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Meet the Partners

Meet the Partners

Alliance United is comprised of highly experienced professionals representing every facet of the real-state industry. With a solid history of success, each member is committed to bringing to the market projects that demonstrate visionary thinking and a belief in excellence.

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John Mehlenbacher

PARTNER

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Sam Ganni

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Diane Bertolin

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Nawar Mahfooth

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John Mehlenbacher

PARTNER

John Mehlenbacher has decades of real estate experience with The Condo Store Realty Inc., The Rosseau Group, and previously, Concord Adex Development Corporation. Over his career, John has sold thousands of pre-construction units and executed development projects worth in excess of $1 billion. He now leverages his deep residential experience identifying and developing high potential real estate projects.

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Sam Ganni

PARTNER

With more than 20 years of extensive commercial retail experience, Sam has a keen eye for identifying up-and-coming real estate opportunities. Big on market research and understanding buyer demand, Sam has a strong track record of building and developing successful retail businesses.

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Diane Bertolin

PARTNER

Diane Bertolin is a partner of Alliance United. As a licensed mortgage broker, her passion for real estate can be traced back to her role as a licence commissioner for the City of Windsor and the extensive experience she gained managing complex stakeholder relationships and brokering consensus among government and industry groups.

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Nawar Mahfooth

PARTNER

Nawar Mahfooth is an engineer and inspiring entrepreneur. After his graduation, he won a university wide award to start up his technology company out of the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) at Ryerson University. Throughout that journey, he achieved very diverse goals including publishing multiple research articles, earning a patent, establishing and leading a talented team, forming strategic partnerships, and raising funds. Today, he combines his passion for business and
deep understanding of data to successfully identify and develop exciting real estate opportunities. Nawar is also a managing director of Double Diamond Capital Inc., raising funds for various real estate development projects. Nawar holds a BEng and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University.

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Greg Long

VP OF FINANCE

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Owais Pasha

CONTROLLER

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Naresh Ochani

PROJECT MANAGER

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Calvin McCourt

PROJECT MANAGER

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Greg Long

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE

Greg obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2000, while working at Deloitte in Toronto. During his 8 years at Deloitte, Greg worked in both Audit and Corporate Finance, where he focused on buy-side advisory services, on deal sizes ranging between $10 million and $8 billion.

Since 2005, Greg has held a variety of finance and accounting positions with public and private companies, in areas including corporate travel management, environmental, construction, and private equity.

Most recently, Greg was the Chief Financial Officer at Rosseau Development Corporation. He now leads the finance and accounting teams at Red Pine Canopy Ltd and Alliance United Corp.

Greg obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 1995, and completed the Graduate program in Public Accountancy at McGill University in 1997.

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Owais Pasha

CONTROLLER

Owais Pasha is the Controller at Alliance United Corporation and its associated portfolio of real estate assets and investments at Red Pine Canopy. He is responsible for coordinating accounting operational functions, reporting financial data, overseeing regulatory compliance and internal controls systems. Joined in 2021, he brings over twelve years of experience in finance and accounting to this role.

Prior to joining Alliance United, Mr. Pasha was a senior consultant with several real estate investment firms in Canada; Brookfield Asset Management (TSX: BAM.A), Starlight Investments (TSX:TN.UN), and other multifamily investment firms.

His international experience includes his role as a Finance Director at Bridgestone Tires – KSA, for kingdom-wide financial oversight of its distribution network and real estate footprint with its equity stores, where he was also a member of the management committee driving strategic initiatives and mergers and acquisitions.

Between 2015 and 2017, Mr. Pasha served in a senior corporate development and management role, leading financial reporting and projections, unified policies and procedures and investment appraisals for over $3 Billions assets invested in Real Estate, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Education, Healthcare, Beauty & Fragrances and Energy sectors for one of the largest conglomerates in the Middle East and North Africa, Americas, and Europe region.

Previously, Mr. Pasha managed Audit and Assurance clients for six years at Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY). Mr. Pasha holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and is also a fellowship member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and obtained Bachelor of Science (Honours) in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom.

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Naresh Ochani

Project Manager / Engineer

Naresh is a results oriented, high-caliber licensed Professional Engineer with 20 years of extensive experience in the development of innovative mixed-use and residential properties. Throughout his career, his roles have been on Land Development projects for leading consultants, contractors, developers and builders.
His diversified experience gives him a good depth of knowledge in applications of engineering, management and business sciences to processes of land development.

Outline of his day to day tasks

● Conduct due diligence and feasibility studies for acquiring new development properties
● Manage development approval processes including preparation, submission, and management of applications for development approvals, coordinate with different stakeholders
● Lead and coordinate site plans from development of preliminary concepts through detailed design and construction
● Source, retain, coordinate, and manage project consultant teams for due diligence initiatives, development applications and building permit applications
● Review, assess and comment on all reports and plans for development application submissions
● Coordinate and manage the working drawing process in collaboration with the construction team to achieve building permits
● Manage day to day project issues with the ability to identify and resolve any issues and conflicts related to the project
● Prepare, review and track project budgets
● Prepare, review and track project schedules with a focus on approvals and permits
● Liaised as owner’s representative with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders, through the development approvals process

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Calvin McCourt

PROJECT MANAGER

Calvin McCourt has over 30 years of real estate development experience working with Starlight Investments, Morguard, PenEquity, Bentall Kennedy and Canadian Equity and Development Corporation. Calvin has extensive experience with commercial, industrial and residential development projects well in excess of a billion dollars over the years. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours) and has received a Planning Certificate from the Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England.

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Alex Auersperg

ANALYST

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Matt Cohen

ANALYST

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Alex Auersperg

ANALYST

Alex joined Red Pine Canopy/Alliance United team as an Analyst in 2021. Prior to joining Red Pine, Alex worked at various boutique construction companies and engineering firms, where he developed hands-on experience in construction, project management, operations, finance, and sales. As an analyst at Red Pine, Alex leverages these skills to implement and execute our value-add strategy.

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal. At JMSB, Alex specialized in finance and real estate, and graduated with honors.

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Matthew Cohen

ANALYST

Matthew joined the Red Pine Canopy/Alliance United team in 2021. As an analyst, Matthew dedicates his time to investment analysis, asset management and investor relations. More specifically, he has been responsible for analyzing deals, conducting due diligence, raising capital, implementing and executing the asset management plan, and sharing updates with Red Pine’s investors.

Prior to joining Red Pine Canopy, Matthew worked in pre-construction condominium sales and marketing at TCS Marketing Systems. He also worked as a summer analyst in accounting at RioCan REIT, and he consulted for Farhi Holdings Corporation as well as a Toronto-based homebuilder while completing his undergraduate studies.

Matthew holds an Honors Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, where he graduated on the Dean’s Honor List ‘20. While studying at Ivey, Matthew also worked as a pro-bono consultant for the local chapter of a global non-profit organization.

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