SVN Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage – CEO (2015 – present)
SVN Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage is a Commercial Real Estate firm, specializing in rental apartments, new apartment construction, and student housing. SVN Rock Advisors has brokered well over $1 billion in apartment transactions across Canada.
SVN Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage was established as the first SVN franchise outside of the USA. Initially, a re-branding of ROCK, SVN Rock Advisors has since incorporated the Research and Consultancy work previously done through DALA.
SVN Canada Inc. – CEO (2015 – present)
SVN Canada is the Master Franchise for the SVN brand in Canada. SVN is the largest privately held commercial real estate brokerage in the world and ranks 6th in the Lipsey Brand Survey.
When I met with the SVN team in the USA I was so impressed by the SVN brand that I not only converted my brokerage from Rock Advisors to SVN Rock Advisors, I also bought the master franchise for Canada.
30+ Years in the Apartment Business
Public Company Positions:
- Board Member, Starlight Multi-Family Fund (2013-present)
- Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO)
- Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)
- Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB)
- Founder & CEO, DALA Group of Companies (1986 – 2015)
- CEO & Broker of Record, Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage (1988 – 2014)
- President, Hamilton & District Apartment Association (1991 – 1993)
- Board Member, Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (1991 – 1993)
- Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario (1977-1980)
Derek has worked in over 17 U.S. states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Derek has worked for numerous U.S. apartment clients including Home Properties, Equity Residential, Lane Company, Flagship Properties, Pinnacle Property Management, and Village Green Companies.
Well-known for his thought leadership, Derek is a captivating speaker on topics affecting the Apartment Industry, and the factors driving its future in both Canada and the U.S. Derek has spoken to several American organizations including National Apartment Association, National Multi-Housing Council, and Multi-Housing World.
Derek has illustrated the power of (re)-positioning to Canadian apartment developers, investors, and owners by hosting intimate tours of key properties in prime U.S. markets. These jet-charted events provided valuable exposure to successful high-end rental apartment concepts.
Apartment developers / REITs:
CAPREIT, Starlight Investments, Morguard Corporation, Northern Property REIT, Rose Corporation, Shiplake Properties Ltd.\
Student housing developers:
Campus Suites, MPI Group Inc., CSC Asset Management.
Condominium & single-family home developers:
WAM Developments, Lanterra Developments, Empire Communities, Kaitlin Corporation, Times Group, Tribute Communities.
Retail developers / REITs:
First Capital Realty, SmartREIT, RioCan REIT.
Mixed-use developers / other:
Chartwell Retirement Residences, Hines Group, Vrancor, Broccolini Group, Procura, Nearctic Development Corporation.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Royal Bank of Canada, KingSett Capital.