CEO and President
Meet Lavinia, an entrepreneurial feminist and arty gurl who channeled her past work with youth and her passion for placemaking into her family business, pivoting it into a social purpose real estate company. Despite being an avowed introvert, Lavinia thrives on creating places and spaces where other local entrepreneurs, creatives, changemakers and innovators can find a community and create a legacy for their venture.
Otherwise, she’s addicted to podcasts and likes to think she could be a basketball referee in another life.
Deon Clements started her career as a competitive athlete but an injury led her to take a detour into economics. Deon has more than 20 years’ finance experience in environments such as Mattamy Homes, MetCap Living, and Iovate Health Sciences. She's helped organizations with everything small and big from coding invoices to project planning and reporting. Currently, she leads our financial forecasting including our community investment initiatives.
Deon loves numbers because they can make magic happen. For Deon, numbers create accountability, clarity, commitment, and above all, teamwork. Deon enjoys her peers; for her, they all work together and celebrate together. That’s what makes it worthwhile. A self-described people person, Deon is a devoted wife and mother, a community organizer, and a co-pilot to her friends and family who likes to call Brampton her hometown.
Sonal likes to draw on the experience she had at her first job in Canada as a customer service rep to bring a magic touch to her work as our Accountant. “I know how to put myself in someone else’s shoes.” But Sonal also likes to bring her pure smarts to the job. Her work at Lamenza Corporation requires a lot of investigation and applied math, which can be boring to some but are interesting to her. Sonal appreciates the nurturing environment at Lamenza where you collaborate with people you trust and care about. She also likes to figure out ways to support tenants who are going through tough times financially.
Sonal is otherwise an active member of her South Asian business community in the GTHA, and increasingly an advocate for mental health issues. She has been known on occasion to emcee a community event or to pinch-hit as a back-up dancer to a Bollywood tune.
Carmela Di Maria
Carmela was drawn to being a property manager since her family has long worked in the asphalt business. “You could say I know a lot about surfacing a parking lot.” Before working at Lamenza, Carmela worked at the Gottardo Group, the United Jewish Appeal and at Yorkdale Shopping Centre with Oxford Properties. While at Yorkdale, she also got the opportunity to be a personal shopper. “I love a good deal.”
At Lamenza, Carmela shares the attitude that we're all in this together, especially when things get tough, and are working toward a common goal. Then again, Carmela is always up for a challenge.
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Julie wants to live in a world that holds positive views even in challenging circumstances, caramel and whipped cream on her ice cream, and the super power that is her unwavering ability to not get distracted.
As a student at Seneca College in the Bachelor of Commerce program, she’s become a regular in our Finance department. When she’s not studying or helping us create schedules, develop working papers and perform reconciliations, you can find her karaoke-ing to Begin Again, eating soup and doing yoga at 6 am (obviously not all the same time).
Although he trained as a mechanical engineer, Ron is at heart a passionate human rights activist. He has championed equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community, street-involved youth and women who are victims of domestic violence back home in his native Kenya. Known for his soulfulness and his smile, he never starts a morning without his double double to keep his spirits high.
Ron deeply enjoys the freedom to spend time with his family and aims to inspire others to believe they can make a difference in this world.
From an early age, Virgilio loved to take apart anything with motorized components to figure out how it worked. Not surprisingly, he now oversees all our building maintenance. With his understated approach, Virgilio is the face-to-face contact for tenants and community members. His top priority is to engage with them, keep them safe, and ensure they are satisfied. Virgilio also enjoys the opportunity to take on our co-op students under his wing and mentor them.
Virgilio loves collecting vintage comics and records and being a hands-on father to his son.