It All Started as a Lumber Yard in Calgary…

Since 1958, Star Building Materials has sourced, manufactured, and supplied quality building materials to builders, developers, renovators, and homeowners. Our humble beginnings as a lumber yard in Calgary have evolved over 65 years into one of the area’s largest and most progressive building materials suppliers. It is our mission to innovate within the construction industry, exploring new methods to help you reduce waste, increase efficiency, and manage project costs.

We proudly operate two diverse facilities in Calgary, including our main operations site on Alyth Road, as well as a newly expanded distribution yard at our North Star location. Our facilities include two warehouse locations, a selection center, an engineered wood saw shop, truss plant, wall panel plant, door shop, logistics building, and our recently expanded distribution yard. From these facilities, we serve our clients with some of the most innovative building solutions available, including framing and finishing materials, engineered wood floor systems, trusses, drywall, insulation, and a wide selection of related supplies.

None of this would be possible without people. We hire only the most forward-thinking, experienced, and passionate staff to serve your building needs. We care deeply about the quality of the products and service you receive, and we invest in our relationships both with our employees and our customers. We aim to reach beyond minimum standards of safety and environmental concerns.

Our Experts


Our highly qualified team is passionate about working with you to find ideal solutions to your building supply needs. Our extensive knowledge in construction procedures, building codes, and innovative materials enables us to source and manufacture the products you need to get the job done right.

We are invested in relationships and will be there from start-to-finish to bring your project from paper to reality.

Ken Crockett 
Vice President

Ken Crockett’s been a builder from the day he was born. He grew up in a family business that included renovations; new home construction and custom log homes. One of his very first jobs was in a local home hardware store, loading customer vehicles and preparing deliveries. This was his beginning in the building industry, and he hasn’t looked back once.

At Star, Ken has developed a sustainable and ethical business structure, one that serves customers first and rewards those who take responsibility for their work. He’s helped Star become the reliable supplier and partner that it is.

Jason Poloway Profile

Jason Poloway 
Purchasing Manager, Alberta

Jason oversees all aspects of Star’s purchasing and inventory operation in both Calgary and Edmonton branches, ensuring that all the products we offer our customers meet the absolute highest standards of quality and value. With many years of experience working in the Lumber Industry, Jason knows the best products to use for your build.

He also works to make sure we offer everything our customers need to get the job done – that we’re the one-stop retailer for their entire project. In short, he helps us make sure we’re helping you.

Lorrie Wood 
Director, Business Development

Lorrie Wood comes from a long line of builders. His family has been in construction and renovation for 70 years – they’ve been building longer than power tools have been around. With experience in the drywall, electrical and framing industries and years worth of renovation knowledge, Lorrie knows exactly what our customers need to get their projects from design to delivery.

That’s what he’ll do for you; help you turn that plan-on-paper into a finished product. Whether you come in to Star or he comes to your job site, Lorrie’s input and experience will greatly benefit your project.

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Helen Smith 
Director, Finance

Helen Smith has a vast background working in the concrete construction and manufacturing industry. She specializes in finance, balancing statements and assisting with the financial procedures that keep us going.

With her experience and expertise, Helen helps us offer the services that allow our customers to complete their projects within their budget. From working with our purchasing department to supporting our sales associates, she’s a part of everything we do here.

Richard Tunnicliffe 
Director, Branch Operations 

Richard Tunnicliffe has many years of experience in the building supply industry, helping clients build their dream homes and success for their companies. As a branch operations specialist at Star, Richard takes the responsibility of fully understanding our customers’ needs and offering the best solutions possible.

Richard helps maintain the quality standards we’ve set for our products and services, streamlines our processes to decrease lead time and enforces ideas like delivering materials on-time and in-full. He also helps educate other staff members in new products, helping them progress and better serve you.

David Klassen
Director, Manufacturing 

In university, David Klassen began working construction jobs over the summer. After attaining a civil engineering degree and his P.Eng designation, he dove headfirst into the industry. David has experience in truss and joist design and manufacturing, with two years under his belt in a structural engineering office.

As a specialist in engineered wood products, David provides quality products and cost-effective solutions to our clients, as well as ensures the integrity of the project’s plan. Come into Star to see what David’s team can design for you.

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