Meet Our Team

The Backbone of The Edward Experience

A premier residence of this calibre needs a premier team. In developing The Edward, we started with a superb central location, then engaged architects and consultants with experience in retirement living. Most importantly, we talked with our prospective residents, listening to their preferences and advice.

The result? Every member of The Edward team is trained to deliver caring, attentive, professional service that will surpass your expectations.

General Manager,
Alisa Audia

Alisa started her career working with seniors over 25 years ago when she completed the Gerontology honours degree program at The University of Guelph. After graduating, Alisa worked in long-term care for seven years as a Recreation Manager. She then transitioned to the retirement industry and was the National Lifestyle Director for a company that offered 5-star resort-style retirement living in Alberta and Quebec. Since then, Alisa has gained experience in the private club industry, hospitality, interior design, and real estate development.

Her kind and warm nature, and positive upbeat vibe make her the perfect fit for The Edward. Alisa’s values align with those of The Edward – she exemplifies integrity, respect, and compassion. Her varied background provides the perfect combination of experience and knowledge. There is no doubt that Alisa has created a vibrant and one-of-a-kind community at The Edward.

When not at work, Alisa is at her country home spending time with family. She prefers to live a simple life and spends as much time as possible outside. Alisa likes to dabble in interior design and always has a renovation project on the go. To contact Alisa, email, or call 403.232.5162.

Leasing Specialist,
Tara Nini

Tara's passion for helping people began over a decade ago working as a Registered Massage Therapist. Her love of travel and cultures inspired her to travel all over the world, finding her way back to Canada and ultimately calling Calgary home since 2012.

Her natural disposition to connect and care for others eventually launched her into a successful real estate career, working exclusively for Calgary developers in single and multi-family home projects. Her experiences and skills have taken her on a path that has now lead her to join our dedicated team at The Edward.

When not at work, you can find Tara spending time volunteering and mastering her culinary skills with recipes she learned abroad. She is also fluent in French, and ready to chat with you. Tara can answer any question you may have about The Edward, just reach out! To contact Tara, email, or call 403.232.5161.

Food & Beverage Manager / Executive Chef,
John Maclean

John Maclean’s professional culinary career began 30 years ago, working primarily for Fairmont Hotels in Canada and the US. He spent 20 years working in some of the most well-known and prestigious hotels with four-diamond and five-star accreditations.

He competed in several culinary competitions, including national competitions with the American Culinary Federation. John has been published in various magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been featured on numerous television programs.

John is passionate about empowering his team by leading with a collaborative environment and hands-on approach. He is happiest at work when connecting with residents and guests, which makes him a perfect fit for The Edward. John’s distinctive menus always revolve around the use of fresh, local and seasonal ingredients prepared in new and interesting ways. It is important to John that our seafood is 100% OceanWise approved, thus sustainably sourced. John loves partnering with farmers in the area and supports local as much as possible. He also likes to switch things up by offering new menus regularly, as well as daily features. You will also find John regularly hosting cooking demos in The Studio kitchen. With paired wine and a seasonal flair, these are always a welcome treat.

When not at work, you can find John fishing and camping in the mountains, or trying out new recipes for his friends and family. To contact Chef John, email, or call 403.232.5164.

Wellness Navigator,
Janessa DeCoste

Janessa started her career as a registered nurse 13 years ago, after completing her nursing degree at Saint Francis Xavier University in her home province of Nova Scotia. She spent over a decade working with children with cancer and their families in hospital and summer camp settings, and recently transitioned from pediatric oncology to the world of holistic nursing. She is currently a board-certified holistic nurse coach and owns her own private practice working with healthcare professionals looking to explore holistic nursing.

Janessa’s innate and intuitive way of connecting with people is instantly evident. She believes that human connection and working with individuals in a holistic manner are essential to living a curated lifestyle. She is beyond thrilled to be able to bring holistic health and wellness to the residents and team at The Edward as our Wellness Navigator.

When not at work, Janessa loves to spend time with her family, ideally exploring local hidden gems in their vintage motorhome. She loves being around water and enjoys getting out on her stand-up paddleboard. She also loves learning new holistic healing modalities, and most recently has added Reiki (level one) to her healing toolkit. To contact Janessa, email, or call 403.232.5166.

