Team

Your Strategic Team

Strategic Group owns and develops office, retail, and apartment properties across Canada.

Our strategy is to own real estate for the long term, which is why we focus on sustainability and recurring revenue. Our creative and unconventional approach to business is reflected in our mantra: Creating value others can’t by seeing what others don’t.

Beyond real estate, we own businesses in construction, building services, oilfield services, hospitality, pet care, agriculture, technology, and corporate finance.

Our Leadership

Our team is accountable, responsible, talented, and works closely together to make every Strategic Group initiative meaningful and successful. 

“As we move forward through the various iterations of our company’s evolution, I am always appreciative of the fact that our people make a difference, that we have the opportunity to give back to our community, and that our business acumen is understood and appreciated by our stakeholders.”

– Riaz Mamdani, CEO, Strategic Group & CEO

 

Riaz Mamdani

Founder & CEO

Riaz is the CEO of Strategic Group which he founded in 2001. He is an active investor, financier, and philanthropist and prior to founding Strategic Group practiced corporate, commercial, and securities law. Riaz sits on the board of directors for multiple businesses and has steered two private companies from concept stage to public listings with multi-billion dollar market capitalizations. Riaz is committed to giving back and improving the community by supporting the arts, community programs, and charitable organizations in Alberta and beyond. Riaz completed a BSc in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba and earned a JD from the University of Calgary.

Gudrun Seredynski

Vice President of Real Estate Accounting

Gudrun provides accounting and taxation strategy and oversees Strategic Group’s financial reporting, internal controls, financial planning and tax compliance initiatives. Prior to joining Strategic Group, Gudrun managed the finance function for a Calgary-based real estate firm that manages, leases, and deals in industrial, office, and commercial spaces. Since joining Strategic Group in 2008, Gudrun has utilized her deep real estate knowledge, competencies, and capabilities in leading and improving the organization’s accounting functions. Gudrun completed a BComm at the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Laurel Edwards

Senior Vice President of Leasing

Laurel oversees the residential and commercial leasing across Strategic Group’s real estate portfolio. She has managerial responsibility for a team tasked with growing and maintaining all sources of revenue in residential, office, and retail projects throughout Alberta. She has nearly twenty years of experience in the commercial and residential real estate field including previously serving as a Managing Director with an international brokerage and advisory company in the property appraisal service field. Laurel completed a BComm at the University of Alberta and earned the Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute designation (AACI, P.App) from the University of British Columbia.

Ken Toews

Senior Vice President of Development

Ken is responsible for development and construction of major real estate projects, overseeing all elements of the real estate development process. He has extensive expertise in residential, retail, office, hotel, land, and mixed-use development with over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry. He has worked on various high-profile development and re-development projects throughout Calgary including three high-rises and numerous mixed-use projects. He is a Director of Attainable Homes Calgary and Co-Chair of the Calgary Economic Development Place Committee. Ken has taught courses in mixed-use development at the University of Calgary for ten years.

Elise Bacon

Vice President of Corporate Accounting

Elise is responsible for directing the financial matters of Strategic Group’s corporate accounting team as well as providing financial stewardship over all of Strategic Group’s development projects. Additionally, Elise and her team are responsible for overseeing the financial reporting for a variety of Strategic Group’s investments in non-real estate businesses including technology, hospitality, co-working and private equity endeavors. She has been with Strategic Group since 2001 and has more than twenty years of experience in a variety of accounting roles across the real estate, oil and gas, and technology sectors, including with Fortune 500 companies.

William Reeder

Vice President of Asset Management

William manages the asset management team at Strategic Group and oversees all aspects of the property management, asset optimization, and analytics processes. William has more than twenty-five years of experience in various executive leadership roles and has worked for national organizations including one of the largest retail and office firms in the country. He was previously Vice President, Real Estate Operations at one of Canada’s largest insurance companies overseeing real estate operations and leasing of the organization’s large portfolio of retail, office, and residential properties. William completed a BA in Economics at York University.

Travis Callaway

Managing Director of Private Equity

Travis provides analytical, supervisory, and strategic support for Strategic Group’s investee companies, has managerial responsibility for several portfolio businesses, oversees the assessment of new investment and corporate development opportunities, and handles various business development initiatives. He has significant experience in private capital markets, portfolio management, and marketing. Travis completed a BA in Law & Society at the University of Calgary and earned an MBA in Finance from Durham University Business School, graduating with distinction at the top of his class. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Valerie Summers

Controller

Valerie provides financial oversight, accounting management, and payroll support for Strategic Group’s asset management department as well as for one of Strategic Group’s private equity investment department’s portfolio companies. She has worked in the real estate and property management sectors for over thirty years and has extensive experience managing and mentoring property accounting teams, planning and deploying software conversions, planning and preparing financial reporting processes, and running forensic audits. Valerie has worked for Strategic Group for over twenty years in a variety of senior accounting roles.