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 2.3 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
Jim McCaw Chief Financial Officer
Jim joined Regional Group in 2008 and is responsible for Regional’s financial and tax strategy, business intelligence, accounting, and investor reporting.
Graduating Dean’s Honours with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1987, he received his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation that same year. Post-graduation, he continued to build his professional qualifications, earning a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designation, a license as a trustee in bankruptcy, and a Corporate Finance (CF) practitioner designation.
Jim joined KPMG’s Advisory Services practice in 1989, and became partner in 1997, when he established and led the Ottawa Corporate Finance division. In this practice, he performed a wide variety of services including viability assessments, business valuations, restructurings and bankruptcies, and advised clients on debt and equity financing, mergers & acquisitions, financial strategy and divestiture.
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, Real Property
Bernie Myers Sr. VP, Real Property
Bernie Myers is the Senior Vice-President, Real Property for Regional Group, and is directly responsible for leading Regional’s Investments & Leasing, Property Management, and Tax & Valuation divisions.
With over 25 years of multi-disciplinary real estate experience, Bernie brings the company diverse expertise in asset management, leasing, portfolio management, and property management. Prior to joining Regional, Bernie served as VP, Asset and Property Management Eastern Canada for Morguard Investments. In that capacity, he directed the asset management of the company’s office and industrial building portfolio, as well as headed the property management team in Ottawa and Montreal.
Industry affiliations include past president of BOMA (Calgary); past chair for BOMEX National Conference; and frequent panelist and presenter on industry forums across Canada. Bernie holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Calgary, where he subsequently served six years on the Board of Governors.
Sr. VP, Business Relations
Jeff Gould Sr. VP, Business Relations
Jeff is responsible for Regional Group’s business relationship management and new business development. Joining Regional in 1981, Jeff successfully developed Regional’s property management business, positioning it as Ottawa’s premier property manger. Today assets under management total more than 2 million square feet of commercial property, over 2,000 residential units, and numerous condominium buildings as a direct result of his leadership.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa and the School of Business, University of Toronto, Jeff has been engaged in Real Estate and Property Management since 1969. As owner/operator of J.M. Gould Realty Limited, he managed over 3,000 condominium and rental units. Jeff is a Professional Associate of the Institute of Housing Management (AIHM), a Certified Property Manager (CPM), a Registered Property Manager (RPM) of the International Real Estate Institute, and a Commissioner of Oaths.
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.
Sr. Director, Finance-Operations
Innogen Henderson Sr. Director, Finance-Operations
Innogen, as Senior Director, Finance-Operations is responsible for providing the real-time forward–looking strategic and operational information necessary to lead the company’s finance function. Key to her role is managing the banking relationships necessary to secure project financing.
Her experience, prior to joining Regional in 2017, was Director, Development Finance with Minto Communities Canada, where she was national operational finance lead on budgeting, forecasting, and analysis of all developmental projects. Additionally, she was a Senior Manager, Audit, at KPMG, specializing in real estate and development.
Innogen graduated Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
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.
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
Named as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies by Deloitte
Regional’s pipeline of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects exceeds $5 billion gross development value.2019
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!
National Family Enterprise of the Year Award.
RENEW Category for the Best Project Development on a Neighbourhood Scale – Greystone Village
Special Achievement Award – Grand Sam Award – eQ Homes
Special Achievement Award – Best Community – eQuinelle
Special Achievement Award – Most Environmentally Friendly Builder – eQ Homes
Special Achievement Award – Best Condo Project – River Terraces at Greystone Village
Best Builder Sales Centre – eQuinelle Sales Centre
Best Town Home Model – The Atticus
Best Builder Sales Representative – Megan Van Rijt
Best Builder Design Centre – EQ Design Studio w/West of Main
Housing Design Awards – Fred Neilson Award Recipient- Regional Group
Housing Design Awards – Community of the Year (Planned) – Greystone Village – with Hobin Architecture
Housing Design Awards – Production Home – Attached – The Atticus
City of Ottawa Urban Design Award: Award of Merit – Visions and Master Plans – Greystone Village, The Oblate Lands Redevelopment
City of Ottawa Heritage Conservation Awards – award of excellence – 2010 for Melrose School House Lofts on the Park
Housing Design Awards – Production Home – Single Detached 2,000 sq. ft. or less – The Anderson, Fernbank Crossing
Best Builder Sales Assistant Claudia Jacobs: eQ Homes
Best Builder Video – River Terraces at Greystone Village, eQ Homes
Best Builder Sales Centre – River Terraces at Greystone Village, eQ Homes
Best Community – Greystone Village, eQ Homes with Hobin Architecture
Housing Design Awards – Production Home 2,000 sq. ft or less – $400,000 and under – The Dumont, Clarence Crossing
Housing Design Awards – Community of The Year – eQuinelle
Housing Design Awards – Production Home 2,000 sq. ft or less – The Alexander, Clarence Crossing
Best Bungalow Model – Single – over 1,500 sq. ft. – The Alexander Model, eQuinelle
Best Condo Model Low Rise – The Rosewood, Fernbank Crossing
Best Bungalow Model – Single – under 1,500 sq. ft. – The Pebble Beach, Fernbank Crossing
Best bungalow single, 1,500 square feet and under – The Camelot
Best bungalow single, 1,500 square feet and over – The Malibu
Best condo low-rise – The Snead, Foxwood Collection
City of Ottawa Urban Design Award: Award of Merit – Urban Landfil (low-rise) – Montmartre on the Market
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.