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.
Jens Ehlers CA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer
Jens is an accomplished senior executive with an outstanding track record of delivering results and driving productivity.
With more than 24 years experience in the infrastructure, real estate and financial-services industries, he holds both Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations. As Fiera Real Estate’ Chief Financial Officer, Jens' main focus entails the strategic analysis, management and growth of the financial and administrative aspects of the firm.
Prior to joining Fiera Real Estate, Jens led the finance team at Capstone Infrastructure Corporation, where his duties included responsibility for external financial reporting, treasury administration, tax planning and compliance, risk management, internal audit and strategic planning. While at Capstone, he was involved in numerous acquisitions, with responsibility for tax and financial due diligence as well as taking a leadership role with respect to integration. He previously worked at Home Trust Company, where his responsibilities included budgeting, forecasting and performance-management reporting.
Jens is a graduate of the Commerce and Computer Science programs at the University of Toronto, and completed the Strategy Development program at Queens University.
Blair McCreadie AACI
Executive Vice President, Head of Canadian Real Estate and CORE Fund Manager
As a key member of Fiera Real Estate’s senior management team, Blair’s main focus is the strategic management and continued growth of the Fiera Real Estate CORE Real Estate Fund.
This Canadian opened-ended pooled fund is well diversified by sector and region and has delivered higher-than-average returns to its investors since the fund’s inception in June 2013. The fund is on track to surpass $2.5-billion in gross asset value in 2019.
Blair’s 29 years-plus experience in real estate includes direct involvement in investment valuations, asset underwriting, financing, leasing, and asset management. Prior to joining Fiera Real Estate, he spent more than 15 years with one of the largest and longest-established, open-ended pooled real estate funds in Canada. There, he held a number of increasingly senior positions, which culminated in his appointment as head of Canadian real estate. Blair was instrumental in driving performance, managing capital deployment and overseeing a period of rapid growth in 2011 and 2012, when the fund was the most active acquirer of real estate in Canada. Blair has also been responsible for raising capital for numerous real estate vehicles, domestically and internationally, creating and launching new products and maintaining client relationships.
Blair is a graduate of York University and holds an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation.