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Golf Whistler, by Mark Van Dop

One of Canada’s premier golf resorts, the Golf Whistler is located in Whistler, British Columbia. The resort offers the unique experience of mountain golf to its members and is carved into the side of Blackcomb Mountain. The Club offers views of the nearby valley and incorporates many natural elements, including mountain ledges, waterfalls, ravines, and exposed rock faces. The Chateau Whistler offers four unique and challenging courses in four distinct locations:1. Nicklaus North: A par-71, 18-hole designed by Jack Nicklaus himself, the course offers beautiful scenery, as well as an athletic challenge. 2. Whistler Golf Club: An 18-hole course surrounded by mountains and interspersed with 9 lakes. 3. Fairmount Chateau Whistler Golf Club: This design incorporates an elevation change of more than 400 feet, adding an extra challenge to a round of golf. 4. Big Sky Golf and Country Club: An award-winning design, this course is 25 miles north of the others and sits at the base of Mount Currie. All four courses include dining options and fully equipped golf shops. If you live in the Whistler area, consider stopping in for a round of golf today. About the author:

Mark Van Dop is an avid golfer and a member of the Chateau Whistler Golf Club. He also owns and operates Mark Right Contracting.

Supporting the BC Children's Hospital By Mark Vandop

The Vancouver-based BC Children's Hospital is a renowned medical center for infants and adolescents. Providing both patient care and opportunities for researchers, the BC Children's Hospital relies on the generosity of supporters to achieve its goals.Donations to the BC Children's Hospital fund such endeavors as the Campaign for BC Children, which aims to construct a new hospital, expand Child Health BC, and relocate development and rehabilitation services to the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Contributions to the hospital also assist the research and technology advancement efforts of the Excellence in Child Health Fund.For more information about how to support the BC Children's Hospital, visit the Author:Mark Vandop is an experienced contractor and the owner of Markright Contracting in the Greater Vancouver area. In addition to his professional pursuits, he is an avid supporter of the BC Children's Hospital.

Mark Van Dop


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About Mark Van Dop

Real estate designer and developer Mark Van Dop has been in the business of creating singular custom homes in British Columbia's world-renowned communities for over 20 years. Valuing each client's individual tastes, preferences, and budget above all else, he has built a career out of manifesting dream residences. The founder of distinctive, Vancouver-based Markright Contracting Ltd., Mark Van Dop currently serves as his company's head project manager.Instrumental in each project's completion from start to finish, he accounts for a property's natural surroundings for maximum comfort and aesthetic quality. Utilizing the industry's most advanced construction materials, methods, and technology, Van Dop designs homes that reflect his extensive experience and seasoned career. He prides himself in calling each of his projects a handcrafted work of art, the final product of talented minds and careful craftsmanship. Among his most esteemed projects is the renovation of a historic building in Suntown near Vancouver.He began his career in home contracting with Kenorah Construction as project manager. Several projects headed by Van Dop earned the Georgie Award, which is conferred by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia to builders representing industry excellence. Included in his extensive portfolio are several residences in Furry Creek, a reputable British Columbia community set against the Sky to Sea Corridor.A frequent contributor to benevolent causes, he supports the British Columbia Children's Hospital, the Whistler Health Care Foundation, and the Burnaby Hospital, as well as a number of other local benefits. Van Dop has a wife, Catherine, and two sons, Ethan and Harrison.

Saving Money on Home Renovations, By Mark Van Dop

Mark Van Dop, owner of Markright Contracting in Vancouver, British Columbia, specializes in high-end renovations. As a professional contractor with years of experience, Mark Van Dop understands how to customize a project to fit a client’s tastes and budget. If your house needs a few tweaks, yet you are afraid of spending too much, Van Dop recommends several ways to get those projects done at a discounted price. 1. Be friendly and upfront with your contractor. An interested contractor will typically try hard to work with you. If you are honest about your budget, your contractor can offer tips for buying materials at less cost, or agree to leave smaller tasks for you to accomplish to cut down on overall costs. 2. Price match. Many large retailers offer a price matching service to keep your business. Shop around for materials, and if you find lumber or tile for less somewhere else, take it to your preferred store. Letting them know you would rather buy from them may even earn you a discount on top of a matched price.3. Travel for tax discounts. You can save money by buying in a county or state with a lower sales tax. 4. Referrals can equal discounts. Check with neighbors, family members and friends; referring a certain number of people to a retailer may earn you a percentage off your overall purchase.

Work experience

Jan 1992Present

Owner, Project Manager

Markright Contracting




British Columbia Institute of Technology / BCIT