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president & broker of record

Steven Alikakos

Steven has more than 30 years of retail real estate experience and brings in-depth knowledge of leasing and investment sales. He has an exceptional track record and is recognized as one of the premier retail real estate professionals in Canada.

Prior to launching Koolspace, he led the expansion of RKF into Canada and prior to that was Senior Vice President & Country Manager at DTZ Barnicke where he managed DTZ’s retail department across Canada.

Steven has worked on several high-profile redevelopment projects in Toronto. Most recently, Steven’s team oversaw the merchandising and planning of all the key aspects of the retail for The Well, RioCan and Allied REIT’s new 3,000,000 SF development. Other assignments have included the remerchandising of GWL Realty Advisors’ College Park, North York City Centre, Commerce Court and Southcore Financial Centre; Allied REIT’s REX Award winning ‘King West Central’, comprised of the Ground and Lower Floors of the restored Brick and Beam warehouses on King Street West, and their ‘Downtown East’ portfolio surrounding the historic St. Lawrence Market; CD Capital Partner’s retail at Yonge and Eglinton; Westmont Hospitality Group’s Fairmont Hotels across Canada, the redevelopment and leasing of Brookfield Properties’ Brookfield Place, Hudson’s Bay Centre, First Canadian Place, Queen’s Quay Terminal and The Atrium on Bay; Slate Properties’ Bay Street portfolio; and KingSett Capital’s Bloor Street portfolio.

Steven’s retail clients have included but are not limited to Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Asics, Brooks Brothers, Andrews, Lacoste and Clarins Skin Spas.

Professional Associations

Real Estate Council of Ontario

International Council of Shopping Centres

Previously sat on the St. Lawrence Market Precinct Advisory Committee

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Teresa Spataro

senior vice president

Teresa is recognized as one of the premier retail real estate professionals in Canada.  She has over 30 years of experience in the shopping centre industry, including outlet retailing, regional, community and power centres. Teresa has a broad knowledge of regional retail differences and markets in cities in Western, Central and Eastern Canada including U.S. markets.


With strengths in formulating strategic leasing plans, development and implementation of annual leasing budgets, preparation of offers to lease, negotiation of lease clauses, review of tenant store design and analysis in Net Effective Rent (NER), Teresa has proven an exceptional track record in all stages of development. Teresa has successfully leased and opened at 80% occupancy for new development projects including Mills and Outlet centres, while supervising a team of leasing representatives.


Currently Teresa is focused on the 84,295 square foot expansion of Phase 2 for McArthurGlen in the Vancouver market, which is 82% leased and opened fall 2019. This achievement has included replacing nonperforming tenants with stronger brands and completing the lease up of the food component which had been lacking. The success of which was accomplished with strong retail relationships and development of property strategy. The centre will be home to first to market brands such as 98 Food Co. as well as Aritzia Outlet, Movado, Jimmy Choo, All Saints, Rudsak, and Stuart Weitzman.


Teresa has secured deals with National tenants from coast to coast, and has represented Tenants Asics, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Brooks Brothers, Freshly Squeezed, and Lacoste to name a few.


Teresa’s vast experience comes from 17 years of Tenant merchandising & negotiations as Vice President in Development Leasing with Ivanhoe Cambridge. Following her time with Ivanhoe, she became a part of RKF as Senior Vice President adding tenant representation to her long list of expertise. In 2018 Teresa joined Three Sixty Collective where she is the Chief Retail Leasing Officer. 


Professional Associations 

Real Estate Council of Ontario

Real Estate Council of British Columbia

International Council of Shopping Centres


marketing & production


Tara joins the Koolspace team as Marketing Specialist, bringing with her 10 years of experience in commercial advertising followed by 5 years in retail specific real estate marketing. 


After studying Photography and Graphic Design at OCAD University, Tara joined the award-winning commercial production facility Westside Studio. Working alongside photographer Matt Barnes as his producer she specialized in advertising, music and entertainment, producing shoots for National brands such as Air Canada, Ronald McDonald House, Budweiser, Jagermeister, Molson and Red Bull to name a few and working with people like Drake, Jason Priestley, Robert Herjavec, Megan Markle and John Tavares. She wore many hats in this role diversifying her experience once becoming a stop motion animator for The Sheepdogs Feeling Good music video which landed them a Juno Award for Video of the Year and assisting with the digital imaging for National campaigns. 


Recently Tara has been focusing on commercial retail real estate leasing as a Graphic and Marketing Specialist. Her experience comes from creating captivating marketing packages for both properties for lease as well as tenants looking to expand in the market. Using a variety of tools and resources she has become proficient in direct mail and email marketing as well as targeted social media advertising.


In addition to marketing Tara supports the team with market research. Using a variety of resources she will develop a current picture of the market and assist in creating an ideal tenant profile. 

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chief development officer

John takes a forward thinking approach to solving urban development challenges. This comprehensive approach is based off the inter-relationship between economic context and urban planning.


Evolutionary city building is about confidence in the future. John’s work focuses on being able to see the potential for positive change, taking informed risks, and knowing how to translate economic fundamentals into tangible value of built form, variety of uses, and placemaking.


Recommendations and action plans are based on a solid foundation of consumer and competitive positioning research. Over the past 20 years John has honed his global research and analytical skills and knows what questions to ask and how to distill those results into viable and vibrant plans for liveable communities. 

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