Board of Trustees
BTB has a strong Board of Trustees with a breadth of experience in all facets of commercial real estate including acquisitions, asset management, development, property management, lease administration and asset level and corporate finance.
Chairman of the Board and Trustee
Mr. Proteau is a Corporate Director whom has held senior management positions with various financial institutions.
From March 1989 to June 2001, Mr. Proteau was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Fédération des Caisses populaires Desjardins de Montréal et de l’Ouest du Québec. From 1990 to April 2005, he was a member of the board of Desjardins Venture Capital and he also acted as President of its Investment Committee from 1995 to 2005.
Mr. Proteau has acquired an extensive experience as a director of several companies within the financial, service and retail fields. Since April 2005, Mr. Proteau is a member of the board of Richelieu Hardware Ltd. and became its Chairman in January 2013. He served on the board of 20-20 Technologies Inc. from July 2002 until September 2012. From November 2002 to January 2007 he was its Chairman of the Board, and subsequently became Vice Chairman and Senior Director until 2012. Mr. Proteau was a member of the Board of Standard Life Assurance Company PLC, whose head office is located in Edinburgh, Scotland from August 2003 to May 2009. Mr. Proteau was also a director of Standard Life Insurance Company of Canada from August 2003 to May 2009, and became Chairman from January 2005 to May 2009.
Mr. Proteau also sits on several other boards, including CO2 Solutions Inc., Familiprix Inc., and École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC Montréal). Mr. Proteau is a member of the Canadian Public Accountability Board since June 2008 (CPAB-CCRC). Mr. Proteau studied Commercial Sciences at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal. In addition to being Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Proteau is member of the Human Resources and Governance Committee.
Vice-Chairman of the Board and Trustee
Mr. Janson has been Executive Vice-President of Richardson Partners Financial Limited since January 2005. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Janson has acted as Managing Director of CIBC Wood Gundy Financial Services (Québec) Inc. (Eastern Canada) and held senior management positions with Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and Midland Walwyn Inc. He is heavily involved in the financial community and has been serving as a trustee of Opensky Capital Managed Protection Income Trust Fund since February 2005, as a director of Tri Origin Exploration Ltd. since May 2004 and as a director of Midland Exploration Inc. since February 2007. Mr. Janson is a member of BTB’s Human Resources and Governance Committee.
President, Audit Committee and Trustee
Mr. Martin is a corporate director and has over 30 years of experience in the field of finance, accounting and business management. From 2002 to November 2014, Mr. Martin was a partner at Deloitte, where he held various positions including managing partner of finance and operations for Deloitte Canada. From 1979 to 2002, Mr. Martin worked at Andersen, where he assumed the role of partner from 1990 to 2002. During this time, Mr. Martin offered external audit services to publicly traded and private companies, while holding various management positions for Andersen in Canada.
President, Investment Committee and Trustee
Mr. Perreault has over 30 years of experience in the field of real estate. From 1995 to December 2009, Mr. Perreault held senior managerial positions at the Caisse de depôt et placement du Québec where he supervised real estate investments and coordinated activities of its real estate subsidiaries where he sat as Chairman of each subsidiary’s board of directors. From 1987 to 1995 Mr. Perreault was President and Chief Executive Officer of SITQ’s Real Estate group where he was instrumental in its growth, playing a key role in propelling it to the rank of leader in Quebec. He also spent several years at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Mr. Perreault studied at the University of Ottawa where he obtained a law degree.
President, Human Resource and Governance Committees and Trustee
Since 2004, Mrs. Ducharme is Executive Vice President of Groupe Petra, a company which owns an important real estate portfolio comprising office, commercial and industrial buildings mainly located in Montréal. Prior to joining Groupe Petra, she held various management positions in the real estate industry for companies such as Canadian National Railway Company, Laurentian Bank, Banque Nationale de Paris as well as in the transportation industry (international) and the legal sector. Mrs. Ducharme holds a bachelor’s degree in administration from Université du Québec. Mrs. Ducharme is an independent trustee and a member of BTB’s Audit Committee.
Corporate Secretary and Trustee
Mr. Lachapelle is a corporate director and has over 26 years of experience in the field of commercial real estate.
From February 2010 to November 2016, Mr. Lachapelle was President and Chief Executive Officer of Corlac Real Estate Inc. He joined Bombardier Inc. in October 1990, where he has been Vice-President, Real Estate Services up to January 2010.
Throughout his professional career, he has participated in all aspects of the development and redevelopment of industrial, commercial and residential projects in Canada, the United States and Europe. Before joining Bombardier Inc. Mr. Lachapelle was a partner in the law firm Pépin, Létourneau, where he specialized in the area of construction surety bonds.
Mr. Lachapelle was President of the Chamber of Commerce of Saint-Laurent in 1995. Mr. Lachapelle obtained a Master’s Degree in Real Estate in 1990 from New York University and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1975 from the University of Montréal. He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1977. Mr. Lachapelle is a member of BTB’s Audit Committee
Since 2010, Mrs. Lachance is Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development for Sobeys Inc. Prior to joining Sobeys Inc., she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of First Capital Realty Inc. She previously held senior real estate positions with both regional and national grocery retailers.
Mrs. Lachance holds a MBA from McGill University in addition to a law degree from Université Laval and was admitted to the Bar in 1982. She is a member of the Investment Committee.
Mr. Polatos is, since April 2009, President of AMTB Management Inc. a firm specialized in the acquisition, financing and management of commercial real estate. He was until March 31, 2009 Vice President, Acquisition and Assistant Treasurer of the Trust. He was until September 2005 Associate Vice-President at Colliers International (Québec) Inc. in September 2005 as an. From November 2001 to July 2005, he acted as Vice-President, Business Development for Technoparc Saint-Laurent and from March 1996 to September 2001 he acted as a consultant for the National Bank of Canada. He has extensive experience in real estate including with respect to the reorganization, development, management, acquisition or sale of real estate. Mr. Polatos obtained a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in March 1997 from Concordia University. Mr. Polatos is a member of BTB’s Investment Committee.
Mr. Léonard is one of the founders of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Léonard possesses more than 30 years of experience in the field of commercial real estate and has often played a fundamental role in helping numerous organizations of regional and national scale with strategic planning, analysis, negotiation assignments and the implementation of complex relocation. In 2015, Mr. Léonard was a finalist of the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” awarded by Ernst and Young and in 2016, he received the “Chartered Director” certification.
Mr. Léonard joined Colliers International (Québec) Inc. as senior Vice-President in November 2004. He was one of the founders of Staubach Canada Inc. and held the position of President from 1989 to November 2004. Mr. Léonard obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in 1978 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1981, both from McGill University. He has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1982. Mr. Léonard is the Chairman of the Board of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fonds d’assurance professionnelle du courtage immobilier du Québec (FARCIQ).