We are committed, accountable, and experienced
Since 1958, Regional Group has been shaping real estate in Ottawa and throughout Canada’s National Capital Region. Started as Regional Realty, the business evolved into a real estate powerhouse with extensive experience handling every aspect of the real estate environment. We create, manage, and assess real estate value for our clients, partners, and investors.
Our standing and relationships within the community afford us intimate knowledge of every piece of real estate in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We’ve successfully weathered market cycles and have the wisdom and experience to guide investment decisions. We are an innovative, nimble and forward-thinking company. Our team of seasoned, multi-disciplinary real estate professionals has the expertise to target investment potential, develop profitable real estate assets and deliver professional advice and management in both the private and public sectors.
We have the vision to create strategies that are smart solutions for today and have the holding power to be even smarter for the future.
Driven by a philosophy of integrity
We hold honesty, respect, best judgement, and doing the right thing as paramount for our stakeholders, employees and communities.
We are resolute in our dedication to creating opportunity and value.
We empower our people to strive for creativity, uniqueness and distinction, through collaboration and education.
We create by actively listening to the needs of our customers, investors and our community.
We value family and enjoyment in our workplace, communities and personal lives.
We are thankful for the opportunities and commitments that have been bestowed on us and are proud of the relationships and results we have built.
For six decades and 3 generations, we’ve led change and city building. We’ve developed an extensive network of relationships in private and public sectors. Our team serves prominently in positions of leadership with professional and community organizations.
Leading by example
Over six decades, we’ve developed an extensive network of contacts and deep experience shaping real estate deals in Ottawa-Gatineau. Our team is made up of highly talented individuals in all areas of property acquisition, development, and management.
President & CEO
Steve Gordon President & CEO
Steve Gordon has been president and CEO of Regional Group since 1982 and is actively involved in every facet of the company’s real estate assets and pipeline. During his tenure at Regional, he has shaped the company into a truly integrated real estate platform. His visionary and entrepreneurial approach to real estate has been the driver behind many of Regional’s most successful deals. In addition to his leadership role, Steve is involved in succession planning to transfer ownership to the third generation. Steve’s personal core values of integrity, commitment and gratitude are central to Regional’s culture.
Steve is an active member of both the real estate and local communities and has served as president, Real Estate Institute of Canada, Eastern Ontario Chapter; president, Institute of Real Estate Property Management, Ottawa; president, Housing & Urban Development Association of Canada, Ottawa; past national director, Real Estate Institute of Canada, and member of the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Boys & Girls Club and Jr. Achievement of Canada.
Executive Vice President
Sender Gordon Executive Vice President
Sender joined Regional Group in 2012 and is responsible for commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, as well as the leasing of Regional Group’s commercial real estate portfolio – currently 3 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space. His role includes the sourcing, syndication, and acquisition of value-add real estate for the portfolios of the Regional Group and various family offices. Sender thrives on the goals of each transaction and crafting a deal that addresses the needs and interests of all stakeholders.
Prior to joining Regional, Sender completed rabbinical training in New York and was ordained as a Rabbi in 2010. In 2012, Sender and his wife, Sarah, founded Miles of Smiles, a non-profit organization established to teach English as a second language. The organization, which began in Ottawa, now has numerous branches and an international reach.
Chief Operating Officer
Dave Wallace Chief Operating Officer
Dave Wallace holds dual positions as both the COO of Regional Group and the president of the company’s EQ Homes division. Dave is charged with leading the transformation of Regional from a third-generation family venture into a fully-integrated real estate investment and advisory platform. He is responsible for strategy, portfolio growth, governance, and operations.
As a dual Canadian and U.S. citizen with over 25 years of real estate experience in both countries, including development, finance, and construction, Dave brings a different perspective to the mix. He is a LEED AP, and has developed LEED communities and buildings in Canada and the US. Prior to joining Regional, Dave was COO of Portrait Homes, a mixed-use and residential developer in Vancouver, BC. Earlier in his career, he was a financial advisor and corporate account executive with Prudential Bache Securities in San Francisco, CA, and he holds FINRA series 7 and 3 licenses.
Chief Financial Officer
Sean Johnson Chief Financial Officer
Sean Is responsible for the leadership of financial strategy, capital, and the financial resources to achieve Regional’s growth, revenue, and profitability goals. He is a member of Regional Group’s executive committee and the executive team.
Sean’s experience includes real estate, development, and gas, industries in both public and privately held companies. Previously Sean served as CFO for the Rohit Group of Companies, which he joined in 2015. In that capacity, he had oversight of all shared financial, legal, and reporting standards implementation. As CFO of Iteration Energy Ltd, Calgary, he steered the company through a period of significant production and growth. Sean’s strengths of process implementation and report standardization are a welcome asset as Regional expands its portfolio and assets under management.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. He holds both Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designations and is a Commissioner of Oaths (Province of Alberta).
