The Lawen Group provides corporate services ranging from human resources to marketing for Dexel & Paramount Management.

  • Louie Lawen

    President & CEO, P.Eng

    Louie G. Lawen created Dexel Developments in 1999 as the development, design and construction arm of the Lawen Group of Companies. Louie is also one of the co‐founders of Paramount Management; the property management arm of the family business that owns and manages 1,000 residential units and 200,000 sq ft of commercial property primarily in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With 25 years of focusing on urban multi‐unit mixed use projects, Louie has had the opportunity to develop, design, construct and manage some of Halifax’s premier signature buildings.

    One of his most recent projects, Avonhurst Gardens, won the Investment Property Owners Association of NS (IPOANS) Multi‐unit Development of the Year (2015). Other project awards include: VIC Suites won Lieutenant Governor's Design Awards in Architecture Citation (2011) as well as the IPOANS Multiunit Development of the Year (2012). The Lofts at Greenvale won the Heritage Trust of NS Commercial Award (2010) and the IPOANS Multi‐unit Development of the Year (2011). In 2010, Dexel was awarded the Business of the Year Award by the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore Louie won the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year (Real Estate). As a partner with his brothers John and Peter Lawen, Louie was awarded the Pillar of the Community 2013 Award from IPOANS.

    Currently, Louie is a board member of the Housing Trust of Nova Scotia. He is an active member of Saint Antonios Orthodox Church, where he has led the re‐development of the Church building at the corner of Windsor and Chebucto in Halifax. Additionally, Louie is a former board member of Sacred Heart School, Urban Development Institute (UDI) and IPOANS. As a former graduated of the Dalhousie University Engineering program, Louie gained his professional status in 2000. With the philosophy that good planning and design are pillars of a healthy society, Louie founded the George Lawen / Dexel Scholarship which is awarded to 2nd year Dalhousie Masters Planning Students actively involved with the local community.

  • John Lawen

    VP of Corporate Services & CAO
  • Erin McNutt

    Director of Human Resources & Administrative Services

    After a decade working in administration and office management, Erin was thrilled to return to Nova Scotia in 2006 to join the Lawen Group’s growing family business. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s human resources functions—from policy development to recruitment and orientation to performance evaluation (and much more)—as well as managing the office’s administrative services. Erin is also a camping enthusiast who loves exploring the ruggedly beautiful coastlines of our province with her husband, daughter, and two beloved fur-babies in tow.

  • Mina Barsoum

    Accountant, CGA, CA

    Mina was the very first Lawen Group employee outside of the Lawen family. Originally from Alexandria, Egypt, Mina began working for the company in 1999 as a CGA student and quickly became an integral part of the team. As both a BBA graduate and a CPA/CGA, Mina is perfectly suited for the fast-paced nature of working for an expanding family business and enjoys how each day provides new and exciting challenges. When he’s not crunching numbers, you can usually find Mina camping around the province with his family, or planning a vacation to an exciting new destination.    

  • Diane Lawen

    Digital Media Manager

    As the Lawen Group has transformed from a small, family-run business to what it is today, Diane (the youngest Lawen sibling) has filled many roles— from receptionist to leasing agent to property manager. However, her passion for information technology was discovered early on. After double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, managing the company’s website development was a natural fit. Eventually Diane also began integrating the property management system into the website and helping to grow the company’s digital presence. Working in digital marketing allows her to utilize both her technical and creative skills—a perfect left/right brain combination. On the rare occasion that Diane is offline, she enjoys training at the gym, yoga or getting outside for a refreshing hike.