Our leadership team is comprised of industry and subject matter experts, each with deep experience in real estate investment, asset management and finance, and investor relations. We are passionate in our shared commitment to managing sustainable real estate portfolios which produce meaningful returns to our investors.
Jay Hamilton began his career with Canadian Urban as Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Most recently, he 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.
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.
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.
David Ward brings over 22 years of experience in Asset Management and Acquisitions to his 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 B.A. 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.
Michael leads Canadian Urban’s National Property Management platform with 25 years of property management and commercial real estate experience. Michael has a solid background in all aspects of real estate management from administration and operations to leasing and construction. Prior to joining Canadian Urban, Michael held varying roles with Oxford Properties Group, Crown Realty Partners and Colliers International.
Michael provides leadership to the Property Management Team with a focus on customer service, tenant relations, and employee engagement. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Planning from Carleton University in Ottawa and is a current member of NAIOP and BOMA Toronto.
Prior to joining Canadian Urban Limited, Stephan was a senior regional leader with Deloitte Canada. Working with business owners & executives to enhance their organization’s inherent value and operational effectiveness he also participated in a variety of mid-market merger and acquisition related transactions, liaising with both financial and strategic investors. Based in Edmonton Alberta, Stephan also served as the regional leader of Canada’s Best Managed Companies program, supporting multiple successful candidates through the program’s rigorous evaluation process.
Working closely with Canadian Urban’s senior leaders, Stephan will liaise with domestic and international prospective investors, aligning their investment priorities with the firm’s deep knowledge of Canadian real estate. Its proprietary approach to property acquisition, property management and disposition, uniquely position Canadian Urban as a strategic partner to both private and institutional investors.
Tilda Ferguson is the Vice President of Property Management responsible for the Property and Facilities Management of +/- 3.9MSF nationally. Tilda 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.
As a member of the Asset Management team, Joel is responsible for the stewardship and performance of a commercial portfolio with an AUM of over $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 is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio valued at more than $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.
With more than 25 years of property and facilities management in both the private and public sectors, Hugh provides operational support and mentorship to Canadian Urban’s field staff. Hugh also provides oversight for our firm’s health and safety compliance programs.
Zeina provides oversight for our firm’s ESG initiatives, including those related to high performance buildings, emerging clean technologies, and carbon reduction planning. Other environmentally oriented responsibilities include CO2 reduction accounting, Net Zero ‘Energy’ and Net Zero ‘Carbon’ buildings.
Martin has more than 10 years experience working with multi-sectored institutional real estate portfolios, and supports Canadian Urban’s Investments and Asset Management departments. Throughout his career, Martin’s focus has been on the underwriting and recommendation of new acquisitions across Canada and the U.S., as well as assisting in the asset management and disposition of investments within the portfolio. Martin received his Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Real Estate and Marketing from the University of British Columbia.