Sr. VP, Land Development
David Kardish Sr. VP, Land Development
David is responsible for Regional’s Land Development department including land acquisitions, syndications, development and dispositions. During his 30 years at Regional, he has become widely recognized as an industry leader in creative and innovative development. David and his team have been instrumental in the acquisition and development of high-tech business parks, retail lands, and master-planned residential communities, most recently including the CITIGATE Corporate Campus and Greystone Village, a LEED ND community.
Prior to joining Regional, David was a senior planner for the Regional Municipality of Ottawa Carleton, where he was involved in the City’s first comprehensive inventory of residential development lands. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University and a Master’s degree in Planning from Queens University.
Sr. VP, Investments & Leasing
Pierre Hurteau Sr. VP, Investments & Leasing
Joining Regional in 2020, Pierre leads investment strategies to identify and acquire value add opportunities for the company’s clients. He is responsible for the execution of the asset management plans with the goal to maximize asset values throughout the asset holding period. In addition, he will oversee the leasing team and strategies related to the company’s commercial real estate portfolio.
Prior to joining Regional, Pierre co-founded BridgePort Realty Capital Partners in 2008, a boutique investment and management company with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. Throughout his career, Pierre worked with several of Canada’s largest private real estate companies, financial institutions and a prominent Canadian pension fund manager based in the province of Quebec. Pierre’s diverse experience at various executive levels include third party property management, leasing, asset management, acquisitions/dispositions and fund management of real estate in Canada, US and Asia. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Sciences and Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.
VP, eQ Homes
Josh Kardish VP, eQ Homes
Josh is responsible for the daily operations of eQ Homes, a Regional affiliate. Josh joined Regional Group in 2006 as a land development manager, working side-by-side with his father, VP David Kardish. In this capacity, he managed large-scale, master-planned residential developments from acquisition through to completion. Prior to that, Josh worked as a planning consultant for Novatech Engineering Limited, an Ottawa-based engineering consulting firm. This combined experience gives him a unique perspective and behind-the-scenes knowledge that he brings to eQ Homes, which he joined as vice president in 2016.
A multiple degree graduate from Dalhousie University – a Master’s degree in Urban & Rural Planning and Bachelor of Commerce, Josh was awarded the Rossetti Scholarship from the Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning at Dalhousie University. Josh is the current president of the Greater Ottawa Homebuilders’ Association and a volunteer member of the board of Camp B’Nai Brith of Ottawa.
VP, Tax & Valuation
John Clark VP, Tax & Valuation
John joined the Regional Group in 1988 and has been managing Regional’s Tax & Valuation department since 1991. With over 30 years of experience, he is an internationally recognized leader in tax, valuation, assessment, and real estate appraisal. John is a fully accredited member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, and his “Clark Report” is widely read by lawyers and accountants throughout the country. Under his leadership, his department has saved Regional’s clients in excess of $250 million in taxes.
John’s areas of expertise include appearing as an expert witness for both court and assessment review board matters, negotiation, and litigation support. He is an authority on a vast range of real estate appraisal types, including investment and commercial properties, located across the country and the eastern Arctic. John has been an active member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and served as its national president 2001-2002.
Director, Property Management
Tal Scher Director, Property Management
Tal is responsible for leading Regional’s Property Management Division, including commercial, retail, industrial, and residential properties. Tal joined Regional Group in 2015, and his major focus is to provide the consistent outstanding level of property management required to ensure maximum return on investment for Regional’s clients.
His customer-centric viewpoint was developed during his tenure at Aon Hewitt and Mercer as a Human Relations Consultant. There he managed large-scale international accounts with experience in all aspects of human capital.
A graduate, summa cum laude, from the Syms School of Business in New York, Tal earned the Norman Palefsky Award for the most outstanding graduating male scholar-athlete and the Bernard Brown Award for Excellence in Business Studies. Tal now serves on both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of BOMA Ottawa.
Director, Commercial & Multi-Family Development
Kelly Rhodenizer Director, Commercial & Multi-Family Development
As Director of Commercial & Multi-family Development, Kelly is responsible for every aspect of developing Regional Group’s pipeline assets. Working closely with Regional’s internal teams, she manages the entire process from planning through construction, leasing, and liaising with project stakeholders.
