Current Opportunities

Senior Vice President, Multi-Residential

GWL Realty Advisors is a leading Canadian real estate investment advisor providing comprehensive asset management, property management, development, portfolio management and specialized real estate advisory services to pension funds and institutional and retail clients. As a trusted real estate investment advisor, we are known for strong corporate governance, stewardship of clients’ assets and a commitment to outstanding customer service. We have earned and maintained the trust of our clients by helping them reach their investment goals. GWL Realty Advisors seeks to deliver strong returns for its investors in order to remain the trusted partner for real estate advice and services.

GWL Realty Advisors is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Great-West Life Assurance Company.

At GWL Realty Advisors, trust, accountability and recognition are the cornerstones that have created our unique and rewarding high-performance culture.

Thank you for your interest in joining the GWL Realty Advisors team. Successful candidates whose skills and interests fit the opportunity will be contacted.

Position Overview:
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Senior Vice President, Multi-Family Residential will have full P&L responsibility.   He/she will lead a national team of approximately 200 employees and will be fully accountable for the strategic direction and growth of GWLRA’s Multi-Family Residential division, including the wholly owned property management subsidiary, Vertica Resident Services. 

Specific responsibilities include:

• Develop and execute the strategic plan, annual business plan and budget for the multi-family  asset class; Annual business plans and budgets would be influenced by strategic considerations, client objectives and market dynamics
• Be a key advisor for clients in the multi-family asset class and participate in client meetings and their strategic planning sessions as required
• Mentor and develop leaders within the multi-family team
• Support the Investments and Development Teams, by identifying, sourcing and assisting with the due diligence of new multi-family investment opportunities in either new development or creating value add with existing product
• Prepare Investment Committee submissions and Board summaries
• Constantly monitor market information with respect to the residential market demands in North America and work to incorporate the best of these ideas into business and development plans; an understanding of real estate in a mixed use context would also be valuable.
• Maintain a strong network with industry professionals
• In addition to specific functional responsibilities, the candidate will play a key role as part of GWLRA’s Executive Leadership team establishing and implementing corporate goals and strategies

Year One Critical Success Factors will include the following:

• Evaluated and implemented the appropriate changes to the existing business model to ensure a dynamic, forward looking growth strategy for multi-family residential
• Raised the profile of the multi-family residential segment internally and outside of GWLRA
• Developed and sustained strong client relationships
• Established him/herself as an effective and valued member of the executive team


• Bachelors or Masters (desirable) degree in Business Administration or related area; or relevant experience
• 15 plus years of experience in multi-family and/or commercial asset investment and/or development in Canada.
• Previous P&L responsibilities of a comparable business unit/division.
• Broad background in asset management, property management, investment/acquisitions, development and operations including knowledge of joint venture models preferred.
• Experience in successfully achieving high-growth objectives.
• Previous experience as a member of an executive or senior management team.
• Exceptional leadership and people management skills and demonstrated respect from peers, clients and competitors.
• Experience leading major change initiatives within an organization.
• Service industry experience is an asset.
• Exposure to the US multi-family market is an asset.
• Condo or multi-family development experience is an asset.

Location:Toronto, ON
Date Posted: 4/25/2013
Job Type: Permanent