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Executive Team

PRINCIPALS

SOL POLACHEK

CHAIRMAN

Sol Polachek’s career began in the 1960s in the construction industry. He served for over 30 years as CEO of Magil Construction Corporation, a leading, Montréal-based general contracting firm. Sol’s diversification into real estate acquisition and development in the 1980s led to the founding of Magil Laurentian as the management arm of his family’s real estate investment company.

GARY POLACHEK

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Gary has over 30 years of experience investing, managing, financing and developing commercial real estate projects. Gary has extensive hands-on experience in strategic planning, feasibility analysis, and negotiating real estate ventures. Past real estate projects have included: Office, Flex-Office, Industrial, Hotel and Condominiums.

Gary plays a key role in setting the overall vision and strategic direction. Over the past thirty years, he has successfully led the team in executing asset strategies, while developing and maintaining strong relationships with all stakeholders. Gary focuses on delivering exceptional service and is a strong proponent of continuous improvement. Gary has a BComm in Finance and Accounting, as well as a BCL and LLB, Civil and common law degrees, all from McGill University.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

MAUREEN E. FLANIGAN

VICE-PRESIDENT, REAL ESTATE

Maureen leads the company’s real estate, acquisition and development platform in Ottawa and Montreal. Maureen is a senior executive with business management and real estate experience with private, institutional, and family-held businesses in Ontario and Quebec. Maureen brings 30 years of commercial real estate and business management experience in development, asset management, property management and leasing for private and institutional organizations.

During her career, Maureen’s experience has included many real estate sectors such as office, industrial, residential and retail. Maureen has held senior leadership positions with nationally recognized Canadian real estate organizations in Toronto and Ottawa. Maureen is based in Ottawa.

ROBERT UDITSKY, CPA, CA

VICE-PRESIDENT, ADMINISTRATION & ACCOUNTING

Robert is responsible for the company’s financial portfolio, including real estate accounting, acquisition/disposition due diligence, financing, taxation, risk management and treasury management. Robert is also responsible for information technology, human resources and administration including payroll and insurance. As a member of the senior management team, Robert ensures corporate objectives are achieved and assists in the strategic planning process. After working at a national accounting firm, Robert joined the Magil Laurentian team in 2002 and has knowledge in the areas of real estate investment and property management. Robert has become an effective leader and resourceful problem solver.

Over the years, Robert has developed important relationships with financial institutions, tax specialists, accountants and lawyers. Robert has a B Comm. in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from McGill University and a diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. He is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants.

Peter Smale

Development Management Consultant

Peter is a seasoned project manager and development consultant, and a key player in our success. His portfolio of projects includes 455 René-Lévesque Ouest, Jardins Louis-Alexandre condominiums, Quartier Évolution, 715 St-Jacques Ouest office complex, the Matheson West Corporate Centre, Louis Bohème Condominiums, and EQ8.

Peter’s career began as a site architect during the building of the Desmarais Pavillion of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal while working for Desnoyers Mercure & associés and Moishe Safdie Architects. Since that time, he has led high-rise, mixed-use condominium and purpose-built rental residential projects, major office developments, and renovations of commercial, manufacturing, and recreational properties.