Successful brownfield investing—due to its inherent complexities—requires a multi-disciplinary and collaborative managerial approach. The Fund is managed by a skilled and dedicated team of brownfield professionals.
The Fund's management team has specialists from the key disciplines required for successful brownfield investing: environmental risk management, real estate planning and development and finance. Successful redevelopment strategies arise from the dialogue between these disciplines and are constantly refined through an iterative approach.
CHAIRMAN AND MANAGING PARTNER
Ken is the management team's leader and oversees the strategic direction of the Fund. Ken brings senior construction industry leadership, corporate finance and project management experience to the Fund.
Ken is Vice Chairman of Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited (KVN), the Fund's lead sponsor, where he is responsible for promoting the growth and development of KVN's broad business enterprise. Ken is KVN's principal representative within the group and is the Fund management's representative on the Investment Committee, where he has influence on which investment projects the Fund ultimately undertakes.
Ken has led a distinguished career in the construction and building materials industry, where among other things, he gained first-hand experience with brownfield redevelopment issues. Before joining KVN, Ken was Executive Vice President of The Warren Paving and Materials Group, Vice President Business Development of Lafarge North America and President of Innocon Inc.
Ken holds a B.Sc. in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Ken is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) and was recognized as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" in 2001. Ken also has a number of community service appointments.
DAVID HARPER, M.Sc., P.Geo.
PRESIDENT AND MANAGING PARTNER
David is responsible for the overall management of the Fund as well as environmental risk management within the team.
David is a highly-regarded expert in the brownfield industry in Canada. He brings outstanding scientific credentials and career experience to manage risk and maximize value from brownfield redevelopment projects. David is an expert in applied environmental due diligence and in developing integrated environmental site strategies for major brownfield projects.
David was the National Brownfield Practice Leader and Manager for a leading national environmental consulting firm. He is a specialist in remediation and risk management. In his thirteen year consulting career, David consulted on over 200 brownfield projects.
David has authored numerous publications on brownfields and is a popular speaker at industry conferences. Through David's active involvement in many brownfield initiatives and leadership in the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), he has provided strategic advice on various topics that have encouraged policy and regulatory reforms for brownfield redevelopment in Canada. In 2011, the Canadian Urban Institute selected David as "Brownfielder of the Year", the industry's highest form of recognition for personal achievement. David is a Professional with the Association of Geoscientists of Ontario (P.Geo) and is recognized as a Qualified Person under Ontario's brownfield legislation. David is past President of the CBN.
ANDREW HIMEL, MBA, MRICS
MANAGING PARTNER, FINANCE
Andrew is responsible for finance and investment issues within the team.
Andrew brings over 15 years of analytical, financial and real estate experience to the team. Prior to joining the Fund, Andrew was a real estate strategy consultant based in Hamburg, Germany, where he advised clients on a wide range of strategic real estate investment issues.
Andrew was Finance Manager at Sony Berlin GmbH, the company responsible for the development of $1 billion Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz, one of Europe's largest reclamation projects. Other positions held include Director of New Technologies at Cinemaxx GmbH, a multiplex theatre operator, Associate at Berenberg Consult GmbH, a German private bank, and Associate at First Funding Corporation, a boutique investment bank.
Andrew holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Andrew is also a chartered property finance and investment surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Andrew is treasurer of the Canadian Brownfields Network and a member of its Finance and Insurance Committee.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Rushad is responsible for identifying and evaluating real estate opportunities, repositioning assets and determining suitable exit strategies. He is also responsible for setting the strategy and overseeing the management of existing commercial properties. Rushad spent six years at GE Capital valuing over $10 billion of real estate and structuring $2 billion of on-book first mortgages. In a sales capacity, he sourced deals and worked directly with pension funds, private equity funds and wealthy individuals to structure flexible loans while protecting the lenders' risk profile.
Rushad holds an M.B.A. from University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Rushad is a member of TREB and a LEED-accredited Professional.
MELISSA WALKER, MCIP, RPP
Melissa assists in the management of the implementation of the remedial strategy and the planning and development aspects of the Fund. She brings to the Fund planning experience through her previous positions at a municipality and a planning consulting firm in the Greater Toronto Area.
Melissa obtained her Masters of Planning from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen's University. Melissa is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. She is also a member of the Toronto District Executive Committee of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
Maria assists in preliminary environmental site analysis and in the planning and development aspects of the Fund. Prior to joining the Fund, Maria gained planning and environmental site experience through her work with an environmental consulting firm conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and with a municipality as a Development Coordinator.
Maria holds a Master of Planning degree in Urban Development from the School of Urban & Regional Planning at Ryerson University and is currently working towards her Registered Professional Planner (RPP) designation.