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John Lore

John Lore is the owner and founder of Live Edge Design Inc. who cares more for quality than profit and for sustainability more than growth. John and someone who doesn’t believe in “impossible”. He is focused on delivering a message of real world authenticity and quality. He is inventive, persistent, nature-loving. John has been a businessman for nearly 30 years.


Katie has such a gift with design. With a foundation in the wood shop, and periodic dabbling with woodworking since, she’s been with the Live Edge Team for 18 years, and running the drafting department for the last 16. Her favorite aspect of drafting is helping people see their ideas become a reality, through beautiful technical drawings and plans. Katie is also employee-owner with John, Donna and Mike.


Donna Shaw is the President and employee-owner of Live Edge Design Inc. Donna will lean into her leadership training through Smart HR and industry experience to lead Live Edge Design through this exciting transition and into the future, staying true to the roots of our sustained success. Our commitment to exceptional quality and service will never waiver.


Mike describes himself as honest, friendly and hardworking. Mike has worked with John since 2001 and has studied Fine Furniture at BCIT and Okanagan College. Some of his hobbies include floor hockey, which he has been playing for 25 years,” I LOVE hockey!”. He and his wife are also hobby farmers.


Jan is one of the longest serving employees. He has seen everything. The cool thing about Jan is that he’s a professional skeptic and a mathematical genius. If you’re going to tell Jan something you had best have some proof. His forte is that he can do anything – he could build you an entire house!


Colleen joined our Client Care Team in the Spring and brings a passion for finding just the right design for her clients. She has an incredible skill for listening, taking on board every need and desire to find just the right solution for her clients.
When Colleen’s not in the office you can find her on the golf course, hiking, and e-biking all over our beautiful Vancouver island. Oh she also loves to bird watch!


Emily graduated from Vancouver Island University with a degree in Interior Design in 2021. Emily landed her first design job with the Live Edge Design Team as the Communications and Design Assistant, designing portfolios and assisting Katie with all the drafting duties. When not at work, Emily can be found walking the CVT with her dog, Mogli, or jumping circuits on her horse Apollo.


Jake is our head shipper and resident comedian. If anyone can get a giant, heavy table across the continent in one piece and on time then Jake is your man.

In his spare time, Jake can be found on the soccer pitch coaching kids.


Todd has never taken a coffee break. When the boss tells him he must stop working he simply starts to work on something different. Todd used to own a custom furniture shop and has a wealth of experience in building almost anything out of wood. Currently he makes wall art and mirrors when he runs out of Live Edge things to do.


Ari is one of the most senior woodworkers at Live Edge Design and manages the woodworking shop and can always be counted on for a smile and a laugh.

“I have spent 20+ years working as a cabinet maker on commercial projects throughout Western Canada. I enjoy working on old, rusty vehicles in my spare time. I have lived on the island for the last 10 years and enjoy its natural beauty and sense of community.”


Stefane is our assistant Shop Manager, with a background from Camosun College’s fine furniture program. He loves furniture design.

“Architecture and design are my passions; it was a natural fit to start working with Live Edge Design. I find it very humbling to work with salvaged trees; their size and their stories.”


Cam is the head of the finishing department. Cam finishes each piece to a silky smooth touch and creates custom color matching stains for projects. In his spare time, Cam lovingly repairs and refinished musical instruments such as violins and banjos.


Ryder works in finishing and shipping and she enjoys working with her hands. It is Ryder’s responsibility to ensure that every piece gets inspected to meet our quality standards before leaving the premises.

In her spare time, Ryder can be found crafting or working her way through the First Degree murder mystery series.


Welcome to our newest woodworker Paul!

Paul joins our shop team and brings a huge sense of humour to our crew. Work-life balance is a mantra Live Edge Design lives by and it is this ethos that enable Paul to join on a flexible basis whilst also making the most of retired life with his wife.


Meet Myles. Myles is a graduate of the Camosun fine furniture program and a skilled custom woodworker. Myles enjoys the variety of pieces that land on his workbench at Live Edge and that he can see each piece thorough to completion. Myles enjoys creating pieces for his own studio, Winter Wren Woodworks (instagram link).


Stay tuned to learn more about Liane.