Designer Debut: Kristen Weese

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Meet Deslaurier’s newest secret weapon, Kristen Weese 

How long have you been in the industry?

I have been in the industry for 4 years now.

I went into interior decorating right out of high school in 2013, graduating from that program in 2015. While in school I worked part time at urban barn selling furniture and helping clients with their interior design needs, and also worked with John from HDD Ottawa and Susan at SO interiors.

It wasn’t until I graduated that I decided I wanted to specialize in kitchen design.

The kitchen is the heart of the home & I love helping my clients create a space that mirrors their lifestyle and personality. Whether it is hosting cocktail parties or rounding up children for nightly family dinners, I want them to make the most of their kitchen. 

Once I decided kitchen design was my passion, I studied kitchen and bath design from 2015 – 2016. Deslaurier welcomed me as a co-op student from kitchen and bath in 2016 and hired me on full time right out of school.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say my personal style is more eclectic then anything & I prefer to use raw materials in my space.

I tend to get drawn to certain pieces and find a way to make them work within my space.

I love integrating old/vintage pieces into my newer designs. I love high contrast design & the use of black metals in light airy spaces to give it depth and that “wow” factor.

Why did you get into kitchen design?

I’ve always had a passion for design from a young age…I was constantly annoying my mother with wanting to rearrange/repaint my room as my personal style was evolving with age.

I have always been drawn to natural stone. I got into kitchen design when I realized I needed to do more than interior décor. I loved all the calculations and detail it takes to plan out a kitchen design that is both beautiful and functional.

How do you find inspiration when you help a customer design a space?

Finding inspiration is at a fingers touch these days. From searching the web for inspiration or asking fellow colleagues/friends, but I find most inspiration is found from just collaborating with clients and discovering their needs.

There is no better inspiration than simply learning about who my clients are and how they plan to use their kitchen. 

What is the thing you most enjoy about your job?

Seeing a satisfied customer at the end of the design processes when all of their needs and wants become reality is a feeling you cant beat. But turning a house into a home for all to enjoy is by far my favorite part.

You can completely transform someone’s life by giving them a space that functions and benefits them in every aspect.

I enjoy turning dull outdated spaces into beautiful functioning living spaces.

When you are not designing kitchens – what do you do in your spare time? What are your favorite things to do for fun?

When I’m not designing kitchens I love to spend time with my beloved Great Dane Winnie & Lady friends whether it be a night out on the town for dinner & drinks or staying in for a wine & charcuterie night.


Jason Chartrand Appointed President of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

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OTTAWA – On behalf of James Maxwell, Cyril Leeder and the rest of the ownership group of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, we are pleased to announce that Jason Chartrand has been appointed President of the company.

Jason was most recently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries from 2013 to 2019. In that role, Jason was responsible for all Finance, Administration and Operations of the organization. In addition to his role at La-Z-Boy from 2014 to today, he was the CFO of Corporate Furniture Group, an office furniture solutions business.

Sam Marrello will continue to lead the Deslaurier Sales and Design team and Harold Hazen will continue to lead the Distribution Sales team. Sam and Harold are best in our industry and are prepared to meet the needs of homebuilders, remodelers and kitchen design centres in Ontario and Quebec.

Jim Deslaurier, our Founder, will continue in his current role. Jim will play a key role in customer retention, product development and will be an advisor to the leadership team.

See how Deslaurier can help you with your Kitchen design needs by visiting our website at or call our showroom at 613-596-5155 for an in person appointment. 


We’re hiring!

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Deslaurier is hiring! We’re currently seeking a FORKLIFT OPERATOR/RECEIVING SUPPORT and a DELIVERY ASSISTANT to work out of our location in Renfrew, Ontario.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • unload product from delivery trucks verifying paperwork against shipments to ensure accuracy and signoff
  • receive delivered materials in a timely fashion in an effort to support production
  • verify piece count against waybill
  • visually inspect incoming goods for damage and for quality standards
  • verify items against internal documents, (door lists/purchasing reports, purchase orders)
  • resolve and report discrepancies
  • store and retrieve materials as required to support production departments
  • pick and build loads for CNC department
  • operate forklift
  • safely lift bulk material and cut/ordered product
  • record stock levels on stock sheet goods
  • evaluate inventory when required
  • keep work area neat & tidy
  • some outdoor forklift driving required
  • occasionally support other departments on an as required basis


  • Education:
  • Grade 12
  • forklift certification – MINIMUM 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE
  • Specialized knowledge, Skills/Abilities and Experience:
  • good with numbers and the ability to accurately measure/piece count
  • ability to perform in a fast-paced manufacturing environment
  • possess excellent communication/customer service and organizational skills
  • display initiative and positive attitude
  • must be physically fit and able to lift up to 100 lbs – this is a very physical job
  • knowledge of cabinetry construction and manufacturing an asset
  • basic computer knowledge


