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, 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.


Emily Taylor, CPA, CA, ICD.D CFO

Emily is a senior executive with over 20 years of management experience in the real estate development and hospitality sectors. Her focus has been on providing financial and strategic leadership to support acquisition, development and divestiture decisions and creating strong relationships with the business community and with shareholders. Emily joined SCDC in 2012 and is responsible for financial management, governance, human resources and information technology functions for the corporation. Emily sits on the Economic Development Committee of the Surrey Board of Trade. She began her career with KPMG where she received her Chartered Accountancy designation in 1995. Emily has completed the Directors Education Program though the Institute of Corporate Directors.


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Barry Gilbert Managing Director, Real Estate & Investments

Barry brings depth and experience in the areas of acquisition, development and partnerships in residential, commercial, retail and industrial. He has been in real estate development for the past 30 years in roles with Bentall, Ledcor and Bosa Properties, before opening his own consulting business.

Barry received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of BC majoring in urban land economics.


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.


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.


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.


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Effie Chen Senior Manager, Accounting

A seasoned professional accountant with expertise in financial management and tax planning, Effie brings comprehensive experience in the property development, construction and property management to her role. She had involved in multiple mixed-use developments in the past and gained a deep understanding of each phase of real estate development from the accounting and financing perspective. Effie is a CPA, CGA. She received her Bachelor of Economics in Accountancy from Guangdong University of Technology, and a diploma in Financial Management from BCIT. A Vancouver resident since 2007, one of Effie’s favourite things to do is hiking and getting lost in nature.


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.


Jayme Greig 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.


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.


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.


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.