405 FT., 9.52 ACRES, NORTH EAST EXPOSURE, 7 BEDROOMS, 3+1 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

$4,995,000

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BEAUTIFUL BUILDING LOT – 520 FT., 59 ACRES, SOUTH EXPOSURE – LAKE JOSEPH

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$6,850,000


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READY SPRING 2019! BEAUTIFUL BOATHOUSE SUNSETS – 318 FT., 3.40 ACRES, 5 BEDROOMS, 8 BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU

$14,499,000

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huck

chuck

L E C T R I C L T D

E L E C T R I C L T D

muskoka’s electricians

Having been a cottager in Muskoka before settling down and raising my family here, I understand and appreciate the concerns of Muskoka’s cottagers.

Our fleet of vehicles lets us service your needs on land or by the lake, and we are committed to continued professional growth and training throughout all aspects of our trade.

My two sons, Stephen and Mitchell, bring a true family-feeling to our company and keep us on the leading edge of the latest technology. For over 30 years, we have prided ourselves in offering prompt, reliable, quality service with a quick turnaround – that is, old-fashioned service with attention to details.

If you have a project in your future, give us a call. We would welcome the opportunity to be of service. Sincerely,

Chuck McNair

cottage • residential • commercial • home automation • AUdio Video • generators W W W . C H U C K M C N A I R E L E C T R I C . C O M 2094 MUSKOKA DISTRICT ROAD 118 WEST, BRACEBRIDGE, ON P1L 1W8 • PHONE: (705) 645-4874


BUILDING LOT – 544 FT., 4.70 ACRES – LAKE JOSEPH

$2,995,000

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353.25 FT., 3.7 ACRES, WEST EXPOSURE, 4 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – LAKE KENNISIS ALSO AVAILABLE 222 ACRES OF FOREST WITH TRAILS, CABIN AND PRIVATE LAKE

$2,999,999 PACKAGE PRICE $3,599,999

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205 FT., 4.47 ACRES, NORTH WEST EXPOSURE, 4 BEDROOMS, 4 BATHS – FAIRY LAKE

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$3,200,000


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353.25 FT., 4.59 ACRES, NORTH EXPOSURE, 5 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU

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$3,295,000


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200 FT., 2.18 ACRES, SOUTH EAST EXPOSURE, 4 BEDROOMS, 3+1 BATHS – LAKE OF BAYS

$3,695,000

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425 FT., 2 ACRES, SOUTH EAST EXPOSURE, 8 BEDROOMS, 6 BATHS – LAKE OF BAYS

$3,987,000

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241 FT., 2.37 ACRES, NORTH WEST EXPOSURE, 4 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – MUSKOKA

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$3,995,000


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NEW CONSTRUCTION – 275 FT., 9 ACRES, SOUTH EAST EXPOSURE, 5 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

$4,990,000

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BUILDING LOT – 1,059 FT., 10.58 ACRES – LAKE JOSEPH

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$4,995,000


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SOUTH WEST EXPOSURE, 6 BEDS, 7 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

$5,495,000

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353 FT., 2.37 ACRES, SOUTH EXPOSURE, 6 BEDROOMS, 5 BATHS – LAKE MUSKOKA

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$6,499,999


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BRAND NEW! ALL DAY SUN, 7 BEDROOMS, 7 BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU

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$6,990,000


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635 FT., 10 ACRES, NORTH EAST EXPOSURE, 7 BEDROOMS, 8 BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU

$7,395,000

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BRAND NEW! SOUTH WEST EXPOSURE, 6 BEDROOMS, 6 BATHS – LAKE JOSEPH

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$7,985,000


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550 FT., 40 ACRES, SOUTH EXPOSURE, 14+ BEDROOMS, 10+ BATHS – LAKE ROSSEAU

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$14,950,000


FIVE WAYS

TO PREPARE FOR A STOCK MARKET CORRECTION As Warren Buffet once said, “During the 20th century, the Dow Jones Industrial Average – an index fund of sorts – soared from 66 to 11,497, with its component companies all the while paying ever-increasing dividends.” Given that statistic, to be anything other than a long-term investor flies in the face of historical fact. And it certainly does make sense to go with the flow. At The Waterfront Group of CIBC Wood Gundy, we aren’t advocates of market timing, as it’s nearly impossible to do well consistently. For instance, investors who cashed in at the bottom of the Great Recession in 2009, or who sold out in late December 2018, may have felt the adverse effects of their decisions.

