IGW Nominates Four Trustees to the Board of Partners Real Estate Investment Trust

IGW Real Estate Investment Trust (IGW REIT) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary IGW Public Limited Partnership has provided notice to the Board of Trustees of Partners REIT (Partners) that it is nominating four highly experienced real estate executives for election to the Board at Partners' annual meeting scheduled for June 6, 2013.

IGW REIT is a private real estate investment trust and, through its affiliates, is the largest unitholder of Partners REIT. It is nominating the four Trustees to enable all Partners' unitholders to have strong alternatives in the election of their Board.

The four nominees are:

James R. Bullock

Mr. Bullock is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadillac Fairview Corporation and of Laidlaw Inc. During his career at Cadillac Fairview, he directed the development of more than 30 million square feet of retail properties throughout Canada and the United States. From 1987 to 1988 he served as Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He has actively managed and directed his family-owned investment company, Glengate Holdings Inc., a company with significant holdings in commercial real estate throughout Ontario, since 2000. He is also a member of the Real Estate Advisory Committee of OP Trust. Mr. Bullock has been a Board Member of several other Canadian public companies including Imasco Inc., Dylex Limited, Telemedia Inc, and Revenue Properties Corp. He was a Governor of Ryerson University, and served for two years as Chairman of its Board of Governors. He was also a Governor of McMaster University and served as a Director of McMaster Innovat ion Park. Mr. Bullock was a founding member of the Board of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and was a Director of the Woodbine Entertainment Group. He has also served on the Board of the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Shaw Festival, and the Board of Ontario Hydro.

Patrick Miniutti

Mr. Miniutti is currently Chief Executive Officer of Partners REIT and has served as a Trustee since 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Miniutti was Managing Director with Sunset Realty Services, a financial and management advisory services firm, which assisted in the acquisition and asset management of community and outlet centres and the development and management of low income and multi-family housing. Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, and as a Director of Konover Property Trust, a public company which owned, developed and managed grocery-anchored centres and outlet centres. Mr. Miniutti previously served in various executive roles with several companies including Crown American Realty Trust, a public company and an operator of regional malls, New Market Companies, one of the first developers of power centres. Mr. Miniutti is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career in accounting with KPMG before specializi ng in commercial and residential real estate accounting at Kenneth Leventhal & Company.

Graham Senst

Mr. Senst served as Vice President of Real Estate for OMERS Administration Corp. (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), one of Canada's largest pension funds. He is currently a Member of Advisory Board at KingSett Capital Income Fund and a Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Senst served as President of the Institute of Canadian Real Estate Investment Managers until its sale in August 2012. He previously served as Managing Director of Kingsett Capital Real Estate Income Fund and as an Executive Vice President of Bentall Capital and Penreal Capital Management. Earlier, Mr. Senst was Vice President of Real Estate at a subsidiary of Mackenzie Financial Corporation, where he developed debt and equity investment products for various Mackenzie equity funds, and Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at Canada Trust. He also served as Trustee of Residential Equities Real Estate Investment Trust (ResREIT), as a Director of Oxford Properties Group, Inc., and on the Advisory Boards of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund IV and Soros Real Estate Investors, C.V.

Wilbur H. Smith III

Mr. Smith is the Principal/CEO and founder of Greenlaw Partners, LLC and Greenlaw Management, Inc. Founded in 2003, Greenlaw is a full service real estate investment management and operating company, which has completed more than $2 billion in acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate properties. Currently, Greenlaw manages a portfolio in California of four million square feet comprising office, industrial, retail, resort and commercial land assets. Prior to founding Greenlaw, Mr. Smith was the Director of Asset Management for Makar Properties, a privately held real estate company. Mr. Smith is a licensed California real estate broker and a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). 

For more information:

IGW Public LP
Adam Gant
(250) 592-3395

on May 6, 2013