The Christenson Group of Companies has evolved into an efficient and complementary team working towards a common goal—providing thoughtful, intelligent housing to handle the growing demands of active adult living, retirement communities, and seniors housing. Christenson Developments provides the vision. Its objective is to develop the concept, find the land, and work with government to get approval and proceed.
Can-Der Construction takes the vision and turns it into reality. As the construction management arm of The Christenson Group of Companies, Can-Der has left its mark on Edmonton and Alberta by creating solid, elegant retirement homes in the form of Villa Bungalows and Estate Condos as well as intelligent, inviting senior housing.
Once a leased project has been completed, Christenson Communities is the heart-beat that brings it to life. Vision and construction create a house, but compassion makes it a home. With a combination of old fashioned caring and respect, combined with contemporary supportive services, the Communities staff imbues senior housing with a rich quality of life.
Greg Christenson is President and CoOwner, with Peter Dirksen, of Christenson Developments. Currently, Greg is the past President of the Canadian Home Builders Association – Alberta, and recently chaired the Strategic Planning Committee for CHBA. Nationally, Greg still serves on the Planning and Development Committee of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and has recently participated on the housing committee of the Capital Region Growth Plan and on the Downtown Arena Feasibility Committee.
Greg is also past President of both the Edmonton and the Canadian Home Builders Association, and served as the Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. A graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, Greg followed his father, Lloyd, into business in 1979, designing and building over 1,000 rental units as ChrisCon Builders. In 1989, Greg and Peter formed Christenson Developments to create new adult bungalow and apartment communities.
Peter Dirksen is Vice President of Christenson Developments and President of Can-Der Construction. One of Peter’s primary roles within the organization is to assess the financial viability and equity investments for both internal and external ventures.
Peter started his career as a Journeyman carpenter and holds certificates in Property Management, Estimating, and Construction Management. Peter’s entrepreneurial spirit rapidly advanced him to starting successful companies and, together with Greg, building the Christenson Group of Companies into the organization it is today.
Peter has a keen eye for developing quality investment buildings, which also includes a substantial rental portfolio in Calgary and Edmonton.