Boards of Trustees

At Centurion, strong corporate governance is the cornerstone of our business and the key to our success. The Trustees oversee the management of the business and affairs of the three funds in accordance with the Declaration of the Trust and applicable law. A Board Mandate has been adopted to help ensure the necessary framework to review and evaluate Centurion’s business operations; to make decisions and arrive at conclusions that are independent of management; and to align the interests of Trustees and Management with those of the Trust's Unitholders.

Greg Romundt

President and CEO

Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion REOT, and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Gregory G. Romundt is the founder and President of the Asset Manager, the Property Manager, the Mortgage Manager, the Mortgage Servicer, Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust, and Centurion Financial Trust. He has been engaged in investment in residential real estate since 1997 and investments and financial markets since 1991. He has real estate investment experience in Singapore, Britain, Australia, China and Canada. From 1991 to 1997, he worked for Citibank in Toronto, New York and Singapore as a financial derivatives trader in interest rate derivatives, major and emerging currencies and exotic derivatives. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for AIG International Group in Hong Kong, Britain and Singapore as head of emerging market derivatives and then as Senior Vice President and Partner (Emerging Markets). He was the group risk manager, overseeing all of the firm’s positions in emerging markets. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in 1991. Mr. Romundt was nominated for and was a finalist in the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by Canadian Apartment Magazine. He has previously served on the board of NEMA (National Exempt Market Association) and PCMA (Private Capital Markets Association).

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Ross Amos MBA, ICD.D

Chairman

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT

Since 2000, Mr. Ross Amos has been President of Everest Canadian Properties Company, a subsidiary of a California based real estate investment bank. He has served as an independent Director/Trustee of two publicly traded companies. In these roles he has chaired audit, compensation, nominating, and governance committees. He has also served as a Director on a number of privately-owned companies. Mr. Amos received an honors degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration from York University and is one of the first recipients of the ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Directors- Corporate Governance College.

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Andrew Jones

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT

Mr. Jones is a founding partner of Portage Capital Corporation, a boutique investment firm focused on investing capital in commercial real estate and mortgages. Prior to starting Portage, from late 2007 to mid-2018, Mr. Jones was a Partner and Senior Managing Director at Timbercreek Asset Management, an asset management firm focused on commercial real estate and related products, with in excess of $8 billion of assets under management. In addition, Mr. Jones was a member of both the credit committee and investment committee of Timbercreek. While there, Mr. Jones’ primary responsibility was the development and management of the company’s mortgage debt business. He was also responsible for overseeing the origination and structuring of Timbercreek-sponsored commercial mortgage investments, originating in excess of $6 billion in debt investments across various sectors. Mr. Jones also served as a trustee of Timbercreek REIT, which, prior to it being sold to private investors in 2010, was one of Canada’s largest private REITs. Mr. Jones was also the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for Timbercreek Financial (TF:TSX), a publicly traded company with gross assets in excess of $1.2 billion, which he managed from initial public offering in 2008 through to his resignation as CEO in December, 2017. Mr. Jones remained a member of the Board of Directors of Timbercreek Financial until December 2018. Prior to joining Timbercreek, Mr. Jones was a Co-founder and Managing Partner of Canadian Mortgage Strategies and Investments (CMSI), a commercial mortgage brokerage firm with offices in four provinces. Prior to CMSI, Mr. Jones held various positions including Vice President, Canada at ICI Commercial Mortgages Inc., Vice President, Finance at Residential Equities REIT, and Vice President, Finance at Dundee Realty Corporation. Mr. Jones is a graduate of the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia. He has been a registered mortgage broker for over 20 years and has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 27 years.

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John Mills

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT

Mr. John Mills is the president of the Mills Group Inc. which he founded in 1978 to manage Burger King franchises, real estate and a consulting practice specializing in strategic planning. Mr. Mills holds an MBA from Richard Ivey and is certified member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). Mr. Mills has been a director of a number of private and public corporations including the advisory board for Burger King Corporation (N.A) (2005-2010), Park Lawn Company Limited, Centurion Apartment REIT and is chairman of Lone Star Group Inc.

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Laetitia Pacaud

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT

Ms. Pacaud is currently the COO of Epic Investment Services. Epic, which includes its wholly owned subsidiary MDC Realty Advisors in the United States, is a fully integrated North American real estate platform. In 2018, Ms. Pacaud was brought aboard as Executive Vice-President of Business Development at MDC where she led growth initiatives across their North American platform, overseeing 12 million square feet of cross-border commercial real estate and spearheading MDC’s second U.S. Multi-Family Fund. Prior to joining MDC (now operating as Epic Investment Services in Canada), Ms. Pacaud was President of Strathallen Capital Corporation where under her leadership, it closed its largest transaction in 2017 with the privatization of One REIT, acquiring 44 assets with a value of $703 million. Ms. Pacaud began her career as an Internal Auditor of an Australian Public Company. She then moved into public accounting gaining extensive experience at international accounting firm, KPMG. After a transfer to Toronto and a period of secondment with the company, Ms. Pacaud joined Caber Capital Inc., a trader of commercial real estate focusing on value-add projects. Upon the dissolution of Caber, she became a founding member of Strathallen Capital Corporation. Ms. Pacaud earned a Bachelor of Business degree from Southern Cross University in Lismore, Australia and the designation of Chartered Accountant.

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Paula Gasparro

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT

Ms. Gasparro joined CMLS Financial as the Vice President of Real Estate Finance in 2018. Prior to this, Ms. Gasparro worked for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for over 16 years’, with her most recent position being the Manager of Multi-Unit Underwriting (Ontario). Ms. Gasparro has extensive experience providing financing for all different markets across the Canadian real estate space, with a focus on commercial real estate. Over the years, Ms. Gasparro has acted as a chair, moderator, presenter and content contributor for various lending industry events and publications.

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Stephen Sender

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT and Centurion REOT

Mr. Stephen Sender is a trustee of H&R Real Estate Investment Trust and a Director of Sienna Senior Living Inc. He served as an investment banker for over 30 years in Canada and abroad and was managing Director, Industry Head – Real estate in Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Division, representing the bank’s capital market activities in the Canadian real estate industry. Since the early 1990’s, Mr. Sender specialized in the Canadian real estate sector, providing investment banking advice to numerous public entities with respect to capital market activities. He has been directly involved in raising equity and debt capital in many transactions and has provided financial advice in numerous large transactions including mergers, takeovers, and related party transactions. Mr. Sender has been a frequent moderator/speaker at conferences in Canada and is a part-time instructor at York University, Schulich School of Business. He holds a B.Comm. (Honors) degree from the university of Cape Town and qualified as a C.A. (S.A) in 1984.

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Greg Romundt

President and CEO

Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion REOT, and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Gregory G. Romundt is the founder and President of the Asset Manager, the Property Manager, the Mortgage Manager, the Mortgage Servicer, Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust, and Centurion Financial Trust. He has been engaged in investment in residential real estate since 1997 and investments and financial markets since 1991. He has real estate investment experience in Singapore, Britain, Australia, China and Canada. From 1991 to 1997, he worked for Citibank in Toronto, New York and Singapore as a financial derivatives trader in interest rate derivatives, major and emerging currencies and exotic derivatives. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for AIG International Group in Hong Kong, Britain and Singapore as head of emerging market derivatives and then as Senior Vice President and Partner (Emerging Markets). He was the group risk manager, overseeing all of the firm’s positions in emerging markets. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in 1991. Mr. Romundt was nominated for and was a finalist in the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by Canadian Apartment Magazine. He has previously served on the board of NEMA (National Exempt Market Association) and PCMA (Private Capital Markets Association).

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Stephen Stewart

Executive Vice President, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures

Trustee of Centurion REOT and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Stewart has over 25 years of experience in various roles in the financial services and investment industries. Most recently Mr. Stewart spent 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct), where he oversaw all aspects of finance, accounting and risk management as well as chairing the bank’s credit committee, several management committees and serving as a director of two regulated mutual fund subsidiaries. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he served as Chief Lending Officer where he oversaw the company’s commercial and retail lending departments and a mortgage book of over $20 billion. Before joining ING, Mr. Stewart was with Hudson Advisors, a private equity firm specializing in real estate debt investments and structured finance, and previously held a variety of progressive lending roles including real estate and construction financing roles with National Bank and North American Trust. He began his career with PWC. Mr. Stewart was a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Plan International. Mr. Stewart is a Chartered Accountant with a double major in management and economics from the University of Guelph.

