Tricon’s business objective is to invest for investment income and capital appreciation through its principal investment business segments and to earn fee income through its private funds and advisory business.
Gary Berman is responsible for Tricon’s overall operations including strategic planning, investment decisions, capital commitments, relationship management and private fundraising. Since joining Tricon in 2002, he has helped transform Tricon from a private provider of mezzanine capital to the for-sale housing industry to a publicly listed company with multiple residential business lines. Under his leadership, Tricon has established itself as a diversified housing brand with a growing portfolio of land and homebuilding assets, single-family rental homes, manufactured housing communities and multi-family development projects.
Prior to joining Tricon, Mr. Berman held various positions in real estate development and finance with the Canderel Group of Companies, the Blackstone Group and Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Berman is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Governors for the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. He is the co-founder of the Pug Awards, an online awards and education-based charity that, over a decade, helped to increase architectural awareness and elevate planning and design standards in Toronto.
Mr. Berman holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University, where he graduated first overall in the Faculty of Management.
Wissam Francis oversees all aspects of Tricon’s financial management including financial reporting and analysis, treasury, capital market strategies, investor relations, information technology, internal audit and tax functions.
Mr. Francis has extensive experience in financial reporting, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and strategy formulation, with over 15 years of experience in real estate, and has been actively involved in various projects and sectors, including residential, retail, industrial, office, mixed-use and development projects.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2014, Mr. Francis was a senior member of Ernst & Young’s Transaction Real Estate advisory practice. Prior to that, he was the Director of Finance and Acquisitions at First Capital Realty. Mr. Francis has a CPA, CMA designation and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance, and an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
David Berman has been involved in all phases of Tricon’s development since co-founding the Company in 1988. He served as the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until March, 2015 and has since assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Mr. Berman is a member of Tricon’s Executive Committee and Chair of its Investment Committee. He has over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry in the United States, Canada and abroad.
Mr. Berman began his career in North America in 1978 at what is now Citibank Canada where he was Vice President for real estate lending. In 1982, he joined First City Development Corporation as Vice President, with responsibility for real estate acquisitions and equity lending. Prior to co-founding Tricon, Mr. Berman acted as Executive Vice President for Lakeview Estates Limited, where he was responsible for land development and single-family homebuilding.
Mr. Berman is a director of The New Home Company, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and a member of the real estate advisory board for the University of Toronto. He previously held a similar position at the Fisher Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Berman holds a Masters of Business Administration (graduating with high distinction) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Geoff Matus co-founded Tricon in 1988 and continues to provide consulting services to Tricon. He chairs the Company’s Executive Committee and is a member of its Investment Committee.
Mr. Matus is the Chair and co-founder of Cidel, an international financial services group. He is a past member of the board of Mount Sinai Hospital (where he currently serves in the Research Advisory Committee), the board of Governing Council of the University of Toronto (where he currently chairs the Pension and Endowment Investment Advisory Committee and the Real Estate Committee), and the Canadian Opera Company. He is a director of the MaRS Discovery District (where he is Chair of the Real Estate Committee), and is an honorary director and past Chair of the board of directors of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He is the honorary Chair of the Hospital for Sick Kids / Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Project. Mr. Matus has founded several other companies and remains a director of some of them.
In 2005, Mr. Matus was a recipient of the Jewish Federation award for outstanding service to his community. In 2010 he received the Arbor Award for outstanding service to the University of Toronto and in 2011 he was honoured as “Man of Distinction” by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.
Mr. Matus holds Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University in New York.
Saul Shulman has been a Member of Tricon’s Investment Committee since the formation of the Company in 1988. Mr. Shulman also served as a Director of Tricon from its formation until May 2010.
Mr. Shulman was formerly a senior partner at Goodman and Carr LLP for almost 40 years, and has extensive legal experience in evaluating and structuring real estate transactions in North American and international markets. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of MLG Management Inc., a director, member of the audit committee and chair of the governance committee of Acadian Timber Corp., a trustee of Summit Industrial Income REIT, where he serves on the audit committee and is the chair of its governance committee and a director, member of the audit committee and chair of the governance committee of Brookfield Office Properties Inc. His previous directorships and trusteeships include: Brookfield Renewable Power Inc., Brookfield Renewable Power Trust, Brookfield Asset Management, Summit Real Estate Investment Trust, Trizec Corporation Ltd., Edper Investments, JDS Investments Limited and Triumph Energy, as well as a number of private companies.
Mr. Shulman holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1965. Mr. Shulman was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1984.
Jonathan Ellenzweig currently serves as co-head of Tricon Housing Partners, the Company’s dedicated land and homebuilding finance vertical, as well as oversees the strategic direction of Tricon American Homes, Tricon’s U.S. single-family rental home platform. In both of these roles, Mr. Ellenzweig designs and implements strategy, manages senior relationships with key stakeholders, sources investment opportunities and oversees dedicated teams responsible for business plan execution, operations and asset management. Since joining Tricon in 2005, Mr. Ellenzweig has been an integral part of many of the Company’s defining strategic initiatives, including Tricon’s IPO in 2010 and the launch of Tricon American Homes in 2012, a business he ran day-to-day through mid-2015. Mr. Ellenzweig is also responsible for managing Tricon’s San Francisco office, which he helped open in 2013 to expand Tricon’s west coast presence.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2005, Mr. Ellenzweig worked in investment banking in New York and Toronto for Citigroup Global Markets, where he was a member of the coverage and transaction execution teams for financial services and media / telecom companies.
