Executive Team


Cathal is a Principal and Executive Chairman of Strathallen Capital. He brings over 30 years of industry experience in leading value-creation strategies that generate superior returns for investors. Prior to Strathallen he served as the Executive Vice President and CFO for Cadillac Fairview. He has extensive expertise in Finance, Operations, and Asset
Management.  Cathal holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is a fellow of the Institute of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. 


Brian is a Director and co-founder of Strathallen Capital and brings more than 40 years of real estate industry experience to his role within the Company. Prior to Strathallen, he was a founding member and senior corporate executive of several real estate companies. Brian also served as Chairman of C2C Industrial, a TSX listed company. Brian holds a business degree from Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

David Wright

David is a Director and co-founder of Strathallen Capital, with more than 40 years of real estate experience.  Prior to Strathallen, David served as a senior corporate executive and founded several real estate companies.  David served as the CEO of C2C Industrial, a TSX listed company. David holds an MBA from the York University.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Strathallen Capital Corp. In this capacity Kelly will be leading the Strathallen Executive Team. She will be responsible for the overall direction of Strathallen and formulating strategy for the Company, which has experienced a transformational transaction in 2017; doubling its size and making it a leading participant in the retail property sector. Kelly has more than thirty years of experience in the commercial property industry, in both public and private companies in the areas of debt, equity and asset management. She was a senior executive of a public U.S. real estate investment trust and a member of the S&P 500, with ownership of more than 500 shopping centres comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space. Kelly holds an H.B.A. and M.B.A. from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Don Burton

Donald (Don) Burton is the Executive Vice President of Asset Management. Don leads the national asset management platform, leveraging over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate management, including strategic asset planning/management, property management, leasing and development. Don’s experience with retail assets spans from regional/super regional shopping malls to open air/power centres and food anchored strips. Prior to joining Strathallen, Don was responsible for the asset management of a $3.5 billion national retail portfolio.  Don holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.

Ari Hesamy

Ari is the Chief Financial Officer for Strathallen.  Ari’s primary responsibilities at the Company are to enhance its financial capabilities and directing SPMI/SCC’s overall financial management. Ari oversees planning, reporting, treasury, corporate taxation, administration, information technology and human resources functions for the organization. Ari brings a significant amount of financial management experience with major accomplishments in business development and client services. Prior to joining Strathallen, he held progressively senior positions at a global accounting firm, serving real estate and other clients as a licensed public accountant.  As a Chartered Accountant and also a Certified General Accountant, since 2002, Ari has been a member of the Institute of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from the University of Tehran, Iran.

Donald Burton

Donald Burton is Senior Vice President of Property Management at Strathallen and has been with the company since 2009. Donald is responsible for the overall performance of Strathallen’s properties under management and oversees all property management activities, including Strathallen’s brokerages. With over a decade of experience focused primarily on the management and leasing of retail and mixed-use properties, Donald creates value at the property level through efficient management of Strathallen’s national property management platform. In addition to Donald’s extensive real estate and property management experience, Donald holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University, a Real Property Administrator designation from Building Owners and Managers institute (BOMI), and is a licensed Broker in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia; Donald is currently enrolled in the Edinburgh Business School Master of Business Administration program. Prior to being appointed as ICSC's Provincial Director (Atlantic Canada) in 2016, Donald was appointed Operations Chair (2015) and Next Generation Chair (2012).