Our Team

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Elevating Property Management

Vice President Renee St. Germaine leads our team of accomplished real estate leaders, including property managers, on-site caretakers, accountants, administrators and building operators. Every member of our team shares a commitment to building long-lasting, mutually respectful relationships that foster a positive experience.

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Byron Chard

President & CEO | CPA, CA

For over a decade, Byron has been committed to driving Chard forward. Named President & CEO in 2019, Byron has spearheaded the expansion of Chard beyond market residential development to include purpose-built rental, affordable home ownership, strata and for-lease commercial, and hotel development. Working from a foundation of nimble business practices based on solid relationships, Byron has been responsible for refining internal processes and technologies, advancing corporate governance, improving external communication, investing in people and diversifying across asset classes. He is also responsible for Chard’s recent vertical integration into property and asset management. Byron is a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban Development Institute – Pacific Region and sits as Chair of the UDI Rental Committee.

Renee St. Germaine

VP of Property Management

Renee draws on over 20 years of experience in all aspects of property management as well as residential, office and retail leasing to provide strategic direction and oversight of Chard’s property and asset management divisions. Her experience includes her previously held position as the COO of Devon Properties managing over 250 properties throughout BC and National Senior Director of Property Management at Strathallen Property Management managing a portfolio of 7.9 million square feet across Canada. An innovative thinker with a proven track record of facilitating success in cross departmental execution of asset plan and overall asset performance, Renee is passionate about building strong and dynamic relationships with clients and colleagues and delivering best in class services and results.

Steven Vernon

Chief Operating Officer

Steve has been a member of the Chard team for over two decades. In his role as COO, Steve works closely with the CEO to oversee Chard’s operational functions including cross department oversight, staffing, administration and company strategy. Steve is responsible for enforcing and implementing company standards to drive our organizational vision and mission. He embodies Chard’s commitment to relationship building, accountability and quality. Through his expertise, leadership skills and vision, Steve works to ensure that the foundation built to date continues to support or growth and development into the future.

Svet Savova

General Counsel

A qualified lawyer with a focus on real estate, Svet has advised a diverse range of clients with a particular focus on acquisitions, dispositions, leasing of commercial properties and development matters. Svet provides legal advice and oversight on all of Chard’s legal and risk issues and is committed to ensuring Chard’s successful partnership with all of its external stakeholders.