President at The Geller Group
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born in: Blackpool, England, 1947 Married, two adult children, Canadian Citizen
Biography: Canadian Who’s Who
Since 2007, Michael has served on the Adjunct Faculty of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development.
In 2016 he was also appointed to the Adjunct Faculty of SFU Resource & Environmental Management.
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.
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.
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Last year he took the audience to Russia, where he has been working on various projects.
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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.
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Prior to giving the lecture, CBC invited him to chat with Rick Cluff on the Early Edition.
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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).
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