The Windmill Development Group is led by a group of visionary professionals who have been successful in a wide range of roles within the development community. The track record built by these individuals demonstrates our leadership, our consistent adherence to our
triple bottom line philosophy and our ability to successfully deliver complex projects.
CEO and Founder Windmill Developments, 2003
“The sustainability movement has created an unprecedented cycle of innovation in the building industry driving towards less use of natural resources, energy, water and generation of waste in our buildings. The result is healthier buildings with stronger financial fundamentals. We aim to keep Windmill at the front of this movement.”
Jonathan is the founder of Windmill and brings a great deal of experience in corporate strategy, finance and business development as it relates to green development practices. Jonathan has spearheaded a new national consortium that is focused entirely on green building retrofits as part of Ledcor Construction. Prior to founding Windmill, Jonathan was a founding partner of Venbridge, a venture capital services division of Gowlings, one of Canada’s leading law firms. Previously, Jonathan was CEO and founder of LOSC, Inc., a Boston based venture capital firm, and held senior positions with Corel Corporation and Exocom Consulting after completing his MBA.
Jonathan has been actively involved in the evaluation of various innovative technologies and finance structures that enable high performance green buildings to be both innovative and viable. To date, Jonathan has been responsible for the complete oversight of four
LEED Platinum mixed-use projects totaling +/- $500M.
Jonathan is a former board member of the Canada Green Building Council and is active in speaking at conferences and other events to share his green building experience. Jonathan was also the Chair of the Centre for Environmental Cooperation’s Green Building Advisory Group. This is a NAFTA initiative aiming to provide an integrated green building strategy for Canada, USA and Mexico. Currently, Jonathan is a volunteer with various non-profit green building initiatives. Jonathan was recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Operations and Project Management
Justin is an expert in complex development with vast international experience. As Partner-in-charge of Operations at Windmill, he focuses on development fundamentals, controlling risk and cost through the development process, and delivering maximum investment returns as well as customer satisfaction.
Over the course of his career Justin has led complex projects all over the world, the most recent being Windmill’s mixed-use, sustainable project “The Plant” in Toronto; winner of the 2018 BILD award for Project-of-the-Year. This breadth of experience combined with an in-depth understanding of development economics allows Justin to promote a solutions-driven approach to the complexities of the built environment.
Originally trained in the UK, Justin later graduated from the prestigious real estate program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
“As architects and developers with a long standing commitment to sustainability we combine a strong innovative design focus and a market sensibility to lead the way in the redevelopment of complex urban sites with green and greener solutions.”
Alex has designed and developed a wide range of innovative projects – commercial, residential and mixed use – over the past forty years. As partner in charge of Windmill’s Toronto office, he is currently directing a diverse range of sustainable infill projects underway in urban Toronto and Guelph.
As Director of Development with Context Development from 1996 to 2006, he directed residential and mixed-use projects in Toronto including District Lofts, Ideal Condominium, Mozo, Radio City, Home and Spire, as well as three adaptive re-use projects: Kensington Market Lofts, Tip Top Lofts and The Loretto.
Between 1985 and 1995 with General Leaseholds Limited, he developed and managed commercial projects, office and retail, throughout Ontario. Prior to becoming a developer, Alex practiced architecture in Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta and Jerusalem.
Alex has served as an advisor to many community organizations and non-profits including the Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Artscape and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) as well as private land owners and development companies. He has served on the board of the OAA’s Committee for the Sustainable Built Environment and the Kehilla Residential Program for Affordable Housing and is currently on the Board of the Annex Residents Association.
Mark is a partner with Windmill Development Group and brings over 25 years of real estate experience in asset management, portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, lease negotiations, finance, and analysis. In Mark’s previous Senior Management role at Morguard Investments Limited, he advised numerous top Canadian pension funds on real estate strategy and structure where he was responsible for an 18 million square foot real estate portfolio. He also had ultimate accountability for running a Canada wide multi-residential pooled fund providing exposure to residential rental markets in Atlantic Canada, Ottawa, Toronto, and Calgary.
Mark actively led the successful conversion of several 40 plus year old office buildings in Toronto and Ottawa to LEED Gold EBOM exceeding both the projected financial returns and energy savings. Mark holds an MBA from Queen’s University.
Director of Urban Equation (Windmill’s Consulting Arm)
Jenny works with developers across North America to create business cases for their sustainable development goals, including carbon neutrality, net zero energy, and the One Planet Living designation.
Jenny spent 10 years at Halsall Associates (now WSP) helping developers, municipalities and building owners create award- winning, high-performance green building and community design projects.
A LEED accredited professional, Jenny holds degrees in architecture and environmental studies. She is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel.