Unit # 5 - 452 Dovercourt Dr, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1G4
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Our Staff

Meet the people of GDI

GDI Manitoba

Tom Robson
Founding Principal, President & C.E.O.

Tom began working in the drywall contracting industry in 1984 as a residential drywall taper. After 9 years of field experience, Tom moved on in his career in 1993 becoming involved in residential drywall estimating and project management. In 1996 Tom was one of three founding shareholders in GDI and in 2002 assumed the roles of both General Manager & President. In 2013 Tom became C.E.O. of GDI, which has become one of Canada’s largest, most respected, drywall contractors.

Tom progressively directs and coordinates all activities of the company, through his unmatched management team, to obtain optimum efficiency and economy of operations. Under Tom’s leadership, vision and belief that attaining success in the drywall industry comes from ‘being fair, firm and honest’ GDI has grown to be a multi-faceted construction company with dedicated commercial, multi-family and residential divisions employing hundreds of professional trades people through-out our Western Canadian offices.

Tom enjoys his off time with his family and many close friends. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for companies and associations in the Construction, Commercial Real Estate Development and Interactive Business Intelligence businesses. Tom supports several community service and charitable organizations.

Darryl Rainka
Senior Principal, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Commercial Division

Darryl, following in his father father’s footsteps, has been working in the commercial construction industry for over 29 years. Darryl worked his way up from being a 1st. year apprentice at 18 years of age to being a Red Seal Certified Journeyman and Interior Systems Mechanic. Prior to Darryl assuming an office management role with GDI in 2002, Darryl was well respected as one of Winnipeg’s top commercial drywall foreman and successfully completed numerous large, complex projects. Darryl has been a principal in GDI since 2007 and fills the role of GDI commercial site operations officer.

Darryl uses his extensive knowledge in all phases of construction to expertly control scheduling, labour requirements, purchasing and field coordinating the many various daily aspects of numerous commercial steel stud / drywall projects. Darryl has excelled in ensuring efficient, quality work is completed by GDI’s top tradespeople on all our commercial projects. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in estimating, scheduling, purchasing, and field coordinating

Darryl enjoys his off time with his family and is a passionate golfer, having been a long time member at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.

Danny Smyrski
Danny Smyrski - Senior Principal, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Residential & Multi-Family Division

Danny, following in his father’s footsteps, has worked his way up in this industry since starting as a drywaller and steel stud framer some 35 years ago. Danny has been a principal in GDI since 2002 and fills the role of GDI & D.I.L.P.’s residential site operations officer. Danny oversees dozens of craftsmen for multiple ongoing projects, ensuring efficient progress and skilled workmanship for each housing project.

Danny has recently taken on the responsibility of implementation of our residential quality assurance / quality control plan and is invigorated daily with the challenge of providing our customers the absolute best possible service and quality through effective site operations.

Danny enjoys his off time with at his family at their cottage and is an avid outdoorsman and conservationist.

Paul Perron
Principal, Chief Estimator/Project Manager

Paul is the Chief Estimator/Senior Project manager for the commercial division at GDI. He started in the industry in 1991 at the age of 18, eventually starting his own small business in 1998 and also working as a site foreman. In 2006 Paul decided to explore a different career direction when he was accepted into NAV Canada’s air traffic control school. After pursuing this for a year, Paul made the decision to go back into the drywall industry, as GDI offered him an estimating position – he hasn’t looked back since.

Currently, Paul is responsible for running the office side of GDI’s commercial division as well as managing 5 commercial estimators/project managers. He is also responsible for estimating and managing the commercial work out of GDI’s new office in Regina. Paul has gained a reputation as being a very hard working, fair and honest senior manager at GDI.

Justin Moutray
Principal, Residential Production Manager

Justin began in the drywall industry in 1999 working as a taping apprentice for GDI with his father as his “teacher/mentor”. Justin moved on to having his own residential taping crew for GDI before coming off the tools in 2009 and moving into the supervisor roll for the company.

Justin has since moved into a management position as GDI’s Residential Production Manager and possesses impeccable logistic & systems skills while operating GDI’s proprietary IT residential production management system.

Ben Zacharias
Principal, Senior Commercial Sites Project Manager

Ben Zacharias has been working in the commercial construction industry since 1993, starting his apprenticeship in drywall before becoming a site foreman 5 years later and a commercial sites supervisor in 2000. Joining GDI in 2006, Ben was promoted to the position of Commercial Project Sites Manager in 2008. His educational training includes Red Seal Certificate in 2004, various courses from the University of Winnipeg & Red River College as well as numerous certifications ranging from project management & cost control to contract law. Ben has a strong belief in working collaboratively with all GDI customers &site employees to produce a professional product. He prides himself on honesty & integrity and uses these characteristics in all his working relationships.

Greg Davenport
Principal, Manager – Davenport Interiors Limited Partnership (D.I.L.P.) Residential Division Estimator for GDI & D.I.L.P.

Greg has been involved in the drywall industry since 1995, starting out in the distribution side of the industry, then moving on to becoming a journeyman tradesman. Greg started his own company in 2001 as Davenport Interiors Ltd.

