TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Whiterock Real Estate Investment Trust ("Whiterock") (TSX: WRK.UN), a growth oriented real estate investment trust focused on increasing Unitholder value through the strategic acquisition, ownership and management of well-located, long-term leased office, industrial and retail properties across Canada, announced today that Paul Simcox will be resigning as Executive Vice President and a member of Whiterock's board, effective January 1, 2010.
"Paul is a co-founder of Whiterock and his contribution and expertise have been extremely valuable in Whiterock's growth from a start-up company to a fully integrated 3.4 million square foot real estate platform anchored by high credit tenants with long-term leases, as well as its positive future outlook. We are fortunate to have an excellent team in place companywide, and I am confident that our team has the skills to continue to advance our business plan and guide Whiterock through the next period of its growth," said Jason Underwood, CEO.
"On behalf of the Board I wish to thank Paul for his dedicated service and leadership and wish him well in his new endeavors," said Oz Pedde, Chairman of the Board of Whiterock. "Whiterock and its employees continue to be fully committed to its operational and financial success in the marketplace and, in turn, creating long-term sustainable shareholder value," he added.
"I am proud to have been a part of the development of Whiterock during the past 5 years and I am confident that I will be leaving it in capable hands. I intend to begin pursuing other entrepreneurial endeavors in the coming months but will be assisting and consulting as required in the transition of my responsibilities to the existing management team," said Paul Simcox.
Whiterock's existing portfolio is anchored by high credit tenants with long-term leases. The portfolio consists of 44 properties totalling 3.4 million square feet, located in 13 markets across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
Forward Looking Statements
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SOURCE WHITEROCK REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST
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