Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Konstantopoulos has been Granite’s Chief Financial Officer since September 12, 2016 and brings a diverse and global background that includes over 20 years of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets expertise as well as extensive experience in real estate. Previously, Mr. Konstantopoulos served as Managing Partner at Brookfield Financial and Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets and worked for several years at Ernst & Young where he earned his Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant, CA, and United States Certified Public Accountant, CPA, designations.
Mr. Konstantopoulos graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration and is a Professional Engineer.
Vice President, Asset Management
Mr. Ramparas is Granite’s Vice President of Asset Management. Most recently, Mr. Ramparas was Vice President of Hexagon Capital Partners, a real estate advisory firm focused on executing a strategic plan for assets owned by a global multi-billion dollar corporation. Previously, he served as a Senior Analyst at Fortress Investment Group LLC, a New York-based private equity and hedge fund company. Mr. Ramparas has over 10 years of broad work experience with focus on real estate and equity investments, corporate underwriting, operations and valuations.
Mr. Ramparas plays a key role in the asset management of Granite’s real estate portfolio. This includes supporting the acquisition, disposition and property operations activities, having responsibility for valuation analysis, property underwriting and the development of asset strategies and business plans for the portfolio.
Mr. Ramparas graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Vice President, Construction, North America
Mr. Pecile has been with Granite since 1997 and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Mr. Pecile is responsible for overseeing the construction, development and overall management of properties located in Southern Ontario, United States and Mexico.
Prior to joining Granite, Mr. Pecile was a Field Engineer with Eastern Construction Company Ltd. for over nine years and worked on a variety of projects that included the construction of office high-rises, shopping malls as well as institutional facilities.
Mr. Pecile is a Professional Engineer (Civil) and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Construction, North America
Frank Tozzi serves as our Vice President, Construction, North America and has more than 30 years of extensive hands-on experience in the design, construction and supervision of industrial and residential construction projects. Mr. Tozzi liaises with clients, consultants and municipalities to ensure that all projects are completed with the highest level of quality, within timelines and on budget. Prior to joining MID (now Granite), Mr. Tozzi held senior positions in the private sector on residential and industrial projects.
Mr. Tozzi holds a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
Vice President, Construction, Europe
Wolfgang Sorger serves as Vice President, Construction for all European Granite entities and is responsible for construction, acquisition, development, leasing and management of Granite’s industrial real estate portfolio in Europe. Mr. Sorger joined MID (now Granite) in 2001 when it was still a part of Magna International where he joined in 1996. For more than 10 years Wolfgang has been responsible for all European Granite construction projects and has worked on almost all Magna construction projects in Europe as well and has a broad experience in the construction and real estate industry. He holds a graduate engineer degree in Architecture from the University of Technology in Graz, Austria and graduated before from the Technical College for constructional engineering in Graz, Austria.
Vice President, Corporate Controller
Ms. Gismondi oversees Granite’s accounting and financial reporting activities.
Prior to joining Granite, Ms. Gismondi was Director, Financial Reporting at Richards Packaging Income Fund from November 2004 to June 2010. She was responsible for the internal and external financial reporting including the financial analysis for significant transactions and the maintenance and review of the internal control environment. Ms. Gismondi is a Chartered Accountant and worked as a Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s audit practice until November 2004.
Ms. Gismondi graduated from York University’s Schulich School of Business
Executive Vice President Europe
Mr. Stefan Wierzbinski is our Executive Vice President Europe. Mr. Wierzbinski is responsible for acquisition, development, leasing and management of Granite’s industrial real estate portfolio in Europe. He joined Granite in 2001.
From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Wierzbinski worked with Arthur Andersen in Vienna, Austria as tax consultant and auditor in several industries including construction and real estate.
Mr. Wierzbinski holds an M.B.A. from the University of Business Administration in Vienna, Austria.
Executive Vice President, Co-Head Global Real Estate
Mr. Kumer oversees all aspects of Granite property operations related to Granite’s global real estate platform including asset management, acquisitions, dispositions, and development. He is also responsible for the global Magna International relationship.
Mr. Kumer has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry working for both public and private development companies. His experience includes property development, leasing, land planning and construction. For over 15 years, Mr. Kumer has worked for Granite and Magna in various roles including the management of Granite’s North American income‑producing properties portfolio. Prior to joining Granite, Mr. Kumer held senior positions in the real estate industry including Vice President at C. Hunter Real Estate Corporation in Toronto and Vice President with Peregrine Hunter Properties Ltd.
Mr. Kumer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), business administration, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
John De Aragon
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Head Global Real Estate
Mr. De Aragon is responsible for all aspects of Granite’s global real estate platform including property operations and investments. He is also responsible for Granite’s 3rd party joint venture relationships.
Mr. De Aragon has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, covering real estate investment, property development and asset management throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. His experience covers a wide range of real estate sectors (industrial, office and retail), markets, investors and operating companies. Mr. De Aragon has held senior management positions at Fortress Investment Group, Bentall Kennedy and CIBC Development Corp.
Mr. De Aragon graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics.
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Forsayeth is Granite’s Chief Executive Officer and is also a director and trustee. He first joined Granite in August, 2011 as its Chief Financial Officer and was formally appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2016. Mr. Forsayeth has also been a director of Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. since November 2014. Over the course of his 30 plus‑year career, Mr. Forsayeth has held senior executive financial and operating positions in several public and private Canadian companies, including Intrawest, Cara Operations Ltd, Laidlaw Inc., Derlan Industries Limited and Bank of Montreal. Mr. Forsayeth is a CPA, CA and also spent nine years with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in various areas including the audit practice, the insolvency group and on a secondment in their London, England office.
Mr. Forsayeth graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree.