Michael J. Cooper is the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream, the founder of Dream Asset Management Corporation (“DAM”), and the founder and Portfolio Manager of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust (“Dream Alternatives”). He 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 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; Dream Industrial REIT, the largest pure-play industrial REIT in Canada; and Dream Alternatives, a mutual fund trust focused on hard asset alternative investments. 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 Unlimited Corp., Dream Alternatives, Dream Global REIT, Dream Industrial REIT, Dream Office REIT, EL Financial Ltd., and Real Property Association of Canada (“Realpac”).
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.
Mr. Richard N. Gateman is Vice President, Major Projects Business Development with TransCanada PipeLines Limited. He has 30 years of oil and gas, midstream gas processing and pipeline project experience in the areas of corporate law, transactions, stakeholder relations and business development. Mr. Gateman is also the President of Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd., a TransCanada subsidiary which is developing an estimated $4.8-billion pipeline project in the province of British Columbia. Prior to this role, Mr. Gateman was Vice President, Northern Development for TransCanada, where he was responsible for TransCanada’s involvement in the Mackenzie Gas Project and for the origination and advancement of new Canadian business development projects. Mr. Gateman currently sits on the board of directors of a private oil and gas exploration and development company and has held past executive and board positions in a number of charitable organizations and international business entities. Mr. Gateman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Jane Gavan is the President, Asset Management of Dream and has more than 27 years of experience in the real estate industry. Ms. Gavan is responsible for international real estate investments and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dream Global REIT, a Canadian REIT that invests in commercial real estate assets exclusively outside of Canada. Ms. Gavan is also responsible for Canadian real estate investments and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office 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 $2.3 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 law practice with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, specializing in real estate and corporate finance. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Laws degree 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. Ned Goodman is the founder and director of Dundee Corporation and Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. Mr. Goodman’s investment experience spans more than 40 years as a securities analyst, portfolio manager and senior executive, and he has an established reputation as one of Canada's most successful investment counsellors. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Goodman is also the founder and benefactor of the Goodman Institute of Investment Management, a graduate school for investment management at Concordia University, Chancellor of Brock University and Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Diversity. Mr. Goodman completed his undergraduate studies in science at McGill University and graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Toronto. He achieved a Chartered Financial Analyst degree from the University of Virginia in 1967. A doctorate of laws, honoris causa, was conferred upon him by Concordia University in 1997. Mr. Goodman has served on a number of public company boards.
Ms. Jennifer Lee Koss is the Co-Founder and Builder of Business of BRIKA --the pre-eminent retail platform for contemporary, elevated craft online and offline representing a community of over 400 of the most talented artisans and designers. Prior to launching her business, she spent nearly five years at Ontario Teachers' Private Capital investing in consumer/ retail companies and in large private equity global funds. Her work experience also includes management consulting at The Bridgespan Group and The Parthenon Group, focusing on private equity due diligence, and in investment banking at JPMorgan. Jennifer is a Juilliard-trained cellist and holds an AB degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, an MPhil from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ms. Vincenza Sera is Chair of the Ontario Pension Board, which administers and invests approximately $24 billion in assets. Ms. Sera is an active corporate director sitting on public company, private company and government boards including the board of directors of the Ontario Financing Authority. Previously, Ms. Sera was an investment banker with 25 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance and corporate governance. She has held senior positions with major Canadian firms, including National Bank Financial and its predecessor First Marathon Securities and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Ms. Sera holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Rotman Directors Education Program.
Ms. Vicky Schiff is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Mosaic Real Estate Credit, LLC and MREC Management, LLC (Registered Investment Advisor), a firm she launched in early 2015 with Ethan Penner to invest in real estate debt and address the market need for bridge debt on transitional real estate assets, in the wake of the tightening of the US bank regulatory environment.
Ms. Schiff is a highly experienced and respected real estate executive whose investment career began in the early 1990s as an acquisitions and diligence executive for Summit Commercial/Highridge Partners in Los Angeles, where she worked on approximately $1 billion in transactions. Ms. Schiff is a career entrepreneur, co-founding five firms over the past 20 years including a real estate investment and development company with over 100 employees in the self-storage industry; an institutional $400+ million real estate fund of funds with a sub-strategy of supporting women and minority emerging real estate firms throughout the US; a national boutique investment banking firm which raised over $6 billion from institutional investors for top-tier real estate and private equity firms around the world. In 2010, she founded Oro Capital Advisors to create value for investors acquiring commercial real estate debt and distressed assets in target markets across the United States. Oro Capital Advisors and its affiliates own and operate industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties across the United States.
Ms. Schiff has been a frequent industry panelist and has spoken at institutional real estate, emerging manager and trustee fiduciary executive conferences. She has also written for various publications and has appeared as an industry expert on Bloomberg TV. She served a three-year term as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System and has been committed to service through various organizations; as a board member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), YPO’s International Real Estate Network, YPO’s Women’s International Network, The Robert Toigo Foundation, The Lusk Center for Real Estate at USC and was the Founder of PoWRE, an organization of 40 elite C-Suite women real estate investors in the North America and Europe. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of Vanir Construction Management, a family owned firm focused on public and quasi-public projects.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California in 1988, and a Master’s in Business Administration from The Anderson School of Management at UCLA in 1996. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California with her husband and son and enjoys writing and endurance sports.