Over the years, our reputation has attracted talented and experienced design professionals in Calgary. This has allowed us to hand pick team members with the appropriate skills, expertise and work style to meet the diverse needs of our clients. This provides the opportunity to supply a unique professional approach — something we know you’ll appreciate.
The partnership of Art & Science is the magic of good kitchen design. Creating an environment that serves the needs of the end user with good storage, plentiful workspace, and the efficiency of correct ergonomics. These are the foundation for a kitchen's beauty, form and natural materials.
Lisa Wells has been working in cabinetry design in Calgary for over 15 years, at Denca, Haworth, and Smed International. Making the practical beautiful has been the driving force in her career. With a bachelor's degree in Art History, Lisa's focus changed from making art to making art with a factory floor, when she attained a Masters degree in Environmental Design/Industrial Design.
Environmental Science is still a focus of her work, as the first Leed Platinum award for residential construction features a Denca kitchen. Creating new methods of manufacturing are Denca hallmarks today, resulting in cradle-to-grave kitchens.
Lisa believes in supporting the next generation of designers by serving as a graduate thesis advisor at the University of Calgary and on the Bow Valley College design department advisory committee.
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Jessica Miller, Sales Designer, I would love to help you transform your room!
"The details are not the details, they make the design” – Charles Eames.
Attention to detail is an attribute that has propelled Jess from the academic world into the design industry seamlessly. Jess has been fortunate to work directly under Bente and has gained invaluable experience from her vast mentorship and expertise in the cabinet industry. Together, Bente & Jess make a great team and are always on the same wave length when it comes to creating fresh, functional environments with unique solutions and problem solving to produce beautiful results and happy clients. Jess has been praised for her keen eye for colour and natural ability to combine finishes effortlessly.
Jess's educational background includes a Bachelor of Interior Design degree with honours from Vancouver Island University as well as studies in History of Art at the University of Victoria. She spent time in Italy on a study abroad to enhance her love and understanding of architecture and design. Jess has fallen in love with the city of Calgary after moving from Victoria in 2013 to experience life in the ‘big city’!
Jess has had a diversified experience in the design industry since graduating from school. Her experience at both commercial and residential design firms offers a functional yet creative mind to the Denca Team.Jess has an appreciation for all things design, whether it be furniture and architecture or fashion! She can draw inspiration and appreciation from any design style from modern to traditional and particularly loves when styles marry together to create interesting juxtapositions and elements of contrast.
I am always interested and excited to hear about your project.
Jens Birkkjaer, Sales and Design Manager
Jens Birkkjaer has over 15 years experience in the cabinetry and construction industry and has grown up in the business. He is the Sales and Design Manager and works primarily with our established builders and contractors on a referral basis only. He has a diploma in Architectural Technologies and is a Certified Kitchen Designer through the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). One of Jens's kitchen design's was voted and published in the 2012 NKBA top trends Design Competition.
He knows that both form and function can be created in any space and the primary component of good design is listening to your client. Jens shares his knowledge and experience with the entire staff at Denca. He enjoys the challenge of new designs, solving planning issues, referring to them as opportunities instead of problems.
Shelley Dwivedi, Sales Designer
Designing homes and kitchens since 1998, Shelley Dwivedi offers an innovative and personalized kitchen design service. Shelley's designs are creative, maximizing the use of space and paying particular attention to usability and practicality. She is a great listener and has a way of understanding exactly what her client is trying to achieve. She enjoys visually integrating the kitchen interior and reflecting the client's needs, personality, and individual style to bring out the very best in their homes. Shelley's designs have been featured in Best Homes magazine, nominated for SAM awards, and featured in celebrity home and kitchen tours for leading charities. Her innovative outlook has earned her respect from clients, builders and her peers. She has travelled the globe and draws on many sources for her fresh design ideas and inspiration.
Bente Birkkjaer, Sales Designer
When you work with Bente Birkkjaer, you can count on getting an honest opinion, straightforward approach, determined effort and outstanding talent – all of which make her popular with clients. Bente has the uncanny ability to walk into a room and envision how it can be redesigned. Over the past thirty years, she has worked with all types of spaces, and embraces the challenge of both modern and traditional design. She understands her clients' wants and needs and incorporates them in designs that are functional, unique and beautiful. Bente, who started Denca with her husband Carl in 1977, works closely with her clients throughout the design process, from concept to completion.
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Heidi Boudreault, General Manager
Born and raised in Calgary as the daughter of Denca founders Bente and Carl Birkkjaer, Heidi learned the ins and outs of the cabinetry industry at a young age. Heidi is an exceptional strategist who infuses fresh ideas and sound strategy into just about everything. She puts these talents to work improving the Denca workplace, shop technology, implementing new policies and procedures and managing the entire process. Her passion in business management makes Heidi a perfect fit as General Manager at Denca for over 13 years.Her experience and education includes Finance, Business Management and Marketing. She is extremely passionate about maintaining a high quality product, outstanding customer service and a productive positive working environment.
Heidi proudly sits as the Vice President & on the communications committe for the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association .