Our Team

Simon Howse, General Manager and CEO

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Simon has an established entrepreneurial record since his permanent transition to Canada. As General Manager, Simon leads the construction management of each project. His dedication to teamwork translates solid business experience into a ‘hands-on’ approach, overseeing all aspects of the project and contributing to greater quality and efficiencies. Business acquisitions include the purchase of hotels, hostels, apartment buildings, restaurants, pubs and retail commercial enterprises.

Jacqueline Arling – Director, Planning

Leading our planning team, Jacqueline brings her significant experience as an urban planner and community planning consultant to Parastone. Previously, Jacqueline held senior planning roles at the City of Calgary, and as a planning consultant with Dillon Consulting and at her own firm, Arling Consulting.  Jacqueline has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from UBC and a Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.

Jason Smith, Director and Site Foreman

Jason leads the Parastone construction division with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry including commercial and residential construction, as well as land servicing and development.

Edward Porter – Urban Designer

To design our unique communities, Parastone retains the services of Edward Porter, Registered Professional Planner and Senior Urban Designer with Modus in Vancouver, BC. Modus is a new team of experienced colleagues who have joined forces to offer clients a fresh integrated approach to community planning, urban design, and public/stakeholder engagement.

Lynn Loken, CPA, CA – Lead Accountant, Development & Construction

Accounting lead for our construction and development groups, Lynn joined the Parastone Team of Companies in 2015 with a focus on cash forecasts, budgeting and financial reporting. A Chartered Professional Accountant, Lynn articled with Grant Thornton LLP in Victoria, BC after completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (General Business) at the University of Victoria. Lynn also has several years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations and government agencies and enjoys using her financial expertise to help organizations achieve their goals.  After receiving her CPA designation in 2007, Lynn joined the Royal BC Museum in 2008 as the Manager of Finance for four years before relocating to Fernie in 2013.