Dave Lehto

Executive Vice President & National Lead, Project and Development Services, JLL Canada

Dave leads our Project & Development Services (PDS) team of independent, third party project management and commissioning professionals across Canada. Prior to joining JLL, he held a similar national role leading almost 200 project managers, management consultants, and project controls professionals.

Over the past 25 years, Dave has served clients as a business transformation strategist, program director, project manager, planner, and controls expert. He has a hands-on approach to delivering major capital programs and projects across multiple sectors including commercial office, retail, hotels, aviation, rail, education, oil and gas, environmental, industrial, water, and mining. 

During Canada Post’s $2.5B Postal Transformation Program, Dave served as the Program Director planning two distinct programs – National Equipment & Systems Deployment and Delivery Restructuring – then overseeing a cross-country team of project managers and schedulers tasked to deliver the 33 projects. During Target’s foray into Canada, he was the Program Manager on the conversion of 77 Zeller’s stores, leading a team of 150 PMs, architects and engineers to design, administer construction contracts, and handover the stores to operations on time. He also served as the AE Program Manager delivering CIBC’s annual Commercial Real Estate portfolio of over 300 projects.

Dave earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University. 

In his spare time, Dave enjoys traveling, endurance cycling, all things tied to the great outdoors, and patiently teaching his teenage sons independence and how to “do-it-themselves”!