Board Members

2019 Executive


Rosa Paliotti – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

President: Rosa Paliotti

Rosa Paliotti

Rosa Paliotti
Director, Materiel Management Policy, Acquired Services and Assets Sector, Office of the Comptroller General Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

90 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0R5
T: 613.369.3147

Rosa Paliotti leads capacity building initiatives in the federal procurement, materiel management, real property and project management communities in her role as Director of the Acquired Services and Assets Communities Management Office. Rosa’s career spans both private and public sectors: she launched her career in the private sector in internal audit and consulting for the healthcare sector. She transitioned to the federal government in 2001 and held progressively senior positions in real property and investment planning at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and communities management at Treasury Board Secretariat.

Rosa holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in Montreal. An RPIC Board member since 2009, Rosa also serves on the National Board for the Supply Chain Management Association.

First Vice President

Sonia Powell – Public Services and Procurement Canada

First Vice-President, Communication and Outreach Portfolio : Sonia Powell

Sonia Powell Sonia Powell
Director General, Workplace Solutions
Real Property Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0S5

T: 613.851.8536

Sonia Powell is the Director General for Public Services and Procurement Canada’s Real Property Branch Workplace Solutions service line. Sonia is accountable for delivery of the $185M annual fit-up program and for modernizing the Government of Canada workplace under the WP2.0 fit-up standards.

Sonia started her career in Acquisitions Branch in 1993 as a procurement officer in marine procurement. She subsequently joined Real Property Branch as a project manager. She held project management positions in Transport Canada and National Defence, managing infrastructure and environmental projects before returning to PSPC in 2011.

Sonia held various positions in RPB NCA Operations from 2011 to 2016 including leadership positions as the Regional Manager, NCA Geomatics; Project Director, AFD Real Property Team; Senior Director NCA Professional and Technical Services; and, Acting Director General NCA Operations. She has been a champion of several change initiatives and has led a number of successful organizational realignments.

Sonia has received a number of awards recognizing her work in the real property community. She holds a position on the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) Board of Directors and is Chair of the 2016 RPIC Real Property National Workshop.

Sonia is an engineer with a degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a specialization in Naval Architecture. She also holds a certificate as a functional specialist in real property.


Second Vice-President

Michael M. Nowlan – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Second Vice President: Michael M. Nowlan

Michael M. Nowlan 2017Michael M. Nowlan, M PI.
Senior Advisor
Acquired Services and Assets Communities Management Office
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
90 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R5
Tel.: 613.219.6681

Michael Nowlan is currently a senior advisor with the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS), Office of the Comptroller General’s Communities Management Office. His primary functions include working with the federal real property community and partners like the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) and the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) to ensure that the community has the skills, tools and competencies it needs to ensure the sound stewardship of the government’s sizeable asset base.  Prior to re-joining TBS where he started his federal career as a Policy Analyst, he held several positions at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) including Chief of Portfolio Management and Policy and Performance Manager.

Outside of his work at TBS, Michael is also an active RPIC supporter. He’s currently serving his third term as a Director on RPIC’s Board of Directors, he has chaired two National Workshops and currently chairs the Institute’s Breakfast Speaker Series.

Michael has a Master's degree from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen's University and his background is in urban planning, real estate and policy.



Donna Jean Kilpatrick – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Treasurer: Donna Jean Kilpatrick

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Donna Jean Kilpatrick, P.Eng, FEIC 
Senior Advisor, Horizontal Fixed Asset Review
Office of the Comptroller General

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat,
90 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON
Tel: 613-316-6267 


Donna Jean Kilpatrick is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Comptroller General at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat where she is responsible for the Engineering Assets portion of the Horizontal Fixed Asset Review. Previously she held the position of Director of the Engineering and Technical Services Division in the Small Craft Harbours Program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada where she provided leadership on infrastructure asset management, technical standards, environmental regulatory compliance, climate change and contaminated sites programs for federal commercial fishing harbours across Canada. She has worked for the federal government since 2000, initially at NRCan on innovative processes for carbon dioxide capture at coal burning power plants and subsequently at Environment Canada, where as Chief, Chemical Industries, she developed new standards and regulatory instruments to reduce air emissions of toxic substances and greenhouse gases from Canadian industrial facilities. 

