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EDITOR'S LETTER

Millionaires are coming Due to the consistently strong economy in China over the past 15 years, a new middle class has emerged that is estimated to be well over 300 million people, larger than the entire population of the United States. There is also over 1 million millionaires currently in China, and according to a recent wealth report by the Huran Group and GroupM Knowledge more than 85% of these new millionaires plan to send their children to school overseas, with Canada, the UK and the US listed as the most desirable locations.

Moving overseas for school allows these Chinese to discover the quality of life afforded in western cities and towns. We are currently meeting many new Chinese families who have their children enrolled in local schools and Universities here in the GTA. First they fall in love with our communities, and then they decide to purchase a second home here. They are simply discovering what we already know, that Canada is the best country in the world, and Oakville, with it's quaint feel and charming nature, is impossible to resist. On May 31st The Invidiata Team will be travelling to Beijing, China to attend their annual Luxury Property Showcase. This event is the most exclusive property exhibition dedicated to luxury and high-quality homes in China and throughout the world. Together with Immigration specialist Porta and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, we are honoured to have been invited to showcase local luxury properties, immigration services and luxury hotels at this prestigious event. The event will host over 5,000 attendees including High Net Worth Individuals, CEOs and entrepreneurs, wealthy Chinese who have emigrated abroad, corporate investors seeking overseas opportunities, CEOs and key players in the Chinese luxury real estate industry. We are very excited to have the opportunity to represent Canada, our local community and local Real Estate to the newly wealthy Chinese.

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10 Burnet Street $1,099,000 Oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

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100th

One hundred

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It’s a tale that began in 1913, and after one hundred years has become a story about one Canadian company’s outstanding achievements and dedication to quality and service excellence. The stars of this tale include proud immigrants who started the company, a legion of loyal staffers, and a family who are proud to carry on the legacy of their grandfather. Celebrating their 100th Anniversary, Sheridan Nurseries has built a rich heritage and achieved tremendous success, but it wasn’t always easy, admits company president, Karl Stensson. “Sheridan Nurseries was founded on the vision of two British landscape architects, Howard and Lorrie Dunington-Grubb, who, with the help of Swedish-born nurseryman, Herman Stensson (my grandfather), established the first nursery 26

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in 1913. It was tough in those early years, but the business flourished, surviving the Great Depression, two World Wars and numerous other challenges along the way. These early struggles are what have made us strong and have kept us finding new and innovative ways to grow and cultivate plants, conserve water, and expand beyond our plant offerings to sell quality garden and landscape products.” Today, Sheridan Nurseries has over 900 acres of farmland where only the best and heartiest ornamental plants and perennials are grown. Known for their innovation, Sheridan is credited with introducing the Green Velvet™ Boxwood, Green Gem™ Boxwood, Ivory Silk Japanese™ Tree Lilac and DeGroot’s Spire Cedar.


Being in the forefront has brought multiple industry awards for this Canadian company, most recently the prestigious International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH)’s International Grower of the Year award, the Chrysler Garden Centre of the Year Award and, for the second year in a row, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Grower of the Year Award. Awards and knowledgeable, loyal staff aside, what really sets Sheridan Nurseries apart from the rest is their steadfast commitment to growing and stocking the latest in plant material and garden supplies and providing top notch service to their customers – or “guests” as Karl calls them. “We spend a great deal of time travelling the world to learn best practices in our industry. Whether we are attending an international trade show discovering new product lines or visiting other growers and garden centres to learn and adapt the best practices of Europe, Canada, the United States, Asia, Australia or Africa, we are always looking for ways to improve our products and the service experience for our guests.”

They ship millions of plants annually to markets and garden centres across North America and have nine garden centres across the GTA, including Oakville. But for Karl, Sheridan’s exceptional products and services and the leadership and innovation they’ve shown in the industry has only been made possible by the people who have helped them along the way. “The professionalism and commitment of our staff has always kept Sheridan Nurseries in the forefront. From the beginning, we’ve relied on the expertise of professionals who’ve joined us from around the world and who’ve shared their knowledge from various cultures – Swedish, Scandinavian, Japanese, Jamaican, Mexican and others. We are proud of our rich history of cultural diversity and of the long list of dedicated long term employees who have helped grow the business, including 33 people who have been with us longer than 25 years.”

“For myself, Karl and our buyers, it’s about quality, diversity, service and warranty,” adds Valerie Stensson, the company’s Vice President, Marketing and Purchasing. “We spend a great deal of time finding unique items for your garden and home, and we test the quality to ensure that no matter where the items are from, here or overseas, they meet our standards. We were the first in the industry to offer a full two-year warranty on our hardy plants and we continue to offer this today. We also choose suppliers who stand behind their products.” 27


Purchasing Weall & Cullen may have made Sheridan Nurseries the largest ornamental horticultural nursery and garden centre in Canada and while size does matter, it’s the company’s knowledge, expertise and willingness to share that have them well respected in the industry. “We have been involved in association work throughout our 100 years,” Karl says. “Various members of our staff helped found associations such as the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association and the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association. We strongly believe that growing and supporting our industry and sharing what we’ve learned, benefits our staff greatly and keeps our industry relevant.” Another key to their success is the company’s ability to meet the ever-changing gardening needs of homeowners in Canada and across the globe. They’ve seen things change from the 1900’s to today, with the private garden becoming much more accessible than a century ago. “The private garden has changed in many ways,” explains Karl. “Gardens were either large and belonged to the rich or they were small and used for growing vegetables and flowers. Gardens now have water features, stonework, and custom designed planted containers to match the outdoor patio or deck. And the new “outdoor room” is bringing the inside “out” with large kitchens, deep seating furniture and fireplaces.” The Stenssons also point to water conservation, low maintenance plants, and container gardening as big trends in gardening. “However, the number one trend that never goes away in our business is colour – whether it is the flower bloom, the foliage, the mulch or the planters, our guests love adding vibrant colours to their gardens.” As urban cities grow, so, too, do the needs of today’s gardeners. Even those in condos want to grow a pretty garden on their balconies. Yet whatever the need or desire, Sheridan Nurseries believes wholeheartedly in customization and personalization to meet the needs of every guest – house owner and condo owner alike. We also provide an in-home consultant or “personal shopper” to provide expert advice on your outdoor room, patio furniture and outdoor accessories,” says Valerie.

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“Our well trained staff and team of designers are ready to provide the right solution to any gardening need. “personal shopper” to provide expert advice on your outdoor room, patio furniture and outdoor accessories,” says Valerie.

