About

Executive Team

CATHAL O'CONNOR

PRINCIPAL, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Cathal is a Principal and Executive Chairman of Strathallen. He brings over 30 years of industry experience in leading value-creation strategies that generate superior returns for investors. He served as the Executive Vice President and CFO for a large Canadian pension fund, and has extensive expertise in Finance, Operations, and Asset Management. You can always get Cathal’s attention with chocolate in the early afternoon.
 
 

KELLY SMITH

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kelly Smith is Chief Executive Officer for Strathallen. She is responsible for the overall direction and formulating strategy for the Company. Kelly has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial property industry, in public and private companies in the areas of debt, equity and asset management. Kelly loves the outdoors and plays platform tennis in rain, sleet and snow.
 
 

Brian Spence

DIRECTOR
Brian is a Director and co-founder of Strathallen and brings more than 40 years of real estate industry experience. 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. He is the first one on the dance floor at all Strathallen events.
 
 

David Wright

DIRECTOR
David is a Director and co-founder of Strathallen, 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. He was the CEO of C2C Industrial, a TSX listed company. David is the office wordsmith and when not correcting grammar loves to fly fish on a rushing river.
 
 

Don Burton

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, ASSET MANAGEMENT
Don Burton is Executive Vice President of Asset Management for Strathallen. He 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 for all asset classes. Don is the guru of Strathallen’s hockey pool and is the only one allowed to whistle in the office.
 
 

ARASH (ARI) HESAMY

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Ari is Chief Financial Officer for Strathallen. He oversees planning, reporting, treasury, corporate taxation, administration, information technology, as well as the human resources functions for the organization. Ari brings a significant amount of financial management experience with major accomplishments in business development and client services. Ari’s funny stories come with a life lesson and are often served alongside a tasty Persian barbecue.
 
 

Donald Burton

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Donald Burton is Senior Vice President of Property Management at Strathallen. He is responsible for overseeing all functions of Strathallen’s property management platform. Donald has over fifteen years of progressive real estate experience, primarily managing the leasing and operations of retail and mixed-use assets. Remarkably, Donald is a licensed real estate broker in eight Canadian provinces and has played golf in all of them.