Maître D',
Kennedy Lee

Kennedy is an energetic leader and hospitality professional with over 20 years of experience in various five-star hotels including the Fairmont Palliser, Sheraton Suites Eau Claire and The Hyatt Regency. Throughout his hospitality career, Kennedy has displayed a great passion for exceptional guest experiences and service excellence. Kennedy holds a Level 1 and 2 Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate and has curated an impressive wine selection for The Edward that is sure to impress any wine enthusiast.

Kennedy possesses a passion for customer service and genuinely looks for creative ways to meet the needs of others. The residents always comment on his gracious, kind and gentle approach to meeting their requests and individual preferences. Kennedy is always here to help celebrate any special occasion, by providing first-class service and hospitality to residents and their guests.

When not at The Edward, Kennedy enjoys going to the gym or spending time at home cooking. To contact Kennedy, email, or call 403.232.5168.

Sous Chef / Pastry Chef,
Theophile (Theo) Midez

Theo’s cooking journey started over 15 years ago in a culinary school in a little village in the heart of France. Since then, he has learned the excellence of French cuisine and specializes in beautifully created and unique desserts. Theo has been trained by some of the best Chefs in the world while working in Michelin star restaurants such as Le Taillevent in Paris and Hotel Martinez in Cannes. During that time, he competed in “Championnat de France des Desserts”.

Theo is eager to discover new cultures and moved to Canada eight years ago. He fell in love with the country and has decided to stay and start a family here. Theo brings an unmistakable sense of sophistication to The Edward and our residents look forward to ending their fine dining experience with one of his unique dessert creations.

When not at work you can find Theo in the mountains hiking and skiing, or at home mastering diverse dishes and recipes alongside his family. To contact Theo, email

Program Curator,
Brittany Hazel

Brittany began her career 12 years ago at a local high-end retirement residence, as the Dining Room Coordinator. Her passion for working with seniors inspired her to pursue a career in nursing. Upon graduation, Brittany worked for a Calgary-based homecare company, where her bright and charismatic personality shone through as she provided exceptional nursing services. After receiving a promotion to a leadership role,

Brittany began consulting for the company and oversaw the health and wellness of clients, all while establishing meaningful relationships and ensuring the best possible care was delivered.

As Program Curator at The Edward, Brittany has designed a fun, innovative, and engaging activity plan for our residents. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with cSPACE to bring the multi-generational and artistic vision of The Edward to life. Brittany is very dedicated to enriching the lives of our residents. She provides an all-encompassing activity program - filled with art, music, superb entertainment, fitness, meditation, and themed celebrations. Brittany’s primary focus is to create a curated calendar, specifically designed around our resident’s passions, hobbies, and interests. She is eager to listen to our resident’s requests and to try new things.

Outside of work, Brittany is a singer-songwriter, currently recording her first album set to be released this year. Brittany is excited to share her musical gifts with residents by performing on occasion and hosting fireside jam sessions. To contact Brittany, email, or call 403.232.5165.

Building Services Manager,
Corey Petr

Corey grew up in Calgary and enjoys being near the Rocky Mountains, spending many weekends snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

He brings to The Edward a breadth of knowledge and experience with his background as a Master Electrician. With his estimating, project managing, and customer service skills, he is the perfect leader to keep The Edward and its residents safe. Our residents like to call him MacGyver, as he can fix anything.

Corey loves being part of a team where everyone works together to achieve the same goals. The team at The Edward all go above and beyond to provide residents with exceptional service, which aligns with Corey’s core values.

When not at work, you can find Corey spending time with his two boys, working on small wood working projects, and trying his luck at playing guitar. To contact Corey, email, or call 403.232.5167.

Owner & Operator,
Section23 Developments

Section23 Developments is a diversified collective specializing in architecture, land development and housing with a track record spanning more than three decades. Our roots, however, go back to 1923 with the establishment of Ollerenshaw Ranch in what is now southeast Calgary. Founded on the Ollerenshaw family legacy of community building, we are driven to develop differently, always responding the land, our heritage, and the value of good design in creating environments that connect generations.

At The Edward, we are setting a new standard for independent retirement living in Alberta, creating a vital addition to the South Calgary neighbourhood and creating a community where residents can live active, enriched and connected lives.

Learn more about Section23 Developments.

Interested in learning more about The Edward’s unmatched services, amenities and leasing opportunities? Contact us today to arrange a chat with our Leasing Specialist.