For our February Luncheon, we present the next generation: a group of young, accomplished and articulate professionals who hold senior positions in their respective companies.
How do they see the future? Does their youth change the way they perceive the challenges and opportunities of the marketplace?
Virginia Bird, Principal of Pottinger Bird Community Relations and UDI Director leads a candid conversation with:
Come and hear from our industry's emerging leaders!
Virginia Bird, Principal, Pottinger Bird Community Relations
A community relations professional with close to 10 years of hands-on experience, Virginia Bird has contributed to a variety of successful development approvals since joining the firm in 2006.
Virginia became a Principal of Pottinger Bird in 2013 and is responsible for management and effective execution of all client programs and projects. She is an active member of the Urban Development Institute Board of Directors and was a former Chair of the Women of UDI Committee. She also sits on Board of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Vancouver Resource Society and the YMCA Greater Vancouver Foundation.
Virginia was the recipient of the 2018 Maureen Enser Future Leader Award and was also recognized as one of Business in Vancouver's Forty under 40 winners in the same year.
Mike Mackay, President, Strand
Mike Mackay, President of Strand, is responsible for overseeing all acquisition and development activities in Vancouver - the city he, his wife, and their two young children call home. Mike started his career at Onni Group, working his way up to Senior Development Manager, where he was responsible for managing the development of a portfolio of sites comprising close to 3,000,000 square feet before leaving to manage the development, lending, and capital businesses for Dayhu Capital. In 2014, Mike returned to the family business and established Strand's development arm. Mike is disciplined and passionate in leading the company into a new chapter focused on development in Vancouver and across North America.
Fundamental to Mike's core principles and values is a conviction that for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. He and his family are directly involved with and support many local charities and community organizations, namely: St. Paul's Foundation, BC Centre for Substance Use, Arts Umbrella, Youth Education Farms, Mission Possible, Music Heals, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society, Union Gospel Mission, Face of Today and Face the World Foundation.
Cyrus Navabi, Managing Director, Qualex-Landmark
Cyrus is the Managing Director of Qualex-Landmark, a Vancouver-based residential and commercial real estate development group, and the current Chair of the UDI U40 Executive Committee. Born and raised in Vancouver, he spent several years at The Boston Consulting Group office in Dallas, TX, working in the travel, tourism and energy sectors, before returning to Vancouver in 2013.
At Qualex-Landmark, Cyrus is involved in all aspects of acquisitions, finance, municipal approvals and development. Qualex-Landmark has been active in the Lower Mainland and Calgary for over 20 years.
Their projects have earned several awards for architectural design and excellence in high rise and multi-family rental development, and include the first LEED certified high rise residential development in Vancouver.
Cyrus is focused on the development of infill residential and mixed-use projects in existing great neighbourhoods. He is a passionate Vancouverite and currently lives downtown with his wife and son. Recent projects include Park Point, a 34-storey mixed-use development in Calgary's Beltline neighbourhood, and Green on Queensbury, a three-building residential community in North Vancouver.
Oliver Webbe, President and Founder, Darwin Properties
After working onsite and as an estimator for the family construction company, at 28, Oliver made the decision to start the real estate division of Darwin Construction. He had little capital, no real estate education and no practical development experience, but received advice that would set the path forward – “Be the best at one thing”. With that advice, Oliver set a goal to focus on one market and become the most active developer on Vancouver’s North Shore.
Determined to compete against the larger, more established Developers, Oliver had to be creative. Over the next 10 years, Darwin Properties took a relationship-based approach, partnering and trading over 15 properties with private land owners, municipalities and even the Federal Government. Today, Darwin is the largest private land owner in North Vancouver with 6.5 million square feet planned for development. Darwin’s portfolio includes the largest Development in the history of City of North Vancouver, as well as a 45-acre Development in partnership with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.