crombie REIT

Executive Team

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Responsible for day-to-day leadership and guidance, our leadership team has the knowledge, experience, and passion that it takes to grow our portfolio and make Crombie REIT an investment of choice, both in Canada and abroad.

Don Clow
Donald Clow President and Chief Executive Officer Read bio

President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009, Don Clow, FCA, has guided and shaped Crombie REIT into the company that it is today. Prior to joining Crombie, Don held the position of President, ECL Developments Limited, the real estate development subsidiary of Empire Company Limited for two years. Previous to Empire, he was President of Southwest Properties Ltd., a residential and commercial real estate development company in Halifax. Don is a member of the Board of Governors of Acadia University and is on the Board of Directors of the QEII Foundation. Don graduated from Acadia University with a BBA, earned his CA designation with KPMG and was designated a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2002. In addition to leadership programs at the Harvard Business School and the Ivey School of Business, he is a graduate of the DEP at the Rotman School of Business and a member of WPO, CEO and the Business Council of Canada. Don has been inducted into Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.

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Glenn Hynes Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) Read bio

Glenn was promoted to the newly created Chief Operating Officer (COO) role in November, 2018 with national oversight of development, construction, operations and leasing. He joined Crombie as CFO & Secretary in 2010 and was named EVP, CFO & Secretary in 2014. Prior to Crombie, Glenn was CFO & Partner of Bluewave Energy; a national fuel distribution business.  From 1996 to 2006, he held several executive positions with Sobeys Inc. including EVP & CFO and EVP & Chief Development Officer. Glenn is a 2017 graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at Harvard Business School and is a BBA graduate of UPEI and earned his CA designation with Coopers & Lybrand. He is past Chair of Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) and past Executive Committee member and Finance & Audit Committee Chair of UPEI. In 2013, he completed the Directors Education Program (DEP) at the ICD and in 2014, achieved the ICD.D designation. Glenn received the FCA designation in 2011, FCPA designation in 2017, UPEI’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002 and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2000.



Clinton Keay
Clinton Keay Chief Financial Officer & Secretary Read bio

Clinton Keay is Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Crombie REIT, where he oversees the Financial Analysis and Treasury, Accounting, and Information Technology teams. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President IT and Transformation for Sobeys Inc., where he led company efforts to restructure the way it does business. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Clinton joined Sobeys in 1989 and held a number of progressively senior finance roles before being appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer in 2002. He then held the roles of Executive Vice President Finance for Empire Company Limited in 2014, and Interim Chief Financial Officer at Sobeys Inc. (July 2016-April 2017). Clinton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University with an Honours in Accounting.

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Cheryl Fraser
Cheryl Fraser Chief Talent Officer & Vice President, Communications Read bio

Cheryl Fraser is Crombie's Chief Talent Officer and Vice President, Communications. Prior to joining Crombie, Cheryl was Assistant Commissioner and Chief Human Resource Officer for the Canada Revenue Agency. Cheryl also held Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Correctional Service of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat and Fisheries and Oceans. Cheryl is a graduate of ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program, and holds a Masters of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University. To celebrate her exceptional career accomplishments, she received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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John Barnoski Executive Vice President, Corporate Development Read bio

John Barnoski brings a wealth of experience to Crombie REIT, in his role as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. Leading the company’s national development program, John is responsible for major development acquisitions and dispositions, as well as strategic asset management, with an increased focus on joint ventures. John has an extensive career in the real estate industry, and held the position of National Vice President of Real Estate at Shoppers Drug Mart immediately prior to joining Crombie. He is a graduate of Schulich's Executive Development Program and holds a Diploma in Assessment, Appraisal & Real Estate Management, a P1 License from the Law Society of Upper Canada, and an A.I.M.A. designation from the Institute of Assessors.

Trevor Lee
Trevor Lee Senior Vice President, Development and Construction Read bio

As Senior Vice President, Development and Construction, Trevor Lee leads Crombie REIT’s development and construction teams, and oversees all major development projects in Crombie's portfolio. Prior to this role, Trevor was the Senior Vice President, Western Canada. Before joining Crombie, he held numerous senior real estate positions in management, operations and development including: Director of Real Estate for Safeway Canada; Director of Property Management at CREIT; Vice President of Operations at Opus Building Canada; and Vice President of Shopping Centres at Martello Property Services. Trevor earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1992 and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics in 1998.

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Arie Bitton
Arie Bitton Senior Vice President, Leasing and Operations Read bio

As Senior Vice President, Leasing and Operations, Arie is responsible for leading the company's leasing and operations teams and overseeing all properties in Crombie's portfolio. Arie has an extensive background in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Crombie, he held progressively senior roles at Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Ltd., most recently as that company's Vice President of Real Estate. Earlier in his career, Arie worked with RioCan in an operations role. His experience on both the landlord and tenant side of the commercial real estate industry serve him well in his role at Crombie. Arie is a graduate of York University, Honours in Business & Society.