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Ken Miller

Chairman

Independent Trustee of Centurion REOT and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Miller is the CEO of Raven Consulting. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees after spending 33 years in the banking industry. Mr. Miller’s experience includes 15 years as the General Manager in the Special Loans division at CIBC where his focus was on difficult to recover loans in excess of $5M. Assuming the responsibility in 1993, he managed the Real Estate portfolio within the special loans division with financing in the single family, industrial, condos, and commercial markets in Canada, USA and Europe. After leaving CIBC Mr. Miller joined Longroad Asset Management, LLC, a private equity firm in New York City and then First Caribbean Bank. His experiences also include guiding operational and financial restructuring plans, the negotiation of the sale of debt, chairing lender syndicate steering committees and acting as a representative for lending files on numerous credit and steering committees. He has 25 years of experience in financial analysis with 10 years of experience lending to the Ontario Construction industry. Mr. Miller received numerous awards during his tenure at CIBC and was an honoured guest speaker at several insolvency symposiums with his subject focus being on real estate construction, financing analysis and recovery techniques. He received his Bachelor of Arts from York University and received his Fellowship of the Institute of Canadian Bankers from the University of Toronto.

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Michael Lovett

Independent Trustee of Centurion REOT

Mr. Lovett has over 35 years of Corporate Real Estate experience in Canada and the United States. He has held executive positions in Business Development, Lending, and Risk Management, holding executive positions with a number of Canadian and international banks and trust companies including CIBC, Citibank, and National Trust. Mr. Lovett was the founder of Montrose Mortgage Corporation (Toronto), a privately owned commercial real estate brokerage firm. He was also the President of Commercial Mortgage Capital Corporation, an Avison Young Corporation. Mr. Lovett was a Managing Director and was one of the co-founders of C.A. Bancorp Realty Finance, a TSX-listed real estate debt mutual fund corporation, and was directly involved in raising equity and establishing the company's policies, risk management profile, and credit decisions. 

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Peter Smith

Independent Trustee of Centurion REOT

Mr. Smith has over 30 years of experience in the housing and real estate industries, and since 1989 he has been President and Co-owner of Andrin Limited a.k.a. Andrin Homes), a large developer / builder of housing in Canada. He has held many respected positions in organizations like the Regional Municipality of Peel (Senior Planner, Director of Housing), Peel Non-Profit Housing Corporation (Commissioner of Housing and General Manager) and Teaching Master and Coordinator of Community Studies at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto. Mr. Smith has served in various capacities on many boards and committees: TARION (Ontario New Home Warranty Corporation), Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, Peel Regional Housing Authority, and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association to name just a few. More notably, Mr. Smith was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) September 6, 1995 and re-appointed September 6, 2002 until September 6, 2003. As Chairman of the Board of CMHC he led the Corporation’s commitment to good Corporate Governance. He has spoken at, and chaired, a number of conferences and events including; Canadian Centre for Management Development, the Conference Board of Canada and the Federal Treasury Board to name a few. Mr. Smith is a member of the Greater Toronto Home Builders’ Association (BILD) and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. He has been honoured many times receiving awards and recognition, including the prestigious Order of Canada in November 2000. He earned his Master’s Degree in Political Science (Public Policy) from the State University of New York, and an Honours B.A. History and Political Science, Dean’s Honour List, McMaster University.

