About

Dream Office REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust. Dream Office REIT is focused on owning, leasing and managing well-located, high-quality office properties.

 

Our Objectives

We have been and remain committed to:

  • Managing our business to provide cash flows and superior risk-adjusted returns, while managing our assets to maximize value over the longer term;
  • Continual improvement in the quality of our portfolio by investing in assets through upgrades, intensification and redevelopment in order for our buildings to be attractive to our tenants and selectively disposing of assets with lower potential for long-term income growth;
  • Building and maintaining a strong, flexible and resilient balance sheet; and
  • Maintaining a REIT status that satisfies the REIT exception under the SIFT legislation in order to provide certainty to unitholders with respect to taxation of distributions.

 

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.

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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.

 

Michael J. CooperChairman & Chief Executive Officer
Jay JiangChief Financial Officer
Gordon WadleyChief Operating Officer
Ayesha ShafiqSenior Vice President, Real Estate Investments
Mr. Michael J. Cooper is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT. He is also the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream and founder of DAM. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT from June 2003 to May 2014. 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 President and Chief Responsible Officer. Under his leadership, the business has grown to approximately $9 billion of commercial real estate and residential development assets under management; in addition, Dream has also completed in excess of $36 billion of transactions. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Cooper is responsible for the formation of two TSX-listed real estate investment trusts: Dream Office REIT and Dream Industrial REIT and the formation of Dream Alternatives, a TSX-listed mutual fund trust focused on hard asset alternative investments. Mr. Cooper was also involved in the formation of Dream Global REIT, previously a TSX-listed real estate investment trust, the assets and subsidiaries of which were sold in 2019. 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 Industrial REIT and E-L Financial Corporation Limited.
Mr. Jay Jiang is the Chief Financial Officer of Dream Office REIT. Mr. Jiang was formerly the Senior Vice President of Strategic Finance of Dream and was responsible for corporate development, strategy, finance and investor communications for the Dream Entities. Prior to joining Dream, Mr. Jiang was part of the equity research team at BMO Capital Markets covering the Canadian real estate sector. Previously, he was a manager at Ernst & Young LLP in the financial services assurance and advisory group. Mr. Jiang is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, and has both a Master of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management degree from the University of Waterloo.
Mr. Gordon Wadley is the Chief Operating Officer of Dream Office REIT.  Prior to this role Mr. Wadley was Senior Vice President, Commercial Properties. Mr. Wadley provides leadership to the overall asset strategy of Dream Office REIT’s Toronto portfolio. Mr. Wadley has held progressively senior positions within the company since he joined in 2011. Most recently he was Vice President, Leasing for Toronto and Southwestern Ontario and prior to that he oversaw the performance of Dream Office REIT’s leased assets in a number of major markets throughout Canada. During Mr. Wadley’s career he has been involved in several high-profile transactions and pursuits pertaining to leasing, development and asset management. Prior to joining Dream Office REIT, Mr. Wadley worked in commercial brokerage for CB Richard Ellis providing commercial representation to corporate clients both domestic and international. Mr. Wadley earned a degree from Acadia University and earned his MBA in Real Estate Leadership from the University of Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Ms. Ayesha Shafiq is Senior Vice President, Real Estate Investments, and she is responsible for overseeing investments for Dream Office REIT and Dream Industrial REIT. Over the span of her career Ms. Shafiq has completed over $7.5 billion of transactions across Canada and the United States with a focus on office and industrial asset classes. Prior to joining Dream, Ms. Shafiq worked at Scotia Capital in the prime brokerage and corporate finance groups. Ms. Shafiq graduated from the Honours Economics program at Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained her Masters of Business Administration from the same institution.

