Builders Story

Essence is proud to be a family owned and operated builder with 18 years of experience in residential construction. To date, we’ve completed more than 300 homes throughout Surrey, South Surrey, and Langley — homes built with passion and an unwavering commitment to excellence. We actively seek out locations close to urban amenities that enhance day-to-day livability and long-term value for our homeowners: schools, parks, shopping, and transit. We create homes for every generation from first time buyer to growing families to downsizers.

But Essence is more than a builder. Many of our employees are raising their own families in Surrey and Langley, so we’re part of the neighbourhood too. We support local charities and sports teams, as well as taking an active role in community leadership and mentoring. It’s all part of being good neighbours.

What Makes Us


Our homeowners are our top priority in every step of design and construction. Dreams are a serious business at Essence Properties and we set ourselves apart by focusing on that.

We’re passionate about building dreams:

  • Our objective is to build each home with the utmost care and attention to detail.
  • Our quality control and time/cost management enable us to pass savings onto homeowners and provide the best value overall.

We use only high quality finishes and superb craftsmanship:

  • Pride of work is apparent in every stage of development.

We know and specialize in the Fraser Valley:

  • With over 15 years of experience building in the Fraser Valley, we know the area and have designed many thriving communities in Surrey and the Fraser Valley. We are now taking our expertise and branching out to include other projects in the Lower Mainland.

We’re a Thoughtful builder:

  • We believe in building family-oriented developments to be dream homes for our homeowners and communities for families. Our detail-oriented execution ensures that we offer inspiring and quality homes that go beyond the typical cookie cutter template.

We care about the environment:

  • We have strict construction practices to ensure that every home we build is energy efficient and will leave a greener footprint.

Meet our team

Kevin Dhaliwal


The first time Kevin spotted a house being built near his home he was nine years old. But in an instant, he knew construction was his path. In high school, he helped his father build the family’s new home, and later attended BCIT’s Building Technologies Program. Finally, he opened his own custom home building company. In 2006, Kevin identified a growing niche market for townhomes designed to replicate the single-family experience, built his first townhouse community, and hasn’t looked back since! He’s a self-confessed sports addict, both playing and watching, and is often found shooting hoops with his two sons.

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Seeta Dhaliwal

Managing Director

Seeta infuses the team with her marketing savvy and enthusiasm for interior design and real estate. Always on the quest for the newest, super cool finishing’s and innovative storage solutions, Seeta showcases them in each community’s display homes. When she’s not creating beautiful homes, she loves to cheer on her two pre-teenage sons on the basketball court or planning the next family vacation!

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Kelly Corbett

Chief Financial Officer

After 22 years, Kelly’s enthusiasm for corporate accounting has never waivered. She loves the challenge of taking the many diverse, multi-layered decisions and considerations that keep the company profitable and fitting all the pieces together like an elaborate puzzle. She travels abroad at least twice every year, where she loves to spend time on the beach and year-round she enjoys keeping active by practicing yoga.

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Shawn Booth

Construction Project Manager

Shawn’s been part of the Essence team for over a decade and knows the ins and outs of every job… because he’s done them all. Now, Shawn spends his days strategizing, keeping a close watch on quality control, and ensuring communication lines are always open between everyone involved — apprentices to trades to senior management. Somehow, he also makes time to study building technology at BCIT and is excited by the possibilities these new construction methods bring. If you’re looking for Shawn outside work hours, check out the local dog park where he’s likely walking with Cookie, his loveable Doberman.

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Pierce Redon

Project Coordinator

From foundations to finishing, roofers to landscapers, when the team needs to know about pricing materials or rates for sub-trades, Pierce is the guy. His keen eye for organization keeps everyone’s schedule on track and in balance from conception to handing over the keys. His greatest reward is seeing bare land transformed into homes where real people live real lives. Pierce has earned his diploma in Architectural and Building Technology at BCIT. To satisfy his other love, Pierce spends many evenings on his piano or strumming some chords on his guitar.