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Stephen Sender

Independent Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT and Centurion REOT

Mr. Stephen Sender is a trustee of H&R Real Estate Investment Trust and a Director of Sienna Senior Living Inc. He served as an investment banker for over 30 years in Canada and abroad and was managing Director, Industry Head – Real estate in Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Division, representing the bank’s capital market activities in the Canadian real estate industry. Since the early 1990’s, Mr. Sender specialized in the Canadian real estate sector, providing investment banking advice to numerous public entities with respect to capital market activities. He has been directly involved in raising equity and debt capital in many transactions and has provided financial advice in numerous large transactions including mergers, takeovers, and related party transactions. Mr. Sender has been a frequent moderator/speaker at conferences in Canada and is a part-time instructor at York University, Schulich School of Business. He holds a B.Comm. (Honors) degree from the university of Cape Town and qualified as a C.A. (S.A) in 1984.

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Greg Romundt

President and CEO

Trustee of Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion REOT, and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Gregory G. Romundt is the founder and President of the Asset Manager, the Property Manager, the Mortgage Manager, the Mortgage Servicer, Centurion Apartment REIT, Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust, and Centurion Financial Trust. He has been engaged in investment in residential real estate since 1997 and investments and financial markets since 1991. He has real estate investment experience in Singapore, Britain, Australia, China and Canada. From 1991 to 1997, he worked for Citibank in Toronto, New York and Singapore as a financial derivatives trader in interest rate derivatives, major and emerging currencies and exotic derivatives. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for AIG International Group in Hong Kong, Britain and Singapore as head of emerging market derivatives and then as Senior Vice President and Partner (Emerging Markets). He was the group risk manager, overseeing all of the firm’s positions in emerging markets. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in 1991. Mr. Romundt was nominated for and was a finalist in the Ernst & Young 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by Canadian Apartment Magazine. He has previously served on the board of NEMA (National Exempt Market Association) and PCMA (Private Capital Markets Association).

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Stephen Stewart

Executive Vice President, Mortgage Investments and Joint Ventures

Trustee of Centurion REOT and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Stewart has over 25 years of experience in various roles in the financial services and investment industries. Most recently Mr. Stewart spent 5 years as the Chief Financial Officer of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct), where he oversaw all aspects of finance, accounting and risk management as well as chairing the bank’s credit committee, several management committees and serving as a director of two regulated mutual fund subsidiaries. Prior to his appointment as CFO, he served as Chief Lending Officer where he oversaw the company’s commercial and retail lending departments and a mortgage book of over $20 billion. Before joining ING, Mr. Stewart was with Hudson Advisors, a private equity firm specializing in real estate debt investments and structured finance, and previously held a variety of progressive lending roles including real estate and construction financing roles with National Bank and North American Trust. He began his career with PWC. Mr. Stewart was a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Plan International. Mr. Stewart is a Chartered Accountant with a double major in management and economics from the University of Guelph.

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Daryl Boyce

Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance

Trustee of Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Boyce’s investment and financing experience spans over 35 years and encompasses the management of equity and debt financing portfolios. Most recently, Mr. Boyce was the President of Evergreen Capital Group, a consulting firm involved in providing corporate finance, business transition, as well as expansion- and succession-related advisory services to mid-market clientele. Prior to forming Evergreen, he managed the private equity portfolio of Trimel Investments Inc., with the portfolio comprising investee companies in a number of diverse sectors throughout North America. Before Trimel, Mr. Boyce held a variety of lending roles in The Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank), where he managed a senior lending portfolio, which included leading and arranging a variety of specialized and syndicated financing. Over the years, Mr. Boyce has acquired expertise in a variety of sectors, including consumer products, specialty pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and distribution, transportation and logistics, and professional sports. He received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1981.

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Michael LeClair

Chairman

Independent Trustee of Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. LeClair is an experienced director and strategic advisor with an extensive background in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees of Centurion Financial Trust, Mr. LeClair acted as Managing Director of Integrated Asset Management – Private Debt Group (2002-2015), an institutional debt fund specializing in providing financing solutions for mid- market Canadian companies including small to medium-sized energy projects in North America. He is currently Chair of the Board for a privately held group of health care centers in the United States and is a strategic advisor to a fast growing, specialty engineering company based in Toronto. Throughout his career, he has served in various executive capacities including President of Westpark Healthcare Foundation, a Toronto based hospital foundation, Vice President, Corporate Development at Chubb Security (1998-2001), a global security company and as a strategic advisor and Director for a number of Canadian and U.S. private companies. Mr. LeClair is a Certified Corporate Director with a degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario.

