The Heron Group of Companies is organized into a management structure that ensures that our core values, years of experience, insight and corporate philosophy filter down into each division. Overlooking all business sectors is an ownership and executive team who have allowed the communication necessary to build for the success of Heron. Partners and team players from its divisions are also represented at each core business executive panel. The result is that while The Heron Group of Companies encompasses a diversified portfolio of business sectors, we employ a consistent approach to operations and strategic decision-making.
|OWNERSHIP & EXECUTIVE TEAM|
For decades, Elliot has provided leadership and direction in the core industries, through times that demanded important strategic decisions and creative solutions. At the helm of The Heron Group of Companies for over 30 years, he is the builder of the corporation's philosophical foundations - its core set of values, proactive investment strategy, and commitment to longevity and growth. Elliot is also one of the founders and a director of The Mikey Network, the corporate charity that places defibrillators in public access areas.
Recognized as the senior spokesman within the Canadian housing sector, Hugh stands at a vantage point enjoyed by few others, that allows him a broad view of the industry's landscape of issues, challenges and opportunities. For over 30 years, he has served in leadership positions at some of the industry's most important institutions: former chair of the Ontario New Home Warranty Program (now known as Tarion), past president of both the Greater Toronto and Ontario Home Builders' Associations, and a former senior board member of CMHC (Canada Mortgage & Housing). Hugh brings a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the principles and vision that guide The Heron Group of Companies' ongoing success. He is also the chairman, spokesman and key advocate of The Mikey Network, the corporate charity that places defibrillators, Mikeys, in public access areas.
With over 30 years of experience, Sheldon is directly responsible for the operations of the Heron Group's Residential Housing Division. Sheldon has a clear appreciation of these issues from several standpoints - not only from the perspective of privately-held entities, but also from the concerns of watchdog organizations. He has been a director of The Toronto Labour Bureau since its inception more than 20 years ago and a founder of RESCON, an organization that works with builders to establish optimum practices of safety, quality, leadership and competition within the Canadian housing market.
Grant joined The Heron Group of Companies in 1980 as a civil engineer and heads the group’s Equity Development Group land development operation. In addition he is responsible for corporate partnerships, joint venture relations and deals directly with the financial community. He has a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, and an MBA from The University of Toronto. Grant’s wide range of interests and skills come together in an integrated understanding of the Heron Group’s portfolio of projects, and the ability to help guide them, step by step, detail by detail, from initiation to successful completion.
Bob plays a key role in both operations and marketing for The Heron Group and its related housing companies. Before joining The Heron Group in the 80’s, he worked in the real estate departments of several large corporations, which gave him a solid grounding in the unique range of disciplines required to succeed in the industry. His educational background in geography provides a solid basis from which to consider the broader environmental impact of building, and he has also worked extensively with community groups, which gives him a unique perspective on demographics. Bob served with distinction as both the 2007 President of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and 2011 President of the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and is recognized as an industry spokesman.
Silvio came to The Heron Group in the late 80’s with a diverse background that includes an expertise in mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as specialized training in health, safety and regulation issues. His strengths include a talent for working effectively with people at many levels of involvement. Active in several safety initiatives and associations, Silvio was co-chairman of the Low Rise Residential Labour - Management Health and Safety Committee. His attention to detail and sensitivity to the consumer ensure a well built product from the bottom up.
Brad joined The Heron Group in 1999, was appointed the Group’s CFO in 2005, and became a principal in 2008. Brad is a highly skilled Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant and is responsible for the group’s consolidated financial reporting, corporate financing, banking relationships and taxation. Brad has a broad perspective on the group's activity and with his skill set is able to understand and direct the multi-faceted activities of the group from land, housing and franchising. He is also the Financial Officer for The Mikey Network, the corporate charity that places defibrillators in public access areas.
Eva joined The Heron Group in 2002 after completing her Honours BA at the University of Toronto. As Vice President of Marketing for The Heron Group of Companies, she is responsible for the marketing and communications for the company's entire portfolio. Eva also plays an integral role in the marketing communications and operations of The Mikey Network, the corporate charity that places defibrillators, Mikeys, in public access areas.
Rene is a principal in Heathwood Realty Group, responsible for land acquisitions as well as new and resale homes. As VP of Sales for Heathwood, he leads the sales teams for all Heathwood Homes and Heron Homes projects while holding both the Ontario Real Estate and Brokers license. Rene's professionalism and direction makes sure that our homebuyer is fully served with a quality product that they and the Group are proud of.
John has been President, CEO and a shareholder with Heron Capital Corporation since it's formation in 1997. HCC is a franchise development and management company dedicated to acquiring and managing a diverse collection of master franchises across North America. Today he is president of the Master Franchise for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK© Canada and Redishred International. John is a seasoned franchise executive with significant experience in business-to-business and service related operations. He has established more than 500 franchises domestically and internationally and is active in both the Canadian and International franchise associations. John earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor and holds both B.Comm. and B.A. designations.
With an Honours BA in Psychology and a Marketing Diploma from Ryerson University, Chuck Resnick is responsible for Operations and Marketing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK©. Prior to joining Heron in 2008, Chuck was first Vice President of Marketing, Shoppers Drug Mart, and then the National Vice President of Operations. His knowledge of consumer psychology, coupled with his commitment to meeting the needs of clients and his long range vision for the company, allow Chuck to effectively define the company's services in the marketplace and help set the benchmarks for its success.
Dan Hopkins is President of the corporate TWO MEN AND A TRUCK© franchise in Mississauga. Prior he was Chief Operating Officer and VP of Development and Operations for Heron Capital Corporation's TWO MEN AND A TRUCK© Master Franchise. Before joining the Heron team, Dan was Director of Development & Franchising for Midas Canada.
Andy Howe is President of the corporate TWO MEN AND A TRUCK© GTA North Franchise. He joined the Heron Group in 2011 and brought with him a college and university education as well as 13 years of residential and commercial construction experience. His prior years of commercial and residential construction management laid a strong foundation for a smooth transition into the leadership position with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK© GTA North.
As the Executive Director of The Mikey Network, Morty looks after all aspects of the charity, from fundraising to helping promote heart-healthy lifestyles to actually placing Mikeys (public access defibrillators) in public places. Since 2005, Morty has overseen the day-to-day operations while working relentlessly to raise awareness of the charity and its goals. With over 1000 Mikeys placed to date, the charity has helped save lives through all its various programs which include Mikey's Kids and Mikey's Young at Heart School Defibrillator Program.
Since its inception in 1977 , Paul has provided strategic legal counsel for the Heron Group of Companies and has a reputation second to none among his peers. As a former partner in a major law firm, Paul brings to the table a wealth of experience and leadership in many areas of the law, with the acumen and expertise that allow him to provide clear and accurate direction to the Group.
Since 1990, Cal has worked with the development of management and information systems for the Heron Group of Companies. As a partner in a public accounting firm, Cal has extensive experience as a consultant to small and medium sized businesses, with a specialization in the design and development of computer applications software.
Jeff is well known nationally for having successfully financed and closed hundreds of millions of dollars in deals in the commercial sector with institutional clients as well as institutional funding sources/investors. He began his professional career as a Public Accountant before becoming a Real Estate Developer who fully understands the "big picture' financial issues that impact Colleges & Universities in this ever changing and complex world. Being the proud father of two college graduates, he very much wants to do as much as he can to provide for a better quality residential life for today's university and college students across the country.