Simon joined Terra in 1998 and has been a certified Project Management Professional since 2003, with specialized expertise in deal origination and project delivery of social housing development. Simon is also the co-founder and Vice-President of Lu’ma Development Management as well as a partner and Director of Development of Terra Lumina Life Lease Inc.
Simon is frequently sought as a guest speaker and panelist at housing conferences, addressing topics including financing for social purpose real estate projects and innovative partnerships.
Simon graduated from Queen’s University with a BA in Urban Geography. He holds a Certificate in Real Estate Appraisal from Langara College in Vancouver and has completed professional development courses at UBC and MIT.
As Terra’s general manager, Riitta oversees Terra’s daily operations, including financial functions. Riitta works with Terra’s principals to establish organizational and financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. She works to ensure compliance for all accounting and financial reporting functions. Riitta provides direct management of the construction claims department, ensuring it runs efficiently. She helps solve financial transaction and claims-related issues, track and reconcile budget items, manage funder issues, and liaise with solicitors, funders and clients. She works with client auditors for year-end audits and CRA auditors.
Riitta is also a founding partner of Terra’s property management team. She completed the Real Estate Salesperson and Sub-Mortgage Broker’s course, and the Property Management Pre‑Licensing Course at UBC, becoming a licensed property manager. Previously, Riitta worked in criminal justice and social services.
Christian joined Terra in 2013 with extensive experience in project management, construction and property management as well as in banking and financial services. Christian’s responsibilities include participating in strategic planning, implementing strategic goals and objectives as approved by the Board of Directors, product development and improvement, marketing and sales, service delivery, staff supervision, financial control of approved budgets and corporate governance, compliance and risk management.
Previously, Christian was a Project Officer for PCI group specializing in large, mixed-use urban developments, including the residential, retail and office developments at King George Station and Marine Gateway. He provided project management and site co-ordination for the ITC Group, with projects at UBC and the Olympic Athletes Village in Vancouver. Other positions include Coordinator for COHO Management Services, the management arm of CHF BC and Maintenance Manager for the Greater Vancouver Floating Home Co-operative. Christian also spent more than 10 years at TD Bank, as, among other positions, Manager of Independent Business.
Christian completed the Construction Supervision Program and Construction Operations Program at BCIT. He received at BA in Economics and International Development from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Hugh brings over 35 years of real estate development and project finance experience. His expertise in deal assessment, financial analysis and financing structure, determining alternative deal structure options and negotiating skills to find the win/win solution for the project is key for his work on Terra’s projects, particularly those with both social purpose real estate and market components. Over his extensive career, Hugh has been involved in a wide range of real estate projects, including office buildings, condominium and rental residential projects, land subdivisions and resorts.
Hugh received his BCom degree from the University of Calgary with majors in Finance and Marketing.
Albert joined Terra in 2016 as a Development Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of projects in consultation with Terra principals and staff. Prior to joining Terra, Albert engaged in delivering market research and feasibility analysis for mixed-use and commercial projects in both the public and private sectors. Albert is an Urban Geography graduate of the University of British Columbia, where he specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and completed a post graduate diploma in Urban Land Economics.
Albert is a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, an advisory body of volunteers appointed by Vancouver City Council with a broad mandate to consider and advise Council on matters relating to the future of Vancouver. He is an active Urban Land Institute of B.C. member, serving as co-chair of the events programming committee, and also volunteers his time with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
Stephen is a principal and founder of Terra Lumina Life Lease and developed two seniors life lease projects in British Columbia prior to returning to school for his Masters of Real Estate Development from Columbia University in the City of New York. Since returning to Vancouver he has spearheaded the development of the Affordable Leasehold Homeownership model (generated from his Master’s thesis) and has been its chief architect.
Stephen has over twelve years of experience working in real estate market research and development and he holds a diploma in Marketing and Sales Management from the Sauder School of Business, a Certificate in Urban Design from SFU, and received his Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Sheila joined Terra in 2008. She has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of developing government-funded housing projects, from group homes to assisted living facilities, conception through construction, mortgage insurance to community development. Sheila held senior positions with CMHC and BC Housing in their social housing departments and ran her own consulting business.
Sheila is active in her local community as an advocate for the development of inclusive and affordable housing for all. She was integral to the formation of the first community-based housing society in Maple Ridge in 2003. For several years, she represented Maple Ridge’s community services network on the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness. Sheila was also a steering committee member for Smart Growth on the Ground’s first community consultation process in 2007.
