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: finalists, judges and awards event

During the summer of 2020, professionals 35 years of age or under from all industry disciplines, as well as university students, formed small diverse teams to create comprehensive proposals for a future Downtown Toronto development. Mimicking a real-life experience, the teams worked with the constraints inherent with the subject development site identified in the full article. Read this full article for details about the finalist teams, the judging process and the Virtual Awards Event on October 29.

Thank you presenting sponsor, KingSett Capital, and contributing sponsors:

Congratulations to the Finalist Teams! During the now-complete first round of judging, a panel of accomplished CRE practitioners narrowed the field of 12 competing teams to the three finalists shown here:

DSMF Developments
James Daniel, RioCan REIT; Karina Semochkina, Ernst & Young; Nebojsa Milutinovic, Turner Fleischer Architects; Calvin Fung, Turner Fleischer Architects

JACRST Developments
Jessica Armeni, Canderel; Steven Treger, Canderel; Adam Gold, Canderel; Caterina Cuda, Turner Fleischer Architects; Regina Li, B&H Architects; Tausha Adair, Walker Nott Dragicevic Associates Ltd.

Revival Developments
Alejandro Fuentes, Crown Property Management; Matt Urbain, Crown Property Management; Camille Maranan, Rotman School of Business; Dale Nerland, Dream Unlimited; Jaron Kaller, Dream Unlimited; Justin Leon, Montez Corporation


Meet the Final-round Judges … final judging will happen live during the Virtual Awards Event, October 29, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, when the three teams above will present their development concepts before our panel of distinguished real estate leaders. The judges will score the proposals based on objective criteria provided at the outset of the competition plus the depth and quality of the live presentations.

Register Now for the Awards Event   See the CRE skills and creativity displayed by talented young professionals. Don’t miss the excitement and suspense! Celebrate with the winners.


Subject Site: The Esplanade Assembly

Over the course of seven acquisitions, owner Allied REIT has assembled a contiguous parcel of land of nearly 2 acres. Allied REIT has partnered with NAIOP Greater Toronto to offer 35-49 Front Street East and 54-70 The Esplanade, Toronto as the subject site for the 2020 Development Challenge. The Esplanade Assembly represents an irreplaceable development site of scale and character in the heart of downtown.


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.

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

Photo Album

  Click the image to view the Winning Team’s Presentation


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.

Photo Album

  Click the image to view the Winning Team’s Presentation


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

Photo Album

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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

Photo Album

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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)

Photo album

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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

Photo album

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Follow DLs’ moves and accomplishments

Watch this section and see the full article 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, Megan Pfrimmer, megan@slateam.com (include a portrait photo).

DLs ON THE MOVE

John-Bosco Agbasi joined Carttera Private Equities as Director, Asset Management.

Maria Beirnes was promoted to Senior Asset Manager at Fiera Real Estate.

Andrew Dawdy joined Crestpoint as Manager, Acquisitions and Asset Management.

Katie Fasken was promoted to Managing Director at Slate Asset Management L.P.

Alejandro Fuentes joined Crown Realty Partners as Analyst, Investments.

Tim Kennedy moved to his own company, Lowland Properties Group Inc. as one of the Principals.

Michael Salenieks joined Mallette-Goring Real Estate Brokerage in Sudbury, the gateway to Northeastern Ontario.

Liam Sauro was promoted to Vice President – Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield.

Gregory Warkentin joined SiteLine Group as Vice President, Investments.


DEAL SPOTLIGHT

In this section, the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee features a recent significant real estate deal in which NAIOP Developing Leaders have had the opportunity to contribute.

This quarter, Northview Apartment REIT announced that it’s unitholders have approved the proposed plan of arrangement pursuant to which Northview will be acquired by affiliates of Starlight Group and KingSett Capital. NAIOP DLs contributed to the deal: Federico Vaccaro and Gabriel Weitz at Starlight Group and Michael Lee at KingSett Capital.


OTHER DL DEALMAKERS

Tim Kennedy of Lowland Properties Group Inc. recently closed on two deals in the Waterloo region, comprised of the acquisition of 607 Kumpf Drive, a 114,000 SF single-tenant industrial building and 151 Frederick Street, a 25,000 SF office building on 0.52 acres.

Developing Leaders Committee 

Click full article to 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.

Committee

Lynton Lewis (Co-Chair), HOOPP | Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Christina Iacoucci (Co-Chair), BentallGreenOak
Emily Long (Vice-Chair), Crestpoint Real Estate Investments
Fabienne Nelson (Past Chair), LaSalle Investment Management
Georgia Brook, Slate Asset Management
Andrew Dawdy, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
Marc Delena, JLL
Monica Di Zio, Crown Property Management
Mitch Gillin, Hullmark
Julianne Gu, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Tim Kennedy, Lowland Properties Group Inc.
Sean Menkes, Menkes Developments
Megan Pfrimmer, Slate Asset Management
Duncan Smith, The Daniels Corporation

SUB-COMMITTEE: DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE PROGRAM

Georgia Brook (Co-Chair), Slate Asset Management
Marc Delena (Co-Chair), JLL
Andrew Dawdy, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)

SUB-COMMITTEE: MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Monica Di Zio (Chair), Crown Property Management
Marc Delena, JLL
Julianne Gu, McCarthy Tétrault
Emily Long, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments
Fabienne Nelson, LaSalle Investment Management

SUB-COMMITTEE: STUDENT CONNECTIONS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Sean Menkes (Chair), Menkes Developments
Mitch Gillin, Hullmark
Megan Pfrimmer, Slate Asset Management

SUB-COMMITTEE: DL NEWS

Megan Pfrimmer (Chair), Slate Asset Management
Andrew Dawdy, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
Fabienne Nelson, LaSalle Investment Management
Duncan Smith, The Daniels Corporation

SUB-COMMITTEE: DL SOCIAL EVENTS

Mitch Gillin (Chair), Hullmark
Georgia Brook, Slate Asset Management
Emily Long, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments