Curtis Olson is the CEO of Shift Development—a property development company at the heart of a collaborative, creative community in Riversdale. From the first warehouse-condo conversion in Saskatoon to The Hayloft—a 1930s grocery store turned live/work space and house concert venue—Olson focuses on urban infill projects in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.
He believes in creating commercial and residential spaces that facilitate rich urban lifestyles, with high walkability and connected to the pulse of the city. This passion is apparent in Shift’s track record. The average walkscore of Shift Development projects is 89.4 and all of Shift’s projects are within walking distance of their office.
Curtis has a fondness for everything Icelandic, where he recently visited and traced his family heritage. His admiration for Scandinavian design is apparent in his projects, especially Element Urban Village, with its focus on efficient design and timeless materials. Nurturing his Icelandic connections, every Sunday morning he practises the art of making Icelandic pönnukökurs with his family.
Curtis has always been a “hands on” developer who remains connected to the communities he creates and is deeply invested in Riversdale. His office is located in The Two Twenty, a unique workspace for entrepreneurs and creative industries, which includes Saskatoon’s first coworking space—developed by Shift in 2012. He recently moved into Element Urban Village, and is eager to grow a community of neighbours who enjoy condo living and the benefits of being across the street from Victoria Park: the canoe club, the tennis club, and running/biking trails. He can often be seen at Lions Skatepark with his wife and two young sons, Eliot (8) and Lukas (5).