Brendan Sutton
Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining AIE REIT, Mr. Sutton spent seven years working for Devon Properties Limited, the top multi-family property management company in Victoria, British Columbia. While at Devon Properties, Mr. Sutton was tasked with responsibilities in the areas of accounting, business development, and corporate development. Past work also includes consulting for the Halifax Municipality regarding the creation of affordable work and/or residential space for artists and for the Shoal Lake and Cowessess First Nations communities in Saskatchewan regarding the creation of Comprehensive Community-Based Plans.

Mr. Sutton holds a Master of Urban Planning from Dalhousie University, has completed the Certified Management Accountant Accelerated Program, and is currently completing University of British Columbia ‘s Urban Land Economics Diploma.

Zen Dedekind
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Dedekind joined full-time as Chief Financial Officer in November 2019 after working with the Manager as a consultant since April 2018. He has over ten years of banking and finance experience, including most recently, as an Investment Banking Associate with Integral Wealth Services Limited.

Mr. Dedekind completed his Master of Business Administration at Duke University in 2017. During this time, he worked with various early stage businesses and investment funds. Prior to his MBA and moving to North America, Mr. Dedekind worked on the trading floor of a major bank in South Africa, where he was responsible for foreign currency liquidity management.

Mr. Dedekind also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria and received his South African Chartered Accountant designation in 2012.

Pat Sullivan
Director

Mr. Sullivan is the founder of Sullivan Wealth Management Group Ltd. (formerly Patrick Sullivan & Associates Insurance and Investment Services Ltd.), of which he was the President from its incorporation in 1978 until 2013. In 1997, Mr. Sullivan co-founded All Island Equity Mortgage Investment Corporation, of which he is President and Director. Mr. Sullivan is a past holder of Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), and Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) designations, and has a wide range of business experience developed over 50 years working in the finance industry. Mr. Sullivan is the co-founder of Central Island Broadcasting Limited, which brought a second radio station to Nanaimo, and has sat on numerous community boards since coming to Nanaimo in 1977.

Garth Busch
Director

Mr. Busch recently retired as MNP LLP’s Regional Managing Partner for Vancouver Island and Northern BC. Mr. Busch has spent more than 40 years delivering accounting, tax, and consulting solutions for a wide variety of clients in diverse industries. Mr. Busch has also been active as a principal in commercial and residential real estate construction and leasing since 1990.

Mr. Busch has been active in many community organizations including being past President or Treasurer of Tourism Prince Albert Inc., the High Noon Optimist Club of Prince Albert, Club Bingo Inc. and North Saskatchewan Summer Games. He has been a member of rotary clubs, Prince Albert Elks Lodge, Junior Achievement, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (“VIEA”), as well as serving on many community boards and committees.

Mr. Busch graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction in 1976 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1978.

Dave Hammond
Director

Mr. Hammond is a partner in the HB Real Estate Group at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. His practice is a combination of residential and commercial business, which includes multi-family, retail, office and industrial land. He has been active in real estate development on Vancouver Island both as an agent and as a principal.

Mr. Hammond is a past director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. His community service includes past Chair of the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, past chair of the Nanaimo Schools Foundation, past Chair of the Nanaimo Hospice renovation project and many others.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from the Nanaimo Chamber of commerce.

Mr. Hammond is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Real Estate). Mr. Hammond has been a licensed realtor since 1978 and a realtor in Nanaimo since 1980.

Ben Vanderhorst
Director

Mr. Vanderhorst served as Partner at Huxham & Co. Chartered Accountants in Courtenay from 1997 until the merger with MNP in 2004. Mr. Vanderhorst served as Partner of MNP LLP from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Vanderhorst served as a board member of the Practice Review and Licensing Committee (ICABC) from 2000 to 2008, as Director of BC Assessment from 2011 to 2017, as Chair of the HR committee and CEO search committee, and as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. He has served as treasurer of Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association and the Comox Valley Community Foundation, and president of Comox Valley Farmers Institute and Comox Valley Multiplex Society.  In addition, he has served on the boards of the Comox Valley Hospice and Transition societies.

Mr. Vanderhorst is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996. He is a past holder of the CPA.CA and the ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors) designations.

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