Leadership Team

David W. Munro

Chief Executive Officer

David is a longtime, highly esteemed leader in the Calgary business community, known for his strategic vision and deep and broad-range business expertise. Throughout his career, he has grown businesses and investments to their highest potential.

David received his Certified Management Accountant(CMA) designation in 1970 and started his career at Home Oil in international accounting operations. He left the oil and gas industry to join RGO office supplies where he became a manager and partner.

In 1983, David became one of the founding shareholders who purchased Gienow Building Products Ltd where he held leadership roles for 27 years. As President and CEO, he led the growth of the company into a world-renowned windows and doors manufacturer known for innovation and integration of high-tech solutions. Gienow grew from 32 employees to over 1400 employees with multiple manufacturing facilities across Canada. Under his leadership, Gienow successfully completed its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2004.

David currently serves as CEO of Highfield Investment Group – a diversified investment company with holdings in land development, property management, restaurants & hotels, farming, oil & gas services, and thoroughbred horse racing & breeding.

David also serves as president on the Board of Directors for Calgary’s Hotel Arts, Kensington Riverside Inn, and Select Energy Services.

Adrian W. Munro

President

Adrian joined Highfield Investment Group as President in 2004 and manages the company’s operations including the oversite of joint ventures, partnerships, and land portfolio.  In addition, Adrian manages Highfields’ commercial portfolio, farming operation, and thoroughbred racing & breeding operation.  Applying his 18 years of experience in senior financial roles, he is also responsible for new investment opportunities.

One of Adrian’s greatest strengths is the ability to solve difficult business problems through creativity and collaboration.  At High Plains Industrial Park, Adrian has developed a strategic partnership with Olds College to implement a sophisticated eco-stormwater management system, the first project in North America to facilitate the research of aquatic species and their functions in wetlands in a cold climate environment. This innovative water management system also creates a superior water supply for water-heavy tenants in the industrial park.

Prior to his tenure with Highfield Investment Group, Adrian held key roles with IBM in the United States, including Lead Financial Analysist for IBM’s Boeing contract, Financial Manager of Central Region Data Centers, and Commercial Contracts Manager.  In these roles, he led teams of financial analysists and was responsible for a broad portfolio of commercial contracts.  Adrian graduated as class valedictorian from the University of Texas Pan-American. He has completed the Certified Management Accountant exams and the Certified Professional Accountant program in the United States.

Philip Forster, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Philip joined Highfield Investment Group in 2014, bringing 35 years of experience in building finance teams, guiding business restructurings and leading financing ventures in a broad range of market sectors. He oversees all of Highfield’s financial operations, providing expert leadership on successful investment and property management initiatives. Philip’s extensive experience and in-depth expertise enables Highfield’s financial stability and provide the foundation for the company’s continued growth in current and emerging market sectors.

Philip was with Ernst & Young for 16 years, including five years as a Partner in the Toronto Business Advisory Group. He also has eleven years’ experience in CFO and VP Finance roles with companies in the dental practice management, education, interactive multimedia, technology, and window manufacturing sectors.

For eight years prior to joining Highfield he owned and operated a hurricane product manufacturing and distribution business in Barbados.  In addition to his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA Ont, AB) designations, Philip holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) from Queen’s University and is an Accredited Director through the ICSA Chartered Secretaries of  Canada.

John Rist, CPA, CMA

Controller

John joined Highfield Investment Group in 2013, bringing two decades of experience in senior accounting positions. He applies his high level of financial expertise to financial reporting, consolidations, treasury, budgets, and forecasts. John’s broad experience and commitment to accuracy, integrity and transparency ensure seamless interactions with regulators and tax authorities.

Prior to joining Highfield, John held senior financial roles at Alberta Health Services, SFG Investments, Fording Coal, Crescent Point Energy, and Visions Electronics. As a consultant John gained invaluable expertise in the financial and operational demands of companies in a broad range of industries, including resources, energy, food production, electronics and technology. In addition to his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations, John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (economics) from the University of Regina.