About Taza Development Corp.

Taza Development Corp. is the execution entity for the Taza development partnership and consists of an integrated team of real estate professionals that provide the development, leasing and administrative services to realize the desires and ambitions of the partnership and the broader goals of economic reconciliation for Tsuut’ina. Through these efforts the team at Taza Development Corp. is identifying and providing a framework for all First Nations to achieve their economic and development pursuits.

A better future, together.

William Briscoe

Chief Executive Officer

William empowers Taza Development Corp. as a seasoned and results driven leader with over 25 years of experience in creating and implementing real estate and business strategies for private equity and institutional investors. His extensive background in real estate transactions includes property acquisitions, divestitures, developments and corporate acquisitions in every major city in Canada. William graduated from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business in 1994 with a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance) degree and completed an executive program in leadership at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. He joined Canderel to lead Taza Development Corp. in 2016, bringing with him a successful track record of direct involvement in over $8 billion of real estate investments and developments. Following the creation of this innovative development platform, he continues to find great fulfillment in leading and motivating the team to execute the goals and objectives of the Taza partnership. William has acted as a speaker and presenter at multiple industry-related conferences and forums nationwide.

Dan Van Leeuwen

Managing Director, Development

Dan is at the helm of the development process, strategic planning, team building, acquisitions and negotiations at Taza Development Corp. His wealth of expertise spans from acquisition and joint venture development, to redevelopment and management of urban real estate projects. Before joining Taza Development Corp. in 2017, Dan founded New Urban Development, which operated in partnership with INHOUSE Society to bridge the accessibility gap between the rental and sale market. Prior, he held a number of executive leadership roles with major real estate developers in Canada and the United States. Dan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning, and he is proudly affiliated with the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a dedicated volunteer with several professional organizations, the Lusk School of Real Estate and Simon Fraser University. He also sits on the board of Cowtown Opera, an arts not for profit.

Bryce Starlight

Vice President, Development

Bryce has been integral to Taza Development Corp. as a Tsuut’ina representative since 2016, leading the long-term economic development mandate for Tsuut’ina. Bryce’s notable experience in Indigenous consultation stems from a longstanding interest in Indigenous self governance. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp., he guided Aboriginal Relations for a number of major industry players in the development and energy industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) and a Diploma in General Arts from Mount Royal University. Notably, Bryce supported Alberta First Nations testimony at senate hearings for Bill C-11, and he has driven significant progress for First Nations groups through legislative and regulatory framework for commercial development. In his spare time Bryce has a passion for fixing classic cars, playing guitar and fashion design. He shares Feral Fawn, an online clothing company with his wife, with designs that blend traditional Indigenous clothing with a contemporary style.

Rod Berg

Vice President, Engineering and Construction

Rod strengthens Taza Development Corp. by implementing innovative solutions with a keen understanding of outcomes for all stakeholders. He has extensive project management, risk management and technical engineering experience, and has led the charge on project management and supervision for a variety of major civil engineering projects in Western Canada. He holds a Certificate in Project Management from Mount Royal University, a Diploma in Civil Engineering, Municipal Option, from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Rod is integral to prioritizing the environmental stewardship required to carry out the sustainable design and construction of Taza. In his off time Rod enjoys golf and traveling around the globe. A career highlight, Rod received the Silver Award, for the 2003 Premier’s Award, for contributions to the Bow Valley Corridor Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

Dean Halyk

Director, Project Management

Dean guides and oversees project management for all initiatives within Taza Development Corp. He brings nearly two decades of experience in the real estate development and construction industry to his role, including an extensive focus on office and retail projects. Dean holds a diploma in Architectural Engineering Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). He launched his career as a project coordinator and expanded into contract administration and construction management for notable architectural, development and contracting firms. Dean is continuously inspired to foster teamwork and enhance processes at Taza Development Corp. Outside of the office, Dean is an avid fitness and sports fan favouring baseball, basketball and golf as well as a travel enthusiast with a taste for tropical beach destinations.

Cecilia Hyslop

Director, Accounting

Cecilia leads the Taza Development Corp. accounting team with a consistent focus on streamlining processes and improving efficiencies. Her expertise encompasses budgeting, forecasting, property accounting and financial reporting, bolstered by experience in a variety of progressive accounting positions within real estate. She obtained her CPA, CGA designations in 2015 and has maintained an exceptional industry track record. Cecilia is thrilled to work with such a dynamic and experienced team on this iconic development project. Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys travelling and spending time camping and biking in the great outdoors. Cecilia also dedicates her time and talent to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association as Volunteer Treasurer.

