About Us

Our Mission

TAM's mission is to help create a financially sustainable housing sector by providing excellent asset management planning, refinancing and renewal strategies and expert project management services.

TAM is currently working with several housing co-operatives and housing societies which are facing a range of challenges as their buildings age. These challenges include the need for infrastructure repair and replacement, demographic changes and resulting inappropriateness of their current housing mix, as well as the expiry of operating agreements and the subsidy associated with those agreements. With these changes comes the need for proactive asset management planning complete with a schedule of future capital repairs and financial planning to ensure that there are sufficient funds to undertake planned repairs and renewal.

Background

Terra Asset Management (TAM) was formed by staff members of one of Canada's most experienced social purpose development management firms, Terra Housing. Terra has 30 years experience, over 270 projects, with more than 12,000 units completed or in development in 40 municipalities across the province.

Meet the team

General Manager
Christian joined Terra Asset Management in 2013 after more than a decade in project management, construction and property management preceded by more than a decade in banking and financial services. As General Manager of TAM, Christian’s responsibilities include participating in strategic planning, implementing strategic goals and objectives as approved by the Board of Directors, product development and improvement, marketing and sales, service delivery, staff supervision, financial control of approved budgets and corporate governance, compliance and risk management. Most recently, Christian was a Project Officer for PCI group specializing in large, mixed-use urban developments, including the residential, retail and office developments at King George Station and Marine Gateway.  Previously he provided project management and site co-ordination for the ITC Group, with projects at UBC and the Olympic Athletes Village in Vancouver.  Other positions include Coordinator for COHO Management Services, the management arm of CHF BC, and Maintenance Manager for the Greater Vancouver Floating Home Co-operative.  Christian also spent more than 10 years at TD Bank, as, among other positions, Manager of Independent Business. Christian completed the Construction Supervision Program and Construction Operations Program at BCIT.  He received at BA in Economics and International Development from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax
Shamir Bhatia (PMP)
Project Manager
Shamir Bhatia (PMP) joined Terra in 2002.  He brings experience in law, construction safety, development and renovation, and involvement with a wide range of arts, community and charitable non-profits. He holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Calgary and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Victoria and is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.  His projects have involved complex financial and feasibility analyses, sensitive public processes, facilitation among a range of professionals and other stakeholders, and a range of technical construction issues. Shamir’s most recent community activities include cofounding the Seed to Sky gardening club, volunteering as a Master Gardener with VanDusen Botanical Gardens, participating actively on the Riley Park South Cambie CityPlan Visions Steering Committee, and serving on the boards of the Little Mountain Neighbourhood House and the Riley Park Community Association.
Kelly Lin
Project Manager
Kelly Lin joined Terra in 2017 as a Development Manager, responsible for project management including due diligence, budgeting, client relationships, construction and more.

Prior to joining Terra, Kelly worked as Project Manager and Associate Architect in planning, design, marketing, finance, brokerage and managing for real estate developments of various types and sizes, as well as TI projects in New York City, Seattle and many international locations.  Kelly graduated from the Stern Business School of New York University with an MBA and MS is Real Estate Finance and Investment.  She also holds an Architecture degree from the University of Manitoba and a Psychology degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelly volunteers with several not-for-profit organizations including Outdoors For All, Surfmeimei and Surfrider and in her spare time is a surfer and outdoor adventurer.

Rob O'Dea
Project Manager
Rob O'Dea has been with the Terra group of companies since 1989 in a variety of lead and supportive roles including senior development manager, project manager property manager and research assistant. Rob is responsible for managing all aspects of the project management process. He brings many strengths to his work, including quality control, client relations, project documentation, research, proposal writing, financial modeling, contract negotiation, and leadership/mentorship.

Rob has also worked part time for non-profit housing societies, assisting them with development and property management activities.

Rob is very active in the volunteer sector, and has sat on over 20 boards and 60 committees in the housing, environmental and arts sectors. Currently, he is President of the Oarlock and Sail Wooden Boat Society. In 2008, he received a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in the Support for the Arts for his volunteerism.

Rob completed two years of the Urban Land Economics Program and the Property Management Pre-Licensing Course at UBC, and graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc.