THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

Developing Leaders

DL Program Overview

The Chapter’s Developing Leaders (DL) program is a powerful career booster for commercial real estate professionals 35 years of age or younger. For an extremely low membership fee, NAIOP connects you in business and learning environments with industry colleagues in the Greater Toronto Area and with over 20,000 NAIOP members across North America!

Developing Leader members enjoy the full membership experience, plus DL-specific programs. Many of the events and programs listed here are FREE! Follow our Events section and Education section for details.

• NAIOP Breakfast Market Presentations
• DL-specific Lunch & Learn Events
• Opportunity to network in business and social environments with senior and intermediate level professionals from all sectors of the industry
• Commercial Real Estate Studies of Toronto (CREST) certificate program
• Leadership Workshops Series professional development
• Opportunity to participate in the annual Mentorship Program
• Opportunity to participate in the annual Development Challenge
• A chance to be recognized at the REX Gala Awards with the Developing Leader Award
• Opportunity to be recognized in the DL Newsletter for your accomplishments (see the latest issue in this website section)

If you are interested in finding out more about Developing Leaders or becoming more involved, please contact anyone on the NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter Developing Leaders Committee (below on this page), or an administration office.

NAIOP Corporate Membership Team
Greater Toronto Chapter Staff

Development Challenge Awards, Oct. 6, 2021

We are thrilled to announce 161 Liberty Street, owned by Adgar Canada and York Heritage Properties, has been selected as the competition site for NAIOP’s 10th annual Development Challenge for the Developing Leaders! Stay tuned for registration information.


NAIOP Greater Toronto believes this annual Development Challenge promotes and encourages its overall mission established by and for the members. The competition allows rising stars in commercial real estate to demonstrate their talents and skills to senior industry members through written and live oral presentations. By expanding Developing Leaders’ and students’ skill sets and networks we help ensure a strong future for our industry. To view the 2020 Virtual Event Recording, click here.

Development Challenge past winners

The annual competition allows rising stars in commercial real estate to demonstrate their talents and skills to senior industry members through written and live oral presentations. By expanding Developing Leaders’ and students’ skill sets and networks we help ensure a strong future for our industry. Read this full article to view past first place teams and their award-winning development proposals.

2019 Development Challenge Winners 

TEAM: Nikhil Paul, Teva Pharmaceuticals; Soroush Asgarinia, Smith and Anderson; Victor Chan, BGIS; Tony Ju, City of Toronto; Nedal Machou, Hariri Pontarini Architects; Jinny Tran, Oxford Properties Group

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2018 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM: Umehani Kanga, Schulich / York U; Jordan Trinder, Schulich / York U; Ehsan Naimpour, Architecture / U of T; Alannah Bird, Schulich / York U; Pedram Karimi, Architecture / U of T and Bao Nguyen, Schulich / York U.

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2017 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM: Tim Zhu, HH Angus; Chong Zhai, BlackRock; Jimmy Wong, 20 Vic Management; Stefano Possamai, HH Angus; Dhruv Soni, HH Angus and Nikhil Dewan, HH Angus

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2016 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM: Lisa Wu, GWL Realty Advisors; Catherine Truong, GWL Realty Advisors; Jason Ko, Avison Young; Benjamin Lemire, GWL Realty Advisors; Queenie Wong, Zeidler Partnership Architects; Daniel Fama, GWL Realty Advisors

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2015 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM: Steven Dejonckheere, Dream Unlimited; Justin Robitaille, Dream Unlimited; Mathieu Fleury, Dream Unlimited; Anh Minh Ngo, Dream Unlimited; and Robert Fiorino (B+H Architects)

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2014 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM from Cushman & Wakefield: Katya Shabanova, Maria Tran, Marc Delena, Jaimy Hunt and Brandon Aitken

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2013 Development Challenge Winners

TEAM: Kelly Armstrong; Michael Hainey, Brookfield Financial; Scott Jackson; Andrew Wright, CBRE Limited and Julius Tang, Turnkii

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DL Spotlight

Watch this section as we update it regularly with recent news from NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter Developing Leaders. Follow the accomplishments and career paths of young leaders in the GTA commercial real estate industry: moves, promotions, deal making and more. Membership with NAIOP helps position Developing Leaders for exciting achievements. NAIOP DL members please submit your good news at any time to the Editor, Marc Delena, Marc.Delena@am.jll.com (include a portrait photo).

DLS ON THE MOVE

NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter Developing Leader members have been busy over the past quarter. Here’s news on moves and deals by your fellow DLs.

Phil Smith was promoted to Associate, Development at Oxford Properties Group.

Sara Maltese was promoted to Assistant Project Manager at Dream Unlimited.

Julianne Gu was promoted to Partner, Real Property & Planning at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

Zac Turner joined Slate Asset Management as an Analyst, Asset Management.

Zachary Lebranbaum joined Concert Properties as a Senior Analyst, Investments.


DL DEALMAKERS

Going forward, the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee will look to feature a recent, significant real estate deal in which NAIOP Developing Leaders have had the opportunity to contribute.

This quarter, on behalf of Fengate Asset Management, the CBRE National Investment Team successfully sold a 7-property, 473,000 sq. ft. industrial portfolio in Burlington, Hamilton and Stoney Creek. The transaction represented a platform opportunity to own small-bay industrial product in high growth GTA West nodes. NAIOP Developing Leaders who contributed to the deal include Kai Tai Li (CRBE) and Brad Palmer (Fengate).


INTRODUCING THE 2021 NAIOP DEVELOPING LEADERS COMMITTEE 

A Message From Your 2021 NAIOP GTA Developing Leaders Chair: 

I am excited to be your 2021 Developing Leader Chair alongside the great group of professionals on the Developing Leaders Committee. In 2021, we are continuing to offer meaningful content to Developing Leaders in a safe and exciting way, including a robust mentorship program, engaging lunch & learns, unique social events and a dynamic Development Challenge in Liberty Village that highlights real-world complexities. I encourage you to reach out to the Committee with any suggestions to make 2021 an engaging and exciting year for all Developing Leaders.


Let your voice be heard! Click here to let us know what you would like to see more of this year.


 

2021 NAIOP GTA Developing Leaders Committee: 

Emily Long (Chair)
Manager, Acquisitions & Asset Management
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd

Duncan Smith (Vice Chair)
Vice President, Investments
The Daniels Corporation

Georgia Brook
Director, Development
TAS

Andrew Dawdy
Manager, Acquisitions & Asset Management
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd

Marc Delena
Associate Vice President, Valuation Advisory
JLL

Monica Di Zio
Director, Marketing and Innovation
Crown Property Management

Julianne Gu
Partner, Real Property & Planning
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Monica Kazmierczak
Associate, Asset Management
Slate Asset Management

Tim Kennedy
Principal & Co-Founder
Lowland Properties Group Inc.

Kai Tai Li
Sales Representative, National Investment Team
CBRE

Sean Menkes
Vice President, Office/Retail
Menkes Developments

Megan Pfrimmer
Vice President, Investments
Slate Asset Management

Developing Leaders Committee 

Get to know NAIOP Greater Toronto’s hard-working Developing Leaders planning committee. This dedicated group of volunteers endeavours to bring DL members an exciting variety of Lunch & Learn and networking events. We encourage you to regularly visit the Events Section of this website to stay informed about learning and networking opportunities.

Meet the 2021 Developing Leaders Committee 

Emily Long (Chair)
Manager, Acquisitions & Asset Management
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd

Duncan Smith (Vice Chair)
Vice President, Investments
The Daniels Corporation

Georgia Brook
Director, Development
TAS

Andrew Dawdy
Manager, Acquisitions & Asset Management
Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd

Marc Delena
Associate Vice President, Valuation Advisory
JLL

Monica Di Zio
Director, Marketing and Innovation
Crown Property Management

Julianne Gu
Partner, Real Property & Planning
McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Monica Kazmierczak
Associate, Asset Management
Slate Asset Management

Tim Kennedy
Principal & Co-Founder
Lowland Properties Group Inc.

Kai Tai Li
Sales Representative, National Investment Team
CBRE

Sean Menkes
Vice President, Office/Retail
Menkes Developments

Megan Pfrimmer
Vice President, Investments
Slate Asset Management 


SUB-COMMITTEE: DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE PROGRAM

Kai Tai Li (Co-Chair), CBRE
Monica Kazmierczak (Co-Chair), Slate Asset Management
Georgia Brook, TAS
Marc Delena, JLL

SUB-COMMITTEE: MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Monica Di Zio (Chair), Crown Property Management
Georgia Brook, TAS
Julianne Gu, McCarthy Tétrault
Sean Menkes, Menkes Developments
Duncan Smith, The Daniels Corporation

SUB-COMMITTEE: STUDENT CONNECTIONS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Sean Menkes (Chair), Menkes Developments
Andrew Dawdy, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd
Julianne Gu, McCarthy Tétrault

SUB-COMMITTEE: DL COMMUNICATIONS 

Marc Delena (Chair), JLL
Monica Kazmierczak, Slate Asset Management
Emily Long, Crestpoint Real Estate Investment Ltd
Megan Pfrimmer, Slate Asset Management

SUB-COMMITTEE: DL SOCIAL EVENTS

Duncan Smith (Chair), The Daniels Corporation
Marc Delena, JLL
Kai Tai Li, CBRE
Megan Pfrimmer, Slate Asset Management

SUB-COMMITTEE: LUNCH & LEARNS

Andrew Dawdy (Chair), Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd
Georgia Brook, TAS
Tim Kennedy, Lowland Properties Group Inc.