Avatex combines years of experience and youthful energy to build quality real estate projects.  We take a conservative approach to real estate investments insuring our projects will stand the test of time.  Our primary focus has been on Western Canadian retail projects, and we recently completed a medical centre.  We are actively working on current projects and keeping our eyes open for new opportunities.

Our current projects include:

  • Melfort Wellness Centre, a medical building in Melfort SK, where we partnered with the City of Melfort
  • Melfort StoneGate, a 30 acre shopping centre in Melfort SK
  • Warman StoneGate, a 30 acre shopping centre in Melfort SK
  • AirPoint at EIA, a 2 acre retail site at the Edmonton International Airport
  • Secord Place, a 2 acre retail site in west Edmonton

Avatex was founded in 1976 and in 1991 through 2008 partnered with Springwood Developments to build several Cornerstone retail projects throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan developed by Springwood.


JESSE RUDGE , BComm President

7 years as a senior manager with Melcor, one of Alberta's leading real estate developers. Responsible for commercial development teams in both Edmonton and Calgary.

4 years with Avison Young, specializing in retail leasing. Holds an Alberta real estate license.

Lead role as project manager for both StoneGate projects in Warman and Melfort.

Will identify new development opportunities for Avatex in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and BC.

JOHN BURTON , P. Eng. Chief Executive Officer

B. Sc. (Mechanical Engineering) University of Alberta, 1965

M.B.A. McGill University, 1968

40 years experience in residential, light industrial, and retail development in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Phoenix Arizona, and New York State.

JIM RICHL , P. Eng. Chief Financial Officer

B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) University of Manitoba

MBA University of Alberta, 1970

Avatex partner since 1976

Founded Greystone Properties Inc., a major Edmonton commercial property management company

Responsible for Avatex project financing, and handles property management for Avatex income properties.


9 years as a registered Dealing Representative with JayCap Financial Ltd., a private mortgage banking and investment firm.  Responsible for investor relations, ensuring compliance with real estate and securities regulations, preparing financial statements, developing financial plans, and loan administration. 

Oversees the financial management for the Avatex group of companies and assists with all aspects of project management.

GORD DMYTRUK , Sales Consultant

Management Development Program - University of Saskatchewan.

34 years in retailing, including grocery stores, gasoline outlets, and agricultural supply.  Developed Agricultural Input Management program for Federated Co-op.  11 years as General manager, Prairie North Cooperative in Melfort, Saskatchewan, increasing annual sales to $67 M.

Handles leasing and property management for the StoneGate shopping centres, and other Avatex assets in Saskatchewan.

Identifies new real estate development opportunities for Avatex in Saskatchewan.

EWA BURTON , CTC Financial Officer

Owned and managed a property management company based in Edmonton, Alberta. Oversees the financial management for Avatex Devcorp Inc.


AirPoint at EIA


"We have worked with John and Jesse on a number of McDonald's locations over the past 10 years, both on Avatex projects, and previously on Springwood and Melcor projects. They have been good to deal with, and delivered what they promised. We look forward to future opportunities!"

Darrell Horst

Senior Manager of Development, Western Region

McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited

"Shell Canada has had multiple business dealing with jesse Rudge and we have had very positive dealings with Jesse & the Avatex team. Jesse has shown himself to be a very action oriented, hands-on type of developer-partner whose overall approach is one focused on problem-solving, presenting creative solutions and "out-of-the box" type thinking. We have witnessed a strong ability to foster relationships among community stakeholders"

Lino Paoloni

Real Estate Program Manager, North America Network Delivery

Shell Canada

"Over the years, Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited has dealt with John Burton and Jesse Rudge at Avatex in addition to their previous roles at Springwood and Melcor. John and Jesse are experienced developers with good working relationships. We have completed deals on over six Canadian Tire projects and we look forward to dealing with them again."

Ron Odagaki

Associate Vice President, Development - Western Canada

Canadian Tire Real Estate Limited

"John and Jesse are experienced developers with good working relationships. We have considered various projects they are working on and would certainly work with them in the future. We have completed a land acquisition on behalf of Jim Pattison Developments with them on their project in Saskatchewan."

Moreno Trevisan, B.B.A, R.I.(B.C)

Real Estate Manager

Save-On Foods

"In the past, I have worked with Nicole Rudge while she handled Investor Relations at JayCap Financial. Nicole always handled herself in the most professional manner, and was very organized and detailed in all aspects of her work."

Darin Rayburn

President and CEO

Melcor Developments

"As one of the founding partners with Avison Young Ventures, who partnered to found JayCap Financial in Edmonton, I would personally acknowledge the impact Nicole Rudge made during the start up and continual success in the formative years of JayCap Financial."

Dean Wulf

VP Acquisitions

Pangman Development Corporation

"Kor-Alta Construction has maintained a working relationship with Avatex Devcorp Inc. for over 20 years. We have always recognized Avatex to be knowledgeable developer of high integrity. The ownership group is well respected in the development industry by municipalities, consultants, contractors and service providers."

Ted Commandeur


Kor-Alta Construction




JESSE RUDGE   780 718 0876

JOHN BURTON   780 451 3597

JIM RICHL   587 498 1507

NICOLE RUDGE   780 233 9197

GORD DMYTRUK   306 321 4829





JOHN BURTON   john@avatex.ca

JESSE RUDGE   jesse@avatex.ca

JIM RICHL   jim@avatex.ca 

NICOLE RUDGE   nicole@avatex.ca

GORD DMYTRUK   gord@avatex.ca

EWA BURTON   ewa@avatex.ca