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The ZEST Team

Meet the People behind ZEST Communities. Bringing a whole new mindset to aging, the principals at ZEST are changing the way people think about the years ahead.


Tony Difruscio B.SC., M.SC.

Tony DiFruscio has a long history of transforming undervalued properties into treasured and valued development sites. An accomplished entrepreneur with decades of experience in property development, Tony holds a diploma from Niagara College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University, and a Masters’ of Science from McMaster University. Tony has been described as a true family man, one who puts his family before himself. This trait naturally extends to St. Elizabeth Village, as residents would testify that he places their needs and comfort in first-priority. Tony’s creative thinking, and his desire to challenge the norms and change the culture of ‘retirement’ communities, have been the founding principles behind the redevelopment of St. Elizabeth Village.

Vice President

Rob Baiocco B.B.A.

Robert Baiocco holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of land development and construction. As an accomplished entrepreneur, his skills in transforming properties through the complete development cycle are evident in his portfolio of successful projects. Rob is known as the ‘numbers’ guy, and with his impressive knowledge of the construction industry, he brings a realism and common-sense approach to the redevelopment of St. Elizabeth Village. Rob echoes Tony’s sentiments and states “We’re bringing a whole new philosophy to 55+ lifestyle living. St. Elizabeth Village in Hamilton will set the bar for future generations.”

Longtime friends and business partners, Tony and Rob have redefined the role of a typical ‘developer’, bringing a perfect balance of vision and experience to the new St. Elizabeth Village. With honesty, integrity and passion, Zest Communities Inc. will transform the way the 55+crowd lives and plays!


Zock & Associates

As a pioneer in both the development and property management of more than 75 Market Value Life Lease projects in Ontario (representing over 5,000 units), Gary Zock is considered the leading industry expert in the Life Lease field. Mr. Zock has consulted and advised many government agencies including the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. He brings 30 plus years of experience in this very specialized area and is a great asset as the Project Manager for St. Elizabeth Village.



The design team handling the master plan for St. Elizabeth Village is better known for roller-coasters and waterslides than shuffleboard courts. Toronto-based Forrec has designed theme parks around the world including Universal Studios Florida and Canada’s Wonderland. Their design for The Villages in central Florida, three themed retirement communities inspired by small-town U.S.A., was perfectly aligned with ZEST’s vision for St. Elizabeth Village. Here Forrec is creating the first-of-its-kind 55+ ZEST community in Canada.


Reinders + Rieder Ltd.

Reinders + Rieder Ltd. was established in 1967 and has provided professional architectural services on over 3,800 projects throughout North America and abroad. Their diversity of experience gives them unique insight into innovative projects while their goal-oriented solutions make even the most intricate designs possible. Their work for St. Elizabeth Village will set a new standard for 55+ living in Canada.


Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd.

Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. is an award-winning Engineering Construction Company with an innovative approach that has made it a leader in the construction industry. Founded over 50 years ago, Maple Reinders has successfully completed hundreds of projects and has been ranked as one of the Top 20 Contractors in Canada. A half century from inception, Maple Reinders remain true to their founding values of quality, honesty and hard work. They continue to pursue design and construction challenges with passion and integrity. With a commitment to client satisfaction, staying on budget and on time, ZEST could not have selected a better builder for the new St. Elizabeth Village.


Verma Robins Inc.

The Verma Robins Group - led by Sheri Robins and Anil Verma - is a team of award-winning real estate sales professionals and admin staff who are members of Re/Max Escarpment Realty Inc. Brokerage, and is the exclusive sales team responsible for sales at St. Elizabeth Village, with offices located inside the newly renovated Presentation Centre. The Verma Robins Group also have a thriving residential real estate sales business outside the Village and bring decades of tested and proven sales and marketing strategies to help sell your home for top dollar, and to make your move to the Village as easy as 1-2-3!


GH+A Design Studios

GH+A has been meeting challenges that cross borders and lease lines since 1985. The company designs retail spaces and experiences filled with fresh, exciting ideas, creating vibrant retail destinations around the world. GH+A recently made the list of the Top 20 Retail Design Firms from the prestigious industry association VMSD. Having creating award-winning spaces for destinations like Aeropostal in Times Square, Centura, Danier, Fido, Judith & Charles and Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s in downtown Toronto (to name just a few), GH+A was the natural choice for designing the retail spaces at The Village.


Manor & Croft Design

Manor & Croft is a design firm committed to providing our clients with safe, integral and beautiful environments that they will be proud to call home. They have designed countless award-winning retirement communities throughout Ontario. Manor & Croft’s success is based on a true commitment and passion for design. Their dedication to understanding our clients’ unique needs and finding the most appropriate design solutions, helps to create environments which foster peace of mind and continued vitality. Manor & Croft Design is proud to be working alongside such an accomplished team of professionals to enhance the vision for the interior spaces at St. Elizabeth Village.