Trent Letwiniuk

Director and Cofounder

As managing partner, Trent is responsible for Inertia's client relationships and the company's day-to-day operations. He is an accomplished residential designer with over sixteen years of experience in urban, suburban and estate contexts.

Trent completed SAIT’s Architectural Technology program in 2000, which included a one-month work practicum at Sturgess Architecture. Upon graduation, Trent took a role as the Senior Technologist for Alloy Homes Inc. of Calgary. In the winter of 2003, Trent moved to Jager and AlanRidge Homes as a designer. Trent’s proficiency at residential design and ease with working with clients allowed him to quickly attain the title of Senior Designer. He remained an employee at Jager and AlanRidge until he co-founded Inertia Corporation in the spring of 2006.

Trent has since been the lead designer and project manager for all forms of residential design projects ranging in size from garage suites to multi-residential buildings. He is familiar with the processes and Bylaws of all local jurisdictions, and is a strong advocate for our clients’ projects throughout the permitting process.

Trent co-founded Gravity Architecture in 2014.

 

Stephen Barnecut Architect AAA

Director and Cofounder

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Calgary’s Masters of Architecture Program. This program extended his knowledge of traditional architecture and taught him the fundamentals of modern architecture. It involved training in classroom and studio settings, as well as coursework in Edmonton and Barcelona, Spain. Upon graduation in 1999, he was keen to make his mark in the Calgary residential market and joined forces with a pair of like-minded partners to form Alloy Homes Inc.

Stephen’s tenure at Jager and AlanRidge Homes began in 2003 when he became Design Manager for Jager Homes. Within two months he was given the task of managing product development and design production for AlanRidge Homes as well. Stephen’s knowledge of AutoCAD allowed him to rebuild the companies’ standard models so that they were much more efficient to work with.

Looking for a tool to reduce design errors and improve efficiency, Stephen discovered AutoDesk Revit. Deciding that this was going to be a great platform to base a new design business on, in the spring of 2006 Stephen left Jager and AlanRidge to co-found Inertia Corporation.  Stephen has since been a strong proponent of Revit and has helped implement it at a number of firms.

Since 2008, Stephen has been a member of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association - Calgary Region’s Inner City Builder’s Committee, which has focused on design and construction issues specific to Calgary’s inner city development. Stephen was also an industry stakeholder in the rewrite of the Calgary Land Use Bylaw in 2007, and later a member of the City of Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw Sustainment Team Advisory Committee. In this role, Stephen helped City staff understand how City policy impacts design and development, as well as helped craft revisions to improve the Land Use Bylaw. Stephen was an influential proponent of attached housing which reached fruition in the creation of the R-CG district in 2015 that allowed for rowhouses in Calgary’s inner city.

From 2010 to 2014, Stephen Barnecut assisted Jayman in the role of Director, Product Development. In addition to his role as an Architect, Stephen is now responsible for Inertia’s business development, administration and human resources.

Stephen co-founded Gravity Architecture in 2014.

 
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Paul Shannon

Senior Project Manager and Cofounder

As Senior Project Manager, Paul runs Inertia and Gravity's larger and more complex projects. Paul is an exceptional designer, technologist, and problem solver.

Paul completed the Architectural Technology program in conjunction with the Co-operative Education Program at Fanshawe College in Ontario in 1999. The Co-operative Education included one semester per year of on-site work experience, which put his theory into practice. Upon graduation, Paul moved to Calgary and soon began at Calbridge Fine Homes as their sole designer/draftsman and product developer, working on mostly custom homes and small multi-family projects. In the Fall of 2003, Paul moved to Jager and AlanRidge Homes as the Senior AlanRidge Designer and member of the product development team. At Jager and AlanRidge, Paul worked one-on-one with clients and was able to further hone his skills in the custom and estate home market. In the Spring of 2006, Paul left Jager and AlanRidge to co-found Inertia Corporation where he managed his own group of clients.

In 2009 Paul took a hiatus from Inertia to work at Robert Pashuk Architecture and pursue the RAIC Syllabus program. After spending a year and a half back at Inertia, Paul then took a role as Senior Architectural Technologist at Casola Koppe Architecture where he continued to work on larger multi-residential projects. He returned to Inertia and Gravity at the beginning of 2018 in the role of Senior Project Manager.

 

Tom Jenson

Lead Technologist

With over 10 years experience in Calgary’s residential design industry, Tom has been involved in every stage of the design process: from conceptual design, to development permit drawings, through to fully detailed construction plans for building permit. Tom is well-versed in Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw as well as the Alberta Building Code. He’s also experienced in navigating the City of Calgary’s development permit application processes and well-equipped to find solutions to satisfy client requests with City requirements and community desires.

After graduating from SAIT’s Architectural Technology program in 2005, Tom found himself designing and drafting for a few of Calgary’s suburban builders. At Cardel Homes he quickly became their top-producing draftsperson during Calgary’s housing boom of 2008, and volunteered for the role of Editor/Designer of the Cardel Quarterly newsletter. In addition to his formal AutoCAD training at SAIT, he has become proficient with PowerCADD, SoftPlan, and Revit. Tom joined Inertia Corporation as the company's first employee in the fall of 2009. During his tenure at Inertia, he has designed and drafted countless projects, ranging from single-family infills to multi-family complexes. As Inertia's lead/senior technologist, Tom reviews all permit drawings and oversees the office's BIM/drafting standards.

 

Trishuda Jain

Technologist

Trishuda completed an Architectural Assistantship program in 2000 from India. She started her career with Kalpakriti Consultants where she gained experience in residential planning and interior design. Later, she got an independent opportunity for designing various oil and gas stations in Northern India. In 2005, she joined the municipal urban planning department where she contributed her experience on city wide projects. During this period of time she worked on Autocad, ADT and Revit.

After coming to Canada, Trishuda started her career as a technologist with Genesis Builders Group where she gained experience in the residential suburban housing market. Since 2010 Trishuda has been an integral team member of Inertia Corporation.

 
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Harvey Hibo

Intern Architect AAA

Harvey received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 2003. He has since worked with a variety of design firms and developers, closely involved in aspects of architectural service ranging from evaluation, planning and design. Harvey is registered as an Intern Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA). 
 
Harvey brings 15 years of experience in the field of technical, construction drawings and contract administration with strong background in institutional, recreation, commercial and community projects involving master planning design and processing contract documents. Harvey provides value to Gravity and Inertia's clients through his design innovation and process efficiency. 
 
Harvey was involved with Great Plains Recreation Facility in Calgary on construction documents and The Ice District (Rogers Place Arena) in Edmonton in master planning and building envelope studies. Harvey is an experienced and passionate proponent and user of BIM. He joined the team at Inertia Corporation in 2017.

 

Rex Calderon

Technologist

Rex received his Bachelor of Science, Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila in 1996. He has since worked as a draftsperson and architect for a number of firms in the Philippines and Canada. Rex is a skilled user of Sketchup, AutoCAD, Revit Architecture and Adobe’s Creative Suite. He also has experience in flipping burgers, serving meatballs, prepping function rooms and shrink-wrapping pallets. He has been a part of the team at Inertia Corporation since 2013.

 

Angeli Canobas

Technologist

Angeli joined Inertia Corporation in the summer of 2014 one month after completing her diploma in Architectural Technology from SAIT Polytechnic. During this program, she obtained skills in using SketchUp, AutoCAD and Revit. Since becoming a part of the Inertia team, Angeli quickly developed her residential design skills and her facility using Revit. She has also become very experienced with Calgary’s Land Use Bylaw and the Alberta Building Code. Angeli has successfully completed numerous Development Permit and Building Permit drawings for projects ranging from single family houses to medium-sized multi-residential buildings. 

 

Christopher Fedyna

Technologist

Chris completed his Architectural Technology Diploma from SAIT Polytechnic in 2014. Before Chris explored his love of architecture and design he spent six years as a red seal automotive painter where he developed a keen eye for color and a deep understanding of mechanical systems. 

One of Chris’s notable accomplishments during his time at SAIT was winning the CHBA Student House Design Competition—being the first time a winner was picked unanimously among 13 judges. This win earned Chris a position at Crystal Creek Homes where he focused on designing home renovations and additions.

Chris’s passion for residential design, functionality and modern architecture led him to Inertia Corporation in 2014. Chris is now expending his capabilities as a designer and draftsperson using Revit.

 
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Kathryn Thorkildsen

Technologist

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, Kathryn has always had an appreciation for all styles and methods of architecture and knew from a young age that she would have a career in the industry. In 2003 she graduated from the Architectural Technologies program at SAIT and has since had a primary focus in Single Family Residential.

Kicking off her career working for Evans 2 Design Group doing architectural controls, Kat moved on to work with Jackson Baker McCormick Design Group. There she managed her projects in all aspects including the creation of detailed construction drawings, product research, permits, and working with each trades to ensure the end result met or exceeded expectations. As a member of the innovative product development team at Albi Homes she honed in on her love for design, and her team was rewarded with multiple Regional and National SAM awards. Bringing both her technical skills and her passion for design, Kat joined Inertia and Gravity in the fall of 2017 and is a welcome addition to our team.

Kat’s curiosity for how things are made and her enthusiasm to create extend well beyond her role at Inertia and Gravity. Wood working, fibre arts and renovating her home are balanced with camping trips, hiking and learning to play the ukulele. Seeking to always have music and the arts in her life, she attends countless events throughout the year and is involved in the community by volunteering at a number of organizations and festivals, so if you see her slingin’ pints of beer at Calgary Folk Fest be sure to say hello!

 
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Yvette Perot AT

Contract Administrator and Permits Coordinator

Design, art and creativity are how Yvette functions. From early childhood there has always been a class to sculpt in or a sewing project to create or a wall to be painted. Even as a teenager her early years were spent working as Visual Merchandiser for Miles Display and Design.

Yvette started her career at the City of Calgary working on special projects in Planning and Development. She later moved on to work for Mattamy Homes, GEC Architecture and Sahuri + Partners Architecture in different roles learning all aspects of construction. 

With her direct construction experience she has successfully coordinated complex projects on time and on budget. Yvette now brings more than 11 years of construction knowledge and experience working on a variety of project types including new construction and renovations of commercial / industrial developments, assisted living and affordable housing, hospitality, recreation, and community use facilities. 

She received her Architectural Technology Diploma in 2015 from SAIT and is now in pursuit of her CCCA accreditation (Certified Construction Contract Administrator).  

Yvette’s passions include design, cooking, yoga and wall climbing. Fun fact: in the summers Yvette also owns and operates Flav-our Food Trailer. You will find her at various festivals around Calgary. The Island Spice Duck is amazing!