The Ideal Team

Shajiraj Nadarajalingam, President/CEO

Shaji Nada is the President and CEO of Ideal Developments and founder of the Ideal Group of Companies that includes Ideal Developments, Ideal Entertainment, Ideal Incubator, Ideal Asset Corp., and the well-established Ideal Hope Foundation Inc.

He is recognized as an industry leader specializing in the construction of high-rise/mixed-use residential, commercial, conversion projects and luxury custom homes. His visionary approach has resulted in rapid growth for the Ideal Group of Companies through its main enterprise – Ideal Developments Inc., one of the fastest growing real estate development companies in the GTA.
Shaji has a successful entrepreneurial background in launching and operating thriving companies in the real estate, investment and construction industries. His broad experience provides vital insights into strategic planning and operations.

Shaji is also a philanthropist whose efforts in making the world a better place, has had significant impact in many disadvantaged communities across the globe.

Mark Bristoll, Chief Financial Officer

Mark Bristoll is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of real estate development experience. Mark has worked for the Chartered Accounting Firm Ernest & Young in Toronto and was CFO of one of Canada’s largest residential home builders where he was responsible for finance, administration, contract management, estimating, production and corporate strategy. To date, Mark Bristoll has been involved in the sale of over 5,000 residential dwellings.

Luis Correia, Director of Development

Luis Correia is responsible for the management of all aspects of the real estate development process. He leads multiple projects from initial acquisition, project design, through the government approval process and construction oversight, ensuring they are on schedule and on budget.

Luis has over 15 years of real estate development experience including prominent roles with leading real estate development firms.

Previously, Luis was Director of Development with Stanton Renaissance. Earlier, Luis was a Director of Development with Knightsone Capital Management, also a Project Manager with SmartCentres, and later, Calloway Real Estate Investment Trust, where he was responsible for the planning and execution of retail development across Southern Ontario.

Luis received his Bachelor of Applied Arts (Urban and Regional Planning) degree from Ryerson University.

Omkara(Sri Nithya Omkarananda), Director of Corporate Affairs

Omkara is a veteran entrepreneur with a reputation of having the profound ability to provide strategic leadership in a corporate environment. Omkara has extensive experience in commercial real estate and has successfully managed a mixed real estate investment portfolio in both Canada and U.S.A.

Omkara is an integral part of the strategy and underwriting process when assessing new corporate opportunities. He also leads a portfolio of ventures, and from time to time cross-services projects on behalf of the Ideal Group management team. He will also be maintaining relationships with both internal and external stakeholders and with a sound knowledge of industry trends that affect the interests of the company, Omkara will direct changes the company needs to be in line with future growth.

Prasana Balachandran, Director of Executive Communications

Prasana pursued his BA at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Political Science. He later went on to obtain a degree in Law with Honours from the University of Manchester. As a graduate, he is currently taking the necessary steps to get called to the Bar of Ontario. In the meantime, Prasana has simultaneously worked with Ideal Group for the past 2 years in many different endeavors in support of the company’s various business objectives.

As Director, Executive Communications, Prasana will be leading the development and management of all internal and external communications programs at the executive level. Prasana will continue to take a lead with all stakeholder and investor relations and various other special projects that Ideal Group is engaged with.

Michael Fredericks, Director of Business Development

Michael Fredericks focuses on the sales and marketing for Ideal Developments Inc. Michael completed a Systems Engineering from Centenial College to compliment his accounting degree from the University of Guyana, South America. He then pursued sales and marketing both domestically, and internationally, and has become a leading consultant in marketing and sales for both national and international companies. Michael brings over twenty years of experience in sales, distribution and international business to Ideal Developments. Amongst his significant previous positions, Michael was an IBM team member engaged in technical support for the Community Living Toronto Association. He also worked with Home Depot in sales management and was later recruited by a Middle Eastern building and contracting group as their Principal Purchasing and Sales Manager for North America.

Shazaad Mohammed, Director of Middle East Region

As Director of Middle East Affairs, based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Mohammed oversees business development in that region and the coordination of strategic partnerships and investment of Gulf and Middle Eastern Invest Groups visiting Canada, as well as Ideal Developments business ventures in the region.

Eugene Gerstein, Director of Corporate Strategy

With over 20 years of experience, in 42 countries across the globe, as well as being fluent in 6 languages, Eugene possesses the ability to work on international projects and provide cross cultural support. He has been described as a visionary, senior level executive with a rich cross industry and cross functional background.

Prior to joining Ideal Developments, Eugene orchestrated large international infrastructure projects, specializing in Public Private Partnerships and concession agreements, primarily in the airport, sea port and public transportation sectors, at the helm of the Concession division of a large player in the infrastructure development world.

Pranavan (Pran) Ganeshalingam, Senior Real Estate Investment Analyst

Pranavan (Pran) Ganeshalingam is the Senior Real Estate Investment Analyst with over 5 years of experience in Real Estate Asset Management and Finance. Having graduated from the International Bachelors of Business Administration (iBBA) program specializing in Finance and Economics, Pranavan is now pursuing his Masters in Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) at the Schulich School of Business to refine his specialization within the industry. Previously, Pranavan worked as a Senior Economist with the Ontario Ministry of Finance overseeing the province’s overall fiscal plan.

