Bill Laurysen – Vice President of Operations
Caroline Castrucci – Vice President of Administration
Giuseppe Castrucci – Vice President of Sales / Marketing
Corey Laurysen – Special Projects and Order Processing
Michael Laurysen – Plant Manager
Christian Slanina – Production Manager
Michelle Labelle – Controller
Harley Wallin – Sales / Marketing Manager
Christine Paxton – Human Resources
Don Waites – Ontario Dealer Representative
Harley Wallin, Sales / Marketing Manager
A passionate contributor to the New Home Industry for the past 14 years. Working with families to personalize their home from first-time buyers to retirement downsizings continues to be one of the most satisfying experiences in my career. The customer experience is the foundation of what we strive for in our daily habits and interactions. My goal as a leader is to provide my team with the best tools and work environment to allow them to shine as the best design professionals in the business.
Outside of the office, you can find me exploring Ottawa’s many sites and sounds with friends and family. When I getaway to visit my Northern Ontario hometown you will find me in the sky flying to the endless supply of lakes and cabins with my childhood friend and cohort. My #1 bucket list item would be to become a contestant on Jeopardy… but don’t hold your breath on that.
- Multiple GOHBA award winner both as a New Home Sales Consultant and Coach/Mentor
Wael Bakr, Design Supervisor, CKBD
“Everyone’s economic and life style situation is unique. I keep that in mind when working with clients. Designing the same space for five different families may result in five different designs – this is how unique and distinguished we are.”
Wael Bakr is a Certified Kitchen Designer with over 20 years extensive experience in architectural and interior design. He is a true professional and a very creative designer, with excellent knowledge of design and fantastic customer service skills. He enjoys the challenges and responsibilities involved in his work and has produced award winning designs throughout his career.
Wael has also obtained the highly coveted Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
- Second Place – Classic/Traditional Kitchen Group C, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2019
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2016
- First Place – People’s Choice Award – Kitchen, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
- First Place – Traditional Kitchen Group B, NKBA Ottawa Chapter Design Excellence Awards, 2015
Aviva Ben-Choreen, CMKBD
Aviva Ben-Choreen is a graduate of Emunah College in Jerusalem and expanded her knowledge with additional courses from the University of Ottawa in the ’90s. She is fluently bi-lingual in English and Hebrew.
She has worked in the field of design for over 25 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 20 years, she has been a member of the Laurysen Team. She is a member of the NKBA and is one of the first few to have achieved the Certified Kitchen Designer designation in the city of Ottawa. She currently holds certification for both kitchen and bath design from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
She has extensive experience with individualized custom designs for one-of-a-kind jobs as well as the ability to work on large scale projects. Over the years Aviva has helped create many model homes with quality builders in Ottawa that have gone on to win awards in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders annual design competition.
Aviva has achieved Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer status with the National Kitchen and Bath Association in 2020.
- 2007 Ottawa Carleton Home Builders Association – Production Kitchen under 125 sq.ft.
- 2015 Ottawa Home Builders Association – Finalist – Most Outstanding Kitchen Renovation
- 2015 GOHBA Finalist – Custom Kitchen 241 sq.ft. Traditional $75,000 and more
- 2016 Canadian Home Builders Association National Awards for Housing Excellence – Kitchen Renovations – $65,000 and over
- 2018 GOHBA Housing Design Award Winner – Renovation $200,000 – $350,000
- 2019 Canadian Home Builders Association / National – Renovation Awards Kitchens Under $70,000 – Finalist
Ola Elmaghraby, Designer
Originally trained as an Architecture Engineer, Ola has also graduated from the Kitchen and Bath Design program at Algonquin College.
“Kitchen are the most used space in our homes, where we share joyful moments with our loved ones,” she says. “That’s why I decided to specialize in kitchen design.”
Ola especially enjoys the challenge of making the best use of every available space in a kitchen or bathroom, as it gives her the chance to really put her knowledge and experience to work for her clients.
“Designing a kitchen should be a fun and exciting experience,” she comments. “I love that I’m able to make a difference in the everyday lives of the people I design for.”
Kimberly has been working in the interior design and décor field since graduating from Algonquin College in 2007. She began by starting her own decorating business while working as an office designer for the government and later working for a high end furniture store. Kimberly joined Laurysen Kitchens Design team in 2009, and quickly became an integral part of the team, working closely with well established contractors to provide clients with a complete renovation which is both easy and comforting. She enjoys providing clients with personal attention to help them discover their own unique sense of style and create their very own beautiful custom kitchen.
