Meet our team

Our management team has extensive experience sourcing and executing real estate investments across Europe, as well as capital markets experience. The Board of Trustees supplement management’s track record through their deep international experience in Canadian and global real estate and capital markets.

Directors and Management

Phillip Burns

Phillip Burns


Principal, Maple Knoll Capital

In addition to his role at ECREIT, Phillip is the Founder and Principal of Maple Knoll Capital. He has been involved in transactions with an aggregate value of over €20.0 billion, more than 70% of which are based in real estate. He also has played a role in raising in excess of €11.0 billion of equity for principal investment.

Previously, he was a Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, then the CEO of Corestate Capital, an investment manager focused on real estate transactions in Europe. Phillip also worked for Goldman Sachs in mortgage finance, real estate and general corporate finance and was a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Phillip is a member of the Board of Directors of Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc, a growth-oriented Irish REIT focused on multi-unit residential real estate.

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University.

Ian Dyke

Ian Dyke

CFO and Corporate Secretary, ECREIT

Principal, Maple Knoll Capital

In addition to his roles at ECREIT, Ian is a Principal of Maple Knoll Capital. During his 18-year career, Ian has acted as Principal in transactions with a value over €10.0 billion across many sectors.

Ian has experience as Head of Corporate Finance at Stemcor, a global steel trading business where he led a strategic review and asset realization program. He was also an Investment Partner at Electra Partners and Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, focusing on pan-European private equity investment. Ian spent his early career at IBM and Gillette.

Ian holds a first class degree in Business and Management Studies (BSc Hons) from the University of Bradford.

Adam Cohen

Adam Cohen

Vice President of Finance, ECREIT

Adam has experience working with international companies in finance, accounting and investor relations, with a proven track record of directing cross-functional teams to drive operational efficiency and support senior executives.

Previously, Adam was Director of Finance and Investor Relations at AGF Management Limited, a diversified global asset manager. He also has worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Deloitte LLP, and has extensive experience with both Canadian and international accounting standards across a wide range of industries.

Adam is a CPA, CA and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.

Board of Trustees

Frederic Waks

  • President and CEO of Trinity Development Group Inc.
  • Former President and COO of RioCan REIT

David Ehrlich

  • President and CEO and Director of CAPREIT
  • Director of Irish Residential Properties REIT
  • Former Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP

Ira Gluskin

  • Co-founder and former President, CIO of Gluskin Sheff & Associates
  • Director of Tricon Capital Group

Jan Arie Breure

  • Independent Capital Markets Consultant
  • Former Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners
  • Former Head of European Asset Management at Citi Property Investors

Phillip Burns

  • Former CEO at Corestate Capital
  • Former Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners
  • Formerly with Goldman Sachs in Corporate Finance, Real Estate
  • Former Corporate Attorney at Skadden Arps

Contact Us

11 Church Street, Suite 401
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5E 1W1

Phillip Burns
Chief Executive Officer
+1 416 354 0167

Ian Dyke
Chief Financial Officer
+1 416 354 0168