A recognized leader in Canadian real estate, Hugh is committed to helping clients get the best possible return from their invested capital. Over more than 25 years in the industry, he has dealt in every aspect of the real estate lifecycle, from investment and development to management and leasing.
Before becoming CEO of Colonnade BridgePort, Hugh was co-founder of BridgePort Realty Capital Partners. His career began at Canderel in 1991. From there, he advanced through progressively senior positions at Camdev, O&Y Properties and finally Oxford Properties, where he was Vice President Industrial, Canada, and Vice President Global Principal Investment.
An award-winning contributor to the Canadian real estate and business communities, Hugh has served as president of both BOMA Ottawa and BOMA Canada. He also spent two years on the BOMA International Executive Committee. Hugh is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Board of Trade.
Justin has built a reputation for transforming entrepreneurial organizations into sustainable growth enterprises through organizational change, strategy and disciplined execution.
In his role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Colonnade BridgePort, Justin is responsible for management of the overall operations of the company’s real estate development and corporate services. His focus is on building the organizational infrastructure needed to scale Colonnade BridgePort’s robust real estate management platform, ESG leadership and entrepreneurial culture as it extends its market leadership in Ottawa and grows its presence in Toronto and throughout Ontario.
Prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort’s executive team, Justin has led through progressive executive positions, including CEO of a high-growth payment technology company and COO of Payments Canada.
Among his many entrepreneurial ventures, he is the active co-founder of an international eyewear company and an indoor farming operation in Cornwall, Ontario. He also teaches Leadership, Strategy and Change at the University of Ottawa to help prepare the next generation of business leaders to build sustainable organizations that create value for employees, customers, investors and the community.
As Chief Financial Officer, Kyle oversees all aspects of finance, accounting, and administration at Colonnade BridgePort. A strategic thinker with a keen interest in enhancing internal platforms through technology and innovation, he takes time to understand and implement new tech as it pertains to conveying important information to clients. Previously at Colonnade BridgePort, Kyle served as Controller, and then as Director, Finance and Corporate Services where he played an instrumental role in the successful integration of Colonnade and BridgePort following the 2016 merger.
Before joining the Colonnade BridgePort team, Kyle was the Assistant Controller for IFS (formerly MXI Technologies), and prior to that he was a Senior Accountant at leading accounting firm, Deloitte & Touche, where he received his CA and CPA certifications. Kyle also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.
With a unique combination of institutional, private equity, and public company real estate experience across numerous markets and asset classes, Andrew is an internationally respected executive leader. For more than 30 years, he has built a reputation for effectively managing a wide variety of real estate projects and organizations, and overseeing the complex needs of evolving businesses — all with an unwavering commitment to his teams and stakeholders.
Andrew’s depth of real estate and investment experience — combined with Colonnade BridgePort’s industry relationships and proven track record — provides the foundation upon which Colonnade BridgePort is able to offer high-net-worth, family office, and other private investors ongoing opportunities to participate in institutional-quality developments in Ottawa and across the country.
Prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort’s executive team, Andrew held positions as Head of Real Estate Investments – Americas at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments), Executive Vice President and COO of TrizecHahn Development, and President and CEO of both StorageNow Holdings and Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities.
Mark White is a widely respected commercial real estate professional who has been instrumental in the expansion of Colonnade BridgePort’s property management portfolio from 850,000 square feet to its current size of almost 9 million square feet of assets under management. In his role as Executive Vice President, Leasing and Business Development, Mark is responsible for execution of leasing, marketing, and business development, ensuring the activities of these teams are driven by client needs and objectives.
Mark’s ability to create value from unique and interesting opportunities is one of his strongest qualities, and has been the backbone of his 30-year career, which includes the leasing of more than 2.5 million square feet of new design/build facilities, more than 3 million square feet of public sector lease transactions, and more than 10 million square feet of private sector lease transactions. Mark is passionate about family, sports, and contributing to his community in meaningful and long-lasting ways. As Director on the Foundation Board of Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital, Mark has been responsible for the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars for Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia research.
With over 35 years of experience, Ian’s reputation in the world of commercial real estate is second to none. He is a highly valued member of the senior leadership team at Colonnade BridgePort, and in his current role as Executive Vice President, Special Projects, Ian leverages his wide global network and deep industry expertise to help build the business.
