Trustees


Audit Committee Governance & Compensation Committee Investment Committee
Armin Martens
Chief Executive Officer
Edward Warkentin
Chairman
Chairman Member
Delmore Crewson Chairman
Cornelius Martens
Ron Rimer Member Member
Patrick Ryan Member Member
Victor Thielmann Member Member
Wayne Townsend Member Chairman
Armin Martens
Trustee

Mr. Martens has been actively involved in the construction, development and management of commercial real estate for over 25 years.  He is the founding President and CEO of Artis REIT, a position he has held since 2005.  Mr. Martens obtained a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) degree from the University of Manitoba.  He is a registered professional engineer and holds an M.B.A. degree from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Mr. Martens is a past director of Fortress Paper Ltd. (TSX:FTP), as well as the Bank of Canada, Canada’s central bank.

Artis REIT is a diversified real estate investment trust focused on creating value for Unitholders through the ownership and active management of quality commercial properties.  Since inception in 2005, Artis has executed an aggressive but disciplined growth strategy, building a $5 Billion portfolio of commercial properties in select Canadian and U.S. markets, with a major focus on western Canada.

Edward Warkentin
Trustee

Mr. Warkentin of Winnipeg, Manitoba, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Winnipeg, a law degree from the University of Manitoba and has been a member of the Bars of Ontario and Manitoba for more than 35 years.

Mr. Warkentin is the former Managing Partner of Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP, practicing in the area of corporate and commercial law. He is a former director and Chair of Youth for Christ (Winnipeg) Inc., former director of Manitoba Mineral Resources Ltd. and former director of Grace Hospital Board of Management.

Mr. Warkentin is currently a director of Exchange Income Corporation, a TSX-listed issuer, and a director of All in West! Capital Corporation, a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer.  He is also a director or officer of several private corporations, foundations and public partnerships.

Delmore Crewson
Trustee

Mr. Crewson is a former senior partner and Vice-Chair of Deloitte LLP.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and has been elected as a “Fellow” of the Institute.  Mr. Crewson serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Audit Committee of the Wawanesa Group of Companies and Pollard Banknote Limited.  He also chairs the Audit and Evaluations Committee for the Department of Finance, Canada, as well as chairs the Audit Committee of the Canadian Grain Commission.  Mr. Crewson is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a member of the Manitoba Chapter Advisory Board.  He is the past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and is a former Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Board and Executive Committee member.  Mr. Crewson has also served on numerous community boards and has held leadership positions in a number of organizations including the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature and the Associates of the Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba.  He also served as a Director on the Board of Management and chaired the Audit Committee of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

Cornelius Martens
Trustee

Mr. Martens graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1965.  In 1968, together with his father, he incorporated the company that is today known as the Marwest Group of Companies.  Marwest is engaged in the development, construction and management of income producing properties including office buildings, shopping centers, residential and mixed use properties.  Since its incorporation, Mr. Martens has served as President and CEO of the various Marwest companies and is currently the CEO of Marwest Management Canada Ltd.  He is also the co-founder and past Executive Vice President of Artis and a director/trustee and CEO of All in West! Capital Corporation, a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer.

Victor Thielmann
Trustee

Mr. Thielmann is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova 3 Engineering Ltd. and has over 37 years of experience in the electrical construction and professional consulting industry.

Mr. Thielmann holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a practicing member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, as well as most Canadian provincial professional engineering associations and has received the Fellow designation from Engineers Canada.  Mr. Thielmann has obtained the title of Chartered Engineer from Engineers Ireland.

Mr. Thielmann is an active member of several international code and standard setting associations, including NFPA, SFPE and IEEE. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Manitoba Chapter, and he is a former director of the Forks North Portage, a Canadian crown corporation owned by the municipal, provincial, and federal government.

Mr. Thielmann is a founding and current independent trustee of TSX-listed issuer Artis REIT.

Wayne Townsend
Trustee

Mr. Townsend is a Partner at Lawton Partners Financial Planning Services Limited and has over 35 years of experience in the wealth management and insurance industry.

Mr. Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, the Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.) designation, the Chartered Financial Consultants (Ch.F.C.) designation, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP) and is a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.

Mr. Townsend is a founding partner of Value Partners Investments Inc.  Past board activities include Vice-Chair of St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, Past Chairman at Misericordia General Hospital Foundation and Past Vice-Chair at Misericordia General Hospital.

Mr. Townsend currently serves as a director/trustee of Cardinal Capital Management, Lawton Partners, Artis and All in West! Capital Corporation, a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer.

Patrick Ryan
Trustee

Mr. Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Ryan Companies US, Inc., a 76 year old company actively involved in the construction, development and management of commercial real estate in the United States.  He is also a substantial owner of Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Finance in 1975.  In 1980, Mr. Ryan received a JD Degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Ryan Companies US, Inc. has 10 offices throughout the United States which engage in the construction, design, development and operation of commercial real estate.

Mr. Ryan sits on a number of nonprofit boards and is currently a member of the board of directors of Mate, Inc., a privately held manufacturing company.

Ron Rimer
Trustee

Mr. Rimer is Executive Managing Director and co-founder of Novus Merchant Partners, an independent merchant and investment banking company. Previously Executive Director and Vice Chairman for Macquarie Capital Markets (Canada), Mr. Rimer was primarily responsible for developing and executing the investment banking and principal investing strategies for its Real Estate and Diversified Industries groups.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Mr. Rimer held various senior positions over 11 years in the capital markets including six years as a top ranked real estate equity research analyst at BMO Capital Markets.  Mr. Rimer also worked in the real estate industry over a 10 year period in senior finance roles at both Brookfield and The Lehndorff Group.

Mr. Rimer was a member of the board of the Children’s Aid Foundation and served on the board of a private real estate company engaged in the ownership of manufactured communities.

Mr. Rimer holds an undergraduate degree in business from McGill University, a graduate Diploma in Public Accounting, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.