Who We Are

Phil Runions

Barnhart Asset Management

President and CEO


Mr. Runions has spent over 30 years in the pension fund and real estate advisory community responsible for over $14.1 billion of investment activity. Past investment markets include Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico. He was a founding member of the Real Estate Group at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB’’) finishing as the Director of Real Estate – Canada and Mexico. During his tenure at CPPIB real estate assets grew from $0.3 Billion to over $7.0 Billion. Significant investments included joint venture relationships with Canada’s largest REITs and pension plans as well as US fund managers.

Prior to joining CPPIB Mr. Runions was a Portfolio Manager at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (“OTPPB”) during the $6.1 Billion privatization of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. and its first direct US real estate investments. He was a Portfolio Manager at The Cadillac Fairview Corporation and was responsible for a Portfolio rebalancing initiative resulting in over $1.5 Billion of property sales or exchanges in Canada and the US.

During his career Mr. Runions has created and or approved Portfolio and Asset Management strategies for in excess of $20.2 Billion of real estate assets representing over 109 million square feet of Retail, Office and Industrial property.

Mr. Runions is a graduate of the Urban Development program at the University of Western Ontario (1984)(Hons. B.A.) and is an Accredited Real Estate Appraiser (AACI). Mr. Runions has been a member of the Real Estate and Infrastructure Advisory Board at the Schulich School of Business, York University.