About Us

Ottawa Renovates Magazine is locally owned and operated. Our mission is to help inform, educate and connect homeowners with local professional renovation industry leaders in Ottawa.

We are endorsed by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association and work closely with members who provide professional design, build, material, sub-contracting and complete project management.

We support the RenoMark® program – helping the homeowner know the difference between amateurs and professionals – get it in writing – a safe, fair, warrantied, renovation.

We sponsor the very successful RenoTour®. See actual finished renovations when renovators and homeowners provide a physical tour of a real renovation in Ottawa homes. 

Our stories are real. Commentaries, interviews, articles, feature projects, new trends, all from Ottawa’s industry leaders.

Interested in connecting? Click on any of our advertisements and you will be connected directly. Our hope is to uphold, inform, and inspire.

We publish twice a year, Spring and Fall, with beautifully-printed copies going directly into thousands of select homes. Our website includes all the current articles and is updated weekly.

Paul Scissons
Owner and Publisher

Paul Scissons is graphic designer with experience in international sales and marketing, operations management and business development.

Paul is actively involved with the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) as a member of the Renovators Council and Marketing Committee.

As the owner of Ottawa Renovates Magazine, his passion is for local companies to succeed in the ongoing challenges of these changing times. He is always available for a chat...feel free to connect with him.

Francie Healy
Editor, Writer, Art Director

Francie Healy is a writer and editor who began editing Ottawa Renovates Magazine with its inaugural issue in 2009. Recently she also took over the job of design and layout when the previous art director, Gordon Keith, retired. Francie has many years of experience as a journalist, photographer, page designer, creative and technical writer. You can see more of her work here.

Michael E. Cimilyan
Website Design, Development, Management

Michael Cimilyan is an award-winning marketing strategist and 25-year veteran at Paradime, a Content and Internet agency. His team designed, built and manages the Ottawa Renovates website.