Alex Sharpe, President
Alex is a seasoned real estate entrepreneur and developer with a passion for innovation and big ideas.
Beginning his career at an investment advisory and brokerage in 2006, Alex worked on a number of successful projects including the financing, marketing, and start-up of a public real estate company currently trading on the TSX Venture Exchange.
In 2009, Alex co-founded the Spire Group of Companies, an integrated real estate advisory and investment organization. In 2012, Spire established iQ Office Suites, which, under the leadership of both Alex and his business partner, Kane Willmott, has grown into a leading provider of luxury shared office and coworking spaces with multiple locations in Toronto and Vancouver.
In 2014, Alex co-founded Lanescape, which worked with the City of Toronto to establish a legal planning framework for residential laneway intensification throughout the city’s many neighbourhoods. “Changing Lanes,” as the initiative would come to be known, was adopted by City Council in the summer of 2018 and Lanescape has now transitioned from activism to commercial design build efforts around the laneway suite typology.
In addition to his commercial endeavours, Alex has served on the Board of Directors for Accomodation, Information and Support, Inc. (AIS), which provides housing assistance and facilities to individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. Alex is a regular participant in industry mentorship and enjoys sharing his experience and expertise with the next generation of leaders.
Away from the office, Alex is happily married to his wife Lia and a proud father to two young children, Hilija and Jack. Alex enjoys playing golf and tennis in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, roaming Withrow Park and all seasons with his two kids as well as traveling, eating out at the city’s many great restaurants and generally enjoying the company of friends and family.
Alex is accredited with the Real Estate Council of Ontario and also the Ontario Real Estate Association. He is a member of NAIOP’s Toronto Chapter and holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce from the University of Guelph, where he majored in real estate and housing.