About

OUR COMPANY

The locally-owned Knappett Group of companies has been in business since 1983. Over the years, we’ve completed hundreds of projects throughout British Columbia and have established a tradition of excellence in construction. Our teams of certified tradespeople and construction professionals have completed some of the largest and most complex builds on Vancouver Island, and this expertise is brought to each and every project. For us, success is a completed build that exceeds obligations and is delivered on time and on budget.

OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERS

IN THE COMMUNITY

Giving back has always been important to us. Over the years we’ve supported many local organizations, including:

  • United Way 
    Annual support through fundraising initiatives, including the company’s matching employee donations. (Link) 
  • Mustard Seed
    Annual support through donations and Canstruction. (Link)
  • Our Place
    Annual support through donations, Major Sponsor of Hungry Hearts Fundraising Gala, and Sponsor of Therapeutic Recovery Centre. (Link)
  • Canstruction
    Annual fundraiser that supports the Mustard Seed by raising food can donations. We were one of the first large construction companies to take part and have challenged others to join. Last year, three construction teams entered. (Link)
  • Cool Aid Society
    Annual support through donations and sponsoring their Homecoming Gala. (Link)
  • Anawim House
    Sponsor of annual fundraiser. (Link)
  • Camosun College Foundation
    Support through donations and Major Sponsor of New Trades Shop (Knappett Carpentry Shop). (Link)
  • Vancouver Island University Foundation
    Major Donor towards Building Campaign Fundraiser. (Link)
  • Another Brick in Nepal
    Support of a school building program in Nepal. (Link)
  • Greater Victoria Performing Arts
    Support through donations for Awards of Youth Musical Performance. (Link)
  • Youth Athletics  
    Sponsors of numerous Youth Athletic Teams in the Vancouver Island area.

OUR PARTNERS 

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John Knappett, P. Eng.

President

An experienced construction industry executive, John Knappett has led the construction of projects across British Columbia. Specializing in the institutional, commercial, and multi-family housing sectors, his organization has completed highway bridges, wastewater and treatment plants, landmark educational facilities, government buildings, industrial facilities, and residences. To successfully execute these complex projects, John communicates each project’s larger vision to all stakeholders, fosters a culture of integrity and innovation, and instills in his team a drive for success. An involved member of his community and industry, John has acted as a chair or board member for various associations, including BC Hydro, the Canadian Construction Association, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, and the City of Victoria’s Civic Heritage Trust. In 2014, John was awarded the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s “Distinguished Alumni Award” on the 50th anniversary of the founding of BCIT.

John holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma of Technology in Geomatics (Survey) Engineering from the B.C. Institute of Technology. He is certified in Project Management by Gold Seal and the Canadian Construction Association and is a Professional Engineer Registered in the Province of British Columbia.

Daniel Behrens, P. Eng.

Vice President

Daniel Behrens joined Knappett Projects with a history of diverse project experience and quickly rose to the position of Vice President. While Daniel primarily oversees the work of our project managers and estimators, he also brings his project management experience to some of his own projects. A problem solver and strategic thinker, Daniel led Knappett’s adoption of new software and hardware, improving productivity and streamlining processes; Knappett now leads the construction industry in its advanced use of technology. Daniel is proud to work with such a dynamic and passionate team whose construction projects benefit the community. Desiring to make an even greater impact, as a founding member of the Vancouver Island Construction Organization – U40, he initiated a major fundraiser, the VICA U40 Charity Casino event, which raised thousands of dollars for Help Fill a Dream and other local charities.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering with a minor in Structural Engineering from the University of Calgary. He is Gold Seal Certified in Project Management, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Professional Engineer Registered in the Province of British Columbia.

Roger Yager, P. Eng.

Vice President

Roger Yager has led the construction of some of the most complex projects in Knappett’s history, including fast track, design-build, and Public-Private Partnership projects. A longstanding member of the team, Roger uses his experience to supervise and support the estimators and project managers, complete reviews of estimates and tender submissions, and procure and assess new projects. As much as he enjoys seeing a project’s successful completion, he’s equally motivated by Knappett’s people. Every employee, from the general laborer to upper management, feels like a central part of the company. Roger and the Knappett team extend this culture of support to new talent, mentoring young engineers and project managers and creating an environment for long-term success. Outside of work, Roger participates in associations such as VICA and BCCA, which allow him to share his knowledge with other members and positively impact the industry.

Roger holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba and a Building Envelope Certification from A.I.B.C. He is Gold Seal Certified in Project Management and is a Professional Engineer Registered in the Province of British Columbia.