Proven, Outgoing and Successful Market Leader with Broad Experiences in both Business, Brokerage and Commercial Real Estate across Canada and internationally. Extensive Background in Team Management, Sales and Marketing, Mentorship, Sales Coaching, Business Development, Commercial Leasing, Property Acquisitions, Portfolio Strategies, Asset Management and Property Management. Strategic Thinker with a Strong Technical background and a Passion for Innovation. Knowledgeable on Research Insight and In-depth Analysis on the Retail Market as well as an Industry Keynote Speaker on International Retail Trends and Thought Leader on the Canadian Real Estate Market and was acknowledged as One of the 20 Influencers in the World of Real Estate in Canada in 2018.
In his recent role at Triovest Realty Advisors, John had accountability for strategic business growth and value enhancement of the company’s managed retail properties across Canada as well as focusing efforts on identifying new opportunities for leasing, property management, asset management, investment and development assignments within retail. John headed up the retailer relationships across the country and worked closely with the national leasing group and asset management teams at Triovest to develop effective strategies and marketing campaigns to promote its real estate assets and to enhance property values on behalf of clients.
John’s real estate career started in 1986 in Toronto where he was a successful office leasing specialist with Royal LePage Commercial. From 1994 to 1998, he was Director of Leasing for Oxford Properties Group, one of Canada’s largest owners of commercial properties. In 1998, he rejoined Royal LePage Commercial as Vice President and General Manager of its Edmonton operations and then returned to Toronto in 2000 as Senior Managing Director of its Brokerage Services, to manage over 75 people in the Toronto Suburban Operations for Cushman & Wakefield until 2010 when he became responsible for providing strategic direction and developing national and international sales and brokerage opportunities for Cushman & Wakefield’s Canadian retail business line.
John is a member of a number of professional associations including the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP). He is also a past Board Member for the Commercial Council of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), Board of Director for the ICSC Foundation for Canada, Senior Advisor for the 2019 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council, 2019 Chairman of the Canadian ICSC Convention, 2019 Provincial Chair for ICSC in Ontario, an appointed member to the Canadian Research Group (CRG), a Canadian representative of the North American Research Task Force (NARTF) and recently received the ICSC Global Gold Medallion Award for his contribution to retail. A noted industry spokesperson, John has been the keynote speaker at a number of conventions and seminars and has been an expert resource for articles and news reports in various publications such as the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, BNN and CTV television.
John earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Development from Western University, is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an ICD designation.