Donna Jean holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Ottawa. She has also completed the Queen’s Executive Program. Prior to joining the federal government she spent nine years working in the chemical and petroleum industries in Alberta and Ontario followed by nine years as a Professor at Algonquin College teaching courses in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, and Environmental Engineering technologies.  In addition to currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Real Property Institute of Canada, Donna Jean is the 2018 President of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering and also serves as a representative on the national board of the Engineering Institute of Canada.


Past President

Heather Kane

Past President: Heather Kane

Heather Kane

Heather Kane 


2019 Directors

Maurice Arsenault – Department of National Defence

Director: Maurice Arsenault

Maurice ArsenaultMaurice Arsenault, LCol (Ret), CD, M. Sc, P. Eng.
Director, Architecture & Engineering Services, Infrastructure and Environment Branch.
Department of National Defence

T: 613.943.8658

He joined the public service in 2014 and accepted a position with the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment), as the Senior Director of Architecture and Engineering services, where he has been managing a great team through the centralisation and transformation of the IE services.

Graduate from le Collège Militaire Royal in St-Jean sur Richelieu, QC, and the Royal Military College in Kingston (Civil Engineering, 1993), he had the opportunity to attend Université Laval, QC, to complete a National Science and Engineering Research Council sponsored Master Degree in Environmental Engineering, in 1998.

A retired military officer, he had the privilege to serve on three overseas operations in command and staff functions and had the chance to complete several engineering technical projects and studies in such places as the Golan Heights in Israel; throughout Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; and in Eritrea and Ethiopia. He also served with a Canadian Force Base Construction Engineering team, operational headquarter, national headquarter, and spend eight awesome years with the Canadian Armed Forces deployable 1st Engineer Support Unit.

Mr. Arsenault is a member of l’ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, and of the Government of Canada Professional Executives association. He also sits on the steering committee for the Institute for BIM in Canada and on the board for the Real Property Institute of Canada. He enjoys fishing, is an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and likes to think he’s a hockey player. He is married to Annie St-Onge, from his hometown, and they have two great sons, Alec and Vincent.


Andrew Hope – Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Director: Andrew Hope
Chair, 2018 RP National Workshop 

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Director, Real Property and Project Management Policy

Real Property Management Branch
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

T: 613.843.3807

Andrew Hope is Director, Real Property and Project Management Policy, Real Property Management Branch in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) Real Property Management Branch. Andrew's professionalcareer spans 30 years beginning with Leon Assoc. and Marshall Macklin Monaghan in Toronto, followed by 15 years in municipal government at the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton and the Region of Halton before joining the federal government in 2001 at Public Works & Government Services Canada and then moving to the RCMP in 2005. Although Andrew's clients have changed over the years, his focus on real property development and related policy, planning and project management initiatives has been unwavering. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from McMaster University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.Kentridge


Lyse Langevin – Indigenous Services Canada

Director: Lyse Langevin
Co-Chair, 2019 RP National Workshop 

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Director General, Community Infrastructure Branch
Indigenous Services Canada


Lyse Langevin is the Director General of Community Infrastructure, Regional Operations Sector, Indigenous Services Canada. Ms. Langevin’s career has spanned across many corporate service areas including IM/IT, Business Management, and Real Property.

Before joining Indigenous Services (formerly part of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), she was the Director General of Governance, Policy and Strategy, for Infrastructure and Environment at National Defence, and was responsible for various areas, including the management of infrastructure programs. National Defence is the largest property owner in Canada as such its infrastructure programs are significant and impact stakeholders across Canada which required Ms. Langevin to build effective working relationships with First Nations, and other governments.

