TORONTO, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (the "REIT") (TSXV: TN.UN) is pleased to announce that its trustees have appointed Leslie M. Veiner, C.A. as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 27, 2012.
Mr. Veiner has held senior management positions in the Canadian real estate industry and most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of TransGlobe Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. TransGlobe REIT was one of Canada's leading TSX listed, multi-residential real estate investment trusts which owned a portfolio of 175 residential rental properties containing approximately 21,735 suites principally located in urban centres in Alberta, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It was taken private on June 29, 2012. Mr. Veiner stated: "I'm excited to be appointed True North's CEO and am looking forward to this new challenging role and to maximizing the REIT's potential and focusing on unitholder value."
Daniel Drimmer, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the REIT, commented on the appointment: "We are really pleased to have Les assume leadership of True North. He brings extensive real estate, capital markets, and finance experience which are all key ingredients to forge True North's success. I will continue to work closely with him on our acquisition program." As President of Starlight Investments Ltd., the REIT's asset manager, Mr. Drimmer will continue to play a leading role in the REIT's acquisition program, including both third party owned properties as well as properties owned by entities controlled by him.
Mr. Veiner's services are being provided and paid for by Starlight Investments Ltd. as part of the asset management arrangements between Starlight and the REIT. As part of Mr. Veiner's compensation package and following the effective date of his appointment, the REIT intends to grant to Mr. Veiner options to subscribe for up to 300,000 trust units of the REIT in accordance with its TSXV-approved unit option plan. Such options shall vest over a three year period commencing upon the first anniversary of the date of grant.
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The REIT is an unincorporated, open-ended real estate investment trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario.
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Information contained in forward-looking statements is based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including management's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, including the closing of the Acquisition, as well as other considerations that are believed to be appropriate in the circumstances, including the following: the Canadian economy will remain stable over the next 12 months; inflation will remain relatively low; interest rates will remain stable; conditions within the real estate market, including competition for acquisitions, will be consistent with the current climate; the Canadian capital markets will provide the REIT with access to equity and/or debt at reasonable rates when required; Starlight will continue its involvement with the REIT; and the risks identified or referenced above, collectively, will not have a material impact on the REIT. While management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on currently available information, they may prove to be incorrect.
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SOURCE: True North Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust
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