Different because we see beyond bricks and mortar, cashing rent cheques or simply being landlords – we see potential.
Different because we have the scale and scope to take properties from dirt to ribbon cutting, with speed and efficiency.
We are one of Canada’s leading property owners, developers and managers of retail real estate.
Total assets valued of over $1 billion.
A proven track record of accretive growth and value creation.
Mr. Zakuta entered the real estate development business on a full time basis after obtaining his law degree from the University of Montreal and a business degree from McGill University. Mr. Zakuta is a co-founder of the Plaza Group and has been involved in every aspect of shopping centre development, acquisitions and management in Quebec, Atlantic Canada and Ontario.
Mr. Petrie joined the Plaza Group in 2004 as Secretary and Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Plaza, he practiced law as a partner with Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales in Fredericton. He belongs to both the New Brunswick and Alberta bars, and is an active member of several CBA and Law Society committees. Mr.Petrie holds B.B.A. and LL.B. degrees from UNB and a Masters in Law from Duke University.
Executive Vice President and Chief
Mr. Mackenzie has been in the retail real estate industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining Plaza in 2017, he led the retail brokerage team for CBRE in Atlantic Canada where he completed assignments for national and international retailers such as Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, IKEA and Sobeys. He has lectured in the Geography Department at Saint Mary’s University and at the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University. Mr. Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
Jane Marshall has more than 30 years of experience in real estate management, particularly for food and retail companies. Jane is a Trustee of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and is Chair of its Investment Committee. Most recently, Jane was the CEO of GoodLeaf Farms, where she led the construction and development of the company’s flagship automated vertical farm and facilitated the company’s minority stake sale to McCain Foods. Previously, Jane served as Chief Operating Officer of Choice Properties REIT, a publicly traded REIT, majority owned by Loblaw Companies Ltd. and she played a key role in its IPO. Jane also served as Executive Vice-President of Real Estate & Business Strategies for Loblaw Properties and was responsible for the acquisition, development, construction and management of its portfolio of more than 65 million square feet of owned retail, warehouse and office space as well as all its leased locations. Ms. Marshall was the leading executive in charge of Loblaws’ acquisition of T&T Supermarkets in 2009 and later, other businesses that now form the core of its ethnic food retailing business. She also led the purchase and comprehensive joint redevelopment of Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) with Ryerson University in 2011-12, culminating in world class facilities for both. MLG is now the inspiration behind the current conventional store network. Ms. Marshall holds the ICD.D designation of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on Geography and Economics from the University of Toronto. She is also a volunteer member of the Leadership Council for Scale Up Ventures Ontario as well as an investor/advisor.
Mr. Brewer is the Chairman of Plaza Retail REIT. Prior to assuming the role of Chairman of the REIT’s predecessor, Plazacorp Retail Properties Ltd., he was President and CEO from its inception in 1999. He was also Chairman of Greenarm Corporation and Greenarm Management, principally involved in office building development. Mr. Brewer has extensive experience in the real estate business commencing in 1984. He has served the public in many capacities with organizations including: Board of Governors, University of New Brunswick; Director, Atlantic Salmon Federation; Director, New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation; and Honorary Consul for Sweden. Mr. Brewer currently serves on the Board of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation and the Board of Governors of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
Ms. Strange joined the Plaza Group in 2007 as Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Plaza, she practiced law as an associate with Stewart McKelvey in Fredericton. She is a member of the New Brunswick bar, has been an active member of various CBA committees, and is the past President of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, New Brunswick branch. Ms. Strange holds a B.A. from Cape Breton University and an LL.B. degree from UNB.
Mr. Losier is the former President and CEO of Assumption Mutual Life Insurance Company of Moncton and former Chair of Assumption Life’s subsidiaries and Louisbourg Investments. He is a director and Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of Canadian National Railway Company. Mr. Losier is a former director of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick Limited Partnership, former director and Chair of the Board of Capital DGMC Inc., former Chair of Invest NB and a former board member of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee, Canadian Blood Services and NAV Canada. Mr. Losier previously served as a Member on the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly and held several cabinet positions during his tenure.
Mr. Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. He has spent approximately 40 years in the real estate industry and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust since September 1996. Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in real estate and corporate finance, property management, leasing, real estate valuation and property development.
Barbara Trenholm is a professor emerita at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and holds an ICD.D with the Institute of Corporate Directors and a FCPA, FCA with CPA New Brunswick.
Ms. Trenholm is currently a member of the NB Power board of directors and the International Development Research Centre board of governors. She is a past board member of AECL and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (now known as CPA Canada), past-president of the New Brunswick Institute of Chartered Accountants (now known as CPA New Brunswick), and past acting dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at UNB. In addition, she has chaired or served as a member of a number of other international, national, regional, and local boards and committees.