Our Team

A team you can trust defined by integrity

At the helm of a smart and performance-driven team, each of our principals boasts an array of experience across real-estate asset classes, and each has an established track record for delivering strong returns to partners, shareholders and investors. With The Downing Street Group, you’ll be met with the perfect blend of industry know-how and entrepreneurial spirit. Service that respects your personal investing style and delivers the results you deserve.

Tony Alberga

Anthony Alberga CHAIRMAN & CEO

Anthony is involved in the acquisition, asset management, leasing and development of The Downing Street Group's real estate investments. 

Before joining The Downing Street Group, Anthony was a founding shareholder of a successful real estate development company whose major shareholder was a large Canadian life insurance company. He developed a property portfolio, valued in excess of $500 million, consisting of commercial, industrial and residential real estate. The developments included substantial office buildings, such as the Hong Kong Bank of Canada’s prestigious 442,000 square foot head office in Vancouver.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Daniel Odorico PRESIDENT & CFO

Daniel founded The Downing Street Group in 1986. Daniel oversees the overall acquisition, asset management and disposition of real estate over a number of investment platforms.

Daniel led The Downing Street Group’s ownership, management and disposition of its portfolio of downtown Toronto high-rise office buildings, industrial buildings, shopping centres, and apartment buildings totalling approximately 3.5 million square feet. Daniel has led a number of successful joint ventures with both institutional and private partners over the years. 

Daniel holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

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Marc Canale PARTNER & COO

Marc is responsible for raising capital for The Downing Street Group’s various equity and debt platforms, liaising with its investors and the management of the firm's operations. 

Marc has over 18 years of experience in the real estate industry working extensively in both Asia and Canada. Marc joined Downing Street after working in Asia for five years. He worked for an international real estate advisory firm based in Shanghai for four years, followed by a year based in Singapore. Prior to living and working in Asia, Marc worked as a commercial realtor in Toronto with a well-known real estate firm. 

Marc holds an Honours BA in Geography (Urban Development) from the University of Western Ontario. He is licensed by both RECO as a Realtor and by FSCO as a Mortgage Agent.

 
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Lisa Swiekatun DIRECTOR OF UNDERWRITING & ASSET MANAGEMENT

Lisa is responsible for overseeing The Downing Street Group’s research and underwriting department. Along with her team, Lisa provides research and analysis on real estate financings, acquisitions and development opportunities. 

Previously, Lisa held real estate and development roles with a seniors housing company, a major lending institution, as well as real estate investment and asset management firms. 

Lisa holds a BA from the University of Toronto and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

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Robert Shiller PRESIDENT & PRINCIPAL BROKER
Downing Street Financial Inc.

Robert is responsible for The Downing Street Group’s debt and equity lending platform.

Robert began his real estate career in the late 1980s and has worked in New York, Montreal, Paris and Toronto. Robert has been involved in real estate loans, property acquisitions and loan restructurings totalling over $3 billion. He has held senior positions with large US and Canadian financial institutions and investment banks. His responsibilities have included loan origination, leading an asset management group with a portfolio in excess of $1 billion, large portfolio acquisitions and a start-up of a CMBS loan operation. Robert’s extensive career has given him unique insight into real estate transactions, both from a debt and equity perspective, in most real estate sectors. 

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is licensed by FSCO as a Mortgage Broker.

 
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Mark StirpeMANAGING DIRECTOR
Downing Street Residential Partners

Mark is responsible for The Downing Street Group's residential development and management platform. Mark oversees all project, construction and development management for both ground oriented and mid-rise residential developments.

Mark has over 14 years of experience in real estate development and sales. He has held senior executive roles in residential building corporations responsible for some of the finest homes in the GTA and surrounding areas.
 
Mark holds a Master of Engineering (M.A.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto. He also holds a certification (with Honours) in Construction Project Management and has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario since 1999. 

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Gene OxrudSENIOR ANALYST, UNDERWRITING & ASSET MANAGEMENT

Gene is responsible for underwriting new investment opportunities for The Downing Street Group’s various investment platforms. He also provides asset management services for new and existing investments.   

