Michael Assal

Development Coach | North America

Michael enjoys helping clients realize their projects from the design development through handover through a structured process and application of innovation to achieve high-performance and improved speed of construction. His experience accounts for completed projects worth $66,718,867 & counting.

MIchael Assal

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A good project begins with solid due diligence.

Unparalleled experience with over $66m+ worth of projects managed and delivered Successfully 


It's a pleasure to have Michael join the team. His experience with managing and delivering projects is unparalleled. With Michael's experience, qualifications & industry know-how, it's like having your very own veteran angle looking over your shoulder.

Amber Khanna

Property Development System

Industry engagements

Michael Assal-GCAO

Michael assumed the role of President at Taplen Commercial Construction in 2005 after fifteen years of international construction management, design-build, and construction program audit experience in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Michael earned his Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland in 1990 and MBA from the George Washington University in 2001 and has been active in learning and applying the latest.

Michael actively supports the local, provincial, and national construction industry (Canada). He served on the Board of General Contractors Association of Ottawa (GCAO) from 2007 to 2012 and was its President in 2010.

His in-depth understanding of contracts led to his recent appointment in August 2012 to represent general contractors of the Canadian Construction Association as a member of the Canadian Construction Documents Committee* (CCDC - www.ccdc.org).

*CCDC is a joint national committee responsible for the development, production and review of standard Canadian construction contracts, forms, and guides.

Michael assists his clients in choosing the correct construction delivery method and associated contract forms.

He is also a leading expert in constructing "energy-efficient" multi-story buildings and was the project lead in realizing the Salus Clementine (Karen's Place). 

Karen's Place is a four-story, multi-unit residential project built to International Passive House standards which was the first multi-unit residential building of this type in North America.

Here are some of Michael's projects

Michael's Experience


HEXO-3000 Solandt –Office Renovation, Kanata, ON , 20,000 SF $820K, Role: Project Executive, PM, H & S Officer - Work included management of design.


CBTU -72 Chamberlain – Elevator Addition and Office Renovation, Ottawa, ON , $2.8 M, Role: Project Executive, PM, H & S Officer – Work included management of design


CCOC Arlington, 4 Storey, 16 Unit Apartment Bldg., Ottawa, ON (Passive House), $3.9 M, Role: Project Executive, PM, H & S Officer


Rockland Manor Phase 2-, 2 Storey, 51 Unit Retirement Residence Expansion, with garage and amenities., Rockland, ON, $7.5 M, Role: PM, H & S Officer


Environmental Hanger Upgrade, Ottawa, ON - $334,185 K - Role: Project Executive, H & S Officer


Salus - Clementine, 4 Storey, 42 Unit Apartment Bldg., Ottawa, ON (Passive House / LEED Platinum), $5.1 M, Role: Project Executive, PM, H & S Officer


Rockland Manor, 2 Storey, 109 Suites, Retirement Residence, Rockland, ON - $12.4M  (Construction Management) - Role: Project Executive, PM, H & S Officer


École des Pin Renovations, Phase I, Ottawa, ON - $1.2 M, Role: PM, H & S Officer


St. Patrick’s Catholic High School, Interior Renovations, Ottawa, ON - $814,682, Role: PM, H &S Officer


Tweedsmuir Lofts, Condominium, Ottawa, ON (ConstructionManagement) - $3.5 M, Role: Project Executive, H & S Officer


300 Richmond Rd., Office Bldg., Ottawa, ON (Construction Management) - $5.8 M, Role: Project Executive, H & S Officer


TESC, CFSU Uplands, Ottawa, ON (Design-Build) - $1.9 M, Role: Project Executive, H & S Officer