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Leadership team

James Macrae

Partner (Arch. Tech., PMP, LEED AP)
James’ career in the real estate development, real property, design, and construction industry spans 28 years and has included many significant, large-scale local and national projects. James has a diverse knowledge range and management capability which brings executive level leadership to investors in large scale and complex real estate and infrastructure programs. Prior to establishing verTerra in 2009, James held senior management positions with leading national and international corporations.

James has a diploma in architectural technology, is a Project Management Professional, LEED Accredited and a Certified Risk Management Analyst. James is active in the industry with memberships in the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Canadian Design Build Institute, Project Management Institute, Canadian Green Building Council, and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

James is an Ottawa native and an ardent advocate for mental health care in Ottawa. James has been a volunteer at the Royal Ottawa Hospital for the last 10 years, was the past President of the Royal’s Volunteers Association and in 2017 was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. James (and his firm verTerra) were the founding sponsors of Cracking Up the Capital, an annual comedy festival that supports mental health care organizations in Ottawa, and in 2016 James and his wife Anastasia, committed to a multi-year donation to the Ottawa Art Gallery to launch the creation of a community accessible art therapy program, now named Creative Spaces, in collaboration with the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

James’ career in the real estate development, real property, design, and construction industry spans 28 years and has included many significant, large-scale local and national projects. James has a diverse knowledge range and management capability which brings executive level leadership to investors in large scale and complex real estate and infrastructure programs. Prior to establishing verTerra in 2009, James held senior management positions with leading national and international corporations.

James has a diploma in architectural technology, is a Project Management Professional, LEED Accredited and a Certified Risk Management Analyst. James is active in the industry with memberships in the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Canadian Design Build Institute, Project Management Institute, Canadian Green Building Council, and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

James is an Ottawa native and an ardent advocate for mental health care in Ottawa. James has been a volunteer at the Royal Ottawa Hospital for the last 10 years, was the past President of the Royal’s Volunteers Association and in 2017 was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.  James (and his firm verTerra) were the founding sponsors of Cracking Up the Capital, an annual comedy festival that supports mental health care organizations in Ottawa, and in 2016 James and his wife Anastasia, committed to a multi-year donation to the Ottawa Art Gallery to launch the creation of a community accessible art therapy program, now named Creative Spaces, in collaboration with the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Judy Klenik

Partner (Arch. Tech., PMP, MBA, LEED AP)
Judy has 16 years of experience in commercial real estate project management and consulting. Prior to launching verTerra, Judy worked for national project management and facility management organizations working with both public and private sector clients.

Her expertise is in program planning and execution, client and stakeholder management, portfolio analysis, feasibility studies, business case development, and team communications, facilitation and leadership. Judy’s project management experience includes sustainable design for LEED projects, campus life-cycle planning, and expansion and consolidation programs.

Judy is a proud recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award for 2012 as presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. She is also actively involved in the community as volunteer and past vice president (2011/12, 2013/14) of the Ottawa Region Chapter Canada Green Building Council and former volunteer with the Christie Lake Kids organization.

Judy has 16 years of experience in commercial real estate project management and consulting. Prior to launching verTerra, Judy worked for national project management and facility management organizations working with both public and private sector clients.

Her expertise is in program planning and execution, client and stakeholder management, portfolio analysis, feasibility studies, business case development, and team communications, facilitation and leadership. Judy’s project management experience includes sustainable design for LEED projects, campus life-cycle planning, and expansion and consolidation programs.

Judy is a proud recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 award for 2012 as presented by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. She is also actively involved in the community as volunteer and past vice president (2011/12, 2013/14) of the Ottawa Region Chapter Canada Green Building Council and former volunteer with the Christie Lake Kids organization.