Board Members

2022 Executive

President

Jean-François Robert - Public Services and Procurement Canada

President : Jean-François Robert

Sonia Powell Jean-François Robert Senior 
Director General
Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada
140 O’Connor Tower East 
Ottawa, ON K1A 0S5
Tel: 613.852.4165

Jean-François Robert is a Director General within Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch. He currently leads multi-skilled teams in the management and delivery of real property and accommodation projects on and around Parliament Hill. He also oversees the delivery of projects in support of the Laboratories Canada Initiative by advancing the first phase of delivery of the 25-year Long Term Vision and Plan. Jean-François holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. He has more than 20 years of project management experience, beginning his career as a professional engineer in the private sector, and later with the City of Gatineau. In 2009, Jean-François joined the Federal Public Service in PSPC’s Real Property Branch, moving to the Parliamentary Precinct Branch in 2013. He has a proven track record of providing sound strategic advice based on his strong project management principles, practices and techniques, as well as his in-depth knowledge and experience.  

Past President

Sonia Powell – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Past President: Sonia Powell 

Rosa Paliotti

Sonia Powell
Director General, Workplace Solutions
Real Property Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, QC J8X 4A6
Tel: 613.851.8536

Sonia Powell is the Director General for Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Real Property Services Branch Workplace Solutions service line. Sonia is accountable for delivery of the $185M annual fit-up program and for modernizing the Government of Canada workplace under the WP2.0 GCworkplace fit-up standards.

Sonia started her career in Acquisitions Branch in 1993 as a procurement officer in marine procurement. She subsequently joined Real Property Branch as a project manager. She held project management positions in Transport Canada and National Defence, managing infrastructure and environmental projects before returning to PSPC in 2011.

Sonia held various positions in RPB NCA Operations from 2011 to 2016 including leadership positions as the Regional Manager, NCA Geomatics; Project Director, AFD Real Property Team; Senior Director NCA Professional and Technical Services; and, Acting Director General NCA Operations. She has been a champion of several change initiatives and has led a number of successful organizational realignments.

Sonia has received a number of awards recognizing her work in the real property community. She holds the President position on the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Board of Directors a

Sonia is an engineer with a degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a specialization in Naval Architecture. She also holds a certificate as a functional specialist in real property.

First Vice President

Nancy Fahey – Canadian Food Inspection Agency

First Vice-President, Community Outreach and Partnership Portfolio: Nancy Fahey 

Greg MacMillan

Nancy Fahey 
Executive Director, Assets and Security Management Directorate
Corporate Management Branch
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
59 Camelot, 1W Room 207
Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
Tel: 613.314.6539
 

Nancy Fahey is the Executive Director of the Assets and Security Management Directorate at the Canadian Food Inspection. Nancy in accountable nationally for Security, Environmental Management, Procurement and Real Property policy, planning and implementation. Nancy currently is the Agency's lead for GCWorkplace Solutions being implemented across the country and is also the CFIA functional lead for renewing federal science infrastructure. 

Nancy started her career at the Treasury Board Secretariat in 1990 in the Administrative Policy Branch. Over the course of her career Nancy has held positions in federal/provincial relations at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, federal/provincial, industry relations and cabinet affairs at CFIA, and special investigations and values & ethics at Public Services and Procurement Canada. Nancy is an active member of CFIA's Corporate Management Committee, the governance board for investments, as well as the National Occupational Health and Safety Policy Committee where she has served on the Mental Health Sub-committee. Nancy has a degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.

Second Vice-President

Clayton Truax - Public Services and Procurement Canada

Second Vice-President, Professional Development Portfolio: Clayton Truax 

Clayton TruaxClayton Truax
Senior Director, Environment
Health and Safety Technical Services
Real Property Services
Public Services and Procurement Canada
11 rue Laurier
Gatineau, QC K1A 0S5
Tel: 613.816.2573
 
Bio to come.
 