“And we were the first in the industry to offer custom design inserts for outdoor container gardening and we continue to be leaders in this category,” adds Karl. From pioneers to visionaries, innovators to leaders, Sheridan Nurseries are just as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago. “Sheridan has remained viable and a leader in the industry by always trying to be on the leading edge of gardening trends. It is not all about having the largest number of plant varieties but instead it is about ensuring that our guests have a unique and rewarding gardening experience. We will continue to do more of the same by keeping our hand in product research and travelling the world looking for fresh ideas to keep us in touch and relevant.” One hundred years and counting, the story of Sheridan Nurseries continues to unfold. “Sheridan has remained viable and a leader in the industry by always trying to be on the leading edge of gardening trends. It is not all about having the largest number of plant varieties but instead it is about ensuring that our guests have a unique and rewarding gardening experience. We will continue to do more of the same by keeping our hand in product research and travelling the world looking for fresh ideas to keep us in touch and relevant.”

“And we were the first in the industry to offer custom design inserts for outdoor container gardening and we continue to be leaders in this category,” adds Karl.

One hundred years and counting, the story of Sheridan Nurseries continues to unfold.

From pioneers to visionaries, innovators to leaders, Sheridan Nurseries are just as relevant today as they were one hundred years ago.

To find a Sheridan Nurseries garden centre near you and to learn more about the company’s amazing 100-year history, visit www.sheridannurseries.com


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Overview

The start of 2013 saw a wealth of information reported regarding mortgage tightening rules in the Canadian housing market. This season, I explore how the new mortgage guidelines shaped the first quarter and reveal what is expected for the housing market into the fall. As we navigate through the first quarter’s housing market, we’ll realize that real estate investing remains one of the strongest methods to creating wealth. We’ve seen perhaps the best evidence of this in most recent years, when house prices increased by 109 per cent from 2000 to 2011, as reported by the Teranet National Bank composite index. Increasing home prices raise net worth and allow for additional investing in real estate. Lastly, I announce a new endeavor - a trip across the world to Beijing, China. The Invidiata Team will be taking on a challenge that will allow increased opportunities for the sale of your home, as Chinese interest builds in Canadian real estate.

First quarter report: Momentum builds Tighter mortgage lending rules and guidelines implemented in July 2012 are now sending the Canadian real estate market towards a balanced territory. The first quarter of 2013 had us seeing how a balanced housing market looks in Canada. According to The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Canada’s real estate sales slowed on a monthover-month basis in February, following increased sales in January. The association reported that home sales increased in slightly under half of local markets from January to February. The number of newly listed homes increased 3.2 per cent month-over-month in March. New listings were up in two thirds of all local markets, led by Toronto, Montreal, London, St. Thomas and Calgary, as reported by Advisor.ca. What we saw in the first quarter served as a reminder that often most desirable locations withstand pressures such as mortgage tightening rules. We certainly saw evidence of that in smaller and stronger luxury markets such as, Oakville.

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Chart one showcases, how the average price of Oakville homes increased in the first quarter. According to the Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board, January had an average home price of $671,006. In February, this increased to $697,884 and in March we saw Oakville’s average home price increase to $737,755. As a sought-after suburban market Oakville’s home prices continued to remain strong and in a pattern of growth. Further, despite the tighter mortgage rules and guidelines, residential real estate can be a good investment. According to CREA interest rates are expected to remain low, which is expected to fuel continued economic growth. This can improve housing sales later this year and opportunities for investing in real estate.

High home starts impacting economy During the first quarter, the U.S. saw the highest housing starts since 2008, breaking the one-million mark. Condominium construction provided the strongest results. It increased to nearly 31 per cent which was to an annual rate of 417,000 – the fastest pace since January 2006, according to Advisor.ca. Further, according to the website, job growth, low mortgage rates and rising home values had encouraged people to purchase real estate. This can stimulate further consumer spending and is now expected to further contribute to economic growth. Also, the demand and lower supply of new homes saw builders increase construction. New home starts this past March were nearly 46 per cent higher than in March 2012. Available land is now a concern however the builder’s outlook for sales over the next six months has increased to the highest level since 2006, as reported on Advisor.ca. This suggests that certain challenges may be overcome for the U.S. real estate sector. 760000 740000 720000 First Quarter Average Price Increases 12%

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China: World’s fastest growing economy fuels opportunity The first quarter saw China’s home sales soaring as citizens

purchased properties quickly in anticipation of possible nproperty policy pressures to take place. Bloomberg reported homes sales increased by 69 per cent in the first quarter. In addition, the value of homes sold rose to 1.2 trillion yuan.

China’s impact on the rest of the world was expected to fuel opportunities for investment. Jim Allworth, an investment strategist for RBC Wealth Management, in an Oakville Advisory presentation asserted that China is the driver of global commodities. The country is the single largest global purchaser and changes in its commodity markets such as mining and energy affect the rest of the world. Also, as the world’s fastest growing economy, China created opportunities for Canadian investment. The Invidiata Team is now in discussions regarding opening a real estate office in Beijing.

Exploring new opportunities Chinese immigrants have increasingly made Canada their new home. According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada issued a record number of visas for Chinese nationals. Also, Canada issued 235,000 visitor visas to Chinese applicants in 2012, an increase of 158 per cent as compared to 2004. The strong pace of Chinese immigration is expected to continue as Canada’s immigration guidelines include a focus on attracting top talent to ensure a strong economy. What this means for The Invidiata Team is that we’ll be exploring new opportunities. We’ll be attending the Luxury Property Show in China this spring. With a surge of Chinese citizens planning to move to Canada, our team will match Canadian properties with Chinese buyers.

Associated Press (2013, April 16). U.S. sees highest housing starts since 2008. Advisor.ca. Retrieved from http://www.advisor.ca/news/economic/us-sees-highest-housing-starts-since-2008-113801 Staff (2013, April 15). China Home Sales Have Biggest Third Quarter Gain in 3 Years. Bloomberg.com. Retrieved from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-15/china-home-sales-have-biggest-first-quarter-increase-in-3-years.html Staff (2013, April 15). Home sales stable but underperforming.Advisor.ca. Retrieved from http://www.advisor.ca/news/industry-news/home-salesstable-but-underperforming-2012-113685 Staff (2013, April 16). 2013 Market. The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board. Retrieved from http://omdreb.on.ca/market_watch/recap/2013.php Staff (2013, March 15). CREA Updates Resale Housing Forecast. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Retrieved from http://creanews.ca/2013/03/15/crea-updates-resale-housing-forecast-7/ Staff (2013, March 4). News Release – Canada Welcomes Record Number of Immigrants , Visitors and Students from China in 2012. Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Retrieved from http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2013/2013-03-04c.asp Staff (2013, April 16). Teranet – National Bank National Composite House Price Index. Retrieved from http://www.housepriceindex.ca/

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Exercise in the Name of Social Justice:

JQ Fitness & [free-them]

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According to the Canadian Department of Justice, human trafficking involves “the recruitment, transportation, and/ or harbouring of persons…typically for sexual exploitation or forced labour.” In simple terms, however, human trafficking is a crime that targets the most vulnerable people in society—mostly women and children—and exploits them abominably, while emptying their lives of hope. According to The A21 Campaign, a group renowned for its dedication to eradicating social injustice, only 1 to 2% of victims are ever found.

