About Michael Geller

Michael Geller

President at The Geller Group





2007 to present

President of The Geller Group

The Geller Group comprises Michael Geller & Associates Limited, Geller Properties Ltd. Laneway Cottages Inc, Vinson House Developments Ltd, Major Rush House Developments Ltd and Fielding Homes Ltd. Current projects include Vinson House Cottages, Major Rush Mews and Taylorwood Place in West Vancouver, and a variety of other residential projects around Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.


1999 to 2006

President and CEO of the SFU Community Trust

From 1999 to 2006, he was President and CEO of the SFU Community Trust, overseeing the planning and development of UniverCity, an award winning sustainable community adjacent to the Simon Fraser University Burnaby Mountain campus.



1983 to 1999

Real Estate Consulting and Property Development

From 1983 to 1999 his companies were active in real estate consulting and property development. Notable consulting assignments included Bayshore in Coal Harbour, redevelopment of the BC Packers lands in Steveston, Deering Island in Southlands, Provincial Project Manager for the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre Expansion, and planning and approvals for Furry Creek, a 1000-acre development on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Michael developed on his own, or in partnership with others, five successful residential and mixed use projects: The Lagoons at Granville Island, Oak Gardens, The Highbury in Point Grey, Elm Park Place and the Lanesborough in Kerrisdale.




1981 to 1983

Vice-President Development of The Narod Group

From 1981 to 1983, Michael was Vice-President Development, The Narod Group, during which time he managed residential and commercial developments in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.



1974 to 1981

CMHC Vancouver Branch Office

Assisted with the initial consultant selection and planning concepts for Granville Island, an award winning federally owned mixed-use precinct in Vancouver.

On behalf of CMHC, Geller oversaw planning and coordinated loan approvals for Phase One redevelopment of the City-owned lands along South Shore False Creek with mix of market/non-market ownership & rental housing, retail, office, school and parks.

As Director, Technical Services, participated in early planning and approvals for St. Lawrence Project and Harbourfront in Toronto; Old Port redevelopment in Montreal & Quebec; and Market Square, Saint John New Brunswick.



1972 to 1981

Official with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto

From 1972 to 1981 he was an official with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, overseeing the planning and development of social housing and planned communities across the country, including serving as CMHC Project Manager for the first phase redevelopment of the South Shore of False Creek.



1970 - 1972

Architect for Irving Grossman Architects

From 1970 to 1972 he worked for Irving Grossman Architects, one of Toronto’s most accomplished architectural firms, known for innovative and creative affordable housing solutions.



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Development Industry Associations

Michael is a Past President of the Urban Development Institute-Pacific Region and UDI Canada. He has served on the boards of the Surrey City Development Corporation, University of Calgary West Lands Development Corp, British Columbia Buildings Corporation (BCBC), Canada Green Building Council. He is a Member of Lambda Alpha International and past member of the International Centre for Sustainable Communities. He twice served as a member of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel, and its Development Permit Board Advisory Panel.

Other Community Activities

Michael is a former trustee of the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, the Art Gallery of British Columbia and past board member of Volunteer Vancouver. He is a member of the Vancouver Roundtable and Whiff of Grape. Within the Jewish community, he has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Jewish Family Services, and Louis Brier Home for the Aged. He is a governor of the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

Professional Affiliations

Michael has been honoured as a Life Member of the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

He has also been recognized as one of British Columbia’s 20 Most Influential People in Residential Construction by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association.

Personal

Born in: Blackpool, England, 1947 Married, two adult children, Canadian Citizen
Biography: Canadian Who’s Who
Website: www.michaelgeller.ca
Blog: www.gellersworldtravel.blogspot.ca

Real Estate and Development Consulting

As a Real Estate Consultant and Development Manager, Michael Geller has overseen many successful residential and mixed use projects from concept planning, through development approvals, construction and marketing. He has also served as an advisor and juror for projects in Russia.

Hollyburn Gardens

West Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Grouse Inn

North Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Moscow Intl. Fin. Centre

Competition in Moscow (Russia)

Malye Kabany Intl.

Competition in Kazan (Russia)

Coal Harbour's Bayshore

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Convention & Exhibition Centre

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Deering Island

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Furry Creek

Sea-to-Sky, BC (Canada)

Steveston Village

Steveston, BC (Canada)

Property Development

In addition to acting as a real estate and development consultant, The Geller Group has undertaken a number of projects on its own, or in partnership with other..

Major Rush Mews

West Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Vinson House Cottages

West Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Hollyburn Mews

West Vancouver, BC (Canada)

UniverCity

Burnaby, BC (Canada)

Elm Park Place

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

The Lanesborough

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Oak Gardens

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Highbury Tower

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

The Lagoons

Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Other Activities

Adj. Prof. Simon Fraser University

Since 2007, Michael has served on the Adjunct Faculty of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

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In 2016 he was also appointed to the Adjunct Faculty of SFU Resource & Environmental Management.

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Vancouver Courier

For the past 3 years, Michael has written a weekly or bi-weekly column in the Vancouver Courier. His articles often address urban issues, planning and housing affordability.

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Vancouver Sun

In 2007, Michael started writing “Homes Away From Home”, a bi-weekly column, during a 9-month around-the-world sabbatical. Since then, he has become a regular contributor to the pages of the Vancouver Sun.

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Video Lectures and Podcasts

Video Lectures and Podcasts In 2015 and 2016, Michael presented 12 affordable housing ideas and 12 new affordable housing ideas. You can access below the link to watch it. > link 1
> link 2

He will be delivering another talk on this topic on April 4th 2017. (that will make 36 ideas!)
A recent podcast with realtor Keith Roy looks at how we might create more affordable housing through rezoning.
> Check it out

Last year he took the audience to Russia, where he has been working on various projects.
> Check it out

For the last five years, Michael has travelled around Europe, looking at various housing developments and new communities. This lecture looks at housing projects in Netherlands, Germany, France and Denmark.
> Video link
Prior to giving the lecture, CBC invited him to chat with Rick Cluff on the Early Edition.
> Video Link

You can also check a 2008 lecture presented lessons for Vancouver from around the world following his around-the-world sabbatical (Michael Geller's Planet).
> Video Link

Contact Us

Please contact us at:

geller@sfu.ca

+1 (778) 997 9980 (Canada)