Biography

Canadian, born 1955 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

I have lived and worked in Toronto, Ontario since 1985 with my architect wife and 3 adult children involved in advertising, finance and anthropological research.

I became a licensed architect in 1989 and have worked both in private practice and in the development industry in the retail, institutional, residential and commercial sectors. I have a French Canadian family background and speak fluently.

For fun I ride road bikes, ski and paddle canoes and kayaks. I also play fiddle, mandolin and guitar with local bands.

I draw (especially when in interesting places) and am trying to learn to paint in watercolour. Some examples are in my "Gallery"

Projects

A few projects I’ve been a part of during the course of my career.

Bay Park Centre

Project: 1.5MSF office / transit hub
Role: program coordination with Metrolinx, design development

Bayside, Toronto

Project: 2MSF master planned lakeside community / infrastructure and public realm delivery

Role: integral member of pursuit team / instrumental in achieving plan of subdivision / Project Manager for Waterfront Toronto horizontal infrastructure and public realm.

Projet Viger

Project: Rehabilitation of former rail hotel at the edge of Old Montreal. Role: conceptual master planning and design development, costing, preconstruction planning

Lac Mirabel

Project: 1 MSF LEED Gold retail centre.

Role: costing, preconstruction planning, design development

Pearson Airport New Terminal

Role: contract administration for New Terminal Development Project.

Barrhaven Mall

Project: Rework of a south Ottawa retail property

Role: Construction management for Trinity Development Group

York Region Administrative Centre, Newmarket, ON

Role: project architect during construction phase to administer the construction contract

Etisalat Office - Dubai 1986-88

Iconic office building by Arthur Ericsson for telecom provider, Etisalat
Role: design team

Bay Park Centre

A highly visible pair of innovative office towers on a 3 million square foot downtown campus, Bay Park Centre is the result of a joint effort between Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, and the last remaining office development with a commercially renowned Bay Street address.

Launch

Bayside, Toronto

Bayside, a Waterfront Toronto initiative east of the downtown core on the waterfront is a master planned precinct of residences, office use, retail and integrated parkland. A significant high visibility brownfield waterfront site with public sector funded infrastructure, technical and approval aspects of the project were challenging.

Projet Viger

Developed by Homberg Invest, a full block redevelopment of the historic Viger building and Gare Viger, a former railway station important to the transportation history of Montreal. The team developed a master plan with Robert A.M. Stern in conjunction with Quebec's Ministry of Culture. The project was taken to design development stage and abandoned as a result of economic turbulence in 2008.

Lac Mirabel

1 million square foot LEED Gold proposed shopping centre north of Montreal - 2007 for Gordon Group and Morgan Stanley

Pearson Airport New Terminal

The Terminal Development Project was a single unified terminal complex designed to replace aging Terminals 1 & 2. Phases 1-4 include an 80-gate, three-sector terminal complex expandible to a 135-gate terminal complex.


The design integrated groundside access, terminal processing, and airside activity and offered substantial improvements to passenger convenience, operational efficiency, and processing capacity.

Barrhaven Mall

Redesign and reconstruction of an existing mall in south Ottawa - 2003.

York Region Administrative Centre, Newmarket, ON

Iconic York Region Headquarters designed by Canadian Architect, Douglas Cardinal.

Etisalat Office - Dubai 1986-88

Unusual telecom headquarters building designed by Arthur Erickson for Etisalat, the UEA telecom provider.

Experience

A chronological overview of my professional history

2016 2016

Elevation Project Management

Principal

2007 2015

Hines

Construction Manager

2004 2007

Trinity Development Group

Construction Manager

2000 2004

Adamson Associates

Associate

1994 2000

Scotiabank Real Estate Department

Senior Project Manager

1991 1993

Douglas Cardinal Architect

Project Architect (Construction Phase)

1989 1991

Petroff Partnership Architects

Project Architect

1986 1989

Arthur Erickson Architect

Draftsman / Designer

2016 2016

Elevation Project Management

Principal

Project planning, development consultation, project management, cost control, site assessment and development feasibility analysis. EPM employs a disciplined methodology to maximize value and to identify and mitigate project risk.