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Donna Parr

Independent Trustee of Centurion Financial Trust

Ms. Parr has significant experience in venture and private equity investing and fund raising and corporate finance working for Canadian Medical Discoveries Fund, Canada Pension Plan (CPP), TD Capital, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), Canadian Corporate Funding Ltd, Trivest Insurance Network (a Trilon company) and Continental Illinois Bank. Of her twelve years making direct private equity, venture capital, and private debt investments at OMERS, she headed the private equity and venture group for four years. She has served on 30 boards of private companies on behalf of institutional investors. As President of Crimson Capital, she has worked with a number of technology and growth companies to build their businesses and has been involved in numerous equity capital raises and secured over $8M in government grants/loans. She has prior operational experience as part of the early team, and as an active current Director, of CellAegis Devices which has developed a patented medical device for reducing the impact of heart attacks and stroke using technology licensed from the Hospital for Sick Children. Donna was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the HalTech Regional Innovation Centre. She holds an MBA from York University and Masters and Honours degrees from the University of Toronto in International Relations. Donna was a Board Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario from 2006-2012 and a founder of Canadian Women in Private Equity and AceTech Ontario.

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Graham McBride

Independent Trustee of Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. McBride has been active in the North American investing community for 30 years. He is President of LarchHill Capital Inc., a private investing and consulting firm, and a Co-Founder of FundThrough Inc., a provider of working capital to small and mid-sized companies. Until 2010, he was a Managing Partner of VG Partners, joining to lead the growth and management of the VG MezzGrowth Group (mezzanine fund), with capital under management of $300 million. His entire career has been spent in the Canadian mid-market, investing in, and advising entrepreneurs and their businesses. Prior to VG, Mr. McBride was a Managing Director of Royal Bank Capital Partners’ Mezzanine Fund, establishing the firm as a presence in the mezzanine market. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. McBride was a Principal in the start-up of McKenna Gale Capital, focusing on mezzanine investments of $7 to $15 million in a diverse mix of mid-market companies. Graham was a primary transaction generator McKenna Gale, with responsibility for ongoing deal management and execution. From 1992 to 1996, Mr. McBride was a Vice President of Penfund Management Ltd., initially managing their troubled senior debt portfolio and subsequently joining Penfund’s equity investment team. From 1989 to 1992, he worked with the Central Capital Group of Companies, structuring investments of senior debt, subordinated debt and equity on their behalf, after beginning his career in the Commercial Lending Division of the TD Bank. Mr. McBride has been a director of numerous companies and continues to be an active director of several businesses, including Donaldson & James Ltd. and AME Learning Inc., and is on the Board of Advisors of triOS Colleges Inc. He also works closely with several charities and non-profits, including sitting on the Investment Committee of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. Mr. McBride has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University.

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Ken Miller

Independent Trustee of Centurion REOT and Centurion Financial Trust

Mr. Miller is the CEO of Raven Consulting. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Trustees after spending 33 years in the banking industry. Mr. Miller’s experience includes 15 years as the General Manager in the Special Loans division at CIBC where his focus was on difficult to recover loans in excess of $5M. Assuming the responsibility in 1993, he managed the Real Estate portfolio within the special loans division with financing in the single family, industrial, condos, and commercial markets in Canada, USA and Europe. After leaving CIBC Mr. Miller joined Longroad Asset Management, LLC, a private equity firm in New York City and then First Caribbean Bank. His experiences also include guiding operational and financial restructuring plans, the negotiation of the sale of debt, chairing lender syndicate steering committees and acting as a representative for lending files on numerous credit and steering committees. He has 25 years of experience in financial analysis with 10 years of experience lending to the Ontario Construction industry. Mr. Miller received numerous awards during his tenure at CIBC and was an honoured guest speaker at several insolvency symposiums with his subject focus being on real estate construction, financing analysis and recovery techniques. He received his Bachelor of Arts from York University and received his Fellowship of the Institute of Canadian Bankers from the University of Toronto.

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