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Our Story

Slate was founded by Blair and Brady Welch in 2005 because they saw an opportunity to create a real estate-focused asset manager with a fresh perspective.

From its initial portfolio of Canadian office properties, Slate has expanded its footprint across North America and Europe with exposure to multiple asset classes that are part of a variety of investment strategies.

Blair & Brady Welch, Founding Partners
Commercial real estate was becoming dominated by investors who had never owned or operated real estate. Too often, they treated real estate as a cash flow stream similar to a fixed income security. These investors weren't focused on the fundamentals like we could focus on the fundamentals. We could be the bridge. - Blair Welch 

Today Slate manages and co-invests in assets exceeding $4.0 billion. Our team includes more than 55 professionals, each of whom brings their unique point of view and experience to bear helping our tenants and investors reach their goals. 

Senior Management
We started with one real estate strategy and one equity partner. We now have multiple equity strategies in Canada, Europe and the US with access to both public and institutional capital. - Brady Welch

Slate today has multiple capital sources from institutional and pension fund investment partners, private equity, family offices and public markets. We are highly transactional, having successfully launched public listings, completed public-to-private takeovers, and executed on public and private mergers and acquisitions. As a participant in every investment strategy, Slate has demonstrated the embedded value in building real estate portfolios organically, often one asset at a time.

At Slate, we believe our people are our best assets. We pride ourselves on a collaborative culture that demands creativity and curiosity. Our vision and our team are also built on a strong foundation of values: Do what you say you will do. Be there for every investor, tenant and partner. Deliver outsized returns. Think like an owner – because we are one. 

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Our Model

Big enough for great deals, small enough to be nimble

Our experienced team is sophisticated enough to complete the toughest transactions, and nimble enough to take advantage of unique opportunities.

Sourcing the right capital

At Slate, we believe in matching the right capital to the right assets. We partner with institutional investors, private equity investors, public markets and lenders to create the right fit.

Shoulder to shoulder

We are true partners with our investors, because we invest alongside them. It's what we call our "shoulder to shoulder" philosophy. We are aligned, because we are invested. 

Owners above all

We are hands-on owners and operators. We know what adds value for investors and tenants, and we put that knowledge to work every day. We are true partners with our investors, because we invest alongside them, shoulder to shoulder.

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Our Strategy

We are value investors

We look for opportunities to own buildings for less than it would cost to build them. That reduces risk, protects capital and increases returns. 

We are entrepreneurial

We all share one common trait – an entrepreneurial mindset that helps us find ways to get deals done, solve problems and harness opportunities for our partners.

We put real estate first

We focus first and foremost on real estate fundamentals, using the expertise our professionals bring from all aspects of the industry to understand how to find and create sustainable value.

We are hands on

We know buildings. We know how they are built, how they work, and what creates value. Slate’s team is always ready to roll up its sleeves to improve properties and deliver for investors and tenants.

We are theme focused

We identify parts of the market with high quality real estate that we believe is fundamentally mispriced because other investors are overlooking value. In short, we tend to look where others don’t. As markets shift and capital flows into the latest hot spots in the market, we can shift our themes to take advantage.

 

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Sustainability

Our Vision: We go to work every day to create value, but we never lose sight of the fact that to do so we must be good stewards of the planet as well as good stewards of capital. As responsible owners and operators, we believe it’s our duty to ensure our properties increasingly embrace sustainable management and design. It’s the right thing to do for our environment, and we know it is important to tenants, partners and investors.

 

Slate focuses its sustainability efforts in three areas:

 
  • Environment
    Investing in renewable energy and LEED certifications for our buildings
  • Operational
    Enacting green lease clauses for all of our buildings, which create incentives for landlords and tenants to pursue sustainability goals together
  • Community
    Encouraging property managers to treat their building environments with consideration and wellbeing of our neighbours in mind
  • 2016 Highlights
    • 2016 Earth Hour, Presented by BOMA
  • 2017 Highlights
    • LED Lighting Project - learn more here 
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