2007 2015

Hines

Construction Manager

Design, Procurement, Construction, Approvals, Cost Control
-Design Development of Bay Park Centre, a 49 storey office building / integrated transit hub / landscaped skylark across active rail corridor

-Master planning, Development of 13 acre Toronto mixed-use brownfield waterfront site, implementation of horizontal infrastructure and public realm
-Design Development of Shopping Centre, Mirabel, QC
-Development of historical adaptive re-use, mixed-use retail & condominium project, Montreal. QC

2004 2007

Trinity Development Group

Construction Manager

2000 2004

Adamson Associates

Associate

Contract Administrator - Pearson Airport New Terminal Project
$1.5B fast-track bid package project - Phase I successfully delivered Spring 2004

1994 2000

Scotiabank Real Estate Department

Senior Project Manager

Program Planning, Procurement, Construction, Approvals, Cost Control

Capital Program planning, special projects, Branch development

1991 1993

Douglas Cardinal Architect

Project Architect (Construction Phase)

Contract Administration - York Region Administration Centre, Newmarket , Ontario

1989 1991

Petroff Partnership Architects

Project Architect

1986 1989

Arthur Erickson Architect

Draftsman / Designer

Education

Studying and preparing for professional life.

1981 1985

University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Architecture

UBC School of Architecture in the early 1980's was a hotbed of fierce discussion, debate and creative fervor with a humanist core of beliefs. Ultimately, UBC taught that substance and user satisfaction trumps style.

1979 1980

Dalhousie University

Architecture

I started my architectural studies at Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University) in 1979 before transferring to UBC to complete my degree.

1974 1977

Bishop's University

Bachelor of Arts (Economics)

Bishop's is a small university with lofty aims. Studying economics and political science in a relaxed yet intense collegial setting was excellent preparation for future work in architecture and development management.

1972 1974

Champlain Regional College

Pure and Applied Science

An engineering oriented post secondary program of Calculus, Vector Analysis, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics and work on the college newspaper as an illustrator and writer.

Skills

Some of the most valuable professional skills I possess.

Analysis

Collaboration

Dispute Avoidance & Resolution

Design Excellence

Knowledge

Business Writing

Fluently Bilingual

Testimonials

good words...

David McGinnis

SVP, Hines

"...Mark has shown himself to be versatile, knowledgeable and a true professional. His depth of knowledge spans building types including retail, transportation, residential and commercial office development...Mark was a key member of our successful pursuit of the Bayside project in which he was instrumental in refining the master plan, securing subdivision approval, planning horizontal infrastructure with our public sector partner as well as residential and retail conceptual design.

Notwithstanding his thorough understanding of design within the cost-sensitive context of the development industry, Mark’s specialty is construction management with significant experience in shrewd contractor procurement and successful project delivery. His contractor management style is collaborative and he is consistently receptive to new points of view and better approaches. Mark will be missed by our Toronto team."

Arnie Kalnins

PCL - VP Residential and Highrise Construcition

"I have worked with Mark for several years now on a very complex infrastructure project in downtown Toronto. Apart from managing the Owner and Contractor very well, Mark has shown great integrity, fairness and efficiency in dealing with onsite issues and challenges. Mark was definitely integral to the project's success... "

David Wick

Principal, Project Solutions International

"Mark is extremely knowledgeable about design, construction and real estate development. He is meticulously organized and always well prepared. He is the consummate professional."

Michael Gruenstein

Account Executive, Salesforce

"Mark is a thought provoking leader whose mission is to do well by his clients. Mark is completely customer centric and his clients leverage his deep understanding of engineering and design; his passion for construction; his dynamic negotiation skills; his rich understanding of budgeting/financials & his natural ability to work at multiple-tasks across complex projects. He is not afraid to ask the tough questions of himself and his team to get it right. Mark embraces technology where it can assist his team to work faster and smarter."

Ted Shepherd

Retired - Former Senior Partner, Petroff Partnership Architects

"Mark worked for me for a few years at the Petroff Partnership. He was very dedicated and had a deep understanding of building technology and the organization of building projects"

Casey Savlov

VP, Aconex Canada

"Mark Potter has a great vision, as well as, knows how to implement the vision for managing projects successfully. His wealth of knowledge gained from working in various organizations in various roles of the development of a project/program provides Mark with an appreciation of what is needed to get things done by all participants. This experience is required in order to facilitate successful collaboration between / and with all the different parties involved in delivering projects. From what I could tell during numerous interactions with Mark and his clients, people value his knowledge and skills."

Mark Potter Resume


Elevation Project Management

Interested in doing work together

Contact

Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, or set up a get together.

Thank you, your message has been successfully sent!

Error sending message, please try again!

track