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Trent Edwards, Brookfield Residential’s chief operating officer for Alberta

Trent Edwards, Brookfield Residential’s chief operating officer for Alberta. Wil Andruschak © Postmedia Network Inc.

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Brookfield Residential focuses on building homes, communities and connections.

“One in five Calgarians live in a community we’ve developed,” says Trent Edwards, Brookfield Residential’s chief operating officer for Alberta.

The company’s roots in the city run deep, originally starting out as a developer in the late 1950s under the name Carma Developers.

Bought in 1987 by Brookfield Asset Management, the development company became a home builder in the 1990s. Since then it has grown to work alongside its residents to create communities where they can live healthier, more connected lives. Brookfield Residential is building communities for life — where residents can work, play and thrive.

Renamed Brookfield Residential in 2011, the company has been very busy in recent years developing and constructing many high-profile communities in the city, including Auburn Bay, Cranston and Livingston.

Perhaps most notably, Brookfield is the driving force behind Seton, a new community in the city’s south end that features the city’s newest hospital and public recreational facility — the Brookfield Residential YMCA, which also happens to be world’s largest YMCA.

Central to all of Brookfield’s projects is the creation of neighbourhoods that foster a sense of community and belonging.

“That has long been a very big focus for us,” Edwards says.

That’s in large part why a hallmark of all its developments is the inclusion of homeowner association centres that help neighbours “connect,” he adds.

But the emphasis on community living is about more than having a meeting place.

It’s about building accessible parks and pathways — along with ensuring these amenities are well-funded for ongoing upkeep.

“Homeowner associations create a noticeable difference in quality of life while living in one of our communities,” he adds.

One instance of how Brookfield goes the extra mile with its communities is its Symons Gate Passiv Haus.

“The Symons Gate Passiv Haus is 90 per cent more energy efficient than the average home built today — so efficient it doesn’t need a furnace,” says Edwards. “It was built to create an understanding where future energy codes are headed and to educate government and stakeholders on what the impact to affordability will be if we try to accomplish too much, too fast.”

Brookfield’s commitment to community extends beyond the neighbourhoods it builds. It’s also deeply committed to Calgary as a whole. That’s illustrated by its work on the issue of homelessness, participating in the RESOLVE Campaign that helped 1,825 people find housing.

“Giving back is one way we can have a positive influence as an organization,” Edwards says.

Brookfield also works closely with many community and economic development boards and agencies to shape the city’s future for the betterment of all Calgarians.

As Edwards explains, Brookfield has the scale and expertise to move the needle.

“With our size, we can not only create more affordability for our customers, but also provide resources to give back to the community where it’s needed most while influencing how the city moves forward.”

This feature was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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