OUR STORY

  • SETTING THE
    FOUNDATION FOR
    WHERE YOU WANT
    TO BE.

For the past 35 years Atria Development has been redeveloping properties for residential, commercial and industrial use across the GTA, particularly in Toronto’s downtown eastern core. Our ventures include the challenging but rewarding task of converting abandoned buildings into affordable, functional studio lofts, where artists, photographers and those in the film industry can live and work. We have a long and proud history of spotting potential and breathing new life into neglected buildings and overlooked neighbourhoods.

  • LEADING BY
    EXAMPLE.

Atria Development has a strong management team, led by brothers Hans Jain and Vipin Jain. The Jain family has long been a part of the development fabric in the Greater Toronto Area. Gyan Chand Jain, the family patriarch, arrived in Canada in 1964 and started developing in Toronto in 1969. His sons founded Atria to continue a tradition of revitalizing communities, by building new projects and repurposing existing structures.

Team

Hans Jain
B.Sc (Hon), PRESIDENT

Hans Jain, President, is on a mission to illuminate urban neighbourhoods, energize historic landmark buildings and set communities aglow with sophisticated modern buildings. As the President of Atria, Hans is the driving force behind the company’s success in merging the character and elegance of the past with the sleek urban design of the present – creating communities of the future.

Hans shares his father Gyan’s passion for development. He has worked tirelessly to build Atria’s reputation by dealing with the company’s partners, purchasers and renters ethically and with integrity. As President, Hans is directly involved with an experienced team in all stages of the development life cycle: from land acquisition and assembly, planning and approvals (COA, OMB/LPAT), financing, design, engineering and construction management, sales and marketing, to occupancy and long-term leasing and property management.

Career milestones include leading the regeneration of Toronto’s burgeoning Leslieville neighbourhood with the successful launches of i-Zone and the Garment Factory Lofts; and completing Parkwood Residences, the first condominium project that downtown Oshawa had seen in nearly 20 years – all developments that saw existing buildings being converted into residential spaces. Recently Atria has completed a 239 unit modern purpose built rental and the second phase consisting of 370 units is under construction. In Peterborough, a the historic YMCA built in 1895 has seen an extensive renovation and will see 136 apartments lofts ready for rent this summer. Hans continues to lead Atria throughout the many exciting projects currently under development.

Hans graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours B.Sc. in Quantitative Methods in Economics, and pursued Graduate Studies in Economics at the University of Toronto.

Vipin Jain
B.A.Sc., Vice President

Hans’ younger brother and trusted partner. For the past three decades, he has been working closely with his brother to develop and retrofit a wide variety of projects across the Greater Toronto Area. These projects include single family homes, townhomes, multi-unit residential apartments and condominiums, and industrial buildings.

With his engineering degree, his focus and expertise resides in the technical aspects of Atria’s projects – mechanical, electrical and structural.

Atria’s in-house experience and expertise spans all stages of the development life cycle: from land acquisition and assembly, planning and approvals (COA, OMB/LPAT), financing, design, engineering and construction management, sales and marketing, to occupancy and long-term leasing and property management. Atria firmly believes in retaining the best employees and consultants in their respected fields to ensure not only top-quality expertise but also driving the development forward as planned. The other tenet of Atria’s approach is building and nurturing lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with all stakeholders.

Winners of the 2004 Ontario Economic Development Award for the 120-unit retrofit project in Oshawa, and the 2005 Marketing Excellence Award in Canada for the 8-storey Garment Factory in 2008, Hans and Vipin are complemented by a close-knit team that includes innovative, veteran leaders in their respective industries: an experienced land use planner; cost consultants, senior architect; structural engineer; development and project managers; site superintendents; marketing and sales director; and senior general counsel.

Hitesh Gajiwala
B.E. (Civil), P.Eng., Director, Engineering and Construction

Hitesh Gajiwala P. Eng., Director of Engineering & Construction, has over 30 years of progressive and comprehensive experience in engineering, construction, management of new construction, the renovation of high-rise and low rise residential and commercial development, as well as key public infrastructure projects.

Hitesh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with First Class Honors in Elective Specialization in Advanced Structural Mechanics and Concrete Technology & Structure. He has extensive knowledge of government regulations, occupational safety (OSHA) and the Ontario Building Code. He is a proud member of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

For Atria Construction Management, Hitesh oversees all operations and sets the strategic vision of the firm. He is currently working on over 5 million sq. ft. of residential rental apartments, new and retrofit condominiums and lofts, commercial and retail – all in various stages of development.

Leonard Lee
General Counsel

Leonard Lee earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in 2003, and articled at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto.

His extensive experience gained from over 16 years at corporations and law firms throughout the GTA has given him comprehensive knowledge in real estate and land development. This includes experience in the acquisition and sale of industrial properties, retail properties and vacant land, and as the acting borrower and lender counsel in major real estate lending transactions.

As the General Counsel at Atria, he utilizes his vast experience to better advise, negotiate, and provide liaison. Exemplary at complex transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and financing, he leads the creation of agreements, including purchase and sale, joint venture, and construction and leasing.

