Michael Heeney, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, RI (BC) President & CEO

A nationally and internationally recognized city builder, architect and urban strategist with over 25 years experience guiding organizations and leading diverse projects, Michael Heeney joined SCDC as President & CEO in 2017.  Michael has led local and international projects, often ones without precedent and in highly complex situations and jurisdictions. With a long-term and deep commitment to Surrey, some of his project experience prior to SCDC includes Surrey Central City, the City Centre Library, the Guildford Aquatic Centre and the most recently completed SFU Surrey Sustainable Engineering complex. Michael is passionate about enhancing communities through innovative urban design and architecture and sees the importance of creativity and culture in contributing to the health and vitality of urban centres.

Michael sits on the Boards of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) and Ballet BC. He also sits on the Executive of the Vancouver Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, an international land economics organization.

Michael is a member of both the Architectural Institute of BC and the Real Estate Institute of BC; a Fellow of both the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Real Estate Institute of Canada; and a LEED accredited professional.  He holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.


Ross Yamaguchi Senior Development Manager

Ross has over 18 years’ experience in real estate development, construction, and infrastructure. Ross is committed to the positive growth of Surrey and is professionally driven by the creation of a community that shares opportunity for both public and private realm benefits.

Ross’ educational background includes a degree in Business/Economics from the University of California Riverside, a Masters in Intercultural Studies at Biola University and certificate programs of Light Construction and Land Development and Project Management at University of California Irvine.


Thomas Rowe Development Manager

Thomas is responsible for leading project consultant teams, communicating with municipal government, managing project budgets, as well as the creation and evaluation of RFP/RFQ documents. He supports SCDC’s strategic decision making through market research and financial analysis. Thomas is passionate about how real estate projects can be leveraged to create benefit to the wider community. He has volunteered with community-based organizations to assist with the use of their real estate assets. 

Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.


Amanda Zizek, CPA, CGA Senior Manager, Accounting

Working closely with the CFO, Amanda focuses on the preparation of SCDC’s quarterly and annual financial statements. She oversees the day-to-day accounting functions of the organization and ensures project budgets are on track and that forecasts are up-to-date.

Prior to completing her CPA, CGA designation in 2014, Amanda graduated with distinction from both the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting and Financial Management Diploma programs through BCIT.


Jayme Krause Accountant

A key member of the accounting team, Jayme brings several years of accounting experience within the real estate industry to her role. Jayme supports the development team and corporate accounting through full cycle accounting activities.

Jayme holds a Diploma in Accounting and completed her Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from BCIT in 2018.