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:

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  Graham Bird, President

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.

  David Laird, Finance and Procurement

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.

In 2011-12, David was the senior financial advisor to the Bank of Canada facilities redevelopment project. In 2008-09, he led the financial modelling strategy for the City of Ottawa to ensure that the aged Lansdowne Park, its stadium and arena could be redeveloped and re-purposed, while ensuring the City of Ottawa and its design, build, funding and management partners were in full agreement with the financial model. These projects are currently in progress in a manner consistent with the project plan.

From 2007 to 2012, David was the lead financial advisor and project manager for the $180 million re-build of the Ottawa convention Centre, including the initial development of the business case and feasibility report, oversight to procurement documents, contract negotiations, and funding agreements with partners for the facility and the associated facilities management services. This transaction was structured as a design-build fixed price contract and was completed on schedule and budget. David also structured and negotiated a 15 year services contract for the provision of facilities management and event services over a 15 year period which redefined the business model for the convention centre operations.

Prior to this project, from 2002 to 2007, David was the senior financial advisor for the redevelopment of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ontario’s first public hospital to be built under a public-private partnership (P3) transaction structure. David and his team created a developed the Business Case, and managed the RFQ/RFP project agreements and contract negotiations to a transaction consistent with the Business Case. This $250 million P3 procurement transaction of this teaching hospital, research facility was completed on budget and schedule.

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.

Mitchell Bird, Assistant Project Management

A graduate of Algonquin College’s intense 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 augment his experience at GBA, Mitchell continues to further his professional development by pursuing Algonquin’s Project Management program on a part-time basis.

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.

As an Assistant Project Manager, Mitchell is keen to begin his career with GBA and do his part to maintain the GBA way — completing client projects on time, on budget and to their unique specifications.

 

 

  Kathryn Hendrick,  Communications and Media

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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.

 

  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.