In early 2012, Greg joined the GDI family of companies, forming Davenport Interiors Limited Partnership (DILP) and through this partnership has continued to grow Davenport’s business. Greg specializes in estimating & managing high end custom homes for some of Winnipeg’s premier builders.

As well, D.I.L.P. has found a niche in the wood framed/steel stud multi-family drywall business.

Beth Watters, BA/BEcon

Beth is the diligent accounting manager for all GDI’s operating companies. Beth manages all day to day accounting & payroll functions for our companies.  Beth has been with GDI since 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in accounting and finance.  Beth has been an integral part of the recent growth of our businesses and therefore is exceptionally informed and invested. Beth also plays the vital role of managing all administrative staff and their respective responsibilities.

Mariya Loymoeva
Intermediate Accountant

Mariya has been working with GDI since 2016. She has 15 years of experience working as an accountant in construction industry. Mariya has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and is currently working on completing her CPA. Mariya works collaboratively with our controller; Beth Watters on the accounting needs of our companies.

Maggie Hera
Accounting & Administrative Assistant

Maggie received her Payroll Compliance Practitioner certificate in 2010. Maggie provides GDI companies professional in-house payroll expertise for both employee and sub-contractor type payrolls. She also assists with many accounting and administrative duties within our company.

Raelene Kupiak
Accounting & Administrative Assistant

Raelene has been with GDI since 2013. Raelene attended Winnipeg Technical College where she attained a business administrative assistant diploma. Raelene provides accounting & administrative support and her expertise in these fields is very beneficial to our office and site staff. She also assists our estimators and project managers with bidding and invoicing documents. Raelene is also our friendly and helpful receptionist.

John Harrison
Senior Commercial Estimator / Project Manager

John has been in the commercial drywall & acoustic industry for over 36 years. John joined the GDI estimating team in 2010. A 1979 graduate from RRCC, John has be involved in the estimating & project management of a vast variety of jobs ranging from the smallest to the largest projects built in Manitoba. John is a valued Senior Estimator / Project Manager here at GDI, where we utilize his wide-ranging and varied experience. John has extensive knowledge of conceptual design development budgets to hard bid projects including schools, medical facilities, commercial spaces, industrial facilities,  government institutions and large multi-storey multi-family steel framing/drywall projects ranging in size from $50,000 to $15 million dollars for the past eight years.

Adam Briscoe, BA (Economics)
Commercial Estimator & Project Manager

Adam entered the drywall industry at the age of 15 while working on the drywall scrap truck during summer vacations.  This continued until after high school, when he began his career as a commercial steel stud framing apprentice.  Adam worked full time for a number of years as a commercial site employee, all the while attending the University of Manitoba as a part-time student.  Adam received his Bachelor Degree in Economics with a minor in business in 2011. Adam then went on to pursue a Building Construction Technician Certificate from Red River College.  Adam advanced in his career in July of 2013, becoming a member of GDI’s office staff, where he currently works as a precise commercial estimator and well respected project manager.

Anton Alleyne
Commercial Estimator/Project Manager

Anton is a graduate from the Civil Technology/Building Design CAD diploma program from Red River College.  A silver medalist in Skills Canada competition.  Anton has worked in the structural design and estimating side of the business for over 15 years.  Anton joined GDI to hone his expertise in wall & ceiling systems industry, plus use his vast experience in structural design to compliment his project management duties.  Anton enjoys building relationships with GDI customers by providing accurate take-off’s and ensuring top quality, reliable workmanship.

Jeremy Perron
Commercial Estimator/Project Manager

Jeremy has been working in the commercial construction industry since 1998. He started in the drywall construction industry at the age of 18, becoming a site foreman in 2004. The following year became a commercial projects supervisor.  Jeremy is known in the industry for his attitude, knowledge and ability to collaboratively & successfully complete projects on time and on budget.

Jeremy has several constructions related courses with instructor status’ as well as being a former licensed paramedic. Joining the GDI team in January 2016, Jeremy started as a senior commercial projects supervisor and is currently transitioning to a commercial/multi-family divisions estimating/project manager role.

Ryan McLean
Residential Site Foreman

Ryan started his career installing insulation, vapour barrier and drywall in 2002. Just less than a year later Ryan branched off on his own, running his own drywall crew. In 2007 Ryan furthered his career in the role as sites supervisor for Davenport Interiors Ltd. Ryan approaches all he deals with in a low-key, respectful manner and his experience & knowledge working with new home builders and tradesmen on site is second to none.

Steven Mlodzinski
Residential Site Foreman

Steve has been working in new home construction for GDI over 15 years, concentrating on insulation and building envelopes. Steve moved into his role as Residential Division Site Foreman in 2015. Although a production home specialist, Steve especially looks forward to the challenges brought by custom designed spaces which fall outside of the ordinary specifications.

Our home builder customers have come to rely on Steve’s experience to ensure that even the smallest of details are not missed.