Of particular note, Ms. Langevin is currently working with Indigenous partners towards the reform of infrastructure programs to better respond to Indigenous needs and aspirations and to move towards Indigenous care, control and management of the infrastructure.

Ms. Langevin holds a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University in addition to a Master of Urban Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from McGill University.


Greg MacMillan – Health Canada

Director: Greg MacMillan

Greg MacMillan, Health Canada
51 Chardon Driveway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
Tel: 613.952.6190


Elizabeth Mah – Defence Construction Canada

Director: Elizabeth Mah

Elizabeth MahElizabeth Mah
Regional Director, National Capital Region

Defence Construction Canada

T: 613.949.7718

Elizabeth Mah is the Regional Director, National Capital Region (NCR) for Defence Construction Canada (DCC). DCC is a Crown corporation that provides infrastructure and environmental services and full lifecycle support for Canada’s defence requirements. In her senior management role, Elizabeth is accountable for the overall leadership and management of the region. This responsibility includes overseeing all aspects of services delivery, human resources management, financial performance, leadership, and corporate governance and stakeholder relationships for the region. Regional service delivery is comprised of real property support in portfolio management, development planning and information systems support, as well as operational support services including GIS, computer-assisted design and building information modeling (BIM), facility maintenance services, preventative maintenance inspections, site asset management plans, and real property acquisition and disposal services.

Elizabeth Mah joined DCC in 1998 following her graduation from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree. After spending five years working at the DCC Edmonton site, she transferred to Esquimalt, B.C. where she took on a number of roles including Assistant Manager, Site Operations and Program Support Team Leader. In 2011, Ms. Mah moved to the NCR where she assumed the role of Regional Operations Manager and was promoted to Regional Director for NCR in 2015. She holds the following designations: Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional, and the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certification.



Ashley Maloney – Correctional Services Canada

Director: Ashley Maloney

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Real Property Information System Manager, Acquired
Services and Assests Sector
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

T: 343.548.4644


Jean-Francois Robert – Public Services and Procurement Canada

Director: Jean-François Robert
Co-Chair, 2018 RP National Workshop 
Chair, 2019 RP National Workshop 

Jean-Francois Robert

Jean-François Robert
Senior Director
Parliamentary Precinct Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Tel: 613.852.4165

Jean-François Robert is the Senior Director of Major Capital Projects in Public Services and Procurement Canada’s (PSPC) Parliamentary Precinct Branch. He currently leads multi-skilled teams in the management and delivery of real property and accommodation projects on and around Parliament Hill. Jean-François holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering. He has more than 20 years of project management experience, beginning his career as a professional engineer in the private sector, and later with the City of Gatineau. In 2009, Jean-François joined the Federal Public Service in PSPC’s Real Property Branch, moving to the Parliamentary Precinct Branch in 2013. He has a proven track record of providing sound strategic advice based on his strong project management principles, practices and techniques, as well as his in-depth knowledge and experience. 


Daniel Therien – National Research Council Canada

Director: Daniel Therien

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Daniel Therien 
Director, Real Property
Administrative Services and Property Management Branch
National Research Council Canada

Tel: 613.990.3770

Daniel Therien is Director, Real Property in the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Administrative Services and Property Management Branch. Daniel joined the federal government in 1985 and his professional career of over 30 years began with Foreign Affairs Canada in the Security & Emergency Management Office and then the Office of Protocol, before joining the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) Accommodation Branch in Toronto and then the PSPC Real Property Branch in the National Capital Area. As the NRC Director of Real Property, Daniel acts as the custodian and manages the diverse national portfolio of real property. He is responsible for real property consolidations, rationalization, custody transfers, leasing arrangements, space optimization/modernization and decommissioning of real property assets. Daniel must also ensure the development of long-term strategies and plans for the national real property portfolio. He has a proven track record of providing sound strategic advice based on his knowledge and experience as well as adapting to challenging and rapidly changing environments. His background in Real Property and Client Services has taught him the importance of integrity, respect and client focus. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts (Law) from Carleton University and is continuing his education in Real Property Law.


