Michael Heeney, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, RI (BC) President and 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, his experience includes Surrey Central City, the City Centre Library, the Guildford Aquatic Centre and most recently the new SFU Surrey 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.

In addition to his professional contributions, Michael is committed to his community: he has been involved in various arts, cultural and business organizations throughout the region. Michael is a Member of the Architectural Institute of BC and the Real Estate Institute of BC; a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Real Estate Institute of Canada; and a LEED accredited professional with degrees from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.

604-581-8787
michaelheeney@scdc.ca


Ross Yamaguchi Senior Development Manager

Promoting positive community and economic growth within the second largest city in British Columbia are assets Ross Yamaguchi brings to his experience in real estate development, construction, and infrastructure. Beginning the educational journey in Business/Economics from the University of California Riverside, then continuing further with 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, Ross is professionally driven by the creation of a community that shares opportunity for both public and private realm benefits. Ross will continue to reinforce the overarching growth and commitment to innovate and incorporate development in the region he now calls home with his wife and three children.

604-580-4341
rossyamaguchi@scdc.ca


Erika Ulinder Bell Senior Development Manager

Erika has extensive experience in property acquisitions, pre-development, design and all phases of development through construction. She has worked across BC and the Lower Mainland with both commercial and residential developers, and was most recently with BC Housing Management Commission before joining the SCDC team. Erika has built and managed project teams, and collaborated successfully with local and regional partners at all levels, and is passionate about creating affordable housing. Erika received her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, and a Diploma of Urban Land Economics from the University of BC.

604-580-4340
erikabell@scdc.ca


Emily Taylor, CPA, CA CFO

Emily Taylor joined SCDC in 2012 as VP Finance, became CFO in 2013.  Emily has over ten years of experience in the development industry.  She offers a well-rounded and versatile knowledge of real estate and corporate development initiatives. Prior to her work in real estate development, Emily worked in finance for a nationally branded hotel.  She obtained her CPA, CA designation in 1995 with KPMG, Peat Marwick Thorne.

604-580-4292
emilytaylor@scdc.ca


Amanda Zizek, CPA, CGA Senior Manager, Accounting

Amanda focuses on the preparation of SCDC’s quarterly and annual financial statements. She oversees accounting for asset acquisitions and disposals, and ensures that project budgets are on track. Amanda brings with her a diverse accounting experience from a large public practice firm. 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.

604-580-4297
amandazizek@scdc.ca


Monica Niles, CPHR Manager, Human Resources & Administration

Monica provides comprehensive guidance on Human Resources and corporate governance, with a focus on policies and procedures that align with SCDC’s strategic direction. Monica draws on her diverse experience to oversee corporate governance and Human Resources. Previous to joining SCDC, Monica was with a large financial institution and brings a broad spectrum of Human Resources knowledge to this role. Monica received her Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation in 2008. Having lived with her husband and two sons in Surrey for many years, she is invested in growing the City of Surrey to become a strong viable place to live and work.

604-580-4296
monicaniles@scdc.ca


Jayme Greig Staff Accountant

Jayme brings accounting experience within the real estate industry to her role. She is responsible for maintaining accounting records, reconciliations, and preparing income property projects as well as reviewing operating expenses and variances. Jayme holds a Diploma in Accounting and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Technology in Accounting from BCIT.

604-580-4290
jaymegreig@scdc.ca


Julia Erridge Administrative Assistant

Julia provides support to both the Development and Accounting teams and strives to have the office operating smoothly. Her background in the customer service industry brings energy to each day. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is currently working towards her Diploma of Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia.

604-580-4343
juliaerridge@scdc.ca


Bindi Watts Development Coordinator

Bindi brings over 10 years of real estate experience to her role as Development Coordinator. She has extensive experience in leasing, acquisitions/dispositions and redevelopment. Bindi holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker having completed her Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course at UBC Sauder School of Business.

604-580-4298
bindiwatts@scdc.ca


Thomas Rowe Development Assistant

Thomas brings his prior experience working on community based real estate projects to SCDC. He is excited to build on his knowledge base and advance the vision of SCDC and the City of Surrey. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is interested in pursuing a diploma in Urban Land Economics.

604-580-4291
thomasrowe@scdc.ca