Vice President, Development
Michael leads development for large mixed use, office and industrial projects within Build Toronto’s portfolio. Michael manages a portfolio of 8,000,000 square feet of new developments. As development lead, Michael manages all aspects of development from start to finish, with a mindset of providing a significant return to the City.
“Based on my many years in real estate, I have come to appreciate that planning and minimizing risk within the complex development cycle is critical. Once you invest time to manage a project thoughtfully and with consideration for all factors, you are better able to develop successful projects that can continue to add value financially, economically and socially.” – Michael Whelan
As a senior real estate executive with more than 30 years of experience throughout North America, Michael has been involved in all aspects of real estate, including construction, development, operations, leasing, asset management and investments. Most recently, Michael was the Managing Director of Delan Group Inc., a real estate consulting organization serving top-tier real estate companies across Canada. Previously, he was a Senior Vice-President with The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, one of North America’s largest real estate organizations, and was responsible for all aspects of its Greater Toronto Area portfolio. Michael has also worked with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, where he was responsible for the Canadian real estate portfolio, as well as CN Real Estate, where he played a leading role in the development of the Toronto Railways Lands. Michael is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University.