Workshop Chairs

Catherine Daillaire – KPMG

Catherine Daillaire

1-453 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, ON K1R 5J7
Tel: 613.355.6910



Clayton Traux – Chair, Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop (2019 Regional/2020 National)

Clayton Traux, Chair, Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop (2019 Regional/2020 National)

Clayton Traux,
Chair, Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop (2019 Regional/2020 National)

Chair, Federal Contaminated Sites Workshops 2019 Regional/2020 National)
Directorate, Technical Services, Real Property Services
Public Services and Procurement Canada, National Capital Area
8B1, Place du Portage, Phase 3
11 Laurier Street
Gatineau, QC K1A 0S5    

Tara Dinsmore – Canada Lands Company

Director: Tara Dinsmore

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Vice President, Real Estate (National Capital Region/Atlantic and Acquisitions)
Canada Lands Company

T: 613.564.3020

Tara Dinsmore is the Vice President, Real Estate (National Capital Region/Atlantic and Acquisitions) for Canada Lands Company. She has been with Canada Lands Company since May 2000 and prior to that she worked for the Department of National Defence within its real property directorate as a realty advisor.

Within Canada Lands Company, Tara, working closely with the Canada Lands Company Regions, is responsible for the organization's aquisitions of surplus strategic properties from the federal government in order that Canada Lands Company may optimize the financial and community value of these surplus assets. With over fifteen years experience in the federal real property field, she has worked on a number of major federal realty projects focussing mainly on the disposal of strategic properties.

She has a degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.

In her spare time, Tara is the President of the Kemptville Area Family Resource Centre which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality family childcare programs to the local community.

She has been involved with the Real Property Institute of Canada in various capacities since 1995.

Franklin Holtforster – Colliers Project Leaders

Ex Officio Member: Franklin Holtforster

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President and CEO
Colliers Project Leaders
2720 Iris Street 
Ottawa, ON K2C 1E6
Tel.: 613.820.6610

As the President and CEO of Colliers Project Leaders (formerly MHPM Project Managers Inc.), Franklin Holtforster directs the operations of the company and provides project leadership in major project assignments. He founded MHPM Project Managers Inc. in 1989 in Ottawa. Since then, Franklin has grown the company with over 210 employees from coast-to-coast and is now unrivalled as a trusted and objective leader of facility projects. Franklin has gained broad experience in the construction industry as a project manager, consulting engineer and contractor, which together have fostered a keen awareness of the opportunity to identify and lead sustainable, cost-effective and technically sound construction solutions. His experience in the delivery of facilities projects includes a wide range of projects for both private and public sector clients in Canada and abroad. The company is configured to provide scaleable service capability to clients requiring support on unique individual assignments or across a dispersed facility portfolio. Franklin continues to satisfy his original objective: to provide clients with the knowledgeable representation required to obtain value on their facilities projects. Franklin regularly speaks on project management and sustainability. He created and MHPM has since trademarked the concept of Sustainability is FreeTM™, which he delivers via presentation to a variety of audiences.


Wayne Liko – Horizant Solutions

Ex Officio Member: Wayne Liko

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Managing Partner, Horizant Solutions 
135 Michael Cowpland Drive
Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K2M 2E9
T: 613.796.3366

With over 20 years in the Real Property and Facilities Management industry, Wayne Liko oversees Horizant’s business operations. Throughout his career, Wayne has been involved in providing technology solutions for small, medium and large clients across all industry sectors. Wayne’s strengths include his focus on building lasting partnerships with clients and other key service providers alike, along with his depth of industry and technology knowledge.


