Sandpiper is a Vancouver-based private equity firm focused on investing in real estate through direct property investments and securities.
We focus on underwriting and deal screening for investments, with an emphasis on asset and location quality, crystallizing value through optimal strategies, active management and strategic partnerships.
We apply our deep knowledge, expertise and creativity to generate the best real estate ideas.
Our edge is our ability to see real estate through a different lens. In a world of constant change, market fluctuations and a competitive real estate environment, we believe there is opportunity. We identify and capitalize on those opportunities with our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals.
Click through our profiles to learn more about our team and what motivates them.
Samir Manji is the founder and CEO of Sandpiper.
Samir is the President and CEO and a Trustee of Artis REIT.
Samir was formerly the Chairman and Founder of Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc., until the sale of the company to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in December 2015.
Samir’s real estate career began in 1993, shortly after completing his Chartered Accountant designation, when he acquired a financially distressed retirement residence in Burnaby, BC. A rapid expansion strategy ensued and in 1997, Samir took the company public. In 2000, the ‘Amica’ brand was born and under Samir’s direction and leadership, Amica Mature Lifestyles became the premier brand in luxury retirement living in Canada.
Samir also serves on the board of Extendicare Inc.
Samir is CEO and Ultimate Designated Person of Sandpiper Investment Services Inc.
Samir is an active member of YPO. He also currently serves as the President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia.
Sandpiper’s core business, real estate investing, allows me to do what I love with exceptional people. With the support of our financial partners, I have the opportunity to pursue extraordinary financial performance through teamwork, discipline and hard work.
Renzo Barazzuol is Sandpiper’s President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of Sandpiper.
Renzo was most recently Chief Financial Officer for the Aquilini Group. He began there in 2008 as CFO for Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.. His career spans over 30 years, including leadership roles in a variety of industries including real estate, seniors housing, construction, waste energy, farming, entertainment and food and beverage.
Renzo has spearheaded and participated in acquisitions, operations and every financial aspect of both public and private companies.
Renzo earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
The key to a successful life, beyond your family, is to work with a group of talented hard working people and to create value for all stakeholders, and that is what Sandpiper is all about.
Navdeep Gill is Sandpiper’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the accounting, tax, finance and human resources functions.
Prior to Sandpiper, Ms. Gill was Vice President, Financial Operations at the Tempest Group, a boutique broker dealer and investment fund manager. Her experience spans over a decade where she has held senior positions at Deloitte and OMERS and its related investment entities, including Oxford Properties. Ms. Gill has managed accounting and reporting for several commercial properties and has served clients in the financial services and real estate industries. Ms. Gill has strong institutional experience coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has a robust background in full cycle accounting, compliance, tax and finance. Ms. Gill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. Ms. Gill is a board member of the Central City Foundation and a member of the finance committee at Power To Be.
Ms. Gill is also Chief Compliance Officer of Sandpiper Investment Services Inc.
Being a part of a remarkable team that exudes excellence in what they do to maximize stakeholder value is what excites me about Sandpiper.
Kevin Leung is responsible for supporting the deal team in evaluating new investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development.
Prior to joining Sandpiper, Kevin spent three years working in the real estate practice at KPMG LLP where he provided financial services to public REITs, national real estate developers, and real estate holding companies. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree from the University of British Columbia and is a CPA and CFA Charterholder.
At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to create value for our investors while pursuing my passion in real estate. Being a part of a team of exceptional, motivated individuals drives me towards continued growth and development.
Jas Gill is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development. Jas earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He was also a member of the school’s student-run investment fund, the Beedie Endowment Asset Management (BEAM) program. Prior to graduation, he completed an internship in Investment Banking at Scotiabank. He is currently pursuing his CFA designation.
I love being on a team that is continuously learning and striving to create value. I am grateful to work with a team of driven professionals.
Gurinder Mahal is responsible for supporting the investments team in identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities while managing existing assets and building relationships.
Prior to joining Sandpiper, Gurinder spent three years specializing in KPMG’s private client practice where he provided financial services to international real estate developers and real estate holding companies. His passions for lifelong learning have resulted in Gurinder completing his Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting (Honours), the CPA designation and is currently pursuing the CFA designation.
At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to create value for our investors all while focusing on relationship development. Being a part of a talented and value-driven team such as Sandpiper’s allows for my continued personal growth and development.
Susan Xu is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development. Susan was most recently Equity Research Associate at Beacon Securities Ltd. where she worked closely with senior analysts to conduct research and investment analyses of covered public companies. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing her CFA designation.
Sandpiper’s team of motivated and talented individuals drives me to continuously learn and develop while creating exceptional value for stakeholders. I am lucky to have the opportunity to work and grow alongside such inspirational professionals.
Amar Heer is responsible for supporting the deal team in evaluating investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development.
Prior to joining Sandpiper, Amar spent two years at KPMG providing financial services to real estate and investment management clients. Amar holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing his CPA and CFA designation.
At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to work with like-minded individuals who are passionate about making an impact and creating value for our investors. Being part of a dedicated team that is focused on lifelong learning, motivates me to constantly strive to be the best version of myself.
Denby Sineath-Sinn is Sandpiper’s Controller and supports the day-to-day financial operations and reporting, taxation, finance and investor reporting. Denby was most recently Senior Accountant at ASIG where he was responsible for the full accounting cycle and assisted in the transition of the accounting department when it was acquired. Prior to this, he worked at Canadian National Railway, where he was part of revenue management focusing on the supply chain and automotive sector. Denby holds a Bachelor of Commerce from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Sandpiper is a carefully curated group of intelligent and ambitious professionals. It is exciting and rewarding to work in such fast-paced environment where every day is a new learning experience. I am grateful to be a part of this incredibly inspiring and driven team.
Trisha Husmillo is Sandpiper’s Corporate Accountant and is responsible for day-to-day accounting, reporting, budgeting and taxation.
Trisha was recently Junior Accountant at Creative Energy where she was responsible for full cycle accounting and assisted senior accountants and the Controller on establishing new processes. Prior to this, she spent two years with FactSet, a financial research firm, where she worked as part of the client solution team maintaining the highest level of quality support for FactSet clients. Trisha holds a Continuing Studies Diploma in Accounting from Langara College and is currently pursuing her CPA designation.
At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to work with talented individuals toward a common goal. I am lucky enough to be a part of an amazing and success-oriented team where every day will be a learning experience.
Amy Nguyen is responsible for day-to-day accounting, reporting and taxation.
Prior to joining Sandpiper, Amy completed her co-op work terms in the Internal Audit Department at BC Investment Management Corporation.
Amy completed her Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Economics in Vietnam and worked as an Audit Assistant at KPMG for over two years. Amy then moved to Canada in 2018 to further her education with a Post Degree Diploma in the Business Administration-Accounting option at Camosun College while also working as an accounting clerk at the Park Pacific Groups of Companies.
She plans to pursue her CPA designation in the near future.
I thrive in a fast-paced environment that values a collaborative culture. I am excited to expand my knowledge everyday while supporting the exceptional team at Sandpiper. I am grateful to be surrounded by the ambitious and intelligent people in my workplace.
Vinay Panchal is responsible for managing the trade execution for Sandpiper’s public securities investments and supports Sandpiper’s investor relations efforts.
Vinay brings a unique skillset from his experiences in wealth management and has a passion for delivering first-class service to clients. Through an internship at the Royal Bank of Canada, he was involved in developing asset valuation reports for ultra-high net worth clients. Prior to joining Sandpiper, he was responsible for the business development aspect for one of the largest discretionary-based portfolio management groups at Canaccord Genuity.
He brings a foundation of financial acumen through a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, completion of the Canadian Securities Course and recent enrollment in the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Along with industry experience, Vinay has been involved in several extra-curricular initiatives focused on helping make a positive impact on the broader community.
Sandpiper offers unique value in private equity for both its investors and team members. By working with a group of highly talented professionals, Sandpiper cultivates a dynamic and rewarding environment. I am grateful to be part of a team that is focused on the continuous success for our investors.
Tara Cannon is Executive Assistant to Samir Manji and Renzo Barazzuol.
Tara brings to the team over 12 years of experience in coordinating, planning and streamlining the day-to-day functions for high-level executives. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Tara worked at a construction and development firm in Vancouver and has experience in real estate. Her high level of professionalism and administrative experience contribute to her success and abilities in her role.
I am very excited to work alongside such an incredible team at Sandpiper. I am grateful to be a part of a team that is driven, positive and motivating. We all share a common goal of success, and together we will achieve this.
Joyce Cayas is responsible for coordinating office activities and managing day-to-day operations to increase office efficiency and contribute to the team’s success.
Joyce brings over 13 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry. Prior to joining Sandpiper, she held various roles in commercial insurance, beginning with administrative support roles before working her way up to her most recent position as a property and liability insurance underwriter.
Being surrounded by such an incredibly smart, driven and successful group of individuals really motivates me. I thrive in positive team environments and am so excited to do everything I can to help support the exceptional team at Sandpiper.
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