Mr. Ellenzweig graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and was awarded First Class Honours. He currently serves as a member of the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, is a member of the Residential Neighborhood Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lark Theater, a nonprofit single-screen community film center in Marin County, California.
Craig Mode currently serves as the co-head of Tricon Housing Partners, the Company’s dedicated land and homebuilding finance vertical, as well as the head of Tricon Luxury Residences U.S., Tricon’s purpose-built multifamily apartment platform in the U.S. In both of these roles, Mr. Mode designs and implements strategy, manages senior relationships with key stakeholders, sources investment opportunities and oversees dedicated teams responsible for business plan execution, operations and asset management. Mr. Mode also assists with fundraising and the administration and management of the investment team in Tricon’s Toronto office.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2007, Mr. Mode was an acquisitions analyst with DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, the real estate private equity division of Credit Suisse Group, in Los Angeles, California, and also worked with Haywood Securities Inc. as an investment banking analyst in Toronto.
Mr. Mode holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he graduated with Distinction. He currently serves as a member of the Community Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and also serves on the real estate committee for the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto.
Adrian Rocca currently serves as the Head of Tricon Luxury Residences Canada, Tricon’s purpose-built multi-family apartment platform in Canada, and Tricon Lifestyle Communities, Tricon’s manufactured housing land lease business. Mr. Rocca is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day divisional operations, including transaction sourcing, investor reporting, and overall asset management of both business lines. Mr. Rocca also assists with fundraising and the management of the investment team in Tricon’s Toronto office.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2013, Mr. Rocca was a Director with AREA Property Partners (formerly Apollo Real Estate Advisors) in London, UK, and also worked with Credit Suisse First Boston as an investment banking associate in Toronto and London. Adrian holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he graduated with Distinction.
Jeremy Scheetz is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing new and existing investments for Tricon Housing Partners and Tricon Luxury Residences, with a geographic focus on California, Phoenix, Charlotte and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2003, Mr. Scheetz worked as a senior account manager for HSBC Bank Canada where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing various residential construction loans in the homebuilding and condominium sectors. He is currently a member of the Community Development Council of the Urban Land Institute and previously served as a board member of The New Home Company, a California-based home builder and land developer currently listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. Scheetz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.
Kevin Baldridge joined Tricon American Homes (TAH) as President at the end of May 2015. In his role, Kevin leads the company’s acquisitions, renovations and daily operating activities. Kevin is part of Tricon’s key management team that establishes strategic direction for TAH.
Prior to joining TAH, Kevin served as President of Irvine Company Apartment Communities, overseeing all property operations, asset management, reinvestment and acquisitions. During his 14-year tenure, Kevin helped grow the Irvine portfolio from 18,000 units to 54,000 apartment homes throughout California.
Before the Irvine Company, Mr. Baldridge served as SVP for General Investment and Development in Boston, where he was responsible for operations, acquisition underwriting and renovations on more than 18,000 apartments across 18 states.
Kevin serves on the board of directors of the National Rental Housing Council and Families Forward, an Orange County charity which helps displaced families find homes and re-establish self sufficiency. He also held board positions on the National Multifamily Housing Council, the California Apartment Association, Serving People In Need, and JSerra High School.
Kevin received an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Masters of Science in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics (LSE).
David Veneziano is responsible for managing all legal and governance matters relating to Tricon. Mr. Veneziano advises on legal issues relating to all aspects of the Company’s investments and asset management, corporate structuring and finance, compliance and corporate governance. He is also Tricon’s Corporate Secretary and its Chief Compliance Officer.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2014, Mr. Veneziano served as Vice President and General Counsel of Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation (now Sienna Senior Living), where he was responsible for all legal and governance matters relating to the company. Prior to joining Leisureworld, Mr. Veneziano practiced law at Goodmans LLP, where he advised a wide array of public and private enterprises in matters relating to tax, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, compliance and restructuring.
Mr. Veneziano is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Human Biology and Bioethics from the University of Toronto, where he graduated with High Distinction.
Douglas Quesnel is responsible for all aspects of Tricon’s financial management, including external public reporting, private funds and advisory reporting, and investment fund administration.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2014, Mr. Quesnel served in senior executive roles with Dream Unlimited, including Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Global REIT, and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp., where he was responsible for business planning and analysis, investor relations, financial reporting, debt and equity financing and tax planning.
Mr. Quesnel has a CPA, CA designation and holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University.
Wojtek Nowak is responsible for managing Tricon’s corporate finance and investor relations functions, including budgeting and forecasting, management reporting and analysis, and investor communications.
Mr. Nowak has over ten years of experience in equity research covering real estate and diversified industries, as well as prior experience in asset management and investment banking. Prior to joining Tricon in 2015, he was most recently Managing Director, Research at AltaCorp Capital.