At Ideal Group, Pranavan helps manage Ideal Asset Corp.’s global real estate asset portfolio. He provides strategic and analytical insights into the acquisition, development and management of our diversified portfolio of fixed-income commercial assets.

Natalie Chin, Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager, Over 17 years sales and marketing experience in the real estate industry gained both on the development side and agency side working for builder/developers. Specializing in project management, and new home marketing & sales strategies on projects across the GTA, Ottawa, and Miami. Also experienced in resort operations with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Jamie Galloway, Project Manager

Jamie Galloway is a Professional Engineer with 25 years experience managing the design, budgeting and construction of complex development projects and municipal infrastructure systems. Jamie is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive work experience delivering unique projects in both Canada and the United States.

Kayla Peavoy, Project Designer

Kayla Peavoy, obtained her Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and has since gained exceptional knowledge within the corporate office design industry, as well as residential home design within the GTA and Muskoka region. She continues to further her knowledge of the design industry through constant study of the aesthetics and psychology behind a space. Kayla truly feels that the environment in which people live has a direct impact on the quality of people’s lives and she is thrilled to be a part of that foundation. Her idealistic, sincere perspective for a successful design will greatly contribute to the vision of Ideal Developments.

Sean Doust, Project Manager

Sean has over 10 years of experience in project management and construction of custom homes and multiple unit residential projects. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Sean is backed by strong credentials and a proven history of on-time, on-budget, and high-quality project completions. He will be overseeing all phases of multimillion-dollar custom home and low rise projects including planning, design, and construction.

Sunita Sowdagar, Business Manager

Sunita Sowdagar is the Business Manager at Ideal Developments Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Business Management. Sunita provides executive planning, strategic direction and execution to the CEO related to the day to day operations of the Ideal Group of Companies.

Sunita is strategic in the development of company financial goals and objectives that foster growth by ensuring that the company has skilled professionals and suitable resources to achieve set goals and to maximize productivity. She is skilled at assessing overall company performance against objectives and can easily identify ways to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Sunita is the main point person in managing joint-venture partnerships, trade partners, vendors and customers. She comes with vast experience in Office Administration, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Payroll Administration and Human Resources.

Throughout her career, she has successfully managed and supported various aspects of the business. She has demonstrated industry knowledge and provides strategic direction to the managing team. Sunita takes great pride in managing each and every aspect of Ideal Developments.

 

Yanfeng Chen, Fund Development Coordinator

Yanfeng Chen, born in 1962, over 15 years experience serving senior manager and VIP branch president in Agricultural Bank of China and Merchant Bank of China, more than 12 years as CEO for two large agribusiness companies (Sunner Group and Joysun Group), an expertise in company strategy planning and financial capital integrating. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fujian Agricultural University and his master’s degree from Zhejiang University, and was a visiting scholar in UC Davis for two years.

Najmul Siddiqui, Entrepreneur and Inventor

Najmul Siddiqui Entrepreneur and Inventor, brings a wealth of business management experience, over 25 years as President and CEO which includes 14 years experience of running a very successful TSX listed company as founder Chairman and CEO. Managed a variety of businesses both nationally and internationally. Received many local and international awards and recognitions including the highest fellowship award, equal to UK Doctorate conferred by the Council of the City of Guilds of London Institute for outstanding professional and personal achievements.

Alving Curling, Educationalist and Senior Politician and Member

An exceptional addition to Ideal team that brings strengths in many areas. Served for many years as director and various committee chair of a successful TSX listed company, as MPP in the Ontario legislature five times starting 1985, as Minister of Housing and Minister of Skills Development between 1985 and 1990, as Deputy Opposition House Leader, Deputy Whip and critic for Training and Skills Development, Solicitor General, Human Rights and Colleges and Universities and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to the Dominican Republic. An exceptional individual who has demonstrated excellence in public affairs, he was honoured by the Government of Jamaica with the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Commander. Holds two Honorary Doctorate Degrees, Doctor of Letters from the University of Technology in Jamaica and Doctor of Law from York University, Toronto

Kubes Navaratnam, Lawyer and Entrepreneur

Kubes Navaratnam is the principal lawyer of Nava Law Professional Corporation, a fast growing Toronto law firm that provides knowledgeable, values-driven, and client-focused legal advice to homeowners and entrepreneurs when they make decisions that matter.

Kubes has extensive experience in corporate and real estate law. He has led negotiations on complex, multi-million dollar deals; negotiated with municipal and provincial councils on land development projects; and developed models for re-structuring Canadian registered funds as investment vehicles for real estate. His expertise is further underscored by his time in the Province of Ontario’s Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee where he focused on civil litigation and estate matters on behalf of mentally incapable adults.

Kubes has been featured in Homes Magazine on its annual “Who’s Who of Real Estate” list in 2014 and 2015. In addition to his growing practice, Kubes is a huge proponent of community involvement. He is a Facilitator with the Centre for Leadership and Innovation, was the Chair of the York Region Equity Council and is involved in international law advocacy work locally and at the United Nations. Kubes received an LL.M. in international humanitarian law from the University of Toronto, a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.Eng. in Computer Engineering from McMaster University in 2004.