Joe Pleckaitis

Chief Financial Officer, Slate Grocery REIT

  • Toronto
Career At Slate
  • 2017Joined Slate as Finance Analyst in Toronto
  • 2018Relocated to Calgary to launch Slate's Calgary office
  • 2020Advanced to Director, Earned CPA designation
  • 2023Appointed Chief Financial Officer of Slate Grocery REIT
  • Bachelor of CommerceAccounting and Finance, Carleton University
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Spending time at my family's cottage
  • Golf and hockey
  • Volunteering

I joined Slate as a Finance Analyst in 2017, leaving a ‘Big Four’ accounting firm in the midst of my studies to earn a CPA designation. Slate had recently launched its first Canadian private equity fund and the finance team was quickly scaling and evolving to support this new investment platform. Leaving any organization is a very difficult decision, but I saw this as an opportunity to accelerate my career path. I spent my first two years learning Slate’s business strategy and model, understanding core real estate fundamentals, and seeking new opportunities not only within the finance function, but other business verticals as well. At Slate, drive and commitment to the organization is recognized by the senior leadership team. I was presented with a unique offer to relocate to Calgary, launch our new Calgary office, and take on a hybrid role in asset management and as the leader of the Canadian private equity finance team.

“My role is to provide our future leaders with the tools, guidance and mentorship, and foundation to create their own opportunities and experiences.”

My trajectory reflects Slate’s commitment to developing young talent and preparing them to become future leaders of the company. My story is not uncommon at Slate, and many of my colleagues have shared similar career paths. There is heightened focus on promoting internally, allowing people to grow professionally within the organization. After spending the last few years managing the finance team for several of our global private equity funds and traveling to our offices in Chicago, Dublin, and Frankfurt to train and support our staff, I was presented with an exciting new challenge when I was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Slate Grocery REIT.

A big part of my role is to provide our future leaders with the tools, guidance and mentorship, and foundation to create their own opportunities and experiences. In 2022, I spearheaded the launch of our finance rotational program for newly graduated students. For their first three years, new hires rotate between the various business verticals, providing them exposure to our public and private funds. This program differentiates Slate from many of our competitors within the industry.

There are many business accomplishments I am proud of from my time at Slate, but giving back to the community has been particularly rewarding. For the past two years, I’ve been leading the Toronto division of our Slate Service Team, Slate’s community service initiative dedicated to giving back to our local communities. As a growing global organization, we have a unique opportunity to make a positive impact on the communities in which we live, work, and operate, and it has been incredible to see the commitment and passion from our employees towards this initiative. For two years in a row, we’ve been supporting Second Harvest in Toronto, a food rescue charity, and have boxed several thousand pounds of food to support operations for the organization. I am looking forward to organizing future events and partnering with many of the other remarkable charitable organizations in our area.

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