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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Donald E. Clow, FCA, has guided and shaped Crombie REIT into the company that it is today. Prior to joining Crombie, Mr. Clow 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, a residential and commercial real estate development company in Halifax. Mr. Clow is a member of the Board of Trustees for Granite Real Estate Investment Trust, a member of the Board of Governors of Acadia University and is on the Board of Directors of the QE2 Foundation. Mr. Clow graduated from Acadia University with a BBA, earned his CA designation with KPMG and was designated a Fellow Chartered Accountant in 2002. A graduate of the YPO President's Program at Harvard Business School, Mr. Clow also completed the Director's Education Program, receiving the ICD.D. from the Rotman School of Business.
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, Mr. Hynes 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.
Mr. Keay is Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Crombie REIT. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President IT and Transformation for Sobeys Inc., where he oversaw company efforts to restructure the way it does business. Mr. Keay is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) who joined Sobeys in 1989 and held a number of progressively senior finance roles before being appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer in 2002, Executive Vice President Finance for Empire Company Limited in 2014, and Interim Chief Financial Officer at Sobeys Inc. (July 2016-April 2017). Mr. Keay is a Business Administration graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with an Honours in Accounting.
Cheryl Fraser is Crombie's Chief Talent Officer and Vice President, Communications. Prior to joining Crombie, Ms. Fraser was Assistant Commissioner and Chief Human Resource Officer for the Canada Revenue Agency. In addition, Ms. Fraser held Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Correctional Service of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat and Fisheries and Oceans. Ms. Fraser 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.
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, Mr. Barnoski is responsible for major development acquisitions and dispositions, as well as strategic asset management, with an increased focus on joint ventures. Mr. Barnoski 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.
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, Mr. Lee was the Senior Vice President, Western Canada. Before joining Crombie, Mr. Lee 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. Mr. Lee earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1992 and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics in 1998.
As Senior Vice President, Leasing and Operations, Mr. Bitton is responsible for leading the company's leasing and operations teams and overseeing all properties in Crombie's portfolio. Mr. Bitton 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, Mr. Bitton 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. Mr. Bitton is a graduate of York University, Honours in Business & Society.
General Counsel of Crombie REIT, Fred Santini also held the position of Regional Vice President, Central Canada. Prior to his most recent appointment, Mr. Santini held the position of 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, Mr. Santini 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.
As Vice President, Financial Analysis and Treasury, Brady Landry is responsible for overseeing Crombie REIT’s financing, budgeting and forecasting. Mr. Landry has spent his career with Crombie, Empire and Sobeys. Prior to this role, Mr. Landry 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. Mr. Landry holds a BBA (Computer Science), MBA and is a CFA Charterholder.
Kara Dort is responsible for overseeing Crombie REIT’s accounting and financial reporting team. Prior to joining Crombie, Ms. Dort 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, Ms. Dort 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), Ms. Dort holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from St. Francis Xavier University.
As Vice President, Talent Management, Jeff Downs is responsible for the development and delivery of integrated talent programs to support Crombie’s organizational strategy. Prior to this role, Mr. Downs was Crombie's Vice President Enterprise Systems, Vice President, Financial Analysis and Treasury, Senior Director of Finance, and Comptroller. Mr. Downs held various roles at Sobeys, including Director General Accounting (Atlantic), and Director of National Standards. Mr. Downs holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Mount Allison University and Chartered Accountant designation.
As Vice President, Atlantic Development, Steve Cleroux oversees Crombie's Atlantic Canadian development portfolio. Mr. Cleroux has held various leadership roles at Crombie, including Vice President, Leasing & Development. Prior to joining Crombie, Mr. Cleroux was Vice President of Real Estate & Asset Management-Atlantic Region, Sobeys Developments Limited Partnership (SDLP). Now in his twenty-eighth year working in the shopping centre industry, Steve has worked extensively and exclusively throughout the Atlantic Provinces.
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).
As Vice President, Construction & Design, Eastern Canada, Aaron Bryant oversees construction, design and project teams across Central and Atlantic Canada. Mr. Bryant 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, Mr. Bryant is a Civil Engineer, a LEED-accredited professional, and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in Nova Scotia.
Sid Schraeder is responsible for leading Crombie's Western Canadian Construction and Design team. Mr. Schraeder joined Crombie in 2015, and has been a key leader in the company's major development projects on the West Coast. Prior to Crombie, Mr. Schraeder held roles as VP Construction for First Capital Realty, and Project Manager with CT REIT. Mr. Schraeder has a degree in Geological Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, and a Diploma in Architectural Technology from SAIT.
As Vice President, Talent Management, Matt Craig oversees the teams responsible for managing Crombie's operations across the country. Mr. Craig has over 15 years of Human Resource and Operations experience with organizations that include Empire Theatres, Starbucks Coffee, OLS Inc. and Register.com. He holds a MBA from Saint Mary’s University, a BA from the University of New Brunswick and an Advance Diploma in Human Resources from NSCC.
As VP, Corporate Development Strategy, Ms. Plecas is responsible for leading Crombie's national acquisition and disposition strategy. Prior to joining Crombie in 2017, Ms. Plecas 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, Ms. Plecas was responsible for developing the national Shoppers Drug Mart Real Estate Strategy and leading the market analytics/GIS team. Ms. Plecas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McMaster University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in GIS from Ryerson University
Jayme Kruger was promoted to Vice President, Investments in 2018. Mr. Kruger is responsible for leading Crombie's corporate development investment strategy. Prior to joining Crombie's team, Mr. Kruger was Director, Real Estate at Shoppers Drug Mart/Loblaw Companies Ltd, and began his real estate career as an analyst at a large Canadian REIT. Mr. Kruger holds a Bachelor of Arts from Western University.
Stephen Yu is responsible for overseeing and leading all leasing activity for Crombie's national portfolio. Prior to joining Crombie, Mr. Yu was Senior Director, Leasing with First Capital Realty and Morguard Investments. In addition, Mr. Yu has worked as a retail specialist in leading Canadian commercial brokerages. Mr. Yu also had roles in Retail and Marketing as he began his professional career working for Carlsberg Brewery in Hong Kong. Stephen has a Bachelor Degree in Management from Ryerson University.