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Management Team

Meet our executives – at Choice Properties we’re building from strong leadership.

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Stephen E. Johnson , President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Johnson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Johnson has spent approximately 40 years in the real estate industry and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust since September 1996. He has extensive experience in real estate and corporate finance, property management, leasing, real estate valuation and property development. As Chief Executive Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, Mr. Johnson has overall responsibility for the development of Choice Properties REIT’s business model and strategy and the leadership responsibility for Choice Properties REIT’s success. Other public board memberships include Plaza Retail REIT.
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Rael L. Diamond , Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Diamond is the Chief Operating Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Diamond is responsible for all operational aspects of Choice Properties REIT including leasing, property operations, acquisitions, dispositions and development. Mr. Diamond is a CPA, CA and was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Diamond also served as Senior Vice President, Finance with Brookfield Asset Management and as Chief Financial Officer for several of Brookfield’s subsidiary companies, including Rouse Properties, Brookfield Office Properties Canada and Howard Hughes Corporation.
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Mario Barrafato , Chief Financial Officer

Mario Barrafato is the Chief Financial Officer of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Barrafato has more than 20 years of senior management experience in the areas of financial reporting, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Mr. Barrafato holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1991. Prior to joining Choice Properties REIT, Mr. Barrafato served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust.
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