SmartStop Self Storage Adds to Leadership Team – Inside Self-Storage

SmartStop Self Storage Adds to Leadership Team – Inside Self-Storage

SmartStop Self Storage REIT Inc., which operates 149 properties in 19 U.S. states and Toronto, has expanded its leadership team by promoting Bliss Edwards to executive vice president for Canada and hiring David Corak as vice president of corporate finance. Both executives will begin in their new roles immediately, according to a press release.

Edwards joined SmartStop as managing director of Canada in 2019. She’s overseen all areas of property acquisition and development, quadrupling the net rentable square feet in the company’s Canadian pipeline. She’s also been a key contributor to the company’s growing joint venture with SmartCentres in Toronto, the release stated.

Edwards previously spent four years with Dymon Storage as senior director of development and 10 years in land-use planning approvals with public and private organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in planning from the University of Waterloo.

“Bliss has been instrumental to our growth across the Greater Toronto area and has played an active role in all aspects of our business in the region, from sourcing new opportunities to negotiating deals,” said H. Michael Schwartz, executive chairman. “It is truly a pleasure to promote Bliss, and we are looking forward to continuing to benefit from her deep understanding of the self-storage industry and Canadian markets, as we continue to expand the SmartStop brand across Canada.”

In his role, Corak will focus on investor relations and guide corporate finance initiatives. Corak was most recently senior vice president of corporate finance for Jernigan Capital Inc., a publicly traded