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Sandpiper is a Vancouver-based private equity firm focused on investing in real estate through direct property investments and securities.

We focus on underwriting and deal screening for investments, with an emphasis on asset and location quality, crystallizing value through optimal strategies, active management and strategic partnerships.

We apply our deep knowledge, expertise and creativity to generate the best real estate ideas.

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our team

Real estate is what we know and understand.


Our edge is our ability to see real estate through a different lens. In a world of constant change, market fluctuations and a competitive real estate environment, we believe there is opportunity. We identify and capitalize on those opportunities with our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals.

Click through our profiles to learn more about our team and what motivates them.


samir manji

Chief Executive Officer

Samir Manji is the founder and CEO of Sandpiper.

Samir is also the Interim CEO of Artis REIT, effective January 1, 2021.

Samir was formerly the Chairman and Founder of Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc., until the sale of the company to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in December 2015.

Samir’s real estate career began in 1993, shortly after completing his Chartered Accountant designation, when he acquired a financially distressed retirement residence in Burnaby, BC. A rapid expansion strategy ensued and in 1997, Samir took the company public. In 2000, the ‘Amica’ brand was born and under Samir’s direction and leadership, Amica Mature Lifestyles became the premier brand in luxury retirement living in Canada.

Samir is the Chairman of Artis REIT and a director of Extendicare Inc.

Samir is an active member of YPO. He also currently serves as the President of the Ismaili Council for British Columbia.

Why Sandpiper?

Sandpiper’s core business, real estate investing, allows me to do what I love with exceptional people. With the support of our financial partners, I have the opportunity to pursue extraordinary financial performance through teamwork, discipline and hard work.



President & Chief Operating Officer

Renzo Barazzuol is Sandpiper’s President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the day-to-day management of Sandpiper.

Renzo was most recently Chief Financial Officer for the Aquilini Group. He began there in 2008 as CFO for Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.. His career spans over 30 years, including leadership roles in a variety of industries including real estate, seniors housing, construction, waste energy, farming, entertainment and food and beverage.

Renzo has spearheaded and participated in acquisitions, operations and every financial aspect of both public and private companies.

Renzo earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Why Sandpiper?

The key to a successful life, beyond your family, is to work with a group of talented hard working people and to create value for all stakeholders, and that is what Sandpiper is all about.


Navdeep Gill

Chief Financial Officer

Navdeep Gill is Sandpiper’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the accounting, tax, finance and human resources functions.

Prior to Sandpiper, Ms. Gill was Vice President, Financial Operations at the Tempest Group, a boutique broker dealer and investment fund manager. Her experience spans over a decade where she has held senior positions at Deloitte and OMERS and its related investment entities, including Oxford Properties. Ms. Gill has managed accounting and reporting for several commercial properties and has served clients in the financial services and real estate industries. Ms. Gill has strong institutional experience coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has a robust background in full cycle accounting, compliance, tax and finance. Ms. Gill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. Ms. Gill is a board member of the Central City Foundation and a member of the finance committee at Power To Be.

Why Sandpiper?

Being a part of a remarkable team that exudes excellence in what they do to maximize stakeholder value is what excites me about Sandpiper.


Corey Colville

Vice President, Investments

Corey Colville is responsible for the full cycle of idea generation through to transaction execution and carrying out asset management. Corey brings over 10 years of experience in corporate development, due diligence, analysis and real estate appraisal to Sandpiper Group. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Corey led corporate development at Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. where he was responsible for new developments, acquisitions, divestures and internal growth opportunities. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and has completed the Appraisal Institute of Canada and University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business PGCV program.

Why Sandpiper?

The achievement of highest and best use and value creation is why I am thrilled to come to work every day.


Alyssa Barry

Vice President, Capital Markets and Communications

Alyssa Barry is responsible for strategic communications and investor relations. Alyssa brings over 10 years of capital markets experience to Sandpiper Group, specializing in corporate communications and reporting, corporate governance, and investor relations strategy. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Alyssa oversaw investor relations at Amica Mature Lifestyles Inc. where she developed and executed the company’s IR strategy and played a key role in the sale of Amica to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in December 2015. She obtained her Diploma in Public Relations from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Business Leadership and Management Certificate from Vancouver Community College, and Certified Professional in Investor Relations from Ivey Business School. Alyssa is an active member of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Why Sandpiper?