Shae, who has received both the National Freedom Award (2012) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for her outstanding work, and Johanna—with [freethem] and JQ Fitness in tow—are helping people realize that the injustice of human slavery

“is happening in our own backyards” and that “we need to take a stand and fight to protect our very own citizens.”  - Shae Invidiata

Thankfully, awareness is being brought to the subject. Recently, Johanna Quinn, owner of the GTA’s JQ Fitness gyms, organized a second annual Iluvthis Boot Camp fundraiser in the interest of ending this crime. All proceeds from the April 13th event, which took place in Mississauga, were donated to [free-them]: an organization that—in its founder, Shae Invidiata’s, words—is “dedicated to working closely with all levels of government and law enforcement,” and to “raising  awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in Canada and abroad.” In fact, in 18 months, [free-them] has helped sponsor the rescue of over 150 victims through its outstanding frontline partner, Walk With Me. Of the victims released, 89% have been Canadian.

This year, 140 people participated in the boot camp—up from last year’s 110 attendees. The event, which lasted a full morning, started off with multimedia presentations and videos about human trafficking, as well as a talk by [free-them]’s Lori Folkerson. Johanna decided to bring awareness to the issue after seeing a presentation by the aforementioned A21 Campaign a few years ago. Looking for a similar charity on Canadian turf, she found [free-them]. As Johanna says,

“I didn’t initially realize human trafficking was an issue in Canada, but when I found out, I knew I had to help.” - Johanna Quinn

By Nicolette Little


In fact, many Canadians remain unaware that human trafficking not only happens on home soil, but that it occurs with shocking prevalence. According to Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, thousands of Canadians are trafficked in and out of Canada each year. And, as Shae points out,

“The Golden Horseshoe is notorious. Southwestern Ontario accounts for

75% of all human trafficking cases that go to court in Canada.�

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RETAIL RESTAURANT OAKVILLE - FOR SALE 1464 Cornwall Road - #8, South East Oakville

1,025 Sq. Ft.

$590,000

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1,624 Sq. Ft.

$789,000

Christopher Invidiata* & Marija Kolesar*

Hamilton - FOR SALE 410 Nebo Road, Hamilton Mountain, Hamilton 100’ x 139.99’ Lot

$499,000

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OUR KIDS

SHOULDN’T HAVE TO WAIT. Children in Halton under 6 years old are currently waiting 2 years for mental health services. For some kids, that’s half their life.

Join Me In Building A New Home For

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Together, We Can End The Wait.

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"When Life Gives You The Blessing Of Success, Home Ownership Blossoms To The Next Level Of Comfort, Quality And Architectural Beauty." - Christopher Invidiata*

Presenting Exceptional Homes From $2,000,000 To $5,000,000 For Sale In Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga And Surrounding Areas.


homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

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1525 Warren Drive | OAKVILLE Christopher Invidiata* & Aimee Kain*

$2,198,000

4400 Lakeshore Rd i Shoreacres i Burlington Christopher Invidiata* & Mike Howarth*

$2,098,000

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540 Lakeshore Road E | Old Oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

380 Lakeshore Road West i Southwest Oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Nadia Meco*

$2,349,000

$2,249,000

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$250,000 Pledge to the Cardiac Care Unit

new

at the

Oakville Hospital. The New Oakville Hospital will be a state-of-the-art facility with a full range of health services. Once under construction, this project will create spin off jobs in the community and will stimulate economic development in the region.

“The Invidiata Team is proud to support the New Oakville Hospital, and honoured to partner with them in the realization of this world-class health care facility. We have been blessed with the opportunity to meet and serve so many wonderful people in our local community, and are pleased to be able to give back with a pledge to the hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit.” Christopher Invidiata*

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It’s about You • It’s about Experience • It’s about Strategy

Anthony Spadafora, AMP Mortgage Broker

Demos Vasilakos, AMP Mortgage Agent

Burlington Office. 5038 Fairview Street. 905.631.5269 I Mississauga Office. 5055 Plantation Place. 416.573.2024 Email: advise@premieremortgage.ca I www.bestmortgage4you.ca INDIVIDUALLY OWNED AND OPERATED - WATERPARK PLACE 20 BAY STREET 11TH FLOOR TORONTO ONTARIO M5J ZN8

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homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

sold 94 Byron Street | oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk*

$2,448,000

sold 431 fourth line | west Oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik**

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$2,495,000

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invidiata.com

$2,599,900

2310 Kilbride St i Burlington Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

sold 456 Lakeshore road west | Oakville Christopher Invidiata* & MIke Howarth*

$2,650,000

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homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

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1394 lakeshore road east i south east oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk*

$2,695,000

410 drummond road i south east oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Marija Kolesar*

$2,899,000

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432 BURLINGTON STREET | SOUTH BURLINGTON | Legal six-plex Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

$2,950,000

sold $2,950,000

1416 Lakeshore road east | south east Oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

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homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

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311 maple grove drive i oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

$3,199,000

129 appleby place | Burlington | Exclusive Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik**

$3,295,000

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582 millgrove side road i millgrove Christopher Invidiata* Mike Howarth* & Richard Denninger*

$3,298,000

54 ennisclare road west i morrison i oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik**

$3,398,000

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homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

481 counrty club Crescent i rATTRAY MARSH I MISSISSAUGA Christopher Invidiata* Nadia Meco* & Kirsten Leggat*

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$3,098,000

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invidiata.com

1310 lakeshore road east | Oakville Christopher Invidiata* & MIke Howarth*

Gairloch Gardens

$3,598,000

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homes from $2,000,000 - $5,000,000

1396 Crescent Road | Lorne Park | Mississauga Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik**

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$4,198,000

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invidiata.com

495 macdonald road | south east oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Nadia Meco*

$4,495,000

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The

“new” garage

by Nneka Onwualu

Bringing luxury and function beyond the front door

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here’s no doubt about it – the humble garage has come a long way. No longer just the spot to park the car, lawnmower and rusty old paint cans, today’s garages are being designed to satisfy the needs and whimsies of a wide range homeowners who really do expect more from their homes – inside and out. “Homeowners want to maximize every square foot of their home and that includes the garage space,” says Aaron Cash, co-founder of Garage Living, a custom garage flooring and organization company in Vaughan. “For some, it means having as much storage space as possible. For others, having a clean area to work on projects is essential. Whatever the need, the garage offers a ton of open, untapped space with great potential.”

