Skyline Retail 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.
Wayne Byrd, Chief Financial Officer of the Skyline Group of Companies, is dedicated to the responsible financial performance of Skyline and all of its associated real estate assets. With over 17 years in private sector finance, Wayne’s proven business experience and insight make him an integral leader within the ownership group as it vigorously pursues its vision for growth.
Wayne’s financial expertise and commitment to Skyline’s vision result in a balanced approach to managing fiscal obligations and operational responsibility. He understands and appreciates the challenges facing today’s business, and the changing role of the Chief Financial Officer. His unique blend of analytical and leadership skills are fundamental to leading Skyline’s operations and growth beyond the numbers.
Wayne holds an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and a Certified Management Accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.
Donald Biback has more than 35 years' experience in the real estate sector. Mr. Biback worked at Cadillac Fairview Corporation in a variety of executive positions over a period of more than 18 years, including Executive V.P. Development and Chief Operating Officer. In 1997, he was appointed President of First Professional Management Inc., and he co-founded Beacon Group Real Estate Services, a development and asset management consulting firm in 1998 and Slate Properties Inc., a private equity real estate investment firm in 2005. He currently partners with Glengate in private equity real estate investment and development.
Mr. Biback holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies (Urban Planning) from York University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has sat on numerous Boards and Committees, including Cadillac Fairview, International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and the Disciplinary Committee of the Ontario Planning Association, and was founding President of Williams Landing Cottage Association. He was until recently a Trustee, Director and Chair of the Board of KEYreit (formally Scotts).
George Schott has more than 35 years experience in the Real Estate sector, most recently as President and COO of Morguard Investment Limited. In prior years, he was the former founder, Chairman and CEO of Osmington Inc., and former President and CEO of Redcliff Realty. He also held a variety of senior management positions with Bramalea, Oxford, and Markborough. Mr. Schott has been a director of EllisDon since 2003, and was also a former director of Key REIT, as well as a former advisor to 20 Vic Management and the former Chairman of the investment committee of Aurion Capital.
Andrew Alcock has more than 21 years’ experience in the real estate sector. For over five years, Mr. Alcock has been Director, Real Estate Investments for OPSEU Pension Trust (“OPTrust”), which invests and manages one of Canada’s largest pension plans. Mr. Alcock sits on the Advisory Board for numerous real estate investment funds, both in Canada and internationally. Prior to joining OPTrust, Mr. Alcock spent 15 years in a variety of positions at Oxford Properties Group (“Oxford”), most recently as Director of Asset Management overseeing Oxford’s retail portfolio. Prior to joining Oxford, Mr. Alcock spent two years at KPMG.
Mr. Alcock holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Perry Katz has almost 25 years of experience practicing law in the real estate sector in Canada. He is presently a senior partner at Miller Thomson LLP, and is involved in high-profile transactions focusing on the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate. He has also acted for a number of REITs and income funds. He is called to the bar in Ontario, Quebec, New York and Massachusetts, and is ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading expert in Commercial Leasing and Real Estate Law. Mr. Katz’s clients include some of Canada’s leading retailers, investors and developers.