Neil Pritchard founded Cascade Aqua-Tech in 1987, as a family-run business serving the glazing industry in the Vancouver area. He led the company as it grew to become the leading Canadian supplier of specialty products for the building envelope industry in British Columbia and Alberta.
Raised in Vancouver, Neil graduated from David Thompson Secondary and majored in Science at Simon Fraser University. At UBC, he studied Engineering, but his studies in Building Tech at Red River Technical College, in Winnipeg, formed the foundation of his career and the creation of Cascade.
Neil and his wife, Ranada, have no children, but enjoy their extended family, including Neil’s three brothers, as well as four brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law.
Even in their semi-retirement from Cascade, Neil and Ranada maintain their integral relation with the Company as guardians of Cascade values — those core values that have driven and will continue to drive Cascade forward.
Dave hails from Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, where he completed a Law degree and practiced law before immigrating to Canada. He joined Cascade in sales in 1997. After ten busy years of growing with the Company, Dave , partnered with Neil and Ranada Pritchard in the ownership of Cascade. As President, Dave has been at the helm of Cascade for the past 5 years, successfully guiding the Company through some challenging times, and overseeing the recent expansion of Cascade.
When he is not in the offices of one of the Cascade branches, Dave spends his time biking, playing tennis, or snowboarding with friends and family. His great aspiration is to ride all the stages of the Tour de France!
Regional Sales Manager B.C.
Byron was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa (approx. 500 km from Dave Metzler's coastal Durban). Byron earned a Bachelor of Commerce, and an MBA, so he has a solid understanding of how business works. On his own time, he keeps in shape for the intense competition of rugby by working out in the gym and biking. Byron plays for the Capilano Rugby Football Club (Capilano RFC), and is married, with two children.
Victoria Branch Manager
Dave grew up in the house that his dad, a contractor and developer, built in Victoria, so it was almost inevitable that Dave gained an early familiarity with construction. Nonetheless, Dave followed his passion for music to the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and studied jazz at Camosun College, where he was awarded a scholarship. Dave is still active in the Victoria music scene, where he plays jazz, blues and rock n’ roll. He loves to labour in his back yard and garden, and also tries to be active, hiking or playing soccer. He and his wife, Deanna, a teacher, have a daughter and a son.
Dave worked in specialty construction supply for more than 15 years, and has been with Cascade Aqua-Tech for over a decade, so he is comfortable dealing with Waterproofing and Glazing details alike. Whenever possible, Dave attends industry trade shows, including the Fenestration Association of BC (FEN-BC) meetings and Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) functions. He stays involved and up to date on industry issues and local projects.
Dave says, “I am proud of the team we have built in Victoria and we look forward to continuing to earn your business.”
Kelowna Branch Manager
Born and raised in Vancouver, Steve joined Cascade in 1997. He offers you a full range of expertise in building envelope systems, waterproofing membranes and sealants, and is continually updating his knowledge through his involvement in the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA), the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and the Fenestration Association of BC.
On the personal side, Steve and his wife, Elanna, have two adult sons (Brent and Matt), and enjoy spending time with their grandson, Mason. Steve loves music and movies, golfing and reading, and says that “taking on home projects is fun.” He’s the ideal guy to count on for total support for your building envelope work.
Alberta Sales Manager
Ben was born in Toronto, moved around the country with his family and settled in Calgary in the mid 80’s. He earned a Bachelors Degree at the University of Calgary, and after finding his way into distribution sales, earned his CSP designation through the Canadian Professional Sales Association, attended Dale Carnegie Sales Training, and the Canadian Management Association. With all of that expertise in sales and management, he naturally excels in the business of distribution and building material sales management. He has spent the majority of his career in building materials sales and installation.
On his own time, he enjoys carpentry, building many pieces of furniture and renovating two homes, and also likes to work on his golf game. Ben is married and has a son and a daughter.
Ben is a member of the Alberta Building Envelope Council, and also participates in the CSC (Construction Specifications Canada) to stay up-to-date with the products and methods in cutting edge building technology. Ben will be happy to answer any questions you have about building envelope systems.