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Ironclad Developments was founded in April 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba by Ryan Van Damme, with the core values of integrity, honesty, and industry excellence. A cradle-to-grave developer that develops apartments with a luxury tilt, Ironclad has presence in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. It shines for its amenity-rich buildings and premium locations.

In this podcast, Colliers’ Warren Wilkinson and Karl Zeni speak with Ironclad’s CEO, Craig Gilpin and Director of Development, David Marsh. They talk about Ironclad’s story and impressive growth; the Ironclad team’s critical relationships with the neighbourhoods where they build; how Ironclad has fared during the pandemic; the company’s take on the Canadian housing crisis; its predictions for the future of multifamily development; and more.

Hear all about:

  • The pressure and advantages that Ironclad’s rapid growth brought to the team and what it all means for the firm’s operations
  • The challenges and rewards of developing in different provinces, how different municipalities handle development, and what they could learn from one another
  • Ironclad’s take on the state of Canadian housing issues and the changes progressive zoning could bring
  • How the supply of multifamily land was affected by the pandemic
  • How demographics affect multifamily development markets and Ironclad’s decisions

Listen to get valuable market and sector insights across provinces and learn about how Ironclad sets itself apart from other developers while remaining true to its “people-first organization” philosophy.



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Warren Wilkinson

Managing Director, Ottawa

Ottawa

Company Experience

Warren joined Colliers International in January of 2005.  After ten years as a leasing expert in the greater Ottawa area, Warren started the transition from Sale Representative to Managing Director.  Backed by a strong clientele basis and a working knowledge of the brokerage business, Warren has grown the Colliers Ottawa thought experience and mentorship. 

Prior Experience

After an extensive working experience in Sydney, Australia with the Attorney Generals office in the Compensation Courts of New South Wales, Warren returned to Canada to begin his career in Commercial Real Estate.

Professional Accomplishments

Described by his peers as an eager, passionate worker, Warren is concentrating his efforts on continuing to be a purposeful, strong leader in the Ottawa Commercial Real Estate marketplace.  Warren is always looking for new and positive ways to help grow the Ottawa office’s brand and reputation as the city’s leading, fully integrated commercial real estate firm. 

Education

Warren is an Ottawa native who obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Carleton University in the year 2000.

Affiliations

Warren is actively involved in several sports leagues, a volunteer with Kanata Minor Hockey Association (KMHA), Kanata Little League Baseball Association (KLLBA) and is a member of BOMA Ottawa and the Ottawa Board of Trade.  In addition Warren is a proud alumni of Fight for the Cure – participant.

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Karl Zeni

Associate Vice President, Sales Representative

Ottawa

Karl Zeni is an Associate Vice President at Colliers' Ottawa office, specialising in infill, greenfield, and brownfield land development and the sale of income-producing industrial, retail, office, and multifamily assets. A commercial real estate broker since 2011, Karl has a strong background in market and data analysis, lead prospecting, relationship building, business development, and project management. He has been a market leader in diverse markets; before joining Colliers in Canada's capital city, Karl was a leading market actor in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Karl is an expert at prospecting and closing off-market deals, crafting opportunities for his clients with discretion and confidentiality. For this reason, some of the largest developers of Western Canada and many of Latin America’s most prominent companies have entrusted him with complex investment, development, and redevelopment projects.

A firm believer in giving back to his community, Karl is a committed volunteer, board member, and fundraiser for many deserving organisations, including Restoring Hope Ministries and the Ottawa chapter of the Urban Land Institute. 

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