Management Team

Carttera was established in April 2005 and currently manages over $500 million in equity on behalf of its institutional investors. Led by highly experienced real estate professionals, the Partners have a wide array of industry expertise in all major asset classes and all facets of real estate acquisition, development, re-development, construction, finance, operations, leasing, asset management and dispositions.

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 28 years of professional experience to the management of the business. Since founding Carttera, he has led the acquisition, financing, development and sale of over $2.0 billion of real estate held within six 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 | Registered Real Estate Broker, Province of Ontario | Lead Trustee and Audit Committee Chair, Summit II REIT | 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 deposition 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 execution of its in-house development program.

Over Mr. Cutting's career he has developed well over 7 million square feet of commercial property with project costs in excess of $750 million. Prior to joining Carttera, Mr. Cutting worked with several large Canadian and International institutional investors and pension fund advisors. He was one of the founding members of Panattoni Development Canada where he focused on development of office and industrial real estate for the Greater Toronto region. Mr. Cutting also served as Vice President of Development for Bentall Kennedy and was responsible for the Greater Toronto office and industrial development program. Prior to Bentall, 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.


Paul McGuigan is Director of Construction for Carttera and brings over 20 years of related experience to the company. At Carttera, Paul oversees the management of all regional and city relationships, zoning, OPA and development project management.

Prior to joining Carttera, Mr. McGuigan held the position of Vice President, Canadian Region for Higgins Development Partners, a U.S. based real estate development firm. In this role, he oversaw the industrial land and construction portfolio for a Canadian investment fund in the GTA region. Previously, Mr. McGuigan was a project architect with the firm of Akitt, Swanson + Pearce Architects Inc. Mr. McGuigan also served in project management, contract administration and project coordination roles with Stantec, Spencer R. Higgins Architect, Giffels Associates and the City of Mississauga Planning and Development Department.

Mr. McGuigan is an active member of the Ontario Association of Architects, sitting on several professional committees over the last ten years including the Complaints Committee and the Construction Contract Administration Committee

Lara Di Gregorio is Carttera's Asset & Leasing Manager and is responsible for the management and supervision of Carttera's portfolio of development assets, and the execution of the associated leasing strategy.  Lara brings to Carttera a wealth of experience in Asset Management, Valuation, Leasing, and Investment Analysis. Previously, Lara worked as an Asset Manager for LaSalle Investment Management, where she was directly responsible for the management of a variety of commercial real estate in the Greater Toronto Area. Lara has also performed the role of Assistant Asset Manager and Analyst on various other projects, ranging from core office product to industrial redevelopment, in various markets across Canada. Lara has also worked as a Consultant at the Cushman & Wakefield Valuation and Advisory team, and as an Account Manager with the Cushman & Wakefield Brokerage team.

Honours Urban Development, The University of Western Ontario | Member NAIOP Toronto Chapter, Corporate Sponsorship & Green Committee Member

Christina Basan is Development Manager 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 


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

Acklema Lima  is Carttera’s Accounting Manager 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