Janet Spencer, Designer
Janet discovered her love for design very early on in high school after finishing 4 years of drafting and design before continuing on to complete an Architectural Technicians degree at Loyalist College with honours. Wanting to focus her attention to interior design and combine her technical drafting skills lead her to commit to specializing in the Kitchen and Bath design industry and enrolling in the Kitchen and Bath course at Algonquin College winning the award for top mark in computer drafting. Janet has been working in the industry since graduating and enjoys taking her customers through the journey of initial concept drawings to the final project.
Elnaz Shahrokhi, Designer
Elnaz graduated from Azad University in Tehran with a bachelor degree in English Translation and Literature in 2002. Later, with an extreme passion and talent for designing and space planning, she became a certified Interior Decorator with an honour diploma from Algonquin College.
Having a background in sales and customer service combined with colour consultations and home staging experience, she started helping home buyers with selecting their finishes and upgrades at a design center of a local builder. In 2011, she realized that kitchen and bathroom planning was her specialty and moved to Laurysen kitchen to start her Kitchen Design career.
Since then, she has finished many stunning retail, builders and special projects. Working with MINTO, she has also been the Laurysen Designer for the CHEO Dream Home in 2017 and 2018.
“Designing kitchens, bathrooms and closets feels like showcasing your creativity and talent in a form of a painting on a blank canvas. This pleasure is endless,” she says.
- First Place Production Kitchen (176 sq.ft. or more), GOHBA Awards, 2020
- First Place Production Bathroom, GOHBA Awards, 2019
- First Place Production Kitchen (176 sq.ft. or more), GOHBA Awards, 2019
- First place NKBA 2017 Housing award in Look for Less category
- Second place NKBA 2015 Housing Award in Contemporary kitchens
Jinan Al-Ani, Designer
Jinan graduated as an Architectural engineer from the University of Baghdad and equalized her diploma from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board CACB.
Jinan is also a graduate of the Kitchen and Bath Design program at Algonquin College.
Jinan has worked in the field of design as an architect on luxurious, winning and prizes awarded projects for over 20 years in Iraq, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi (UAE).
For the past years, she has been a member of the Laurysen Team working on large scale projects.
“Fulfilling clients’ dreams of having enriched and functional kitchen is always a priority”.
- First place NKBA 2017 Design excellence awards – Creative Concept
Victoria Hurrell, Sales Support Administrator
From working in New Home Sales and as a Design Assistant Victoria gained a lot of insight into the Kitchen and Bath Industry from very early on in her career. She first became a Designer at Laurysen Kitchens in 2017, but always maintained an interest in improving procedures and processes. Now in her role as Sales Support Administrator, Victoria is able to use her technical skills, strategic thinking, and design experience to assist the Sales Team and Production Departments in creating a more efficient and enjoyable workflows. Victoria also continues to design at Laurysen Kitchens on occasion and to help out the team.
Victoria has a wide range of interests and loves to keep active outside of work. When she’s not at work you will likely find her bike riding through Ottawa’s bike paths or enjoying time with family and friends. Victoria also loves to bake, cook, and craft!
Kaitlyn North, Designer
As a recent Interior Decorating Honours Graduate from Algonquin College, Kaitlyn is excited to be in the Kitchen and Bath industry to express her incredible passion and detailed eye for design. Her family noticed her love for design since a young age and encouraged her to strive for her goal to join the industry. “It’s a great feeling to wake up and be able to do what you love,” she says.
Through her education, Kaitlyn realized early on that the complexity and uniqueness of Kitchen and Bath Design is where her heart is most drawn to and that it is her specialty. Kaitlyn enjoys the challenges that come with every design for kitchens, bathrooms, closets and everything else in between as well as being able to put her knowledge to the test in order to meet the detailed needs and wants of every client. Kaitlyn will also soon be studying to get her first National Kitchen & Bath Association certification, the AKBD, and has a long term goal to achieve her Master Certification.
“My biggest value is to ensure that my client’s dream kitchens become a reality because after all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where some of our most joyful memories are made.”
Zeina Agha, Designer
“I love travelling and have developed a strong eye for detail. Visiting unique places around the world has introduced me to several styles, and I’ve collected design inspirations from many different locations.”
Zeina Agha is an experienced designer with an extensive history working in the architectural and interior design industries internationally.
After graduating as an architectural engineer from the University of Aleppo, Zeina began working in the field of design in Dubai and has continued following her passion for the last 13 years. A detailed-oriented designer, she carefully works through all phases of design to ensure the end result is a true expression of her client’s wishes.
Zeina believes that successful design should be timeless and inspiring. Noteworthy skills include a natural eye for beauty and an assured sense of scale. She strives to deliver designs that appeal to clients on an individual level while also serving the practical needs and goals established for the space.
In Zeina’s opinion, the kitchen is the most crucial room in the house. It is the space where families spend most of their time cooking and enjoying meals. She loves working with people to create innovative, functional, and aesthetic designs that fulfill their needs and desires.