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  • Apr. 2, 2020
IMAGE: Eva Maglis had been appointed to the board of directors of Avison Young. (Courtesy Avison Young)

Eva Maglis has been appointed to the board of directors of Avison Young. (Courtesy Avison Young)

Eva Maglis has been appointed to the board of directors of Avison Young.

As former executive vice-president and global CIO for one of the world’s largest IT companies, CGI, Maglis has led significant technology initiatives, acquisitions and integrations in North America, Europe and Asia over the course of her 35-plus-year career.

Maglis brings a track record of delivering enterprise-wide IS/IT services at a global scale. The last acquisition she delivered an added 40,000 IT professionals focused on harnessing technology for Fortune 500 and government clients to create value-added services.

During her career with CGI, Maglis delivered network and data centre services to CGI’s global clients, successfully transforming multiple independent infrastructure divisions into a cohesive unit of 5,000 professionals.

“Eva’s deep strategic and operational experience is a wonderful addition to Avison Young’s board of directors,” said Avison Young chairman and CEO Mark Rose in a release.

“She is a transformational leader and strategic thinker who, in addition to her exceptional professional experience, has advised a number of private company boards.”

Maglis began her career at Bell Canada, holding various leadership positions until the Bell Sygma merger with CGI in 1998. She retired from CGI in 2015 and now serves on the boards of FXinnovation, Intelcom Express and Transtex/E-Smart.

Maglis is a Montreal resident.

Bell nominated to SNC-Lavalin board

SNC-Lavalin (SNC-T) has nominated Mary-Ann Bell to its board of directors as part of the company’s ongoing renewal process.

Bell is an industrial engineer who has developed compelling managerial and leadership skills through a successful career in telecommunications at Bell Canada and Bell Aliant Regional Communications until 2014.

She held various management positions over the years, including as a senior vice-president for Quebec and Ontario from 2009 to 2014. She previously was chief operating officer for the Quebec business and a key leader in setting up a Quebec business for Bell Aliant.

Bell’s interest in governance brought her to contribute to many not-for-profit, private and publicly traded company boards, and she is also a corporate director for the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations.

She serves as a director of NAV Canada and of Cogeco Inc.

Bell will stand for election by shareholders at SNC-Lavalin’s AGM on May 7.

SNC-Lavalin had previously announced the nominations of Gary C. Baughman, Chris Clark and Mike Pedersen to the board (see our People Space dated Feb. 18, 2020).

Alimchandani to leave Dream

Pauline Alimchandani will leave her position as executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Dream Unlimited (DRM-T), and as CFO of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust (DRA-UN-T), as of April 9 to pursue another opportunity.

Alimchandani will continue to serve as a director of Dream Alternatives Master GP Inc., the general partner of Dream Alternatives Master LP which indirectly holds Dream Alternatives’ portfolio of assets.

Meaghan Peloso will become the interim chief financial officer of Dream Alternatives. Peloso is the vice-president and chief accounting officer of Dream Unlimited.

She is responsible for accounting functions as well as financial reporting and investor communications.

Prior to joining Dream, Peloso worked in the audit and assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where she obtained her CPA designation.

Dream, a Toronto-based developer of office and residential properties, owns stabilized income generating assets in both Canada and the U.S., and has $9 billion of assets under management.

IMAGE: Glenn Way is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at GWL Realty Advisors. (Courtesy GWLRA)

Glenn Way is the executive vice-president and chief operating officer at GWL Realty Advisors. (Courtesy GWLRA)

GWL Realty Advisors promotes Way

Glenn Way has been promoted to executive vice-president and chief operating officer at GWL Realty Advisors. Way is responsible for the leadership, performance and strategic direction of GWL Realty Advisors’ assets in Canada.

The portfolio is comprised of office, industrial, retail and residential assets.

Way has over 20 years of real estate industry experience and has held leadership positions in both leasing and asset management at GWL Realty Advisors.

Currently, he is on the University of Guelph Real Estate Program Advisory Board and is a co-founder of ‘Swing for the Cure,’ a local charitable initiative.

New N. American director at WiredScore

WiredScore, the company behind Wired Certification, has promoted Tom Redmayne to managing director for North America. Redmayne has worked at WiredScore since 2015 and launched the firm’s U.K. and Ireland operations. 

“Tom brings a unique perspective to WiredScore that has proven invaluable to our company’s global success,” said Arie Barendrecht, CEO of WiredScore, in a release.

“He has been instrumental in strengthening our ability to deliver value to the commercial real estate industry through education and counsel, illustrating the growing importance of superior digital connectivity for landlords, developers and building owners.” 

Redmayne most recently served as senior director of business development for North America for WiredScore. Prior to WiredScore, he spent four years with Cushman & Wakefield as a member of London’s global tech team and its office agency. 

Redmayne is a graduate of Durham University and of Cass Business School, where he received his master’s degree in real estate. 

Kulkarni joins Triovest

Peter Kulkarni has been hired as the director of development at Toronto-based Triovest. Kulkarni has an extensive background in the industry, most recently as senior manager of development at Choice Properties REIT.

He was the manager of development at Shoppers Drug Mart for almost a decade and also spent time at Armstrong Hunter and Associates as well as Toronto Artscape.

Kulkarni holds a master’s degree in environmental studies, urban planning from York University. He holds a LEED AP designation and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.

Albo resigns from Artis board

Artis REIT (AX-UN-T) announced the resignation of Ida Albo from its board of trustees. 

“On behalf of the entire board of trustees, I would like to thank Ida for her valued contributions and services to the board,” said Edward Warkentin, chairman of the board, in a brief announcement.

“We wish her much success in all her future endeavours.”



Don is a veteran editor and journalist with three decades of experience in print and online news, including 20 years at the Ottawa Sun. Most recently, he was the Sun’s…

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Don is a veteran editor and journalist with three decades of experience in print and online news, including 20 years at the Ottawa Sun. Most recently, he was the Sun’s…

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