Michael Geller is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decade’s experience in the public, private, and institutional sectors. His company, The Geller Group is active in real estate consulting and property development. Current activities include land use planning, feasibility studies, and development approvals for a variety of large and small projects around Metro Vancouver.
In 2007, Michael completed an around-the-world journey during which time he wrote a bi-weekly column in the Vancouver Sun. From 1999 to 2006, he was president and CEO of the SFU Community Trust, overseeing the planning and development of UniverCity, a sustainable community adjacent to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
Prior to joining SFU, Michael participated in the redevelopment of Steveston Village, Bayshore in Coal Harbour, Deering Island, as well as the planning for the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion, Furry Creek Resort Community, and the infamous Spetifore Lands. He also developed a variety of residential and mixed-use projects around Vancouver. From 1981 to 1983, he was vice-president development of The Narod Group. Prior to joining Narod, he was an official with CMHC during which time he oversaw the planning and development of the phase one redevelopment of the south shore of False Creek.
Michael serves on a number of public, private and charitable boards including the Surrey City Development Corporation. He is a past president of the Urban Development Institute BC and Canada, and past member of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel, the Development Permit Board Advisory Panel and the British Columbia Buildings Corporation board of directors. He has been honoured as a life member of the Architectural Institute of BC and a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development.