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Fred Santini General Counsel Read bio

Fred Santini serves as General Counsel of Crombie REIT. Prior to his most recent appointment, Fred held the position of Regional Vice President, Central Canada, and National Director of Legal Services and National Director, Lease Administration. Upon completion of an Honours B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of Toronto, Fred received his LL.B. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law in 1986. He articled at one of Canada's largest law firms, Blake Cassels and Graydon, and subsequently joined the firm as an associate after his call to the Ontario Bar in 1988, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial real estate.

Brady Landry
Brady Landry Vice President, Financial Analysis and Treasury Read bio

As Vice President, Financial Analysis and Treasury, Brady Landry is responsible for overseeing Crombie REIT’s financing, budgeting and forecasting. Brady has spent his career with Crombie, Empire and Sobeys. Prior to this role, Brady held Corporate Development, and Acquisitions and Dispositions positions at Crombie REIT. From 2004-2011, he held treasury and financial analysis roles at Empire and Sobeys Inc. Brady holds a BBA (Computer Science), MBA and is a CFA Charterholder. 

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Kara Dort
Kara Cameron Vice President, Accounting and Financial Reporting Read bio

Kara Cameron is responsible for overseeing Crombie REIT’s accounting and financial reporting team. Prior to joining Crombie, Kara was VP Finance and Strategy for Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (NSGC), where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership to NSGC’s financial management and internal controls. Prior to joining NSGC, Kara worked at Sobeys Inc., holding roles in various areas of the business including external reporting, national finance, convenience, fuel, and shared services. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), Kara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

Terry Doran
Terry Doran Vice President, Office Properties Read bio

Terry Doran has 30 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry. In his current role as the Vice President of Office Properties at Crombie REIT, Terry is responsible for the company’s office portfolio, which includes properties in Halifax, NS and Moncton, NB. Terry holds a BA from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University. In addition to his commitment to building strong relationships with clients, Terry’s passion for sustainability has led to director roles with BOMA Nova Scotia, BOMA Atlantic (Past President), and BOMA Canada (Past Member Environmental Standards Committee). 

Aaron Bryant
Aaron Bryant Vice President, Construction & Design, Eastern Canada Read bio

As Vice President, Construction & Design, Eastern Canada, Aaron Bryant oversees construction, design and project teams across Central and Atlantic Canada. Aaron began his Crombie career with Atlantic Shopping Centres (which became Crombie REIT) in 2001 as a project manager. A graduate of the University of New South Wales, Australia, Aaron is a Civil Engineer, a LEED-accredited professional, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in Nova Scotia.

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Sid Schraeder
Sid Schraeder Vice President, Construction & Design, Western Canada Read bio

Sid Schraeder is responsible for leading Crombie's Western Canadian Construction and Design team. Sid joined Crombie in 2015, and has been a key leader in the company's major development projects on the West Coast. Prior to Crombie, Sid held roles as VP Construction for First Capital Realty, and Project Manager with CT REIT. Sid has a degree in Geological Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, and a Diploma in Architectural Technology from SAIT.

Jelena Plecas
Jelena Plecas Vice President, Corporate Development Strategy Read bio

As VP, Corporate Development Strategy, Jelena is responsible for leading Crombie's national acquisition and disposition strategy. Prior to joining Crombie in 2017, Jelena was Senior Director, Market Strategies for Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Ltd., where she was responsible for integrating the grocery and drug real estate strategies and market analytics teams. As SDM's Director, Strategic Spatial Analysis, Jelena was responsible for developing the national Shoppers Drug Mart Real Estate Strategy and leading the market analytics/GIS team. Jelena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McMaster University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in GIS from Ryerson University

Andrew Watt
Andrew Watt Vice President, Leasing Read bio

Andrew leads our retail leasing team in their strategic pursuit of excellence. Prior to joining Crombie, Andrew was VP, Leasing for Trinity Development Group, and Director of Real Estate and Development for Loblaw Companies Limited. Andrew also spent a number of years at Scotiabank Real Estate, managing retail and office portfolios across Canada and the Caribbean. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from McMaster University, a Real Estate Development and Planning Certificate from Ryerson, as well as certificates from the Real Estate Institute of Canada.

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Jennifer Sieber
Jennifer Sieber Vice President, Investments Read bio

Jennifer leads Crombie's Investments team, and is responsible for identifying and recommending investment opportunities, enabling Crombie's real estate transactions, and aligning business objectives with the acquisition and disposition strategy for the portfolio. Prior to working at Crombie, Jennifer was VP, Development at Sovereign Asset Management, and VP, Real Estate and Store Development with Bulk Barn Foods Limited. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) from Ryerson University, a Land Structures and Real Estate Trading designation from the Ontario Real Estate Association, and certificates from Queens Executive Development and the Roger Dawson Institute.   

Ashley Harrison
Ashley Harrison Vice President, People & Culture Read bio

As Vice President, People & Culture, Ashley is responsible for providing leadership and counsel to translate our business strategy and priorities into leading-edge people and culture priorities, objectives, and programs. Before joining Crombie in 2015, Ashley worked at a Halifax-based recruitment and HR consulting firm, where she collaborated with organizations across Atlantic Canada to support their leadership and HR needs and implement proven talent strategies. Ashley holds a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MSc), BA (Honours), and Certificate in Human Resource Management from Saint Mary’s University and is a certified Workplace Investigator.

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