About Us


Our Approach

In developing and managing hotels, our approach is focused, intelligent and market driven. Perhaps more insightful than other hotel developers, the Opus team specializes in conceiving, planning and positioning uniquely successful boutique hotels in superior, sought after,  locations. Emphasizing the quality of the guest experience in every detail, Opus develops, “flags”,  and manages hotels that exceed in achieving above market financial metrics.

Meet the Team

John deC. Evans

Founder & CEO

With a thirty-five year career in real estate, John deCourcey Evans is considered one of  Canada’s foremost business and community leaders. His career accomplishments range from the conceptualization and development of the internationally acclaimed boutique hotel company, OPUS Hotels, to his role as the lead developer for Intrawest’s Resort on Blackcomb, which set the benchmark for the billion dollar explosion of real estate development in Whistler beginning in the mid ’80s.

Demonstrating a unique insight into the needs and wants of today’s consumer, whether it be for retail goods and services, a resort home or a unique hotel or restaurant “experience”, Evan’s ideas are grounded in a solid understanding of business, finance and real estate dynamics. His marketing acumen is legendary – in fact, many of the advanced real estate marketing strategies that British Columbia is noted for are rooted in the development of John Evans’ career where, if not actually originated by him, they were most certainly honed to a fine art through his adaptation.

Tom Johnston, MBA


With over twenty five years experience in real estate development and asset management in residential, commercial and hospitality based real estate in resort, urban and suburban markets, Tom Johnston has been involved with OPUS Hotels since its inception and is a partner in the business. Johnston applies his analytical skills and intuitive sense to the financial, legal and management requirements of each hotel. Johnston has a strong desire to maximize returns and mitigate risk over the life cycle of each property and focuses on maximizing top and bottomline performance while ensuring the ongoing capital and financing requirements for each property are met.

Katherine Evans

Brand Director

A Vancouver native, Katherine has grown to be the inspiring leader and expert in her field through experiences in real estate, hospitality, technology, retail and sales & marketing. As a Vice President of the OPUS Hotels in Vancouver and Montreal for 15 years, Katherine managed, developed, expanded and fostered what is considered today Canada’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand. Managing all aspects of the business, Katherine has gained extensive experience with PR, Marketing, Sales, Recruiting, Strategic Leadership and Business Development. Experienced in brand & culture management in addition to people development, volume recruitment and Marketing & Sales.

A big thinker and visionary – the idea is the core of all great things.

The strategic development of a team to bring it to life and sustain any business is the key to success.

David Curell

VP Operations

Hospitality in his blood, David grew up in Kelowna and worked at his family motor inn while schooling. His career spans over 30 years in restaurants and hotels and includes experience in Canada, USA & Mexico. His greatest training ground the (then) AAA Five Diamond Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver.


General Manager experience includes OPUS Hotel Vancouver, Hotel Vitale, San Francisco, The Clift, San Francisco, Viceroy Santa Monica, FOGO Island INN Newfoundland, Cuixmala Eco Resort, Mexico and Autograph Collection by MARRIOT. Proudly and happily back in Canada David rejoins Opus Hotels Group!