Our Team

Christopher Eby

Executive Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs


Chris brings more than 20 years experience working in government, media and communications. Prior to joining Northcrest, Chris was Chief of Staff to Toronto Mayor John Tory, responsible for working with Toronto City Council and the municipal public service to implement and communicate the Mayor’s agenda. Before that, Chris worked as a public affairs consultant, holding senior positions with a number of firms in Toronto.

Chris started his career as a journalist, joining the National Post as a staff writer when the newspaper launched in 1998, and later as a broadcaster with CTV News in Toronto. Chris has also worked as a senior political aide in the Ontario government and as an advisor on numerous political campaigns, most recently the re-election of Toronto Mayor John Tory in 2018.

Derek Goring

Executive Vice-President, Development


Derek has almost 20 years of experience in real estate development, most recently as Senior Vice-President, Development at First Gulf Corporation, where he was responsible for the East Harbour project, a 60-acre master-planned development of approximately 13 million square feet on the eastern edge of downtown Toronto.

With experience in both public and private sector organizations, Derek has worked on a variety of large, mixed-use development projects, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. He is actively involved with the Urban Land Institute, currently serving as Chair of the Advisory Board and member of the Governance Committee for the Toronto District Council, a member of the Technology and Real Estate Council, and a Global Governing Trustee.

Tim Hamelin, CPA, CA

Vice-President, Finance


Tim has over 10 years experience in finance and accounting, most recently with Toronto-based real estate developers where he managed the finance and accounting functions including financial reporting, investor/partner reporting, treasury and debt financing. With Northcrest, Tim oversees the Finance, HR and IT functions of the organization.

Prior to his work in the real estate industry, Tim spent 5 years in the audit and assurance group of BDO Canada where he obtained his CA, CPA.

Kristy Shortall, MCIP, RPP

Vice-President, Planning and Development


Kristy has 15 years of experience in securing approvals and managing real estate projects for a variety of development projects, most recently as VP, Development at Metropia, where she was responsible for managing the professional teams, reporting project progress to Partners and the Board; coordination, negotiation and communication with municipal/regional representations; organizing public consultation sessions; and assisting with development agreements across 12 projects representing over 18.4 M sq ft of GFA and 10,633 homes. Prior to joining Metropia, Kristy was a Project Manager at MMM Group Limited.

She is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute, a LEED Green Associate, as well as a representative for the Toronto chapter of BILD. Kristy is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

Jesse Zuker

Vice-President, Infrastructure


Jesse has 15 years of experience in managing large-scale projects, most recently as Director, Project Delivery at Infrastructure Ontario where he was responsible for the Queen’s Park Reconstruction project, a 1.8 million square foot renovation to the Province of Ontario’s head office at the Macdonald Block Complex in downtown Toronto.

Jesse has worked on a variety of large, special purpose and mixed-use development projects in the Greater Toronto Area including the Pan-Am Games Athletes’ Village in the West Donlands neighbourhood and Ontario Place. Jesse’s experience also includes managing teams of real estate professionals in the education, healthcare and justice sectors.

Catharine Barnes

Director, Strategic Initiatives


Catharine has held a variety of public policy positions at the provincial and municipal levels, including Senior Policy Advisor at the LCBO and Senior Advisor – Stakeholder Relations for the Mayor of Toronto.

Using this experience, along with her MBA training, Catharine manages a variety of strategic initiatives for Northcrest in the areas of business development, policy and planning, and operations.

Ian Hanecak

Manager, Community & Stakeholder Relations


Prior to joining the Northcrest team, Ian held a variety of managerial and operational business positions in international relocations and as owner and manager of a North York-based media and publishing company.

With a background in urban planning and experience in municipal politics, Ian provides support for corporate public affairs, government relations, communications and leads the community and stakeholder relations efforts at Northcrest Developments.

Marina Sheehan

Development Manager


Prior to joining Northcrest Developments, Marina worked as a real estate development manager and development planner for various Municipal and Federal agencies, including CreateTO and Canada Post Corporation.

With a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning, Marina brings a variety of experience managing development projects and consultant teams, stakeholder engagement and securing approvals and for small, medium and large scale development projects across the GTA, Central Canada and internationally.

Dapo Olajide

Associate, Development Analytics


Dapo brings over six years of experience from infrastructure and real estate advisory, supporting governments and corporations with business strategy, financial modelling, and commercial structuring for complex transactions spanning land development, transit-oriented developments (TODs) and passenger rail.

He was most recently a Senior Consultant at Steer and previously worked as a Global Infrastructure Advisory Consultant at KPMG. In both capacities, Dapo provided financial expertise and wide-ranging market analyses for high profile redevelopment transactions including Waterfront Toronto’s Quayside and East Waterfront Redevelopment, amongst others, which formed the basis for deal valuation, structuring, negotiations, and execution.

Dapo is actively involved in the Toronto Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is currently a participant in the 2021 Curtner Urban Leadership Program.

Annie Yang

Development Coordinator


Annie joined Northcrest in July 2020 as a Development Coordinator after completing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Planning at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Northcrest, Annie was a Planning Student with WSP where she helped coordinate submissions. She also held intern positions for Niagara Region and City of Windsor where she assisted in research assignments and review of development applications.

With this experience, Annie provides support to the Development Planning Team for the redevelopment of the Downsview Airport site; she assists in the first phase of the development; the master planning process; and the Secondary Plan process.

Yvette D'Almeida

Office Manager & Executive Assistant


Yvette brings more than 15 years’ experience of administrative, operational, and organizational leadership having supported both C-Suite and senior level executives during the span of her career.

Prior to joining Northcrest, Yvette was the Personal & Executive Assistant to both Melinda Rogers-Hixon and Loretta Rogers of Rogers Communications Inc. providing her proven skills in applying sound judgment, emotional intelligence, and discretion to time-critical, confidential and unpredictable situations - all vital attributes of a diplomatic first point of contact. Yvette’s experience also includes 5 years in the creative advertising world at BBDO Canada, the Canadian division of worldwide Omnicom Group, and 5 years in real estate, homebuilding, and development at Minto Communities.

Trajce Nikolov, P. Eng.

Manager, Innovation & Infrastructure


Prior to joining the Northcrest team, Trajce worked for the City of Toronto and later in the consulting world, leading efforts on numerous high-impact infrastructure and development projects, one of which being East Harbor, a 60-acre master-planned development on the eastern edge of downtown Toronto.

He is a full member of Professional Engineers of Ontario and brings a variety of experiences managing consultant teams and infrastructure planning processes. For Northcrest, Trajce provides support for infrastructure planning, phasing, and overall strategy, and leads the innovation strategy for the project.

Kara Li

Associate, Development Analytics


Kara has more than 10 years of experience in the real estate and manufacturing industries in Canada and China, most recently with First Capital REIT, where she was responsible for the financial analysis and modeling of a variety of mixed-use development projects across Canada.

Prior to joining First Capital REIT, Kara was with Tesco and P&G as a Finance Manager. As a member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Kara brings her diverse skill set which spans across acquisition, development, and asset management activities to Northcrest Developments.

Jinny Tran

Development Manager


Jinny has over five years of experience managing complex development applications for residential, commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects in the GTHA. In her previous role as a Development Manager at SmartCentres REIT, she was responsible for managing a large team of consultants to secure development approvals, and represented the firm at Council meetings, public consultation events, and various stakeholder meetings. Prior to joining SmartCentres, Jinny was a Land Use Planner at Aird & Berlis LLP.

Jinny is a full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business specializing in real estate and infrastructure.