Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals with a passion to succeed.  A small team with big ideas.


Steve Charest

President / CEO – King & Benton Group

As President & Chief Executive Officer, Steve is responsible for development and growth initiatives of the company.

Steve Charest is the founder of King & Benton Group. A businessman and owner for more than 25 years dedicated to strategic, sustainable, low impact development and responsible growth that prides itself in incorporating of community ideals and ecological stewardship.


John Pehlke

Vice President – Real Estate Operations and Planning

John is part of the senior management team that directs the planning and execution of the real estate initiatives undertaken by the King and Benton Group of Companies and their strategic partners across Southern Ontario.

John brings over 40 years of commercial and residential real estate lending, construction financing and development experience to the management team. His career included management positions with the Royal Bank, TD Bank/Central Guaranty Trust, Laurentian Bank and MCAP Financial.


Justin Varias

Business Development Manager


Justin is a senior member of the team with a diverse background in Commercial Banking, Marketing and Leadership roles. In addition to assisting in corporate functions and strategic management, Justin generates new business development leads for the King and Benton Group of Companies across Ontario.

Justin brings more than a decade of experience in several senior, strategic functions with TD Commercial Banking and McMaster World Congress. He also holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Finance and Economics from McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. Justin has also shown a strong commitment to work in international development  as a director and founding member of a not-for-profit international microfinance charitable organization.


Mike Tipou

Civil Operations

Mike’s bio coming soon.


Wendy Babineau

Executive Assistant-Business Development & HR

Wendy is a graduate from Conestoga College with a degree in Office Administration. She is a highly dedicated employee with over 15 years of experience with the King & Benton Group of Companies.