Our Team


Christopher benedict

Managing Member

Prior to founding Great Lakes Development Group, Chris served as Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance for commercial real estate development firm Westwood Development Group.   At Westwood, Benedict oversaw the development, construction, and operation of several large-scale projects, including six indoor and outdoor shopping centers.  In total, Benedict oversaw the development and operation of projects totaling over $60 million.

Chris holds a BS in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and a MBA from Colorado State University.  Chris lives in North Muskegon with his three children.

Joshua Canale

Managing Member

Prior to founding Great Lakes Development Group, Josh gained 15 years of diverse experience in architecture and urban infill development. Josh participated in the design, construction and management of over $250 million in development in the City of Chicago, ranging from mixed-use, multi-family (affordable and market rate), office, retail and hospitality. He has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and managing complex projects.

Josh earned a bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Spring Lake with his wife and three children.