Dr. Bruce Firestone
Commercial Realtor And Real Estate Investor
Bruce M Firestone, as a partner in BlackSheep Developments, is best known as an entrepreneur and founder of NHL hockey team, the Ottawa Senators, their home arena, Canadian Tire Centre, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation, a children’s charity, as well as author, professor, coach, consultant, mentor, real estate broker (with Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc), Ottawa Business Journal columnist, novelist and urban guru.
Firestone also advises municipalities, as well as economic development agencies, on how to develop live-work-play-learn-shop-grow-make-build-affordable-diversified-sustainable-visitable-neo-urbanist communities based on the principal that nothing is sustainable unless it is also economically sustainable
Bruce got his start in business in his late 20s with just $10,000 for a down payment and a yard of guts, which he invested in a faltering business that he turned into a commercial real estate empire. This became the foundation for a successful bid to bring the National Hockey League back to Ottawa after a nearly 60-year hiatus. In just nine years, that business grew from $350,000 in revenues to $120 million.
Bruce has started or coached more than 300 enterprises as well as taught or studied at McGill University, Laval University, Harvard University, University of Western Ontario, University of New South Wales, Australian National University, University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
President, Property Manager
As BlackSheep Developments CEO and President, Brian Dagenais’ success has been largely self-made and comes from careful study of markets and opportunities that arise.
At the turn of the century, Brian was looking to transition from an extremely successful track record in finance and was attracted to one of the worst performing markets in the city of Ottawa, a market that had suffered disproportionately from negative stereotypes and neglect.
Brian invested strategically in this market, a market that spent the entire 1990s as one of the 5 worst communities which then spent the next decade as one of the best in the city.
Brian’s portfolio has a market value of approximately $12 million dollars (56 doors).
In conjunction with his real estate portfolio, Brian spent more than two decades in the retail finance industry wearing many different hats, including human resources, auditing, management and budgeting & forecasting.
The last 7 years of employment had him in retail operations helping to oversee a territory that stretched from Newfoundland, through to Quebec and into Ontario with a collection of outlets that varied between 100 and 198 locations with combined annual revenues of between $80M and $140M.
Stephen brings to BlackSheep Developments his passion for environmentally sustainable buildings. He graduated in 2008 as valedictorian from Algonquin College’s 2-year Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing program at its Heritage Institute in Perth, ON, then worked as a carpenter for an award winning, green-minded construction and renovation company serving the Ottawa area for 2 years before joining Homesol in 2010.
Stephen is Homesol’s lead energy consultant and is a Certified Energy Advisor (CEA) for ENERGY STAR, EnerGuide, R-2000 and Zero Energy Homes, including Multi-Unit buildings, and has evaluated more than 1,600 new and existing homes for NRCan’s new and existing homes programs. Stephen is also qualified as a Green Rater for LEED for Homes and Mid-Rise, and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC – both Germany & the US).
In addition to Stephen’s extensive experience as a CEA using HOT2K and SketchUp, he is a skilled Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) and WUFI-Passive hygrothermal modeller. He has been involved in over 20 Passive House projects and also co-authored a research project for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) comparing eleven SuperEE and eQuilibrium houses with Passive House in 2011 and completed a similar study for Natural Resources Canada and the BC Government comparing Passive House projects PHPP files in HOT2000.
Anne-Marie Magneron is a founder of BlackSheep and a lawyer at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall
Anne-Marie returned to Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall in 2017 in the Real Estate Group three years after completing her summer and articling terms with the firm. Anne-Marie completed her Juris Doctor (law degree) at the University of Ottawa in the Programme de common law en français in 2013 and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, concentration in History, in 2004.
During the time between her two degrees, Anne-Marie was the assistant to former Federal Minister Allan Rock, President, and Bruce Feldthusen, Vice-President/Dean of the Faculty of Common Law, at the University of Ottawa.
She also worked for law firms in Sydney, Australia and spent time learning Spanish in Valencia, Spain.
Anne-Marie specializes in residential and commercial real estate, having represented buyers, sellers, lenders, landlords, tenants and investors in various real estate transactions. She also assists clients with the preparation of their Wills, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney and gives Estate Planning workshops to Federal Government Employees.
Anne-Marie grew up in Orléans and is fluently bilingual in Canada's two official languages. Her two children are competitive athletes and most-often Anne-Marie can be found in a gym.
Dr. Alf Bhanji
Business Owner And Real Estate Investor
Dr. Alf Bhanji has been a successful business owner and real estate investor in the Ottawa area since 2004. Having built a thriving multi-office practice in Ottawa, his focus has been on providing high quality health care with a client-centred approach.
Dr. Bhanji brings to Blacksheep a wealth of experience in finding winning financial solutions as well as a unique ability for discovering hidden value and opportunities. This has lead him to a diverse portfolio of successful investments.
Raising three children and operating a busy enterprise in Ottawa, Dr. Bhanji knows the importance of investing in community and places a high priority on health and wellness
CFRE / Head Of Partnership
Sam specializes in partnerships.
Whether it is philanthropy, sponsorships, municipal politics or media, Sam loves to connect people.
In her role as Head of Partnerships, Sam works closely with businesses and organizations to develop strong, sustainable relationships for the BlackSheep Developments team. Ms. Laprade’s main focus is to connect qualified sponsors with our unique, world-class development.
Sam engages her impressive network of community and business leaders to share our exciting plans and highlight the opportunities for them to partner with us in creative and innovative ways.
Building upon close to three decades of work in the Nation’s capital, Sam has assisted numerous organizations in developing strategic partnerships. Her experience ranges from connecting important non-profits with forward-thinking businesses to joining high-end brand names with iconic properties and extraordinary events.
Head Of Marketing & Communications
Kimothy brings more than 30 years of media and communications experience to BlackSheep Developments. As the Founder and Managing Partner of Ottawa Media Group (OMG), Kimothy and her team bring executive level experience in media training, social media positioning, video production, photography, communications analysis, strategy and crisis management.
She possesses a rare blend of media expertise and business acumen while having a vast contact list as a dedicated Ottawa champion. Her business acumen was recognized when she was named the 2013 Ottawa Professional Business Woman of the Year for making her CTV newscast one of the most successful local weekend newscasts in a generation. It came the same year she was surprised with the United Way Community Builder Award on live television, and after receiving the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Ottawa Business Journal’s “Forty under 40”, Ontario Leading Women Award and Y “Woman of Distinction”.
She works with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and Chaired the CTV Amazing People Gala to raise more than $250,000 for her other charities, SchoolBox and Hera Mission.
Kimothy is known for connecting dots and building effective teams.