A tremendous focus and attention to detail which is combined with her progressive, leading-edge design aesthetic…

“It is my pleasure to provide a brief accommodation and reference letter for Julie Okamura and pop design group Inc. I’ve had the great pleasure of working directly with Julie for over 13 years now on multiple projects ranging from interior tenanting improvements to re-developments and new builds. Julie is a consummate professional with a tremendous focus and attention to detail which is combined with her progressive, leading-edge design aesthetic.”

Frank Lonardelli, President & CEO Arlington Street Investments Inc.

Very unique but appropriate design aspects that bring a contemporary flair as well as a balance to the traditions… hit it out of the park…

“pop design group have completed numerous projects for both The Glencoe Club and The Glencoe Golf & Country Club over the past 7 years. All the projects have had a very unique but appropriate design aspects that bring a contemporary flair as well as a balance to the traditions and history of our private Clubs. Julie and Gord are both very experienced and talented designers that focus on our specific needs as well as providing the detail that is needed to accurately tender and construct a project on schedule and on budget. I am very pleased, as are our members, with all aspects of the work that pop design group has completed for our Clubs. We are just getting the club house open and have had some members and the Board tour the newly renovated washrooms and locker rooms. I am happy to say they love it! You hit it out of the park, transforming our locker rooms and our overall image in the club house extensively to the good side. Thanks for your design talent and hard work on this project!”

Greg Lundmark, CCM, CCE, Chief Executive Officer The Glencoe Club

They understand our business, and from there, design ideal solutions tailored exactly to our needs – on time, on budget…

“Collaborating with PDG is always a positive experience; We know we can rely on the team 100%, for their always-impressive creativity, attention-to-detail and absolute professionalism. Julie, Gord and the PDG design team take the time to understand our business, and from there, design ideal solutions tailored exactly to our needs – on time, on budget, and to an exceptionally high-quality. A pleasure to work with, PDG are a team of experts that we’ve counted on to be inventive, responsive and fully-engaged.”

Darren Robinson, General Manager Kananaskis Country Golf Course

A great company to deal with…

“We have found pop design group a great company to deal with! Their design capture the look and feel for our club!”

Bruce Marsales, Building Superintendent Calgary Winter Club

Experience paired with their creativity and attention to detail definitely stands out…

“Our construction team has been working with pop design group on a variety of projects for over 12 years. We have formed a great relationship with pdg and their team! They are very easy to deal with and never adversarial. We love their approach during the construction phase as we are all a team, working together to provide the Clients with an amazing finished space. Their experience paired with their creativity and attention to detail definitely stands out! pop design group’s construction drawings and specifications are some of the best we’ve seen in the industry and are very easy to follow. We would highly recommend working with Julie, Gord and her team for any of your design projects!”

George Bourgeois, President Bourgeois Construction Ltd.

Project would not have been possible without the dedication, perseverance and hard work of individuals like you and your entire team…

Dear Gord,
Please forgive the tardiness of this note, but I still wanted to write and say on May 15th, 2013 as you are aware, another great milestone was reached in the development of the entire Keynote Project. The second residential tower was completed concluding a project that took 10 years to realize from planning, to construction to tenant occupation, which was completed by November of last year.
This project would not have been possible without the dedication, perseverance and hard work of individuals like you and your entire team, and for all of your effort I would like to say a most sincere thank you and congratulations on a job well done.
We hope to be able to work with you again in the future, but until then, we wish you good luck with all of your future activities, take care, safe travels and all the best.
Thank you once again for all your help,

Ron Mannix, Chairman Coril Holdings Ltd.

Balboa recognized your significant contribution to the success of Residential Tower Two…

Dear Gord,
A celebration was held on January 21, 2014 to commemorate the successful completion and turnover of the second residential tower of the Keynote Urban Village, and to acknowledge the efforts of the many that made it happen.
Almost 9 years ago, Balboa began with a creative vision for a transformative development in a long neglected community and engaged a team of strategic partners to bring it to fruition. Although delayed by global financial crisis and catastrophic flood, Keynote Residential Two will forever symbolize the integrity, creativity and decisiveness of the team who overcame these obstacles to complete the original vision for the Keynote Urban Village.
Teamwork is one of Balboa’s core values, and we are proud of the tradition of recognizing the many individuals whose efforts combine to bring vision into reality. The plaque recognizing the efforts of the now 1,500 men and women who essential skills combined to complete the original vision of Keynote Urban Village will hang proudly in the lobby of Keynote Office 1.
Each of us should be proud to have contributed to the 250 quality condos in Keynote Residential Two and the many people who call it home. Of course, the vision for Keynote Urban Village has been broadened to include a second office tower, and so the transformation of the Victoria Park community will continue.
Balboa recognized your significant contribution to the success of Residential Tower Two and the scale model of the original Keynote Urban Village inside the globe is a small token of our gratitude. We hope that you enjoy it.

