Chief Executive Officer
Founded in 1906, the Coldwell Banker brand is the most established residential real estate franchise system in North America. Founder Colbert Coldwell and partner Benjamin Banker revolutionized the industry and changed the way that people bought and sold homes. Fast forward over 100 years and the Coldwell Banker network is one of the most trusted in the world, with a global presence across 40 countries and territories worldwide.
The Coldwell Banker brand made its way to Canada in 1989, during the company's first international expansion. In 1992, Coldwell Banker entered a joint venture with Canada Trust Realty, becoming a major force in the Canadian market and have since gained a legacy of serving the real estate needs of Canadians from coast to coast for over 30 years.
In 2021, Coldwell Banker Canada was acquired by entrepreneurs Steve Houle and Karim Kennedy. The pair apply a unique blend of knowledge and experience as they seek to grow the brand’s presence on a national level. We are ready to make our mark in the Canadian Real Estate Market and transform the industry along the way.
Chief Executive Officer
Karim brings more than 25 years of experience in transaction and capital advisement to his role as CEO of Coldwell Banker Canada. He possesses an impressive track record leading commercial banking, subordinated debt, mezzanine and equity transactions, with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder buy-outs and growth capital opportunities.
Karim earned his Bachelor’s in Economics and MBA from the University of Alberta. He has spent his entire career working in the Canadian financial services industry, participating in transactions in most regions of the country. His career has spanned a broad range of operational, finance, structuring and deal execution experience, and has assisted numerous companies in maximizing their financial performance. He is valued for his sophisticated and high-energy approach, his focus on growth, and his passion for exceptional customer service.
Karim looks forward to investing in the talent at Coldwell Banker and ensuring its future success.
Vice President, Operations
Hashim manages the overall operations, franchise support, services, products and administration of Coldwell Banker Canada.
Hashim has spent 10 years in the Coldwell Banker Canada franchise system, which began by providing help desk support as a specialist. Hashim later took on a management role for the help desk and affiliate services. He’s provided support for the roll out numerous brand tools and provided training to the Canadian Coldwell Banker network. Most recently, Hashim held the position of Manager, Affiliate Services with Coldwell Banker Canada Operations ULC from 2015 to October 19, 2021. He earned his diplomas in both Business Management and Business Marketing from Humber College in 2005, as well as a post-grad certificate from the University of Toronto in Advertising. He has spent most of his career working in marketing, service and support, in telecommunications and real estate industries.
In his free time, Hashim enjoys travelling, snowboarding, hiking, and meeting new people.
Summer Scott VP, Marketing & Communications
Summer spearheads our Canadian operations for Marketing, Communications, Media and PR. She is a seasoned professional in the marketing and communications space with a focus on brand strategy, strategic planning, and data & psychology-lead marketing. She has worked in several industries including technology, automotive, advertising, banking, brand consulting, franchise development, e-learning and real estate. As a scale expert, Summer has focused a lot of her career on supporting emerging businesses or re-positioning businesses with infrastructure and operational performance. With over a decade of marketing scale experience, we are thrilled to have her expertise here at Coldwell Banker Canada.
Summer is very committed to her career, the constant evolution of her skillset, as well as getting involved with the community. She volunteers with local charities and serves on multiple boards to share her expertise in not-for-profit, as well as spends time teaching and mentoring students and young emerging professionals entering the marketing industry. Heavily involved in animal rescue- she is a bit obsessed with animals and has many pets as well as co-runs a local animal rescue. She is very active and loves going for hikes and being in the mountains. We aren’t sure she ever sleeps!
Kim Carmichael VP, Franchise Development
Kim oversees franchise development for all of our brokerages outside of Ontario. She is a quick-witted sales champion with a can-do attitude. She has an integral role in the expansion of the Coldwell Banker brand in Canada through franchise development. Kim is a master of communication with over 25 years of sales experience in land development and construction. Ultimately her ability to speak passionately and knowledgeably about the brand makes her an undeniable fit for her role.
In her spare time, you'll find Kim being active and enjoying the outdoors. She loves food and music and is always interested in an adventure, especially with her fur baby!
Paul Abbott VP, Franchise Development
Paul oversees Franchise Development for our Ontario region. His role involves supporting and developing new markets for the Coldwell Banker brand in Canada. Paul brings 20+ years of senior management experience and a proven track record in sales, corporate development, and strategy. He is a results-oriented sales professional with a deep understanding of the organization's business model and corporate culture. He is devoted to the expansion of the Coldwell Banker brand and is a trusted leader.
In his spare time, you’ll find Paul running, cycling or on the golf course struggling to break 80.
Rob Goodings Director, Learning & Administration
Through virtual training sessions, Rob works with a hands-on approach to help assist and educate the Coldwell Banker Canada network on the various tools and resources available. Rob engages with all levels of the network, including individual sales reps, teams, administrators, managers, and broker/owners. He also oversees the administration team. This team handles Coldwell Banker Canada’s Award & Recognition program, Ultimate Service, as well as day to day administration paperwork such as office relocations, renewals, franchise sales, and mergers and acquisitions.
After graduating college, and majoring in marketing, Rob moved to Japan where he worked as an English teacher and begun his career path of education. Upon returning to Canada, Rob joined Coldwell Banker Canada in 2005 as the Marketing Coordinator. Over the last 17 years, Rob has had extensive experience working with our network across different departments, learning the various aspects of the company, as well as developing strong relationships with the various members of the Coldwell Banker Canada network.
Rob resides in Burlington Ontario with his wife Thea, and as of 2017 is also a dad. His son, Luke, keeps him busy most days after work!