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And those tapping into that potential are not just car enthusiasts and power tool junkies. “The garage serves many purposes for many different people. While we do work with many car enthusiasts and guys who love their tools, the majority of our projects are for clients that want a clean, organized and finished space,” says Cash. Garage Living, a company that specializes in custom-built cabinetry, storage, flooring and organization solutions for any size garage at any budget, is seeing how the “new” garage is changing how homeowners use the space – for storage, parking, work and play. And with the right finishes, it’s about bringing luxury beyond the front door. “With the rising value of residential real estate combined with the rising expectations of homeowners, the garage needs to serve many purposes – even replacing the front door and foyer. Homeowners want the garage to be as welcoming, functional and well-designed as the rest of the home.” For Cash, it boils down to redefining the look and feel and purpose of the space.

“We have worked on a number of projects that have redefined the garage entirely. A client was frustrated that he had to go to an indoor driving range to practice his golf swing in the winter. He went nuts when we suggested that we could design his garage with special netting to create a home golf simulator. On another project, a client struggled with storing jet skis in the winter and snowmobiles in the summer. There simply wasn’t enough room for both. A hydraulic storage lift was installed and instantly doubled the square footage without expanding the garage footprint.” Utilizing every available inch of space is critical. Garage Living can install a variety of storage solutions from wall organizers to overhead platforms to custom cabinets to suit every need, want, and budget.

Luxury living has expanded beyond the traditional interior rooms of the home,” Cash says.

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“Car Lifts have become much more common than in years past, and the quality and affordability is excellent, providing homeowners with new options for adding additional parking space without a major costly renovation.” As much as Canadians love their DIY projects, tackling a major garage makeover can be daunting. That’s where experts like Garage Living come in. “Garage Living has completed thousands of projects over the last decade. We have an unmatched offering of high quality products and services that allow us to customize each and every one of our projects to our clients’ needs and wants and dreams,” says Cash, who suggests homeowners identify their needs first, then their wants, clear the clutter and then put a plan in place. “Plan your garage strategically – what you need today may not be necessary in the future – this is an especially important consideration with growing families.” “Most projects involve sorting and putting things aside to keep and to throw away,” adds Cash. “For customers with full garages to empty before we begin, we deliver onsite storage containers that will sit on the driveway and act as a temporary garage while the transformation is in progress. Some clients like to get involved in the cleanout process while others leave it to us and we take care of all of the heavy lifting.” This heavy lifting is just one of the reasons why when it comes to designing the garage, getting the help of experts is key, and finding custom solutions are things you typically can’t get from the big box stores. “The major difference between what we do and the big box 58

stores comes down to product quality and customer service. Our entire process, from design to installation, is methodical. Attention to detail, the ability to customize the project to each individual client and the quality of the products, set us apart. These core elements of our business ensure that our clients are beyond thrilled with the finished results.” When it comes to the finishing touches, Cash says, hand down, the biggest trend in garage “décor” is flooring. But don’t think finishing the garage floor is a simple weekend DIY project, either. In fact, Cash cautions against homeowners taking on the project, especially if they want a professional, high quality result. “There is nothing more dramatic than a new garage floor. Paint and epoxy-based products sold at home improvement stores often appeal to the do-it-yourselfer, but these products rarely survive one winter season. Homeowners do not have access to the proper equipment and or the know-how to prepare the concrete surface and apply the coating to ensure it bonds so it looks great both after installation and for years to come. Using our exclusive Rhino Floortex Coating, we can take a garage from dusty, dirty and dull to bright, clean and refreshing.” When it comes to tricking out the garage, the sky’s the limit. With the right customization, the garage can be functional, fashionable and fun. It’s even the space to practice your golf swing, of all things.

Is the car in your garage preventing you from storing more? No problem, just look up.

Showroom and Canadian Distribution Centre 201 Chrislea Rd. Vaughan, ON L4L 8N6

www.garageliving.ca


Performance Center


Mercedes-Benz

Burlington

Star Dealer of the Year Award 2012, 2013

441 North Service Rd | 1.877.353.5557| mercedesbenzburlington.ca


GIORGIO ARMANI • BOGLIOLI • BELSTAFF • ETRO • BRUNELLO CUCINELLI • HUGO BOSS

DISTINCTIVE EUROPEAN FASHION.

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"Waterfront properties represent the most sought-after real estate, due to their limited availability and breathtaking views and setting." - Christopher Invidiata*

Presenting gorgeous waterfront homes and vacation properties on lake Ontario and in resort areas including Muskoka and Huntsville.


WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

538 Stillwater crescent $698,000 Waterfront | Burlington Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk*

Penman Island | lake rosseau | muskoka lakes Christopher Invidiata* & Kirsten Leggat*

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534 STILLWATER CRESCENT | WATERFRONT | BURLINGTON Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk*

$949,000

$1,895,000

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invidiata.com

1000 GOFFAT ISLAND | GOFFAT ISLAND | RAMARA Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk* | 1000goffat.com

$2,295,000

15 cudmore road | Oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder*

$2,670,000

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WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

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3204 shoreline drive | bronte | oakville Christopher Invidiata* Marija Kolesar* & Mariola Broder* | 3204shoreline.com

$2,990,000

5138 Lakeshore road | south west burlington Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik** | 5138lakeshore.com

$3,498,000

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invidiata.com

4100 Lakeshore road | shoreacres | Burlington Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik** | 4100lakeshore.com

$3,698,000

1550 bayview road | south west OAKVILLE Christopher Invidiata* & Ping Shu** | 1550bayview.com

$4,580,000

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854 longfellow avenue | lorne park estates | mississauga Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik** | 854longfellow.com

$4,498,000

2 ennisclare drive west | morrison | Oakville Christopher Invidiata* & Pamela Gottschalk* | 2ennisclare.com

$5,899,000

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WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

140 oaklands park court | aldershot south | Burlington Christopher Invidiata* Pamela Gottschalk* & Shae Invidiata* | 140oaklands.com

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6,998,000

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invidiata.com

18 Raymar place | south east oakville Christopher Invidiata* Pamela Gottschalk* & Linda Tino-Zylik** | 18raymar.com

Price to qualified buyers

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WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

1500 watersedge Road | mississauga Christopher Invidiata* & Linda Tino-Zylik**

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invidiata.com

$9,998,000

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WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

2100 Lakeshore road east | south east oakville Christopher Invidiata* Pamela Gottschalk* & Linda Tino-Zylik** | 2100lakeshore.com

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$16,995,000

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KITCHEN DESIGN FOR luxurious LIVING The Top 5 Things To Know Before You Renovate Your Kitchen

Your dream

kitchen will be the heart of your home.

