Welcome to NAIOP Greater Toronto

Advancing responsible development

NAIOP represents commercial developers, owners, investors and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate. The association provides strong advocacy, education and business opportunities, and connects its members through a powerful local and North American network. Read Greater Toronto Chapter Facts

NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter fosters the ideal business climate where members from across the GTA can share ideas, cultivate new relationships and stay on top of the most current industry information and trends. We are dedicated to maintaining our chapter as a prominent and relevant voice for commercial real estate.


  • The Chapter was founded in 1977 and has become the premier “meeting place” for a diverse and influential mix of the commercial real estate industry’s top companies and top performers.
  • The Chapter has nearly 1300 members in the Greater Toronto Area representing over 300 companies.
  • NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter is the 2nd largest of more than 50 NAIOP chapters in North America.
  • NAIOP Greater Toronto events attract over 5,000 attendees annually.
  • Members share business connections with over 20,000 other commercial real estate professionals throughout North America.

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2021 Directors, Inspirational Leadership

The Chapter’s Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the association has adequate resources to advance its mission. Get to know your 2021 Board …

Nurit Altman,
RBC Capital Markets
President Elect, 2022
Aly Damji,
Forum Equity Partners
Past President, 2020
Joseph Shaw,
Barnhart Asset Management
David Tweedie,
RBC Capital Markets
Chair, Government Relations Committee
Rebecca Askew,
Cadillac Fairview
Chair, Education Committee
Ryan Nelson,
The Pearl Group
Chair, Programs Committee
Jared Menkes,
Menkes Developments Ltd.
Chair, Suburban Programs Committee
Charlie Deeks,
PIRET Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust
Chair, Developing Leaders Committee
Emily Long,
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.
Chair, Networking Initiatives Committee
John Stewart,
Institutional Property Advisors
Co-Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Kevin Hardy,
Oxford Properties Group
Co-Chair, Sponsorship Committee
Tom Pinkham,
HOOPP | Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Chair, Membership Committee
Nick Macrae,
HOOPP | Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Chair, Communications
Charlene Schafer,
Torys LLP
Chair, REX Awards Committee
Andrea Wolf,
Colliers International
Director at Large
Christina Iacoucci,

Past Presidents

NAIOP Greater Toronto wishes to recognize and thank Past Board Presidents for the very significant role they played in guiding the organization’s culture, strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, as well as serving as ambassadors and advocates. Past Board members continue to be important resources for the organization in multiple ways.

JANUARY 14, 2020 – In attendance at the annual Past Presidents’ Dinner: (standing L to R) Graeme Young, Ted Willcocks, Rick Matthews, Matt Picken, James Tadeson, Sam Barbieri, Michael Pittana, Joel Pearlman, David Ward, Craig Smith, Dean Cutting and John O’Bryan. (seated L to R) Emily Hanna, Scott White, Paul Morse and Andre Kuzmicki.

2020 – Joseph Shaw
2019 – Sam Barbieri
2018 – Joel Pearlman
2017 – Emily Hanna
2016 – Jeremy Wedgbury
2015 – Craig Smith
2014 – Matt Picken
2013 – Michael Turner
2012 – David Ward
2011 – Ted Willcocks
2010 – Dean Cutting
2009 – Graeme Young
2008 – Kathy (Harder) Newell
2007 – Philip Gillin
2006 – Phil Mostowich
2005 – Mark Renzoni
2004 – James Tadeson
2003 – Paul Morse
2002 – Michael Emory
2001 – Andre Kuzmicki
2000 – George Carras
1999 – Gary Morassutti
1998 – Michael Brooks
1997 – Scott White
1996 – John O’Bryan
1995 – Michael Pittana
1994 – Rick Matthews
1993 – Rick Matthews
1992 – Michael Elliott
1991 – Michael Elliott
1990 – Simon Winston
1989 – Simon Winston
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Our dedicated committees

The Greater Toronto Chapter members and Board of Directors sincerely thank our hard-working member volunteers who guide strategies for the chapter’s educational webinars and courses, golf tournament, annual REX Awards program and much more. Please view this full article to see who is helping the Chapter deliver continuous value to all members. If you would like to get involved, apply here.

Programs Committee

Jared Menkes (Co-Chair), Menkes Developments; Chetan Baweja (Co-Chair), BentallGreenOak

Suburban Committee

Charlie Deeks (Chair), PIRET Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust

Developing Leaders Committee

Emily Long (Chair), Crestpoint Real Estate Investments

Government Relations Committee

Rebecca Askew (Chair), Cadillac Fairview; Steffan Smith (Vice-Chair), GWL Realty Advisors Inc.

Education Committee 

Ryan Nelson (Chair), The Pearl Group

Communications Committee

Charlene Schafer (Chair), Torys LLP

Golf Tournament Committee

Bryce Gibson, JLL and Lucas Manuel; Slate Asset Management

REX Awards Committee

Andrea Wolf (Chair), Colliers International

Ski Day Committee

Fraser McKay (Chair), Cushman & Wakefield

Membership Committee

Nick Macrae (Chair), HOOPP | Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Sponsorship Committee

Kevin Hardy (Chair), Oxford Properties Group

Networking Initiatives

John Stewart (Chair), Institutional Property Advisors

NAIOP Corporate and Canadian Chapters

The association began as a small group of owners and developers of industrial parks in the eastern U.S. The NAIOP name once stood for National Association for Industrial and Office Parks, however in 2009, reflecting changes in membership, NAIOP dropped the words behind its acronym because they no longer reflected its membership composition. Over the years, and across 50+ North American Chapters, NAIOP has attracted members who are committed to excellence, entrepreneurial in spirit, and want to reach new heights in building excellence. Here’s how to contact NAIOP headquarters and other Chapters in Canada … 
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