I love what I do. First and foremost, I am motivated and inspired by the incredible team I work with and the knowledge and experiences that they share. I feel that together, the sky’s the limit.


Ivo Ciurlizza

Senior Analyst

Ivo Ciurlizza is responsible for evaluating potential investments and acquisitions. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Ivo spent 7 years at Greystone Managed Investments, where he covered the technology, telecommunications, and consumer sectors. He brings a diversified skill set, which is complemented by other roles in investment banking and real estate management/investment. Ivo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honours) from The University of British Columbia and is a CFA Charterholder.

Why Sandpiper?

I strive to refine the investment process through innovation, creativity, and discipline. At Sandpiper, I can make a lasting impact and create value firsthand.


Kevin Leung

Senior Analyst

Kevin Leung is responsible for supporting the deal team in evaluating new investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development.

Prior to joining Sandpiper, Kevin spent three years working in the real estate practice at KPMG LLP where he provided financial services to public REITs, national real estate developers, and real estate holding companies. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree from the University of British Columbia and is a CPA and CFA candidate.

Why Sandpiper?

At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to create value for our investors while pursuing my passion in real estate. Being a part of a team of exceptional, motivated individuals drives me towards continued growth and development.


Jas Gill


Jas Gill is responsible for evaluating investment opportunities as well as assisting with asset management and relationship development. Jas earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He was also a member of the school’s student-run investment fund, the Beedie Endowment Asset Management (BEAM) program. Prior to graduation, he completed an internship in Investment Banking at Scotiabank. He is currently pursuing his CFA designation.

Why Sandpiper?

I love being on a team that is continuously learning and striving to create value. I am grateful to work with a team of driven professionals.


Denby Sineath-Sinn


Denby Sineath-Sinn is Sandpiper’s Senior Accountant and supports the day-to-day financial operations and reporting, taxation, finance and investor reporting. Denby was most recently Senior Accountant at ASIG where he was responsible for the full accounting cycle and assisted in the transition of the accounting department when it was acquired. Prior to this, he worked at Canadian National Railway, where he was part of revenue management focusing on the supply chain and automotive sector. Denby holds a Bachelor of Commerce from John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Why Sandpiper?

Sandpiper is a carefully curated group of intelligent and ambitious professionals. It is exciting and rewarding to work in such fast-paced environment where every day is a new learning experience. I am grateful to be a part of this incredibly inspiring and driven team.


Trisha Husmillo

Corporate Accountant

Trisha Husmillo is Sandpiper’s Corporate Accountant and is responsible for day-to-day accounting, reporting, budgeting and taxation.

Trisha was recently Junior Accountant at Creative Energy where she was responsible for full cycle accounting and assisted senior accountants and the Controller on establishing new processes. Prior to this, she spent two years with FactSet, a financial research firm, where she worked as part of the client solution team maintaining the highest level of quality support for FactSet clients. Trisha holds a Continuing Studies Diploma in Accounting from Langara College and is currently pursuing her CPA designation.

Why Sandpiper?

At Sandpiper, I have the opportunity to work with talented individuals toward a common goal. I am lucky enough to be a part of an amazing and success-oriented team where every day will be a learning experience.


Ramona Seidler

Associate, Investor Relations and Communications

Ramona Seidler is responsible for supporting Sandpiper’s strategic investor relations and communications efforts.

Ramona recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Commerce. Prior to her last semester, she spent two years abroad in London, UK and Hong Kong where she completed three co-ops with real estate focused companies, bringing a global outlook to Sandpiper. During her time at university, Ramona focused not only on academics but also on community initiatives. She served as Co-President of Young Women in Business Victoria after overseeing the events operations as Director of Events a year prior. Ramona is ambitious and driven to deliver a superior investor experience.

Why Sandpiper?

At the core of Sandpiper, it is all about the people. It’s a privilege to be surrounded by highly ambitious, positive and intelligent people that encompass Sandpiper.


Vinay Panchal

Associate, Capital Markets and Investor Relations

Vinay Panchal is responsible for managing the trade execution for Sandpiper’s public securities investments and supports Sandpiper’s investor relations efforts.

