John Foresi – CEO, Co-founder and Director
As Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Venterra, John is responsible for the overall management and growth of Venterra. In addition to his broader responsibilities, he invests considerable time developing Venterra’s conservative macro economic views; and ensuring that Venterra’s financial transactional activities are consistent with these views, to deliver the highest possible risk-adjusted return for its investors.
John has held senior executive positions in several technology companies, focusing on supply chain and customer relationship management. He also held senior management positions in transportation, consumer product industries, and investment banking, where he was responsible for valuations, mergers, and acquisitions. John has been recognized as a national ‘Top 40 Under 40’ award winner and as a top 100-impact executive by B2B Magazine. He is a former board member of Salt + Light Television and former member of YPO Upper Canada. John is currently the Chapter Chair of WPO Ontario and has held positions of Education Chair and Vice Chair. He is also a current member of the Chief Executive Organization.
John holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Andrew Stewart – Chairman, Co-founder and Director
Andrew’s oversight includes strategic direction for the company, corporate governance, investor relationships, and approving all executional components of acquisitions, divestitures, and refinancings. He also oversees the continued build-out of Venterra’s advanced management and operational information systems; developing and deploying sophisticated mathematical optimization models to drive superior operating results.
Andrew’s extensive experience includes executive management of several software and technology development companies, as well as automotive engineering and operations management. Andrew is Chairman of Spring Rains, an organization that provides entrepreneurs in developing nations access to capital and training.
Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence from Queen’s University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University and TH Karlsruhe (Germany).
Richard Roos – Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined Venterra in November 2002. Since that time, Richard has taken on successively greater responsibility and now provides Executive Leadership to Venterra’s operating divisions. These include Property and Asset Management, Construction Services, Accounting Operations and Technology. Richard is responsible for ensuring high levels of execution across the organization, that have resulted in exceptional portfolio performance, earning Venterra the reputation as an innovator and leader. In addition, Richard manages Venterra’s ground up Development efforts that are focused on multi-family projects throughout Texas. As member of the Investment Committee, Richard plays a key role in the identification and evaluation of new strategic opportunities and he participates in all investment decisions.
Prior to joining Venterra, Richard held a senior financial position with a technology focused sales and marketing solution provider for the Real Estate Development Industry. Prior to that, Richard was a manager in the corporate finance group at BDO Dunwoody LP, focusing on business valuations and acquisition due diligence.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Accounting with First Class Honors from Brock University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Calvin Lee-Young – Vice President, Finance
Calvin joined Venterra in June 2004 as Assistant Controller, progressively taking on increasingly senior roles. As Vice President of Finance, he directs all capital market activities including accounting, financial reporting, treasury, taxation and investor relations. He fills an instrumental role in executing our corporate and investor governance practices and is the primary interface for day-to-day communications with our Limited Partners and Institutional Investors.
Before joining Venterra, Calvin was a manager in the Audit and Assurance group of Deloitte & Touche LLP, where his client base was primarily focused on commercial, retail and public sector real estate.
Calvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Dror Goldberg – Executive Vice President, Acquisitions/Underwriting
Dror is responsible for the successful acquisition of assets for Venterra’s growing portfolio of quality investments. As Executive Vice President of the Acquisitions/Underwriting team, Dror’s scope includes the identification, underwriting and financing of target assets. Under his leadership, the team is also charged with identifying good prospects for follow on financing and strategic sales of assets. Dror brings broad real estate experience to Venterra. His prior roles include work with Bank of America Securities Real Estate Investment Banking group, CFO of a Multi-Family investment fund and Director of Capital Markets for a private equity fund focused on the Multi-Family industry.
Dror holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas and a dual degree in Economics and Government Studies from Claremont McKenna College, California.
Neil Simon – Vice President, Development
Neil oversees all facets of ground-up development for Venterra’s growing portfolio of quality investments. His responsibilities include strategic planning, market and site identification, project feasibility, underwriting, entitlement, design, financing, construction, and leasing.
Neil has 20 years of extensive experience within the multifamily industry including development, acquisitions, asset management, and capital markets. Prior to joining Venterra, Neil worked with some of leading multifamily developers in the country including Camden, The Hanover Company, The Dinerstein Companies, and Allen Harrison. He has developed across the product type spectrum from traditional garden to high-rise.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with Finance Concentration, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Andrew Basso – Vice President, Technology
Andrew started with Venterra in 2006 as a Software Developer and has been instrumental in the development of Venterra’s world-class software solutions and integrations. Andrew has led the advancement of technology in all facets of the business and aggressively pursues secure infrastructure, intelligent solutions, automation, and continuous improvement. As Vice President of Technology, Andrew focuses on strengthening Venterra’s operating platform with technology and innovation by leading efforts across multiple teams located in the US, Canada, and Europe.
Andrew holds a BSc at the University of Toronto and has over two decades of experience in the technology industry.
Kazeem Jaffer, Vice President of Accounting Operations
Kazeem oversees Venterra’s accounting and finance function supporting our property management operations, finance technology strategy, and financial reporting for our institutional investors and lenders.
Kazeem has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance having held financial leadership positions across multiple industries including telecommunications, healthcare, and real estate. Prior to joining Venterra, Kazeem worked for a large Canadian real estate firm overseeing their corporate finance function during the rapid growth of their global facility management business.
Kazeem is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, and an Honours Bachelors of Mathematics and Chartered Accountancy from the University of Waterloo.