The Core GBA Team

GBA works with many valued subject matter experts in the fields of project management, design, construction, planning, engineering, transportation, law, finance, process approvals — and all other aspects of development, depending on the project.  These associates work closely with the core GBA team, listed below:

 

  Graham Bird, President

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Tel: +1 613.680.9450
Mobile: +1 613.762.3111
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The roots of the Bird family are several generations deep in the Ottawa area, instilling in Graham the belief that as a native son he had an obligation to future generations to keep making Ottawa better. As President of GBA, Graham often says that helping to build Ottawa is a great privilege — to imagine what could be, to work with visionary partners, and then together, to build and achieve that vision. “Getting to be creative and help shape the city you were born and raised in really isn’t work – it’s play,” he says.

Graham spends his days — and often many evenings — playing out possibilities to solve complex redevelopment projects to ensure they are completed on time and on budget. Most importantly, he works to ensure they are built so that a community becomes more memorable and more relevant.

With more than 30 years of experience in the development business throughout Canada, Graham has managed a wide variety of multidisciplinary projects for both the public and private sectors. He is particularly respected for understanding the business force of development — the need for building solutions into the design, the construction and the operations of new infrastructure; solutions that are flexible and respond promptly to the requirements of clients or markets.

Graham has a successful track record in leading-edge, complex redevelopment — whether it is institutional, commercial, residential, or mixed-use — through all of the applicable phases including planning, design, construction, financing, approval, communications, and operations. A member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Graham holds a degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University.

  Kathryn Hendrick, Vice President – Communications

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Tel: +1 613.680.9450
Mobile: +1 416.277.6281
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Kathryn Hendrick works with GBA to provide strategic communications management from concept to completion for clients engaged in infrastructure renewal. She recently led the extensive communications planning and multi-year implementation for GBA’s redevelopment of the Royal Ottawa Health Mental Health Centre, the Ottawa Convention Centre, Lansdowne Park and the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, and many other initiatives.

A national award-winning communications strategist, Kathryn is a key member of the project management team. Her work helps advance client objectives through the myriad of branding opportunities that exist in redevelopment projects — from conception through procurement, design, construction, stakeholder engagement, event planning, media relations, as well as the official opening and ongoing operations of the facility. For example, these functions were particularly important for GBA and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in their redevelopment of Canada’s first hospital built under a public-private partnership model.

Kathryn has long-standing relationships with many of Canada’s  senior journalists, and has implemented complex media and stakeholder strategies to engage the public, shift public perception and influence government policy. She has a successful track record in government relations, both at a federal and provincial level, and has managed a number of senior communications portfolios in Canadian teaching hospitals and national advocacy organizations. Kathryn has an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in English and Communications.

 

  David Laird, Vice President – Finance and Procurement

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David Laird is a specialist in capital projects and facilities outsourcing procurement, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property licensing. He works with GBA as the lead on financial and operations management counsel for infrastructure renewal and procurement from concept to completion.

Prior to David’s association with GBA, David was a senior advisor for infrastructure, corporate finance and M&A transactions for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ for more than 16 years and spent 20 years as a finance and operations executive in the high technology industry.

David applies his extensive advisory and executive management experience to bring practical solutions throughout the procurement process to ensure specification, cost and schedule compliance.

David developed finance models for The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Shaw Centre, Lansdowne Park and the Bank of Canada redevelopment projects.

David has raised millions in long-term debt and equity for clients, and arranged for interim financing for acquisitions in amounts of up to $125 million.

  John Moser, Vice President – Planning Management

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A seasoned professional planner and Administrator, John has spent the majority of his career serving the development community and the public at the municipal government level. Recently retired, he is now focussing his career on city building with the private sector.

John understands how government works, the development approvals process, planning policies and strategies and the need to be inclusive in evolution of a city.

John has extensive experience in policy development at the Official Plan, Community Design Plan and neighbourhood level, leading the preparation of Zoning By-laws and Development Charges By-laws, and the review and approval of development applications including rezonings, subdivisions and site plans in an urban, suburban and rural context. He understands the relationships between infrastructure, transportation and land use planning. He also recognizes that financial affordability is a key to a plan’s success.

 

  Alannah Bird, Manager – Finance and Procurement

Alannah Bird is a business manager who is a natural leader, highly organized, who thrives in fast-paced environments where she is fully accountable for her work. While ensuring the financial and procurement aspects of the project are maintained in accordance with the Owner’s processes, her best work comes out in complex projects that require ‘big picture’ thinking, problem-solving, and analyses. Alannah works on and develops the financial pro forma statements and financial modeling.

Three years of progressive experience and responsibilities at Bridgit have contributed to the development of her management and leadership skill set. Alannah’s role has provided her with a broad and holistic experience across brand strategy, business analysis, communication, P&L accountability, and relationship management.

Throughout her time with Bridgit, she worked and/or consulted with over 300 construction site teams on their issues management processes — 60 per cent of these projects were mixed-used developments located across North America.

 

 

 

  Mitchell Bird, Assistant Project Management

A graduate of Algonquin College’s Business program, Mitchell Bird joined GBA full time in January of 2013 after spending the summer of 2012 working with the GBA team as a Project Management Intern.

To augment his business education and his experience at GBA, Mitchell continued his professional development by completing Algonquin’s Project Management program.

As an Assistant Project Manager, he has been instrumental in developing work-plans and redevelopment approaches for Lansdowne Park, the Brockville Health & Wellness Centre of Excellence, Carp Retirement Residence and the restoration and re purposing of the heritage Davidson-Hope House.

A competitive hockey player for many years, Mitchell lent his organizational skills to the Ottawa Senators as a member of the Marketing Community Relations team before moving to GBA. He values the importance of working with communities as they grow and change, and has learned firsthand as a GBA team member how integral it is in the redevelopment of new infrastructure for clients and organizations.

 

  Chantal Langevin, Office Administration

Chantal Langevin is the Office Administrator for GBA, a position she has held since 2010. Chantal manages the day-to-day aspects of client communications, as well as billing and finance administration, web and data maintenance, plus general administrative support and customer service.

Chantal’s strength as an organizational strategist ensures that the GBA team, and their projects, run seamlessly and smoothly.

A graduate of Algonquin College, Chantal is the accommodating and friendly administrator that clients quickly become very accustomed to and know they can count on. She takes great pride and care in ensuring that every call and request is attended to in the most timely and efficient manner.

An annual volunteer in the Ottawa Christmas Smiles campaign which arranges gifts for seniors over the holidays, Chantal is strongly motivated to give back to her community and to help those less fortunate.

It is these kind of values that make Chantal both an integral part of the office team and a shining example of the GBA way in action.