Founded in 2013 as Marlin Spring, the Baz Group of Companies is led by CEO Benjamin Bakst and CFO Elliot Kazarnovsky.
2 Seasoned Industry Professionals
With the focus on our team and its growth, Baz Group of Companies has evolved into a vibrant company that is a recognized industry leader in the real estate sector with a portfolio in excess of 16 million square feet of residential GFA with an estimated value of over $9.5 billion.
Focused on high principles and integrity, our dynamic team brings new energy to the industry. Our success is a result of leadership and the nurturing of long-term valued relationships with our partners, investors and team members.
Benjamin Bakst
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CEO and Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding Baz Group of Companies, Mr. Bakst was Executive Vice President for ten years of Lanterra Developments, one of the largest condominium development firms in the Greater Toronto Area. With a strong focus on the construction of high-rise development projects, Mr. Bakst was involved in leading the property management and finance divisions and has played a leading role in the high-rise construction division at Lanterra. Mr. Bakst received his CPA designation in the state of New Jersey in 2005 and is a member of YPO.
Elliot Kazarnovsky
CFO and Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding Baz Group of Companies, Mr. Kazarnovsky was Chief Financial Analyst of Lanterra Developments. His responsibilities during his tenure included projecting the economic feasibility of all projects as well as the maintenance of the financial requirements. Mr. Kazarnovsky holds a degree in finance and graduated with distinction in 2004.
Ashi Mathur
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Prior to joining Baz Group of Companies, Mr. Mathur spent over 25 years in Investment and Corporate Banking as well as Public Accounting. Most recently, he was Deputy Head of Investment Banking and Head of North American Real Estate at BMO Capital Markets. He also founded and was the CEO of the BMO Capital Markets Real Estate Private Equity Fund and served as Chair of BMO Capital Markets Merchant Bank. During his career, he successfully completed over $100 Billion of M&A advisory and capital raising transactions in both the private and public markets. Prior to joining BMO, he spent four years at N.M. Rothschilds & Sons and three years at Ernst & Young where he qualified as a CPA, CA in 1994. He received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Waterloo. He remains engaged with the University by appearing as a Guest Lecturer and serving on the School of Accounting and Finance’s Advisory Board.
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Leadership Team
Jennifer Grandy
S.V.P. Corporate, Financial Operations
Hammad Ahmar
S.V.P., Strategic Operations
Douglas Chen
S.V.P., Legal
Morgan Coe
Rivki Mandelbaum
V.P., Corporate Strategy & Communication
Pedro Lopes
Avi Jakobowitch
Lois Cormack
Karl Brady