Ian has been directly involved in commercial real estate as a broker, investor, developer, and real estate services provider, focusing on major markets across Canada. Prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort, Ian held leadership positions at many major firms, including Jones Lang Lasalle, Oxford Properties, Enterprise Property Group and Cushman & Wakefield (formerly DTZ Canada). During his tenures, he has transacted over $3.8 BN worth of leasing and sales transactions. Prior to the merger with Colonnade, Ian was a Principal of BridgePort Realty Capital Partners through its formative years, leading its expansion into the Greater Toronto Area. Ian has also participated on various boards over the years, such as BOMA Toronto, NAIOP, Scarboro Golf & Country Club, Royal St. George’s College, Cancer Ontario, and North York Harvest Food Bank.
With over 20 years of experience, Ron is a multi-disciplined real estate professional responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to Colonnade BridgePort’s real estate management services business including Property Management, Leasing and Construction Management, in both our Commercial and Residential portfolios. As a proven leader and trusted industry expert, Ron and his team are focused on delivering insightful real estate management services strategies to all our clients with a focus on disciplined execution and value creation in the assets we manage.
Ron honed his real estate skills on the institutional side with Minto and Standard Life before transitioning to the private side with an Ottawa based investment and management company, Progeny, which later became BridgePort Realty Capital Partners. At BridgePort, he served in various operational and leadership capacities, contributing to the overall growth of the company’s portfolio. Ron is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and is an active member in numerous industry organizations, including BOMA. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, where he assists with fundraising.
As Vice President, Leasing, and Real Estate Broker of Record, Brent is responsible for the performance of the commercial leasing team. Brent oversees the lease management and retention of a diverse range of retail, office, and industrial properties across Ontario. By working closely with asset managers and private owners, Brent ensures all leasing programs meet and exceed expectations in terms of both asset performance and strategic business objectives.
Brent began his career with JJ Barnicke Ltd in the Greater Toronto Area in 2001 and joined Colonnade BridgePort in 2007. Since then, Brent has become an integral part of the Colonnade BridgePort team, providing first class client support and bringing a strategic understanding of commercial lease management. Backed by industry experience in both Ottawa and Southern Ontario, Brent brings over 20 years of lease negotiation and execution experience for both public sector and private sector tenancies in all commercial real estate asset classes.
Stephen is expertise personified — the kind of proven executive that can bridge private and public sectors, navigate complex bureaucracies, and deliver timely results. Backed by 30 years of industry experience, Stephen has excelled in all areas of the development process, including asset acquisition, design + delivery, and residential, commercial, retail, and mixed-use property operations. As an accountable corporate representative, Stephen is known for not only delivering large-scale projects — ranging from $5 million to $460 million — but also for being an articulate and thoughtful leader who develops winning teams and mentors upcoming professionals.
As Vice President, Development with Colonnade BridgePort, Stephen oversees every aspect of development project execution, from front-end planning through approvals, underwriting, and end-to-end value creation. A skilled communicator with extensive industry knowledge, he is a rigorous, agile planner with a rare ability to anticipate challenges and maintain momentum. Stephen previously held senior management positions at Canderel, Giffels, Minto Commercial, and CBRE Project Management. He also holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Gold Seal certification as a member of the Canadian Construction Association.
Chris is an established leader in the commercial real estate industry, bringing the highest level of industry expertise to Colonnade BridgePort. With more than twenty years of experience in investment + asset management, property acquisition, development, financing, and property management — including retail, office, mixed use, and industrial — he has excelled at every level in public real estate companies and fund management firms.
As a thoughtful and analytical executive, Chris believes deeply in the value of team collaboration and prides himself on finding creative solutions in ambiguous environments. Prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort, Chris thrived in a number of high-profile roles, including as Senior Vice President, Investments and Asset Management at LaSalle Investment Management, and as Vice President, Investments, Portfolio Management at SmartCentres REIT. The unparalleled industry experience that Chris brings to the table will be paramount in applying Colonnade BridgePort’s business successes to its established markets, the GTA, and beyond.
Chris holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey Business School at Western University, London Ontario.
Lynn is responsible for overseeing the strategic and day-to-day operations of Colonnade BridgePort’s commercial real estate portfolio in Ottawa.
An industry veteran with a track record of strategic leadership and execution in the property management field, Lynn has significant expertise in the commercial asset class. She has held several key managerial positions throughout her career with both local and institutional organizations.
Lynn has been an active member with BOMA for over 25 years and last served as chair for the awards committee. She has also served on multiple industry-related boards and committees, including the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Lynn is passionate about sustainability and has worked on LEED, BOMA BEST, and FitWel certifications.
