Greening Our Urban Environments
The Windmill Development Group is led by a Board of Directors composed of visionary entrepreneurs who have been successful in a wide range of roles within the green development community. The track record built by these Board members demonstrates our leadership, our consistent adherence to our
triple bottom line philosophy and our ability to deliver complex projects.
“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.
“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 Hamilton.
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.
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.