Governance

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Dream Alternatives is committed to sound and effective corporate governance. Our goal is to not only meet the requirements established by securities laws and regulators but also to uphold the spirit of “good corporate governance” and we always strive to communicate in an open, honest and transparent manner.

IndependentTrust BoardAudit Committee of the Trust BoardGP BoardAudit Committee of the GP BoardGovernance, Compensation & Environmental Committee
Pauline AlimchandaniMember
Amar BhallaYChairMemberChairMemberMember
Michael J. CooperMember
James EatonYMember
Joanne FerstmanYMemberMember
David KaufmanYMemberMemberMemberMemberChair
Karine MacIndoeYMemberChairMemberChairMember

Trust Board

Amar Bhalla
David Kaufman
Karine MacIndoe
Mr. Amar Bhalla is the President of Capit Investment Corp., a private real estate company that owns and manages a portfolio of apartment buildings, commercial sites, and development projects in the GTA.   He has over 20 years of experience in the acquisition, repositioning and redevelopment of GTA based real estate across asset classes.   Prior to his leading of Capit, Mr. Bhalla chaired Carlaw Capital Group, a Toronto based merchant bank focused on technology businesses and was the CEO of Crescent Logic, a business application software firm. Mr. Bhalla has and continues to serve on the Boards of several TSX and TSX-V listed businesses across technology and mineral industries and was the Chairman of Aston Hill Asset Management’s IRC.  Mr. Bhalla is a CFA charterholder, is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and holds a BA in Economics from McGill University.
Mr. David Kaufman is President and Chief Executive Officer 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) charter holder. Mr. Kaufman writes a bi-weekly column, “Alternative Investor”, for the Financial Post, and was 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”.
Ms. Karine MacIndoe is a Corporate Director/Trustee with over 20 years of professional experience, having most recently spent over ten years at BMO Capital Markets as a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Real Estate/REITs. During her tenure at BMO she was consistently ranked as an all-star (top three) analyst in the Brendan Wood Canadian Equity Research Survey. Prior work experience also includes M&A Advisory at NM Rothschild & Sons, and management of sales planning at Canadian Airlines International. Ms. MacIndoe is also on the board and audit and compensation committee of Killam Apartment REIT and the Board, Audit and Compensation, Health and Environmental Committees of Dream Office REIT. Ms. MacIndoe has an MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honor Society) from the University of Calgary.
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GP Board

Pauline Alimchandani
Amar Bhalla
Michael J. Cooper
James Eaton
Joanne Ferstman
David Kaufman
Karine MacIndoe
Ms. Pauline Alimchandani is the Executive Vice President and 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 President and 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 Master LP and the Michael Garron (formerly Toronto East General) Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Amar Bhalla is the President of Capit Investment Corp., a private real estate company that owns and manages a portfolio of apartment buildings, commercial sites, and development projects in the GTA.   He has over 20 years of experience in the acquisition, repositioning and redevelopment of GTA based real estate across asset classes.   Prior to his leading of Capit, Mr. Bhalla chaired Carlaw Capital Group, a Toronto based merchant bank focused on technology businesses and was the CEO of Crescent Logic, a business application software firm. Mr. Bhalla has and continues to serve on the Boards of several TSX and TSX-V listed businesses across technology and mineral industries and was the Chairman of Aston Hill Asset Management’s IRC.  Mr. Bhalla is a CFA charterholder, is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and holds a BA in Economics from McGill University.
Mr. Michael J. Cooper is the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream, and founder of DAM. He is also the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT. He has an extensive track record in the real estate industry dating back to 1986. He helped found DAM in 1996 and continues to lead the business as Chief Responsible Officer. Under his leadership, the business has grown to approximately $14 billion of commercial real estate, residential development and renewable energy infrastructure assets under management. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Cooper is responsible for the formation of three TSX-listed real estate investment trusts: Dream Office REIT, Dream Global REIT, and Dream Industrial REIT and  the formation of Dream Alternatives. He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree 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, Dream Office REIT, Dream Global REIT, Dream Industrial REIT, and E-L Financial Corporation Limited.    
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, and serves on the boards of JC Clark and Defyrus. Mr. Eaton is a founding director of the True Patriot Love Foundation, Chaired the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, and is a trustee of the John David and Signy Eaton Foundation. Mr. Eaton also sits on the board of directors of Medley Management Inc., a NYSE listed company. 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 is a corporate director. 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. Ferstman also sits on the board of trustees of Dream Office REIT and board of directors of Dream Unlimited Corp.
Mr. David Kaufman is President and Chief Executive Officer 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) charter holder. Mr. Kaufman writes a bi-weekly column, “Alternative Investor”, for the Financial Post, and was 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”.
Ms. Karine MacIndoe is a Corporate Director/Trustee with over 20 years of professional experience, having most recently spent over ten years at BMO Capital Markets as a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Real Estate/REITs. During her tenure at BMO she was consistently ranked as an all-star (top three) analyst in the Brendan Wood Canadian Equity Research Survey. Prior work experience also includes M&A Advisory at NM Rothschild & Sons, and management of sales planning at Canadian Airlines International. Ms. MacIndoe is also on the board and audit and compensation committee of Killam Apartment REIT and the Board, Audit and Compensation, Health and Environmental Committees of Dream Office REIT. Ms. MacIndoe has an MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honor Society) from the University of Calgary.
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Committees

The Trust Board and GP Board believe that their committees assist in the effective functioning of the Boards and help ensure that the views of  Independent Trustees & Directors* are effectively represented.

 

The Board have established three committees:

  • Audit Committee of the Trust Board;
  • Audit Committee of the GP Board; and
  • Governance, Compensation and Environmental Committee.

Independent Trustee or Director

A Trustee or Director that is independent within the meaning of NI 58–101. An Independent Trustee or Director is one who is not an employee or executive officer of Dream and who is free from any direct or indirect relationship which could, in the view of the Board, be reasonably expected to interfere with independent judgment.

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Charters, Policies and Declaration of Trust

Dream Alternatives Trust  is committed to sound and effective corporate governance. Our goal is to not only meet the requirements established by securities laws and regulators but to also uphold the spirit of ‘good corporate governance.’

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Sustainability

We believe sustainability isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Therefore, it is our responsibility to work in a way that is sustainable for the environment, our employees, and our company.

When it comes to sustainability, we are focused on three areas:

Environment

Environment
We integrate waste management policies to our office buildings, and invest in renewable energy production.

Social

Social
We encourage employee engagement and well-being, and invest in the communities in which we live and work.

Governance

Governance
We conduct our business in an ethical manner and have a board committee that oversees the company’s good corporate governance.

We are pleased to present the latest sustainability information from our 2017 annual report here

Access our prior Corporate Sustainability Report. The report showcases our sustainability commitment to our stakeholders and highlights our aspiration to build better communities for people to work and live in.

Sustainability is a focus of our business strategy, in this report you will read many examples of how we are building better communities, such as:

  • Initiatives that are saving energy, water and reducing landfill waste at Dream properties across the country
  • Collaborative endeavors aimed at moving our entire industry forward through partnerships with organizations such as Women’s College Hospital, Right to Play and the Shoebox Project, just to name a few.
  • Investments into sustainable projects that will strengthen and enhance the communities that we operate in and serve

We view our Corporate Sustainability Report as an opportunity to highlight our commitment to our key stakeholder groups. For investors, it means greater transparency. For tenants, it means working together to help them succeed. For employees, it means strengthening our concept of the “Dream family.” And for communities, it means building better spaces that serve the communities’ needs.