Management Team

Bayshore's management team is experienced and focused on finding and capturing opportunities in the real estate, hospitality financial services and technology sectors.

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Henry Wolfond
BAA, LL.B, Chairman & CEO

As an executive and entrepreneur, Henry has a record of selecting high-potential markets, starting and acquiring businesses, building strong management teams and driving companies to sector leadership. Under Henry’s direction, Bayshore has completed strategic sales of its investments to IBM, Charles Schwab, Trimark Financial, Barclays Bank, Quebecor Media and OCWEN Financial.

Under Henry’s leadership since 1995, Bayshore has delivered exceptional returns to its investors. Henry has extensive experience in the creation, growth and profitable divestiture of businesses. Formerly, Henry practiced law at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt, one of Canada's premier corporate law firms, where he specialized in complex structured finance transactions.

Henry currently serves on the boards of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC), the University Hospital Foundation, the UJA Federation Community Advisory Council, the Faculty of Law University of Alberta Advisory Committee and has served on the boards of Hillel of Greater Toronto, Baycrest Foundation, United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto, United Israel Appeal of Canada and is a Co-Founder of the Autism Acceptance Project.

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Andrew Brown
B.Comm, LL.B, President & Co-Founder

As President of Bayshore Capital, Andrew has been responsible for the establishment and growth of numerous business ventures in the real estate, financial services and technology sectors.

In 1995, Andrew was instrumental in helping Bayshore Trust emerge as the world's first interactive, on-line financial product provider. Andrew was also the managing executive behind i|money, which he co-founded in 1996. Under Andrew’s direction, i|money became Canada’s leading personal finance portal before it was acquired by Quebecor. Andrew also directed Bayshore’s acquisition and development of both RPM Technologies Corp. and Nationwide Credit, Inc.

Andrew has also been active in Armel Corp, the real estate development arm of the Bayshore Group of Companies. Andrew oversaw the restructuring and divestiture of several regional shopping centers owned by Armel, as well as the successful acquisition and development of Armel’s largest planned community initiative in Ontario.

Prior to joining Bayshore, Andrew practiced law with the firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, a leading Canadian law firm based in Toronto. While at Oslers, Andrew specialized in banking and commercial real estate transactions law. He has extensive experience in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, project financing and development and commercial leasing.

Andrew received his Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, Kingston in 1987 and his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1990.

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BSCE, Vice President, Development

John oversees Bayshore Capital’s hospitality development. He is a degreed civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in construction and real estate development, and has worked in the roles of general contractor, project management consultant, owner/developer, and entertainment company executive.

He has broad knowledge of the development business, and has held direct responsibility for over $1.5b in at-risk development of hotels, restaurants, commercial/retail, casinos, and entertainment venues.  His experience extends from strategic planning through design and construction management. 

John also was VP of Development for Hard Rock International, where he led the worldwide development of new corporate cafes, oversaw the branding & design of franchise cafes in Asia, India and Eastern Europe; and of Hard Rock Hotels in Atlanta, Dubai, Penang, Macau, Singapore, and Panama.

Previous experience includes Director of Hotel Development for Walt Disney Imagineering.  In Walt Disney World, he directly led the design and construction of the 3,056 key Port Orleans and Dixie Landings resort and oversaw the development of resorts including Disney’s Boardwalk, All-Star, and Wilderness Lodge Resorts.  Key assignments also included managing the design and construction for three new Disney lines of business - the Disney Institute, Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, and the West Side Entertainment District. 

John received his BS in Civil Engineering from Missouri University in 1978, holds a Florida real estate license and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

William (Bill) Best
CPA, CA, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate

Bill is actively involved in executing the Bayshore Group’s strategy to develop a portfolio of Hispanic-centric community shopping malls. Bill is a CPA, CA who has had a successful 30-year career holding the roles of CFO, COO and CEO in a variety of sectors including financial services, wealth management, professional services and mining. Bill has significant real estate experience which spans more than 15 years as a corporate real estate lender, as the Chief Operating Officer of a 6.5 million square foot retail shopping center company as well as other related roles. Bill is experienced in real estate leasing, property and asset management, zoning and development, construction, acquisitions, dispositions and restructuring. He has developed and managed a wide variety of property types, with an emphasis on retail commercial properties. 

Bill has also been the COO of one of Canada's largest international and business law firms, served as the CEO of one of Canada's premier wealth management firms, twice being recognized as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Private Companies and held C-level roles in businesses in Canada and abroad, particularly in Africa,bringing a depth of operating, financial and strategic knowledge and experience.

Bill received his Bachelor of Arts from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1982 and his CA (now CPA, CA) designation in 1985 while at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). He is an active member of the World Presidents Organization, part of the Young Presidents Organization, he has served on several charitable and fundraising boards currently including Healthy Minds Canada. He is a recent Finisher at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.