President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments
John is President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments.
In his role, he oversees Fiera Capital’s alternative strategies platform, which includes real estate core and value-add, real estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.
John has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in managing both public and private organizations, including in the area of investment management. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PSP Investment Inc., Chief Financial Officer at BCE Emergis and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cognicase Inc., as well as senior positions in Corporate Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Caisse de depot and placement du Quebec and Ernst & Young.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University and is an Advanced Management Program Graduate of Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the following professional designations: Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and Accredited Senior Appraiser. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Ray has specialised in development and investment for 50 years. He became the Chief Executive of Lambert Smith Hampton in his early 20s and remained in this position until 1992 when he established Fiera Real Estate (formerly known as Palmer Capital). Ray is the chairman of all of the property companies in which Fiera Real Estate has a shareholding, and takes particular responsibility for Fiera Real Estate’s balance sheet investments. He is a Board Director and member of the Investment Committee.
Alex joined Fiera Real Estate in 2003, initially charged with creating the fund management business within Fiera Real Estate. He set up and managed the Palmer Capital Development Fund and its successor vehicle. He was promoted to Chief Executive in 2008. Prior to Fiera Real Estate, Alex served as an officer in the British Army before starting his financial career with Credit Lyonnais Securities in 1997. He has an MBA from the London Business School and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is a Board Director and member of the Investment Committee.
President and Head of Global Real Estate
Peter has been with Fiera Real Estate throughout their formative years and instrumental in the development and growth of the firm’s business. Prior to being promoted into the role as President for the firm in November 2017, Peter was Chief Operating Officer with a focus on improving risk management and performance analytics and was also charged with the direct management of the Fiera Real Estate CORE Real Estate Fund. He was instrumental in the rapid growth of the fund, including the successful deployment of investors’ committed funds. The business now manages more than $5 billion of AUM and the Fiera Real Estate CORE Fund surpassed the $2.5 billion mark for assets under management and has yielded top quartile returns to its investors. As President and Global Head of Real Estate his focus is on the Global expansion and evolution of the Real Estate Investment Management business. The vision is to create a high performing investment platform and range of strategies, that allow our investors to diversify their exposure to real estate investment across strategies, sectors, regions and countries.
Peter’s multi-disciplinary background includes hands-on experience with capital fundraising, real estate portfolio and asset management, real estate finance, appraisal, workouts, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Over the course of his career, he has been personally involved in the financing, valuation, management and investment of more than $8 billion of commercial real estate. Peter has a broad perspective of the real estate industry, having worked in the institutional, public-market, brokerage, and private-sector environments.
Peter has served his community through his involvement with various charities and coaching of minor hockey teams. Currently, Peter serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board with the Toronto Chapter of Variety the Children’s Charity and Variety Village.