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Adam Saurette
Residential Site Foreman and Assistant Safety Officer

Adam started in the trade in 2003 and quickly achieved his Red Seal Certification. In January, 2016 Adam became a member of GDI’s Commercial Division and was picked to be the safety leader on his first project – The Season’s of Tuxedo Mall project with PCL Constructors. Adam’s breadth of experience and interpersonal skills make him an excellent fit to serve our Residential customers as a Residential Division Foreman. Adam also assists the Safety Manager with Occupational Safety and Health concerns and is a CSAM Registered COR Auditor.

Adam’s extensive background within commercial, multifamily and residential means that he is familiar with, and willing to take on, just about any building project that is available. With his 14 years in the trade experience, coupled with 9 years of management and supervisor experience, we know Adam sees projects work to their best efficiencies and above our customers’ expectations.

David Unger
GDI & D.I.L.P. Residential Service Manager

Dave has been in the drywall industry for 30 years. Dave had his own drywall business for 10 of those years. Dave has been with GDI for 14 years now, starting in 2001 as a taper that had the highest degree of work ethic & standards. Dave moved further along in his career as a service technician, foreman and for the past 4 years has been managing GDI & D.I.L.P.’s residential service department.

Ihor Barwinsky, BSc
Construction Safety Officer

C.S.O. Designation, April 2011 CSO #27604-11

GDI was the first drywall contractor in Manitoba to attain COR designation. Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd. has maintained its’ COR Safety Certification since it was achieved in March 2006.  Ihor works fulltime as Safety Officer for both GDI & D.I.L.P. As GDI’s Safety Program has grown and continues to evolve to answer changing needs and regulations, Ihor works to ensure consistent control and communications between our workers, management, customers and regulators. Ihor has been dealing with GDI’s safety for 6 years. Ihor takes care of both GDI’s & DILP’s WCB claims and Return-To-Work processes.  He has also been actively involved with MSI research projects in conjunction with the MWCB.  Ihor is also busy day to day with training and orientations for WHMIS, Fall Protection, Lifts, MSI Reduction and Scaffold Safety. We are very fortunate to have Ihor on our management team.

Greg Mlodzinski
Shop Manager

Greg has been with GDI since day one and now fills the role as our shop manage. He brings over 35 years of construction experience while looking after our companies’ property, tools and equipment. This depth of experience allows Greg to immediately recognize and understand our commercial, multi-family and residential trades’ needs and anticipate when they will need various equipment & materials on and off a site. Greg’s past experience with heavy trucks also makes him invaluable in maintaining our material handling trucks, scissor lifts and multiple trailers.

Rob Collins
IT manager

Rob first started in the technology business in 1984 as a private contractor for various companies earning his MCP, MCSE, MCSD, A+ and Network+ along the way. In 1998 he opened his own company and started contracting to various companies in Winnipeg including Gypsum Drywall Interiors Ltd. During this time, he has kept GDI up with all the latest technologies and maintained their network and systems.

GDI Saskatchewan

Sean Hayward
General Manager, Gypsum Drywall Interiors (Saskatchewan) Ltd.

Sean has been working in the contracting field for over 24 years. Although not all of those years were specifically in the drywall industry they all helped contribute to the last 10 in which Sean owned and operated a very successful drywall business. Sean became a Principal in Gypsum Drywall Interiors (Saskatchewan) Ltd. in early 2014 and acts as general manager of GDI Saskatchewan. It is his knowledge, skill and ability to run projects on time & on budget that has made him the perfect person to fly the GDI banner in Saskatchewan.

Sean lives & breathes GDI’s motto; “Fair, Firm & Honest” in all his business dealings and understands that both quality workmanship & “best of best” customer service are the keys to mutually beneficial, lasting relationships, which is the focus of GDI (Saskatchewan) Ltd.

Reggie Whitmore
Commercial Operations Manager

Reggie is the commercial operations manager for GDI Saskatchewan. Reggie moved to Saskatchewan from Ireland in 2013 after many years running his own drywall construction business. Reggie immediately began worked in the commercial construction field in Saskatchewan before joining the GDI Saskatchewan team in early 2016. Reggie is a consummate professional and lives the GDI motto everyday in all his professional relationships; being – “Fair, Firm and Honest.”

Bryce Maczuga
Commercial Division Estimator and Project Manager

Bryce is the Commercial Division estimator/project manager for GDI in Saskatchewan. Bryce has been active as both a contractor and site supervisor for almost 20 years. In 2016 Bryce proudly decided to make the natural move to the estimating & project management side of the business, following in his father, Denis’ footsteps. (Denis was a Principal and Senior Estimator with GDI until his retirement in 2010).

Bryce’s skills in the field have made him an invaluable asset to the GDI Saskatchewan Team.

Denver Deschenes
Construction Safety Officer

Denver is the chief safety officer for GDI Saskatchewan. Denver started as a tradesmen in the construction industry in 1975. Over the years, he has worked many facets of both Residential and Commercial construction. In 2012, he decided to pursue the field of safety. Denver graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, British Columbia in June of 2012 with a certificate in OHS. Denver is also a certified NCSO through Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association.

Shirley Hayward
Office Manager & Administrator

Shirley is the office manager and administrator for the GDI Saskatchewan team. Shirley comes to GDI Saskatchewan with a vast array of experience after a 27-year career in the financial & banking sector.