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People & Companies News for March 15, 2024

  • Kilmer Sports Ventures has appointed Ivan Gazidis as president. Toronto-based Kilmer has a large focus on real estate development and infrastructure as well as sports and media and private equity. The company is owned by Larry Tanenbaum who chairs both Kilmer and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. MLSE owns the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, the National Basketball Association’s Toronto Raptors, Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC and the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts. Tanenbaum owns stakes in MLSE and, accordingly, the Toronto clubs. Gazidis joined Kilmer from Italian soccer club AC Milan, where he served as president and CEO. Before moving to AC Milan, he headed Arsenal of the English Premier League and co-founded Major League Soccer and served as its deputy commissioner. Kilmer’s interests include majority ownership of Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited.
  • ReMax Commercial Advantage is under new ownership. Founder Moojan Azizi has sold the Surrey, B.C.-based brokerage firm to brokers Charles Wiebe, Marty Peters and Katharine Johnson. The new owners have worked together since 2018 under the banner of CDW & Associates, another Fraser Valley-based entity. Wiebe and Peters started the team in 2018 and Johnson came on board three years later, initially serving as a licensed assistant. ReMax Commercial Advantage has 24 agents. Wiebe and Peters have four decades of combined commercial real estate experience.
  • Jennifer Mallard has joined Henriquez Partners Architects as principal of the firm’s new Toronto studio. She previously a Partner at Diamond Schmitt, where she developed extensive knowledge of the Toronto market. Mallard was previously a partner at Diamond Schmitt. She has about 30 years of experience leading the design and delivery of civic, residential, educational and institutional projects. Her Ontario past and current projects include the National Arts Centre rejuvenation in Ottawa and the Daniels Spectrum and Toronto’s Paintbox residential development and Mirvish Village, which is under construction. In Vancouver, she guided the UBC law school’s Allard Hall project. Vancouver-based Henriquez is an award-winning, internationally-reknown firm with a strong mixed-use development track record.
  • Marc Kemerer, a leading lawyer specializing in municipal, land use planning and development, has joined McMillan as a partner in its municipal group. Kemerer’s legal practice encompasses all aspects of land development, planning and municipal by-laws and governance, including land use planning approvals, heritage and conservation authority permitting, expropriation, municipal conflicts of interest and landlord/tenant matters. He will assist McMillan clients in all stages of development projects. He joined McMillan after spending nine years with Devry Smith Frank. In addition to working for several law firms, Kemerer has served an in-house lawyer for the cities of Toronto and Waterloo, Ont.
  • Graywood Development has expanded its scholarship program, offering a total of $180,000 to five Ontario educational institutions. The program’s goal is is to encourage students from all backgrounds to pursue careers in real estate and construction, with preference being given to underrepresented groups. The scholarships will be awarded to students at Western University’s Ivey Business School; the University of Toront’s Rotman School of Management; the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University; the Schulich School of Business at York University and the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management at George Brown College. The money will come from Graywood’s Vision Fund. Graywood will also use the fund to provide financial support to charities Fred Victor, which helps alleviate the impacts of homelessness on vulnerable individuals; the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation and Tarragon Theatre, which creates, develops and produces new plays to help new works thrive.
  • Sotheby’s International Realty has promoted Angela Papassotiriou to director of brokerage services for Ontario. She will also continue to serve as the firm’s Toronto region managing broker. Prior to joining Sotheby’s in 2023, served as the broker of record for EXP Realty from mid-year 2019 to year-end 2022. She has also held executive and manager positions with Re/Max Excel Realty, Royal LePage and Re/Max Condos Plus.
  • Brandon Barger has resigned from his CFO post at BSR REIT. Barger had taken a leave of absence in fall 2023 for health-related reasons. Susan Rosenbaum, the REIT’s COO, remains as interim CFO. She previously served as the permanent CFO. Meanwhile, Steven Etchison has been promoted to chief accounting officer after serving as the vice-president of accounting.

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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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