About Us


Ned Mahic

Chief Executive Officer

Ned is a co-founder of Cogent Capital Group. He started his career in commercial lending in NYC in 1998, and then returned to Chicago and joined Citibank. In 2005, he started in real estate and has been working in the industry ever since. He covered lending, construction, and development as well as holding rental properties.



Brian Coninx

COO & Head of Development

Brian has over 15 years of diversified experience in commercial real estate as a consultant, professional engineer, and self storage developer. Before 

co-founding Cogent Capital Group, Brian worked in numerous municipalities around the world, always striving to find the balance amongst stakeholders in his development projects.


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Nicole Blajan

President of Acquisitions

Nicole has over 12 years of experience in real estate development with a passion for identifying opportunities that provide the greatest return on investments. Before co-founding Cogent Capital Group, Nicole worked on sourcing new sites, development and financial structuring on a wide variety of income-producing property types, with an emphasis on Self–Storage properties.



Alexis Aube-Martin, CFA

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Oceanelle Investments in 2017 as a Vice President of Investments, Alexis was head of the financial analysis department for the Montreal Capital Markets Group at JLL.  During his tenure, he was involved in the valuation of more than nine million sq. ft. with a combined value exceeding  CAD $2.0 billion in properties across all major asset classes.


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Richard R. Hrabchak, CFA

Advisory Board Member

Richard R. Hrabchak (Rick) is the Chief Investment Officer of a Fortune 500 insurance company, responsible for the strategic development and tactical execution of an investment portfolio in excess of $25 billion. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team, working to develop and refine the company’s business strategy, execution and risk management. Previously Rick was the CIO of the Retirement Division of Prudential Financial, responsible for an investment portfolio in excess of $100 billion. Rick received a BA in Economics from Duke University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.


Robert Luxenberg

Advisory Board Member

Robert worked in commercial real estate as a broker achieving Salesman of the Year honors on numerous occasions. Robert was also vice-president and senior vice-president of several Montreal-based tech and Internet companies. Along with his partner, Robert acquired and managed close to 900 apartments in several cities. His portfolio included a large forward-thinking student residence sitting on college property. In his youth, Robert was a swimming champion breaking multiple Canadian records. He was also a member of the Canadian national team and the leader of the Canadian contingent of over 35 sports to one of the largest international sports gatherings in the world


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Jenny Jia

Advisory Board Member

Jenny has never stayed far from real estate management and development. Right after the obtention of her CPA title, she started her first few development projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. She then shifted back to Canada and dived into the industry of child education and senior care. Within 10 years time, she expanded to several daycares, schools and senior residences across Quebec.



Wing Kei Lo

Advisory Board Member

Following his engineering degree from McGill University, Wing Kei Lo started his career as engineer at Cummins, an American Fortune 500 corporation, and moved on to a supply chain management role prior to becoming an entrepreneur. Wing has always had an interest for numbers and calculations. He furthered this interest by applying it to the business world. After the obtention of his MBA degree from Kelley’s school of business at Indiana University, he started several real estate projects in Hong Kong and Mexico City. He then took advantage of the recession and entered the real estate market in United States, acquiring many multi-family complexes. From there, he expanded his investment horizon into commercial lending, senior care and hospitality businesses.


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Edd Hamzanlui,


Investment Associate

Edd has over 13 years of experience in the design and construction industry and has joined Cogent Capital Group after graduating from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to Cogent, Edd has worked for Construction Consulting, General Contractor, and Design-Build firms and has practiced as an Architect for several international firms.