Skyline Apartment REIT Board of Trustees
Jason Castellan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the 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.
Roy Jason Ashdown is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Skyline Group of Companies. Jason has in-depth experience in construction and building systems. Since 1996, Jason has been an owner and manager of residential and commercial real estate. Since 1999, Jason has been devoted to managing the Skyline Group of Companies and the existing properties. He is a member of the asset management team and conducts due diligence on purchases, assesses current holdings and works closely with the Property Manager to enhance the quality and profitability of the Properties. Jason has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo.
Having been avidly immersed in the business of real estate for over 20 years, Martin has developed a deep knowledge and understanding of the industry, and brings a steadfast devotion to the long-term viability of the Skyline Group.
Martin recognizes that a fully engaged workforce is a highly productive workforce. With the Skyline Group now employing over 600 people across Canada, Martin primarily focuses on preserving and promoting the values and culture upon which Skyline was built, ensuring that as Skyline continues to reach new heights, it also remains firmly planted on the ground.
Martin holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Management Economics in Industry and Finance from the University of Guelph, and is committed to continual independent learning on all topics relevant to the success of Skyline’s customers, people, and community.
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 Commercial REIT Board of Trustees.
Robert V. Breadner is President and Owner of Breadner Trailer Sales Amalgamated, a private holding and investment company which maintains equity positions in various private businesses. A 1977 BBA graduate of Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Mr. Breadner was the former President and owner of Breadner Trailer Sales Limited, North America's Largest Transport Trailer Distributorship with dealerships across Canada, whose sales exceeded $250 million in 2000. After being awarded Ontario's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996, as well as having Breadner Trailer Sales named one of Canada's 50 best companies four years in a row, Mr. Breadner sold the business in 2001.
Edward (Ted) Perlmutter is a seasoned commercial real estate lawyer, and was a senior partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP for 25 years. With in-depth experience in leading highly complex transactions in the public and private sectors, he enjoys a reputation for developing and successfully executing innovative approaches. Mr. Perlmutter is a sought-after speaker, presenter and counsel on complex real estate issues. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.
Jeff Neumann is the broker owner of Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate in Guelph, ON. Since 1996, Mr. Neumann has developed Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate into a local industry leader, with over 50 full-time salespeople averaging over $400 million in sales per year. Mr. Neumann has been an active real estate investor in both the apartment and office sectors. His experience and breadth of knowledge in a broad range of real estate matters— including acquisitions, financing, management, development, and dispersal—leaves him uniquely positioned to serve on the Skyline Apartment REIT Board of Trustees.
Susan Taves is a Business Advisor with expertise in the areas of finance, operations, strategic thinking, and leadership. Susan was a senior partner at BDO Canada LLP until January 2016, when she concluded 30 years in public practice. As a Chartered Accountant (1987), she is sought after by companies of all sizes and industries to assess and conclude buy/sell/ownership transactions. She is on the Board of Directors at Kindred Credit Union, and has volunteered significant time over her career to Boards such as University of Waterloo Affiliated College, Habitat for Humanity, and United Way (Kitchener and London). Susan is a Corporate Director (2015), having completed the University of Toronto Rotman – ICD Directors Education Program, and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo.