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Meet your team on the higher road

“We believe that living authentically means that your guiding values are the same in both your personal and professional life. At Altavia, we do business the way we try to live our lives, and we always seek to take the higher road.” – Ernest Lang, Principal

Altavia

Relationships are at the heart of our business. You’ll see our logo even has a heart shape!

For us, your success is our success. We foster authentic, high trust, long-term relationships with all of our investors, project partners and clients. Meet the hard working team who bring to life the values of trust, excellence and integrity every day.

Ernest Lang

Ernest Lang

Ernest is a Principal at Altavia. He is presently founder and CEO of Promerita Group, a private advisory and investment firm based in Vancouver, B.C. His experience includes being a founding partner of one the leading portfolio and wealth management practices at RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest bank-owned investment dealer and wealth management company.

Ernest has an extensive track record of entrepreneurial success, having been instrumental in establishing several significant enterprises in Canada and abroad. His professional experience encompasses corporate acquisitions, structured financial products, equity and debt financing, international trade, real estate finance and development, business start-ups, and multi-asset class investments.

Diane Dou

Diane is a Senior Strategic Advisor at Altavia. She has several roles at Altavia where she serves as the Senior Advisor and chairperson for several of our corporate committees in addition to being a significant shareholder. Diane currently serves as the Managing Director, Financial Services Lead in Western Canada for one of the world’s leading consultancies, EY.

Diane is an innovative, transformative and courageous senior business leader, bringing both commercial and governance acumen from the financial services, professional services and technology industries. Prior to joining Altavia, Diane served in a number of C-suite roles with leading global and regional institutions, including serving as COO of HSBC Investment Funds Canada, COO and Country Head of Business Performance, Retail Banking and Wealth Management for HSBC Canada, and most recently the COO, then President and CEO of Prospera Credit Union where she led that organization in receiving accolades for the Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance in 2019 and ultimately, in the largest merger in Canadian Credit Union history.

Rizwan Gehlen

Rizwan brings a significant background in business leadership, real estate, finance and the seniors living and care industry to Altavia. Prior to joining our group, Rizwan served as the CFO for one of Canada’s largest full continuum seniors care businesses, where over a thirteen year tenure, he led the growth of that organization from a four facility family business to one of the country’s largest privately owned portfolios with over thirty sites from British Columbia to Ontario. Prior to his role in the seniors care and real estate sector, Rizwan articled at Ernst & Young where he was quickly promoted to management upon receiving his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and subsequently managed a group of real estate investment and development funds, including some of the largest real estate investment portfolios in Canada.

Chris Dragan

Chris is an entrepreneur and management professional with extensive experience in the ownership and management of established private businesses. He brings this experience to Altavia with a mandate to help identify, evaluate, de-risk and ultimately provide strategic oversight of operating management or when necessary, operate enterprise debt and/or equity investments.

Recently, Chris was an owner and President of a multi-divisional business in the wholesale flooring industry with North America-wide distribution. Chris has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience and has personally led the successful financial and operational integration of businesses in M&A and scale-up scenarios, leading to a successful exit. In addition to assisting various businesses on a consulting basis with strategic and operational change, Chris has also served as the CFO of a midsized real estate developer and for a wholesale business executing a transformation and restructuring.

Kathleen Joe

Kathleen brings a background in project management and business administration to her role at Altavia. Kathleen leads our affiliated realty services company and has managed capital transactions with public companies in addition to her experience leading and managing significant real estate transactions in a range of market segments, including single and multi-family residential, commercial, strata, industrial and redevelopment land.

Danson Nguyen

With a finance-based background, Danson provides due diligence, analytical and strategic support to Altavia, managing investor relationships as well as administration of our group’s capital investments and co-investments by our capital partners.

Danson brings prior commercial banking experience with a major Canadian chartered bank where he focused on mid-market deals as a loan analyst. In this role, he had exposure to a variety of industries and learned how to identify and mitigate key financial and business risks.

Rajeev Opal

Rajeev is a leader of Promerita’s marketing initiatives for our corporate group. Rajeev brings several years of project management and marketing expertise in the BC residential real estate market, with a particular focus on residential and multifamily projects in the city of Kelowna. With his creativity, passion for business, and expertise in communication, Rajeev brings a strategic approach to marketing that is focused on delivering concrete business results in a range of asset classes and business segments. His thoughtful, integrated approach to marketing communications and focus on service reflect our core values, emphasize quality and create a positive experience for our organization and our clientele.

Riley Young

Riley leads Promerita’s real estate debt origination and syndication business where he is focused on originating creative and competitive funding options for Promerita’s clients and for our own equity sponsored projects and assets. Riley focuses on the BC market but has experience across the country and has successfully underwritten more than $1.5B in real estate debt and equity across all real estate asset classes. He has experience with a wide range of client and borrower types including private investors, developers, owner-occupiers, institutions, hospitality, REIT’s and foreign investors. Most significantly, Riley’s considerable experience and credibility amongst the full range of debt and equity capital providers in the Canadian market, including banks, credit unions, conduit lenders, life insurance companies, pension funds, international lenders and private sources of capital is a strong complement to Promerita’s proprietary capital network.

In addition to serving as a Principal, Managing Director & Designated Individual for Promerita’s mortgage origination business, Riley serves as a capital markets specialist with a major Canadian commercial real estate brokerage and works closely with that firm’s many advisors. In this capacity, he facilitates cash flow based term loans, interim and construction loans, repositioning loans, unsold inventory loans as well as financing for specialized properties such as hotels, resorts, retirement homes as well as providing capital to restructure portfolios and distressed properties.