Legal Counsel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Martin Vervoort, an Ottawa-based lawyer, is the in-house legal counsel for InterRent REIT, a publicly traded real estate investment trust, and CLV Group Inc., a private property management firm. Before joining the real estate company, he spent his legal career with the law firm Maclaren Corlett LLP, starting as an articling student in 1985 and becoming a partner in 1996.
At MacLaren Corlett LLP, Mr. Vervoort practiced in different areas of law, eventually focusing on real estate and corporate law. He then started doing work for bothCLV Groupand InterRent REIT and was hired as the firm’s first in-house legal counsel in 2011.
CLV Group is one of the largest private property management firms in Ottawa with an array of properties throughout Ontario and Quebec. CLV Group’s rental portfolio consists of more than 10,000 units in a range of properties, including apartment buildings (high and low-rise) and townhomes.
InterRent REIT is a growth-oriented real estate investment trust listed on the TSX focused on increasing unitholder value through the acquisition, ownership, and management of strategically located, income producing, multi-residential properties. The REIT owns and manages a high-quality portfolio of over 9,000 suites across 15 cities in Ontario and Quebec.
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Vervoort has twice won the company’s Ron Kolbus award for community involvement, in honour of Ron Kolbus, a former Ottawa city councillor, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa and an executive at CLV Group.
Mr. Vervoort has been a member of the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa Branch since 2013, serving as chair from 2014-2016. He was also a board member of Ottawa Festivals from 2007-2010, serving as interim president from 2009-2010, and he served on the board of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival from 2008 to 2016, where he served as chair from 2009-2015.
Mr. Vervoort completed his undergraduate studies at both Waterloo University and the University of Toronto where he earned a B.A. and he earned his law degree at Queen’s University in Kingston.