Beau Jarvis, Senior Vice President of Development, Wesgroup Properties
Beau Jarvis s responsible for leading all commercial, residential and mixed use developments at Wesgroup. His diverse development portfolio consists of master-planned and mixed-use communities, high-and-low-rise condominiums, retail, industrial parks and office buildings. His responsibilities also include stakeholder engagement, government relations and land acquisitions. Previously, he was Vice President of Development for the Onni Group, one of North America’s leading private real estate developers, where he oversaw a portfolio of projects totaling more than 10 million square feet and ranging from suburban industrial developments to downtown high-rise condominium developments. He is an active contributor to the Urban Development Institute and sits on the District of North Vancouver Urban Design Panel.
Marc Drysdale, Vice President, Westbridge Capital Group
Marc Drysdale is Vice President of Westbridge Capital Group, a private company that participates in real estate development projects and sources financing for multi-family housing assets. Formerly, he was Senior Account Manager with MCAP Financial Corp, a real estate finance company that lends money on behalf of institutional investors. He has relationships with many of Vancouver’s top real estate developers and has personally originated and managed more than $2 Billion of construction loans, comprising over 7,500 multi-family units, most of which are located in the Greater Vancouver area. He began his career with a start-up software company that developed a program for commercial real estate investment analysis, called Investit – a program that is widely used by commercial Realtors in North America.
Rick Stephenson, Government of Canada (Retired)
Rick Stephenson is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Canada Arizona Business Council. Previously, he was Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner for Canada in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior foreign assignments as Trade Commissioner have also included Tucson, Arizona, Los Angeles, California, Oslo, Norway, Dallas, Texas and Kingston, Jamaica. In these positions he has been responsible for promoting exports, foreign direct investment and research partnerships between Canadian and foreign markets. He was an advisor and member of the International Leadership Council in Phoenix, actively promoting cross-border investment between Canada and Arizona. He has served on the Curriculum Advisory Board of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) at which he was also a guest lecturer in international business development. He has also held positions with the Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Treasury Board of Canada.