New Dawn Developments Ltd was started in 1978 by Rick Jensen. Son Chad joined the business in 1996 along with associate Roy Duperron. From the beginning, New Dawn has built a reputation as a business with exceptional customer service and superior workmanship.

Our company is a highly diverse firm of construction professionals with a broad range of project experience that spans more than three decades. Our clients, professional associates and peers will attest that we are a capable and stable business applying the best practices in the industry.

New Dawn Developments has the staffing and financial resources to successfully execute any of the specifications your project may require. Our organization’s management is strategically positioned to assemble teams capable of handling the scope and scale of each individual project.

A list of New Dawn’s charitable donations:

  • Shoeboxes through Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cranbrook
  • Cranbrook Women’s Resource Center
  • Family Hampers through the Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Angel Tree Children – Cranbrook
  • Angel Tree Children – Kimberley
  • Elementary School Breakfast Programs 
  • Cranbrook and Kimberley Food Banks
  • Salvation Army of Cranbrook
  • Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society

As well, throughout the year we donated to:

  • A young lady in Para-Dressage
  • Summer Sounds
  • United Way ‘Park on Us’
  • A young lady for the Canadian Swimming Paralympic Team
  • Kimberley and Cranbrook Minor Hockey
  • Mount Baker Wild Sr Boys Volleyball
  • Cranbrook Bankers Association
  • Kimberley Alpine Ski Team


Over the course of many projects proposed for the East Kootenay, a number of opportunities will present themselves for Joint Venturing, Project Management, or General Contracting of infrastructure, facilities, and housing projects.

New Dawn Developments is currently experienced and able to provide all of the following:

1. Design Review and Cost Estimating
Proven leadership in design, cost estimating, and value engineering is witnessed by the reliance of past and current clients, local municipal authorities, and non-profit organizations, on our expertise in planning and preliminary work on a wide range of projects.

2. Scheduling Services
Decades of Site Superintendent experience, combined with current Scheduling tools and systems has enabled us to provide accurate schedules and client, consultant, and trade friendly management processes for planning and tracking.

3. Contract Document Preparation
Our experience in document preparation and tender evaluation ranges from simple quote and bid evaluations, to analysis, evaluation, estimating, and tendering of CCDC stipulated price and cost plus contractual agreements.

4. Project Management
As evidenced by the success of numerous previous projects, New Dawn Developments excels by exceeding expectations in the key deliverables on each and every project:

  • Client satisfaction
  • On-schedule completion
  • On-budget completion
  • Cost control and tracking
  • Project documentation and control
  • Safety
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Quality construction and craftsmanship
  • Our project range has included all of the following:
    • Stipulated Sum
    • Construction Management
    • Design Build/Tender


Having a strong and stable financial foundation allows us to manage project construction with quality and efficiency as the primary concern, not cash flow and financing. Our infrastructure – which includes warehouse facilities, scheduling programs, transportation for staff and equipment, winter construction resources, as well as fully integrated estimate and job costing systems – give us the tools for successful project execution, the end result being satisfied clients.


Area Team Member Role
Executive: Rick
Chairman / CFO
Chad Jensen, B. Comm. President / CEO
Leanne Jensen President
New Dawn Restorations
and Renovations
Management: Josh Lowden Controller
Senior Project Manager
Mike Dolighan Customer Service and Warranty
Sherry Graburn Design Lead
Tom Nopper Sales Manager
Project Management and Production: Ross MacDonald Site Supervisor
Site Supervisor
Site Supervisor
James Beresford Site Supervisor
Justin McAllister Site Supervisor
Office Personnel Kim Timbers Architectural Graduate of Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology
Shania Funke Architectural Graduate of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lindsay Gergel Interior Design
Rebecca Christensen Interior Design
James Webber Estimating
Mark Wills Fleet/equipment manager, mechanic
Curtis Osborne Warehouse Manager
Senior Accountant
30 Field staff ranging from journeyman carpenters, apprentices and labourers


  1. Can you design a home for me?

    Yes we are a full design and build company able to take your ideas from concept to completion.

  2. Do you build custom homes?

    Yes, we are the largest and longest standing custom home builder in the Kootenays.

  3. How much to build a custom home?

    Costs vary on fit and finish until we have a complete plan and tender.

  4. How long will it take to build a custom home?

    Typically we complete our homes within 6 months of the dig.

  5. Do you have any floor plans I can see?

    Yes we have a wide variety of floor plans available to suit any budget.

  6. Do you have anything available for immediate possession?

    Yes, please contact us.

  7. Can I get a quote on plans I already have?

    Yes, please contact us.

  8. Do you do renovations?

    Yes, please contact us.