Our Team

Hopewell's growth is attributed to the consistent leadership and guidance of its experienced executive team and industry leaders, benefiting from the stability and expertise they provide in their respective fields. As Hopewell grows, maintaining a focus on leadership development and staying attuned to industry trends will be key for continued success.

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Kevin Pshebniski

Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Pshebniski

Kevin Pshebniski

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of Hopewell Development, Kevin oversees all aspects of the corporate vision and development strategy.

In January 1996, Kevin joined the Hopewell Group of Companies as the Vice President and in the fall of 1997 he moved into the role as President. In 2013 Kevin became the CEO.

Under Kevin’s leadership, HD has grown in its North American status and received numerous awards. Prior to joining Hopewell, Kevin practiced law in Winnipeg and Calgary specializing in real estate development, leasing and financing.

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Murray DeGirolamo

President
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Murray DeGirolamo

President

Promoted to President of Hopewell Development in 2016, Murray’s role has been to oversee all of Hopewell’s acquisitions and dispositions across Canada for both the industrial and retail divisions, as well as assisting in the business development with potential investors, clients, brokers and current partners.

Murray joined Hopewell Development in 2005 as Vice President, Industrial Western Canada where his role was primarily the acquisitions, planning, marketing and leasing of Hopewell’s industrial development portfolio, including all existing and all new industrial projects located in Western Canada. Murray still oversees all functions, including leasing, for the industrial group in Western Canada.

Before joining Hopewell, Murray spent 7 years at the Colliers Vancouver offices where as a top ranking industrial broker was involved in a variety of transactions including land, building and investment sales, leasing and build-to-suit projects. Prior to joining Colliers in 1998, Murray Spent 8 years in the Vancouver industrial market at CB Richard Ellis Limited.

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Blair Rafoss

Chief Operating Officer
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Blair Rafoss

Chief Operating Officer

Blair’s role as COO includes assisting and overseeing the overall day to day operations of the Calgary office functions, assist in managing the execution and coordination of the overall corporate acquisition and dispositions, and to assist in the overall ongoing business plan and strategic corporate initiatives. Blair’s role also includes overseeing certain aspects of Hopewell’s accounting and reporting functions.

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David Loo, CPA, CA

Executive Vice President, Finance
David Loo

David Loo, CPA, CA

Executive Vice President, Finance

As Executive Vice President - Finance, David works with financial institutions to originate and structure optimal financing for retail and industrial development projects across the Hopewell Development portfolio. In addition to overseeing the finance and accounting functions, he is responsible for providing detailed financial analysis of business operations, assisting in the execution of corporate transactions, as well as cash flow budgeting and forecasting. 

David joined Hopewell Development in 2011 as its Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President, Finance in 2018 and Executive Vice President, Finance in 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, School of Business and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

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Don Larke

Senior Vice President, Development
Don Larke

Don Larke

Senior Vice President, Development

Don manages the Development arm of Hopewell. From site acquisition through planning, permitting, site work and construction, Don’s role is to guide our development projects through to completion. With a Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree from Queen’s University and over 20 years of development experience, Don plays a vital role in the success of our development projects.

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Laynie Hicks

Senior Vice President, Hopewell Real Estate Services
Laynie Hicks

Laynie Hicks

Senior Vice President, Hopewell Real Estate Services

As Senior Vice President of Hopewell Real Estate Services, Laynie oversees the day-to-day operations of all property and asset management activities. Laynie has held leadership positions with three institutional landlords and an international brokerage firm, bringing nearly 25 years experience in the real estate industry that covers all facets of commercial property and asset management.

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Phil Brown

Vice President Acquisitions and Leasing, Industrial
Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Vice President Acquisitions and Leasing, Industrial

As Vice President Acquisitions and Leasing - Industrial, Phil’s primary responsibility is to oversee and assist with the growth of Hopewell Development’s Western Canada & US industrial portfolio. Phil and his team also manage and execute the leasing strategy for all development and income assets in these markets.  Phil brings nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, with the majority of that focused on industrial assets.  Prior to joining Hopewell in 2018, he gained valuable experience with a national developer, two institutional landlords and a national brokerage firm.

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Justin LeMaster

Vice President, U.S. Industrial
Justin Lemaster

Justin LeMaster

Vice President, U.S. Industrial

As Vice President of US Industrial, Justin manages the continuation of our US growth plan in Arizona and utilizes his experience to expand our portfolio in new markets across the US. Justin has detailed knowledge of the industry and is a major asset to our team, with 10 million square feet of transactions completed.