Kelly joined Terra in 2017 with specialized skills in strategic planning, source funding, real estate finance, brokerage, design and managing a range of real estate developments as well as TI projects. Kelly has previously worked in real estate development as an architect and real estate developer in major international centres including New York City. She has been involved with the development of more than 2,000 units of housing, community spaces, hospitals, commercial buildings. Kelly has also worked with a variety of non-profit organizations.
Kelly holds an MBA and MS in Real Estate Finance and Investment from the Stern Business School of New York University. She also holds an Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and a Psychology degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kelly volunteers with several not-profit organizations including Vancouver Adaptive Snowsports (teaching children with disabilities to ski), British Columbia Mountaineering Club Trail Committee and is a founder of Surfmeimei (empowering women to take up outdoor activities).
Rob has been with Terra since 1989 in a variety of lead and supportive roles including development manager, property manager and research assistant. Rob is responsible for managing all aspects of the project development process, from feasibility to final occupancy. He brings many strengths to Terra, including quality control, client relations, project documentation, research, proposal writing, financial modeling, contract negotiation, and leadership/mentorship with other Terra development managers. Rob has also worked part time for non-profit housing societies, assisting them with development and property management activities.
Rob is very active in the volunteer sector and has sat on over 20 boards and 60 committees in the housing, environmental and arts sectors. Currently, he is President of the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Society. In 2008, he received a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in the Support for the Arts for his volunteerism. He completed two years of the Urban Land Economics Program and the Property Management Pre-Licensing Course at UBC, and graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc.
Andrew joined Terra Housing in 2019 as a development manager and is responsible for multiple social purpose projects in various stages of development. He is involved in every aspect of real estate development including origination and feasibility planning, municipal and lending approvals, design development, construction, and close-out of projects. Previously Andrew worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Vancouver for six years conducting complex appraisal assignments, including specialized experience with multi-family residential property valuations and rental development projects.
Andrew holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University. He currently sits on the Board of the First United Church Social Housing Society, a non-profit housing provider operating several buildings in the Downtown Eastside and Mt. Pleasant. He has previously volunteered with the SFU Urban Studies Alumni Council, City of Vancouver, SFU, and Urban Land Institute events.
Imelda joined Terra as a Development Manager in 2021. Trained as an Urban Planner, Imelda’s career is driven by her desire to create vibrant communities, which informs her collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to real estate development based on strong relationships with her team, clients, and stakeholder groups. Imelda has provided strategic recommendations and delivered affordable housing projects throughout Metro Vancouver and BC, assisting municipalities, non-profit clients, private landowners, and faith-based groups, among others.
Imelda holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (Urban and Regional Planning) from York University and a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science, Zoology) from the University of Toronto. She enjoys volunteering and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee on the Environment at the City of Richmond. In her spare time, Imelda would like to get back into birding and learn to golf.
Philip joined Terra Housing in 2021 as a Development Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of social purpose projects in consultation with Terra principals and staff. Prior to joining Terra Housing, Philip worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in the Lower Mainland conducting a wide range of consulting assignments for residential and commercial properties which included development sites, office buildings, multi-family, retail and industrial properties. Philip was awarded the use of the professional designation AACI, P.App (Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute) by the Appraisal Institute of Canada in 2017. He holds a Diploma in Urban Land and Economics (DULE) from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business and a Bachelor of Technology from Ryerson University. Philip also served as a board member of the South Hill Business Improvement Association
Shamir joined Terra as a development manager in 2002. He is a certified Project Management Professional who brings experience in law, construction safety, development and renovation. He has also been involved with a wide range of arts, community and charitable non-profits.
Shamir has a long history of community activity including co‑founding the Seed to Sky gardening club, volunteering as a Master Gardener with VanDusen Botanical Gardens, actively participating on the Riley Park South Cambie CityPlan Visions Steering Committee and serving on the boards of the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and the Riley Park Community Association.
He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Calgary and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria. His projects have involved complex financial and feasibility analyses, sensitive public processes, facilitation among a range of professionals and other stakeholders and a range of technical construction issues.
Ranj joined Terra in 2021 as a Development Coordinator responsible for helping manage the development and implementation of projects in consultation with Terra principals and staff. Prior to joining Terra, Ranj worked as a Project Manager working on single family homes throughout the Lower Mainland managing the entire construction process.
Ranj holds a Diploma in Urban Land Economics (DULE) and a Bachelor of Business in Real Estate (BBRE) both from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. He has also been awarded the use of the RI designation from the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia.
