Trustees

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Kelly Marshall
Chairman

Since November 1, 2017, Mr. Marshall has been Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (“OMERS”) where he leads the growth of the pension fund’s strategic partnerships, including its relationships with third-party organizations, co-investors and other finance partners. Prior to joining OMERS, Mr. Marshall served as Managing Partner, Corporate Finance at Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (“Brookfield Management”) where he was responsible for the global corporate finance activities and  oversaw all financings in each core region and business line. Throughout his 16 years with Brookfield Management, he had completed in excess of US$100 billion in debt and equity transactions. Those transactions involved corporate and asset level issuances in North and South America, Europe, UK, Australia and India for all of Brookfield Management’s real estate, renewable power and infrastructure businesses.

Mr. Marshall has over 25 years of finance experience, which was initially developed working for Olympia and York Developments Ltd. at Canary Wharf. This was followed by periods of employment with Citibank, in its real estate asset management group, and then two prominent U.S.-based real estate finance investment companies, Fortress Investment Group and Lonestar Opportunity Fund.

Mr. Marshall graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours degree in Business Administration.

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Peter Aghar

Mr. Aghar is the founder and President of Crux Capital Corporation (“Crux”), a value-add real estate investor, developer and venture capital investor active across Canada.  Since 2013, Crux and its partners have purchased over three million square feet of commercial property and are participating in over one million square feet of development. Mr. Aghar has a successful 20+ year track record as an opportunistic value investor on an institutional scale, having been responsible for more than one hundred real estate transactions totaling over $10 billion in value.  Transactions have consisted of investments in Canada, the United States and internationally, including equity investments, developments, joint ventures, structured and mezzanine debt, open and closed end private equity funds as well as the privatization and launch of several public entities. Mr. Aghar was formerly President and Chief Investment Officer of KingSett Capital and a Managing Director of Institutional Accounts at GE Capital Real Estate.

Mr. Aghar is a board member in a variety of companies and investment funds as well a member of the Young President Organization.  He is a CPA, CMA and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with an Honors Mathematics Degree.

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Remco Daal

Mr. Daal has been President of Canadian Real Estate for QuadReal Property Group since its establishment in June 2016, responsible for QuadReal’s domestic operations, including investment, development, and the management operation of the Canadian property portfolio. QuadReal is a global real estate company owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, and has managed assets valued at over $18 billion.

From 2000 to 2016, Mr. Daal worked at Bentall Kennedy Group, one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisors and Canada’s largest property manager, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2016. Prior to joining Bentall Kennedy, Mr. Daal held senior positions with CIBC Development Corporation and a private Toronto-based development company. Mr. Daal has over 25 years of experience in the real estate sector.

Mr. Daal currently serves on the board of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities Inc. as well as the Faculty Advisory Board of UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

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Kevan Gorrie
President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gorrie joined Granite REIT as President and Chief Executive Officer on August 1, 2018. With over 20 years of corporate real estate experience in Canada, the United States and Germany, Mr. Gorrie most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust (TSX: AAR.UN) where he successfully grew and led the business until its strategic sale to Blackstone Property Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge for approximately $3.8 billion, in May, 2018.

Prior to joining PIRET, Mr. Gorrie led the industrial business for Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of a major Canadian pension fund, where he built a platform comprising 13 million square feet of income producing properties and development projects across major Canadian industrial markets, encompassing acquisition, asset management, leasing, operations and development.

Mr. Gorrie is an honours graduate of the civil engineering program at the University of Toronto and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). Mr. Gorrie is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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Fern Grodner

With over 25 years of corporate real estate experience, Ms. Grodner joined Amazon.com, Inc. in 2014, where she serves as Senior Manager, Global Real Estate and Facilities, responsible for large, complex real estate transactions in the Americas. To date, Ms. Grodner has managed transactions for Amazon totaling in excess of US$4 billion. Her expertise also extends to strategic planning, design, and construction of corporate space.

Prior to joining Amazon, Ms. Grodner spent seven years with JDS Uniphase Corporation overseeing all real estate aspects of an international portfolio of office and manufacturing sites, thereby developing an expertise in global real estate management. From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Grodner served as Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, at Wachovia Corporation, responsible for the growth of Wachovia Securities locations in the Western United States. During the early 2000 tech boom, Ms. Grodner served as Director of Real Estate for Relera, Inc. with a focus on colocation data centers. Ms. Grodner began her career with Bank of America Corporation, Corporate Real Estate, where during her seven-year tenure she was responsible for site selection, transactions, design, and construction for the bank’s portfolio.

Ms. Grodner holds a Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) and Senior Leader Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) designations from CoreNet Global, an international non-profit corporate real estate association for executives who manage the real estate assets of large corporations. She also served on the CoreNet Global Bay Area Chapter board for four years.

 Ms. Grodner graduated from Indiana University with Honors with a degree in Psychology.

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Al Mawani

Mr. Mawani is currently a Principal of Exponent Capital Partners Inc., a private equity investor and real estate advisory firm. Mr. Mawani has over 35 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. His 15year csuite experience includes: 11 years as EVP & CFO of then TSXlisted Oxford Properties Group from 1989 to 2001, President & CEO of TSXlisted Calloway/ Smart REIT during 2011 to 2013, and President & CEO of privatelyowned Rodenbury Investments during 2015 and 2016. He was an executive at a private equity investment firm during 2002 to 2004.

He has served on many TSXlisted boards since 2002 including serving as chair of Audit Committees and Governance & Compensation Committees.
Mr. Mawani has also been a director of Extendicare Inc. since December 2017 and a director of First Capital Realty Inc. since May 2018.

Mr. Mawani is a CPA and CA and has a Master of Business Administration from University of Toronto and a Masters in Law from York University.

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Gerald Miller

Mr. Miller was Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (“West Fraser”) from January 2009 until his retirement in July 2011. Mr. Miller has been a director of West Fraser since April 2012. From February 2007 to December 2008, Mr. Miller’s principal occupation was Executive Vice President, Operations of West Fraser. Prior to that, since 1986, Mr. Miller held several other senior finance, administration and operations offices at West Fraser, including Vice‑President, Corporate Controller; Vice‑President, Administration; and Executive Vice‑President, Pulp and Paper.

Mr. Miller is an experienced CPA, CA and has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada for over 30 years. Prior to joining West Fraser in 1986, he was a Senior Audit and Tax Manager with one of the major Canadian Chartered Professional Accounting firms.

Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.

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Sheila A. Murray

Ms. Murray is the former President of CI Financial Corp., a position she held from 2016-2019. Previously, she had been Executive Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary since 2008, following a 25-year career at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where she practised securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate reorganizations. Ms. Murray played a key role in directing the operations and setting corporate strategy for CI Financial Corp. and its operating companies, including CI Investments Inc. and Assante Wealth Management. Her role included leading CI’s mentoring program, which fosters the advancement of high-potential female employees.

Ms. Murray is Chair of the Dean’s Council at Queen’s University Law School, and has taught Securities Regulation and Corporate Finance at the University of Toronto’s Global Professional LLM in Business Law Program for several years.

Ms. Murray is a member of the Board of Directors of Teck Resources Limited, Lendified Holdings Inc., and the SickKids Foundation, a trustee of the Toronto Symphony Foundation, and has been a director of a number of other private and public companies.

Ms. Murray received her B.Comm. and LLB degrees from Queen’s University.

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Jennifer Warren

Since December 2018, Jennifer Warren serves as the Head of U.S. Issuer Services at Computershare. Previously, Ms. Warren was Managing Director and Head, U.S. Region and President and CEO of CIBC World Markets Corp. for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) from 2013 to 2017 responsible for all business and governance functions of CIBC’s operating business in the U.S. Prior to this role, Ms. Warren was Senior VicePresident, General Counsel (Canada) for CIBC from 2006 to 2013, responsible for the Canadian legal team of CIBC, as well as the Privacy and Ombudsman Office and the global documentation team. She managed a 100person team who provided a comprehensive range of legal services to the bank’s main businesses: CIBC Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management, and Wholesale Banking.

Ms. Warren began her career in 1990 as a corporate/commercial lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. In 1996, she joined Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI), the parent company of the Rogers group of companies. Ms. Warren became VicePresident, Assistant General Counsel of RCI in 2000 and became the senior legal advisor to, and a member of, the senior management team of Rogers Cable Inc. (an RCI subsidiary), as well as, a key member of the RCI corporate team responsible for acquisitions, divestitures, financings, strategic alliances, outsourcings and private investments.

Ms. Warren holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.