Treasurer

Ashley Maloney – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Treasurer: Ashley Maloney

Ashley Maloney Ashley Maloney
Real Property Information System Manager, Acquired

Services and Assets Sector
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R5
Tel: 343.548.4644

Working out of the Acquired Services and Assets Sector at Treasury Board of Canada’s Secretariat (TBS), Ashley Maloney is responsible for the long-term vision and management of TBS’s Real Property Information System which includes the Directory of Federal Real Property (DFRP) and the Federal Contaminated Sites Inventory (FCSI). There, he works with the federal real property community to ensure that the Government of Canada is informed about the scale of the major components of its real property inventory. Prior to joining TBS, he held several real property positions within Correctional Service Canada (CSC) where he worked on large-scale projects such as the National C-25 (Truth in Sentencing Act) Construction Program and the Strategic Disposal of Kingston Penitentiary. 

2022 Directors

Catherine Dallaire - Public Services and Procurement Canada

Director: Catherine Dallaire 

Michael NowlanCatherine Dallaire
Manager, Transactions, Innovative Delivery Strategies
Strategic Sourcing Sector, Real Property Services
Public Services and Procurement Canada
150 Tunney’s Pasture
Ottawa, ON K1A 0S5
Tel: 873.355.4934

Catherine Dallaire is an asset management specialist with over 13 years of public and private sector experience. She has advised clients’ senior management on a variety of complex asset management initiatives helping them improve the defensibility of infrastructure plans and management strategies. These initiatives include comprehensive service reviews, policy and strategy development, lifecycle assessments, internal audits, investment optimization, and program evaluation. Catherine has also implemented real property management capacity development initiatives for provincial and national associations. She currently applies her real property management experience at Public Services and Procurement Canada in advising federal government project teams in the evaluation of alternative procurement models, such as public private partnerships, and in teaching infrastructure management within the Infrastructure Protection and International Security Masters program at Carleton University.  

Jeremie Emond – Natural Resources Canada

Director: Jérémie Emond 

Jérémie Emond
Director General, Real Property and Workplace Services 

Natural Resources Canada
Tel: 613.286.7644

Jérémie Emond is the Director General, Real Property and Workplace Services at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). NRCan develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy, improve the quality of life for all Canadians and conduct innovative science in facilities across Canada to generate ideas and transfer technologies.

After 23 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a military engineer, Jérémie joined the Public Service in 2016 with National Defence as the Director of portfolio planning. In 2019, he moved to Correctional Service of Canada as the Senior Director, Facilities. In 2021, he joined NRCan in his current position.

Jérémie is a graduate from Laval University with a Bachelor in Civil Engineering. He holds a Masters in Defence studies from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Masters of Public Administration from École Nationale d’Administration Publique.  

 

Earl Hoeg – Employment and Social Development Canada

Khaled Manai 2017Director: Earl Hoeg 

Earl Hoeg
Executive Director
National Real Property Management
Chief Financial Officer Branch
Employment and Social Development Canada
Tel: 902.536.4517

Earl Hoeg is the Executive Director of National Real Property Management (NRPM) with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) (or as Earl prefers to be called, ESDC’s Chief Real Property Evangelist). Earl is responsible for all aspects of the management and delivery of the National Real Property Portfolio for all Service Canada Centres, Passport Offices and ESDC’s office space across Canada. In this position, Earl is responsible for leading ESDC’s workplace modernization efforts for ESDC’s 37000 employees spread across more than 425 sites and 600000 m2 of space across Canada. ESDC is working aggressively to implement Activity Based Working and the Government of Canada’s GCWorkplace vision to provide the best space possible to respond to the future of work and support for a hybrid workplace to help ESDC attract and retain the talent they need to better serve Canadians.

Prior to this role, Earl held various positions in real property with ESDC and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Earl has been a public servant for 32 years and held other leadership positions with the Canada School of Public Service and Industry Canada

Earl has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), from Queen's University, a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa, and an Electronic Engineering Technology Diploma, from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. Earl is a trained media spokesperson and has been a speaker at international wireless conferences, leadership events and real property forums. 

