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 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 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.

Allison Pinnington is Director of 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


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.

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

James Lacaria is a Real Estate Analyst for Carttera and is responsible for proactively monitoring real estate developments, analysis for investor quarterly reports and tracking on-going investments and potential opportunities. Prior to joining Carttera, James was a Real Estate Analyst for Arcturus Realty Corporation where he was responsible for preparing property cash flows, internal valuation models, and formulating development repositioning strategies.

Masters of Real Estate Development, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University | Bachelor of Urban Regional Planning, Ryerson University | Bachelor of Arts - Honors Political Science, University of Western Ontario

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

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.