Mr. Manji obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree (Accounting) from the University of Waterloo in 1992 and is a chartered accountant by profession. Up until early 1993, he practiced public accounting at KPMG LLP where most of his work revolved around real estate clients. He left KPMG LLP to join his family’s real estate business where he spearheaded a new division that focused on seniors housing.
In 1997, Mr. Manji established Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc., which has evolved to become a leading brand manager in the Canadian seniors housing industry with a focus on the luxury independent living segment. The Vancouver based public company trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ACC”.
Mr. Manji devotes himself to a number of voluntary organizations and is currently the Chairman of the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Canada, one of several national institutional boards of the Ismaili community. A member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) since September 2000, he served as the YPO Regional Chair of Canada and on YPO’s International Regional Chairs’ Council from 2009 to 2011. As well, Mr. Manji serves as a director of Noble Iron Inc. (NIR.V) (formerly Texada Software Inc.).
Mr. Manji was a 2006 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ Award and was also named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winner in the business-to-consumer products and services category in British Columbia in 2010.
Arthur J. Ayres Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Ayres joined Amica as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary in December 2009 and has served as a CFO and in other executive capacities for over 25 years. Prior to joining Amica, Mr. Ayres held the position of Senior Vice President Finance, CFO and Corporate Secretary for MIGENIX Inc., a Canadian public biotech company. Prior to joining MIGENIX Inc., Mr. Ayres served as Controller for Current Technology Corporation, a public company focused on the development of medical devices, medical publications and products that were marketed through infomercials. Previously, Mr. Ayres was the Controller with Pacific Western Realty Corporation, a private company focused on commercial and residential property development and management in British Columbia. Mr. Ayres began his financial career in 1982 with Thorne Riddell Chartered Accountants. Mr. Ayres has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. since 1985 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors, Commerce and Computer Science) degree from Simon Fraser University.
Colin R. Halliwell Chief Operating Officer
Educated in the UK, Mr. Halliwell joined the British Columbia based H.Y. Louie Ltd. group of companies upon his arrival in Canada. Mr. Halliwell brings over thirty years of experience in Operations to Amica, most notably seventeen years at London Drugs where he served as General Manager, Operations for the company. Mr. Halliwell has been involved in establishing new business concepts in the service and retail sectors. He has also developed his own retail and e–commerce business specializing in the health industry. Since joining Amica in January 2000, as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Halliwell has played a key role in the development of the Amica Brand and business model with a focus on service excellence and sustainable growth. Mr. Halliwell has overall responsibility for Operations, Marketing, Design & Construction, Business Development and Human Resources.
Jim M. MacCallum Vice President, Finance
Mr. MacCallum joined Amica as Vice President, Finance in January 2012 and is responsible for providing financial leadership, managing budgets, overseeing accounting functions and participating in the strategy process. Prior to joining Amica, Mr. MacCallum was Chief Financial Officer at Vivonet, Inc. and held senior finance roles with Absolute Software, PMC-Sierra and Cisco Systems. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1995 and as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2001. In 2009, Mr. MacCallum completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Brenda A. Allen Vice President, Human Resources
Ms. Allen is an enthusiastic and passionate human resources professional, with more than 18 years experience in employee relations, and who specializes in employee relations, coaching and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Allen has worked in the past with government, post secondary and heavy industry. Her experience has provided her with a well rounded outlook on working with teams and developing leaders. She has extensive experience developing and implementing programs and processes to enhance employee relations and workplace effectiveness. Ms. Allen holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, is a certified Executive Coach, holds a diploma in Adult Education from Vancouver Community College and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). In addition to her own learning, Ms. Allen works to assist others in their learning, teaching post–secondary courses including human resources, organizational behaviour and labor relations.
Claudia L. Salgado Vice President, Design and Construction
Ms. Salgado joined Amica as Manager, New Developments and Special Projects in April 2005. Ms. Salgado has a proven background in the architectural field. Her experience encompasses all aspects of the design and construction process, including architectural design, automated drafting and project management. Prior to joining Amica, Ms. Salgado was a Senior Architectural Designer at a Toronto firm, where she took a lead role in all design phases. Ms. Salgado has a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology and holds a post–graduate degree in Design. Ms Salgado has received prestigious academic and professional awards such as being named Minuoro Yamasaki Scholar and appointed to the Lambda Iota Tau Honour Society. As a Licensed Architect, she is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Susan M. Gerard Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Ms. Gerard brings extensive knowledge and experience in customer relations, brand strategy, marketing and communications to Amica Mature Lifestyles. Ms. Gerard first joined Amica in June 2003 as Vice President, Marketing and Communications and retired from Amica in May 2010. In May 2013, Ms. Gerard once again joined Amica to oversee the important role of community relations to ensure high occupancy and service levels are maintained at each and every Amica residence. Prior to joining Amica in 2003, she held the role of Senior Director, Global Marketing and Communications for SOLCORP – an EDS company; a developer and provider of software systems for the insurance industry.