The Skyline Commercial REIT portfolio is comprised of professionally managed and maintained industrial real estate in strong and growing Canadian markets.
We target highly accessible assets along major transportation routes, where businesses centred on logistics and distribution want to be. Our properties are located in both major markets and secondary markets benefiting from the growth and evolution of the industrial real estate sector.
With a focus on acquiring light industrial assets, including storage and warehousing, Skyline Commercial REIT is well-positioned for growth amid the consistently rising demand for logistics space from e-commerce and distribution providers. We are proud to provide quality locations for companies of varying scales – from local community businesses, to Fortune 500 companies.
As a privately managed alternative investment product that has enjoyed historical stability and low vacancy, Skyline Commercial REIT presents an opportunity to invest in a strong and growing real estate asset class. Skyline Commercial REIT is governed by an independent board of trustees.
Board of Trustees
Frank Valeriote is a lawyer and community leader who most recently served for seven years as the Member of Parliament for Guelph, Ontario. He graduated with Honours from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s Degree in Canadian History and Economics. He went on to earn a Law Degree from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 1981. Mr. Valeriote co-founded the law firm of SmithValeriote LLP, where he served as a senior partner until his election. Mr. Valeriote has worked hard to mentor new entrepreneurs and promote investment in Guelph. He is a former board member and Chair of the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, mentoring small business owners, and has been actively engaged in numerous fundraising efforts for various Guelph philanthropic and other charitable organizations. Mr. Valeriote lives in Guelph, Ontario.
Ron Martin is currently the President and Owner, along with family members, of Bridgeland Terminals Limited, a tank truck carrier located in Elmira, Ontario. Mr. Martin also serves as a board member for the Ontario Trucking Association, and is on the Community Advisory Committee for a local chemical company. From 1994 until 2006, Mr. Martin was also a partner in an area dehydrating company that specializes in the drying of agricultural products. Mr. Martin is a lifetime resident of Elmira, Ontario.
Jonathan Halpern, CPA, CA
Jonathan Halpern, CPA, CA, is currently the President of Metropolitan Equities Limited, a privately owned family office and real estate investment company. Prior thereto, Mr. Halpern was a senior manager with an international accounting firm specializing in real estate and small business. Mr. Halpern has also served on the management committee of a national commercial flooring distributor. Mr. Halpern is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree with Distinction with the University of Manitoba. Mr. Halpern also sits on the Skyline Apartment REIT Board of Trustees.
Co-Founder and CEO, Skyline Group of Companies
Jason Castellan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Group of Companies. Since 1991, Jason has been an owner and manager of investment real estate, starting out with a student rental portfolio and gradually moving to larger apartment buildings. Since 1999, Jason has been an officer and director of 15 corporations which owned properties managed by Skyline Incorporated. He is still active in the investor relations and asset management portion of the portfolio. Jason is a graduate of both the University of Guelph and York University; he was also selected as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” and one of the forty most promising entrepreneurs by the reputable Ivey Business School in 2008.
President, Skyline Commercial Asset Management Inc.
As President of Skyline Commercial Asset Management Inc., a division of Skyline Asset Management Inc. (SAMI) that oversees Skyline Commercial REIT’s purchases, Michael provides leadership for the growth and performance of Skyline Commercial REIT.
Michael joined Skyline with experience spanning over 29 years of acquisitions, asset and property management, and corporate leadership across multiple sectors in the real estate industry. As Partner and Chief Operating Officer at a Toronto-based private equity fund manager for the previous ten years, Michael played a pivotal role in the growth of that firm, from inception to approximately $1 billion in real estate assets under management. Michael directed both the Fund acquisition and operations of the corporation, and played a key role in the development of Fund strategies.
Michael was previously President of O&Y Enterprise Property Management, Canada’s largest provider of third-party property management services, managing in excess of $8 billion in real estate assets across Canada.
Michael’s strong background in real estate operations, and his years of experience growing real estate businesses, makes him a notable asset to Skyline Group of Companies. He holds a BA Major in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Vice President, Finance, Skyline Group of Companies
Reporting to the Chief Financial Officer, Krish oversees the financial reporting and accounting functions of each of Skyline Group of Companies’ associated companies and REITs.
A Chartered Accountant with more than ten years of progressive experience across both the real estate and natural resource industries, Krish began his career as an auditor within the downtown Toronto office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), where he focused primarily on the audits of public companies concentrated in PwC’s Consumer Industrial Products and Services groups. After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation, he took on a number of leadership roles in financial reporting within various publicly listed entities. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Finance at Northview Apartment REIT, and played integral roles in both its 2015 acquisition of True North Apartment REIT, as well as its internalization of property management for 7,600 residential units in early 2016.