It will embody love, family, food, friends, and happiness. A dream kitchen expresses your ideas, your needs, and your passions. That’s why the best cabinet makers and designers take it as seriously as you do. To help you get started, we visited Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry to get their advice based on 30 years of experience building luxury kitchens and they helped us identify the top 5 things that will make your experience easier and more rewarding.

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As you get ready to create the kitchen of your dreams, you might consider: 1. Layout and Lifestyle. How do you use your kitchen and how do you ‘live’ in it? 2. The Look. Bring all the magazine clippings you’ve saved and all the ideas you got online when you visit our showroom. 3. Test Drive. Touch and feel everything you are going to put into your kitchen, especially the cabinets. 4. Think Gadgets. Do you want a wine fridge? Will you use an iPad for recipes? Where will things be most convenient? 5. Think Small When You Think Big. Carefully consider the finishing touches including backsplash, cabinet hardware, and faucets.


A kitchen makeover is a big undertaking and you want to be sure to do it right. Dom Sicilia, General Manager at Cameo Kitchens in Mississauga reminds us that “A new kitchen can add value to your home, so it’s important to invest wisely in quality – especially for material and finishes. With proper planning and the help of the right experts, you can create the kitchen that fulfills all of your dreams.” Even though the right appliances are a big part of the dream, Dom says, “The kitchen is the most used room in your home, so building a solid foundation for those appliances with top quality cabinetry will provide longevity, functionality and style.”

Recently named “Best of the Best 2012” by the authority of all things luxury, “The Robb Report”, the designers at Cameo know first hand how to help you create a great kitchen. So if you’re considering an update or a full renovation, Cameo offers these 5 helpful steps and guidelines: 1. Think layout and lifestyle Don’t focus on the current layout and simply think of replacing the cabinets using the old footprint. This is your chance to make your dream come true. Perhaps the sink is better situated on the other side or perhaps you need to accommodate an additional wall oven. At Cameo, they say, “We start by looking at your lifestyle. Are you all about entertaining? Do you have friends over? What’s the size of your family? What type of cooking do you do? How much baking are you into or what small appliances do you make use of? Will your kitchen be task oriented or entertainment oriented?” Questions like these will help you find the best solutions to how your kitchen should function and how it should be planned. 2. Choose your look This is the fun part - your opportunity to add “wow” to your kitchen. This means relying a bit more on your emotion. What look gets you excited? Are you looking for something more traditional or more contemporary? Investing money in a new kitchen means you want to smile every time you walk in. “Many people come to our showroom armed with magazine clippings,” says Jackie Frias, a design/sales associate with Cameo. “The internet has made finding examples easy so you can create a folder and begin collecting or bookmarking kitchen styles you like. Then, our designers will help you integrate the styles you love with the way the kitchen should function to best meet your needs and your desires.”.

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“here’s an important tip.” Watch out for the grade of LPL. Although most kitchens are constructed using Low Pressure Laminate (LPL), it’s surprising that some makers take short cuts with less expensive LPL. Many homeowners don’t realize there are different grades of LPL, so test driving the cabinets in person will help reveal the difference in quality.

4. Accommodating the gadgets – Big and small Collect brochures of appliances you like and bring them to your kitchen designer. This will provide dimensions your designer can work with. Do you want a smaller or an oversized refrigerator or a grill function?

“There’s nothing worse than trying to accommodate a wine cooler later when the space hasn’t been taken into account,” says designer Frias. “Identifying the appliances and kitchen gadgets you want now will save time, money and any headaches down the road.” 5. Think small - The finishing touches When it comes to dressing up the kitchen, it’s all in the details. Even though there are thousands of faucets, backsplash tiles, countertops, and cabinet hardware to choose from, it’s important that everything you choose integrates with the look you are trying to achieve. Explore your options and share them with your designer, who will be able to guide you towards the right choice. The right partner can help you navigate through what is often a stressful process, often creating relationships that last a long time . Marianna Bertucci, a happy Cameo kitchen customer, wrote, ‘I think of you every time I’m in my kitchen’. 78

With showrooms in Toronto and Mississauga/Oakville, Cameo Kitchens have been manufacturers of fine custom cabinetry since 1983. They practice an old world craftsmanship that is rarely found today, including manufacturing by hand, precise installation of every new cabinet, and experienced design experts at every turn. Cameo has supplied cabinets for major developments across the GTA, such as Mizrahi’s prestigious 181 Davenport and Camrost’s The Avenue. They are sought after outside Toronto and are currently working on luxury kitchens in the Cayman Islands.

What our clients have to say:

“My new kitchen will be my sanctuary to create fabulous meals. My friends will be in awe and I will be fortunate because of you [Cameo].” Helen Paulia Visit Cameo’s showroom close to you Looking for a little inspiration? Ready to test drive quality kitchen cabinets? Cameo Kitchens and Fine Cabinetry has two convenient showrooms at 3050 Vega Blvd. in Mississauga/Oakville and at 1020 Lawrence Ave, W, in Toronto, whichever is more convenient. You can also visit them online at www.cameokitchens.com.


It's all about the

Lifestyle

BLUWATER

RAIN THE COVENTRY 399 Elizabeth Street | Burlington $374,900

Unit 506

Christopher Invidiata* & Michelle Kloet*

the shores - 1 Bronte Road | oakville Unit 519

$1,099,000

Christopher Invidiata* & Shae Invidiata*

THE BAXTER - 399 Elizabeth street | Burlington $374,900

Christopher Invidiata* & Michelle Kloet*

60 old mill road | Oakville Unit 304

THE BAXTER

SOLD

$397,999

Christopher Invidiata* & Shae Invidiata*

edgemere private residences Bluwater condos Rain condos

From From From

$2,500,000 $400,900 $199,990

Condo Living

Unit 506

111 FORSYTHE

THE SHORES

EDGEMERE PRIVATE RESIDENCES JUsT sOLd

REsIdENCE ELEVEN

$3,750,000

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Reimer Design has remained a boutique firm over the past 20 years to ensure that clients can benefit from the personal attention of an experienced designer devoted to their needs. Drawing on both classical and contemporary design styles, Wendy Reimer’s work can simply be described as “beautiful”. An accredited professional, Wendy provides a seamless process to create custom spaces that are elegant and welcoming. • Reimer Design offers an extensive range of services including consultation, conceptual design and spatial planning, selection of furnishings, accessories and art – as well as custom design and production of cabinetry, furniture and window treatments. Close collaboration with contractors, builders, architects and artisans ensures that the final outcome reflects the original objective of the client in every detail. A list of client endorsements can be accessed through the Reimer Design website. | www.reimerdesign.com

