Background and Recognition of Bruce and Mike
Bruce Mantell started the firm in 1982 and was joined by Mike Dickson (now senior partner in DDW) the following year. Our first office was located on McKenzie Avenue and Quadra in an office building that has since been demolished.
In 1985 we moved to an office downtown and Mike Blades became a partner in 1988 and Jas Dusanj joined the firm shortly thereafter. Jas later joined in the partnership as we continued to enjoy growth.
We moved to our current location, in the Broadmead Office Park, in 1998. We made the decision to leave the downtown, as we wanted to be more accessible to our clients. The downtown location seemed to be a deterrent due to parking and traffic issues. Our focus on building and maintaining strong relationships prompted us to move to provide our clients with comfortable access so that clients wouldn’t ‘lose the need’ to visit us!
Both Bruce Mantell and Mike Blades were instrumental to the philosophy and culture of the office today. Bruce was the senior partner and his experience and knowledge provided great leadership to the entire firm. He was very strong technically, which set the precedent for emphasis on education and technical expertise. Mike’s work ethic, compassion for the client, and ethical nature set yet another standard for the office. Though both partners are retired now, their influence carries on.