Jas has been instrumental in establishing Colonnade BridgePort’s Mississauga office and the growth of its business in the Greater Toronto Area. As Director, Property Management (GTA), she oversees the company’s GTA property management and operations, with a focus on building a scalable property management platform in the GTA and Southern Ontario. Key to this has been her passion for developing high-performing, responsive teams and building long-term relationships with industrial, office and retail clients of all sizes.
In addition to being an integral member of Colonnade BridgePort’s Extended Leadership Team, Jas shares her knowledge and experience with leaders across the company as part of its Operations Committee. She also works closely with key institutional clients to ensure the company is positioned to meet the needs of the dynamic GTA market and is active in the community as a BOMA Toronto Principal member. A holder of the BOMI Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University, India, Jas held senior property management roles at real estate management companies in Toronto and the UK prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort.
Kandas is a seasoned and strategic property management professional with a passion for the human side of the business. Under her guidance as the Director, Residential Real Estate, her team manages the day-to-day operations of Colonnade BridgePort’s residential portfolio, with an emphasis on providing tenants with vibrant living environments through superior customer service and operational excellence. In addition to growing the company’s residential processes and procedures into a scalable platform, she is also involved in development projects at the design phase to ensure they are aligned with her vision of what makes a Colonnade BridgePort property not just a building, but a community in which tenants can thrive and grow.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Kandas was vice president at an Ottawa-based property management company with a focus on residential assets prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort. While there, she worked in all areas of residential property management, from leasing and portfolio management to business development and investor relations. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, Kandas is a licensed real estate broker and holds a registered condominium manager designation.
A creative and relationship-focused business leader, Catherine brings a people-first approach to her role overseeing Colonnade BridgePort’s marketing and client relations. By collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to understand where the company’s services and client objectives intersect, she has built a track record of developing partnerships that are based on the long-term goals of each, as well as ensuring the company’s brand and marketing are true to its commitment to enhance the communities in which it operates.
With more than 20 years of senior management experience, Catherine has a demonstrated ability to lead high-performance, growth-oriented teams. Fourteen of those years were at the helm of Twist Marketing — a Calgary-based marketing firm that she founded and grew into a national leader in destination and economic development marketing. Committed to industry best practices, consultation excellence and community building, Catherine holds a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation, provided sound governance as a board member of a number of not-for-profit organizations in Calgary, and served as President of her local Toastmasters chapter.
Sara is a dynamic leader who brings a strong business perspective, empathy and a passion for people to the organization. As the leader of the People & Culture team, Sara is responsible for the development and execution of the employee value strategy, delivering strategic initiatives that positively impact the employee experience. In addition, she is responsible for managing human resource operations and is a key member of the leadership team responsible for implementation of the company’s business strategy.
Sara’s HR career began in Calgary in the oil and gas industry where she developed strong people and business skills and rapidly advanced her career. In 2016, Sara joined the Colonnade Group, quickly growing into a leadership position within the HR team and the organization.
As Manager of IT, Dave oversees all aspects of data management and information technology within Colonnade BridgePort. Leveraging his extensive industry knowledge and technological expertise, he determines the best security, communications, software and hardware protocols for the company, ensuring each element of IT functions safely and allows for the effective attainment of Colonnade BridgePort’s organizational mandates.
Dave joined Colonnade BridgePort in 1996, beginning in property management and IT support roles before transitioning into a full-time technology capacity. Dave is a graduate of Algonquin College and has a Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from Carleton University.
An experienced accountant, Derek plays an important role in guiding Colonnade BridgePort’s strategic financial decisions by overseeing budgeting and reporting processes for all aspects of the business. As a member of the company’s leadership team, Derek’s managerial, technical, and communications expertise; along with his ability to motivate and foster an environment of open collaboration and problem-solving, makes him an invaluable voice to have at the table.
Prior to joining Colonnade BridgePort in 2022, Derek was an audit manager at a leading accounting firm where he received his CA and CPA certifications. Derek holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Ottawa.
Outside of work, Derek combines his accounting skills with his passion for soccer as treasurer of a local non-profit soccer club which manages 40+ teams annually.
With over a decade of experience as a marketing and communications professional, Rachal has established herself as a valued member of the leadership team.
With a keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to achieving results, Rachal is responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing programs that drive customer engagement and brand awareness. She oversees all aspects of the firm’s marketing communications, including advertising, public relations, and digital marketing.
Rachal has a Master of Journalism degree from Western University in London, Ontario.