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"We began with one simple vision -
exceptional service"

At Catalyst, our goal has always been to build and retain strong relationships with our clients. We want clients for life, and we began with one simple vision – exceptional service. Today, almost 100% of our business is from client referrals – a testament to our vision and our passion for quality over quantity.

A building is only as strong as its foundation, and Catalyst is built upon honesty and integrity. Anyone can renovate your home, but we want to do it honestly, proudly and without additional hidden costs or premature timelines.

The quality and craftsmanship of our work speaks for itself, but it’s our guiding principles that help us earn the trust of our clients.

Catalyst was formed in 2009, but our construction roots run much deeper. Company founder, Cory Peterson, began in 2002 as a plumber with a knack for construction troubleshooting and problem solving. Together with his wife, Dana, they created a construction consulting company, which evolved into a full scale custom home renovation company – Catalyst Builders. With the addition of Doug Lester, the core Catalyst group has a combined construction experience of almost 40 years. And of course, Catalyst would be nothing without our exceptional tradespeople – we truly are a team. 

Meet the Team


Cory has over 16 years experience in the construction industry, specializing in residential renovations and construction management. Away from work, Cory enjoys fishing and is involved with minor hockey.


Doug has 20 years of experience in the industry, specializing in finishing work and now site supervision. When he’s not working, Doug likes to be camping and is involved with minor hockey.


Dana has over 10 years experience in marketing and administration, and has a keen eye for design. Away from work, Dana is a devoted mom to 3 kids, and is involved in the kids’ school and community sports.