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Jesse Hepting

Site Supervisor

Jesse always loved to envision the project, from looking at barren landscaping to the finished building. Being able to shape a piece of land into a future home is what made being a Site Supervisor a natural fit. From start to finish, from looking at a set of plans to handing over the keys of a finished home, Jesse is onsite solving problems and making sure day-to-day operations run smoothly. Then perhaps a little golf or hockey to unwind and stay fit.

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Kal Rai

Purchasing Manager

Finishing details are what get Kal excited! Once the drywall’s on, he’s there to make sure products like tiles, lighting, flooring — in short, everything that make a new home look great — are installed to the very highest standards of excellence. For Kal, being an integral part of the Essence team is one of the best parts of the job. After work he enjoys playing sports or just hanging out with his son and daughter.

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Sunny Grewal

Site Supervisor

Sunny began his career with Essence over seven years ago, working his way up from laborer to site supervisor. Today, his responsibilities include coordinating schedules for the dozens of tradespeople who are often onsite at the same time as well as keeping up to date on new materials, technology, and building regulations. The many long hours are all worth it though when he sees a customer’s eyes light up when the get the keys to their new home. He’s an outdoor sports fanatic, loves hiking, and is his family’s reigning Barbeque King.

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Sat Dhaliwal

Trusted Agent

Sat has been in the industry for over 11 years as a realtor. He attended BCIT where he studied Financial Management but was also passionate to learn real estate. From the start, he’s been avid about the growth in development and working alongside Essence Properties. His sales approach is to really get to know the customer and their needs and educating them on a plan that fits their lifestyle. During his free time, Sat enjoys playing golf, billiards and exercising. In the winter you’ll see him on the snow slopes, and in the summer you’ll see him boating while eating seafood!

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Eva Neliba

Sales Associate

With a passion for real estate, Eva has been involved in Sales for a long time! What excites her the most is seeing when homeowners get their keys to their new home. But it doesn’t stop there, Eva tries to keep in touch with homeowners long after the sales process. Eva goes the extra mile to ensure homeowners are completely satisfied with their purchase. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, in fact in summer you’ll most likely find her at Kitsilano pool. When she’s not relaxing in the pool, she’s planning her next sunny destination vacation near fabulous beaches!

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Maaya Hayashi

Online Sales Counselor

Maaya moved from the tropical island of Hawaii to attend University of British Columbia and graduated with a psychology degree. She stumbled into the real estate development world almost two years ago and hasn’t looked back. As an Online Sales Counsellor, she helps people to be one step closer to finding their perfect home with Essence Properties. During her spare time, she studies holistic medicine, and likes to keep active by snowboarding, doing yoga, and Thai kickboxing.

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Simran Manesh

Project Accountant

After receiving his BBA from Kwantlen University, Simran found his niche at Essence. As the company’s ‘numbers man,’ he oversees the complex processes that ensure a project is financially viable and continually looks for new ways to streamline the flow of budgets, payables and receivable, and all things accounting oriented. He’s also produced a promotional video for the Burn Bog Society to help school-aged kids learn more about this precious resource.

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Brodie Barber

Development Coordinator

Since starting with Essence in 2017, Brodie has become a familiar face in the permits departments of both Surrey and Langley City Halls. He negotiates rezoning when needed, oversees land assembly for future communities, and is the primary liaison between all stakeholders of a project. Brodie has earned his diploma in Architectural and Building Technology at BCIT, and is currently studying Urban Land Economics at UBC. In his spare time, he’s an avid golfer in summer, skier in winter, and four-season open house junkie.

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Joe Sharpe

Quality Control Manager

When a new homeowner steps through their front door for the first time, they can be sure Joe’s been there ahead making sure every detail is perfect. It’s a challenge that’s never the same twice, and that’s just how Joe likes things. Joe loves playing hockey with his son and can’t wait for his daughter to be born so he can hold her in his arms.

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Sunny Sandhu

Customer Service Supervisor

Sunny is the go to person when customers have questions or concerns about their new home. Always respectful to the fact that a home is the largest purchase most people make in their lives, his approachable nature and industry knowledge put homeowners at ease. Sunny does this by ensuring that no matter how small or big a problem is, it will be fixed to their complete satisfaction. He’s often seen kicking a soccer ball around the field with friends or exploring new destinations across Canada.

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