Lezlie Locke – Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Director: Lezlie Locke

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National Manager, Real Property Policy

Real Property & Project Management Policy
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
73 Leikin Drive Bldg. M1, 4th Floor, Room 901J
Ottawa, ON K1A 0R2
Tel: 613.843.5880

As part of the RCMP’s Real Property Management Branch, Lezlie Locke is responsible for the provision of real property policy advice, and for maintaining and updating the Property Management Manual (PMM), which is the RCMP’s substantive repository of policies, guidelines and technical bulletins that govern how the RCMP manages its real property assets and projects. Lezlie has 25 years of experience within the federal real property domain working with the RCMP and the Department of National Defence. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

Greg MacMillan – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Director: Greg MacMillan

Greg MacMillan Greg MacMillan
Director General, Real Property and Security Directorate
Public Services and Procurement Canada  
140 O'Connor St.
Ottawa, ON K1A 0S5
Tel: 613.952.6190

Bio to come.

 

Elizabeth Mah – Defence Construction Canada

Director: Elizabeth Mah

Elizabeth MahElizabeth Mah
Regional Director, National Capital Region

Defence Construction Canada
Minto Place, 14th Floor
180 Kent Street
Ottawa ON K1P 0B6
Tel: 613.949.7718 

Elizabeth Mah is the Regional Director, National Capital Region (NCR) for Defence Construction Canada (DCC). DCC is a Crown corporation that provides infrastructure and environmental services and full lifecycle support for Canada’s defence requirements. In her senior management role, Elizabeth is accountable for the overall leadership and management of the region. This responsibility includes overseeing all aspects of services delivery, human resources management, financial performance, leadership, and corporate governance and stakeholder relationships for the region. Regional service delivery is comprised of real property support in portfolio management, development planning and information systems support, as well as operational support services including GIS, computer-assisted design and building information modeling (BIM), facility maintenance services, preventative maintenance inspections, site asset management plans, and real property acquisition and disposal services.

Elizabeth Mah joined DCC in 1998 following her graduation from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree. After spending five years working at the DCC Edmonton site, she transferred to Esquimalt, B.C. where she took on a number of roles including Assistant Manager, Site Operations and Program Support Team Leader. In 2011, Ms. Mah moved to the NCR where she assumed the role of Regional Operations Manager and was promoted to Regional Director for NCR in 2015. She holds the following designations: Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional, and the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certification.

Sandra Rezansoff – Department of National Defence

Khaled Manai 2017Director: Sandra Rezansoff

Sandra Rezansoff
A/Director General, Strategic Portfolio Initiatives
Infrastructure and Environment
Department of National Defence
Tel: 613.282.0614

Sandra Rezansoff has over twenty-five years of experience in managing all aspects of real property within the Government of Canada, in both national and international settings. Over the course of her career, she has worked with numerous departments and agencies including Public Services and Procurement Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Department of National Defence and Global Affairs Canada. In her nine years with Global Affairs Canada, Sandra served as a Management and Consular Affairs officer in Canada’s Missions in Chandigarh, India and Rome, Italy.

In her present role, as the Acting Director General of Strategic Portfolio Initiatives in the Infrastructure and Environment Branch with National Defence, Sandra is responsible for leading the Implementation of the Defence Real Property Portfolio Strategy to ensure an affordable and sustainable portfolio in support of the Defence Team. 

Prior to joining the federal government Sandra received a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Elizabeth Tough, Global Affairs Canada

Director: Elizabeth Tough

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Elizabeth Tough
Director, Real Property Strategic Policy and Planning

Global Affairs Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau QC
Tel: 343.203.0244

Liz Tough is the Director of Real Property Strategic Policy and Planning for Global Affairs Canada. In this role, she leads global strategy, policy and investment governance for the stewardship of the Government of Canada real property platform around the world.  

Liz started her federal real property career in 2000 with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Pacific Region, returning home to Ottawa as the RCMP Director of Governance before moving to Public Services and Procurement Canada Real Property Branch.  Over the course of her career, she has worked in multiple real property areas from sustainable development to capital accounting and investment management to operational delivery.

She has a Masters of Environmental Design in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary and spent many years trekking the mountains to get it. 

Chris Vandyk, Canada Lands Company

Director: Chris Vandyk

Greg MacMillan

Chris Vandyk
Director, Acquisitions
Canada Lands Company 
100 Queen Street, Suite 1050
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J9
Tel: 613.564.3024

Chris Vandyk is the Director, Real Estate - Acquisitions for Canada Lands Company (CLC), and has been with CLC since June 2018. Prior to joining CLC, he worked in the Real Property Policy Division of the Treasury Board of Canada’s Secretariat (TBS), and has also held several real property positions within the Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

Within Canada Lands Company, Chris, working closely with the CLC’s regional offices, is responsible for the organization's acquisition of surplus strategic properties from the federal government with the objective of optimizing the financial and community value of these surplus assets. With over 10 years experience in the federal real property field, he has worked on a number of major federal realty projects focussing mainly on the disposal of strategic properties.

