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Rob Spanier

President, Spanier Group

Member of the Advisory Board, Governance Committee, and Placemaking Product Council
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council 

Co-Founder, Skateez Inc.

A seasoned real estate professional specialised in mixed-use development and place-making. With two decades of hands-on experience, Rob has brought to life more than 80 legacy projects throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean.


Rob is an international real estate development advisor dedicated to creating innovative, next-generation destinations and places, with expertise in creating thriving communities with uniquely curated specialty retail experiences. By playing an integral role on multi-disciplinary project teams, Rob commits his extensive knowledge in large-scale mixed-use development, master planning, specialty leasing, large-scale project management and real estate deal making in order to create vibrant and prosperous communities.

Rob has spent two decades working in the real estate sector on complex retail and mixed-use development projects, including 11 years as a Partner & Principal at Live Work Learn Play Inc. where he opened and led the Toronto operations and helped develop numerous large and small-scale mixed-use destinations. Prior to that , Rob spent 5 years at Intrawest Corporation, where he led an international leasing team that created iconic destination resort towns worldwide. Most notably, Rob has been involved in helping to develop: the 147-acre mixed-use development on Mississauga’s waterfront (“Lakeview Village”), the 680-acre parcel of land at Woodbine Racetrack (“Woodbine Districts”) in Toronto, the 2015 PanAm Games Athletes Village (“Canary District”), the redevelopment of the Toronto Waterfront, the development of the Florida State University’s (“College Town”) in Tallahassee Florida, the development of Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (“Village of Baytowne Wharf”) in Destin Florida, as well as the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, California. 


Passionate about place-making and developing great places, Rob has been actively involved with the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) since 2007. He currently sits as a Member of  both the Advisory Board and Governance Committee for ULI’s Toronto District Council (2018-2022) and continues to passionately grow ULI in Canada and globally. Rob holds an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Relations with a minor in Economics from McGill University and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. 

Rob believes that it is more than just transforming physical spaces – it is also about creating vibrant, inclusive environments that resonate with the community where people thrive, interact, and feel a sense of identity and belonging.

Meghan Wong

Vice President, Spanier Group

Member of the Women’s Leadership Committee, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council 

Member of the Land & Build Committee of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity GTA 

An experienced land use planning and real estate professional specialized in integrating community development and higher order transportation.


With over 12 years’ of experience, Meghan has led the implementation of a variety of planning and real estate projects across Alberta and Ontario vastly ranging in scale, value and size. Meghan’s first hand experience working with a range of private and public sector entities positions her uniquely to navigate challenging, complex and multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Most recently, Meghan led a development team at Metrolinx focused on transit oriented projects and played an integral role in developing a program to facilitate public-private real estate development partnerships. She has extensive first hand knowledge of managing complex large-scale projects, including unique land transactions, commercial deal terms and significant technical considerations. Meghan also led the property acquisition portfolio for a large new transit project in the GTA, including a range of real property interests and managing the expropriation process, and supported the management of Metrolinx’s real estate portfolio. Most notably, she led all new GO station and light rail transit (LRT) development projects, including the new planned Woodbine GO Station which is part of a 600+ acre redevelopment site within the city of Toronto. 

Prior to joining Metrolinx, Meghan was a private land use planning consultant leading the municipal planning approvals and permitting process for private mixed-use and residential developments on behalf of real estate developers. She has a wide variety of experience in municipal and policy planning, subdivision and conceptual design, the preparation of planning applications, infill and downtown revitalization, regeneration strategies, liaising with public and private sector clients, and public consultation. Some of her earlier projects include the South of Devon Area Structure Plan, Edgewater Village Development, Lloydminster Municipal Development Plan, City of Leduc Land Use Bylaw, and the Clairmont Heights Area Structure Plan.

With a personal interest in tackling some of the challenges facing the real estate development industry, Meghan has been actively involved with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) since 2017. She is a past Co-Chair and current member of the Women’s Leadership Committee (WLI), and a previous member of the Young Leaders Americas Committee. Meghan was recently asked to sit on the Land & Build Committee of the Habitat for Humanity GTA Board, to serve as an advisor on tackling the continuing housing crisis and navigating complex partnerships with real estate developers. Meghan is a regular speaker on transit oriented development, public private partnerships as well as mentorship and career growth. 


​Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Political Science) from McMaster University, a Diploma in GIS and Urban Planning from Fanshawe College, and a Master of Science (Planning, Real Estate and Regeneration) from the University of Glasgow. Meghan grew up in Ontario, has lived in Alberta and Scotland, and is truly motivated to contribute to creating better and more inclusive and connected places for everyone. 

Meghan champions placemaking as integral to sustainable development, blending her extensive experience in real estate and urban planning to create inclusive, vibrant communities that build lasting connections for generations to come.

Riley Malthaner

Development Manager, Spanier Group

Member,  OPPI


A real estate professional focused on strategic project management with an academic background in urban planning, housing affordability and urban policy.


