Samuel Belzberg Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Belzberg has extensive international experience in real estate and finance with a distinguished track record. In 1962, City Savings and Trust received a Charter from the Alberta Government to set up a provincial trust company. This evolved into First City Financial, which Mr. Belzberg built into a $7 billion financial services organization with offices across North America and Europe. First City was involved in many large investment transactions including Bache Securities before it was sold to Prudential, Gulf Oil, Armstrong World (a large building supply company) and Scovill (a manufacturing company which included Yale Locks, Hamilton Beach, NuTone and many other brand-name products).
During the 1990s, Mr. Belzberg founded Balfour Holdings Ltd. (“Balfour”), a real estate company which, at its peak, operated over 26 projects spreading through the United States. Balfour’s mandate was to profit from the dislocations in value in the United States due to the Savings and Loan crisis. Balfour subdivided and serviced its purchased lands and sold the lots to National Builders. In 1997, Balfour was sold to Blackstone, a large U.S. private equity group and generated realized returns in excess of 20% per annum. During the 1990′s, Mr. Belzberg was an active acquirer of distressed property in Alberta where values had dramatically declined due to the softness in the oil industry. These properties were subsequently divested when the market recovered. In 1992, Mr. Belzberg started a private real estate and equity investments company, which is now called Gibralt Capital Corporation.
Mr. Belzberg serves on various Board of Directors and is involved with numerous charities. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1989 from the Governor General, and also in 1989 he received an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University. In 1992, he received the Governor General of Canada Award. In 2002, Mr. Belzberg was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada.
Douglas (Doug) M. Pulver Executive Vice President
Mr. Pulver has extensive transactional experience in real estate and private equity, and has experience providing strategic leadership to operating companies in manufacturing and distribution. He has successfully acquired, financed and guided real estate assets as well as companies in the consumer product, manufacturing, packaging and distribution industries. As an experienced investor and owner, Doug has firsthand knowledge into what elements lead to successful transactions, partnerships, and companies.
Prior to joining Gibralt Capital Mr. Pulver was Managing Director at Highland West Capital, and Vancouver based private equity firm. Mr. Pulver has also held senior positions with commercial real estate companies where he acquired and managed large assets. As well he is an investor and Board member of two Vancouver based operating companies. In his spare time, he gives back to various private and not-for-profit organizations as a committee leader and member of various boards.
Ryan Chan Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Chan has over 20 years of experience in real estate and private equity sectors, in particular structuring acquisitions and capitalizations in complicated or opportunistic situations in the U.S. and Canada. He has extensive experience in real estate development, construction and financing for commercial and residential projects. He has been overseeing and managing the investment portfolio for Gibralt since 2005 and he is also responsible for corporate finance, taxation and, treasury management. Prior to joining Gibralt, he held senior roles for real estate developers, including Anthem Properties and Parklane Homes. Mr. Chan received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from State University of New York and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.