YPDaily: Shane Fenton

Since he was a child, Shane Fenton knew that no other industry compelled and intrigued him quite like architecture. Loving the idea of building and creating from nothing, Shane has gone on to build beautiful buildings all across the GTA that you’re likely pretty familiar with in today’s YPD…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell. 
I am the Vice President & Principal at Reserve Properties Ltd. We are an active developer of urban infill projects throughout the GTA. Reserve Properties creates inspiring and unique urban spaces for both residential and retail uses.  What I enjoy most about my role is that it is all encompassing. My time is spent overseeing, acquisitions, design, municipal approvals, marketing, sales & construction. 

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
Ever since the age of 4 I have loved the idea of building and creating. Being able to look at something as it is today, come up with a vision and dream for what it could be in the future and see it through to fruition is a remarkable feeling.  Add onto that the ability to make a permanent mark on the urban streetscapes of a city like Toronto and I was hooked.  

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
I truly love the creative process. Working with the architects, planners and designers to come up with the best possible ideas of how to maximize the use of a site while adding value back to the streetscape and local neighborhoods. On the residential side of the business an urban home is no longer just a place to sleep and eat. An urban-home has evolved into a representation of who a person is and the lifestyle they wish to lead.  Savvy purchasers want spaces and designs that are unique and inspiring. As such, we at Reserve Properties are constantly challenging ourselves to understand the true character and personalities of our customers to ensure we design buildings – both interior and exterior, in a manner that allows them to see their home as an expression of who they are.  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself continuing to do what I love. Making a lasting impression on Toronto’s streetscape, and perhaps other cities around the world. 

What does success look like to you?
Spending as much time as possible doing what you are passionate about. 

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
The launch of Rise Condominiums, an amazing 25 storey mixed use development situated at the SE corner of St. Clair & Bathurst. Rise will become the gateway to this new hub and I’m proud of our innovative approach – it sets the bar for my next project.   

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
You never know where opportunities may arise. Always, keep your eyes open and don’t be afraid of change. 

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I am actively involved in supporting a number of various charitable organizations both in terms of personal time and financial contribution. I believe it is important to give back to our community  – it’s amazing how far a little bit of time and money can go in changing someone else’s circumstances. 

What to you is notable?
Living life with passion. 

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