Gary is ready to turn the the seniors’ housing industry on its ear with the Canoe Bay project. “I don’t think there’s another project in Canada that offers as many different options for aging in your own community,” enthuses Gary “and it’s long overdue. We all want options to ease up on the time and effort of home ownership as we age but no one wants to be isolated from their community – they want to be embraced by it.”
Gary’s lengthy career in the hospitality and retirement industries makes Canoe Bay a perfect fit for him – and he for it.
Born in England and a Hotel & Restaurant Management graduate, Gary made the move to Windsor, Ontario in 1979, owning a restaurant there until relocating to Ottawa in 1986 for a plum job managing the Courtyard restaurant in the Byward Market. A subsequent career change to retirement housing with Revera resulted in a 20-year career with the company culminating with a role as Regional Vice President with oversight of 35 residences. With a wealth of experience but a need to try diverse new projects, Gary left the company to develop his own properties. Immersing himself in the industry, Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association and as an advisory council member to Algonquin College’s Retirement Communities Management program.
As an avid soccer player (otherwise known as footballer), he joined the Ottawa Falcons soccer club. Gary played Premier soccer for several years during which time he met both his wife Lori and one of his partners Jim Fullarton.
In his spare time – if there is any – Gary enjoys playing soccer, sharing a good happy hour with his close friends, traveling with his lovely wife Lori and spending time with sons Brandon & Keegan, their girlfriends and their dogs.