Mr. Nowak holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he was a Dean’s List graduate. He also holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Sandra Pereira is responsible for the Company’s global tax function, including strategy, planning, reporting, governance, and compliance tax matters. Ms. Pereira has over 20 years of experience in international tax, structured transactions, capital markets, derivative products, acquisitions and divestitures.
Prior to joining Tricon in 2014, Ms. Pereira was a Tax Partner at the Toronto office of Deloitte Canada where she led the post-merger integration practice in Canada. She was responsible for advising global clients on operational tax issues, such as improving tax governance, transforming the tax function, and optimizing the tax benefits of business synergies arising from strategic acquisitions. Ms. Pereira was previously a Tax Director at GE Capital Canada and, over her 15 years at GE, led numerous acquisitions and corporate initiatives. She is currently a Board member of the Trillium Health Partners Volunteer Board.
Ms. Pereira has a CPA, CA designation and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto (gold medalist). She has completed the leadership training program at GE’s John F. Welch Leadership Development Center in New York and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Masters of Tax program.
David Mark is responsible for the Company’s corporate and project level financing in the U.S. and Canada, including managing the origination, structuring, and execution of debt solutions.
Mr. Mark has broad experience in the commercial real estate sector, with extensive leadership in real estate lending. Most recently he served as Chief Risk Officer at GE Capital Real Estate in Canada and was responsible for vetting, approving, and negotiating debt and equity real estate transactions. While at GE Capital, Mr. Mark also served as a Trustee and Investment Sub-Committee member of the Canadian GE Pension Fund. Prior to joining GE Capital in 2002, Mr. Mark was an appraiser and consultant for Arthur Andersen in New York City, as well as at Richard Ellis and Royal LePage in Toronto.
Mr. Mark graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Business Administration degree and also holds the AACI, MAI, and MRICS professional appraisal designations.
Ms. Matthews is a corporate director and legal consultant, specializing in matters of tax, private client work and corporate governance. Until 2009, Ms. Matthews was a partner and head of the Private Services Group at Bennett Jones LLP, and she began her legal career at Macleod Dixon LLP in Calgary.
She is currently the Chairperson of Canada Post Corporation, where she has been a director since 2007, and is Chair of the Strategic Initiatives Oversight Committee, a member and the past Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Risks Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee, Governance Committee, Human Resources Committee and Pension Committee. She a director of Cidel Bank Canada.
Ms. Matthews is also a director of The Calgary Foundation, a director of the Southern Alberta Opera Association, a past director and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation, a past director and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Heritage Park Society, and a past director of the Calgary Opera Association.
Ms. Matthews has nationally-recognized legal expertise in the areas of taxation and governance, and has been distinguished by her peers by inclusion on the Best Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert Leading Practitioners lists. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Ottawa, and an ICD.D designation.
Michael Knowlton currently serves as a trustee of Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust and is a former member of the board of trustees for Northwest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, True North Apartment Reit and Transglobe Apartment Reit. In addition, Mr. Knowlton serves on the board of directors of Balboa Investments Inc., a private company.
Michael Knowlton retired from Dundee Realty Corporation in 2011, where he held the position of President and COO of Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust. He joined Dundee Realty in 1998, holding various positions with Dundee Realty and Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust including Executive Vice President and COO, Executive Vice President and CFO and Managing Director Limited Partnerships, before becoming President of the REIT in 2006. Prior to that, he worked at OMERS Realty Corp. from 1990 until 1998 as Senior Vice President and CFO.
Mr. Knowlton holds Bachelor of Science (Engineering) and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an ICD.D designation.
Peter Sacks is the founding partner of Toron AMI International Asset Management. He established its predecessor company, Toron Investment Management, in 1988, following an extensive career in banking where he held executive positions in Treasury Management with CIBC, Chase Manhattan Bank Canada and Midland Bank Canada.
Mr. Sacks is an independent director of several U.S. publicly-traded closed-end and open-end funds managed by Aberdeen Asset Management Plc. In Canada, he is a board member of Toron AMI International Asset Management, and Chairman of the Independent Review Committee of Children’s Education Funds Inc. His past directorships include Kinross Mortgage Corporation Ltd., CIBC Trust Company Ltd., CIBC Limited, and Horizons BetaPro ETF’s. He also served on the Investment Advisory Committee of the Ontario Public Guardian & Trustee. His community service has included directorships in Young People’s Theatre and Friends of NOAH Canada.
Duff Scott served as Chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange from 1987 to 1989, Deputy Chairman of Merrill Lynch Canada from 1983 to 1987, Chairman of Prudential Bache Securities Canada from 1987 to 1990 and as a member of the Altamira Advisory Council from 1992 until 2002.
Mr. Scott has served on the boards of over 20 public companies, including Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Investment Company Limited, AT&T Canada, Gentra Inc., Markborough Properties Ltd., Acantus Real Estate Corp., Bramalea Inc. and QLT Inc. As part of his role as a board member he served or acted as Chairman of many audit committees, compensation committees and corporate governance committees.