For over 100 years our family has been in land development and the home building business.
In 1927, Giovanni Biffis emigrated from Italy to Toronto, Ontario, Canada and became a Canadian citizen. He was an honest, hard working man devoting his life to land development and the home construction business, providing true happiness for many homeowners.
His five sons followed in the family business, later branching into their own land development and home building businesses – 2nd generation.
The Raymond Biffis lineage have come together to follow the family calling.
Several children followed the sons and started their home construction and consulting businesses bringing us to the – 3rd generation.
Now two Biffis’s have joined to complete the – 4th generation.
Within the next year or so we anticipate the first of the 5th generation joining the business.
Needless to say – It’s in our blood!
Most importantly, we are just like our ancestor Giovanni Biffis, honest, hard working and devoting our lives to serving others.
Biffis Coat of Arms
Frank DeStefano Sr., Millwright
Frank is a licensed millwright with 30 years in the maintenance industry and has experience in sub-contracting the construction of 5 personal homes. He will oversee maintenance, servicing, general repairs and landscaping of UL’s total portfolio. In addition, Frank has had 26 years experience in labour relations and negotiations. His experience will be invaluable in negotiations with our partners in our efforts to create attainable housing.
Darlene DeStefano, PhD, SHMS (nee Biffis – 3rd generation)
Consultant, Project Management
Darlene brings different skill sets to the company, coming from a client-oriented background. She has had several years experience in real estate, land development, lifestyle communities, new home construction, management, marketing, negotiating, research, sales, sales training, public speaking and health care. Further, Darlene studied in the US to obtain her designation as a Seniors Housing Marketing Specialist. This extensive training covered the development of lifestyle communities active and supportive from the ground up. Her experience and education provided Darlene with incredible people, lifestyle, and business skills that she will leverage for UL.
Josh Biffis (4th generation)
Site Builds & Supervision
A specialist as a metal fabricator, Josh was in the metal fabrication business for more than twenty years where he held a supervisory position. For the past several years Josh has led his own home reno business, becoming efficient in all aspects of home renovation. Josh is well-versed in both construction technology and the Ontario Building Code. As Site Build Supervisor Josh will leverage his hands on and supervisory experience ensuring each build is completed to the upmost level of care, service, and professionalism.
Frankie DeStefano, RMT (Biffis offspring – 4th generation))
Admin Manager, Finances
Frankie’s background encompasses healthcare and has been a working clinician for more than twenty three years. As co-owner of a rehab clinic he has overseen the daily administration, financing, negotiations, sales, and product delivery in the healthcare industry since 2015. Frank will play a significant role in keeping UL funded and operational. He will be responsible for tracking cash flow and financial planning. Frank will also evaluate UL’s financial strengths and weaknesses in order to develop the best strategies and direction for economic success and future growth of UL.
Stacey Clark, RPN
Sales, Client Liaison
With a sales background and 10 years in healthcare from acute care to senior supports and geriatrics, Stacey’s exceptional caring attitude and compassion to source supports far surpasses an individual’s expectations. With more elders aging in place, home and health care services is paramount. Often elders have no one to be their voice. That’s where Stacey comes in. She is a proven catalyst in organizing and directing functions and activities related to the provision of health care needs to community residents. In addition to her natural sales ability, Stacey’s focus is to set-up support contacts for each community resident so they know where and who to reach out to.
Bob Sutton, HBScF, Forestry
Innovation & Natural Settings Consultantant
Bob’s careers encompassed, Professional Forester and educator, a CUSO Canada co-operant working along side counterparts in Forestry and community watershed management in Honduras, the founding of a social enterprise – Light for Change combining solar PV lanterns and home systems with a savings circle approach to off-grid homes, schools, health centres and more. In addition, a learning fellowship with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program at Santa Clara University (now the Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship) and an opportunity among the first cohort of the Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) project for social and sustainability innovation in Malaysia. Bob is very active in promoting creative and attainable housing and sustainability approaches to the current housing crisis facing so many in Canada. Bob himself, lives in a “Tiny Home” and continues to strive for intentional innovations that work.
50+ Active Adults Community Liaison
Along her life journey of a vast array of education and experiences, our Community Liaison for Seniors brings to UL more than 10 years experience organizing, streamlining, and facilitating communication among 50+ organizations, seniors clubs, and agencies. She has developed a keen sense on what matters, and specializes in the activities and leisurely pursuits of active and aging adults. We feel confident she will ensure things run smoothly and our 50+ clients needs are met.