He has a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario

 

Bill Varvaris – Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Director: Bill Varvaris

Tara DinsmoreBill Varvaris 
Director General
Real Property and Environmental Management
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
300 Laurier Ave. W
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E6 
Tel: 613.408.7985

Bill Varvaris is the Director General for Real Property and Environmental Management at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Bill is accountable for overseeing the management of a diverse and complex real property portfolio valued at over $5.7B, and accountable for the delivery of an annual budget of over $200M. Bill started his professional employment as a policy advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources Canada and reached the post of Chief of Staff to the Minister of Industry. In 2006, Bill commenced his career in the federal civil service at Public Works and Government Services Canada in the Real Property Branch (RPB) where he held several positions in both the Strategic Planning, Administration and Renewal (SPAR), and Portfolio Management sectors. Bill’s experience extends to the international forum where he held the position of Executive Director at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan prior to joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development as a real property project director while posted in New Delhi, India. Bill has been a Member of the Board for the National Executive Forum for Public Property since 2017.

  
2022 Appointed Directors

Debbie Baxter – Deloitte Real Estate

Director: Debbie Baxter

Robert vanWyngaarden

Debbie Baxter
Partner
Real Estate Advisory
Deloitte Real Estate
Tel: 416.775.7435

Debbie Baxter, CMC, FCPA, ICD.D, has 25+ years of experience working with businesses to implement change – from changes in real estate utilization, to changes in culture or technology. She is a client advocate who can uniquely combine the ability to recommend the strategies that drive the desired business outcome as well as have the leadership insight to oversee adoption of the change. 

Debbie is a Partner in Real Estate Advisory for Deloitte Canada, responsible for working with clients to ideate, design and implement their Real Estate strategies and projects. 

She is most passionate about the "Future of Work" - working with clients to adapt their business to the trends evident in our economy and society that will challenge our existing infrastructure and drive the need for a new way of thinking about work environments. 

Debbie’s efforts have been recognized on a national level. In 2013, Debbie was named to the Top 100 WXN list of the Most Powerful Women in Canada in the Trailblazer Category. 

With a background in operations and technology, Debbie is a Certified Management Consultant, Certified Public Accountant and holds a Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.

Mike Ketcheson – Colliers Project Leaders

Director: Mike Ketcheson

KetchesonMike Ketcheson   
Vice President, Colliers Project Leaders
150 Isabella, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON K1S 1V7
Tél : 613.218.4330

As the Vice President, Federal Government Business Unit, Mike Ketcheson is an expert in providing strategic advice to Federal Government department clients for projects and programs of work involving real property infrastructure. This includes advice of governance, project delivery, indigenous engagement/participation and procurement methodologies. 

Throughout the course of his career, Mike has led large teams supporting Federal clients with project management support services on iconic projects, such as the redevelopment of the parliamentary precinct, the restoration of heritage assets, large accommodation programs and key Federal real property initiatives. Mike currently serves as a board member with the Real Property Institute of Canada and manages the joint venture relationship with Tiree Facility Solutions.

 

Wayne Liko – Horizant Solutions

Director: Wayne Liko 

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Managing Partner
Horizant Solutions 
135 Michael Cowpland Drive Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2M 2E9
Tel: 613.296.2846

With over 30 years in the Real Property and Facilities Management industry, Wayne Liko oversees Horizant’s business operations. Throughout his career, Wayne has been involved in providing technology solutions for small, medium and large clients across all industry sectors. Wayne’s strengths include his focus on building lasting partnerships with clients and other key service providers alike, along with his depth of industry and technology knowledge.