Prior to joining Hopewell, Justin was the Vice President of Industrial Leasing and Development for Liberty Property Trust, overseeing the leasing of Liberty’s 2.8 million square foot existing portfolio and was also responsible for Liberty’s ongoing development and pursuit of new growth opportunities in Arizona. Previous to Liberty, Justin was a Director with Cushman & Wakefield specializing in the sale and leasing of industrial properties and land in Metro Phoenix.

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Derek Fox

Vice President, Construction
Derek Fox

Derek Fox

Vice President, Construction

Derek joined Hopewell in April of 2016 as a Project Manager, was promoted to Director of Construction in 2021 and recently Vice President, Construction at the beginning of 2023.  Derek manages the construction team across the country, overseeing the Project Management team and construction staff to ensure execution of all project scope, development planning, permitting and construction of Industrial and Commercial projects from start to finish. With a focus on general contracting activities, hiring subtrades and coordinating key scopes of the project rollout, Derek has an excellent ability to work with financial partners, tenants, clients, and owner groups.

With a Bachelor of Architecture and Planning degree from the University of the West of England in the UK and over 15 years of design, construction and development experience, Derek plays a key role in the execution of our projects.

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Patricia Cayen

Senior Director, Leasing
Patricia Cayen

Patricia Cayen

Senior Director, Leasing

Patricia oversees and assists with the successful execution of the leasing strategy and leasing across all markets and asset classes.  Patricia directly manages the leasing of the company’s industrial portfolio and build to suit projects in Alberta and British Columbia. Patricia works closely with our development partners on the overall leasing strategy of the developments and with local brokerage communities in every market. Patricia has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry working in various sectors of the market including mortgage underwriting, property management and industrial leasing. Patricia joined Hopewell in 2001.

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David Dickson

Director, U.S. Industrial
David Dickson

David Dickson

Director, U.S. Industrial

David Dickson joined Hopewell Development in 2023 as Director of U.S. Industrial.  In this role, he is primarily responsible for leasing the firm’s growing U.S. industrial footprint that includes existing and planned projects in excess of 5.5 million square feet.

Prior to joining Hopewell, David served as Director of Development for Wentworth Property Company focusing on acquisitions, financial analysis, due diligence, entitlements, leasing, and design coordination.

David's educational background includes a BS degree in Finance from the University of Arizona, complemented by a Master of Architecture and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He is an active member of NAIOP and a dedicated life member of Executive Council Charities.

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Justin Leon

Director, Industrial - Eastern Canada
Justin Leon

Justin Leon

Director, Industrial - Eastern Canada

As the Director of Industrial in Eastern Canada, Justin plays a pivotal role with primary responsibilities encompassing the sourcing and underwriting of new development and income-producing investment opportunities. He actively manages development and leasing activities and is dedicated to fostering and maintaining strong relationships with both existing and potential partners and brokers.

Justin brings a wealth of experience, boasting six years in commercial real estate with expertise in financial underwriting, development, and asset management across diverse asset classes.

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Danielle Chabot

Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services
Danielle Chabot

Danielle Chabot

Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services

In her role as Director at Hopewell Real Estate Services, Danielle is dedicated to closely collaborating with third-party property owners to meet their distinct needs and objectives. With a strong foundation in economics and real estate, she has gained valuable experience at CMHC and Altus Group, specializing in property tax and economic advisory practices. Danielle's 20 years of experience brings a blend of leadership and asset valuation to the team.

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Devon Hutt

National Director, Property Management

Devon Hutt

National Director, Property Management

Devon recently joined Hopewell from Choice Properties REIT and has managed many different aspects of commercial real estate. From office to enclosed shopping centres, to open air strip retail, Devon has a breadth of knowledge and experience dealing with Portfolios over different regions in Canada. His leadership style has fostered collaboration and growth amongst his teams in offices across Western Canada.

As Associate Vice President of Property Management at Choice, Devon held a crucial leadership role in Western Canada. He was responsible for 14 million sf of assets, executing the strategic plans for the Region. Devon previously held leadership roles at Primaris, 20 Vic Management and Harvard Property Management.

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David Burt

Director, Property Management Accounting
David Burt

David Burt

Director, Property Management Accounting

David, a seasoned professional, joined Hopewell Real Estate Services in 2021 as a consultant. Impressed by the company's culture and the opportunity to contribute to the growth of a premier real estate services team, he transitioned to a permanent role as Director of Property Management Accounting.

