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Skyline Retail REIT Board of Trustees

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Jason Castellan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Skyline Group of Companies. Since 1991, Jason has been an owner and manager of investment real estate, starting out with a student rental portfolio and gradually moving to larger apartment buildings. Since 1999, Jason has been an officer and director of 15 corporations which owned properties managed by Skyline Incorporated. He is still active in the investor relations and asset management portion of the portfolio. Jason is a graduate of both the University of Guelph and York University; he was also selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 under 40" and one of the forty most promising entrepreneurs by the reputable Ivey Business School in 2008.

Jason also sits on the Skyline Apartment REIT Board of Trustees and the Skyline Commercial REIT Board of Trustees.

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Wayne Byrd, Chief Financial Officer of the Skyline Group of Companies, is dedicated to the responsible financial performance of Skyline and all of its associated real estate assets. With over 17 years in private sector finance, Wayne’s proven business experience and insight make him an integral leader within the ownership group as it vigorously pursues its vision for growth.

Wayne’s financial expertise and commitment to Skyline’s vision result in a balanced approach to managing fiscal obligations and operational responsibility. He understands and appreciates the challenges facing today’s business, and the changing role of the Chief Financial Officer. His unique blend of analytical and leadership skills are fundamental to leading Skyline’s operations and growth beyond the numbers.

Wayne holds an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University and a Certified Management Accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

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George Schott has more than 35 years experience in the Real Estate sector, most recently as President and COO of Morguard Investment Limited. In prior years, he was the former founder, Chairman and CEO of Osmington Inc., and former President and CEO of Redcliff Realty. He also held a variety of senior management positions with Bramalea, Oxford, and Markborough. Mr. Schott has been a director of EllisDon since 2003, and was also a former director of Key REIT, as well as a former advisor to 20 Vic Management and the former Chairman of the investment committee of Aurion Capital.

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Perry Katz has almost 25 years of experience practicing law in the real estate sector in Canada.  He is presently a senior partner at Miller Thomson LLP, and is involved in high-profile transactions focusing on the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate.  He has also acted for a number of REITs and income funds.  He is called to the bar in Ontario, Quebec, New York and Massachusetts, and is ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading expert in Commercial Leasing and Real Estate Law.  Mr. Katz’s clients include some of Canada’s leading retailers, investors and developers.

Jonathan Halpern, CPA, CA, is currently the President of Metropolitan Equities Limited, a privately owned family office and real estate investment company. Prior thereto, Mr. Halpern was a senior manager with an international accounting firm specializing in real estate and small business. Mr. Halpern has also served on the management committee of a national commercial flooring distributor. Mr. Halpern is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree with Distinction with the University of Manitoba. Mr. Halpern also sits on the Skyline Apartment REIT and Skyline Commercial REIT Board of Trustees.

Gary Finkelstein

Gary Finkelstein has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment and development industry. He is presently Vice President of Commercial Solutions at FCT since 2018. Previously, he was the president at a real estate development and consulting firm where he was responsible for strategic commercial growth initiatives and project management for some of Canada’s most prestigious retailers. His experience also includes being a member of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) and a member of RealPAC (Real Property Association of Canada).

Gary is passionate about being part of an organization that always strives to deliver on its promise to both customers and employees alike.