Dalip Nagassar

Senior Manager, Engineering and Construction

Dalip provides technical, practical and extensive planning, design, construction, and project management skills for effective delivery of the Taza Development Corp. land development program. With over 30 years of experience in residential, industrial and commercial land development, Dalip navigates due diligence, feasibility, budgeting, planning, detailed design, tenant development, approvals, construction management, contract administration and leasing with comprehensive expertise. He was drawn to Taza Development Corp. given the unique opportunity it presented to challenge his knowledge. Dalip holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering and Certificate in Real Estate Development. His career highlights include delivery of notable development projects such as Rocky Ridge Ranch, Scenic Acres, Springbank Hills, Panorama Hills and more. In his free time, Dalip likes to keep moving with a game of squash or soccer.

Kyle Sheard

Manager, Finance and Administration

Kyle leads finance and business administration functions at Taza Development Corp., overseeing all capital planning activities, management of investment activities, corporate strategy initiatives, resourcing and reporting. He is a real estate and finance professional with more than 10 years of experience working in property development and corporate finance. Originally hailing from Australia, Kyle holds a Bachelor of Business Management, Major in Real Estate and Development and Master of Commerce, Applied Finance from the University of Queensland. Kyle is passionate about real estate and seeing Taza Development Corp. projects come to fruition through the collaboration of a close knit, multi-disciplined team. Outside of the office, Kyle looks forward to spending time with his family and various outdoor pursuits, from fishing and hunting, to skiing, surfing, sailing and camping.

Jaclyn Brock

Manager, Leasing

Jaclyn is a key player in cultivating vibrant communities within Taza Development Corp. She joined the team after gaining experience in a number of lease management, coordination and administration roles within the real estate and development industries. Prior to launching her career, Jaclyn earned a Diploma, Business Administration (Marketing Major) from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Jaclyn is passionate about building relationships and fostering collaboration within Taza Development Corp. projects. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her cycling or skiing with her family, paddling on the Glenmore Reservoir, volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada, organizing The Secret 3K Calgary race or navigating local craft breweries.

Cieran Starlight

Manager, Communications and Marketing

Cieran plays a key role in the communication and promotion of development updates to build awareness, support and inspiration around Taza Development Corp. projects. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp., Cieran studied at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design) with a focus on painting. In 2018, she was crowned the Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess and represented the culture of the Tsuut’ina people while educating others on the Treaty 7 First Nations people. As a Tsuut’ina nation member, Cieran takes great pride in Taza’s progression, the development’s representation of her people, and the significant economic opportunity it will empower for generations to come. Cieran enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle and spends her free time working on creative projects, reading, cooking and travelling with her life partner, Matthew, and their daughter.

Linda Laratta

Manager, Legal and Contract Administration

Linda is an essential component of Taza Development Corp., providing legal counsel on all corporate, commercial real estate, construction and land development matters. With more than three decades of experience, Linda is involved in land acquisition and disposition, ownership and transaction structuring, as well as contract and commercial lease negotiations. She is a longstanding member of the Law Society of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp. in 2019, Linda practiced at a number of law firms before serving as legal advisor to several notable real estate groups. Linda was drawn to Taza for its vision to create a positive and lasting legacy for the Tsuut’ina community and appreciates the opportunity to be a small part of this legacy project. She is an active volunteer and has dedicated her time to the Calgary Drop-In Centre for nearly a decade.

Byron Henderson

Analyst, Development

Byron supports the success of Taza Development Corp. through building and running proformas for land and vertical projects. He holds more that a decade of diverse experience in the real estate industry, including valuation, development, consulting, analysis and research. Prior, Byron graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce before moving on to achieve a Bachelor of Management (Finance), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation, a Real Estate Development Certificate and an AACI Designation (Appraisal Institute of Canada). He is honoured to be a part of Taza Development Corp. and all that it represents, considering the significance of its project successes a career highlight. When he’s not at Taza Development Corp., Byron enjoys staying active year-round with hockey, hiking and biking.

Cheyalla Whitney

Administrative Assistant

Cheyalla ensures smooth and efficient management of the Taza Development Corp. office while supporting her team and all guests. With a longstanding interest in all that office management encompasses, Cheyalla studied Administrative Information Management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Arts (SAIT). She launched her career in the Finance Department with Tsuut’ina Nation, progressing through a number of roles in the Finance Department and Special Events Department before joining Taza Development Corp. As a Tsuut’ina member, Cheyalla is tremendously proud to be a part of Taza Development Corp., and she looks forward to the opportunity its projects present to her generation. Outside of the office, Cheyalla enjoys spending time sight-seeing in the outdoors by walking and going for drives.

William Briscoe

Chief Executive Officer

William empowers Taza Development Corp. as a seasoned and results driven leader with over 25 years of experience in creating and implementing real estate and business strategies for private equity and institutional investors. His extensive background in real estate transactions includes property acquisitions, divestitures, developments and corporate acquisitions in every major city in Canada. William graduated from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business in 1994 with a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance) degree and completed an executive program in leadership at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. He joined Canderel to lead Taza Development Corp. in 2016, bringing with him a successful track record of direct involvement in over $8 billion of real estate investments and developments. Following the creation of this innovative development platform, he continues to find great fulfillment in leading and motivating the team to execute the goals and objectives of the Taza partnership. William has acted as a speaker and presenter at multiple industry-related conferences and forums nationwide.

Dan Van Leeuwen

Managing Director, Development

Dan is at the helm of the development process, strategic planning, team building, acquisitions and negotiations at Taza Development Corp. His wealth of expertise spans from acquisition and joint venture development, to redevelopment and management of urban real estate projects. Before joining Taza Development Corp. in 2017, Dan founded New Urban Development, which operated in partnership with INHOUSE Society to bridge the accessibility gap between the rental and sale market. Prior, he held a number of executive leadership roles with major real estate developers in Canada and the United States. Dan graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Urban Planning, and he is proudly affiliated with the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is a dedicated volunteer with several professional organizations, the Lusk School of Real Estate and Simon Fraser University. He also sits on the board of Cowtown Opera, an arts not for profit.

Bryce Starlight

Vice President, Development

Bryce has been integral to Taza Development Corp. as a Tsuut’ina representative since 2016, leading the long-term economic development mandate for Tsuut’ina. Bryce’s notable experience in Indigenous consultation stems from a longstanding interest in Indigenous self governance. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp., he guided Aboriginal Relations for a number of major industry players in the development and energy industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science) and a Diploma in General Arts from Mount Royal University. Notably, Bryce supported Alberta First Nations testimony at senate hearings for Bill C-11, and he has driven significant progress for First Nations groups through legislative and regulatory framework for commercial development. In his spare time Bryce has a passion for fixing classic cars, playing guitar and fashion design. He shares Feral Fawn, an online clothing company with his wife, with designs that blend traditional Indigenous clothing with a contemporary style.

Rod Berg

Vice President, Engineering and Construction

Rod strengthens Taza Development Corp. by implementing innovative solutions with a keen understanding of outcomes for all stakeholders. He has extensive project management, risk management and technical engineering experience, and has led the charge on project management and supervision for a variety of major civil engineering projects in Western Canada. He holds a Certificate in Project Management from Mount Royal University, a Diploma in Civil Engineering, Municipal Option, from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Rod is integral to prioritizing the environmental stewardship required to carry out the sustainable design and construction of Taza. In his off time Rod enjoys golf and traveling around the globe. A career highlight, Rod received the Silver Award, for the 2003 Premier’s Award, for contributions to the Bow Valley Corridor Mountain Pine Beetle Program.

Dean Halyk

Director, Project Management

Dean guides and oversees project management for all initiatives within Taza Development Corp. He brings nearly two decades of experience in the real estate development and construction industry to his role, including an extensive focus on office and retail projects. Dean holds a diploma in Architectural Engineering Technology from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST). He launched his career as a project coordinator and expanded into contract administration and construction management for notable architectural, development and contracting firms. Dean is continuously inspired to foster teamwork and enhance processes at Taza Development Corp. Outside of the office, Dean is an avid fitness and sports fan favouring baseball, basketball and golf as well as a travel enthusiast with a taste for tropical beach destinations.

Cecilia Hyslop

Director, Accounting

Cecilia leads the Taza Development Corp. accounting team with a consistent focus on streamlining processes and improving efficiencies. Her expertise encompasses budgeting, forecasting, property accounting and financial reporting, bolstered by experience in a variety of progressive accounting positions within real estate. She obtained her CPA, CGA designations in 2015 and has maintained an exceptional industry track record. Cecilia is thrilled to work with such a dynamic and experienced team on this iconic development project. Outside of work, Cecilia enjoys travelling and spending time camping and biking in the great outdoors. Cecilia also dedicates her time and talent to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association as Volunteer Treasurer.