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As we’re arguably still in the cradle of the longest bull market in history, the predictable question is, how much longer can this run last? Simply put, nobody knows. Yet the possibility of a recession is on most investors’ minds; and our clients, friends and family continue to ask us what they should do if they feel a correction coming. My first response is to invest for the long term. That said, it’s difficult to fight human nature and those who are determined to take action.

HERE ARE SOME STRATEGIES that can be effective, when executed well, to help you prepare for a stock market correction. 1. INCREASE YOUR CASH RESERVE Depending on your risk level, increase your cash allocation from 5% to 15%. This could help lessen the impact of a correction and provide funds to purchase assets at a lower valuation.

4. LOOK TO MARKETS OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA These markets are often not at the same point of the business cycle and can offer unique opportunities. Canadians typically have what is called a “home bias.” Note that Canada is only about 2% of the world stock market by value; the U.S. is near 43%. This means that 55% of investment opportunities remain outside these two markets.

2. REBALANCE YOUR PORTFOLI0 Reduce equity holdings that have performed well, and increase equity holdings that have underperformed in comparison. Consider selling high and buying low. This is similar to increasing cash holdings, but you remain fully invested throughout.

5. PREPARE YOURSELF MENTALLY TO BE A BUYER History has shown that the market’s mood could turn ugly again. As Warren Buffet has said, “Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”

3. CONSIDER INVESTING IN “ALTERNATIVES” This asset class includes real estate, private equity, private debt and hedge funds. Alternatives have traditionally had a low correlation to the stock market, and may cushion the impact of a stock market downturn through diversification.

Dan Wynnyk is an Investment Advisor, founder and Vice-President of The Waterfront Group, which is a part of CIBC Wood Gundy. His team manages money for high-net-worth families across Canada and is located in South West Ontario. The views of Dan Wynnyk do not necessarily reflect those of CIBC World Markets Inc. If you are currently a CIBC Wood Gundy client, please contact your Investment Advisor.

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CAYMAN MARSHALL ADVANTAGE “Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do that your talent cannot be dismissed.” – Oprah Winfrey When we opened the doors of Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc. as a small boutique brokerage firm to serve the Muskoka real estate market in 2012, we did so with the intention of redefining the level of service that clients could expect from our real estate professionals. Since then, we have grown into an impressive team of top-producing realtors and brokers committed to ensuring our clients receive the highest level of service when buying or selling property in one of Canada’s most sought-after luxury destinations. We at Cayman Marshall have been entrusted with the most prestigious waterfront properties in Muskoka. As leaders in luxury and waterfront real estate, we have had record sales on many of Muskoka’s finest lakes with sales now surpassing the billion dollar mark we’ve secured our position as a leader in luxury real estate. We have offices in Port Carling, Huntsville/ Lake Of Bays and Toronto. Our in-house IT professionals have developed proprietary online tools and software, interactive and intuitive websites, lifestyle tours, stunning photography and an astonishing network of over 400 local and international referral partners to ensure our clients’ listings get the exposure they need to attract the most discerning local and international buyers. We now print four issues per year, with an annual distribution of 150,000. Each magazine is delivered to the front door of homes and cottages of high-net-worth clientele throughout Ontario. We are proud to mention that the Cayman Marshall Port Carling brokerage was just voted (by a large panel of international judges) to be the “Best Real Estate Agency in Canada”, two years in a row – a title that we cherish!

The Cayman Marshall team celebrating 2018 sales in Montego Bay Jamaica.

Cayman Marshall was also named one of “Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies” by Canadian Business Magazine in the fall of 2018 and we expect to keep our title as the disrupter in luxury real estate. Founded on the principles of teamwork, service and value, Cayman Marshall is the best advantage for buyers and sellers alike in Ontario. If you’re looking for a real estate solution that’s undeniably different, please reach out to myself or one of my team mates and start experiencing the advantage!

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MEET THE TEAM...

TODD ADAIR*

RAY DICKSON**

MIKE ARNOLD*

DAVID BEMMANN**

President/Sales Representative

Broker of Record

Sales Representative

Broker

Todd became the President of Cayman Marshall International Realty in 2012. He then became the majority shareholder and recently purchased the entire company. In Todd’s downtime, you will find him buying, building or renovating his own real estate projects, on the water wakeboarding and kite surfing, or hacking up the fairways of a local golf course. However, Todd’s most important job is being a husband and father to his family of four.

