The Terra Team

Our staff members are dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable individuals with impressive and diverse abilities to handle all aspects of your project development. A culture of community involvement and volunteerism is fostered at Terra.

Principals and some staff photos by Tamea Burd.

Development Manager

Shamir has been a development manager with Terra since 2002. He brings experience in law, construction safety, development and renovation, and involvement with a wide range of arts, community and charitable non-profits. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Calgary, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria.

Director of Finance and Operations

Riitta joined Terra in 1990 and currently is Terra's Director of Finance and Operations.  She manages Terra's financial functions, providing solid financial information about company activities in order to assist the partners in making educated economic decisions about Terra's future.  Riitta works to maximize financial assets by working with the partners to establish financ

Proposals Co-ordinator/Art Director/Website Manager

Nancy joined Terra in 1990. As Proposals Co-ordinator, she works with clients and Terra development managers to ensure all requirements for funding proposals are compiled and submitted in a timely manner. As Art Director, she oversees, commissions and creates the visual requirements for Terra, as well as managing and providing all content for the Terra website.

Development Manager

Albert joined Terra in 2016 as a Development Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of projects in consultation with Terra principals and staff.

Principal, Terra Special Projects

Hugh brings more than two decades experience in development management to Terra Special Projects.  His areas of expertise include Site Assessment: competitive analysis, highest and best use, preliminary financial feasibility, site acquisition; Project Design: site planning, detailed market-dictated building design; Financing: financial modeling and budgeti

Development Manager

Sheila has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of developing government-funded housing projects — from group homes to assisted living facilities, conception through construction, mortgage insurance to community development.

Development Manager

Rob has been with Terra since 1989 in a variety of lead and supportive roles including development manager, property manager and research assistant. He is currently senior development manager and company associate.

Administrative Project Assistant

Chris joined Terra in 2015 as an Administrative Project Assistant, supporting Terra's development managers with the construction claims process and other administrative functions.

Administrative Project Assistant

Manuela joined Terra in 2013 as an Administrative Project Assistant, supporting Terra's development managers with the construction claims process and other administrative functions, including managing team Sharepoint sites. Previously, she worked as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant; she also has an extensive background in retail management.