Prior to joining Regional, Kelly was the Senior Development Manager at Colonnade BridgePort, where she managed development assets ranging from 2,000 sqft retail PAD, to 25-storey mixed-use projects. Kelly has been working within the greater Ottawa area since 2005 as a Land Use Planner and Developer.
She is a BOMA representative on the Ottawa City Hall Development Review Subcommittee, and a founding member of Women in Land Development (WILD). She is a graduate of Western University – with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography.
Director, Acquisitions Finance
Joost Homan Director, Acquisitions Finance
In his role as Director of Acquisitions Finance, Joost has responsibility for performing analysis of prospective real estate investments. His main objective is to enable and participate in strategic decision-making by the management team, investors, and departmental stakeholders.
Prior to his joining Reginal Group in 2017, Joost was with Ballast Nedam in their Concessions, Real estate Development and Holding divisions, both in Canada and the Netherlands. There, most recently in his position as Sr. Business Controller/Sr. Financial Analyst, he managed the overall planning & control process of 150+ projects, 110+ P&Ls, $300m+ in capital assets, and $150m+ revenue.
Joost holds a Master of Science, Business Economics from the University of Groningen, and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Leeuwarden (the Netherlands) and Université d’Auvergne (Clermont-Ferrand I), in France.
Director, Human Resources
Betty Casey-Large Director, Human Resources
As the Director of Human Resources, Betty serves as a strategic partner and advisor for HR matters to both the leadership team and our employees. Her main areas of focus include the development and execution of human capital strategies and change initiatives, talent acquisition, compensation, employee relations, payroll, benefits administration and office management.
Betty brings more than 30 years of Human Resources expertise to the role. Prior to joining Regional Group in 2017, Betty spent the majority of her career in high tech and not-for-profit organizations.
She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) and is a Registered Professional Recruiter.
Barb Francey Group Controller
As Group Controller, Barb manages and oversees all Regional Group’s finance processes and activities, including monthly financial reporting and general accounting operations.
Prior to joining Regional in 2019, Barb had a distinguished 25-year career most of which was in hi-tech, and more recently in the legal industry at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh where she championed a new accounting culture and implemented an ERP solution. Barb’s main passion has been acting as a change agent – building and transforming finance organizations, with a focus on strong processes and the utilization of technology to enable streamlined timely reporting.
Barb graduated with an Honor Bachelor of Commerce degree from Lakehead University. She is both a Chartered Accountant (CA) in Ontario as well a CPA (Illinois) in the USA.
Beneath all – lies land
Our love of Ottawa and pride in Canada’s Capital is a central theme in everything we do.
Started in 1958 as Regional Realty, founder Len Potechin recognized the unlimited potential for economic growth and community development achievable through real estate investment and management. His legacy is alive and well, having steadily grown under the leadership of Steve Gordon, CEO. We have created a unique real estate platform and attracted capital from wealth managers, family offices and institutions.
Today, we have a $5+ billion pipeline of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects in various stages of development in Ontario and Quebec, as well as a management portfolio of more than 2.3 million square feet of commercial space and 2,000 residential units. Our homebuilding division, eQ Homes consistently creates visionary, award-winning communities which lead the way in home innovation and sustainable living initiatives.
Len Potechin founds Regional Realty, Ltd
Debut of Regional Realty’s “Regi” the first MLS Computer1981
Regional Commercial Brokerage Division established.
Research, Market Studies and Consulting Division established.
Acquisition of Statesman Management and Realty Ltd. based in Calgary and Edmonton.1988
Regional establishes Realty Tax Advisory Service – now Tax & Valuation, managing over 3000 properties1997
Regional sets record of 25-million dollars in apartment sales in 1 month
Regional builds new corporate offices
Construction begins on eQuinelle Regional’s first master-planned community – $450 million gross development value2006
eQ Homes becomes first production builder in Ontario to introduce Smart Home technology as standard2017
Greystone Village Awarded LEED ND v4 Silver, the first community in Ontario to achieve this designation.2018
Regional’s pipeline of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects exceeds $5 billion gross development value.
Active and attentive partner in the success of every project
We measure success differently. To us it’s not just about the numbers, it’s also about the process. Our reputation has been earned through years of hard work and relationship building. We bring that to every deal we make, every property and portfolio we manage, and every community we build. We focus on listening to what our investors and customers want and need. The result – another successful transaction and relationship.
Proud to be recognized as one of the top real estate companies in Ottawa
We love real estate. We love the challenge, the process, and ultimately, the thrill of watching a vision become a thriving reality where people live and work. In truth, we are rewarded every day – by the people we meet, the communities we have the pleasure of creating, and the relationships we have built.
We are grateful for the opportunities to pursue our passion. However, it is always wonderful to be recognized for the work we have done. A kudo is always appreciated!
