Robert Mantella’s first role at Mantella Corporation was to assist his father and President of the company at the time, Paul Mantella, and act as the liaison between the firm and the changing real estate environment.
It was 1993 and the real estate market was very different from where it was when Robert’s grandfather started the business almost 50 years earlier. The dynamic between commercial real estate agents and landlords was changing and the emergence of Real Estate Investment Trusts allowed just about anyone to invest in real estate assets with real estate managers handling the investments.
The business model used by traditional developers was quickly becoming obsolete and Robert began looking for ways to diversify Mantella and position it well for future growth. Realizing early on that his trusted relationships with banks and Industrial Commercial and Investment agents were critical to Mantella’s success, Robert started making changes within the company’s portfolio of assets.
In 2008, Robert sold a selected group of buildings and used the funds to start Mantella Venture Partners, in collaboration with Basecamp Labs. Robert, along with advisors Robin Axon and Duncan Hill, invests up to $500,000 in market altering startups in the mobile and Internet software sectors.
Part of Robert’s decision to move into tech startups has to do with his fascination watching his three teenaged kids expertly use technology everyday and his amazement at how much their lives revolve around their mobile devices and social networks.
Within its first year alone, Mantella Venture Partners’ invested in 60 incredible entrepreneurs, including an exit to Google for $25 Million. Robert is passionate about working with startups in the technology industry and helping develop these exciting, innovative companies into success stories in their own right.
In 2007, Robert married his life partner, Sylvia, and together they raise three children: Conrad, Sarah and Nicky.
Another of Robert’s passions is his collection of fossils and dinosaur remains, including replica skulls of ancient man and the real bones of life forms that walked the earth hundreds of millions of years ago. They remind him daily, he says, of how change and evolution are the keys to growth – and how, over time, it is the best who survive and succeed.
Sylvia has been involved with Mantella Corporation since 2008. In 2010 Sylvia took her position as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Her mission statement, “To maintain the stellar integrity and impeccable reputation of a family owned corporation established more than 70 years ago.”
Through careful, strategic, and very selective branding decisions, Sylvia has been an integral asset to the growth of Mantella Corporation. Mantella Corporation is a significant contributor to their community, local charities, and charities on a global level.
Sylvia serves on the Board of Directors for CANFAR (Canada’s largest Research organization), the OnexOne Organization Canada, and the Advisory Board for City Mogals. Sylvia Mantella is the Co-Founder of Mantella Exotic Animal Sanctuary and Conservation established in 2008.
2015 to Present – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella sat as the Co-Chair for Bloor Street Entertains, benefiting CANFAR, Canada’s largest Aids and HIV Research Organization.
2016 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella sat as Co-Chair with Actor James Franco for AMBI Gala 2016. Proceeds to date have benefitted Children’s Aid Foundation, UforChange Regent Park, and The Prince Albert Foundation.
2015 to Present – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella joined the committee for the Boost Butterfly ball. All proceeds raised go to Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Centre.
2014 and 2015 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella sat as Co-Chair for Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) raising in excess of $2.1 Million to build and maintain a school for the youth of Haiti, who may otherwise not have received the opportunity of education.
2013 to Present – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella has been the chair of the nominating committee for CAFA (Candian Arts and Fashion Awards).
2012 to Present – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella has served on the committee for the annual Scrubs in the City event, supporting SickKids Foundation. This event has raised more than $3 Million benefitting SickKids Hospital.
2013 to 2014 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella sat as the Chair for Le Grand Bal, with proceeds raised benefitting local children’s charities including The Covenant House and OOLAGEN Youth and Children’s Mental Health Ontario.
2010 to Present – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella and Mrs. Suzanne Rogers Co-Chaired the highly coveted ‘Suzanne Rogers Presents’ which brought International Designers to Canada including; Oscar de La Renta (2010), Marchesa (2012), and Zac Posen (2014). Proceeds raised to date exceed $2.4 Million benefitting Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Centre, The Herbie Fund, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and many others.
2014 to 2016 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella has been a member of the Honorary Board for the TFI (Toronto Fashion Incubator) New Labels which supports and elevates local Fashion Designers.
2012 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella and Mrs. Michelle Zerillo of Dolce Magazine Co-Chaired ‘Amore Without Borders’. All proceeds benefitted Doctors Without Board.
November 2011 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella joined The Board of Directors with global fundraising organization ONEXONE. Sylvia and Robert’s genuine hope to improve the lives of children locally and around the world has driven them to sponsor and support The ONEXONE Global organization since 2008.
October 2011 – Mantella Corporation was the Presenting Sponsor for The Fourth Annual “DRAWN TO DEVELOP”. Auctioned Works of Art raised funds for Street Kids International. To date, “Drawn to Develop” has raised over $200,000.
September 2011 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella was honored to be featured in Lifestyle National Magazine “Dolce Vita Magazine 2011,” for her contributions to Fashion and Philanthropy.
August 2011 and July 2013 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella was featured on the online Fashion Publication “The Coveteur”, founded by the creative team of Erin Kleinberg, Steph Mark and Jake Rosenberg.
February 2011 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella co-chaired “Catwalk Cure for Cancer” benefitting The Princess Margaret Hospital. This event raised nearly $200,000 for the hospital in one evening.
2011 to Present – Mantella Corporation has been a proud sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House through sponsorship of their annual “Holiday Chic” event, which benefits the Toronto Ronald McDonald House.
2009 to 2012 – Mrs. Sylvia Mantella sat on various committees and boards at Country Day School (CDS), with initiatives in fundraising. All proceeds go directly to The Country Day School’s development to provide extensive educational advancement and continued expansion of the school, benefiting the lives of the students.
