CEO, Co-founder and Director
As Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Venterra, John is responsible for the overall management and growth of Venterra. In addition to his broader responsibilities, he invests considerable time developing Venterra’s conservative macroeconomic views; and ensuring that Venterra’s financial transactional activities are consistent with these views, to deliver the highest possible risk-adjusted return for its investors.
John has held senior executive positions in several technology companies, focusing on supply chain and customer relationship management. He also held senior management positions in transportation, consumer product industries, and investment banking, where he was responsible for valuations, mergers, and acquisitions. John has been recognized as a national ‘Top 40 Under 40’ award winner and as a top 100-impact executive by B2B Magazine. He is a former board member of Salt + Light Television and former member of YPO Upper Canada. John is currently the Chapter Chair of WPO Ontario and has held positions of Education Chair and Vice Chair. He is also a current member of the Chief Executive Organization.
John holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Chairman, Co-founder and Director
Andrew’s oversight includes strategic direction for the company, corporate governance, investor relationships, and approving all executional components of acquisitions, divestitures, and refinancings. He also oversees the continued build-out of Venterra’s advanced management and operational information systems; developing and deploying sophisticated mathematical optimization models to drive superior operating results.
Andrew’s extensive experience includes executive management of several software and technology development companies, as well as automotive engineering and operations management. Andrew is Chairman of Spring Rains, an organization that provides entrepreneurs in developing nations access to capital and training.
Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and TH Karlsruhe (Germany).
Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined Venterra in November 2002. Since that time, Richard has taken on successively increasing responsibility and now oversees all ongoing property operations. His focus on operational excellence ensures that Venterra’s portfolio achieves its full financial potential. He has conceived and executed numerous industry-leading operating initiatives which have established Venterra as a top tier operator in the multi-family industry. Some notable achievements include, Venterra being recognized by Fortune Magazine as a Top 100 Best Medium Workplaces and by Glassdoor.com as a Best Medium Companies to Work For. In addition, Venterra has outperformed all public Multi-family REIT on the key NOI growth performance metric over the past 5 years while producing industry leading customer experience ratings. Richard is a member of the Investment Committee and more recently, has taken a lead role in new product development, including Land Development and Retail Operations.
Prior to joining Venterra, Richard held a senior financial position with a technology focused sales and marketing solution provider for the Real Estate Development Industry. Prior to that, Richard was a manager in the corporate finance group at BDO Dunwoody LP, focusing on business valuations and acquisition due diligence.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Accounting with First Class Honors from Brock University and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA).
Calvin joined Venterra in June 2004 as Assistant Controller, progressively taking on increasingly senior roles. As Vice President of Finance, he directs all capital market activities including accounting, financial reporting, treasury, taxation and investor relations. He fills an instrumental role in executing our corporate and investor governance practices and is the primary interface for day-to-day communications with our Limited Partners and Institutional Investors.
Before joining Venterra, Calvin was a manager in the Audit and Assurance group of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where his client base was primarily focused on commercial, retail and public sector real estate.
Calvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA).
Executive Vice President, Acquisitions/Underwriting Team
Dror is responsible for the successful acquisition of assets for Venterra’s growing portfolio of quality investments. As Executive Vice President of the Acquisitions/Underwriting team, Dror’s scope includes the identification, underwriting and financing of target assets. Under his leadership, the team is also charged with identifying good prospects for follow on financing and strategic sales of assets. Dror brings broad real estate experience to Venterra. His prior roles include work with Bank of America Securities Real Estate Investment Banking group, CFO of a Multi-Family investment fund and Director of Capital Markets for a private equity fund focused on the Multi-Family industry.
Dror holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas and a dual degree in Economics and Government Studies from Claremont McKenna College, California.