Expected Completion Summer 2025

The Future SJP2 Academy

Saint John Paul II Academy, the new 800-student facility opening in fall 2025, will focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive community, with an emphasis on modern educational methods and technology integration. Values such as collaboration, innovation, and sustainability will play a significant role in shaping the academic environment.

This facility will offer cutting-edge programs, interdisciplinary studies, and strong connections to industries, preparing students for real-world challenges. Our academic approach will emphasize experiential learning, personalized education, and global perspectives.

Our SJP2 community engagement will involve active participation in local projects, cultural events, and online forums, creating a vibrant and interconnected learning ecosystem.

We welcome you and your family to come and join our Saint John Paul II Academy.

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Our New Campus

Foundation Building Committee

Troy Van Vliet

President and Owner,
Tavan Group

Troy has been a key catalyst for the establishment of St. John Paul II Academy from the start. He is currently principal of Tavan Group, a builder of high-quality luxury homes in the lower mainland. He is the proud father of two girls and he and his wife Lisa are parishioners of Star of the Sea parish. His oldest daughter is in grade 8 at the Academy.

Silveria Roselli

Chief Operating Officer,
Tavan Group

As Chief Operating Officer of the Tavan Group, Silveria oversees the operations of this dynamic, growing company. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the sustainable growth of the company’s diverse portfolio. As Tavan’s second-in-command, Silveria has a key role in setting the strategic direction of the company. She establishes the necessary policies and procedures that will ensure the success of Tavan’s goals. Her strong interpersonal skills are invaluable in managing staff, trades and associates. In conjunction with the CEO, Silveria is responsible for all business development and expansion activities. Silveria holds a BA from the University of British Columbia. Prior to coming to Tavan, she held senior positions at the Vancouver Canucks, Studio B Productions and Curve Communications. Her experience demonstrates a strong propensity to identify opportunities, initiate processes and procedures, and control efficiencies. Silveria’s commitment to her community includes donations to Children’s Hospital and the development of a new school in South Surrey.

Mark Blackwood

Architect, AIBC, MRAIC,
MArch, BTech (Arch)

As a principal at EKISTICS Architecture and a licensed member of the Architectural Institute of BC, Mark manages the firm’s business development and architectural projects in BC and leads a team of talented architects, building technologists and designers. His projects range from large scale mixed-use master planned communities to boutique townhome developments and custom residences.

He holds degrees in Architectural Science, a master’s degree in Architecture and has received numerous awards including the Henry Adams Medal in Architecture and an honorary membership into the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Mark began his career working for both architectural and structural engineering firms in Ontario and BC where he gained an appreciation for the tectonics of architecture working on institutional projects and for municipal governments and First Nations clients.

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Ed Van Vliet

Van Brothers Forming Limited

Ed began his career in construction by learning the trade from the ground up. Starting in the 1980s, he worked for his father’s construction company, learning the importance of hard work and standing by old school values. Ed obtained his Certificate of Qualification in Carpentry from BCIT in 1992. His extensive experience and constant desire to progress gave him the competitive edge in this industry. As Van Brothers Forming Ltd. co-owner and president, Ed provides focused and powerful leadership with a commitment to quality. As a journeyman carpenter, Ed’s extensive field experience combines with insightful business sense to make him a successful hands-on President and General Manager.

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Neil Van Vliet

President and Owner,
Vancole Management Ltd.

Vancole provides project management and construction site supervision services. Neil currently oversees the construction of two six-story condominium towers for Diverse Construction. He is an accomplished construction professional with 35+ years of experience in building, bidding, and managing construction projects. Neil’s career started as a carpenter in residential framing and expanded into various residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. His formal education includes Building technology programs at BCIT and UFV.

Some projects Neil has project managed are Christ Covenant Church in Langley and two 44-unit condos and 53 Townhouses in Abbotsford.  He is currently working on two six-story 73-unit condos in Abbotsford. Neil enjoys all aspects of project development, from design, permits, tendering, construction to commissioning, and project closeout. He incorporates best practices in construction scheduling and tracking, which ensures the best results for his clients

Rob Pilgrim
Rob Pilgrim

Senior Estimator,

Rob has extensive experience in the field of quantitative surveying having worked in the field for the past 42 years, the last 25 with been with Metro-Can. Metro-Can is among the top 20 general contractors in Canada, among the top 5 in BC and is proud of being the first company in Canada to complete a platinum level LEED certified green building and has a certified LEED Coordinator on staff. The company is proving itself to be the premiere contracting firm for environmentally friendly and green energy-focused construction.

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Matt MacDonald

Site Superintendent,
Tavan Group

Matt joined the Tavan Group in 2013 as a Site Superintendent. In his role he oversees renovation projects from the early stages of plans and budget right through to completion. He enjoys managing the construction process while ensuring client satisfaction. With 10 year’s experience in the residential and commercial construction industry, Matt’s skills and abilities are appreciated by both Tavan and their clients and subtrades.
Matt holds a degree in Criminology for the University of the Fraser Valley and a certificate in the Home Inspection Program from BCIT. Away from work, Matt is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He played football for 13 years and coached at the junior varsity level.


Cameron Prout
Cameron Prout

Senior Project Manager,
Mainland Group

Cameron has extensive project management experience in the construction and building trades including large scale infrastructure projects. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota at Minot. He is currently Senior Project Manager with the Mainland Group and prior to this the Structures Manager with Jacob Brothers Construction. Prior to working with Jacob Brothers, he was with Graham Construction as project manager involved in such projects as the water treatment plant in Whistler built as part of the Olympic development and with the building of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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Mark MacDonald

Project Manager,
Tavan Group

Mark works closely with the entire construction team in his role as Superintendent. Building upon his 15 years of experience in all facets of the construction industry, Mark joined Tavan in the spring of 2012. His dedication and attention to detail has proved to be a great asset to the Tavan Team. Prior to joining Tavan, Mark managed a construction company where he coordinated and directed trades with a hands-on approach at the site level. He has worked on several large commercials, high-density residential projects and custom renovations. This extensive experience coupled with his technical background has allowed Mark to excel in all aspects of his position.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact

Silveria Roselli
Phone 604 722 7569
Email silveria@sjp2academy.com

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