Real Estate Development (RED) Management Certificate Program

Course 1 – Planning the Real Estate Development Project (RED)

Mark Holland, Faculty Chair

Mark is President of Holland Planning Innovations Inc., a planning and development consulting company based on Vancouver Island. Following many years of education in innovative sustainable urban planning and design, Mark played a major role in charting the path on sustainable urban development in the 1990s including the planning of Southeast False Creek in Vancouver, which was declared the greenest neighbourhood in North America in 2009 by the US Green Building Council. Mark has won many awards for his projects and has developed many concepts and frameworks relating to sustainable communities such as the 8 Pillars of a Sustainable Community, Experience-driven Planning, and the acclaimed Resilient Cities Manifesto. He is the co-author of the widely referenced book Agricultural Urbanism, that focuses on progressive ways of integrating sustainable food systems into city planning and design.

Adam Cooper, Abstract Developments

As the Director of Community Planning and Development, Adam oversees all land entitlement approvals through local government processes and is responsible for working with local residents and community associations to ensure their feedback is considered in Abstract’s development applications.  

With a keen interest in urban planning, Adam earned his Master of Arts Degree in Planning at the University of British Columbia and is now an accredited Professional Planner. Following his studies Adam worked as a Transportation Planner with Campus and Community Planning at UBC and also served as a Senior Transportation Planner at BC Transit. Following this experience in the public sector Adam moved to Seymour Pacific Developments and served as a Development Manager for several years before joining Abstract Developments. 

Greg Gillespie, Mike Geric Construction

Greg is a highly-skilled project manager with a depth of expertise in land use, acquisitions, municipal affairs and community consultation. He is responsible for end-to-end development management for Mike Geric Construction projects.

Justin Filuk, Starlight Investments

Justin has over 15 years of experience in real estate development with a focus on project execution including acquisition, approvals, project design and construction oversight.  Justin’s experience spans both the public and private sectors where he has worked on boutique infill developments, affordable housing projects and large multiphase master planned communities including the notable Hudson District in Victoria.  Justin’s holds a Master’s degree in planning and urban design from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and he currently serves as a member of the board for UDI Capital Region and actively contributes to stakeholder groups and educational sessions in the industry.

Course 2 – An Introduction to Pro Formas

Mark Holland, Faculty Chair

Ankita Khurana, Colliers International

Ankita has over 13 years of work experience across real estate focused acquisition, development & asset management, corporate finance and advisory. She supports Colliers’ Consulting and Strategy Group with detailed financial analysis and underwriting oversight for real estate advisory, ongoing development & asset management and due diligence, including liaising with lenders, legal advisors, project contractors, development managers and civic planning staff on a variety of real estate development concerns. She is an expert at developing financial strategies that ensure assets provide affordable rents and positive cash flows to support both the community and the organization’s financial needs.

Jaraad Marani, Colliers International

Jaraad has expertise in urban planning, market research, public policy, development work and non-profit capacity building. A master of relationship management, he is able to take on any project challenge with clear and concise process simultaneous to ensuring timelines are met and communication remains open among all project stakeholders. Jaraad is currently working with a number of not for profits, charities and private clients to deliver much needed affordable rental housing throughout various municipalities in British Columbia.  The portfolio is in various stages of approvals, construction and completion with targeted delivery of over 850 rental units by 2022.

Course 3 – Securing Land

Mark Holland, Faculty Chair

Brandon Selina, Colliers International

Brandon is a Victoria native, and graduated, as a Dean’s List recipient with distinction, from the University of Victoria, where Brandon completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree. Brandon specialized in Service Management where he learned about strategy, operations, marketing, technology, and human resource management from a service perspective. Utilizing the key elements Brandon has learned, he can deliver a differentiated and exceptional service experience to his clients.

Prior to starting his career in brokerage, Brandon gained exposure to business development, valuation, capital markets, marketing, research, conveyancing, and debt financing through completing two co-operative work terms with Colliers International. Brandon’s previous experience gives him an excellent understanding of the Victoria market, accelerating his success in commercial real estate.

Brandon has focused his efforts on the investment market, where he has formed a robust understanding of an investment transaction from inception to completion. Brandon has accomplished several notable investment and land transactions, specializing in residential land redevelopment. His attention to the ongoing changes to the various official community plans, local area plans and gentrification of specific geographical areas in Greater Victoria allows him to find and present unique opportunities for redevelopment to his clients.

Brandon has underwritten over $700 million in asset value during his previous role as an analyst and has been involved in over $415 million in sale transactions in his first four (4) years as a broker to date.

Mike Achtem, Islander Engineering

Mike is a registered Professional Engineer and a graduate of Queens University. With over 30 years of experience, Mike is an expert at consulting on land development and municipal infrastructure projects throughout BC.

He is also a certified Project Management Professional as well as a certified Contract Administrator with the Master Municipal Construction Association.

Mike takes a value-added approach to all his projects, striving to provide clients with a results-orientated blend of cost and functionality. His clients include First Nations, municipalities, property managers, mining and forestry companies, federal and provincial governments, law firms, land developers and builders.

Liam Fast, D.R. Coell & Associates

Liam Fast is an accredited Appraiser with D.R. Coell and Associates Inc. He has over 8 years of real estate appraisal experience and over a decade of experience working in appraisal offices.  Liam was awarded the AACI, P.App designation in early-2019 and has experience in the valuation of a broad range of property types, specializing in commercial property assessment appeal and advisory, rent arbitrations and negotiations, land and development property appraisals and litigation work.

Nima Rohani, McConnan Bion O’Connor and Peterson

Nima was born and raised in Victoria and has a strong network of family and friends in the community. He attended the University of Victoria where he received his undergraduate degree in anthropology before venturing to Australia to gain his law degree at James Cook University.

Nima joined McConnan Bion O’Connor and Peterson in 2016 and began building his own solicitor practice. His primary legal interests are in real estate law and construction law, as he has had hands-on experience working with trades, engineers, and home owners.

Outside of the office, Nima frequents the gym and plays several sports including basketball, golf, squash, and tennis. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys visiting America to attend NFL games. He has also traveled the world and hopes to visit every continent at some point in his life.