John has been in commercial real estate for over 30 years. In his current role, John has 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, investment and development assignments for Triovest within retail. John heads up the retailer relationships across the country and works 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 for nine years and earned the President’s Round Table Award for excellence in sales performance. 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 business and then returned to Toronto in 2000 to manage over 75 people in the Toronto East 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, the 2015/6 Chairman of the Canadian ICSC Convention, 2018 Provincial Chair for ICSC in Ontario Canada, an appointed member to the ICSC 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 Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Development from the University of Western Ontario in 1985, is a licensed Real Estate Broker of Record in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds an ICD designation.