Senior Vice President, Development Advisory Services | Arcturus Realty
Ron leads a team that delivers a wide range of development advisory services to clients across North America and abroad. A high energy visionary, Ron applies 360° thinking to each project.
Over the past 30 years, Ron's experience covers some of the most exciting developments of our time including: Canary Wharf, London, England; Queen's Quay Terminal and First Canadian Place, Toronto; Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco; and Centro Santa Fe, Mexico City. His particular expertise in urban mixed-use, retail/entertainment properties and sustainable development strategies is a valued commodity. Many of these projects are centerpieces of urban re-development strategies and partnerships between the public and private sector.
Recently, as Development Manager for Mohawk College's Fennell Campus Renewal Project, Ron oversaw a $40 million redevelopment that included renovations to existing facilities, energy efficiency upgrades and construction of new buildings. He is also involved with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, Alberta) and Canada Lands Corporation on various projects.
Ron served as the development advisor for the Halifax Seaport, an arts and visitor district on the Halifax waterfront and recipient of the prestigious 'Brownie Award' in 2006 for the best large scale redevelopment in Canada. He was also advisor for the redevelopment of the John Street Roundhouse in Toronto and City West Kingston, a proposed adaptive re-use of a former 5,000 square metre Nortel factory and surrounding lands.
Ron has provided his expertise in urban re-development to several cities in Canada including Thunder Bay, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the development advisor to the City of Burlington for its award winning Downtown Waterfront revitalization. Many of these assignments have involved extensive stakeholder input benefiting from Ron's natural ability in leading focus groups, panels, charettes and public meetings. As part of the team that prepared the innovative master plan for the re-development of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, he was also instrumental in preparing a theatre district plan for Long Beach, California, a redevelopment plan for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Theatre District and a concept plan for a new Film/Media District on the waterfront in Toronto.
Ron's combined expertise in facility management and real estate development has made him a recognized expert in the urban redevelopment field. Yerba Buena Gardens is distinguished by having one of the largest concentrations of cultural institutions and retail in North America including an innovative children's park and is the home to North America's most successful convention facility, the Moscone Centre. He led the teams that created development plans for Exhibition Park in Toronto and the former World's Fair Park in Knoxville, a mixed-use development which is anchored by the Knoxville Convention Centre.
The arts and the cultural industries have been a contributing component of many of Ron's real estate projects. He was instrumental in pioneering the award winning Arts and Events program, a feature in many successful O&Y real estate developments and at Queen's Quay Terminal, launched one of Canada's first Arts Incubator projects which accommodated over 120 Canadian artists, designers and crafts persons.
Ron sits on several industry boards and committees and is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and symposiums