Krish holds an honours degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, concentrated in the areas of Accounting and Finance. In addition to his Chartered Accountant designation, he holds the designation of Chartered Professional Accountant, also obtained from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Krish is a current board member of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations.
General Counsel, Skyline Group of Companies
Karyn Sales is the General Counsel to Skyline Group of Companies. She leads the Skyline Legal Team, and is responsible for the legal aspects of all transactions (including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings) for Skyline Apartment REIT, Skyline Commercial REIT, and Skyline Retail REIT. She also provides valuable leasing, corporate, contract, and commercial advice to the various Skyline entities.
Karyn has over ten years of real estate and corporate-commercial law experience. Prior to joining Skyline as Assistant General Counsel in 2012, she worked as an associate in a national law firm for seven years, and spent two years with a boutique commercial real estate, condominium, and land development practice.
Karyn is proud to lead a team that allows Skyline to be virtually self-sufficient in the usage of legal services. Having in-house legal services results in great benefits to the Skyline organization: (1) legal services are provided in a timely manner by a team who has detailed, focused, and front-line knowledge of Skyline and its business; (2) legal costs are contained at a reasonable level, and are predictable; (3) Skyline can leverage the legal knowledge that is continually accruing (i.e. the legal portions of deal experiences are not orphaned inside law firms).
Karyn has both an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen’s University, and has been called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario since 2003.
Vice President, Skyline Asset Management Inc.
Mike Bonneveld is the Vice President of Skyline Asset Management Incorporated (“SAMI”). He leads the Skyline Acquisitions Team, and is responsible for sourcing all new acquisitions and dispositions, property due diligence, and closing investment transactions for both Skyline Apartment REIT and Skyline Commercial REIT.
Mike has over 18 years of real estate experience. He has worked with a number of Canadian investment banks in the field of real estate corporate finance, as well as public real estate companies running acquisitions. He is focused on the continued growth and expansion of the REITs’ real estate portfolios throughout both their existing communities and quality acquisitions.
Mike holds an Honours BA in Urban Development from the University of Western Ontario, and is a registered Real Estate Agent in Ontario.
President, Skyline Retail Asset Management Inc.
Gordon (Gord) is accountable for all aspects of Skyline’s growing retail real estate portfolio. He has over 26 years of experience in Canadian and international real estate markets.
Prior to joining Skyline, Gord was principal of GDREA Inc., which, with its predecessor organizations, was established in 2003 and provided real estate advisory services to investors in all asset classes, with a particular expertise in the retail real estate development sector. GDREA provided counsel on real estate investment, development management of complex mixed-use projects, market intelligence, and transactional support.
Previously, Gord was Executive Vice President at First Capital Realty Inc., and led the Central Canada group, representing over ten million square feet of retail properties and comprising over $3 billion of asset value. Gord was also Vice President, Real Estate for premier retail real estate owners, including Bank of Montreal, Canadian Tire, and Sobeys.
Gord holds membership and is active in many industry organizations, including Corenet, ICSC, and the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is also an active Board member of a not-for-profit seniors’ housing corporation.
Gord received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in the School of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Corporate Real Estate from the Corenet Global organization.
Vice President, Skyline Commercial Management Inc.
Maria directs all daily operations and business practices for Skyline Commercial Management Inc., which manages the assets within the Skyline Commercial REIT and Skyline Retail REIT portfolios, totaling millions of square feet of light industrial and retail space across hundreds of properties Canada-wide. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing, directing and managing all internal operations, including financial budgets, staffing, acquisitions/dispositions processes, and project management. She leads dozens of Skyline Commercial staff across Skyline’s corporate offices in Ontario, as well as satellite teams in London, ON; Ottawa, ON; Montreal, QC; Calgary, AB; and Edmonton, AB.
Maria began her career at Skyline in 2007 as Office Manager, simultaneously taking on HR management tasks and lending support to Skyline’s acquisitions team. As Skyline grew, Maria’s role shifted to multi-residential business operations, and subsequently to overseeing operations for Skyline’s ever-growing commercial and retail asset portfolios.
Maria is passionate about empowering her staff, and she is very involved in the training procedures of her employees, having helped to develop the various training programs that introduce all property management staff to Skyline. She recognizes the importance of staying connected with the fast-paced Canadian commercial and retail real estate industry—in fact, the busy pace of her role is one of her favourite parts of her career. Most of all, Maria takes pride in helping to provide Skyline Commercial and Retail valued tenants with well-maintained and professional places to do business.
