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.

Senior 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.

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.

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

Administrative Project Assistant

Niti joined Terra in 2019 as an Administrative Project Assistant, responsible for disseminating project information to stakeholders, developing and maintaining project deliverables under the direction of Terra's development managers.  Previously, Niti worked as an assistant manager in her co-op.  She graduated in 2019 from Georgian College with a Diploma in Business Accounting and holds a Bache

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.

Administrative Project Accountant

Rasoul joined Terra as an Administrative Project Accountant in 2019, responsible for providing support to the company and development managers throughout the development and construction process with a focus on supporting construction claims, budgeting, cashflows and financial reporting and other adminstrative aspects of projects ensuring they are successfully initiated and completed.

Senior 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.

Development Manager

Andrew joined Terra in 2019 as a Development Manager responsible for managing the development and implementation of social purpose projects in consultation with Terra principals and staff. 

Senior Development Manager

Kelly joined Terra in 2017 as a Development Manager, providing the management of social purpose development construction, with responsibilities including strategic planning, budgeting, grant sourcing, due diligence, client relationships and more.

Chief Operation Officer

Maher has worked in the real estate industry for over a decade, gaining experience in asset management, property management, leasing, finance, risk management, accounting and reporting. 

Senior 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

Imelda joined Terra as a Development Manager in 2021.  Trained as an Urban Planner, Imelda's career is driven by her desire to create vibrant communities which informs her collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to real estate development based on strong relationships with her team, clients and stakeholder groups.  Imelda has provided strategic recommendations and delivered affordable hou

Senior 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 / Systems Administrator

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

Senior Claims Administrator

Manuela joined Terra in 2013.  She is well versed in the construction claims process, GP, Vivid and Terra's development management processes.  Manuela trains new claims staff and is the senior client and funder liaison.

Development Manager

Philip joined Terra in 2021 as a Development Manager.  Prior to joining Terra, Philip worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in the Lower Mainland conducting a wide range of consulting assignments for residential and commercial properties which included development sites, office buildings, multi-family, retail and industrial properties.  Philip was awarded the use of the professional desi