Ashley McClure Director, Marketing &
Ashley provides the creative direction and project management for the Marketing and Communications team. Her goals are to grow brand recognition and agents nationally, as well as to develop Coldwell Banker Canada’s identity to reflect the energy and the distinctiveness of our roots, agents, and brokers across Canada. She has an extensive background in graphic design and marketing within the commercial real estate sector, home building and architecture industries, as well as additional advertising and marketing firms which give her the perspective and knowledge to help guide the company in a forward direction. Prior to marketing, Ashley spent over 10 years in both B2B and B2C sales giving her a strong understanding of the consumer purchasing process. Her skillset combined with her applicable background make her an integral part of the team and we are delighted to have her on board.
Ashley enjoys the acreage life with her husband and pets and she loves staying active by running races, hiking, and travelling. She’s also an avid reader, an occasional painter, and a seasonal knitter.
Kerry Mohammed Manager, Franchise Support
Kerry is our Manager, Franchise Support. His role currently involves mapping, deployment and implementation of all aspects of CB Ignite, as well as any new tech stack tools to our Coldwell Banker network.
His overall goal is to elevate the brand with the evolution of our current technology by introducing modern methodology, processes and applications coupled with a level of service that is second to none.
Coming from a career with over 13 years in the telecom industry, which involved the deployment of various processes and applications with focus on customer service and support improvement, Kerry plans to evolve with Coldwell Banker Canada and create a new standard of service which will be the envy of the real estate industry.
He enjoys cars, music, cooking, gardening in the summer, outdoor fires in the fall, along with road trips with his dog to quaint towns and food destinations.
Juan Vicencio Manager, Franchise Support
Juan's role includes supporting our brokerages and Coldwell Banker Canada staff with set up and management of technical products and services. Managing application enhancement requests from brokerages and working with 3rd party vendors to get enhancements applied to the next version release.
Juan is proficient with product marketing management, product training and support and is very passionate about technology. When he’s not at work, Juan loves spending time with family, exploring the Niagara region, gardening, playing golf, fishing and cars.
Ryan Lee Inside Sales Specialist
As an inside sales specialist, Ryan's primary role revolves around nationwide brokerage growth by introducing prospective agents to the brokerage that aligns best with their goals and where they can establish a mutually beneficial relationship.
He has been an active real estate agent in Edmonton and area for over 5 years and brings a wealth of knowledge about what it takes to persevere in the industry. Working with perspective agents and brokers, he lends an ear to what matters most to those coming on board and helps translate their needs into action.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys anything active, but specifically doing Brazilian Jujitsu. He ran his first marathon this year and is hoping to participate in an inline skating marathon in Berlin! Although he loves being active, he is also a pizza connoisseur who spends his free time reviewing pizza in the Edmonton area.
Navi Sandhu Senior Accountant
As our Senior Accountant, Navi is responsible for coordinating the monthly closing process, account reconciliations, providing periodic revenue reports and many other various accounting reports and analysis as requested. She is also the point of contact for our affiliates, handling all accounting enquiries and managing the accounts.
Navi has been with the Coldwell Banker brand for almost 13 years and has over 15 years of accounting and auditing experience. Navi is a hands-on, experienced professional with a progressive operational background. She has the ability to exercise sound judgement and make reasonable decisions while possessing strong analytical organizational, highly effective interpersonal and people skills. We are so lucky to have her as part of our team!
In her spare time, Nave enjoys hiking, travelling, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.
Courtney Riley Marketing & Communications
Courtney is our Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Her role involves drafting any communications being sent out to the network, creating content for a diverse range of projects, writing and distributing press releases, assisting in the planning of companywide events, and providing support for other marketing activities.
Courtney has earned her Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from MacEwan University and has a diploma in Business Administration with a focus on Management from the JR Shaw School of Business. She brings over 10 years of customer relations experience to her role and has a background in the real estate industry. She is an adaptable team player, thrilled to use her skills and abilities to help grow the Coldwell Banker brand here in Canada.
In her free time, you can find Courtney adventuring the world, eating at one of her favourite restaurants, or spending time with friends and family.
Bailey DeRudder Digital Marketing Coordinator
Bailey is our Digital Marketing Coordinator. Her role involves writing and creating effective content for a variety of marketing endeavours including social media, blog posts and website content, along with managing our various social media channels. Her goal is to increase brand awareness and recognition while supporting sales and recruitment.
Bailey recently graduated from NAIT earning her Bachelor of Business Administration with a Specialization in Marketing. Her studies included classes focusing on Social Media Marketing and Emerging Marketing Trends which has helped her in her digital role. Bailey comes from a customer service background, bringing her people skills and communication skills to her role. She is excited to grow with the Coldwell Banker Canada brand and continue to gain knowledge and experience of the real estate industry.
In her spare time you'll find Bailey hiking in the mountains with her dog, enjoying delicious food or baking a new dessert!
Mara Pitoscia Legal & Administrative Assistant
Mara is our Legal & Administrative Assistant for Coldwell Banker Canada. She works on the legal & admin team to help ensure all administrative and legal matters with the franchises and brokers are in order, while onboarding new franchises to Coldwell Banker!
She is a Licensed Paralegal in Ontario and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science which has shaped her various skill sets, such as legal drafting, legal communications, & organization. With her education and former experience as a Paralegal, she is happy to bring her legal knowledge to the Coldwell Banker Team not only to support our internal team, but all of our franchises and brokers.
Her favourite things to do are spend time with her dog outside on hikes or at the park. She also loves to try new recipes in the kitchen and bake any type of chocolate dessert! When she has any spare time, she spends it reading.
Angie Overdyk Controller
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