Director of Leasing, Skyline Commercial Asset Management Inc.
As Director of Leasing for Skyline Commercial Asset Management Inc., Dominic is responsible for all commercial leasing duties within Skyline Commercial REIT, including new deals, renewals, and expansion. He oversees a commercial portfolio of approximately 750 tenants, totaling more than six million square feet of commercial space across dozens of cities in Canada. He works closely with several broker teams in markets across the country.
Dominic has been working in commercial real estate for six years. Previously, he was a broker at one of the world’s largest commercial brokerages, and specialized in Industrial Leasing and Investment Sales in the Ottawa, ON area. His responsibilities included property appraisals, vendor research, property inspections, and market forecasts.
Dominic takes a personal approach to understanding the individual needs of each tenant within Skyline’s commercial portfolio, ensuring that Skyline is providing the best possible homes for each business. With hundreds of tenants of varying business sizes and industries, Dominic fosters and maintains an ongoing client service relationship with each one.
Dominic holds a Business Degree from the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.
Regional Director, Skyline Commercial Management Inc.
As Regional Director, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing multiple territories within Skyline Commercial REIT and Skyline Retail REIT, which includes guaranteeing efficient and profitable operation of the portfolios while ensuring ongoing tenant satisfaction.
Jennifer has been working in the commercial real estate industry for 18 years in various roles as a bilingual Portfolio/Property Manager, managing commercial office and industrial space in the Ottawa, ON, Gatineau, QC, and Montreal, QC markets. Her responsibilities included property, facility and project management, budgeting, and financial analysis.
Jennifer enjoys the challenges that property management provides; in her words, every day is a new day. She believes that building strong relationships with tenants, providing superior customer service, and maintaining the portfolios to the highest standards are the keys to fostering and maintaining a positive image for Skyline in the Canadian commercial real estate industry.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Accounting from Carleton University. She also holds Real Property Administrator (R.P.A.) and Facilities Management Administrator (F.M.A.) designations from the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) of Canada.
Director of Leasing, Skyline Commercial Management Inc.
As the Director of Leasing, John is responsible for all leasing duties within Skyline Retail REIT, including new deals, renewals, and expansion. He oversees a retail portfolio of approximately ## tenants, totalling more than ## million square feet of retail space across dozens of cities in Canada, and he works closely with several broker teams in markets across the country.
John has been working in the real estate development and retail services market close to 20 years. Previously, he was a Senior Real Estate Advisor for one of the largest bulk retail wholesalers in Canada and has worked with many large scale retail developers. His responsibilities included plotting future market growth, initializing the development from planning and design, negotiations, openings, and retrofits of existing properties.
John holds an Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) designation.
Business Operations Manager, Skyline Commercial Management Inc.
Sonya oversees the operations and internal administration for the Skyline Commercial REIT and Skyline Retail REIT portfolios. She leads a robust team of Property Administrators with the objective of providing exceptional service and support to Skyline Commercial’s on-site field staff.
Sonya joined Skyline in ____ as a Portfolio Manager for Skyline Commercial. With more than 12 years of industry experience managing both residential and commercial properties, she has a refined customer service philosophy centred on providing second-to-none service to both her staff and external clients. Her commitment to building a team that provides high-level service, while living the Skyline values, has created a strong foundation of support among team members, and increased tenant satisfaction.
Sonya holds a diploma in Business Administration, Management Studies from Conestoga College. She is currently working toward her Real Property Administrator (RPA) certification from the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) of Canada.
Divisional Controller, Skyline Commercial Management Inc.
As Divisional Controller for Skyline Commercial Management Inc., James is responsible for the organization and management of the daily and ongoing financial and accounting functions of Skyline Commercial REIT and Skyline Retail REIT, including monthly, quarterly, and year-end accounting cycles.
James has over 15 years of professional accounting experience between public practice and private industry. He has previously held senior financial positions with Ontario’s largest foundation and shoring contractor, and a well-known home renovator. His responsibilities included operational and management reporting, external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, and various other facets of financial planning, reporting, and management.
James takes a keen interest in the needs of his stakeholders and works hard to understand how the information is being used to make business decisions. This needs-based analysis allows him to pull the correct data and customize reports to deliver an impactful analysis. From weekly operational and key performance indicator reporting, to annual external financial reports, James’ needs-based approach allows him to consistently meet the changing needs of the Skyline business.
James obtained an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University in 2006 and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in 2008. He obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2014. James has a strong commitment to continuing professional development and has completed several courses and certificates during his career.