Jeff Baryshnik is the President of Republic Funds USA Inc., a real estate private equity firm with more than $100 million of assets under management; and Republic Residential Corp., the general partner of Republic Residential Fund II LP and Republic Residential Fund III LP. Previously, Mr. Baryshnik was an investment professional at leading global hedge funds including Citadel LLC, and began his career in mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Baryshnik received a Master of Business Administration (Stern Scholar) from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an Honors Business Administration (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. Mr. Baryshnik is a Director on the Huron College Alumni Board at Western University and holds the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designations.
William Biggar is a Corporate Director who has previously held senior executive positions in the real estate, mining and investment industries. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Biggar was President and Chief Executive Officer of TSX-listed mining company North American Palladium Ltd. Mr. Biggar has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Granite REIT and Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Cambridge Shopping Centres Limted. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Biggar has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies including Primaris Retail REIT (2003 – 2013) and is currently a trustee of TSX-listed Milestone Apartments REIT. Mr. Biggar is a CPA, CA and holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Toronto.
Roland Cardy is the Managing Partner and a director of Gorbay Company Limited, a Toronto based private company that owns and operates multi-family properties. Mr. Cardy was also the Chairman of TSX-listed Primaris REIT, a position he held from March 2003 to April 2013. He was also a director of Public Storage Canadian Properties from April 2004 to October 2010. From 2001 to March 2003, Mr. Cardy was a Senior Managing Director at Raymond James Ltd. Mr. Cardy has Bachelor of Arts (Economics and History) and Master of Business Administration degrees from York University. Mr. Cardy has also completed the requirements of the Institute of Corporate Directors program.
Daniel Drimmer brings more than 15 years of management experience and a distinctive executive style as the founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of True North Commercial REIT. In addition to founding Starlight Investments Ltd. where he is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Drimmer founded TransGlobe Investment Management Ltd., TransGlobe Property Management Services Ltd. and TransGlobe Apartment REIT (TSX: TGA.UN), where he served as President and Chairman until August 2011. Mr. Drimmer founded True North Apartment REIT (TSX: TN.UN) in 2012, and Starlight U.S. Multi-Family in 2013. Mr. Drimmer is a member of the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer of each of the Starlight U.S. Multi-Family Core Funds and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northview Apartment REIT (TSX: NVU.UN). Over the last seven years, Mr. Drimmer has completed more than $15 billion worth of acquisition and financing transactions in residential and commercial real estate. Mr. Drimmer obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, and both a Master of Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Contemporary European Policy Making from European University in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the third generation in the Drimmer family to be actively involved in commercial real estate.
Alon Ossip is the Chief Executive Officer of The Stronach Group, a privately-held consortium that owns, operates and manages a number of leading businesses in a wide range of industries, including thoroughbred racing and gaming, real estate, electric vehicle technologies, and agri-business. Mr. Ossip was formerly a trustee of TSX-listed True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust and TransGlobe Apartment REIT. From October 2006 to July 2013, Mr. Ossip was Executive Vice President of TSX-listed Magna International Inc., and was previously a Partner at Goodman and Carr LLP and Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson LLP. Mr. Ossip was also formerly a director, officer and founding shareholder of Workbrain Corporation (a TSX-listed public company that was sold to Infor Global Solutions European Finance, S.a.R.L. in 2007) from June 2003 to June 2007. Mr. Ossip has a Bachelor of Laws from York University (Osgoode Hall) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Sandy Poklar is the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Capital Markets & Strategic Developments for Firm Capital Corporation. Mr. Poklar is also Chief Financial Officer and a trustee of Firm Capital Property Trust. Prior to joining Firm Capital Corporation, Mr. Poklar was employed at Macquarie Capital and TD Securities where he was a Vice President and an Associate in their Real Estate Investment Banking Groups, respectively. In addition, Mr. Poklar was at Canaccord Adams as a real estate equity research associate analyst. Mr. Poklar is a CPA, CA, graduate of the University of Toronto and graduate of the Directors Education Program, and has received his ICD.D designation.