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Builder Sales Assistant – Alain Legault, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Builder Sales Representative – Stephanie Vintinner, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Single Family Home (2,001 – 3,000 SQ.FT.) – The Blackburn, eQ Homes with Norma King Design Inc.
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Builder Sales Team – eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Bungalow (Single) – The Firestone, eQ Homes with Norma King Design Inc.
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Single Family Home (Under 2,000 SQ.FT.) – The Hamilton, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Grand Sam Award – eQ Homes
The Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) – Best Business – The Regional Group
The Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) – FEX Ottawa Family Enterprise of the Year – The Regional Group
The Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX) – National Family Enterprise of the Year – The Regional Group
The Lee Evans Awards – Builder Partnerships 2019 Executive Summit – Management Excellence – eQ Homes
Deloitte – Canada’s Best Managed Companies – The Regional Group
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – New Community – eQuinelle, eQ Homes with Hobin Architecture Incorporated
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Single Detached ($500,000-$625,000) – eQ Homes, The Firestone
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Single Detached ($750,001 and over) – eQ Homes, The Riviera
Canadian Brownfields Network – 2018 Brownie Awards – RENEW: Development at the Community Scale – Greystone Village
The Best Ottawa Business Awards (BOBs) – Best Performance Sustainability – The Regional Group
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Special Achievement – Production Builder of the Year – The Regional Group
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Town Home Model – The Atticus, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Grand Sam Award – eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Condo Project – eQ Homes, River Terraces at Greystone Village
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Most Environmentally Friendly Builder – eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Builder Design Centre – eQ Design Studio, West of Main with eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – New Community (Planned) – Greystone Village, eQ Homes with Hobin Architecture Incorporated
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Attached (2,000 sq. ft. or less) – eQ Homes, The Atticus
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Fred Neilson Award – The Regional Group
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Special Achievement – Best Community – eQ Homes, eQuinelle
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Community – Greystone Village, eQ Homes with Hobin Architecture
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Builder Video – River Terraces at Greystone Village, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Builder Sales Assistant – eQ Homes, Claudia Jacobs
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Builder Sales Centre – eQ Homes, River Terraces at Greystone Village
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Single Detached (2,000 sq. ft. or less) – eQ Homes, The Anderson, Fernbank Crossing
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Bungalow – eQ Homes with G. Ryan Design – The Augusta
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Community – eQ Homes with G. Ryan Design – eQuinelle
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home 2,000 sq. ft or less, $400,00 and under – eQ Homes: Clarence Crossing, The Dumont
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Single Detached 2,000 sq. ft or less, $400,000 and under – eQ Homes: Clarence Crossing, The Dumont
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Production Home, Single Detached 2,000 sq. ft or less, $400,001 and over – eQ Homes: Clarence Crossing, Alexander
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Community of the Year – eQ Homes, eQuinelle
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – Housing Design Awards – Community of the Year – eQ Homes, eQuinelle
eQuinelle Golf Club – Ottawa Golf Fairway Awards – Best Customer Service – The Regional Group, eQ Homes
eQuinelle Golf Club – Ottawa Golf Fairway Awards – Best Greens – The Regional Group, eQ Homes
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Bungalow – eQ Homes inc., The Pebble Beach Model
The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) – The SAM Awards – Best Bungalow, Single (over 1,500 sq. ft.) – eQ Homes inc., The Malibu Model
Affiliates & Partners
The strength of a company is often measured by their affiliations. We are proud to partner with companies that share our values about community, sustainability and giving back.
Established in 2009, eQ Homes, a wholly-owned affiliate company, is one of Ottawa’s top builders — consistently delivering innovative, award-winning homes of exceptional quality. The company’s motto “Enriching Lives” is evident in every community they build.
Respect for the environment is one of our core values. For every home we build, we contribute to Tree Canada’s National Greening Program to replenish those trees we used. To date, Tree Canada has planted over 80 million trees, and greened over 1,100 urban centres, BIAs, indigenous communities, schools and hospitals throughout Canada.
Habitat for Humanity
Creating strong, livable communities is the core of our business. Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership.
In The Community
Big hearts and big ideas are a great combination
We operate with Community in mind. Our team has always been passionate about creating healthy, vibrant communities for exceptional living, and our charitable giving focuses on areas that support them.
- Children’s programs & education
- Health care
A holistic balance ensures the future of the communities we build, and we strive to enhance them by contributing financial resources and expertise to many worthwhile causes. Our employees extend this dedication by serving as volunteers and participating in neighbourhood events. We are extraordinarily proud of the communities we build, work and live in.