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.

General Manager

Riitta is Terra's General Manager.  She joined Terra in 1990.  As Terra's GM, she oversees Terra's daily operations, including 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 with Terra's principals to establish organizational and fina

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 over 35 years of real estate development and project finance experience to Terra Special Projects.  His expertise lies in deal assessment, financial anaysis and financing structure, determining alternative deal structure options and negotiation skills to find the win/win solution for the project.

Development Manager

Kelly joined Terra in 2017 as a Development Manager, responsible, with Terra's experienced staff members, for managing social purpose development projects including due diligence, budgeting, client relationships, construction and more.

Development Manager, Interior

Lindsey joined Terra as a Development Manager in 2017 but got his start with the company five years earlier when he interned with Stuart Thomas and the rest of the Terra Housing team.  Since then he has worked as a Planner for the City of Penticton, a Development Consultant through his company Goodtown Development and has managed remote mining camps in the Yukon.

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

Sayaka joined Terra in 2018 to support the Development Managers in area ranging from proposal funding and project schedules to status summaries and financial reporting.  Prior to joining Terra, Sayaka held various finance positions in both private and public companies in fields such as mining, shipping and home services.  She holds a BA in Women's Studies from Simon Fraser University, a Certifi

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.