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 also 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. Donald Charter is a corporate director. Most recently he was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Corsa Coal Corp. from August 2010 to August 2013. Corsa is a metallurgical coal mining company listed on the TSX.V with operations in Pennsylvania. Mr. Charter has business experience in a number of sectors including mining (precious metals, base metals, iron ore, coal), oil & gas, real estate and financial services. He is a graduate of McGill University where he obtained degrees in Economics and Law. He began his career in Toronto where he built a successful commercial and M&A business law practice. In 1996 he joined the Dundee group of companies as an Executive Vice President with a number of capital markets related responsibilities. In 1998 he became the inaugural Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Dundee Securities group of companies and oversaw its growth from a start up to a major independent financial services company. In 2006, Mr. Charter left this group and focused his attention on his personal consulting and investment company, and as a corporate director primarily in the resource sector. Mr. Charter has extensive corporate governance experience and has sat on and chaired a number of audit, compensation and governance committees during his career as well as a number of special, independent and strategic committees in various corporate situations. 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 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 $450 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 Dream Industrial 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.
Mr. Duncan Jackman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E-L Financial Corporation Limited, an investment and insurance holding company. Mr. Jackman oversees the company’s investments by sitting on the boards of directors of the subsidiaries and the other companies in which the company has significant shareholdings, including by serving as Chairman of Algoma Central Corporation and Chairman and President of Economic Investment Trust Limited and United Corporations Limited, two closed-end investment companies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University.
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 a MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honor Society) from the University of Calgary.