Governance & Compensation
Armin Martens
Chief Executive Officer
Edward Warkentin
Member Member
Ida Albo Member
Bruce Jack Chair Chair
Ben Rodney Member Member
Victor Thielmann Member Member
Wayne Townsend Member Chair
Lauren Zucker Member
Armin Martens

Mr. Martens has been actively involved in the construction, development and management of commercial real estate for over 30 years.  He is the founding Chief Executive Officer 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 MBA degree from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Armin 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.

Edward Warkentin

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.  He is also a director or officer of several private corporations and foundations and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Manitoba Chapter.

Victor Thielmann

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.

Wayne Townsend

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 and Artis.

Bruce Jack

Mr. Jack graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in 1974.

As an Audit Partner with Deloitte LLP for 30 years, he developed extensive knowledge in matters of financial reporting, controls and corporate governance with experience serving large complex companies. He worked closely with Senior Management, participated in Board and Audit Committee meetings and has developed a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Board of Directors and its various committees in leading and overseeing the overall direction and strategy of organizations.

Mr. Jack is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Manitoba Chapter, a member of The Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba, and was awarded the FCA (Fellowship) designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 2005. He has been a member of numerous professional boards and committees including the Manitoba Securities Commission Advisory Committee, the TSX Venture Exchange Local Advisory Committee and the Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba. Mr. Jack currently serves as a director of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company.

Ida Albo

Ms. Albo is the managing partner and owner of The Fort Garry Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre, Yoga Public and Face Bar. Ms. Albo previously worked as an economist for the Government of Canada in the Departments of Human Resources and Finance and as an economics lecturer at The University of Winnipeg and The University of Manitoba.

Ms. Albo earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from The University of Winnipeg in 1981 and a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen’s University in 1982. In 2016, Ms. Albo was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the vitality of Winnipeg as a respected business and civic leader, she received an honourary Doctorate from the University of Winnipeg in 2017 and was inducted into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame in 2018.

In addition to being an entrepreneur and economist, Ms. Albo is also a philanthropist. She has served numerous community and charitable organizations, including the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the Pan Am Clinic Foundation, the University of Winnipeg Foundation, the CentreVenture Development Corporation, the Health Sciences Centre Research Foundation, the Manning Foundation, The Manitoba Business Council and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Albo currently serves as a Board Director for Winnipeg Economic Development.

Lauren Zucker

Since January 2011, Ms. Zucker has been an Associate Vice President at Yale University where she oversees both Yale University Properties and New Haven Affairs. In this capacity, Ms. Zucker is responsible for Yale’s commercial properties, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units as well as all municipal zoning approvals and acquisitions on behalf of the university. She also works to implement Yale’s strategic municipal and community relationships.

Before working at Yale, Ms. Zucker worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for close to 20 years. At Goldman, she led the development of many businesses within the real estate principal investment sector, including a number of investments in Canada. Directly prior to joining Yale, Ms. Zucker was based in Hong Kong and was the head of the Asia Ex-Japan Real Estate Principal Investment Area (“REPIA”). At the time, REPIA managed over $24 billion of equity and controlled over $84 billion of real estate assets worldwide through its Whitehall Street Real Estate Limited Partnership funds and its GS Developing Markets Real Estate Fund.

Ms. Zucker graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with an AB from Brown University and earned an MBA from Harvard University.

Ben Rodney

Mr. Rodney has been with RFA Capital since 1997 and is currently a Managing Partner. During his time with RFA Capital, Mr. Rodney has structured, priced and performed due diligence on over $15 billion of Canadian commercial mortgages and real estate and is a Trustee of Nexus REIT.

Mr. Rodney holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Victoria.