Mr. Bains is both the founder and President of Premise Properties, a privately held owner and developer of multi-residential, office, retail, and industrial property across select North American centres, based in Vancouver. Mr. Bains spent more than 30 years as a leading property broker with Colliers International, leaving the firm in 2011 as Executive Vice-President. Mr. Bains maintains strong relationships in local, national, and international property markets, is involved in several charitable organizations and is a speaker at industry events sponsored by the Urban Development Institute, NAIOP, the Vancouver and Toronto Real Estate Forums and the University of British Columbia, among others. Mr. Bains is also a board member of Morguard, North American Residential REIT, the Peterson Group and UBC Properties Trust.
Ms. Fitzgerald is a corporate director. Until 2022 Ms. Fitzgerald was Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary at Cineplex Inc. where she was employed for seventeen years. Ms.Fitzgerald was a key member of the senior executive team at Cineplex Inc. during a period of transformation, directing approximately $1 billion in commercial acquisitions, multiple public offerings of equity and debt securities, the conversion from an income trust to a corporation, and the unconsummated merger and resulting successful litigation with Cineworld. Ms. Fitzgerald currently serves on the Board of Directors for each of NOVA Cannabis Inc. and LifeSpeak Inc. She also volunteers her time as the Chair of Board of Outward Bound Canada. She received a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, attended the Leadership Studies program at Harvard University, and holds the ICD.D designation.
Mr. Forbes is a corporate director, serving as trustee and chair of the audit committee of the board of trustees of Flagship Communities REIT. He was trustee and chair of the audit committee of the board of trustees of Automotive Properties REIT from 2017 - 2022. Mr. Forbes was formerly the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CT Real Estate Investment Trust, serving from the inception of CT REIT in 2013 until 2018. Between 2003 and 2013, Mr. Forbes was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Forbes was Vice President, Director, and Senior Canadian Real Estate Equities Analyst of Merrill Lynch Canada. Mr. Forbes also served as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Revenue Properties Company Limited. Mr. Forbes has over 30 years of real estate and finance experience. Mr. Forbes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University. Mr. Forbes holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and completed the Chartered Director Program at the Directors College, McMaster University.
Mr. Pire, Chair of the Board, has been a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison since 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Pire spent 25 years as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for Heitman’s public real estate securities group and was an equity owner of the firm. Mr. Pire received a Master of Science-Business in real estate and a Bachelor of Business Administration, each with an emphasis in Finance, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his CFA in 1995. Mr. Pire is on the Real Estate Board of Advisors for the Applied Real Estate Investment Track at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and is a member of NAREIT and PREA. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors where he is Governance Fellow, and he is a member of Graaskamp Center Board at University of Wisconsin. Mr. Pire is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves on the board of directors of Terrafina, a Mexico-based firm that holds industrial properties.
Mr. Sullivan has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Primaris REIT since December 2021, following approximately eight years as Chief Operating Officer of Primaris Management Inc. when it was held as a subsidiary of H&R REIT. Mr. Sullivan has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, spanning brokerage, leasing, operations, asset management and leadership, including 26 years focused on enclosed shopping centres. Mr. Sullivan has directly been involved with investment activity, development, leasing, and operations of more than 50 enclosed shopping centres across Canada. Mr. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.
Deborah Weinswig is the CEO and Founder of Coresight Research since its inception in 2018. Between 2014 to early 2018, Ms. Weinswig served as Managing Director of Fung Global Retail and Technology, the think tank of The Fung Group. Previously, she was Managing Director and Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research. She serves on the board of directors for AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association), CHW Acquisition Corp, Goodwill Industries New York/New Jersey, GUESS?, Inc., Kiabi, Street Soccer USA, Xcel Brands, Inc. and Retailers United. Deborah is also on the CRC Blue Council of ULI and the North American Research Group for ICSC as well as a member of YPO. She also is an advisor to several global accelerators and startups. Deborah is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.