About the Writers

RENX welcomes real estate professionals from across Canada to contribute articles to our website and weekly email newsletter edition of Property Biz Canada.  Industry writers provide valuable insight, commentary and information in their area of expertise for our readers. 

Property Biz Canada engages professional writers from across Canada to report about the commercial and residential real estate markets.  Freelance writers in the major urban areas cover local issues and contracted writers provide daily news for Property Biz Canada.

For information on becoming a Featured Columnist or freelance writer for Property Biz Canada, contact Ann White, publisher of RENX.

Featured Columnists

Darryl D. Bellwood, Director of Commercial Lending, First National Financial LP

Darryl D. Bellwood is a Director of Commercial Lending in the Commercial Origination Group at First National Financial LP. As Director, Darryl provides commercial mortgage financing solutions for all types of commercial real estate investment properties throughout Canada and has extensive experience in conventional and CMHC insured financing.

Darryl has been with First National for over 13 years and has been involved in over $2 Billion of commercial financings. Prior to joining First National, Darryl held positions with various Canadian financial institutions.

Darryl D. Bellwood’s column on RENX: Capital Commentary
Contact:  Darryl Bellwood

John Clark, Vice President, The Regional Group of Companies Inc.

John Clark is Vice President with The Regional Group of Companies Inc. He has more than 33 years of experience in the real estate appraisal field, is a fully accredited member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and has been with Regional since March 1988. His experience includes the appraisal of commercial and investment real estate, including limited use and non-market properties located in most Canadian jurisdictions. John has been an active member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and served as its National President for 2001-2002.

He also has appeared as an expert witness in court and assessment tribunal hearings, including the Assessment Review Board – Ontario, the Property Assessment Review Board – British Columbia, and the Dispute Advisory Panel (PILT) – Canada. Clients include national institutions (including crown corporations, transportation companies, municipalities, Public Works and Government Services Canada), private companies and individuals.

John Clark’s column on RENX: Value: Weighed and Measured
Contact: John Clark

Darrell Gold, Partner, Robins Appleby LLP

Darrell Gold is a partner at Robins Appleby LLP and is responsible for the leasing component of its Real Estate Group. He has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of commercial, retail, office and industrial leasing, lease enforcement and dispute resolution on behalf of landlords, tenants and property and asset managers. As well, his practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate and general commercial contracts.

Darryl Gold’s column on RENX: The Legal Corner
Contact: Darrell Gold

Derek Lobo, CEO, Rock Advisors Inc.

Derek Lobo is the founder and CEO of ROCK Advisors Inc and DALA Group of Companies. For more than 25 years, ROCK Advisors has been Canada’s expert in the multi-family rental apartment and student housing segments. Its extensive research and proprietary database have made us Canada’s apartment experts.

The ROCK team offers a wealth of experience in brokerage, apartment development consultancy, market intelligence, and asset management. Based in Burlington, Ontario, ROCK serves developers, builders, owners, financiers and corporations of multi-unit apartment buildings.

Derek Lobo’s column on RENX: The Apartment Building Expert
Contact:  Derek Lobo

Atrina Kouroshnia, Mortgage Professional

Atrina Kouroshnia is an independently licensed mortgage broker in the province of British Columbia. She specializes in helping first-time home buyers invest in their future through the purchase of their first home just as she did years ago.

She believes in complete transparency and going over every detail so that her clients know all of their options and make an informed decision based on their needs. Creating a budget with clients is important for her to ensure clients are not over extended and even protected against future rate increases.

Atrina Kouroshnia’s column on RENX: Mortgages by Atrina
Contact:  Atrina Kouroshnia

Kelly Macsymic, Sales Associate, ICR Commercial Real Estate & Business Manager, B. Stuart P.C. Inc.

I am a gal of all trades and wear a few hats at my current job though nothing quite as esteemed as my 1996 Unity Western Days Rodeo Queen crowned cowboy hat. I spend my time as a Sales Associate at ICR Commercial Real Estate, in addition to my other gig as general sidekick and business manager for Barry Stuart at B. Stuart P.C. Inc.  Previously I pursued career in journalism attending Lethbridge College and University of Regina and was gainfully employed for several years in weekly papers in rural Saskatchewan.

