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  • D. Scott Patterson

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    FirstService Corporation

  • Jeremy Rakusin

    Chief Financial Officer

    FirstService Corporation

  • Douglas G. Cooke

    Senior Vice President,
    Corporate Controller &
    Corporate Secretary

    FirstService Corporation

  • Alex Nguyen

    Senior Vice President, Strategy &
    Corporate Development

    FirstService Corporation

  • Roger M. Thompson

    Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability

    FirstService Corporation

  • David Diestel

    Chief Executive Officer

    FirstService Residential

  • Charlie E. Chase

    Chief Executive Officer

    FirstService Brands

D. Scott Patterson

President & Chief Executive Officer
FirstService Corporation

Scott Patterson is the CEO of FirstService Corporation. Previously, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2015. He joined FirstService in 1994 as Vice President Corporate Development, and was the Chief Financial Officer of the company from July 1995 until September 2003.
Prior to joining FirstService, Scott was an investment banker at Bankers Trust. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Jeremy Rakusin

Chief Financial Officer
FirstService Corporation

Jeremy Rakusin became Chief Financial Officer of FirstService Corporation effective June 1, 2015 upon the Company's separation via a spin-off transaction from Colliers International Group Inc. Jeremy is responsible for the overall financial management of FirstService, external and internal financial reporting, budgeting, and capital markets activities, including managing investor and lender relationships. Jeremy is also closely involved with all corporate communications and capital allocation decision-making. Jeremy previously joined FirstService in September 2012 as Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development and was responsible for sourcing and executing the Company's acquisition strategy, as well as leading other corporate strategic and growth initiatives.

Prior to joining FirstService, Jeremy was Mergers & Acquisitions Head at Raymond James Ltd. with responsibility for leading the firm's domestic and cross-border M&A practice. Jeremy's investment banking and corporate finance experience also includes more than 10 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and TD Securities. Other career experience includes positions as a portfolio manager at a Toronto-based discretionary investment firm and as a securities and corporate lawyer at Toronto-based Goodmans LLP. Jeremy earned his joint MBA and Law degrees from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. He also attended CFA Institute and was a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder from 2008 to 2013.

Douglas G. Cooke

Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller & Corporate Secretary
FirstService Corporation

Doug Cooke joined FirstService in 1995 as Controller, later assuming the position of Corporate Controller and Treasurer. In 2019, Doug was appointed Senior Vice President. He is currently responsible for the Company's external and internal corporate reporting and cash management functions.

Prior to joining FirstService, Doug was Senior Internal Auditor for Unilever Canada, a subsidiary of Unilever PLC, one of the world`s largest consumer product companies. Previously, Doug has held senior financial reporting positions within the retail and financial sectors. Doug is both a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, beginning his career with KPMG. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

Alex Nguyen

Senior Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
FirstService Corporation

Alex Nguyen serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy & Corporate Development for FirstService Corporation. In this role, Alex is responsible for driving acquisition growth across all of FirstService's business platforms. He is also closely involved in the formulation and execution of the Company's corporate strategy and growth initiatives. Since joining FirstService in 2008, Alex has led the acquisition of over 50 companies across a wide range of industries.

Prior to FirstService, Alex worked at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan where he was responsible for the execution and management of private equity investments. Formerly, he worked at RBC Capital Markets.

Alex is a CFA Charterholder and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University where he graduated With Distinction.

Roger M. Thompson

Vice President, Strategy & Sustainability
FirstService Corporation

Roger Thompson serves as Vice President Strategy and Sustainability for FirstService Corporation. In this role, Roger is responsible for driving strategic initiatives across all of FirstService's business platforms. Additionally, Roger is focused on developing corporate citizenship and sustainability programs for our employees, clients and communities. Since joining FirstService in 2007, Roger has held many progressive roles within the organization, with the latest as Executive Vice President of FirstService Residential Ontario, the condominium management arm of FirstService.

Roger is an MBA graduate from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and holds various degrees/diplomas/certifications from Western University, York University, CAGBC, USGBC, and D'Youville College in New York. Roger is passionate about innovation, training, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and organizational effectiveness.

David Diestel

Chief Executive Officer
FirstService Residential

David Diestel is CEO of FirstService Residential, a role he assumed in 2021 after serving as President of the company's South Region since 2014. During his time leading the South, his focus on corporate culture and operating discipline transformed the region and led the team to deliver significant increases in revenue and profitability along with entry into new markets.

David joined FirstService Residential in 2005 as the company's Senior Vice President, Operations. In this role, he was responsible for launching the FirstService Residential brand and many of the foundational operational practices that today drive the company's focus on associate and client experience as well as growth initiatives.

Before joining the company, Diestel held the position of Director of Strategy and Operations at parent company FirstService Corporation in Toronto, which he joined in 2002.

David earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He earned his certification as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Charlie E. Chase

Chief Executive Officer
FirstService Brands

Charlie Chase resides in Villanova, PA and he is the President and CEO of FirstService Brands, Inc. Prior to his role as CEO, Charlie served as the President of the Consumer Franchises of The Franchise Company and prior to that he was CEO of CertaPro Group.

Throughout his 30 years with FirstService Brands he has held numerous roles, starting as a Franchise owner in 1982 at College Pro Painters. Believing that there was an opportunity to create a successful and significant full time painting company, in 1992 he became the founding President of CertaPro Painters.

Charlie has a B.A. Honors in Economics from Queen's University, Ontario, Canada.