Meet Our Team

Tim Blair

CEO
Tim has nearly 20 years worth of real estate investment banking and private equity experience from Canada’s top financial institutions in progressively senior roles. With a focus on complex commercial and mixed used residential developments projects, Tim has completed over $8 billion in transactions within the Americas and Europe.

He is a graduate of the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, where he is a regular guest lecturer, and holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

Kris Tavella

Director, Real Estate

Kris is a real estate professional with 10 years worth of experience in acquisitions, dispositions, and land asset development. For the last 4 years, he has worked with EDGE to launch the United Church Property Resource Corporation, managing the national land inventory project and working directly with over 50 communities of faith to explore opportunities for asset redevelopment.

Carly Forrester

Planner

Carly brings experience in project management, getting approvals for multiple developments, and doing highest and best use analysis to UPRC. Prior to joining UPRC, she worked as an Urban Planner and Real Estate Analyst at N. Barry Lyon Consultants, where she played a key role in completing the national land inventory on behalf of The United Church of Canada. 

Ross Edwards

Project Coordinator
Ross is a recent graduate of the Master of Planning in Urban Development program at Ryerson University. His research experience  included a seniors community hub, ecologically-focused citizen engagement, and affordable student housing for the City of Toronto. Ross also has previous experience as a junior planning for Educational Consulting Services.

Our Board of Directors

Donald W. Hunter FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Board Chair

Don Hunter is the founding director of the United Property Resource Corporation. Mr. Hunter is a professional director, holding the ICD.D designation.

From 1982 to June 2005, he was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He was the audit engagement partner on a number of Canada’s largest financial services companies in the banking, investment, and asset management sectors.

Mr. Hunter has also served on the Accounting and Auditing Advisory panel of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, lectured at the University of Toronto and CPA Ontario, and has participated on numerous community boards.

Mr. Hunter has an MBA from York University and a B.E.Sc. (Engineering) from Western University.

Jim Harbell LLB

Director

Jim is a retired partner from the law firm Stikeman Elliott, but continues his relationship with the firm as a counsel/advisor on various project matters.

During the course of his career with Stikeman Elliott, Mr. Harbell has held multiple high profile roles such as head of the Project Development & Finance Group, head of the Real Estate Group in the Toronto office, co-head of the Energy Group and also served on the Partnership Board.

Mr. Harbell has also provided strategic advice on a broad range of matters involving real estate development, mergers and acquisitions in the energy and infrastructure areas, regulatory approvals and related project finance matters for municipalities, public agencies and private investors and developers.

During Mr. Harbell’s almost 30-year career with Stikeman Elliott, his expertise has been recognized by numerous legal publications such as Chambers Canada 2018 and Chambers Global 2018 as a leading lawyer in Energy: Power (Transactional), The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 in Energy (Electricity), Property Development and Infrastructure, The Legal 500 Canada 2018 in Energy: Power, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 in Energy Law, Energy Regulatory Law, Environmental Law and Real Estate Law, and Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 in Energy, Government Contracts and Environmental Law. In 2015, Jim was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Energy Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Erik Mathiesen B.Com, FLMI

Director

Mr. Mathiesen is the Chief Financial Officer for the national arm of The United Church of Canada. In this capacity, he supports the work of almost 2,800 congregations across Canada and works with many volunteers to maintain a large pension plan, national operating and grant budgets and significant investment holdings.

Erik has been active in the non-profit sector for over 30 years, particularly in the area of affordable housing. He currently serves as Trustee and Treasurer for Rosedale United Church and as treasurer and the immediate past Chair of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation among other volunteer leadership roles.

Prior to his move to the non-profit sector in 2008, Mr. Mathiesen had worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, where he specialized in operations management and business reengineering.

Lucy Cummings, PHD

Director

Lucy Cummings (she/her) is a Senior Advisor and former Executive Director at Faith & the Common Good — Canada’s only national, non-sectarian charity dedicated to assisting diverse religious groups put their earth care values into practice. 

She has designed numerous religious institutional carbon reduction programs and has extensive experience building and funding collaborative climate action initiatives with unconventional partners. Prior to Faith & the Common Good, Lucy co-founded the UK volunteer affiliate of Seacology (purpose: island biodiversity protection) and taught global politics at the University of Hong Kong.

She is a member of the Parliament of the World’s Religions’ Climate Action Task Force, an advisor to the Canadian chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, and is currently on the steering committee for a community-based, multi-year climate adaptation program to increase resident resiliency in one of Toronto’s most underserved neighborhoods.

Proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Lucy holds a BA in economics from the University of Virginia, a MA in religious ethics from Yale, and a Ph.D. in global politics from Johns Hopkins University.

Anne Babcock, BA

Director

Ms. Babcock is President and CEO of Woodgreen Community Service and related corporations, which comprises a $47 million organization with 34 locations, 650 staff and 1,000 volunteers serving 37,000 people each year.

Woodgreen is the second largest provider of social housing in Toronto and is recognized in Toronto and across the province as a leader in social innovation.

Ms. Babcock also serves as a volunteer board member with Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, International Federation of Settlement and Neighbourhood Services. She previously also volunteered with the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and Riverdale Community Development Corporation and Access Loan Fund.

Ms. Babcock is also the long-time Chair of United Way of Greater Toronto’s Citizens Review Panel for Children and Youth.