Stephen Mannix, Executive Managing Director Triovest Capital

“I have had the pleasure of working with Pop Design Group on numerous and varied projects.
Julie and the Pop Team are quick to “fully understand what you need” and deliver it with amazing creativity and overall results.”

Ken Aylesworth, “Head Lettuce”, Prairie Horizon Fresh Market

“In recent years, we have engaged Pop Design Group and their professionalism and experience have been instrumental to us in moving various special design projects from a vague concept to outstanding completion. Pop Design Group’s approach to each task is dedicated, trustworthy and flexible yet always focused on the client’s needs. The results of their efforts provided us with a unique vision that was both creative and refreshing. It has been our pleasure to work with Julie, Gord and other members of the team at PDG and I highly recommend Pop Design Group to any business organization.”

Ross Cannata, Chief Investment Officer of THE TORGAN GROUP
Pop Design Group has brought their collective and collaborative design skills to a number of hospitality related design projects for Brewster Travel Canada; applying creativity and flexibility they have produced great results for both us and our guests.
Stuart Back, VP of Operations Brewster Travel Canada

We retained Pop Design Group to design the unit plans, source and supervise installation of finishes for our midrise purpose-built residential project.  They were able to fully interpret our needs and translate that into a comprehensive finish package that had current appeal but would have longevity.  We provided them with a budget and they took an ownership focus to meeting it.  They were also able to locate sources for finishes at substantial savings.  They had excellent attention to detail during the build out but they were flexible and a pleasure to work with.  We were very pleased with their services and would use them again.

The Oliver Residences, Edmonton, AB ICM Realty Group
“Julie and Gord were utilized to draw up the scope of work and provide design selections when I had to renovate my kitchen due to a prior unsafe and poorly executed renovation after a house flood, conducted by my Insurance company’s Restoration vendor. 
They inspired confidence with their diligent and detailed approach to the job and were able to find numerous ways to save me money through their industry contacts.  I believe they saved me thousands of dollars in the electrical piece, and their selection for the backsplash of mosaic marble tile was stunning. They were also able to find a larger sink to be retrofitted into the expensive Caesarstone, again saving me thousands of dollars, avoiding having to replace the quartz. 
I finally have the warm and functional kitchen that I desired, due to their innovative way of using what was working for the kitchen and adding their impeccable eye to bring in features to warm the space by adding their designer touch. 
Aside from the improved esthetics, they gave me a kitchen space that I love, and that is also far more functional!  I would unequivocally recommend Pop Design Group as a trustworthy, detail-oriented Design Group.

Thank you so much Julie and Gord!”

Janet Boswell, Private Residence

“We had decided to completely gut and remodel our condo.  After multiple fruitless and frustrating efforts to find a designer who could translate our aspirations, hopes, ideas, needs, constraints and challenges into a cohesive and workable vision, we discovered Julie!  If only we had met her sooner! We immediately felt heard AND understood.  Our initial designers seemed focused on getting us to do something they wanted to do; Julie was focused on figuring out how she could help us do what we were hoping to do.  That created a lot of trust.  In addition, Julie was GREAT at asking excellent questions . . . what if? have you considered? what would you think about doing something like this? But the questions were never about imposing her ideas or her vision.  They were always aimed at helping us imagine options, clarify our wants and needs and find ideas.  Those questions helped us have epiphanies; those questions helped us see possibilities we hadn’t imagined; those questions helped us discover ways to achieve our aspirations for our home that we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. 

The result was a condo that had a core layout and structure that embodied our deepest preferences while also having flooring, colors, style, shades, hardware and other matters that we owe to Julie’s expert counsel and guidance and her commitment to understanding us.  We couldn’t have been more pleased with Julie and would hire her without hesitation if we were to buy and remodel another home. We also want to stress that it’s not just our opinion!  Our building engineer pulled us aside multiple times to say how great she was to work with and expressed his wish that other designers could be that easy to work with; the manager of the shop where we bought the stone for our countertops told us we were really fortunate to have such a wonderful designer; contractors on the job, like the folks that built and installed the cabinetry and the folks who installed the flooring, also stressed how much they liked working with Julie.   It’s so important to have a designer who can effectively work with all the people who impact the scope and pace of your remodel.   Julie was clearly stellar in their eyes.  That made things go so much more smoothly. If you want to hear more about how much we enjoyed working with Julie, please let her know and she can put us in touch.  We’re grateful for Julie every day.”

Ken Lee, Beverly Hills, California