 

Robert van Wyngaarden – AECOM

Director: Robert van Wyngaarden

Robert vanWyngaardenRobert van Wyngaarden, DERS, GISP
Senior Manager, Canadian Real Property Solutions
AECOM
302 - 1150 Morrison Drive
Ottawa, ON K2H 8S9
Tel: 613.820.8282 ext 249 

Robert van Wyngaarden is the Senior Manager of Canadian Real Property Solutions for AECOM Canada and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. In this capacity, Robert works with AECOM across Canada and the United States to help in developing and expanding AECOM’s real property business with defence and civilian departments and agencies. 

Robert has more than 25 years leading business development for a number of firms in the engineering and environmental consulting industries. Robert’s diverse career has included extensive experience in solutions selling and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver consulting solutions in domestic and international settings. In addition, he has over 20 years’ experience in the geomatics industry, active in GIS and remote sensing tools and GIScience as applied to many industries including the public sector, oil and gas, mining, telecommunications and health care. Robert started his career with the former Lands Directorate of Environment Canada. 

He has a B.Sc. from McGill University, in Physical Geography, as well as having completed a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Remote Sensing also from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Robert has been involved with the Real Property Institute of Canada in various capacities for the past 5 years. 

Joseph Wabegijig – Phoenix Smart Infrastructure

Director: Joseph Wabegijig, Phoenix Smart Infrastructure

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Joseph Wabegijig 
Founder and CEO
Phoenix Smart Infrastructure
2130 Tribalwood Street 
London, ON N6G OR5

Joseph Wabegijig is Odawa, Makwa (Bear) Clan from the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island in Ontario and is the CEO of Phoenix Smart Infrastructure Inc. He brings with him a wealth of infrastructure and asset management experience and knowledge that fosters reconciliation across multiple sectors through an engineering and Indigenous lens. 

Joseph is a civil engineering professional who has worked at community and international levels to develop and implement improved systems of infrastructure that fosters indigenous inclusion and reconciliation.

 He continues to play a leadership role with a number of organisations and universities in the design and development of sustainable infrastructure, while focusing on community partnerships. As a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, he also has been able to support the implementation of the Government's mandate on First Nations housing and infrastructure with a focus on clean water, which he contributes to his experience in working on infrastructure projects globally.

Workshop Chairs

Wayne Liko – 2021 Real Property National Workshop

Wayne LikoWayne Liko
Managing Partner
Horizant Solutions 
135 Michael Cowpland Drive Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2M 2E9
Tel: 613.796.3366

With over 30 years in the Real Property and Facilities Management industry, Wayne Liko oversees Horizant’s business operations. Throughout his career, Wayne has been involved in providing technology solutions for small, medium and large clients across all industry sectors. Wayne’s strengths include his focus on building lasting partnerships with clients and other key service providers alike, along with his depth of industry and technology knowledge.

 

Clayton Truax - Chair, 2021 Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop

Clayton TruaxClayton Truax
Senior Director, Environment
Health and Safety Technical Services
Real Property Services
Public Services and Procurement Canada
11 rue Laurier
Gatineau, QC K1A 0S5
Tel: 613.816.2573
 
Bio to come.
 

Khaled Manai – Chair, 2021 Marine Infrastructure National Workshop

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Lead Project Manager

Public Services and Procurement Canada
Tel: 418.649.8149    

RPIC Staff

Executive Director

Steven Brasier – Real Property Institute of Canada

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Executive Director
Real Property Institute of Canada

Steven Brasier joined the Real Property Institute of Canada as Executive Director in June 2017.   

He has spent most of his career in senior management roles, working primarily with national non-profit organizations. He brings to RPIC a progressive leadership style, a pioneering spirit, and wide-ranging experience governance, operations, communications, policy, project management, partnership building and financial management.

Prior to joining RPIC, he worked as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners where he was responsible for operational management and personnel, financial administration, governance support, partnerships, project management, and overseeing the work of numerous volunteer committees. He also oversaw CIP’s role in upholding national certification standards and recognizing university planning programs, working in collaboration with seven provincial and regional planning institutes.

Before that, he served as Director of Communications for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, and as Manager of Publications for the Standards Council of Canada.

Executive Advisor

Ruth Brady – Real Property Institute of Canada

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Executive Advisor
Real Property Institute of Canada

Executive Secretary

Robin Baldwin – Real Property Institute of Canada

Robin Baldwin
Executive Secretary
Real Property Institute of Canada
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Senior Client Manager
The Willow Group

 

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