President, Shift Development Inc. , Shift Development Inc.
Curtis P. Olson has focused his development work on adaptive reuse of buildings in core neighborhoods. He partners with artists, creative industries and other entrepreneurs to create places where local culture can thrive. Perhaps this is owing as much to his background as a nationally touring recording artist as to his Bachelors in Engineering Physics from the University of Saskatchewan and irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit. His conversion of the Fairbanks Morse heritage warehouse into loft condos earned a Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Architectural Heritage Award of Excellence. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Hayloft, a 1930s grocery store that they transformed into a live/work space where they regularly host touring artists in a popular house concert series. The Two Twenty was a former furniture store that Olson converted into a vibrant co-working community of creative entrepreneurs. As a result of his work at the Two Twenty and in the neighborhood of Riversdale, BDC named Olson a finalist for their Young Entrepreneur Award in 2012. The CBC named Olson a winner in their Saskatchewan Future 40 contest, recognizing the 40 most promising and influential leaders in the province.