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Makes Getting a Custom Luxury Estate Easy

Ferris Rafauli By Ivona Radon


Grandeur

The secret to success could very well be passion, according to Ferris Rafauli, President of the design-build firm, Ferris Rafauli-Grandeur Luxury Homes. As one of Canada’s influential designers and builders, Rafauli is passionate about designing and building some of the most beautiful homes in Canada and abroad. You have seen his “FR” logo in front of some of the most luxurious and spectacular architectural projects. The company logo which represents his personal initials has also become a symbol of excellence in architectural design and construction. Further, with homes in varying sizes, including homes that exceed, a whopping 40,000 square feet, Rafauli specializes in the design and construction of truly iconic properties. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Rafauli himself. He revealed how his design and construction firm has become a sought-after brand and a symbol of lavish lifestyles. What sets Rafauli apart from other builders is that his firm is a onestop destination for clients. Not only does Rafauli’s firm develop architectural plans and build the homes, but also designs all elements of interior and exterior spaces, including high-end custom furnishings and landscaping. “Our firm is unique in the fact that we fully design and build every facet of homes for our clients,” said Rafauli. “No other firm in Canada provides both elements together at this high-end level of work. Clients come to our state-of-the-art office to review and select everything we have designed for them, at an ultra luxury level, for their new dream home. Clients tell us this makes the decision process at the designing stage easy, fun and painless.” Rafauli explained that the conventional method of designing and building involves hiring multiple parties, including architects, builders, interior designers and decorators, as well as landscape architects to build a home that is hopefully aligned with the client’s vision. This can cause problems as there are too many people with

different visions involved, resulting in a cumbersome process where the vision often gets lost and the project goes over budget due to lost time and inefficiencies. Rafauli’s firm, on the other hand, offers all of these elements, at the highest caliber, so that there is no need to involve other parties. This allows for a seamless integration of timeless architecture, interior designs and construction while staying on budget. While the architecture ranges from classical to contemporary, all have one common theme: high-design and precision. Rafauli’s reputation also makes him a sought-after designer and builder in the world of luxury. His design talents are often sought out for various developments. As an example, in Oakville, Rafauli was hired by leading southern Ontario home builder, Rosehaven Homes to design all interior spacing of The Randall Residences. This new condominium project is currently in its pre-construction phase in downtown Oakville. The suites will feature classical proportions using only the best finishes and materials. “From 1,900 to over 3,000 square feet, The Randall Residences will look and feel more like grand houses than condominiums when complete,” said Rafauli. “Buyers will appreciate the made-to-last quality apparent in each of the high-end suites.” Rafauli was also glad to share with me his knowledge on the industry for potential buyers. He advises that buyers interested in new construction properties should first look at who is behind the build. “Buyers must first research the reputation of the designer and the builder. Look at their past projects and check what past buyers and industry experts had to say about the quality of their home construction and design. With this knowledge in hand buyers can make the right decision.”

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Lavish Lifestyle He has helped raise millions of dollars for sick and underprivileged children in Canada and abroad through organizations including, SickKids Foundation, Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation, the Kardinal Offishall Foundation, Herbie Fund and other foundations geared towards helping children.

“I think we all have a responsibility to give back to those that are in need of our help,” said Rafauli. I enjoy giving

back most to children.

When I asked why his focus is on children, Rafauli responded, “Simple, children are the most precious and important group of people in this world. It feels good to make a difference in their lives.”

As our conservation continued, Rafauli’s philanthropic side was revealed. I learned that over the last several years Rafauli has donated his time and funds towards charitable community work.

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When my conversation with Rafauli concluded, I could see that he has made a name for himself by doing what he enjoys: designing and building ultra luxury dream homes. And just how did Rafauli reach his influential status? I was reminded of what Rafauli first told me. “The secret is passion. If you don’t have passion for what you do, you won’t succeed,” said Rafauli. “I live and breathe this lifestyle. The great architectural designs, perfect layouts, colours, exotic materials are aspects of my work that excite me.” I quickly understood that it was this particular excitement that had kept Rafauli going throughout his career and is something that has allowed him the honour of creating what is truly the dream home for families.


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What is Canada known for producing besides maple syrup, bacon and poutine? How about for producing fully armored, custom designed luxury SUVs that make the Batmobile look like a pip squeak. Surprised? Don’t be. Thanks to Torontobased Conquest Vehicles, Canada has taken center stage in the high end luxury automotive marketplace and with the first of its unarmored vehicles, the EVADE, hot off the production line, the world is once again taking notice. Conquest first took the world by storm in 2008 when they introduced the fully armored Knight XV. “We launched the Knight XV in 2008 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. As you can imagine, we generated quite the buzz,” says company founder and president, William Maizlin. “Since that launch, the Knight XV has been featured on the DISCOVERY channel’s ‘World’s Most Expensive Rides’, Tech Toys 360 and Daily Planet, on Top Speed, on the BBC’s Top Gear and elsewhere. We even opened the Top Marques Monaco Show where we presented a company jacket in a hand crafted aluminum case to Prince Albert of Monaco.” The Knight XV is a 14,000 lb, handcrafted, fully armored production vehicle with enough protective gadgets on it to make Optimus Prime suffer from low self-esteem. From bullet proof windows to FLIR night-vision camera systems monitoring the front and rear of the vehicle, this SUV would be nothing more than a tank if it

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weren’t for the ultra-luxurious interior options like Andrew Muirhead leather and Wilton Wool carpets typically found in a Rolls Royce or Jag, not an armored SUV. Initially offering only 100 Knight XVs, the company has been inundated with orders from around the world. It was then that Maizlin began to get requests for an unarmored version and that’s when the EVADE was born. “With EVADE, we wanted to maintain that tough look that’s inspired by military designs while at the same time providing the ultimate luxury experience our clients have come to expect,” says Maizlin. The new EVADE is actually a design evolution of the Knight XV. The new body style and design features headlights and taillights that sleekly wrap around the sides of the vehicle, narrower fender flares, a redesigned grille, hood scoop, the addition of a third tandem sunroof and a wider backdoor to accommodate EVADE’s wider body frame (it’s 8 inches wider than the Knight XV). Both the Knight XV and EVADE are built on a Ford F550 Super Duty Chassis but where the Knight XV is fully armored, the EVADE’s unarmored skin will be made from an aluminum alloy-steel blend, making it significantly lighter than the Knight XV. Moving forward, the Knight XV will inherit this new, sleeker look as well.


