About

Dream Office REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust that owns 17.2 million square feet of high-quality, well-located and attractively priced business premises in urban centres across Canada.

Our Objectives

We are committed to:

  • managing the business to provide growing cash flow and stable and sustainable returns by adapting our strategy and tactics to changes in the real estate industry and economy;
  • building and maintaining a stronger, more flexible and resilient balance sheet;
  • improving the overall quality of our portfolio by investing in key assets and selectively disposing of non-core assets with lower potential for long-term income growth; and
  • maintaining a REIT that satisfies the REIT exception under the SIFT legislation in order to provide certainty to unitholders with respect to taxation of distributions.

Our Strategy

Dream Office REIT’s core strategy is to invest in high quality office properties in key markets across Canada, providing a solid platform for stable and growing cash flows by:

  • investing in high-quality office properties;
  • optimizing the performance, value and cash flow of the portfolio;
  • diversifying the portfolio to mitigate risk; and
  • maintaining and strengthening our conservative financial profile.

Property Management

Dream Office Management Corp. provides real estate services – including property management and leasing – to properties owned by Dream Office REIT as well as for other property owners.  This structure provides us with the opportunity to earn revenue and profits from existing and future third party management contracts. We also believe that real estate is an operating business that requires active management in order to enhance value, increase yield and reduce risk to investors.

Learn more about Dream Office Management

Asset Management / Management Services

Dream Asset Management Corp. (“Dream”) provides asset management & management services to Dream Office REIT. Dream is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with over 1,000 employees, $14.6 billion of assets, and over 58 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space.

 

expand-iconDream Overview Chart Web - Simple

 

Dream provides asset management services for:

Dream Global REIT – the first Canadian REIT to invest exclusively outside Canada;

Dream Industrial REIT – Canada’s largest pure-play industrial REIT; and

Dream Alternatives Trust – providing investors the opportunity to access hard asset alternative investments.

And asset management/management services to:

Dream Office REIT – Canada’s largest office REIT;

Dream’s operating businesses include:

Homes by Dream – an award winning home and condominium developer;

Dream Development – Canada’s largest residential developer with ~10,000 acres of land;

Dream Centres – focused on developing retail shopping destinations in our residential communities; and

Renewable Power – we invest in renewable energy infrastructure.

Management Team


Our team is made up of the industry’s smartest, most dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced real estate investment, portfolio management and financial professionals that have a proven track record of creating value.

 

Jane Gavan
P. Jane GavanChief Executive Officer
VISWANATHAN_rajeev_web
Rajeev ViswanathanChief Financial Officer
Andrew Reial
Andrew ReialSenior Vice President, Portfolio Management
Jane Gavan
Ms. Jane Gavan is the Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT. She is also President, Asset Management of Dream Unlimited and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Global REIT, with more than 29 years of experience in the real estate industry. 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 (formerly Dundee International 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.
VISWANATHAN_rajeev_web
Mr. Rajeev Viswanathan is the Chief Financial Officer of Dream Office REIT and has over 15 years of corporate finance, treasury, financial planning, IT and reporting experience. Rajeev is responsible for all financial matters related to Dream Office REIT. Prior to joining Dream Office REIT, Rajeev was Senior Vice President, Finance at Brookfield Asset Management. During his tenure with Brookfield, Rajeev worked in a series of progressively senior roles, including a role as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance at General Growth Properties (“GGP”), restructuring the finance and reporting functions following GGP’s emergence from bankruptcy in 2010. Mr. Viswanathan is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder, beginning his professional career at Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Viswanathan also holds a Master of Accounting and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.
Andrew Reial
Mr. Andrew Reial is a Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management. Prior to joining the company in March 2012, Mr. Reial was a Director of Asset Management at Whiterock REIT.  During Mr. Reial’s career, he has been involved in the asset management, acquisitions and dispositions of office, industrial, retail and multi-residential real estate investments for institutional investors.  Prior to his career in real estate, Mr. Reial was a consultant at a corporate restructuring and financial management consulting firm. Mr. Reial completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at McMaster University, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and holds the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Governance

Governance - blue

Dream Office REIT 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.

Board of Trustees

Our board of trustees is made up of highly experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable professionals who each have expertise in all key areas of Dream’s businesses. Our board currently consists of 8 members:

