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  • Jul. 9, 2020
IMAGE: Neil Lathangue, CEO and partner at Zoono Services Inc.

Neil Lathangue, CEO and partner at Zoono Services Inc.

Zoono Services Inc. has appointed longtime industry executive Neil Lathangue as its CEO and partner.

Lathangue brings more than 15 years of experience as an award-winning leader in the environmental cleaning and infection control industry, facilities services and venture capital.

He’ll be responsible for implementing the company’s surface disinfection business strategy and the development and management of its operating and franchise, micro-franchise and affiliate network. He’ll also oversee sales and management for North American corporate, national and regional services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the critical need for effective disinfection solutions and capable service providers who can ensure precise application of products to safeguard employees and the public at large,” said Lathangue in a release. “Zoono Services is an anomaly in that its methodology, products, accessibility and action are completely in sync.”

As president and partner of TBM Service Group, Lathangue built one of the foremost service providers in the sector, leading the charge in the mitigation and eradication of microbiological content, viruses and infections, including COVID-19.

Previously, he co-founded and led GDI, one of North America’s largest publicly traded facilities services companies. He has also has been recognized as the president of one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies by The Financial Post, and Top 500 Companies, by Report on Business Magazine

The former chief commercial officer of ICS, a leading provider of commercial facility service solutions, Lathangue also led Desiderata Capital LLP as co-founder and general partner.

New CEO, executives at Sienna

Sienna Senior Living (SIA-T) has promoted Nitin Jain to president and CEO as part of a series of sweeping changes to its executive ranks. He replaces Lois Cormack, who resigned as CEO and from the board for personal reasons in mid-June.

Jain was also appointed to take Cormack’s position on the board of directors. He has served as chief financial officer and chief investment officer at Sienna since joining the company in 2014 and played an instrumental role in executing all aspects of Sienna’s strategy.

Sienna also recently appointed former Sinai Health System CEO Joseph Mapa to provide additional health-care expertise to the board of directors.

Among its executive ranks, the company named Stephen Foster interim executive vice-president of long-term care; Karen Hon as CFO and senior vice-president; and David Hung as senior vice-president, corporate services.

Foster has extensive leadership experience in the sector, having recently retired as CFO of a major Canadian seniors’ housing operator. Reporting to the president and CEO, he will focus on strategic and operational execution and on developing a high-performing team.

Hon has been with Sienna for five years, most recently leading corporate finance, investor relations and shared services. She will oversee financial management and fiscal integrity, and direct the financial, strategic, internal controls, financing, tax, financial operations, debt strategy, capital markets strategy, treasury, audit and budgeting functions.

Hung has also been a member of the Sienna team for five years, most recently leading operations finance and procurement. He has built a reputation over 20 years as a people-focused leader.

Lockhart succeeds Coles as Alignvest chair

Alignvest Student Housing REIT (ASH) reports Drew Coles has resigned as chair of the board of trustees following his two-year term as the trust’s founding chairman. Nancy Lockhart has been appointed as his successor.

Lockhart is also a director of George Weston Limited, Choice Properties REIT and Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation and was formerly the chair of Gluskin Sheff + Associates, Inc.

McKenna joins Marlin Spring advisory board

Marlin Spring has appointed Jaime McKenna, managing director and group head of real estate at Fengate Asset Management, to the firm’s advisory board.

“We are both honoured and delighted to welcome Jaime to our advisory board, comprised of some of North America’s most extraordinary and accomplished professionals,” said Benjamin Bakst, the CEO of Marlin Spring, in the announcement.

Prior to joining Fengate, McKenna was chief investment officer of Minto Apartment REIT and part of the executive team that led the trust’s initial public offering in April 2019.

Colliers promotes Holmes in Toronto

IMAGE: Daniel Holmes, executive managing director and market leader for Colliers International Canada’s operations in the Greater Toronto Area. (Courtesy Colliers)

Daniel Holmes, executive managing director and market leader for Colliers International Canada’s operations in the Greater Toronto Area. (Courtesy Colliers)

Daniel Holmes has been promoted to executive managing director and market leader for Colliers International Canada’s operations in the Greater Toronto Area.

Holmes joined Colliers in 2002 as an advisor. In 2015, he joined the leadership team as senior managing director of the Toronto North office and in 2016, was promoted to senior managing director of the GTA office practice group.

In these leadership positions, he has been responsible for operations, strategy and growth, recruitment and mentorship, innovation and business development.

“I am extremely pleased to have Dan in this new role. He will be leading the largest team in Canada, implementing Colliers’ strategic growth plans in the Greater Toronto Area,” said Scott Addison, president, brokerage services, Canada, in a release.

REIC announces new president, board

Johnmark Roberts has been named president of The Real Estate Institute of Canada. He’ll head up the institute’s 11-member board, which now includes past-president Ken Loeppky, vice-president Theresa Salsman, secretary/treasurer Walter Lui, directors Maria Jeck, Natalka Falcomer, Yolanta Scott, John Bowen, Edwin Kwok Yu Yan, Maria Da Ponte and ex officio member Stephen Ashworth.

A national provider of advanced education to real estate industry professionals, REIC is celebrating its 65th anniversary. Over 85 attendees participated in the first-ever virtual meeting for the institute. 

QPAREB names new board of directors

The Quebec Professional Association of Real Estate Brokers announced the appointment of Marc Lacasse as president and Sylvie Blouin as vice-president of its board of directors.

Lacasse has over 25 years of experience in the industry, including eight as a broker. He is beginning a two-year mandate as president of the association. With 22 years of real estate experience, including nine as an agency owner, Blouin was elected to the QPAREB’s board of directors in 2019. She begins a one-year mandate as vice-president.

In addition to Lacasse (Laval) and Blouin (Monteregie), the board consists of the following directors: Ginette Beardsell, Daniel Dagenais and Etienne D. Mellor, Montreal; Mathieu Cousineau, Lanaudiere; Michele Fournier, Mauricie; Leonce Gagnon, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean; Antoine Halabi and Fadi Kaouk, Laval; Eric Leger and Anouk Vidal, Laurentides; Luc Mailloux, Capitale-National; Renaud Pelletier, Bas-Saint-Laurent; and Martin Vaillancourt, Chaudière-Appalaches.

ULI unveils management committee

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto has made a series of leadership changes effective July 1. Emma West (partner, Bousfields) becomes the management committee chair, succeeding Leslie Klein, (principal, Quadrangle) who will continue to serve on the executive committee as past chair, and on the governance committee as chair. 

Elsewhere within ULI: Cyndi Rottenberg-Walker (partner, Urban Strategies Inc.), will serve as vice-chair, and chair of mission advancement; Alpa Patel (partner, PwC), becomes treasurer; Renée Gomes (chief development officer and vice-president, development, First Gulf), is co-chair of the program committee; Laura Sellors (partner and business development lead, Entro), will serve as co-chair of the outreach committee; Ruth Fischer (managing director, occupier services, CBRE), becomes co-chair of the sponsorship committee; Meghan Wong (director, commercial transit oriented development, Metrolinx), is co-chair of the women’s leadership committee; and Derek Goring (executive vice-president, development, Northcrest Developments), takes a new role as global governing trustee, and also joins the advisory board as chair.



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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