“The Knight XV is built out of ballistic hardened steel from the ground up, as opposed to being up armored and, as such, offers our clients the ultimate in security and protection. It’s like being in an armored cocoon while seated in the lap of luxury. The Knight XV is also available in different levels of armor based on our client’s needs” says Maizlin The EVADE’s steering wheel, proprietary hinge system, running boards and even the key itself are machined out of stainless steel and the handles are machined out of solid aluminum billet. The suspension is commercial grade air ride front and rear. With power windows and 360-degree roof mounted, joystick controlled searchlights, the EVADE is offered in 4x4, and is available with either a gasoline or diesel engine. The EVADE will also come equipped with FLIR night vision thermal seeking camera systems in the front and rear of the vehicle and electrostatic windows where with just a touch of a button the windows go from clear to fully tinted.

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With the nuts and bolts of the vehicle out of the way, here’s where the fun truly begins – with customization. Conquest’s first custom EVADE has been built for a client from Asia who spent a whopping US $700,000 with upgrades and unique features (compare that to the base price of US $579,000).

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Rather than 2+2 limousine-style seating, this client chose two reclining leather seats in the back with matching handcrafted retractable footstools. Also in the cabin are an iPod station, a 32” TV that comes up remotely from the decanter bar, a humidor for cigars, built in fridge, PlayStation console, and laptop stations. The cool factor of the gadgets are only rivaled by the incredible touches of luxury including black granite counters on the decanter bar and the laptop tables tops, hand stitched Andrew Muirhead leather seats, Wilton Wool carpets, exotic wood inlays and custom carbon fiber. “Our client wanted an executive office on wheels that could also double as a place to wind down and have fun,” says Maizlin, adding that clients who order a Knight XV or an EVADE are those who are really looking to make a statement with their vehicles.

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“Our clients are refined individuals who are looking for a specific experience. Yes, they want the ultimate in safety and security but they also want to make a statement, a grand entrance. Whether they are an automotive collector, a celebrity, a politician or a family with kids, our clients are looking for the ultimate bespoke vehicle that is tailor made to their wants and needs. The EVADE can take on the personality of the client and become their signature vehicle.” To celebrate the milestone production of the first EVADE built, Conquest has outfitted the SUV with a custom #1 signature plate handcrafted by Conquest with signatures from all of the craftsmen. It took about eight months to build the vehicle and over 4,000 man hours because everything on the SUV, from the wheels up, is hand built and it’s the incredible talents of his team of automotive engineers and designers that Maizlin credits for the beauty of the first EVADE as well as the company’s lightning bolt success.


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“We’ve shown our vehicles at a number of shows from Monaco to Macau to the US and comments and reviews are extremely positive from automotive enthusiasts. Thanks to our multitalented team of automotive engineers, designers, customizing specialists, and ballistic specialists, we have succeeded in producing a true bespoke vehicle, hand crafted and custom designed to each client’s individual tastes.”


Maizlin takes great pride in the fact that both the Knight XV and EVADE are bespoke, that each vehicle is designed and built to the exact specifications and desires of each and every client and the fact that the vehicles are Canadian built. “Before we even begin production, we sit down with the client to fully understand what our clients need – how will they be using the vehicle? Is it for business, pleasure, or both? Then we sit down to go over the many upgrade features we offer, from over 100 different leather swatches to exotic wood finishes and different carbon fibers. In this way, each vehicle is built to carry our clients’ personal signature.” While clients can pick and choose from an impressive list of upgrade features, Maizlin and his team can pretty much add any luxury detail to the vehicle you can imagine. “We’ve had requests for custom monogramed seats, gold plated handles, and semi-precious stones in the instrument cluster. We’ve even been asked to imbed a client’s family crest in mother of pearl into armrests. And, of course, you can order the EVADE in any colour, even candy apple red.”

Sound extravagant? You bet, but for Maizlin, that’s really the whole point. “Our clients have the private jets, the yachts, the mansions, and of course a great collection of cars – but the Knight XV and the EVADE is the jewel of their collection. Whatever you drive, whatever you wear, you make a statement. Our vehicles are so custom, so bespoke, our clients have a very discriminate taste and want something that is totally their own and that’s what we deliver.” While clients can imagine the luxurious interior, reminiscent of a private jet, what they can’t imagine is just how big the EVADE is.

“It’s a challenge to get across the size of the vehicle – photos just don’t do it justice. So when clients see it in person they are blown away because the vehicle has such a presence.” That presence has also got Hollywood calling. “When we take a demo vehicle out people take out their cell phones to take a picture – they think it’s a car out of a Batman or Transformers movie. So we’re thrilled to be in talks with a few major production companies in LA who have expressed great interest in featuring one of our vehicles in a few of their action films.” Whether it’s to drive the kids to school (yes, one client does just that) or to arrive to any destination in style, what does Maizlin say to those who think the EVADE is way too extravagant? “I say if you can do it, why not!” The next EVADE is in production stage but for now, there’s one lucky client a few thousand miles away who will soon be driving the very first EVADE, and will likely make one huge statement when the key hits the ignition.

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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -HENRY FORD

Christopher Invidiata* Team Leader Christopher Invidiata* began his real estate career in 1985 as he was looking for a profession that would allow him to be actively involved and present in his family life – a career that would keep him close to home. Today Christopher has two wonderful children, Shae (27) and Caleb (25), and an incredible wife of 30 years, Lesley, who has supported Christopher’s visions and efforts in business. For decades Christopher has been a leader in the community to give back as he believes “we are blessed to be a blessing.” Christopher has been a consistent supporter of many charities including, but not limited to, Sick Kids Hospital, Children Miracle Network, Circle of Care, Run For Life, Dreams Take Flight, The Fight Against Breast Cancer, and The Red Cross. The “secret” behind Christopher’s success has been loving people, whether they are part of the community or clients. Christopher Invidiata* is recognized as one of the most successful Real Estate professionals Canada has known. He is RE/MAX’s leading Residential Realtor for Canada; serving the Greater Toronto Area for 25 years and specializing in Oakville’s waterfront property since 1987. RE/MAX is the largest real estate company in the world. With over 100,000 Sales Associates in more than 6,300 offices operating in more than 78 countries worldwide, RE/MAX recognizes Christopher as a “true leader amongst the leaders of the Real Estate Industry.” Christopher has sold some of Canada’s most expensive residential properties, including properties on Oakville’s waterfront. Christopher’s expertise in the Real Estate arena has made him a sought after speaker and mentor to real estate professionals in Canada, the United States, Italy, Turkey and Argentina. Christopher's specialization in luxury real estate has made his team #1 in Canada for 11 years, since 2001 and again in 2012. In 2007 and 2012, Christopher’s team achieved the prestigious honour of being the #1 RE/MAX Team worldwide, and in 2010 and 2011 achieved #2 RE/MAX Team worldwide. Christopher is one of the few RE/MAX agents to ever receive the Circle of Legends award. Recently Christopher was appointed to the Board of Regents, an exclusive membership of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. On average, The Invidiata Team produces over $400 Million in sales volume per year. In October 2011, Christopher received the Billionaire’s Club award presented by John Brian Losh, Publisher of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. The Billionaire’s award is given to agents who have achieved over a billion dollars in sales volume during their career. This year the marketing team was awarded the number one print marketing award from Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate. Christopher continues to drive and push the real estate industry in creative and innovative directions, continuously giving clients the ultimate real estate experience.