Independent Audit Committee Governance, & Nominating Committee Compensation, Health and Environmental Committee Investment Committee
Detlef Bierbaum Y Member Member
Donald Charter Y Chair Chair
Michael J. Cooper Chair
Joanne Ferstman Y Chair Member
Robert Goodall Y  Member
Johann Koss Y Member
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch Y Member
Karine MacIndoe Y Member Member
Detlef Bierbaum
Detlef Bierbaum
Don Charter
Donald CharterIndependent Lead Trustee
Michael Cooper
Michael J. CooperChair
Joanne Ferstman
Joanne Ferstman
Rob Goodall
Robert Goodall
Koss-JO
Johann Koss
official photo 2016 (cropped)
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch
MacIndoe, K_web
Karine MacIndoe
Detlef Bierbaum
Mr. Detlef Bierbaum is a corporate director with extensive experience in the banking and financial services industry. Mr. Bierbaum is currently a Member of the Supervisory Board with Sal. Oppenheim KAG, a fund management company in Köln, Germany. Prior to his retirement in March 2010, Mr. Bierbaum was a Member of the Supervisory Board with Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie and from 1991 to 2008, he held the position of Managing Partner with responsibility for asset management. In addition, from 2002 to 2008, he was responsible for investment banking of Bankhaus Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. Prior to 1991, he was the Chief Financial Officer of the Nordstern Insurance Companies based in Cologne. He is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies in the asset management and banking sectors based in Germany, England, Luxembourg and the U.S. Mr. Bierbaum is a graduate of the Universities of Cologne and Munich where he studied commercial banking and business administration.
Don Charter
Mr. Charter has extensive board level experience having been involved in several corporate boards and having sat on and chaired a number of audit, compensation, governance, special, independent and strategic committees. He currently serves on a number of public company boards, which, in addition to Dream Office REIT, includes IAMGold (Chairman), Lundin Mining, International Petroleum Corporation and Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. He is also the Chairman of HGC Holding, a private company, which through HGC Investments is an employee-owned investment management firm specializing in low volatility, liquid, event-driven mandates currently managing the HGC Arbitrage Fund and Credit Opportunities Fund. Mr. Charter also sits as a director of the World Gold Council. Mr. Charter has extensive senior executive leadership experience, most recently as President and CEO of Corsa Coal, a public metallurgical coal company he built from a non-operating start-up to an established supplier of US low vol metallurgical coal. His business experience includes financial services, mining, real estate and oil and gas. Having begun his career in Toronto, building a successful business law practice, Mr. Charter later joined the Dundee group of companies as an Executive Vice President with capital markets related responsibilities. He became the founding Chairman and CEO of the Dundee Securities group of companies, and oversaw its growth from a start-up to a major independent financial services company. After ten years, Mr. Charter left this group and, in addition to Corsa Coal, focused his attention on consulting in the private equity and hedge fund sectors, and corporate directorships. He is a graduate of McGill University with degrees in Economics and Law. He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program and is a member of the Institute.
Michael Cooper
Mr. Michael J. Cooper is the Chairman of Dream Office REIT. He is also the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp. (“Dream”), and founder of Dream Asset Management Corporation (“DAM”), Dream Office REIT’s management services provider.  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, a pure-play industrial REIT in Canada; and, most recently, for the formation of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust (“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”).
Joanne Ferstman
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.
Rob Goodall
Mr. Robert Goodall is the President and founder of Canadian Mortgage Capital Corporation (“CMCC”), a major mortgage brokerage company with well-established lending and mortgage servicing operations. CMCC’s head office is in downtown Toronto, and the company has branch offices in Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Mr. Goodall is also CEO of Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation, a major non-bank lender, which has assets of approximately $535 million and is publicly traded on the TSX under the symbol ‘AI’. For the fifteen year period from 1996 to 2011, CMCC arranged financing on over $6 billion of real estate in Ontario. From 1997-1999, CMCC also had the exclusive mandate to originate mortgages, and manage the existing mortgage portfolio of a Toronto based trust company. Prior to founding CMCC, Mr. Goodall spent seven years with Royal Trust, where the last three years were served as National Managing Director of the Real Estate Finance Group overseeing a portfolio of $1.4 billion in commercial and multi-residential real estate loans. The Real Estate Finance Group had offices in Toronto, Montreal and western Canada. Mr. Goodall is a trustee of Dream Office REIT and director of a registered charity, Jump Math. Mr. Goodall has an HBA from the Ivey Business School, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Koss-JO
Mr. Johann Koss is the founder of Right To Play, a global organization that uses the transformative power of play - playing sports, playing games - to educate and empower children facing adversity. He is a Norwegian speed-skating legend who made world headlines when he won three Gold Medals at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games, breaking a total of 10 world records over the course of his career. Mr. Koss donated a large portion of his winnings to Olympic Aid, a fundraising organization created at Lillehammer, and challenged the Norwegian people to support him in this cause by donating to Olympic Aid. After witnessing the potential of sport to effect change in the lives of children, Mr. Koss founded Right To Play in 2000 and has pioneered the Sport for Development movement worldwide. Mr. Koss has won numerous accolades, including honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and Brock University, and was named “One of 100 Future Leaders of Tomorrow” by TIME Magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Mr. Koss completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Queensland, and completed his executive MBA at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Recently Mr. Koss completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. He currently serves on the board of trustees of Dream Global REIT, Dream Office REIT and medical simulation device company Mentice. In 2015, Mr. Koss completed his directorship at Gates Corporation when it was sold to Blackstone for U.S. $5.2 billion and in 2016, Secunda Canada, an offshore supply vessel company, when it was sold to Siems Norway. In May 2013 he completed his term serving on the board of directors at GNC Holdings, Inc. where he sat on the audit committee for two years.
official photo 2016 (cropped)
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch is currently the Member of Parliament for Simcoe-Grey and served as the Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women of the Government of Canada from 2013-2015, serving on several Cabinet committees. Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Department of Surgery. She is the past Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership. Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994, her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998 and completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at University of Toronto in 2001 and her Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2002. Dr. Leitch has served on the National Research Council of Canada, Genome Canada, the YMCA (GTA), CANFAR and is the founder of The Sandbox Project, a national organization with a mandate to bring together leading researchers, governments, charities, and industry to improve child and youth health in Canada. Dr. Leitch was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in both medicine and business in 2005 and in 2010, Dr. Leitch received the Order of Ontario for her work advocating for children.
MacIndoe, K_web
Ms. Karine MacIndoe is a corporate director 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 of Killam Apartment REIT and has an MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honor Society) from the University of Calgary.

Read more about our Board of Trustees

Committees


Dream Office REIT’s Committees assist in the effective fun­c­tioning of the Board and help ensure that the views of Independent ­Trustees* are effectively represented.

 

The Board has established four committees:

  • Audit Committee;
  • Governance and Nominating Committee;
  • Compensation, Health and Environmental Committee; and
  • Investment Committee.

Independent Trustee

A Trustee that is independent within the meaning of NI 58–101. An Independent Trustee is one who is not an employee or executive officer of Dream Office REIT 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.

Read more about our Committees

Charters & Policies


Dream Office REIT 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’.

 

Read more about our Charters & Policies