Mr. Samuel founded and was the former Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: REF.UN), Canada’s first publicly traded REIT. Mr. Samuel is currently a trustee of Slate Office Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: SOT.UN). Mr. Samuel formerly served as Chairman of HOMEQ Corporation (TSX: HEQ) and its wholly owned subsidiary HomEquity Bank. He was also formerly a Director of First Capital Realty Corporation (TSX: FCR) and lead director of Gazit America Inc. (TSX: GAA), both real estate companies. Mr. Samuel is a co-founder and retired partner of Crown Realty Partners, a Canadian institutional real estate investment and management corporation. Mr. Samuel was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Royop Properties Corporation, a Canadian real estate development company formerly listed on the TSX. Mr. Samuel holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto.