Jay Hamilton, BComm, CPA, CA


Jay Hamilton began his career with Canadian Urban as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Most recently Mr. Hamilton served as Acting President for Canadian Urban and was appointed by the Board of Directors to the President’s position on November 17th, 2020.

Mr. Hamilton is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. With over 22 years of experience in the financial and professional services industries, Mr. Hamilton provides a wealth of strategic, operational and business leadership to Canadian Urban.

Mr. Hamilton is the current Treasurer and Director of the University of Alberta Golden Bears Football Alumni Association.

Kurtis Ashton, BComm, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Kurtis Ashton leads Canadian Urban’s risk management, treasury, accounting, audit and compliance functions with the best-in-class stewardship that clients have come to know and trust. Kurtis has over 13 years of experience in senior financial roles involving risk management, and the execution of financial and operational strategies.

Kurtis is a Chartered Accountant (CPA-CA) and earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta. He is an avid supporter of not-for-profit and charitable organizations throughout the Edmonton area. Kurtis currently serves as a board member with Special Olympics Edmonton, the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s finance committee, the CPA Alberta Complaints Inquiry Committee, and Glory Lutheran Church.

Sean Demsky, MSc.Pl.

Senior Vice President, Investments

With over 18 years of commercial real estate experience, Sean Demsky oversees all aspects of the acquisition of new properties and disposition of existing assets. Sean manages an active real estate portfolio and leads a team of highly trained professionals.

Sean holds a Master of Science Degree in Urban and Economic Planning from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia. He is also a licensed sales representative in Ontario and an active member of NAIOP and TREB.

B. David Ward, MBA

Senior Vice President, Asset Management

David Ward brings over 22 years of experience in Asset Management and Acquisitions to his new role at Canadian Urban.  David is responsible for the asset management function of Canadian Urban, which includes responsibility for strategy, performance analysis, leasing, financing and property management. David leads the research and analysis department for Canadian Urban’s portfolio and is actively involved in the real estate acquisition program.

David has a BA in Urban Geography from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and an MBA from Western University in London, ON. David is a past President of Toronto NAIOP. In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of NAIOP Corporate in Washington DC, and later served as the Treasurer of NAIOP Corporate.

Tilda Ferguson

Vice President, Property Management

Tilda Ferguson leads the National Property Management platform at Canadian Urban. She guides a dedicated and highly experienced team located across Canada. Key services include facilities management, tenant coordination, lease administration and construction management. Tilda’s expertise is built upon over 35 years of experience across all realty asset classes.

Joel Turcotte, BComm

Assistant Vice President, Asset Management

As a member of the Asset Management team, Joel is responsible for the stewardship and performance of a commercial portfolio with an AUM of +$600M. He provides performance oversight on properties located across major Canadian markets.

Joel is fluent in French and completed his bilingual Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, majoring in Accounting and Finance.

Sorab Gill, BComm

Assistant Vice President, Asset Management

Sorab Gill is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio valued at +$300M, which includes retail, office, industrial and multi-family properties in major markets across Canada.

Sorab received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta with a concentration in Finance.  In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, the outdoors and spending time with family.

Derek Janke, CGA

Manager of Fund Reporting

Derek Janke, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from Canadian Urban’s Finance department to his new role in Investments and Asset Management.

Derek started at Canadian Urban in 2000. Over the years he has worked in a variety of roles including corporate, residential and commercial property accounting.

Derek is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where he received his Bachelor of Applied Business Administration – Accounting. In 2013, he received his CGA designation.