2007 to Present – Sylvia, Robert, and their children have been supporters of many life-saving animal organizations committed to the humane treatment of animals such as PETA, The World Wildlife Federation, The Toronto Humane Society, Toronto Wildlife Centre and World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty.
Paul Carroll is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 40 years experience in his field.
A Ryerson Polytechnic graduate, Paul completed both a Business Administration Diploma, and Business Management Degree.
Starting his career as a student in accounts, for Stern Cohen, Paul worked his way to the top by taking on a management role and then in 1981, became partner. His passion led him to achieving designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Forensic Investigator, Certified Management Consultant, and his CPA designation.
To keep life balanced, Paul is also an avid squash and badminton player; attributing physical fitness to one of the key elements of staying mentally sharp and focused.
Although his formal education is in mechanical engineering, Franco’s experience has granted him extensive knowledge of real estate management including building systems, maintenance, construction and real estate valuation. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, at the University of Toronto, he worked for a Code consulting company and later as a facility engineer. It was during this time that he became captivated with real estate and real estate management. After obtaining his Bachelor of Applied Science, Franco worked for internationally known companies with various asset classes and took on responsibilities that extended nationally.
Throughout his career he has been involved with asset management, property management, maintenance, and construction and led a successful track record with SNC-Lavalin, GWL Realty Advisors, and Oxford Properties Group. He has had an active role in acquisitions, dispositions, and management of various asset classes that include commercial, industrial, retail and multi-residential properties.
An accomplished professional, with diverse experience, Julie has provided reliable ongoing support to high-powered executives. She has skillfully served clients, business partners, and other employees with duties across the spectrum of administration and office management.
With an education in administration, and building environmental systems, Julie thrives on challenges, and is committed to efficiently supporting a work environment that is always evolving.
A career that has included working in both government, and private sector settings, Julie is lauded for exceptional rapport building skills and the ability to solve problems. Continually coordinating with multiple parties, Julie is able to move projects forward successfully, and in a timely manner.
Outside of her corporate role, she enjoys spending time with her family, staying involved in her community through local charities and events, and getting in as much yoga time as possible, when time permits.
Project Manager for Mantella Corporation and worked in the field as a junior since 2012 and took a full time project management position in early 2016.
When it came time for post-secondary education in 2013, Conrad studied Psychology at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. Seeing the bustling development in Waterloo prompted him moving back to Toronto to pursue a career in External Operations . Conrad manages a team in Field Operations driven projects for Mantella Corporation.
Conrad sits in the committee for City Mogals, a local Toronto based fundraising initiative creating opportunities to better the lives of struggling youths through existing Arts programs such as U for Change.
20 years of experience in the construction of buildings, building restoration as well as property management. In Derek’s spare time he enjoys snowboarding, wake surfing, rollerblading and spending time with his rescue dog. Co-founder of Rescue Foodie a non-for-profit organization aimed at supplying food to dog and cat rescues/shelters throughout Ontario.
Candice is the Branding Project Manager who works under the Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Mantella. Candice helps to grow Mantellas personal and professional brands. She facilitates the creation and maintaining of Mantella websites and various projects.
A respected professional with a wide range of expertise. She works well and is enjoyed by executives, clients, trades, fellow colleagues, and subordinates. As a Project Manager, Candice is responsible for the organizational structure of the project team. Expedites services to be provided by external companies and staff’s positions.
Candice obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, a diploma in Fashion Arts Business and a certificate in Entrepreneurship. She thrives on continuing her education.
Personally enjoys travelling, fashion, culture, and spending time with her family and friends. Involving herself in many charities such as SickKids, Boost for Kids, and CANFAR.
Robin is a General Partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Robin was previously a partner at Ventures West where he was a part of the IT and communications team with a focus on wireless technology investments.
Prior to joining Ventures West, Robin was at MD Robotics (formerly Spar Aerospace) and the Canadian Space Agency where he helped to prepare the Canadarm2 for installation onto the International Space Station.
Robin has served on the boards of a number of technology companies including: Ritual, CrowdCare, Unata, ChatKit, PushLife (acq Google ’11), Brave Commerce (acq Rogers ’12), QuickPlay Media (acq Madison Dearborn ’12), RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), AudienceView, Fortiva (acq Proofpoint ’08), Chantry Networks (acq Siemens ’04), Belair Networks and Instrumar. Robin is a founder of CVCA´s Young Venture Capitalists (YVC) Committee.
Robin holds a B.A.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from Queen´s University.
Duncan is a general partner at Mantella Venture Partners. Duncan previously served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Ventures West, executive director at Chango (acq Rubicon Project ’15), executive director at SurfEasy (acq Opera ’15), executive director at RapidMind (acq Intel ’09), executive Investor at Pushlife (acq Google ’11), executive director at Brave Commerce (acq. Rogers Media ’12), and the advisory board of Opalis (acq Microsoft ’09). Duncan currently serves on the board of CrowdCare and is an investor and advisor at Ritual, Joist, Flixel, Unata, ChatKit and PebblePost.
Prior to his move into hands-on venture investing, Duncan was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Think Dynamics, a developer of data center automation software, which was acquired by IBM in May 2003. Think Dynamics became an integral part of IBM’s Tivoli portfolio and Blue Cloud initiative. Duncan served as an IBM executive until June 2005 guiding market and technology strategy for Tivoli’s on demand automation software portfolio.
Prior to founding Think Dynamics, Duncan established a data centre consulting practice that delivered enterprise systems architecture and management services to customers that included Virgin, Norwich Union, one2one, Millipore, ADP and Teleglobe in the UK, USA and Canada.