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People Space: Hirings, promotions at MIP, CPP, Great Gulf, V!VA…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Nov. 9 2021
McMaster Innovation Park (MIP) has named Sandra Tran its new chief financial officer. Tran has previously played an integral role in the development of resilient mixed-use infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area and was instrumental in establishing the financial strategy, approval

People Space: Key departure from CPP, new hires at CFO, REBGV…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Oct. 19 2021
Longtime CPP Investments executive Alain Carrier is resigning as senior managing director and head of international as of Oct. 22. Carrier will take over as global CEO of New York-based Bregal Investments. “For nearly 14 years, CPP Investments has benefited

People Space: Senior hirings at Colliers, Freed, Cdn. Gaming …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives Sep. 27 2021
Emeka Mayes has joined Colliers (CIGI-T) as partner, head of capital markets, brokerage working out of the firm’s Montreal office. As part of the Colliers Canada senior leadership team, Mayes will lead and oversee the expansion of Colliers’ Canadian Capital

People Space: KingSett, Epic, C&W, Colliers name new executives

Don Wilcox Residential Executives Sep. 14 2021
KingSett Capital has expanded the role of Rob Kumer, adding the title of president to his existing position as chief investment officer. In this expanded role, Kumer will be responsible for the execution of strategy, drive the continued advancement of the

People Space: Rayburn to retire, new faces at CPP, IMCO, Slate…

Don Wilcox Commercial REITs National Aug. 24 2021
A longtime fixture on the Canadian commercial real estate scene, Darin Rayburn will retire from Melcor Developments Ltd. and Melcor REIT (MR-UN-T) at the end of 2021. Rayburn, who has spent 19 years with Melcor, was the founding CEO of Melcor

People Space: Kim, Blasutti get senior roles at CPP, RioCan

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jul. 30 2021
CPP Investments has promoted Suyi Kim to become its senior managing director and global head of private equity effective Sept. 15. Kim will continue to be a member of the senior management team. Kim will lead the private equity (PE) department, which invests

People Space: New senior execs at Minto, ULI, AY, Firm …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jul. 23 2021
There is a new head of operations at Minto Apartment REIT (MI-UN-T), following the departure of chief operations officer George Van Noten to pursue other opportunities. Paul Baron is assuming the role under the title of senior vice-president, operations. Baron

People Space: Machin joins Serendipity, moves at C&W, AY, CMLS…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jun. 24 2021
Serendipity Capital, a financial services principal investing firm, announced Dr. Mark Machin will join its board as a non-executive director on Aug. 1. Machin has 30 years of experience in investment and finance, most recently as the president and CEO

People Space: Fiera, JLL, Colliers, CI add executives …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jun. 14 2021
Fiera Real Estate Investments Ltd., has appointed Marcus Sperber to its board as an independent director. Sperber left the role of managing director and global head of real estate at Blackrock in 2019, after 17 years, and recently founded NorthCroft

People Space: Senior hires at Manulife, QuadReal, MTY, Colliers…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National May. 27 2021
Manulife Investment Management has named Christoph Schumacher global head of real assets, private markets. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for defining the private real assets strategy and managing the operations and development, launch, and growth of investment solutions. The

People Space: Core, CPP, WWC, Peerage make senior hirings

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National May. 11 2021
Toronto-based Core Development Group has appointed Faran Latafat president of its new Avanew single-family rental (SFR) subsidiary. Latafat, who has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles, joined Core in 2018 as executive vice-president to establish a business focused on alternative

People Space: Cuthbert, Friedrichsen, Siddall on the move…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Apr. 26 2021
Peter Cuthbert has joined Colliers International (CIGI-T) as a partner to lead the real estate portfolio and asset strategy practice within the Strategy and Consulting Group. As the inaugural partner to join the business line, the former Fiera Real Estate

People Space: Drimmer steps down at True North and more…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Apr. 8 2021
True North Commercial REIT (TNT-UN-T) has announced Daniel Drimmer will step down as president and CEO as of May 17, with Leslie Veiner taking over as CEO. Tracy Sherren will become the president. Veiner, the current chief financial officer of

People Space: Hirings at Dream, PMA Brethour, IBI, Epic, CBRE…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Mar. 9 2021
Dream Unlimited Corp. (DRM-T) and Dream Impact Trust (MPCT-UN-T) have hired Richard Florida as vice-chair, impact and Pino Di Mascio as head of impact strategy and delivery. Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists. He is a researcher and

People Space: New CMHC CEO, moves at RioCan, Altus…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Mar. 3 2021
Romy Bowers has been promoted to the roles of president and CEO of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for a five-year term effective April 6. She will replace Evan Siddall. Bowers joined CMHC in 2015 after a diverse career in

People Space: JLL adds trio, new faces at AY, WPT…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Feb. 17 2021
JLL Canada has made three appointments to its management team across Canada. Pierre Beaulieu has signed on as senior director, head of strategic sourcing for corporate solutions Canada; Philippe Bernier is the new vice-president, strategy, operations and sustainability; and Kirk

People Space: Senior exec moves at Canada ICI, Greenwin, GCG …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Feb. 1 2021
Edmonton-based commercial real estate financial firm Canada ICI has appointed Rick Bachalo president. Bachalo joined Canada ICI effective Feb. 1 with a mandate to drive growth and build upon the company’s multi-billion-dollar mortgage asset management framework. “Appointing Rick as our

People Space: New faces, titles at Colliers, AY, Altus, OMERS, Mackenzie…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jan. 21 2021
Colliers International (CIGI-T) has hired Lucas Atkins as president of capital markets in Canada. Atkins will focus on increasing market share on behalf of significant owners of commercial real estate globally. He joins Colliers with nearly 20 years of experience

People Space: Hirings at Slate, BOMA, Lasalle, Trez …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Jan. 6 2021
Slate Office REIT (SOT-UN-T) has made a number of changes to its board and upper management, including the promotion of Lindsay Stiles to chief operating officer. Stiles brings deep experience and industry contacts into her new role. She joined Slate

People Space: Hirings at ERES, Baker, CMLS, Colliers…

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Dec. 9 2020
European Residential Real Estate Investment Trust (ERE-UN-T) and Canadian Apartment Properties REIT (CAR-UN-T) announced the appointment of Stephen Co to chief financial officer of ERES, replacing Scott Cryer. Co joined CAPREIT in 2011 and his responsibilities include oversight of the

People Space: Senior appts. at First Capital, Timbercreek, Plaza, Forum …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Nov. 16 2020
First Capital REIT (FCR-UN-T) has hired Neil Downey as its executive vice-president, enterprise strategies and as chief financial officer of First Capital, effective in Q1 2021. Downey is currently managing director and associate director of Canadian research for RBC Capital

People Space: Hirings at Colliers, CMLS, Firm, Colonnade BridgePort …

Don Wilcox Residential Executives National Oct. 29 2020
Colliers has brought on Roelof van Dijk as senior director, research and analytics for Canada. van Dijk has 15 years of experience covering the Canadian commercial real estate market, most recently as director of market analytics and market economist at CoStar Canada.

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