Ms. Pauline Alimchandani is the Chief Financial Officer of Dream and is responsible for the strategic development and ongoing financial management of the business. Ms. Alimchandani also acts as the Chief Financial Officer of Dream Alternatives. Ms. Alimchandani currently oversees all aspects of corporate finance, corporate strategy, financial planning & analysis, development finance, corporate accounting, financial reporting, debt, treasury and taxation for all of Dream’s divisions. Prior to her current role, Ms. Alimchandani was the Vice President, Corporate Strategy where she worked closely with the Chief Responsible Officer on capital allocation decisions, capital markets strategy and corporate transactions. Prior to joining Dream in March 2013, Ms. Alimchandani covered the Canadian real estate sector as a Vice President in equity research at BMO Capital Markets. Previously, Ms. Alimchandani worked in both the Audit and Assurance and Consulting & Deals practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She obtained her BBA degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University before obtaining her CA designation in 2008 and her CFA charterholder in 2012. Ms. Alimchandani currently serves on the board of directors of the general partner of Dream Alternatives Master LP and the Michael Garron (formerly Toronto East General) Hospital Foundation.
Michael Cooper is the Portfolio Manager of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust (“Dream Alternatives”). Mr. Cooper is also the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream Asset Management Corporation. (“DAM”), and Dream Unlimited Corp. (“Dream”), and has an extensive track record in the real estate industry dating back to 1986. He helped found DAM (formerly Dundee Realty Corporation) in 1996. Under his leadership, the business has grown to $15 billion of commercial real estate, residential land and housing development, and renewable energy infrastructure assets under management. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Cooper is responsible for the formation of the four TSX-listed investment trusts: Dream Office REIT, Canada’s largest office REIT; Dream Global REIT, a Canadian REIT investing in commercial real estate assets exclusively outside of Canada; and, Dream Industrial REIT, a pure-play industrial REIT in Canada, and most recently the formation of Dream Alternatives. Prior to starting Dream, Michael was the founder and portfolio manager of Dynamic Real Estate Fund, the first mutual fund in Canada to invest solely in publicly traded real estate securities. He earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from York University. Mr. Cooper currently sits on the board of directors of Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Alternatives, Dream Global REIT, Dream Industrial REIT, Dream Office REIT, EL Financial Ltd., and Real Property Association of Canada (“REALpac”).
Mr. James Eaton is the President of Weatons Holdings, a Canadian private holding company. Mr. Eaton has been active in the founding, growth and divestiture stages of the Weatons portfolio companies across a wide variety of industries. His responsibilities at Weatons include overseeing numerous private investments and a portfolio of listed securities. Mr. Eaton is currently a partner of JJR Capital, a private merchant bank, as well serves on the boards of JC Clark, Defyrus, and Dream Alternatives Trust. Mr. Eaton is a founding director of the True Patriot Love Foundation, Chairs the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, and is a trustee of the John David and Signy Eaton Foundation. Mr. Eaton holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2012, Mr. Eaton was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
Ms. Joanne Ferstman currently serves as a corporate director, sitting on public company boards. Over an 18 year period and until her retirement in June 2012, Ms. Ferstman held a variety of executive positions with the Dundee Group of Companies. Most recently, Ms. Ferstman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dundee Capital Markets Inc., a full service investment dealer with principal businesses including investment banking, institutional sales and trading and private client financial advisory. Prior to January 31, 2011, Ms. Ferstman was Vice-Chair and Head of Capital Markets of DundeeWealth Inc., a diversified wealth management company. Prior to 2009, Ms. Ferstman was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dundee Wealth Inc. and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Dundee Corporation. In these senior financial roles, Ms. Ferstman was actively involved in all corporate strategy, including acquisitions and financings, and was responsible for all public financial reporting. In addition, Ms. Ferstman regularly represented Dundee Corporation on investee company boards and audit committees across various sectors. Prior to joining the Dundee Group of Companies, Ms. Ferstman spent four years as Chief Financial Officer for a national securities firm and five years at a major international accounting firm. Ms. Ferstman earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate degree in Public Accountancy from McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ms. Jane Gavan is the President, Asset Management of Dream and has more than 26 years of experience in the real estate industry. Ms. Gavan is primarily responsible for international real estate investments and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dream Global REIT. Since joining Dream in 1998, Ms. Gavan has played a key role in numerous transactions, including the acquisition of Lehndorff Properties, the 2003 business restructuring that resulted in the creation of Dream Office REIT, Dream Office REIT’s $2.4 billion portfolio sale to GE Real Estate, and the initial public offering of Dream Global REIT. Prior to joining Dream, Ms. Gavan served as legal counsel for numerous companies, including Oxford Properties Group and Denison Mines Corp., and began her career in private practice at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, specializing in real estate and corporate finance. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall, York University. Ms. Gavan currently sits on the board of directors of Dream Unlimited Corp., Dream Global REIT, Dream Alternatives Trust, the Women's College Hospital Foundation, and is on the Patron's Council for Community Living Toronto.
Mr. David Kaufman is President and CEO of Westcourt Capital Corporation and has more than 20 years of experience in the legal, real estate and investment industries. After graduating from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Kaufman gained his real estate and private equity experience with Magna Golf Club, Menkes Developments and Lynx Equity. Mr. Kaufman then founded Westcourt Capital in 2009 with a focus on sourcing and conducting due diligence on capital-protecting alternative investment managers and funds. Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charterholder. Mr. Kaufman writes a bi-weekly column, “Alternative Investor”, for the Financial Post, and is a regular contributor and co-host on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange. Mr. Kaufman was also a regular host of BNN’s “Alternative Investing”. Mr. Kaufman will be an Independent Director.
Mr. Andrew Lapham has more than 15 years of principal investing experience in both public and private markets and currently works for The Blackstone Group where he leads their private equity business in Canada and focuses on sourcing and evaluating large investment opportunities. Mr. Lapham was previously with Onex Partners, where he led the firm’s energy investing practice and was involved with multiple transactions across other industries, in particular hospitality and manufacturing. Prior to his time with Onex, Mr. Lapham worked at Odyssey Partners, a mid-market private equity firm in New York, and was a hedge fund portfolio manager at John A. Levin & Co., a multi-strategy asset management firm. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.