Core Values:

Hardwork, Trust & Credibility

R2 is a boutique investment firm that deals in real estate debt & equity securities

ABOUT US

R2 is Canada's first online marketplace that connects property owners with sources of capital (otherwise referred to as investors). 

Property owners see us as a boutique mid-market investment firm and a leading capital raise platform that uses power of technology and traditional relationships to help them raise both debt and equity. 

To the investors (Retail and Institutional), R2 offers investments that meet our strict underwriting criteria, allowing them to invest in high quality projects that are managed by reputable sponsors.  

Our Team

Decades of experience: JLL, CIBC, BMO, RBC, Sun Life, Telus, Morguard & more..

Amar Nijjar
Founder & CEO

Amar is the Founder of Real Crowd Capital. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2 Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Amar has funded over $10 billion and underwritten over $30 billion of real estate during his career. Up until recently Amar was an Executive Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he headed the Debt Capital Markets group. Amar has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business. In 2014, he founded www.educate-kids.org; a charity that supports under privileged children in Developing countries. He also sits on the board of Commercial Real Estate Lenders Association (www.crela.ca).

Chad Gemmell
Co-Founder & COO

Chad is the Chief Compliance Officer of Real Crowd Capital and is licensed to trade in securities. He is responsible for strategic direction, business development, operations, and sits on R2's Board of Directors and Investment Committee. Chad has transacted over $5 billion of real estate during his career. Up until recently Chad was a Vice President at JLL (formerly Jones Lang LaSalle), where he was co-head of the Debt Capital Markets group along with Amar. Chad holds an MBA from NSYSU and an undergraduate degree in finance from Lakehead University. He has also lived and worked in Asia for 2 years. He is an avid cyclist and a top ranked squash player at TAC. He has two fury babies - Tuk Tuk and Kaya.

Garret MacGillivray
Chief Technology Officer

Garret leads the e-marketing and technology initiatives for the R2CROWD platform as well as for the internal applications that support deal underwriting and due diligence. Prior to R2, Garret was a part of the JLL Debt Capital Markets group and also an appraiser with one of Canada’s top private appraisal companies. Garret applies his extensive knowledge of real estate with a deep understanding of technology to the R2 platform. Garret holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Carleton University. He is also a Dealing Representative for the firm and is licensed to trade in securities.

Hovsep Seraydarian
VP, Software Design

Hovsep is the VP of Software Design and his team of 12 software engineers and coders works closely with our IT, infrastructure and senior management team to implement R2's technology platform. He is also responsible for maintaining and developing R2’s technology, software and infrastructure. Hovsep has successfully completed over 200 technology projects in the past ranging from small to large scale assignments for companies like Sears and Hudson's Bay, Georgian College, Pomegranate Film Festival, Today’s Concepts and others. He is a Computer Science Engineer.

Sim Manocha
Investment Manager

Sim is responsible for building and managing relationships with developers and providing a thorough underwriting of commercial real estate asset opportunities. Sim was an Associate at JLL Debt Capital Markets group up until recently and prior to that he worked with Avison Young and graduated from the Ivey Business School, where he served as the co-Founder/President of the Ivey Real Estate Club. Sim works on a team that combines his unparalleled work ethic and attention to detail. Aside from real estate, he enjoys spending time with his dog Biggie and has been actively involved in the community as a competitive soccer coach.

Daljeet Dhanesar
Manager - Investment Sales

Daljeet joined the team at R2 with years of experience in sales, client relations, and business development. With a decade long stint in Private Wealth Management, he has successfully advised his clients to achieve their wealth creation goals both in financial and real estate assets. Daljeet holds undergraduate degree in Commerce and has an MBA. He prides himself on his attention to detail and his passion for development and progress. He constantly strives to foster strong client relations while leaving a lasting positive impact on all whom he does business with.

Ziad Nassar
Analyst

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Economics & Finance program, Ziad joined R2 to support the firm’s debt capital market initiatives. While at Laurier, Ziad worked a number of co-op terms in both the public and private sectors, in addition to serving as a Co-President of the Laurier Investment and Finance Association. His co-op terms included Analyst positions with: an Ontario Ministry, a technology start-up, and a real estate & infrastructure private equity firm. During his undergrad, Ziad took part in an international exchange program, where he studied Property in Sydney, Australia. Growing up, Ziad played competitive hockey and football, and continues to take part in competitive adult sports leagues.

Alexandra Reynolds
Office Manager

Alexandra is R2's office manager. She is a dedicated professional with a strong administrative background and supports all aspects of R2’s business. In the past she has worked in the healthcare industry as Director of Operations for a large health care business, Head hunter with Huntex, Admin assistant at St. Michael’s hospital, social worker at The Stone-Ashbridge Family and Editor in Chief of Between the Pages. She holds a psychology degree from Acadia University.

Omar Castillo Zavala
Business Development Manager

Omar is an Business Development Manager at R2. He is responsible for seeking investment opportunities as well as direct senior debt opportunities in the Dominican Republic with a secondary focus on the broader Caribbean market. His previous work experiences includes working at Turner Construction in Washington D.C. Afterward, he joined his family business where he leads the business development process to create real estate deals for investors. Omar is a Civil Engineer from Utah State University. He also studied at the prestigious University INSA de Lyon in France. Currently, he is pursuing an advanced real estate finance certification at the NAIOP center for education. Omar is the recipient of the NAIOP Developer Leader Award 2016.

Param Nijjar
Business Development Manager

With over ten years of experience in real estate sales, construction and property management, and an education in software engineering (UBC 2005, Dean's Honour List), Param brings a thorough and wide understanding of real estate and technology to the R2 team. During this time, Param has worked on conducting sales, procuring financing (institutional and private), and managing design/build of residential and commercial construction projects for several high profile clients in the Vancouver area. Param has been actively involved in the community by volunteering for organizations, such as Vancouver Board of Trade (awarded Mentee of the Year in Leaders of Tomorrow program), Entrepreneurs International Organization (board member) and Habitat for Humanity to name a few.

Aaron Meckler
Investment Manager

Aaron joins R2 as a Corporate Finance and Investment Manager with years of experience in Public Markets, Institutional FX and Private Equity Markets. After raising millions for over 30 different Limited Partnerships, Aaron plays an integral role in R2's due diligence process when it comes to structuring deals with Issuers and Reviewing their offering documents. He also advises his clients on Private Equity Investments. Aaron's main objective is to provide his clients with a well diversified portfolio which includes unique real estate investments at the core. The goal is to a achieve a higher risk-adjusted return with lower correlation to the traditional stock market. Owning a portfolio of Multi-Family properties, Aaron is able to bring his personal and professional experiences to the table. He is also pursuing an international MBA from Edinburgh Business School as well as the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation. In his free time, Aaron enjoys travelling and spending time with beautiful wife and son.

Mehek Rauf
Office Administrator

Mehek Rauf is a committed and confident Business Graduate. She holds a Business Management Degree from Ryerson University and a Human Resources Advance Diploma from George Brown College. Mehek joins R2 with a strong administrative background, supporting all of R2’s business avenues. In the past, Mehek has worked in the HR departments for large firms such as Thompson Hotels and Addeco. In addition to Mehek’s full-time job as Office Administrator, she is also entrepreneur who manages her own Wedding Decor business.

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Venture Program

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Auditors

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Regulatory Advisors

Regulatory Advisors

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Title Insurance

Title Insurance

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Lender Association

Lender Association

www.crela.ca

Fintech Partner

Fintech Partner

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Urban Planning

Urban Planning

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Approved Participant

Approved Participant

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