Dalip Nagassar

Senior Manager, Engineering and Construction

Dalip provides technical, practical and extensive planning, design, construction, and project management skills for effective delivery of the Taza Development Corp. land development program. With over 30 years of experience in residential, industrial and commercial land development, Dalip navigates due diligence, feasibility, budgeting, planning, detailed design, tenant development, approvals, construction management, contract administration and leasing with comprehensive expertise. He was drawn to Taza Development Corp. given the unique opportunity it presented to challenge his knowledge. Dalip holds a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Engineering and Certificate in Real Estate Development. His career highlights include delivery of notable development projects such as Rocky Ridge Ranch, Scenic Acres, Springbank Hills, Panorama Hills and more. In his free time, Dalip likes to keep moving with a game of squash or soccer.

Kyle Sheard

Manager, Finance and Administration

Kyle leads finance and business administration functions at Taza Development Corp., overseeing all capital planning activities, management of investment activities, corporate strategy initiatives, resourcing and reporting. He is a real estate and finance professional with more than 10 years of experience working in property development and corporate finance. Originally hailing from Australia, Kyle holds a Bachelor of Business Management, Major in Real Estate and Development and Master of Commerce, Applied Finance from the University of Queensland. Kyle is passionate about real estate and seeing Taza Development Corp. projects come to fruition through the collaboration of a close knit, multi-disciplined team. Outside of the office, Kyle looks forward to spending time with his family and various outdoor pursuits, from fishing and hunting, to skiing, surfing, sailing and camping.

Jaclyn Brock

Manager, Leasing

Jaclyn is a key player in cultivating vibrant communities within Taza Development Corp. She joined the team after gaining experience in a number of lease management, coordination and administration roles within the real estate and development industries. Prior to launching her career, Jaclyn earned a Diploma, Business Administration (Marketing Major) from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Jaclyn is passionate about building relationships and fostering collaboration within Taza Development Corp. projects. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her cycling or skiing with her family, paddling on the Glenmore Reservoir, volunteering with Girl Guides of Canada, organizing The Secret 3K Calgary race or navigating local craft breweries.

Cieran Starlight

Manager, Communications and Marketing

Cieran plays a key role in the communication and promotion of development updates to build awareness, support and inspiration around Taza Development Corp. projects. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp., Cieran studied at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design) with a focus on painting. In 2018, she was crowned the Calgary Stampede First Nations Princess and represented the culture of the Tsuut’ina people while educating others on the Treaty 7 First Nations people. As a Tsuut’ina nation member, Cieran takes great pride in Taza’s progression, the development’s representation of her people, and the significant economic opportunity it will empower for generations to come. Cieran enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle and spends her free time working on creative projects, reading, cooking and travelling with her life partner, Matthew, and their daughter.

Linda Laratta

Manager, Legal and Contract Administration

Linda is an essential component of Taza Development Corp., providing legal counsel on all corporate, commercial real estate, construction and land development matters. With more than three decades of experience, Linda is involved in land acquisition and disposition, ownership and transaction structuring, as well as contract and commercial lease negotiations. She is a longstanding member of the Law Society of Alberta and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining Taza Development Corp. in 2019, Linda practiced at a number of law firms before serving as legal advisor to several notable real estate groups. Linda was drawn to Taza for its vision to create a positive and lasting legacy for the Tsuut’ina community and appreciates the opportunity to be a small part of this legacy project. She is an active volunteer and has dedicated her time to the Calgary Drop-In Centre for nearly a decade.

Byron Henderson

Analyst, Development

Byron supports the success of Taza Development Corp. through building and running proformas for land and vertical projects. He holds more that a decade of diverse experience in the real estate industry, including valuation, development, consulting, analysis and research. Prior, Byron graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce before moving on to achieve a Bachelor of Management (Finance), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation, a Real Estate Development Certificate and an AACI Designation (Appraisal Institute of Canada). He is honoured to be a part of Taza Development Corp. and all that it represents, considering the significance of its project successes a career highlight. When he’s not at Taza Development Corp., Byron enjoys staying active year-round with hockey, hiking and biking.

Cheyalla Whitney

Administrative Assistant

Cheyalla ensures smooth and efficient management of the Taza Development Corp. office while supporting her team and all guests. With a longstanding interest in all that office management encompasses, Cheyalla studied Administrative Information Management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Arts (SAIT). She launched her career in the Finance Department with Tsuut’ina Nation, progressing through a number of roles in the Finance Department and Special Events Department before joining Taza Development Corp. As a Tsuut’ina member, Cheyalla is tremendously proud to be a part of Taza Development Corp., and she looks forward to the opportunity its projects present to her generation. Outside of the office, Cheyalla enjoys spending time sight-seeing in the outdoors by walking and going for drives.
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