Vinay brings a unique skillset from his experiences in wealth management and has a passion for delivering first-class service to clients. Through an internship at the Royal Bank of Canada, he was involved in developing asset valuation reports for ultra-high net worth clients. Prior to joining Sandpiper, he was responsible for the business development aspect for one of the largest discretionary-based portfolio management groups at Canaccord Genuity.

He brings a foundation of financial acumen through a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, completion of the Canadian Securities Course and recent enrollment in the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Along with industry experience, Vinay has been involved in several extra-curricular initiatives focused on helping make a positive impact on the broader community.

Why Sandpiper?

Sandpiper offers unique value in private equity for both its investors and team members. By working with a group of highly talented professionals, Sandpiper cultivates a dynamic and rewarding environment. I am grateful to be part of a team that is focused on the continuous success for our investors.


Tara Cannon

Executive Assistant

Tara Cannon is Executive Assistant to Samir Manji and Renzo Barazzuol.

Tara brings to the team over 12 years of experience in coordinating, planning and streamlining the day-to-day functions for high-level executives. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Tara worked at a construction and development firm in Vancouver and has experience in real estate. Her high level of professionalism and administrative experience contribute to her success and abilities in her role.

Why Sandpiper?

I am very excited to work alongside such an incredible team at Sandpiper. I am grateful to be a part of a team that is driven, positive and motivating. We all share a common goal of success, and together we will achieve this.


Jessica Cannon

Executive Assistant

Jessica has over 10 years of experience in a high-level office being an Assistant to multiple Executives. She streamlines the day-to-day functions for her team seamlessly. Prior to joining Sandpiper, Jessica worked at a construction and development firm in Vancouver and has experience in real estate. Her high level of professionalism, confidentiality and administrative experience help her to succeed in her role.

Why Sandpiper?

Sandpiper has the drive and knowledge to be successful; with an incredible team of motivating individuals that are led by experienced Executives. Everyone works together to not just succeed but to thrive. It is an organization I’m proud to work for.


Joyce Cayas

Office Administrator

Joyce Cayas is responsible for coordinating office activities and managing day-to-day operations to increase office efficiency and contribute to the team’s success.

Joyce brings over 13 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry. Prior to joining Sandpiper, she held various roles in commercial insurance, beginning with administrative support roles before working her way up to her most recent position as a property and liability insurance underwriter.

Why Sandpiper?

Being surrounded by such an incredibly smart, driven and successful group of individuals really motivates me. I thrive in positive team environments and am so excited to do everything I can to help support the exceptional team at Sandpiper.


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We are growing and seeking exceptional talent to join our team. To inquire about job opportunities with Sandpiper Group, please email us.


news releases

Sandpiper Increases Investment in ARTIS REIT to 10%

December 2, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Dec. 2, 2020 - Sandpiper Group ("Sandpiper") announced today that on December 2, 2020, it acquired, through Sandpiper Real Estate... Read More

Artis Announces Settlement Agreement with Sandpiper and Retirement of CEO and CFO.

November 30, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 30, 2020 - Artis Real Estate Investment Trust announces settlement agreement with Sandpiper Group and retirement of CEO and... Read More

Sandpiper Publishes Letter to Unitholders of Artis REIT Reaffirming Need for Substantial and Immediate Change

November 9, 2020

VANCOUVER, BC, Nov. 9, 2020 - Sandpiper Group, together with its affiliates ("Sandpiper"), publishes a letter to fellow unitholders of Artis REIT... Read More

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Creating a Unified Vision — How Some Activists are Working with Boards and Management

January 15, 2019

When public company management and boards dissatisfy shareholders, they may join forces to enact positive change through many avenues, including engaging in a proxy battle... Read More

Sandpiper Group set to overhaul five more Canadian real estate entities this year

January 8, 2019

Sandpiper Group, the private-equity firm that overhauled the boards of two real estate investment trusts, is getting ready to shake up other Canadian property companies... Read More

The Untapped Market That’s Ripe for Activists

July 30, 2018

A former Canadian pension fund CIO wonders why more investors aren’t doing private equity–style plays in a certain stock market.... Read More

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