Riley is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Master of Planning, Urban Development Program where she focused on issues relating to housing affordability. Specifically, Riley’s academic work examined the implications of Inclusionary Zoning and Laneway Suite policies across the City of Toronto. Additionally, while completing her graduate studies, Riley participated in the ULI Hines Competition where she joined a multidisciplinary team to devise a development program for a large-scale site in Kansas City. Riley also holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and is currently a Candidate OPPI member.


Prior to joining Spanier Group, Riley worked for N. Barry Lyon Consultants as a Planner and Real Estate Analyst where she worked on various land use analyses and market studies across Ontario and all real estate sectors, analyzed the impact of transit investment on housing, and worked to develop affordable housing strategies for a range of clients. Riley also worked as an Intern for Evergreen Canada where she supported the Housing Supply Challenge Support Program under CMHC’s Affordable Housing Supply Challenge.

Leveraging her background in urban planning and housing policy, Riley believes creating great places begins with understanding and prioritizing the needs of the community – ensuring that every development contributes to a well-planned neighbourhood, fosters connectivity, and enhances the quality of life.

Shanon Govindan

Development Analyst, Spanier Group


A career working with both municipalities and the private sector to create successful community focused neighbourhoods.


Shanon is a graduate from the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of South Australia. Whilst undertaking an honours program Shanon completed a thesis investigating the attributing factors for cyclist route selection through the Adelaide CBD.


Prior to joining the Spanier Group, Shanon was working in Australia at the City of Playford as a Planning Officer and Analyst. He has been involved in a range of development assessments including land division, commercial and residential with the mindset to improve the communities’ amenities. Shanon has also been involved in the development of Riverlea in South Australia a master planned community that will deliver 12,500 homes on the fringe of Adelaide.


Shanon has a keen interest in delivering outcomes that cultivate resilient communities through impactful urban design techniques.

Shanon has a strong belief that community is the centre of any physical environment – built form should facilitate meaningful interactions and create a sense of pride within the community that will help foster a vibrant and inclusive neighborhood for both residents and visitors.

Aibel Thomas

Development Analyst, Spanier Group


A Civil Engineer who is looking beyond the steel and concrete, creating spaces that foster a sense of belonging and deep connections.


Aibel completed his Master of Business Administration at McMaster University, ON, Canada, in 2024. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India. Aibel has developed a diverse skill set, including technical skills in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Lumion, Photoshop, and MS Office applications. His soft skills encompass leadership, communication, problem-solving, and project management, underpinned by certifications in architectural imagination from Harvard X and Business Analytics from IIBA.

Before his current role, Aibel worked as a Business Development and Operations Manager at Atelier by GT in Kerala, India, where he was instrumental in the strategic planning and operational management of construction projects. His responsibilities included collaboration with cross-functional teams, financial forecasting, and the implementation of strategic process improvements. As a Project Manager and Site Engineer with Associated Consultants in Kerala, India, Aibel showcased his leadership and stakeholder management skills, leading to significant operational cost reductions and enhanced project efficiency. He managed a cross-functional team, developed cost-effective solutions, negotiated material costs, and ensured project alignment with engineering standards.

Aibel believes that a place is more than its shell. It is the comfort and relaxation you feel when you're there, the ease with which you wander and explore new experiences, and the memories it brings back long after you have left.

Rob Spanier - Beyond the Buildings

Rob Spanier - Beyond the Buildings

Another lecture in IHMC's award winning lecture series. Rob Spanier will share his expertise and experience in the planning, implementation and development of mixed-use projects to help create vibrant, feasible, activated and personality-filled places, with a view toward long-term sustainable economic success. Rob will discuss mixed-use development and the movement that is happening across North America to revitalize cities, towns and communities. Rob is passionate about life and helping to provide places where people can connect to people, and to their environments and to create places where memories are born and will last forever. Rob Spanier is the Vice-President of LiveWorkLearnPlay, a cutting edge international urban development advisory firm dedicated to creating and redeveloping iconic mixed-use real estate projects and environments. Rob has over a decade of international hands-on experience in large-scale mixed-use project deal making, having helped develop over 30 projects in North America, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. During his 5-year tenure as a senior executive with Intrawest Corporation, Rob was instrumental in helping to create world class mixed-use destination resort towns; heading their international leasing team to complete over 300 mixed- use non-traditional retail, restaurant, entertainment, hospitality and service based deals. Rob Spanier is also the Vice Chair for Mission Advancement of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council and actively supports organizations such as The Seaside Institute, The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and the National Town Builders Association (NTBA). Rob is a regular guest speaker throughout North America through his various affiliations and other commitments. LiveWorkLearnPlay has offices in Austin, Montreal and Toronto. With over 75 years of combined experience, LiveWorkLearnPlay focuses on large- scale mixed-use real estate projects, working with private developers, municipalities, landowners, college/universities, Public-Private Partnerships and financial institutions in bringing their projects to life.
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