Mr. Welch has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and serves as a trustee of the REIT. Prior to co-founding Slate, Mr. Welch worked with First National Financial Corporation where he was responsible for developing a successful Canadian commercial mortgage-backed securities program. Prior to that, Mr. Welch was employed as a consultant with General Motors Acceptance Corporation. Mr. Welch also worked with GMAC to assist with their Canadian commercial mortgage-backed securities program. Mr. Welch was an original member of Fortress Investment Group, spending time in Tokyo and Toronto, where he was responsible for originating investment opportunities throughout North America. Mr. Welch began his career at Bankers Trust where he identified acquisition opportunities and raised debt and equity capital for a variety of U.S. real estate clients. Mr. Welch received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.