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CHRISTOPHER INVIDIATA* Team Leader Christopher has sold some of Canada’s most expensive residential properties, including properties on Oakville’s waterfront. Christopher’s expertise in the Real Estate arena has made him a sought after speaker and mentor to real estate professionals in Canada, the United States, Italy, Turkey, and Argentina. The team’s market expertise, and commitment to exceptional service has earned them the #1 ranking in Canada for ten years, since 2001 and again in 2011. In 2007 Christopher’s team achieved the prestigious honour of being the #1 RE/MAX Team worldwide, and in 2010 and 2011 achieved #2 RE/MAX Team worldwide.

Mariola Broder* Mariola has held a senior executive role in the telecommunications industry and established a successful small business providing commercial and residential interior decorating services. Throughout her career, Mariola has consistently placed customer satisfaction as her number one priority. Mariola is a long time resident of Oakville and Mississauga and currently resides in Mississauga’s Lorne Park. She is active in these communities through her volunteer efforts for the Women’s Center in Oakville and Trillium Hospital in Mississauga.

CLAUDIA CHOPIK* Born and raised in Oakville, Claudia began her real estate career in 2005 with RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp., age. Before real estate, she was a Registered Nurse and Health Journalist. Claudia worked at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial and Credit Valley Hospitals, and also did research and producing for CTV National News and Discovery Health Channel. Claudia is a member of the Zonta Club in Oakville a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide.

Richard Denninger* A long time resident of Burlington, Richard had an active career sitting on the board of his family company for over 20 years. Looking for a new challenge, Richard transferred his extensive knowledge in customer service to assisting clients in finding their dream home. He has a law, economics and business degree and is also a member with the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing, which assures the purchase of your new home, will be completed with the utmost professionalism. Richard specializes in helping clients in Waterdown, Carlisle, Kilbride and surrounding area.

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PATSY GAUER* Patsy’s career in real estate began back in 1995 as a second career after spending 20 years in the financial service industry. As a 16 year resident of Oakville, Patsy feels a sense of pride and connection to this great community that has become one of the most coveted residential centers in Ontario. Working as part of The Invidiata Team for the past 10 years, Patsy has a philosophy of listening closely, providing information and allowing the client to make the decisions with no pressure.

Pamela Gottschalk* Knowing that owning real estate may be one of the largest and wisest investments one makes, it is important to have a dedicated professional like Pamela who delivers quality service. Her strong work ethic and drive, and simply going that extra mile, have allowed her to build long lasting relationships with her clients. Pamela’s diverse work background, and having been involved in many aspects of the real estate business for 20 years, allows her to be devoted to understanding her client’s needs.

MIKE HOWARTH* Mike immigrated to Canada with his wife Kalpna from the UK 20 years ago and has called Oakville home ever since. He has been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout Canada and has come to realize how special Oakville and the surrounding areas are. With a solid business background and four successful years as an Independent Realtor, Mike is thrilled to be part of the Invidiata Team. Mike feels strongly that “something magical happens for clients when competent people work together collaboratively.”

Shae Invidiata* With an Associate in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of British Colombia, Shae Invidiata* joined the Invidiata Team in 2009 and has had the privilege to work alongside her father, Christopher Invidiata* who has been servicing the Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga community for 27 years. Over the past year, Shae has become a part of the Toronto community. Shae has been focused on expanding The Invidiata Team into the Toronto market, looking after clients who are purchasing and selling in Toronto.

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Michelle Kloet* Michelle has made an impression on her clients as they continually introduce her to the people they care about to help them buy, sell and invest in Real Estate. As a committed and creative agent who enjoys taking the complexity out of the transaction, Michelle’s clients feel confident with each step of the home selling or home purchasing process. Being able to contribute to the community through charitable events keeps Michelle active in the area she works and lives.

Marija Kolesar* With passion and vision, Marija has helped her clients realize their goals in Real Estate for the past 17 years with The Invidiata Team, and through the process has created many meaningful and lasting relationships. Marija holds the designation of Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, and has achieved RE/MAX’s prestigious Platinum Club and Hall of Fame awards. The care that she brings to her clients assures complete satisfaction beyond their expectations.

Kirsten Leggat* Kirsten has been an Oakville resident since 1995 and brings with her over two decades of combined experience in residential real estate and Custom Home Sales and service. She offers specialized knowledge in the new home market, a comprehensive understanding of land values, and expertise in luxury home design. Her guidance through the intricate building process has proven invaluable to her clients, from finding the perfect lot, to customizing floor plans and selecting finishes.

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Nadia Meco* Nadia has spent most of her life in Mississauga, and has made Oakville’s West Oak Trails community her home for the past few years. Originally from Montreal, she is fluent in French from her years living there. Nadia is experienced in residential real estate in the Oakville & Mississauga areas, and offers specialized knowledge in the luxury market and new builds. Before delving into the real estate world, Nadia enjoyed a successful marketing career.

Maggie Newlove** A resident of Oakville since 1975 and licensed since 1980, Maggie’s depth of knowledge, complimented by an impeccable reputation for integrity and sales has made her a successful entrepreneur. Maggie adds value to her clients by being completely bilingual in French. Maggie embraces her slogan “I Love Oakville” in all aspects of her life. She is a passionate sailor and an enthusiastic advocate and ambassador of our community. Maggie looks forward to working with you!

PING SHU** Ping is originally from Beijing, China and has been living in the Greater Toronto Area for over 10 years. She possesses more than 12 years of real estate experience and has been licensed as a broker for 10 years. Prior to her real estate career, she spent over a decade working for international IT companies, and has been honored with numerous awards. As an immigrant herself, she understands the needs and wants of this uniquedemographic, helping her provide a more tailored service to each of her clients. Ping speaks both Mandarin & English fluently and her exemplary service has been highly recognized and recommended by her clients over her years of service.

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