Nancy joined Terra in 1990. As Proposals Coordinator, she works with clients and development managers to ensure all requirements for funding proposals are written, compiled and submitted in a timely manner. As Art Director, she oversees, commissions and creates the visual requirements for Terra and updates and contributes the content for the Terra website, including photos and articles.
Nancy holds a BFA in visual art/theatre from the University of Victoria, has shown work in galleries in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Summerland and acted on stage, radio and film. She has worked and volunteered extensively in the visual arts, theatre, opera and film communities and has participated in running events to raise funds for local charities. A lifelong hockey fan, Nancy spent three seasons as an official blogger/features writer for the Vancouver Canucks.
Manuela joined Terra in 2013. She is well versed in the construction claims process, GP, Vivid and Terra’s development management processes. Manuela trains new claims staff and is the senior client and funder liaison.
Previously, Manuela worked as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant and has an extensive background in retail management. She graduated from CDI in 2005 with a Diploma in Accounting & Payroll Administration and certification as a payroll supervisor for levels I & II. Manuela is looking forward to continuing her education, ultimately achieving a CGA designation. Manuela is an avid amateur photographer and traveler.
Chris joined Terra in 2015. She is responsible for overseeing the reliable operation of Terra’s computer systems and servers and actively resolves problems and issues with computer and server systems to limit work disruptions within the company and supports Terra’s development managers with various administrative functions.
Previously, Chris worked as a Franchisee Field Representative for Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. She also owned and operated her own Rocky Mountain Store and an inkjet refill business. Chris’ background is in business management, franchisee support, accounting and retail marketing. She graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Fine Arts Certificate. Chris is an amateur photographer and woodcarver, who has a keen interest in Scandinavian arts.
Rasoul joined Terra in 2019. He provides support to the company and development managers throughout the development and construction process with a focus on supporting construction claims, budgeting, cashflows and financial reporting and other administrative aspects of projects ensuring they are successfully initiated and completed.
Rasoul brings over 10 years of extensive experience in project accounting in a wide variety of industries and projects. He has a thorough understanding of project contracts, project workflow and project finance from feasibility studies to budgeting, cost control, cashflow management, financial controls, financial and management reports. He is adept at streamlining financial processes and financial analysis. Rasoul holds an MBA degree and is pursuing his CPA designation.
Niti joined Terra in 2019 and is responsible for disseminating project information to stakeholders, developing and maintaining project deliverables under the direction of Terra’s development managers. Previously, Niti worked as an assistant manager in her co-op.
She graduated in 2019 from Georgian College with a Diploma in Business Accounting and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce. She is looking forward to continuing her education with an aim to achieve her Doctorate. Niti has developed a passion for learning languages and is currently fluent with four different languages; she loves reading books and watching movies in her spare time.
Kate is a principal and founder of Terra Lumina Life Lease which developed two seniors life lease projects in BC. She is the author of “The Magic of Life Lease: A Seniors Housing Solution for the 21st Century” and “The Future of Seniors’ Housing: Planning, Building and Operating Successful Seniors Housing Projects.” Kate has worked to grow Lumina Services to its present status as a leading Canadian provider of valuable market studies and financial feasibility analyses in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors and recommendations for turning around underperforming projects. Lumina is the only Canadian member of the Village to Village Network, the international association of virtual retirement communities.
Kate is a frequent presenter at industry events, including the BC Senior Living Association’s 2013 annual conference and the 23nd Annual John K. Friesen Conference “Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population.” Kate is also one of the founders of inSite Housing, Hospitality and Health Services Inc., a large BC based service provider in the supportive housing, assisted living and long term care industry.
Kate is a member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, the Gerontological Society of America, BC Seniors Living Association, BC Non-Profit Housing Association and the Mortgage Investment Association of B.C. She sits on the Board of Bethshan Gardens, a not-for-profit project in Cloverdale.
Maher is the Chief Operating Officer of Terra Social Purpose Real Estate and the General Manager of Terra Property Management. He is responsible for business operations, corporate finance and management, business leadership and strategy execution. He has worked in the real estate industry for over a decade gaining experience in business development and leadership, asset and property management, property acquisitions, debt financing, real estate finance and development, risk management, accounting and reporting.
Prior to joining Terra Group, Maher worked in the private sector at substantial real estate companies in roles which included VP Operations, Director of Asset Management and Director of Finance. Maher also worked in public practice providing audit, accounting and tax services to clients.
