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Crown acquires, leases, manages and redevelops commercial real estate assets across Canada. Crown has a well established track record, an experienced team and takes a hands-on approach to provide superior returns for our investors and better workplaces for businesses operating within our portfolio.

The Partners of Crown co-invest alongside the corporations, institutions, pension funds and high net worth individuals that entrust us with their capital, ensuring strong alignment of interests.

Our Founders

Crown was formed in 2001 as a partnership between a group of entrepreneurial real estate operators, led by Michael Pittana and Crown Life Insurance Company. Their vision was to create an integrated commercial real estate investment company focused on asset repositioning and creating value through a hands-on management approach. Through the partnership, Crown Life committed seed capital to invest in opportunities alongside private investors.

In 2002, Crown Life, seeking to divest itself of its real estate activities, ultimately sold its interest to key members of its real estate team, including Stephan von Buttlar (former Vice President, Real Estate and Mortgages of Crown Life), Brian Johnson (former CEO of Crown Life) and Alan Rowe (former CFO of Crown Life).

Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit and creativity were a great balance to Crown Life’s institutional quality reporting and governance-based approach, giving Crown Realty Partners an advantage in the market.

Michael Pittana
Michael Pittana, BA, MBA Chairman

Michael co-founded Crown in 2001 and served as Managing Partner until 2014, during which time he oversaw strategic planning, corporate development, equity procurement and investor relations. Since 2014, Michael served as Chairman and member of Crown’s Executive Advisory Board. In this role, Michael provided guidance on strategic initiatives and corporate governance.

Prior to Crown, Michael co-founded and owned V&A Properties Ltd., a private equity commercial real estate investment and management company which he sold to the publicly traded Dundee Real Estate Asset Management, now “DREAM Office REIT” (TSX:D.UN).

Michael has held numerous industry association positions, including serving as President, Director and Executive Advisory Board Member of both NAIOP in Washington, D.C and Canada, from which he also received the prestigious Community Service Award (2019). Michael assisted in establishing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Canada and served as one of the first Directors of Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REF.UN.CREIT). For a number of years, Michael served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the group of Humber River Hospitals, the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, and on the Board of a U.S. based student housing provider.

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Stephan R. von Buttlar
Stephan R. von Buttlar, PEng

Stephan co-founded Crown in 2001 and led the Asset Management and acquisition due diligence functions for the partnership. Since 2014, Stephan served on Crown’s Management and Investment Committees, and Executive Advisory Boards, providing strategic and governance oversight to Crown’s operating partners and management team. Stephan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s University and is a Professional Engineer.

Stephan was formerly Vice President, Real Estate and Mortgages of Crown Life Insurance Company,
managing over $2.5B in assets in North America.

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Alan Rowe
Alan Rowe, CPA, CA

As a partner of Crown, Alan served as Chief Financial Officer until 2016 and was responsible for corporate governance, investor reporting and the financial administration of the firm and its related entities. As a member of Crown’s Executive Advisory Board, Alan was instrumental in guiding the company’s strategic initiatives and providing ongoing corporate direction. Alan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Gold Medalist) from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Accountant.

Alan was formerly the Senior Vice President, CFO and Corporate Secretary at Crown Life Insurance Company. Active in the areas of finance and corporate governance, Alan currently serves as a Director and Chair of Crown Capital Partners Inc. (TSX:CRWN). He was also a director of Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB) from 1996 to 2020, and has served as a director of several private companies.

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Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson, MBA, CFA

As a partner of Crown and a member of Crown’s Executive Advisory Board and Compensation Committee, Brian provided advice on strategy and governance. Brian holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba (Gold Medalist), a Master of Business administration from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Brian was a member of Crown’s Executive Advisory Board where he provided the Crown Management Team leadership on corporate governance and strategic direction.

Brian was the former President and CEO of Crown Life Insurance Company and served as a Director on a variety of Boards until 2020.

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Fully integrated real estate platform

Delivering Value

Fine-tuning every aspect of leasing and operations to realize untapped potential.

Responsibly delivering value for investors, tenants and the communities in which we operate.

Co-investing to ensure Crown’s interests are closely aligned with those of our investors.

Delivering the services and amenities that businesses and their employees value most.

Investment Savvy
At Crown, we specialize in identifying undervalued real estate assets and optimizing every detail of operations to maximize their potential. With our reputation and long-standing relationships, Crown often gains early access to opportunities. To this we add our rigorous due diligence methodology. Once the decision is made to acquire an asset, we establish debt and equity financing solutions to maximize investor returns and minimize risk. From re-zoning and redevelopment to property branding and parking operations, no consideration is too small…or too big.

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Dedicated Asset Management
A Crown building is an actively managed one. We work tirelessly to elevate each asset’s profile. For each property, a multi-disciplinary team of Crown professionals with expertise in investing, asset management, property management, construction and leasing develop a comprehensive strategic plan to deliver the best experience for our tenants and achieve higher performance for our investors.

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Taking the Lead on Leasing
We actively seek the best and brightest organizations as tenants who are looking to unleash their potential. Our leasing team is experienced at matching tenants needs with property offerings, helping to unlock efficiency and productivity to maximize each tenant’s business potential.

Relocating to a Crown building is easy. Through a seamless leasing process, a variety of construction options and the creative structuring of lease terms, Crown is able to attract and retain a unique roster of businesses within its portfolio.

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Tenant Focused Property Management
We strive to be the manager of choice for tenants. By understanding what high performing businesses and their employees value, we deliver the details that businesses appreciate most from welcoming lobbies, to on-site amenities (including concierge services, fitness clubs and shared meeting spaces), to shuttle buses and initiatives that benefit the well being of occupants. The customer and client experience is our priority. Our in-house construction management team can facilitate any fit-out, partnering with our tenants to create customized workplace solutions that suit each organization’s needs.

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