Throughout his career, David has held key positions such as Controller and Vice-President of Finance at various esteemed organizations, including Tonko Realty Advisors, Menkes Developments, Burnac Leaseholds, Caruscan Corporation, and Triovest Realty Advisors. His expertise lies in client-reporting and audit management, catering to pension fund clients, private wealth clients, and owner-managed properties. David has a wealth of experience in overseeing and reporting on diverse property types, including office towers, industrial parks, shopping centers, and retail strip centers.

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Peter Whitehead

Associate Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services
Peter Whitehead

Peter Whitehead

Associate Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services

As Operations Director for Hopewell Real Estate Services, Peter oversees all aspects of the operations teams in our Canadian offices. These responsibilities include health and safety for the operations teams, tenant portal management, preventative maintenance scheduling and performance, capital projects oversight, assistance with property management teams for landlords work projects and tenant improvements. Peter joined Hopewell as Associate Director of Property Management In 2022.

Before joining HRES Peter spent 18 years at the Calgary office of Manulife Investment Management. Peter’s responsibilities included leasing the Calgary portfolio from 2004 to 2013. Peter shifted to oversee property management responsibilities in 2013 at Manulife. This included internal project management of 707 5th Street, a 550,000 square foot new development and home for PetroChina Canada. This project was completed on time and within approved budget in 2017. During this period Manulife’s portfolio grew to over 3 million square feet with over 200 tenants. Prior to Joining Manulife Peter worked with Yale Properties in Calgary.

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Jaime Hudson

Associate Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services
Jaime Hudson

Jaime Hudson

Associate Director, Hopewell Real Estate Services

Jaime joined Hopewell Real Estate Services in 2023 as Associate Director, with a focus on delivering high quality client services.   She brings 14 years of diverse industry experience working with assets across Canada and western USA, in all facets of real estate management.  Jaime is responsible for developing and overseeing strategies to optimize asset and portfolio returns and maximize value according to each client’s investment goals.

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Mark Radostits

Director, Asset Management
Mark Radostits

Mark Radostits

Director, Asset Management

As Director of Asset Management, Mark oversees the strategic direction of a growing portfolio of industrial, office and retail properties which exceed $1B in asset value. In addition to overseeing the asset management function, Mark is actively involved in the underwriting and ongoing financial management of Hopewell’s development projects across North America.

Mark joined Hopewell in 2018 as a Financial Analyst and was promoted to Manager, Financial Analysis in 2021 and Director, Asset Management in 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta, School of Business and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.

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Arya Beheshti

Director, Eastern Construction
Arya Beheshti

Arya Beheshti

Director, Eastern Construction

Arya joined Hopewell in 2022 as Director of Construction for the Eastern Canada portfolio, having most recently worked at GWL Realty Advisors as their Director of Construction. Prior to that, he played key roles in the growth of Choice Properties REIT and SmartCentres during their busiest years. Arya’s construction experience ranges through all asset classes and his passion for development make him a great fit for the Hopewell team as they continue to grow in the Ontario market.
With an undergraduate and graduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and over 15 years of real estate experience, Arya is an integral member of the Toronto team.

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Jamie Wiebe

Director, Western Construction
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Jamie Wiebe

Director, Western Construction

Jamie started with Hopewell in the spring of 2001 as an apprentice carpenter gaining experience in our Calgary portfolio and working his way towards his Red Seal designation while becoming a seasoned Site Manager. In 2010, Jamie helped launch our general contracting operations in Edmonton, breaking ground on Horizon Business Park and Cornerstone Business Park.  In 2012, Jamie took advantage of an opportunity to run his own business in sales of agricultural and commercial buildings with Goodon Industries, ultimately adding construction into his role with the company. When we began preparations in late 2016 to begin general contracting operations in Winnipeg, Jamie re-joined Hopewell and made the move east to Manitoba in the spring of 2017, diving straight into the second phase of Bridgwater Towne Centre and subdivision servicing and initial phases of construction at The Refinery District.  Jamie has been instrumental to our construction team and was recently promoted to the role of Director in January 2024.

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Christina Pitman

Controller
Christina Pitman

Christina Pitman

Controller

Christina joined Hopewell Development in 2012 as its Assistant Controller and was promoted to Corporate Controller in 2018.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. As Controller, Christina manages the financial reporting process for Hopewell Development.

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