Governance

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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
Detlef Bierbaum Y Member
Donald Charter Y Member Member Chair
Michael J. Cooper
Jane Gavan
Robert Goodall Y  Member  Member
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch Y Chair
Karine MacIndoe Y Chair Member
Deborah Starkman Member
Detlef Bierbaum
Donald CharterIndependent Lead Trustee
Michael J. CooperChair
P. Jane Gavan
Robert Goodall
The Hon. Dr. Kellie Leitch
Karine MacIndoe
Deborah Starkman
Mr. Detlef Bierbaum is a corporate director with extensive experience in the banking and financial services industry. 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. Charter is the Independent Lead Trustee of Dream Office REIT. Mr. Charter has extensive senior executive leadership and board level experience in a number of sectors including financial services, mining, real estate as well as oil and gas. He is currently focused on 3Cs Corporation, his consulting and investment firm (he has had consulting roles in the private, private equity and hedge fund sectors) and corporate directorships (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 is currently a director of three other public companies: the Chair of IAMGold Corporation, director of International Petroleum Corporation and director of Lundin Mining. He is also the Chairman of HGC Holding, a private company, which through HGC Investments is an employee-owned firm specializing in low volatility, liquid, event-driven mandates currently managing the HGC Arbitrage Fund. Mr. Charter also sits as a director of the World Gold Council. Mr. Charter’s executive leadership experience includes President and CEO of a public metallurgical coal company and the Chairman and CEO of a large national financial services company. Mr. Charter is a graduate of McGill University with degrees in Economics and Law. He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program.
Mr. Michael J. Cooper is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT. He is also the President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream and founder of DAM. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Dream Office REIT from June 2003 to May 2014. 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 President and Chief Responsible Officer. Under his leadership, the business has grown to approximately $9 billion of commercial real estate and residential development assets under management; in addition, Dream has also completed in excess of $36 billion of transactions. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Cooper is responsible for the formation of two TSX-listed real estate investment trusts: Dream Office REIT and Dream Industrial REIT and the formation of Dream Alternatives, a TSX-listed mutual fund trust focused on hard asset alternative investments. Mr. Cooper was also involved in the formation of Dream Global REIT, previously a TSX-listed real estate investment trust, the assets and subsidiaries of which were sold in 2019. 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 Industrial REIT and E-L Financial Corporation Limited.
Ms. P. Jane Gavan is the President, Asset Management of Dream and has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate industry. Ms. Gavan previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Dream Global REIT and the 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, Dream Office REIT, PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., Colliers International Group Inc., and is on the Patron’s Council for Community Living Toronto.
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 Calgary and Vancouver. Mr. Goodall is also CEO of Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation, a major non-bank lender, which has assets of approximately $700 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, Atrium Mortgage Investment Corporation 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 the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Mississippi Children’s Hospital and a Professor at the University of Mississippi School of Business. Her current pediatric orthopedic practice focuses on pediatric trauma and lower extremity reconstruction. At the Ole Miss Business School she is the lead for the new Health Innovation Program and teaches in Health Systems Management. Dr. Leitch was the Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey in the Canadian Parliament from 2011 to 2019. From 2013 – 2015 she served as the Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women within the Government of Canada. Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994 and her MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998. She completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at University of Toronto and Paediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2001 and 2002 respectively. In addition to her work as a surgeon and a professor, she is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership. She has served on the boards of the National Research Council of Canada, Genome Canada, the YMCA (GTA), CANFAR, and is the Founder of The Sandbox Project: a Canadian charity aimed at improving 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. In 2010, she received the Order of Ontario for her work advocating for children and youth.
Ms. Karine MacIndoe has 25 years of professional experience, mostly in real estate and capital markets, and six years of public board experience. She is currently also on the boards of Dream Hard Asset Alternatives Trust (“Dream Alternatives”), Killam Apartment REIT (“Killam”) and the Fred Victor charitable organization. Her sub-committee responsibilities include chairing the Audit Committee at Dream Alternatives and Dream Office REIT, chairing the Compensation Committee at Killam, being on the Audit Committee at Killam, and the Compensation Committee at Dream Office REIT. Until 2013, Ms. MacIndoe was a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at BMO Capital Markets covering Real Estate & REITs across all property types (retail, office, industrial, multi-residential, seniors housing and hotels). During her over 10-year career at BMO she was consistently ranked as a top-ranked analyst in the Brendan Wood Canadian Equity Research Survey; both for the quality of her research and strength of client relationships. Prior work experience also includes M&A Advisory at NM Rothschild & Sons, and management of sales planning at Canadian Airlines International. Ms. MacIndoe has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (graduated an Ivey Scholar) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary (graduated Honor Society).

Ms. Deborah Starkman is the Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp. Ms. Starkman was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of GMP Capital Inc. (GMP), a Canadian independent financial services firm.  Deborah oversaw finance, operations, investor relations, human resources and IT functions at the firm, including all aspects of regulatory and external financial reporting, performance measurement, risk management, liquidity and capital management and tax reporting.  In her role, Ms. Starkman was directly involved in and provided leadership in connection with many strategic and operational initiatives, including acquisitions, significant changes to accounting standards and the regulatory environment. Prior to her appointment in 2012 as CFO, Ms. Starkman was Managing Director, Finance, Head of Regulatory Reporting and Risk Management.  With over 25 years of experience in the capital markets industry, Ms. Starkman brings a deep level of knowledge and insight. Prior to joining GMP, she was Managing Director, Product Finance at the brokerage arm of a major Canadian bank.  Over the course of her career Ms. Starkman has served on several charitable as well as industry related boards and committees including the Centennial Infant and Child Care Centre, the Investment Industry Association of Canada, Toronto Financial International and the Financial and Operational Executive Committee of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Deborah has a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a BComm from the University of Windsor.  Ms. Starkman is a Chartered Professional Accountant, holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has received the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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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 three committees:

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

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Charters, Policies and Declaration of Trust

 

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’.

 

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