Toronto-based Northcrest Developments was established in 2018 to master plan and develop the Downsview Airport lands on behalf of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). One of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, PSP Investments manages funds for the pension plans of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Reserve Force.
With a mandate to manage the planning and development of PSP Investments’ Downsview lands long-term, Northcrest is committed to delivering financial returns for its shareholder while also generating public benefits.
Northcrest will work closely with local residents and communities, as well as public, non-profit and private interests, to ensure the development of the Downsview lands become a model for how to create sustainable, resilient, vibrant, healthy communities while contributing to the neighbourhoods and city-region that surround it.
Chris brings more than 20 years experience working in government, media and communications. Prior to joining Northcrest, Chris was Chief of Staff to Toronto Mayor John Tory, responsible for working with Toronto City Council and the municipal public service to implement and communicate the Mayor’s agenda. Before that, Chris worked as a public affairs consultant, holding senior positions with a number of firms in Toronto.
Chris started his career as a journalist, joining the National Post as a staff writer when the newspaper launched in 1998, and later as a broadcaster with CTV News in Toronto. Chris has also worked as a senior political aide in the Ontario government and as an advisor on numerous political campaigns, most recently the re-election of Toronto Mayor John Tory in 2018.
Derek has almost 20 years of experience in real estate development, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Development at First Gulf Corporation, where he was responsible for the East Harbour project, a 60-acre master-planned development of approximately 13 million square feet on the eastern edge of downtown Toronto.
With experience in both public and private sector organizations, Derek has worked on a variety of large, mixed-use development projects, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. He is actively involved with the Urban Land Institute, currently serving as Past Chair of the Toronto District Council, Chair of the Toronto Governance Committee, and a member of the Technology and Real Estate Council.
Kristy has 15 years of experience in securing approvals and managing real estate projects for a variety of urban and rural development projects, most recently as Vice-President, Development at Metropia, where she was responsible for managing and coordinating the professional and technical teams, reporting project progress to Joint Venture Partners and the Board; coordination, negotiation and communication with municipal/regional departments and representations; organizing public consultation sessions; and assisting with development agreements across 12 projects representing over 18,400,000 of GFA and 10,633 homes. Prior to joining Metropia, Kristy was a Project Manager at MMM Group Limited.
She is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute, a LEED Green Associate, as well as a representative for the Toronto chapter of BILD. Kristy is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.
Tim has over 10 years experience in finance and accounting, most recently with Toronto-based real estate developers where he managed the finance and accounting functions including financial reporting, investor/partner reporting, treasury and debt financing. With Northcrest, Tim oversees the Finance, HR and IT functions of the organization.
Prior to his work in the real estate industry, Tim spent 5 years in the audit and assurance group of BDO Canada where he obtained his CA, CPA.
Catharine has held a variety of public policy positions at the provincial and municipal levels, including Senior Policy Advisor at the LCBO and Senior Advisor – Stakeholder Relations for the Mayor of Toronto.
Using this experience, along with her MBA training, Catharine provides strategic and operational support to the EVPs in all aspects of Northcrest’s business, including strategic and business planning, project management and policy/research.
Prior to joining the Northcrest team, Ian held a variety of managerial and operational business positions in international relocations and as owner and manager of a North York-based media and publishing company.
With a background in urban planning and experience in municipal politics, Ian provides support for corporate public affairs and leads the community and stakeholder relations efforts at Northcrest Developments; proactively connecting with local residents, community groups, businesses and other interested parties with the goal of meaningful engagement.