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • assist driving loading delivery vehicle as per established daily delivery schedule
  • accompany the driver who transports materials and products
  • unload and physically place product within the customer, builder or high rise homes
  • greet customer or builder contacts with mutual respect
  • maintain a timely schedule and make all deliveries as planned
  • work in outdoors (all weather conditions)
  • use proper personal protective equipment while around all vehicles and equipment
  • other duties as assigned by lead  or manager


  • grade 12
  • must be physically fit, energetic and able to lift minimum of 100lbs-this role is very physical
  • previous delivery / shipping / receiving experience is an asset
  • proven problem solving, communication and planning/scheduling skills are essential
  • strong interpersonal skills (enjoy dealing with customers)
  • display initiative and positive attitude
  • capable of working independently but as part of a solid team

Interested parties are asked to make a written expression of interest to or Expressions should be accompanied by a resume, complete with references. Thanks in advance for your interest.


News Release 2019-04-01

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Deslaurier Custom Cabinets announces new Sales Manager:

OTTAWA – We are pleased to announce that effective April 1st, Sam Marrello will lead the Deslaurier Sales and Design team. Sam was recently the General Manager of Kitchen Craft Stores Ontario, part of Masterbrand Cabinets Inc., from 2012 to present. He was responsible for sales and operations of three kitchen and bath cabinet outlets in Kingston and Ottawa.  Sam replaces Bob Gould.      

Prior to Kitchen Craft Sam was the GM and Business Development Manager of Comfort Insulation Ottawa. 

Sam brings experience to our Deslaurier team. He has spent the last seven years in the kitchen cabinet business. During that time he added customers and created a very strong team. He understands our business and our market. He is really excited to be joining our team.

The sales and design team under Sam Marrello and the Distribution Sales team under Harold Hazen are best in our industry and are now even more prepared to meet the needs of homebuilders, remodelers and kitchen design centres in Ontario and Quebec.

See how Deslaurier can help you with your Kitchen design needs by visiting our website at or call our showroom at 613-596-5155 for an in person appointment. 


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Customer Announcement – July 16th, 2018


Deslaurier Custom Cabinets announces ownership change and prepares to serve its growing customer base into the future.


Jim Deslaurier, Founder and Denis Staples, President of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets (DCC) announced today the sale of their ownership interest in the company and welcomed a number of new shareholders to the company. The new group of DCC shareholders includes:

  • James Maxwell, Entrepreneur and CEO of Investment Partners Group
  • Cyril Leeder, former President and co-founder of the Ottawa Senators
  • Bernie Ashe, former CEO of OSEG and Kott Group
  • Mike Deslaurier, son of company Founder Jim Deslaurier and DCC’s current Director of Operations
  • Tyler Leeder, CPA and most recently of Deloitte’s Ottawa office

Denis will remain in place as President until the end of this calendar year, after which he will focus on family, community involvement and his aging father, one of the former shareholders in the company.

Jim Deslaurier will remain in place in his current role and has no plans to leave the company. Jim will play a key role in customer retention, product development and will be an advisor to the leadership team.

Mike Deslaurier, Director of Operations and Tyler Leeder, Director of Finance and Analytics are now Deslaurier shareholders and represent key pieces of management and shareholder succession.

Bernie Ashe has been appointed to the new role of Executive Chairman. Bernie will support Denis in his transition and Bernie will lead and mentor the Management team through this generational transition.

There is no change to how customers deal with Deslaurier. The Sales and Design team under Bob Gould and the Distribution Sales team under Harold Hazen are best in our industry and are now even more prepared to meet the needs of homebuilders, remodelers and kitchen design centres in Ontario and Quebec.


About Deslaurier Custom Cabinets:

Deslaurier specializes in creating custom cabinetry in harmony with today’s varied lifestyles. For more than 35 years, our team has provided exceptional quality products and design solutions tailored to the individual needs of our customers. We know cabinetry.

About James Maxwell & Cyril Leeder:

James was a successful entrepreneur in automotive distribution and currently is a professional investor in retail, corporate furniture sales, water management, financial management and land development. Cyril Leeder is a successful prominent Ottawa businessman who was one of the founders of the Ottawa Senators and served as their President and COO for more than 15 years. He has been active in the Ottawa business community for over 35 years.

About Bernie Ashe:

Bernie is an Ottawa businessman who was a successful CEO with three companies, AiT, KOTT Group and most recently Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).


Deslaurier earns Honour Roll status from Better Business Bureau

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Deslaurier Custom Cabinets has earned a place on the Honour Roll of the Better Business Bureau. Deslaurier has been an accredited business since 2003 with an A+ rating and has been complaint free for the 2013 calendar year.  Congratulations!