Modbox is a creative and disciplined boutique development firm with a passion for building beautiful modern dwelling spaces that enhance urban living. Modbox seeks out unique and interesting properties, then collaborates closely with the city’s best architects and specialty trades throughout the entire design and build process. The results speak for themselves with striking, award-winning projects being created throughout Ottawa’s urban core.
We are the development arm of The Lake Partnership Inc. (TLPI) – a project management and general contracting firm that builds custom homes, creative workspaces (Shopify’s offices throughout Canada), and one-of-a-kind mixed-use developments (St. Charles Market).This structure allows us to carefully manage every project from vision to completion while building homes and workspaces for those with a keen eye for design and quality craftsmanship.
The team at Modbox is comprised of some of the most talented and creative minds in the business. We offer top-level expertise in all aspects of construction and development including: project management, sales & marketing, design, finance & accounting, operations, staffing and technology.

Chantal Smith

Director of Marketing and Sales

Chantal is a seasoned real estate professional with a strong eye for design and a passion for community building. She enjoys being involved throughout the entire design-build process and building lasting relationships along the way. She’s managed over $775 million in real estate transactions in Ottawa and in Florida and played a lead role in several award-winning sustainable communities and landmark developments – most recently, St. Charles Market.


Darryl Squires

CEO and Co-Founder

Darryl joined The Lake Partnership in 2004 after more than a decade in investment banking at BMO Nesbitt Burns where he was Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, and Managing Director of the Real Estate Finance Group. Darryl’s leadership approach is guided by the principles that have served him well through many successful business ventures. Darryl graduated with distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 1990.


Kevin Lake


Kevin is one of the best in the business. With over 20 years of construction experience and many acclaimed projects to his name, Kevin personally oversees work at our sites and ensures his team of skilled trades are delivering high quality craftsmanship.


Dan Warder

Partner, Senior Project Manager

Dan has been with The Lake Partnership since 2006. Mentored by Kevin and Darryl over four years, he became Site Supervisor/ Foreman in 2010, and has since managed teams at key projects including Kenwood, Mississagua Lake House, Acacia, and our LEED Gold Certified Springfield Towns.


Bryn Callaghan

Marketing Coordinator

Bryn coordinates various marketing initiatives for Modbox Developments and assists with the creation of marketing collateral with a focus on social media platforms. Bryn is an Ottawa native who graduated with a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies from Carleton University.


Christopher Alderson

Partner, Senior Project Manager

Christopher joined The Lake Partnership at the beginning of 2013. He brings construction and project management experience as well as technical proficiency from previous work and ongoing studies in Architectural Technology. The Lake Partnership also benefits from Christopher’s critical thinking, research and communication skills honed during doctoral studies at Carleton University.