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.
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.
Mr. Michael J. Cooper is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 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”).
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. 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.
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.
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.