About Us

We dig good places.

Take Root is a Vancouver-based real estate company. We believe interesting cities are more than their buildings. We believe a building’s inhabitants is more important its architecture. As developers, operators, and investors, we believe in the power of places to enable people do amazing things. Our research-driven approach challenges us to engage with complex urban issues, such as the local economy and aging in place. We begin each project with a specific question that guides the purpose of the project. Since 2005, Take Root projects have created award winning places like Schoolhouse and River Market.

Interest in helping us? Come dig good places with us.

Mark Shieh

Co-Founder

Passionately curious about people and places, Mark started out as a Disney Imagineer and indulged a childhood dream to be a Disney character. Later, he worked as Development Manager with Rize Alliance. Mark has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University. He was a Mayfield Entrepreneurship Fellow and has served on the Vancouver City Planning Commission. He currently serves on the board of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Building Opportunities with Business. Talk to him about sharing economy, passive house, and ramen. @markshieh

Leslie Shieh

Co-Founder

Leslie has worked as a consultant in community economic development, working alongside communities and local organizations in Canada, United States, China, and Taiwan. She holds a BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University and an MCP (Planning) from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a PhD in Urban Planning from University of British Columbia where her research examined community building and governance under the context of China’s rapid urbanization. Her work in Vancouver combines her extensive experience working in different urban contexts and her interest in furthering social and environmental goals through real estate. @leslieshieh

Wilmer Lau

Project Manager

Wilmer has a background in engineering. He led product teams to develop award winning consumer electronics devices at Denso San Diego and at Plantronics in California and China.  His passion for lowering our eco footprint brought him back to Vancouver and to work on creating beautiful and accessible green buildings. Wilmer holds a B.ApSc in Electrical Engineering from UBC, MEng in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive MBA from CEIBS Shanghai.