our team

Ronald Shon, President

Ronald Shon has been involved in the real estate industry since the 1970’s. He has been involved in the development of a number of iconic buildings in downtown Vancouver and guided the group’s development of Cathedral Place. He was also responsible for the land assembly and for securing the lead tenancies for the HSBC Building.

Ron has participated in and led a number of significant financings including the Marathon Realty package which include Langara Gardens and Shawn Oaks in Vancouver and the purchase of the Place Victoria office tower in Montreal.

Ron was responsible for the Group’s expansion into the United States with the purchase of Park Central III, a 521,000 square foot office tower and the 236 unit First Day apartment complex, both located in Dallas, Texas. Other acquisitions included the 60-01 apartment complex in Seattle, the Dash Point subdivision in Tacoma and the Turtle Creek apartment complex in Ventura, California.

Ron obtained a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He was previously on the Board of the Vancouver Opera, St. George’s School, and the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation and was Chair of the Sun Yat Sen Garden Society of Vancouver.  Ron also served on the Asian Advisory Committee of the bank of Montreal and as a Trustee of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

Maria Johnson, Vice President - Property Management

Maria Johnson has been involved in property management in the Vancouver commercial real estate industry for over 25 years. She has worked in senior positions with such high profile companies as: Polaris Realty Ltd. (Harbour Centre); BUK Management Ltd.; The Peterson Group; and for the past 9 years as General Manager of Cathedral Place. Her vast experience at all levels of commercial real estate includes:

  • client and tenant relations
  • annual budget preparations
  • retail and office leasing
  • contract negotiations/renewals
  • tenant and building construction projects
  • human resources

She has established a comprehensive program of policies and procedures including the development of building maintenance software programs. This along with her continued standard of “excellence” ensures her owners and tenants enjoy a professional business environment. Her time at Cathedral Place has resulted in the building maintaining an AAA standing, the highest rating category among downtown office buildings and one of the lowest operating costs in the downtown core.

Martin King, Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined the Shon Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2015.  He is responsible for the financial reporting for the group of companies and the properties owned and managed by the group.  He started his career in property management in 1991 and has gained extensive accounting and reporting experience with all asset types including office, industrial, retail, mixed-use, shopping centres and stratas.

He has held senior positions with Colliers International, Brookfield, and Touchstone Property Management.   A focus of his roles has been to provide customized accounting, budgeting and reporting for a broad range of clients including large national companies and pension funds to privately-owned and family run businesses.  

about us


The Shon Group is a commercial real estate company focused on property investment, development, syndication, mezzanine financing, property management and asset management.

Founded in 1954 by Charles Shon, the Shon Group has been led by Charles’ son Ronald since 1977. Under the direction of Charles and Ronald, the Shon Group has owned, managed and developed over 4 million square feet. Since its inception, the Shon Group has been active in all Western Canadian Provinces and parts of the US.  The Shon Group has been involved in all major commercial real asset classes including office, industrial, retail, multi-family, land and hospitality. While still holding a number of assets outside of B.C., the company's focus has largely shifted to the Metro Vancouver market, where the company is headquartered.

Possessing a seasoned and experienced management team, The Shon Group is now offering the expertise of 60+ years of successful operating history to the market. The company is actively seeking investment, and asset and property management opportunities in all asset classes.