What sets us apart

A hands-on approach to service

Our experienced property teams work closely with our customers to provide space that fosters collaboration and creativity, where all are welcomed and supported. This personalized level of service and attention to detail have come to be expected by our customers, and it’s an expectation that we're proud to meet. 

 

Development that promotes community

With nearly seven million square feet of active development projects in the pipeline, our buildings are woven into the fabric of our communities, sustainably designed to create opportunity and foster innovation.

 

Our acquisition expertise and experience

We've been acquiring and selling real estate for nearly a century. Today, we're one of the world's top real estate investors, with properties across sectors and strategically located in major urban centres across the globe.

 

 

Our leadership team

William (Bill) McPadden, CPA

Global Head of Real Estate

Bill is the global head of real estate and is responsible for originating and managing Manulife Investment Management’s real estate equity and debt investments on behalf of external clients and the company’s general account.

In his role, Bill has overall accountability for the strategic management and operations of Manulife Investment Management’s extensive and diversified portfolio of commercial real estate in key metropolitan centres throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Australia. He's also responsible for the company’s commercial real estate debt platform, which places first mortgage debt on high-quality commercial real estate located in major metropolitan areas throughout North America.

Since joining the company in 1992, Bill has held various positions of ever-increasing responsibility. Prior to his current role, he was the senior managing director of North American real estate finance. He's also served in a variety of commercial real estate roles, including investment origination, portfolio management, and workouts.

Prior to joining Manulife, Bill was a controller with the Krupp Companies and a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Ted Willcocks

Global Head of Asset Management, Real Estate
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Ted leads the development and implementation of the real estate strategy, overseeing portfolio management, asset management, and development functions for Manulife Investment Management’s real estate portfolio in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Asia.

As a key member of the real estate leadership team, Ted drives investment performance for the overall portfolio and supports the strategy to expand the external private asset management business. He has an extensive background in real estate asset management and investments and brings over 20 years of industry experience to his current role.

Ted is currently a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers, and the Urban Land Institute. A former U.S. Executive Committee Board member of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, he's currently an active member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate.

Michael J. McNamara

Global Head of Real Estate Investments
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Michael plays a critical role in the sourcing and closing of acquisitions of new assets worldwide. In his role, he leads the development and implementation of the firm’s global real estate strategy.

Prior to joining Manulife in 2014, Michael was with Brookfield Office Properties in New York as senior vice president and head of acquisitions and dispositions. In this role, he was responsible for all acquisition and disposition activity on behalf of Brookfield Office Properties and its 63 property, 56-million-square-foot portfolio. 

Over a 35-year career, Michael has participated in more than $81 billion in transactions. He earned a B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University, is a member of the Leadership Group of the Urban Land Institute, and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Multi-Family Housing Council. 

Brad Searchfield

Global Head of Corporate Real Estate

Brad is responsible for the overall strategic management of Manulife Investment Management’s corporate real estate portfolio to accommodate the company’s more than 35,000 employees and 70,000 agents worldwide. Brad also has co-responsibility for developing and implementing Manulife Investment Management's real estate investment strategy in Asia.

Brad has more than 25 years' experience in the real estate industry, having held senior roles at Ontario Realty, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, and CN's real estate group.

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