Steffen waite

Track Record

Built over 400 housing units as a GC (High-rise, Low-rise, SFH)

Comfortable navigating 10,000+ data point product systems

Harness 3D technologies to product output

High-impact sales strategist - have created 20% growth YoY

Hired and coached well over 300 employees and 1000+ subs

Created four start-ups, exited two

Equity sell-side and debt financing (up to $65 million)


What drives me: Harnessing technology to scale growth.


What that means on a day to day basis is never clear. It's a whole lot of:

  • Finance - equity, debt, investors, partners

  • Technology - advanced equipment, software, interfaces

  • Determination - there are always challanges...so what?

  • Problem solving - strip the issue down to first principals and figure out the details

  • Competency - be vulnerable, ask questions, keep learning

  • Empathy - it takes a village to create success. What's going on for the other person?

My journey has taken me from an engineering education to infrastructure construction through to manufacturing and technology. Raising capital to fund projects has been an integral part of my roles and endeavors.

What now?


I want to be a leader within a mid-market profitable company.

An executive partner to the CEO and Board of Directors. To learn from strong leaders that are inspired to contribute to the betterment of humankind.


An operations centric role that has direct oversight to product creation whether physical (coming off of a manufacturing line or field assembly) or digital (data management, information presentation, feed-back loop). Develop as a team, strategies to deliver value to investors and get it done.

The opportunity to lead teams to success and utilize and affect technology as a catalyst to drive value and augment human accomplishment.

Concurrently, a role that demands entrepreneurial thinking and a risk taking. Have a hand in finance, budgeting, capital expenditures and affecting cost drivers.

Drive competitiveness and market share; and when to cap the downside and move on. Acess to P\projects that better humanity's relationship with the built environment and energy creation.

In practice this dictates raising capital to fund projects, focused principles and well thought out plans. And never is there a day where to experience the ideal. Working means facing challenges and the market defines those, not the organization. Our day is what we make of it.

Success = Finance + People + Process + Automation

2021 - Construction Technology + Finance

The foray into leveraging BIM (Building Information Management) technologies into commercial construction catalyzed the relationship with ACQBuilt, Inc. (Edmonton, AB). A firm that has spent the past 17 years in marrying process, software and machinery. An innovative off-site building solution that leverages automation. A gem of an operation that has proven through output, that they lead in market metrics. Covid sparked the demand for housing, exposed affordability and delivered North America a labor shortage. The trade secrets that ACQBuilt had developed are ripe for replication. Marry large markets with insatiable demand together with industrialized home-building and the opportunity exists to alter how residential developments are delivered in the field.

Partnering with Ownership, my experience in vending Red Leaf Architectural Products Inc. and the relationships I have with home-builders and mid-market M&A advisors; we embarked on a vision to partner with buy-side investors to replicate the proven platform, whereby I played the lead. Owner-operators are never prepared for divestiture / succession. My role was to identify the value in the business, and then work with investors, bankers, and consultants to facilitate a win-win outcome. Efforts continue in working with strategic and financial investors, plus recruiting for the right members of the US expansion team.

2020 - Cloud Application Development and BIM Tech Service

Construction is considered the last industry to automate. Efficiencies are limited through a fragmented industry and established thinking. Open the data tap and make 3D designs accessible to decision makers and the opportunity presented itself to embark on a technology option. What we discovered however is a disparate community of design philosophies and BIM model development strategies. Garbage in, garbage out...the best software will not deliver if the data cannot be ingested. Simple5D Systems Inc. was originated within this dynamic of thinking and stagnation in leveraging design technology.

If the model is broken, fix it. So along side software development we embarked on BIM model conditioning services. The world moves quickly however, and the shuttering of projects on a global scale because of Covid, released significant foreign capacity to condition models. The ability to compete against off-shore service providers proved impossible, and the smartest decision was to cap the downside and shutter the start-up.

2010 - 2019 - Digital Manufacturing

Red Leaf Architectural Products Inc. began on the concept of distribution and low capex. Buy at low off-shore prices, sell at a discount to local market prices. Works in concept in a consumer world. Construction and building assembly requires precision...especially in finished products such as cladding. ... to be continued

ACQBuilt, Inc.

Simple5D Systems Inc.

Red Leaf Architectural Products Inc.

Kindred Construction Ltd.

Education

University of Toronto

Civil Engineering

University of East Anglia

Certificate in Management

University of Washington

Certificate in BIM