Our team

Our company founders, Jay Hutton and Greg Barton, have a track record of successful real estate ownership and asset management experience. We are excited to build on our growth with the recent addition of Colm Murphy to the Board of Directors

Jay hutton

Co-founder & ceo

Jay has been investing in real estate in Western and Northern Canada for nearly 15 years. Prior to co-founding Crown Properties, he developed a real estate investment portfolio in northern Canada that included government and national bank tenants. Jay brings a skill identifying opportunities in alternative markets that many mainstream investors overlook.

He has held management positions in public practice including positions at national accounting firm assisting publicly listed clients. Jay also serves as a Director of LCP Health, an occupational rehabilitation consulting company that provides services across Alberta and northern Canada.

Jay holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Economics from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of Victoria and is a Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA).


Co-founder & CFO

Greg has extensive experience identifying and marketing target sites for future Tim Hortons Restaurant expansion opportunities. He has owned several highly successful franchises and achieved several awards including highest gross sales in the entire chain.

As one of the co-founders of Crown Properties, Greg brings over 25 years of senior management experience to Crown Properties. His career has covered both private and public sector management and his diverse experiences span from Asia to Canada’s high Arctic. Greg also serves as President and CEO of Arpan Holdings, a residential real estate investment company operating in the Northwest Territories and Alberta.

Greg holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Calgary, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Policy from the University of Guelph and is a Certified Management Accountant (CPA, CMA).

COLM Murphy


As a Director of Crown Properties, Colm brings extensive experience raising capital. Colm is an interventional cardiologist having completed his medical training in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton. Colm is also the Founder and CEO of ZenXMed Corporation, a medical software startup incorporated in Alberta with software development operations in Vancouver and business development operations in Palo Alto, California.

Colm holds a Stanford Graduate School of Business degree, Medical Doctor (MD) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (BASc) from the University of Toronto.

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