Vision, Experience, Relationships

Our Team

Our team has the vision to transform Calgary’s empty office towers into affordable living spaces, the experience to make these conversions happen, and the relationship-building skills to connect community members with the resources they need for upward mobility.

Managing Director

Maxim Olshevsky

Maxim has nearly 20 years’ experience in construction and real estate. He has deep roots in Calgary: he immigrated to Calgary at age 13 from Ukraine, and established and operates a successful group of companies.

Maxim has a passion for bringing life back to underutilized assets. In Calgary, housing accessibility and affordability are at an all-time low, and public housing capacity is stretched beyond its limit—meanwhile office towers sit empty. This imbalance is the driver behind Maxim’s vision to revitalize unused commercial office towers into vibrant, affordable housing Calgarians can afford.

By providing affordable living space to those who need it most, Maxim hopes to contribute to the revitalization of Calgary as a whole. He intends to demonstrate that a vibrant, sustainable Calgary starts with housing.

Maxim Olshevsky

Director, Chief Financial Officer

Heather Weir

Heather is the Chief Financial Officer for the Astra Group of companies as well as Peoplefirst Developments and is responsible for overseeing all financial matters. Heather holds CPA, CA, CMA designations from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and a CBV designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.

Heather has over 25 years of management experience, acting in both in a financial and operational capacity, for companies with diversified domestic and international business operations. Heather’s extensive experience has translated into key strengths when leading complex, international projects, process design, internal controls implementation, fraud detection, and business valuations.

Heather’s expertise and capacity to balance detailed analytics while maintaining a strategic vision is a perfect fit to work with entrepreneurial companies like Peoplefirst and Astra. She works tirelessly to help companies establish best practice while supporting community growth safely and sustainably.

Heather Weir (CA, CPA, CBV)

Chief Marketing Officer

Logan Smith

Logan is a media relations and brand identity manager. He is responsible for Peoplefirst’s marketing strategies, internal and external communications, events, and both the IT and media departments.

Logan’s broad ranging experience includes crucial contributions to the growth of hundreds of businesses. This provides him a macro view with which to develop effective high-level strategies.

Logan’s priorities include not just establishing Peoplefirst’s brand. They also include communicating to Calgary, and beyond, the importance of converting underutilized architecture into accessible housing, especially as part of urban development policy.

Logan Smith


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