Gene has a few years of experience as an investment banking analyst, with a particular focus on the metals and mining space. Prior to joining The Downing Street Group, Gene held the position of Financial Analyst for four years with a significant North American commercial real estate developer.

Gene holds an undergraduate degree in Finance, as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is in the process of becoming a licensed Realtor.      

 

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Jeff CaiSENIOR ASSET MANAGER

Jeff is responsible for asset and development management of commercial, office and industrial properties with The Downing Street Group. 

Jeff has over 9 years of experience in real estate development. He previously worked with institutional and high-net worth investors, a family office in the United States, a private real estate fund in Canada, and a leading insurance company in Asia.
 
Jeff holds an MBA from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture from McGill University. Jeff is a CFA charterholder. 

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Umer Farooq ANALYST, PRIVATE EQUITY & PRIVATE DEBT

Umer is responsible for underwriting new investment opportunities for The Downing Street Group’s various investment platforms across all asset classes. 

Umer has a few years of experience in the private equity and private debt industries with a particular focus on real estate.  Having previously worked for large real estate developers and private equity funds, Umer has a strong understanding of the capital markets and real estate industries. Umer has also helped small to mid-sized enterprises raise capital as an independent consultant. 

Umer holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Waterloo. 

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Gil McLachlanMORTGAGE BROKER

Gil focuses on sourcing and structuring debt for all types of real estate transactions handled by The Downing Street Group. 

Gil began his career in real estate in the late 1970s working for a major Canadian life insurance company. He then joined a major Canadian trust company where he focused on commercial mortgages and company-owned real estate assets. Gil then moved to the mortgage brokerage side of the business with Kopas & Burritt Financial Agents Ltd. and First Marathon Mortgage Corp. in the late 1990s. He has been involved in over $3-billion dollars worth of commercial mortgages, including term debt, construction and equity financing, during his career.

Gil holds a BA in Urban Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and is licensed by FSCO as a Mortgage Broker.

 
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Kristina Berezhnaya MORTGAGE ADMINISTRATOR 

Kristina is responsible for mortgage administration and investor relations at The Downing Street Group.  Her role consists of preparing investor mortgage statements, liaising with investors for transactions, managing due diligence materials in support of the firm’s loan underwriting and mortgage enforcement department as well as corresponding with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). She is also involved in the creation and development of marketing materials and presentations for specific projects.

Kristina has more than 5 years of experience in the mortgage lending industry.  Prior to joining The Downing Street Group, Kristina worked for a reputable Canadian residential mortgage brokerage.  

Kristina holds a High Honors diploma of International Business from Seneca College and is also licensed by FSCO as a Mortgage Agent.

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Adnan HameedCONTROLLER

Adnan is responsible for overseeing corporate financial reporting and general accounting duties for all of The Downing Street Group’s real estate projects and mortgages.

Adnan has more than 9 years of experience in the real estate and construction industries. Prior to joining The Downing Street Group, Adnan worked on a very prominent real estate development in downtown Toronto.

Adnan holds a Bachelor of Administrative Studies with a major in Accounting and Business Administration from York University. He is currently pursuing his CPA designation.

 
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Rosette DipaPROJECT ACCOUNTANT

Rosette is responsible for general accounting at the project level for The Downing Street Group.
 
She has more than 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining The Downing Street Group, Rosette worked for a reputable global commercial real estate company. 
 
Rosette holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a CPA designation from De La Salle University, Philippines. She is currently enrolled in the Project Management program at Ryerson University and has reached the third level of the Certified General Accountant (CGA-CPA) program.

 

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Tricia ArcayaPROJECT ACCOUNTANT 

Tricia is responsible for general accounting at the residential project level for The Downing Street Group.
 
Tricia has over 12 years experience in residential development and project accounting. Prior to joining The Downing Street Group, she worked as a Senior Accountant for a reputable Ontario-based real estate development company.

 
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Janet HinzeEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Janet is Executive Assistant to the partners at The Downing Street Group.

Janet has been with The Downing Street Group for over 22 years and is responsible for the management of all administrative matters at the firm. Her administrative duties extend into various corporate matters, including executive support, client liaison and reporting, investor relations, and a vast array of administrative and accounting duties. Before joining The Downing Street Group, Janet worked for several corporations in the United States.