Maher holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and received his real estate trading, property management and strata management licenses from Real Estate Council of British Columbia. Maher holds a CPA,CGA designation.
Wendy is a results-oriented financial leader, with over 15 years of experience in analysis, bookkeeping and financial management for both the private and Non-Profit sectors. Wendy has been with Terra Property Management since 2007. As head of the financial department, Wendy plays a key role in the development and management of financial policies and procedures within TPM. Her focus is to ensure accuracy and timeliness of financial deliverables to our clients. In addition, Wendy plays a significant role in the business development of TPM.
Prior to TPM, Wendy held roles as a senior accountant for various accounting firms and as a Property and Mortgage Portfolio Accountant for Capital Properties Corporations in Toronto.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the Zhejiang University in China and is also a Certified Accountant, a Certified General Accountant and holds a certificate of Computerized Accounting. Wendy has been with TPM since 2007.
As Managing Broker for Terra Property Management, Kateryna is responsible for the oversight of all real estate services performed by TPM as required by the Real Estate Act of B.C. Kateryna’s extensive career in the property management field has led to a solid understand of a real estate brokerages responsibility in financial management, contract administration, ethical corporate conduct and the general protection of the public and consumers best interest.
Kateryna’s oversight of all licensed staff ensures that TPM operates at the highest level of services for our clients. Licensing includes services being offered in both Rental and Strata.
Kateryna is also a Senior Property Manager with an impressive career in the property management sector with over a decade of operational experience. Her experience in rental apartment buildings, strata management, investments suites and nonprofit housing has enhanced her knowledge and ability to provide superior property management services to TPM clients. Kateryna has been with TPM since 2008.
Julia has been with Terra Property Management Ltd. since May of 2021, bringing over 17 years of experience in property management and has spent over 9 years in the non-profit management field as a property manager. Prior to joining Terra, Ms. Lis served as a property manager for Indigenous clients. Julia’s portfolio has included non-profit societies, supportive housing, co-ops and strata. Julia is a strong, visionary and talented leader whose accomplishments are recognized by her peers and many industry clients. Her passion is property management which allows her to impact the lives of others by creating a sense of community that surpasses all expectations.
Julia has helped her clients translate their management goals and ideas into operational reality. Her results driven expertise includes evaluating, identifying, recommending, and implementing plans and solutions to improve asset performance and consistently deliver best practices to ensure optimal efficiency.
Laurel joined Terra Property Management in 2021, bringing with her a desire to connect with and give back to the community. She graduated from Capilano University with a focus on the non-profit sector and strives to strengthen community programs that support those in need. As a Property Administrator, Laurel utilizes her organization and communication skills to support clients and residents in their needs
Gaya is a passionate and conscientious individual who has experience working in property administration and has a customer focused attitude. As Property Administrator, Gaya works closely with our clients to ensure the smooth delivery of our day-to-day operational services.
Christie is an experienced professional who works as a Site Coordinator and as a Property Administrator in TPM head office. She has many years of experience working in a housing industry, both in a property management company and in a non-profit housing sector, too. She is great in marketing, administration, customer service and has strong coordinating skills.
Jo has been working in the non-profit housing sector for over 18 years. Providing one to one support for clients, Jo has developed exceptional organization and communication abilities with a deep understanding of and attention to the needs of the residents. At any given day Jo can be found working thru resident housing subsidy calculations and verifying resident income amount for purposes of determining subsidies.
Located in Fort St. John, Laura serves our client in the Northern part of BC as their onsite coordinator. Laura came to us with a legal background, 15 years in banking as well, and two years in property management. Laura manages the day-to-day operations which include maintenance coordination, administration duties, move in and out inquiries, advertising as well as the daily face-to-face with the members. Laura continually demonstrates her ability to be detail-orientated and highly organized in a fast-past environment.
Susan is a passionate accountant who dedicates herself to providing accurate and timely work to our clients. Having over two decades of property management accounting experience and with a Certificate in Business Administration – Accounting major, Susan is extremely knowledgeable and seasoned in her role as an Accounting Clerk.
Star is self-motivated and detail oriented who came to TPM to support our non-profit clients, tenants and members. Stars’ friendly demeanor and professional approach ensures our client’s and their residents feel well cared for and that their needs are being addressed.
Yuki joined TPM in 2020. With her 5+ years of accounting experience, Yuki is a knowledgeable, efficient and dependable team member of our accounting department. She is able to handle multiple tasks and brings strong analytical and problem solving skills to her role.