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Management Team

Executive Team

Michel Léonard

President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee

Mr. Léonard is one of the founders of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Léonard possesses more than 25 years of experience in the field of commercial real estate and he has often played a fundamental role in helping numerous organizations of regional and national scale with strategic planning, analysis, renegotiation assignments and the implementation of complex relocation.

In Novembre 2004, he joined Colliers International (Québec) Inc., where he held the position of senior Vice-President until 2009. Mr. Léonard was one of the founders of Staubach Canada Inc., where he held the position of President from 1989 to November 2004.

Mr. Léonard is Chairman of the Board of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) and a former Chairman of the Board of the Fonds d’assurance professionnelle du courtage immobilier du Québec (FARCIQ).  In 2015, he  was a finalist of the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” awarded by Ernst and Young. Since September 2016, Mr. Léonard is designated ASC (Administrateur de sociétés certifié) of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés. Mr. Léonard has been a member of the Québec Bar Association since 1982.

Mr. Léonard obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in 1978 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1981, both from McGill University.

T: (514) 286-0188 ext. 228
E: mleonard@btbreit.com

Benoit Cyr, CPA, CA

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Cyr is a chartered professional accountant and he holds a MBA from HEC Montréal. He has a vast experience in the accounting and financial fields within a national accounting firm. Throughout his more than 30-year career, he has held positions such as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance and Administration, within several companies, namely, Perfectly Natural Solutions Inc., from 2005 to 2007, Unicel Architectural Inc., from 2004 to 2005, Raymark Xpert Business Systems Inc., from 2001 to 2004 and Elix Inc. from 1997 to 2001.

Mr. Cyr also acted as interim Chief Financial Officer of Saratoga Electronic Solutions Inc. (SAR) in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Cyr was a member of the firm Groupe Mallette Maheu, a national accounting and audit firm, for 19 years, eight of which as a partner.

T: (514) 286-0188 ext. 230
E: bcyr@btbreit.com

Dominic Gilbert, B.B.A.

Vice President, Leasing

Active in real estate for over 15 years, Dominic Gilbert managed office, commercial, industrial and residential properties for Canderel Management, Ivanhoe Cambridge (formerly SITQ Immobilier) and Société Immobilière Trillion, for buildings located downtown and in the suburbs of Montreal and otherwise in other cities in the Provinces of Québec and Ontario. Mr. Gilbert graduated from HEC Montreal.

Dominic is Chairman of the Board of BOMA Québec – Building Owners and Managers Association and also a member of the Board of BOMA Canada and of the Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids.

T: (514) 286-0188 ext. 239
E: dgilbert@btbreit.com

Sylvie Laporte

Vice President, Property Management

Sylvie Laporte possesses more than 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to joining BTB, Sylvie Laporte was General Manager for Simon Property Group (Premium Outlets Montreal) from March 2014 to July 2016 and Regional Property Manager – Eastern Portfolio with Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust from October 2006 to March 2014.

Ms. Laporte has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM – Québec) from 2006 to 2013.

T: (514) 286-0188 ext. 236
E: slaporte@btbreit.com

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.

Jocelyn Proteau

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,

In addition to being Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Proteau is member of BTB’s Human Resources and Governance Committees.

Jean-Pierre Janson

Vice-Chairman of the Board and Trustee

Mr. Janson has been Managing Director and Member of the Executive Committee, National Wealth Management of Richardson GMP 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, has been serving as a director of Tri Origin Exploration Ltd. since May 2004 and as a director of Midland Exploration Inc. since February 2007.  He was also a trustee of Opensky Capital from 2005 to 2008.

Mr. Janson is Vice- Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Human Resources and Governance Committees.

Luc Martin

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. In this capacity, he was responsible for all the office space of Deloitte in Canada. He was also responsible for external audit services offered to publicly traded and private companies.  From 1979 to 2002, Mr. Martin worked at Andersen, where he was a partner from 1990 to 2002. He was a partner offering external audit services to publicly traded and private companies while holding various management positions for Andersen in Canada.

Mr. Martin is a CPA and holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (1979). He is also the President of BTB’s Audit Commitee.

Fernand Perreault

President, Investment Committee and Trustee

Mr. Perreault has over 30 years of experience as a corporate director 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. He is the President of BTB’s Investment Commitee.

Lucie Ducharme

President, Human Resource and Governance Committees and Trustee

Since 2004, Mrs. Ducharme has maintained the title of 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 business administration from Université du Québec and is a certified director (ICD.D) of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mrs. Ducharme is Chairwoman of BTB’s Human Resources and Governance Committees and is a member of the Audit Commitee.

Luc Lachapelle

Corporate Secretary and Trustee

Mr. Luc Lachapelle is a corporate director and has close to 30 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.

In October 1990, he joined Bombardier Inc., where he has been Vice-President, Real Estate Services up to January 29, 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 Association since 1977.

Mr. Lachapelle is a member of BTB’s Audit Committee.

Sylvie Lachance

Trustee

Mrs. Lachance is a corporate director. From 2010 to April 2017, Mrs. Lachance was Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development for Sobeys Inc., a retail and food distribution company.

Prior to joining Sobeys Inc., she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of First Capital Reality 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 Québec Bar in 1982.  She is a certified director (ICD.D) of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mrs. Lachance is a member of BTB’s Investment Committee.

Peter Polatos

Trustee

Since April 2009, Mr. Polatos has been President of AMTB Management Inc., a firm which specializes in the acquisition, financing and management of commercial real estate.

Until March 31, 2009, Mr. Polatos was Vice President, Acquisition and Assistant Treasurer of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust. He was until September 2005 Associate Vice-President at Colliers International (Québec) Inc. From November 2001 to July 2005, he was as Vice-President, Business Development for Technoparc Saint-Laurent and from March 1996 to September 2001, he was a consultant for the National Bank of Canada. Mr. Polatos has extensive experience in real estate including with respect to the reorganization, development, management, acquisition or sale of real estate assets.

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.

Michel Léonard

Trustee

Mr. Léonard is one of the founders of BTB Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Léonard possesses more than 25 years of experience in the field of commercial real estate and he has often played a fundamental role in helping numerous organizations of regional and national scale with strategic planning, analysis, renegotiation assignments and the implementation of complex relocation.

In Novembre 2004, he joined Colliers International (Québec) Inc., where he held the position of senior Vice-President until 2009. Mr. Léonard was one of the founders of Staubach Canada Inc., where he held the position of President from 1989 to November 2004.

Mr. Léonard is Chairman of the Board of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) and a former Chairman of the Board of the Fonds d’assurance professionnelle du courtage immobilier du Québec (FARCIQ).  In 2015, he  was a finalist of the “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” awarded by Ernst and Young. Since September 2016, Mr. Léonard is designated ASC (Administrateur de sociétés certifié) of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés. Mr. Léonard has been a member of the Québec Bar Association since 1982.

Mr. Léonard obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in 1978 and a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1981, both from McGill University.