My other commitments include BPW (Business and Professional Women) Saskatoon in addition to volunteering as president of the Holliston Community Association.

Kelly Macsymic’s column on RENX: The Saskatchewan Edge
Contact:  Kelly Macsymic

Ben Myers, Senior VP, Market Research & Analytics

Ben Myers has over a decade of real estate research experience with several firms in both the United States and Canada including Hanley Wood Market Intelligence in Dallas and Altus Clayton in Toronto. Most recently Ben was Editor and Executive Vice President of Urbanation, a condominium apartment market research firm. Ben was widely viewed as the voice of the condominium market in Toronto by Canadian media. Ben has been the keynote speaker for events held by BILD, OHBA, Toronto Construction Association, The Property Show, Canadian Apartment Investment Conference and many more.

Ben Myers column on RENX: The Number Game
Contact: Ben Myers

Adam Powadiuk, Business Development Manager, First National Financial LP

Adam Powadiuk is a Business Development Manager with First National Financial, Canada’s largest non-bank lender with over $80 billion in assets under administration. He is focused on connecting the investment community with CMHC insured and conventional mortgage financing. Using First National’s broad platform he is able to effectively optimize his clients’ investment strategies through debt structuring, analysis and market knowledge.

Adam is active in many markets across the country but focuses on Ontario and Western Canada. His experience spans numerous asset classes, including retail, office, industrial and apartment.

Adam Powadiuk’s column on RENX: Capital Commentary
Contact:  Adam Powadiuk

Barry Stuart, Managing Partner, Senior Sales Associate, ICR Commercial Real Estate

Born in small town Saskatchewan, Barry Stuart began his real estate career in Saskatoon in 1978.  He was the recipient of the 2008, 2009 & 2011 Top Producer Award for ICR Commercial agents. As a broker licensed in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, he specializes in office and industrial leasing as well as commercial investment sales representing international, national and local clients.

Barry served on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Real Estate Board as Vice-President as well as Chairman of the Public Service, Arbitration, Membership, MLS and Public Relations Committees. He is a member of Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, St. Philip Neri Parish, Saskatoon Club and the Saskatchewan Professional Marketing Association and the Canadian Ski Patrol System.

Barry Stuart’s column on RENX: The Saskatchewan Edge
Contact:  Barry Stuart

Writers for Property Biz Canada

Paul Brent, Writer, Property Biz Canada

Paul Brent is a writer, editor and media trainer based in Toronto with over 25 years experience as a business reporter. He has written for Canada’s major news services on staff including  the National Post and subsequently as a freelance business reporter.

Paul Brent’s articles on RENX

Barry Horeczy, Writer, Property Biz Canada

Barry Horeczy is a freelance writer for Property Biz Canada.  From May 2013 to May 2016 Barry was employed full-time as RENX new editor. His previous journalistic career was spent in every department imaginable at various Canadian news services and daily newspapers, including stints as Acting Business Editor and Acting Assistant Business Editor at the Edmonton Journal.

Barry Horeczy’s articles on RENX

Steve McLean, Writer, Property Biz Canada

Steve McLean is a veteran writer, reporter, editor and communications specialist whose work has appeared in a wide variety of print and online outlets. He’s the author of the book Hot Canadian Bands and has taught reporting to college students.

Steve McLean’s articles on RENX

  Charles Mandel, Writer, Property Biz Canada

A multiple award-winning reporter, writer and editor for more than 25 years, Charles Mandel spent eight years covering the visual arts for The Edmonton Journal, two years as the Calgary Herald’s chief literary correspondent, and five years as the Canadian correspondent for the web’s leading technology portal, Wired.com. A former Atlantic correspondent with Canwest News Service, Mandel’s articles have appeared in most major Canadian magazines and newspapers, including Canadian Business, Explore, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Charles Mandel‘s articles on RENX

Ann White, CEO and publisher of RENX.ca

Ann White launched RENX in 2001 as a part-time venture and has grown the publication to become a primary source of online news for the Canadian real estate industry.

Prior to RENX, she had a website hosting and development company that built more than 30 websites between 1997 and 2001. During the ’90s, she worked as a project manager in the co-operative housing sector in Toronto, guiding multi-unit developments from land acquisition through to occupancy.

Ann White’s articles on RENX

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