Ray has been loving Muskoka for the past 40 years and is happy to call it home with his wife Johanna and their two boys. His passion for Muskoka is equally shared with real estate since first licensed in 2007.

With 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing, joining the Cayman Marshall team was a great fit for Michael. His “customer first” dedication to his clients has always resulted in successful long-term relationships. With a passion for boating and water sports, Michael looks forward to enjoying all that the Muskoka Lakes has to offer.

With over 13 years of experience, Dave has become a top selling agent of luxury waterfront property in Muskoka. Dave lives on Lake Rosseau and spends much of his time on the water. His commitment to customer service, professionalism and honesty provides his clients with an enjoyable and successful real estate experience.

JESSICA KAYE*

JEFF LIDDLE*

Sales Representative

Sales Representative

Jess prides herself on being born and raised in Muskoka, spending summers on the lakes and winters on the snowmobile trails. Jess’ understanding for Muskoka is what helps her succeed in making the real estate transaction successful and enjoyable for all her clients.

Jeff entered into real estate in 2008 facing a down market and a recession. Overcoming the odds, Jeff has now become a “top producer” in his industry. Working and living in Muskoka comes with a deep appreciation; it is this appreciation that Jeff portrays to his clients every day.

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KRISTIN McCREA

Office Manager/Personal Assistant to Todd Adair

Kristin and her family enjoy calling Muskoka home. In 2015 Kristin began her career with Cayman Marshall and has been lucky to work alongside some of the most talented agents in the business. During her spare time you can find Kristin and her family experiencing all the outdoor activities that Muskoka has to offer.

LAURA MORRISON*

Sales Representative/Editor

Laura is originally from Oakville but moved to Muskoka to become a Realtor. Laura currently ranks as one of the top-producing agents in Muskoka with $50 Million in sales in 2016 specializing in luxury waterfront. Laura continually puts her clients’ needs before her own and values trust and integrity as her cornerstone.

Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage caymanmarshall.com ■ Sales Representative* Broker & Broker of Record**


CAT BROWN*

MELISSA DUBE

STEVE HADDOCK*

AMANDA HOOKINGS*

Sales Representative

Office Administration

Sales Representative

Licensed Assistant

Growing up in Waterloo, Cat was fortunate enough to spend all of her summers at her family cottage on Lake of Bays. Cayman Marshall sought after Cat for her enthusiastic, positive attitude and Cat is now thrilled to be building a career in Sales with the Cayman Marshall Team.

Melissa recently moved back to Muskoka after living 10 years in Quebec. With over 10 years of administration and customer relations background, she is now the newest member of our team as an office administrator. Melissa is devoted to our customers and team members, which makes her a great asset to us!

Steve is a strong relationship builder, honest and dedicated to Customer Service. This combined with his intimate knowledge of Muskoka lakes and area has made him a consistent top producer. Steve is an avid cyclist and golfer and maintains residences in Toronto and Muskoka and ties to both communities. His mantra and favourite quote is to “get up, dress up, show up, and never give up”.

Growing up in Toronto, Amanda spent summers going to camp in Muskoka and always enjoyed the atmosphere and beauty the area had to offer. With over six years of experience in customer relations, Amanda is an ideal fit for the Cayman Marshall team.

JEN PURKIS*

Sales Representative

Jen brings a lifetime of Muskoka experience. Even prior to becoming licensed, she was already involved in the cottage market, acquiring land and building luxury cottages from the ground up on the big lakes. This invaluable knowledge means Jen understands many facets of cottage ownership. Combined with her dedication to excellent customer service, Jen helps her clients buy and sell with great attention to detail and the utmost satisfaction.

CHARLIE VANDERPOL

Office Administration

Growing up in Barrie, Charlie made the move 3 years ago to Muskoka where she spent time growing up on the lake and always wanting to pursue her career. With over five years of experience in customer service and relations, Charlie is determined and focused on customers and team members of Cayman Marshall making her a great addition to our team.

Cayman Marshall International Realty Inc., Brokerage caymanmarshall.com ■ Sales Representative* Broker & Broker of Record**

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Cayman Marshall International Luxury & Lifestyle - Summer 2019  

Our Summer 2019 issue is packed with ideas for making cottage life better. In our cover story, Steve and Mitch McNair of Chuck McNair Electr...

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Our Summer 2019 issue is packed with ideas for making cottage life better. In our cover story, Steve and Mitch McNair of Chuck McNair Electr...

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