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Introducing the team

At Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc., we believe that a dedicated team truly makes a difference in over all quality when it comes to your dream home or cottage.


Designing and building homes has long been a long-standing tradition of the Bell family and a huge part of their heritage. Both Jim’s father and grandfather passed on the legacy of quality and the passion for craftsmanship.


Jim is an Ontario Association of Architects (OAA Lic. ArchTech) Architectural Designer with extensive residential design experience. Born and raised in the Pembroke area of Ontario, Jim studied at Algonquin College and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC Syllabus) and holds an Honours Degree in Building Design & Technology. His nearly 30 years of experience began at practices in Calgary, Ottawa and Pembroke before co-founding a residential design build firm with two other associates in the fall of 1988.


Over the past thirty years, Jim has been involved in a number of very successful projects—ranging from small commercial developments and custom homes, to large hospital projects and high-rise developments. Jim’s experience spans the entire design and build process, from design and presentations, production drawings and contract documents, to site and project management.


Jim Bell specializes in providing a unique and comprehensive architectural design and build solution that fully comprises every step of the process. From initial site visit through to construction, Jim Bell remains your one point of contact to ensure your project reaches completion as effectively and efficiently as possible. Whether you’re interested in building your dream home or renovating/remodelling your current home, Jim Bell is your solution.


Steve provides invaluable financial and strategic advice to Jim Bell and his team. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) and has over 30 years leadership experience in private and public companies at both management and board levels. Most recently he served as the CEO of SunOpta Inc. for 8 years, a leading integrated, global natural, organic and specialty foods company, where he spent 15 years in a variety of roles including CFO and COO. Prior to SunOpta he fulfilled a wide range of financial and operational roles at both Natrel Inc. and Ault Foods Limited.


Steve has served as a member of the board of directors at Natrel Inc., SunOpta Inc. and Opta Minerals Inc. and was a North American Agribusiness Advisory Board member at Rabobank from 2010 to 2015. Steve currently serves on the advisory boards of Trident Brands and Origin Merchant Partners and on the board of directors of Enchi Corporation, a privately held provider of leading technology for the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals.

Julie provides bookkeeping and cash flow management for the team at Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc..


She has been working with small- and medium-sized businesses, primarily in the commercial construction sector, since 1987 and has completed business courses at Algonquin College and estimating courses with the Ottawa Construction Association.


Her many accomplishments include: successfully overseeing a small construction company’s rapid growth from 5 to 75 employees; leading the successful implementation of a Quality Management System for a medical device manufacturing business in the role of Project Manager; directing a marketing team in charge of developing a new website and marketing collateral for a product line launch; successfully implementing an automated accounting program from various manual registers; and, developing a payroll program for AccPac users with union remittance requirements.


As a member of the design team at Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc., Mark prepares drawings, technical specifications and contract documents from preliminary design through to building permit application and construction.


Mark is a Licensed Technologist with the Ontario Association of Architects and has almost 20 years of experience in the field, producing working drawings and project management for a wide variety of residential, commercial and institutional projects. With in-depth knowledge of the approvals process and hands-on experience at construction sites, Mark provides strong value to the team from initial concept right through to move-in day.


François (Frank) is a member of the design team at Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc.. He prepares drawings, technical specifications and contract documents from preliminary design through to building permit application and construction.


Frank graduated with honours from the Algonquin College School of Advanced Technology as an Architectural Technician and further enhanced his knowledge by completing the Architectural Technology program, also with honours. He gained valuable experience as a self-employed Architectural Technologist, working in collaboration with architects, green building specialists, structural engineers and mechanical/electrical engineers. Having experienced residential, commercial and industrial architecture from initial site survey to final construction review, he is excited to be a member of Jim’s team and to focus on his passion: residential architecture.


Alexandros (Alex) is part of the Project Management team at Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc.. Alex oversees the schedules, budgets and all aspects of the project management process. He works closely with the design team to ensure that all client needs are met.


Alex graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Law, then completed a Graduate Certificate in Project Management at Algonquin College, both with honours. During and after his years pursuing his education, he worked with Broccolini Construction as a Project Coordinator. His experience in commercial architecture will be a valuable asset as Alex applies his skills and knowledge to residential construction at Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc..

Alex is the force behind Jim Bell Architectural Design Inc.’s website and social media. His in-depth knowledge of the residential market is a strong asset as he provides Jim with sales, social media and design expertise in a variety of capacities.


Alex has been a graphic designer for almost 10 years and in marketing for over 5 years. He earned a BIT in Interactive Multimedia & Design from Carleton University. Before starting his own marketing consulting business, Alex was part of the team at a marketing communications firm in Ottawa serving large technology-based companies.

Stephanie advises in the areas of marketing and communications and enjoys visually capturing the exceptional quality and craftsmanship in the homes designed and built by Jim Bell.


Her interest in both art and science led her to Carleton University where she completed a degree in Industrial Design and then to the University of Ottawa where an MBA provided insight into the business and marketing worlds. Stephanie has over 30 years of amateur, semi-professional and professional photography experience and a true passion for the art of capturing the beauty in the world.


With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit, health, insurance, financial services, creative services and high-tech sectors, Stephanie has served numerous organizations, including several charities, the Canadian Hospital Association, Nortel and Manulife.

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