Leonard remains active on boards and committees and is a sought-after speaker and mentor for articling students.

With such an experience set, his versatility and deep understanding of all levels of real estate law make him a vital part of our team.

Shane Kennedy
Director of Development

Shane Kennedy, Associate Director of Development, has 15 years of industry experience covering a broad range of asset classes and locations around Ontario and Canada.

With a B. Sc. (Hons) in Construction Management, Shane initially worked for a large General Contractor in Dublin, Ireland, building rental apartments.

Shane brings extensive experience in capital and hard cost budgeting, tendering, contracting and procurement of residential condominiums, purpose built apartments and seniors housing.

David Pearce
Director of Land Development

David Pearce, Director of Land Development, has been involved in the real estate industry professionally for almost 40 years and has been with Atria in his existing role since 2015. Prior to joining our firm, David had a history of success in the public sector, most recently as Real Estate Manager with the City of Markham (2006-2015), and as Real Estate and Business Development Manager with the City of Oshawa (1995-2006).

With Atria, David establishes our firm’s long-term strategic direction for land and property development and manages all aspects of the firm’s new development initiatives. This involves providing oversight on land development activities including acceptance by municipalities and turnover to occupants. David is also responsible for preparing budgets and schedules during feasibility submissions, and providing senior oversight throughout the development lifecycle. Additionally, David occupies the senior role in building and maintaining client relationships (both private and public), and spearheading new business growth opportunities.

David received a diploma from Seneca in Civil Environmental Engineering Technology in 1982, graduated with a B.A. (honours, Urban Studies) from York University in 1994 and also received his Certificate of Economic Development from the University of Waterloo in 2000. David is currently a member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada and a member of the Society of Professional Land Economists (PLE designation).

Josip Cindric
Project Manager

Josip Cindric, Project Manager, has almost 20 years of international experience in residential, commercial, institutional, and mixed-use construction for both low-rise and high-rise developments.

Prior to joining Atria, Josip most recently worked with Empire Communities for approximately 4 years as both an Assistant Project Manager and, later, Project Manager. With Empire, Josip’s responsibilities included coordinating all stages of trades work; overseeing the tendering preparation and bid process; finalizing architectural, structural and mechanical & electrical designs; and liaising with municipal stakeholders for occupancies in collaboration with lawyers, property managers, and consultants for project registration.

Josip is a graduate of the 5-year civil engineering program at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He boasts exceptional fluency in English and Croatian, and has basic proficiency in German (both written and spoken).

Sharon Dawson
Director of Marketing and Sales

Sharon Dawson, Director Marketing & Sales, brings more than 25 years of experience and expertise to her role as the Director of Marketing & Sales at Atria. Her wealth of knowledge comes from her diverse range of involvement in the real estate business. She began on the agency side, designing and setting up sales centres, brochures, signage, direct mail pieces and naming communities.

She then transitioned to brokerages, setting up sales programs, bringing in and managing sales representatives, before finally bringing her innate and accrued industry knowhow and unique experiences to the developer world, overseeing both marketing and sales.

Across her storied career, she has launched more than 75 condo developments, as well as 30 plus master-planned and mixed-use communities all across North America, resulting in more than $1.0 Billion in generated revenue.

Sharon also has experience in the luxurious world of destination homes, having helped launch a resort-style community on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.

Sharon’s passion for the industry and the remarkable spaces that she has had the honour of taking part in creating, are an invaluable asset to Atria.

Kinjesh Shah
Assistant Controller

Kinjesh Shah, Assistant Controller, has over 4 years of experience in project accounting and a total of 14 years in related experience, bringing to Atria a strong technical background complemented by exceptional interpersonal skills.

As Atria’s Assistant Controller, Kinjesh examines and optimizes the capital structure of our organization, with the objective of creating greater efficiencies throughout our business ecosystem. Kinjesh also continuously explores better financing options and manages cashflows for ongoing operations and projects. Additionally, Kinjesh prepares operating budgets, NOIs, cost summaries and equity requirements for project draws, and collaborates with cost consultants on queries.

Kinjesh holds a BCom from the University of Mumbai with a college topper in financial accounting (2001-2003) and became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, Ontario) with a specialization in real estate accounting (ASPE) and project finance in 2019.

CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

A BETTER NEIGHBOURHOOD IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE.

Atria is committed to promoting the well-being of the communities in which it builds, and has forged ties to local GTA business communities, charities and arts organizations. We are proud to support:

    • Dress Your Best Foundation
    • Bridgepoint Health Foundation
    • Eva’s Initiatives
    • Good Shepherd Shelter
    • Kidney Foundation
    • Oshawa Community Health Centre
    • Preface Theatre Company
    • Riverdale Art Walk
    • Ron Ellis Foundation
    • University of Toronto
    • Toronto District School Board
  • A PURPOSEFUL SELECTION OF PROJECTS.

We continue to push the envelope by designing our projects to complement and transition the fabric of the existing community.