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 and 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 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 centers.
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 Yamaguchi 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 financial analysis and market research. 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 has been working with SCDC for the past three and a half years.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Amanda Zizek, CPA, CGA Controller
Amanda Zizek joined SCDC in 2013. She is part of the senior management team
and brings over 10 years of experience in the real estate development and public accounting sectors. She provides financial leadership through the management of the day-to-day operations as well as the financial planning and analysis for the company.
Prior to completing her CPA, CGA designation, Amanda graduated with distinction from both the Bachelor of Technology in Accounting and the 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.
Avnoor Nijjar Staff Accountant
Avnoor is SCDC’s staff accountant who is responsible for its full cycle accounting activities. He works closely with both the senior accountant and controller to support the development team. Avnoor completed his Bachelor of Accounting and Diploma in Accounting through BCIT. He is currently pursuing his CPA designation.
Reny Kahlon Office Manager/EA
As a dedicated and knowledgeable professional with 20+ years of senior management experience in Board Governance and operations, Reny works closely with the CEO and President to ensure procedures and policies align with SCDC strategic vision. She is responsible for administrative operations and corporate governance.