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People & Companies News for February 9, 2024

  • Rod Gilbert has been named as the next president of the Canadian Construction Association. Gilbert will be promoted from his current position of senior vice-president of public affairs and procurement practices. He will succeed Mary Van Buren on May 1. Van Buren announced her resignation last fall due to a desire to pursue other interests. She spent six years at the CCA’s helm. Her last day with the group will be April 30.
  • The Canadian Foundation for Physical Disabled Persons has named commercial real estate investment firm Kingsett Capital as the winner of a 2024 Corporate Award. Toronto-based Kingsett was recognized for being a real estate industry innovator committed to creating accessible buildings and communities for all. “By certifying over seven million square feet of its assets and some 500 rental apartments under the Rick Hansen Foundation accessibility program, the private-equity real estate investment firm is showing that it aspires to have a meaningful impact,” said CFPDP in a news release. Canadian Tire’s Jump Start program also earned a 2024 Corporate Award from the Toronto-based group.
  • Joanne McNamara, an executive with Canada’s Oxford Properties, has been appointed ESR Group’s board as a non-executive director. ESR describes itself as the Asia-Pacific region’s largest real asset manager powered by the new economy. The company offers the largest APAC-focused logistics service platform with operations in China. South Korea, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia. Oxford was a cornerstone investor in ESR’s IPO to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in late 2019 and ranks among the firm’s largest institutional shareholders. McNamara serves as Oxford’s executive vice-president for Europe. McNamara also sits on the board of Oxford-owned M7, a leading pan-European industrial real estate investment and investment management business.
  • Natalia Glavina, who specializes in real estate-related matters, has has been named a partner at Toronto-based accounting firm Segal GCSE. Glavina serves private companies in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, retail and consumer, construction and asset management, as well as not-for-profit, healthcare and government organizations. She joined Segal GCSE in 2019 through a predecessor firm.
  • Canadian retailer Reitmans has promoted Jackie Tardif to COO. Tardif, a 29-year company veteran, will oversee the merchandising, marketing, planning and allocation, and store and e-commerce operations of the Reitmans, RW&CO., and PENN. brands. She previously served as president of the Reitmans business. Michael Strachan will leave his post as president of RW&CO. and PENN on February 17.
  • Beedie Group is celebrating 70th anniversary this month by honouring the people and partners who helped the Burnaby, B.C.-based firm become one of one of Canada’s largest real estate development, investment, and property management companies. Founded February 10, 1954, Beedie began as a small single-family home construction firm. The company was founded by Keith Beedie, the father of current president and CEO Ryan Beedie. The company strives to uphold its original slogan: Built for Good. The firm’s four separate brands include Beedie Industrial and Beedie Construction, which have more than 35 million square feet of completed industrial space across B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Nevada. Beedie’s residential arm, Beedie Living now has about 11,000 homes, including many multi-family projects, in planning and development. And, Beedie Capital is a successful private investment firm. Beedie Group has donated and committed about $135 million to approximately 350 organizations in need of support.
  • As Connect reported earlier, Charles Emond’s mandate as president and CEO of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has been renewed another five years. Emond joined CDPQ as vice-president in 2019 and was promoted to president and CEO a year later. Before joining CDPQ, he held executive positions with Scotia Bank for about two decades. CDPQ invests globally in real estate, major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, and private debt. At last report, the pension fund held $424 billion in net assets.

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About Monte Stewart

Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s. In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star. Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.

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