Management Team

Carttera has fostered long-term, collaborative relationships with a loyal investor base resulting in multi-award winning development projects extending to over $1.4 billion in total value. A proven track record, quiet achievements and protection of investors’ capital bear the cornerstones of our corporate mandate.

T. James Tadeson, CFA is the founder of Carttera, and brings 30 years of professional experience to the management of the business. Since founding Carttera, he has led the acquisition, financing, development and sale of over $2.5 billion of real estate held within seven Carttera investment vehicles, raising capital from public, private and institutional sources. Mr. Tadeson conceived and established the UIF Funds, holds the position of CEO of each of Carttera’s investment vehicles and remains closely involved with the execution of all investments, in addition to his role leading the overall direction of the company and its investment strategies. Mr. Tadeson was the founder, CEO and Trustee of InStorage REIT (TSX: IS.UN) and the founder and CEO of InScotia Developments LP. Previously, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Talisker Corporation, responsible for a wide and varied portfolio of real estate assets spanning Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Prior to joining Talisker in 1998, Jim was Vice President, Acquisitions & Development for Morguard Investments Limited, and a Partner with Ticor Realty Investment Advisors.

Honors graduate of the Richard Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario | CFA Charterholder, member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society | Lead Trustee and Audit Committee Chair, Summit II REIT (TSX: SMU.UN)| Past-President (2004) and Director of the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP

Chris Barrett is a Partner at Carttera and brings 32 years of real estate experience to the company and holds the position of President of all Carttera funds with responsibility for all aspects of the firm's activities.

Since coming to Carttera in 2009, Mr. Barrett has led a successful program of acquisitions and disposition for our UIF funds. Extensive transactional experience is required in the challenging urban intensification market, which often involves complex deal structures and a wide variety of properties and vendors. Mr. Barrett’s skills and creative deal making history from 25 years at a major brokerage firm helps ensure maximization of each opportunity undertaken by Carttera at acquisition, through the project execution to the ultimate point of exit.

Honors graduate of the Richard Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario | Member of NAIOP Toronto Chapter

Dean Cutting joined Carttera in 2009 as a Partner and has been a key contributor to the overall growth and success of the firm. Mr. Cutting brings 25 years of real estate experience to the company with an extensive background in acquisitions, development and leasing. Mr. Cutting is intimately involved in all aspects of the firm’s endeavours with a focus on origination of new real estate and fund opportunities as well as overseeing the execution of its in-house development program.

Over Mr. Cutting's career he has developed over 50 commercial projects that exceed 7 million square feet, with a cumulative project value in excess of $1.2 Billion. Prior to joining Carttera, Mr. Cutting worked with several large Canadian and International institutional investors and pension fund advisors. He has held senior positions at both Panattoni Development Canada and Bentall Kennedy where he focused on the development of office and industrial real estate for the Greater Toronto region. Prior to these positions, Mr. Cutting successfully fulfilled similar acquisition, development, leasing and financing roles for several prominent firms, including Morguard Investments, GWL, and Markborough Properties.

BAS Business Graduate, York University | Past President (2010), NAIOP Toronto Chapter | Director (current), NAIOP North American Corporate Board - Washington DC

Paul Meechem is Vice President of Finance for Carttera and is responsible for the firm's finance, treasury, accounting and reporting activities. He is actively involved in acquisitions, dispositions, land and construction financing and managing Carttera's joint venture relationships. Mr. Meechem brings over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate and construction industry with developments across Canada, in the United States and in the Bahamas. Paul's development experience includes a variety of product types such as residential, industrial, office, flex-office and retail. Paul was actively involved in acquiring, developing , financing, managing and disposing of over $1 billion of real estate assets over the past 5 years. He has been actively involved in and managed institutional (including REIT) relationships, joint ventures, private investor relationships, equity raises and reporting requirements.

Prior to joining Carttera, Mr. Meechem was Regional Finance Officer for Panattoni Development Company managing all financial aspects for Canada, Chicago, St Louis and Indianapolis. Prior to Panattoni, Paul was Vice President of Finance for Urbacon Limited and its associated group of companies. His real estate and construction experience extends to his prior employment with Cooper Construction where he served as Controller.

Active member with Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario, Certified General Accountants (CGA) Ontario | Advanced Accounting Degree, Humber College | Member NAIOP Toronto Chapter.

Gordon Jones as Vice President of Construction at Carttera brings over 30 years of construction and development experience, gained in a wide spectrum of activities, several market sectors, and on four continents. Gordon’s responsibilities include the overall execution of Carttera’s industrial and office construction projects together with budgeting and oversight of all development partner construction activities. Prior to joining Carttera, Gordon held senior and executive positions with design builders and developers in the Greater Toronto Region, Russia, Europe and Africa, servicing institutional investors, development corporations, governments and private clients.

Gordon previously held the position of Vice President of Development for Blackwood Partners, Senior Vice President of Development and Construction and Vice President of Strategic Projects with Giffels.

Gordon is a member of several chartered professional institutions and has been a Chartered Quantity Surveyor for 29 years. Gordon continues to promote professionalism in the industry as an assessor for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Lewis Poplak is Vice President of Development for Carttera, focused primarily on the development of the firm’s commercial and industrial projects, and playing a senior advisory role for the firm’s residential projects.

Lewis has over twenty years of experience in the real estate development industry in progressively senior positions. Prior to joining Carttera Lewis was Vice President of Triangle West Developments where he managed the development and construction of residential and commercial projects. Previously Lewis spent ten years with Context Development, widely recognized as one of Toronto's leading developers of innovative multi-unit housing projects. Early in his career, Lewis was an Urban Design consultant with Urban Strategies Inc., participating in the planning and design of business and research parks and new urban districts.

Through his career Lewis has been responsible for the development and approval of some $1 billion worth of real estate including 1.25 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space and 3,000 mid and high-rise residential units.

As a registered professional urban planner, a graduate architect and a LEED AP, Lewis brings a well-rounded view to development projects, seeing them not only as profit centres, but also as opportunities for city building and environmental stewardship.

Graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture | Registered Professional Planner, member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute | LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) and member of the Canadian Green Building Council | Member of the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP | Past Outreach Chair and Executive Committee Member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto 

Allison Pinnington is Vice President of Residential Development at Carttera, focused primarily on the planning and execution of residential projects. She has over eight years of experience in the residential development sector. Prior to joining Carttera, Allison was Project Manager and Director of Operations at Camrost Felcorp.

She has been involved in the development of over 10 condominium projects and has directly managed the development and construction of over 800,000 SF of residential area at various stages of development and over 70,000 SF of commercial and retail space. Allison brings with her experience in land acquisitions, zoning and permit procurement, financing and budgeting, design development and project and construction management, with a particular focus on cost management, customer care and the homeowner experience.

Honours Business Administration, Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario


Christina Basan is Director of Development at Carttera, committed to underwriting investment opportunities, managing projects developed by Carttera and liaising with Carttera's development partners. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a Construction Coordinator for the City of Toronto within the Parks Development and Infrastructure Management division. Christina was responsible for the implementation, management and budgeting of various types of architectural and landscape capital projects.

Master of Design Studies in Real Estate Development and Investment, Harvard University | Bachelor of Architectural Science, Ryerson University | Member of NAIOP

Heidi Tibben is Director of Asset Management for Carttera, responsible for all aspects of asset and property management, administration and leasing. Heidi brings over fourteen years of experience managing commercial real estate across Canada. As Vice President, Operations at Canadian Student Communities REIT, Boulevard Industrial REIT, Pure Industrial RET and Whiterock REIT, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of asset management, including asset strategy, leasing, property management, due diligence and reporting, for industrial, office, retail and student housing products.

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Guelph


Jamie Bunston holds the position of Investment Manager at Carttera and is responsible for investment oversight, portfolio management, and development leasing and sales for Carttera’s group of funds. Prior to joining Carttera, Jamie worked as an Analyst for Morguard Investments Limited, where he was responsible for underwriting acquisitions, developments, and capital market transactions.

Bachelor of Commerce, Dalhousie University | Committee Chair - NAIOP Toronto Chapter

Bryan Taylor is a Senior Development Analyst for Carttera and is responsible for implementing and maintaining financial models for existing and prospective development projects. Prior to joining Carttera, Bryan worked as an Analyst, Investments & Asset Management for OneREIT, where he was responsible for preparing property valuations and redevelopment models.

Bachelor of Arts, Honours Applied Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University | CFA Candidate - completed first three levels, currently completing required work experience. 

Acklema Lima  is Carttera’s Controller and brings over 20 years of accounting and administration, with over 17 of those in the real estate sector. Mrs. Lima's primary responsibilities are developing and maintaining accounting procedures as well as fund financial reporting. Previously, Mrs. Lima was Senior Property Accountant at Redcliff Realty Management and was responsible for financial management of a development portfolio of ten properties. Prior to Redcliff, Mrs. Lima spent 10 years at Urbancorp as Senior Property Accountant managing construction projects and preparing year-end audit for fund partners.

Ryerson University, Diploma; Law Administration | Durham College, Diploma - Business Accounting


Karen Reynolds has been Office Manager for Carttera since 2010 and is responsible for day-to-day administration operations, support of the senior executive management team including coordination of quarterly investor reporting and presentations. Karen also assists the accounting team with property account reconciliations, bank reporting, tax filings and property cash management. Prior to Carttera, Karen was Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Operations for InStorage REIT and was responsible for the management of InStorage's operational software and the preparation and integration of a standard company-wide operations manual.

Algonquin College Business Administration –Marketing

James Lau is Carttera’s Project Accountant and is responsible for maintaining accounting records, accounts payable procedures and assisting with the preparation of monthly reports.
Prior to joining Carttera, James worked as an Analyst at Urbancorp Toronto Management Inc. for 4 years. During that time, he prepared Fund Reports and year-end working paper files for multiple residential construction projects, carried out Final Closings of high rise condominiums, and maintained daily accounting records.

James is currently pursuing the ACAF (Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance) Program from CPA Canada.