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Gay McDannold-BroomesGay McDannold-Broomes, President, Canadian Caribbean Designs offers expertise in the areas of Interior Design, Project Management, Facilities Management, Property Management, Real Estate Asset Management, Space Planning, Occupational Health and Safety, and Move Management since graduating from the International Academy of Merchandising and Design in Toronto, Ontario in 1988.

Mrs. McDannold-Broomes has been a Member of the Interior Designers of Canada, Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, and the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.

The Royal Bank of Canada’s Head Office Investors Trading Room expansion in Toronto was her initial design project. During this timeframe she was also indoctrinated by a wide variety of industries throughout Ontario, while consulting in Barbados with major Architectural and Interior Design firms, Barbados Shipping & Trading Company, and SP Musson & Son of Barbados. Vancouver’s West Coast became the company’s headquarters in 1993 when sought for Archibus FM and Project Management savvy.

In acting in the role of Real Estate Asset Manager, Mrs. McDannold-Broomes made recommendations regarding the acquisition, development, expansion, and disposition of real estate premises for Corporations and Crowns that had significant churn rates of 40% to 75%. She aided in the review of real estate holdings to identify properties that were no longer financially viable where office space and population were concerned.

Mrs. McDannold-Broomes led 35 specialized trades for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia's Provincial Data Mainframe Call Centre, a $2 Million dollar renovation. She was also responsible for projecting the 4-year feasibility study headcount. Extensive insurance team projects involving IBM created a churn rate of 75%. She conducted Occupational Health and Safety inspections while liasing with Registered Nurses and Workers’Compensation Board for medical emergencies, injured workers, short and long term-disabled personnel, and unsafe actions towards the Crown and personnel. The Emergency Disaster Preparedness Team was formed and put into practice for fire, flood, and earthquake disaster response.

As the National Facilities Design Manager for HSBC Bank Canada's Head Office she conceptualized the construction development of 37 new branches nationally, including Drive-Thru Tellers and Call Centres. The largest move included 454 personnel, coupled with 5 branch renovations. HSBC’s National Design Standards for office square footage, furniture selection, specifications, finishes, millwork and construction details, color themes, and signage standards were implemented Canada-wide. She handled branch robberies and staff’s psychological trauma while investigating health, safety, security, and previous design factors while liaising with police and investigators for immediate resolutions.  More recently Mrs. McDannold-Broomes was involved with projects for Shaw Entertainment and Communications Inc. for the British Columbia Region, and is currently involved with the Aviation industry.

Canadian-Caribbean Design’s success is attributed to her excellence in organizational, visualization, problem solving, and active translucent communication with clients and trades. Known for sustaining outstanding long-term client relationships and implementing a highly prescribed code of ethics for sensitive confidential projects, we continue to receive new clients and are often re-referred.

Mrs. McDannold-Broomes has also delivered workshops and seminars upon request.

Natural Progression... Her dad, Herbert John McDannold owned the foremost drafting, engineering, and graphic office supply chains in Western Canada. After graduating from his Architectural program he designed custom homes which were awarded for entire subdivision development in Edmonton. He then became the top Real Estate sales producer for 18-years consecutively in British Columbia. Her mom, Mary Evangeline McDannold was involved with the materials, detail, and finishes selection. She recalls great excitement in looking upwards at the drafting table housing elevations when 3-years old. Mrs. McDannold-Broomes has since visited many construction sites. From these experiences she learned to value all trades for their accomplishments contributed individually and collectively as an integral component towards a unique art and profession.

Mrs. McDannold-Broomes is a member of First Baptist Church in Downtown Vancouver. She has led Alpha dinner video programs for people wishing to explore Christianity, participated in the Food and Shelter Program, served on the Community Witness Commission, and on the Deacon's Board.

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