Silvano Mason – Deloitte Real Estate


Director: Silvan Mason
Co-Chair, 2019 Forum in the Workplace 


Silvan Mason

Silvano Mason, MCR, SLCR

Vice President | Corporate Real Estate Advisory

Deloitte Real Estate

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tel: 416.643.8958 

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Silvano Mason is a Vice President within the Corporate Real Estate Advisory practice with 35+ years of Public Sector experience in the development and implementation of real estate strategies and programs supporting the overall goals of Public Services and Procurement Canada. With a proven track record as a strategist, analyst, planner, team leader, negotiator and business driver who has delivered results in client relationship management, program management and service management delivery.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Silvano was the Regional Director, Accommodation and Portfolio Management for Public Services and Procurement Canada, Ontario Region. The region’s portfolio consists of a variety owned, lease purchase and leases totaling approximately 9 million square feet.

He is a member of CoreNet Global and held the post of Vice President, Memberships on the Leadership Council of the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global from 2007 to 2010. He currently holds the Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) and Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) designations from CoreNet Global. In March of 2012, he also became a Director on the Board of The Real Property Institute of Canada.


Robert van Wyngaarden – AECOM

Director: Robert van Wyngaarden

Robert van WyngaardenRobert van Wyngaarden, DERS, GISP
Senior Manager, Canadian Real Property Solutions
302-1150 Morrison Drive

Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8S9

T: 613.820.8282 ext 249


Robert van Wyngaarden is the Senior Manager of Canadian Real Property Solutions for AECOM Canada and is based in Ottawa, Ontario. In this capacity, Robert works with AECOM across Canada and the United States to help in developing and expanding AECOM’s real property business with defence and civilian departments and agencies. 

Robert has more than 25 years leading business development for a number of firms in the engineering and environmental consulting industries. Robert’s diverse career has included extensive experience in solutions selling and working with multi-disciplinary teams to deliver consulting solutions in domestic and international settings. In addition, he has over 20 years’ experience in the geomatics industry, active in GIS and remote sensing tools and GIScience as applied to many industries including the public sector, oil and gas, mining, telecommunications and health care. Robert started his career with the former Lands Directorate of Environment Canada. 

He has a B.Sc. from McGill University, in Physical Geography, as well as having completed a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Remote Sensing also from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec.

Robert has been involved with the Real Property Institute of Canada in various capacities for the past 5 years.


Khaled Manai – Chair 2020 Marine Infrastructure National Workshop

Khaled Manai

Khaled Manai,
Chair 2020 Marine Infrastructure National Workshop

Lead Project Manager
Public Services and Procurement Canada
1550 D’Estimauville Avenue
Quebec, QC G1J 0C7
Tel : 418.649.2965    

RPIC Staff

Executive Director

Steven Brasier – Real Property Institute of Canada

Executive Director: Steven Brasier

Steven BrasierSteven Brasier
Real Property Institute of Canada

Steven Brasier joined the Real Property Institute of Canada as Executive Director in June 2017.   

He has spent most of his career in senior management roles, working primarily with national non-profit organizations. He brings to RPIC a progressive leadership style, a pioneering spirit, and wide-ranging experience governance, operations, communications, policy, project management, partnership building and financial management.

Prior to joining RPIC, he worked as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Planners where he was responsible for operational management and personnel, financial administration, governance support, partnerships, project management, and overseeing the work of numerous volunteer committees. He also oversaw CIP’s role in upholding national certification standards and recognizing university planning programs, working in collaboration with seven provincial and regional planning institutes.

Before that, he served as Director of Communications for the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists, and as Manager of Publications for the Standards Council of Canada.

Executive Advisor

Ruth Brady – Real Property Institute of Canada

Executive Advisor: Ruth Brady

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Executive Advisor
Real Property Institute of Canada

Executive Secretary

Robin Baldwin – Real Property Institute of Canada

Robin Baldwin
Real Property Institute of Canada

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