Peter has more than 30 years experience in the Canadian commercial real estate investment industry.
He has been with Fiera Properties since the firm’s formative years and has proved instrumental in the development and growth of the business.
Prior to being named President in November 2017, Peter served as Chief Operating Officer, focused primarily on improving risk management and performance analytics. At the same time he was directly responsible for management of the Fiera Properties CORE Real Estate Fund, overseeing the flagship fund’s rapid growth and the successful deployment of investors’ committed funds. The fund surpassed the $1.2-billion mark for assets under management in 2017, and has yielded top-quartile returns to investors under Peter’s management — a responsibility that he has retained.
In his role as President of Fiera Properties, Peter is focused on contining the evolution of the firm’s investment-management platform and further enhancing the range of real estate investment solutions on offer, in keeping with its mission to meet the requirements and exceed the performance expectations of its growing client base.
Prior to joining Fiera Properties, Peter oversaw the Canadian real estate operations of a major investment manager, including direct management of a large commercial, open-ended pooled real estate fund. Having worked in the institutional, public-markets, brokerage and private-sector environments over the course of his career, he has gained exceptional experience and expertise in all aspects of the industry.
Peter believes strongly in giving back to his community, as evidenced by his involvement with various charities and his coaching of minor hockey teams. He currently serves as Chairman of the Toronto chapter of Variety the Children’s Charity and of Variety Village.
Jens Ehlers CA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Jens is an accomplished senior executive with an outstanding track record of delivering results and driving productivity.
With more than 24 years experience in the infrastructure, real estate and financial-services industries, he holds both Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. As Fiera Properties’ Chief Financial Officer, Jen’s main focus entails the strategic analysis, management and growth of the financial and administrative aspects of the firm.
Prior to joining Fiera Properties, Jens led the finance team at Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, where his duties included responsibility for external financial reporting, treasury administration, tax planning and compliance, risk management, internal audit and strategic planning. While at Capstone, he was involved in numerous acquisitions, with responsibility for tax and financial due diligence as well as taking a leadership role with respect to integration. He previously worked at Home Trust Company, where his responsibilities included budgeting, forecasting and performance-management reporting.
Jens is a graduate of the Commerce and Computer Science programs at the University of Toronto, and completed the Strategy Development program at Queens University.
Blair McCreadie AACI
Senior Vice President and CORE Fund Manager
As a key member of Fiera Properties’ senior management team, Blair’s main focus is the strategic management and continued growth of the the Fiera Properties CORE Real Estate Fund.
This opened-ended pooled fund is well diversified by sector and region, and has yielded higher-than-average returns to its investors. The fund is on track to surpass the $1.5-billion mark for assets under management in 2018.
Blair’s 25 years-plus experience in real estate includes direct involvement in investment valuations, asset underwriting, financing, leasing, and asset management. Prior to joining Fiera Properties, he spent more than 15 years with one of the largest and longest-established, open-ended pooled real estate funds in Canada. There, he held a number of increasingly senior positions, which culminated in his appointment as head of Canadian real estate. Blair was instrumental in driving top-level performance, managing capital deployment and overseeing a period of rapid growth in 2011 and 2012, when the fund was the most active acquirer of real estate in Canada. Blair has also been responsible for raising capital for numerous real estate vehicles, domestically and internationally, creating and launching new products and maintaining client relationships.
Blair is a graduate of York University and holds an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation.