Our People

Keith Brideau

President & CEO

Keith Brideau is not afraid to tackle big projects. He saw a niche in the Saint John market for the redevelopment of older buildings and, since establishing Historica with an investment partner in 2008, has renovated several major properties around Uptown Saint John into modern upscale suites surrounded by unique restaurants and shops, a combination that makes people want to live uptown again.

Keith grew up in the Old North End of Saint John, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the University of New Brunswick, and a Diploma in Technology, Management & Entrepreneurship. Prior to finding his passion in real estate, he specialized in Enterprise Risk Management and obtained his Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Information Systems Security Professional designations.

He is an award winning entrepreneur & developer who has been incredibly instrumental in Uptown Saint John’s renaissance – having spent many years rebuilding some of Saint John’s greatest historical assets. He continues to attract numerous people and businesses to the city centre. He’s extremely focused and has a real passion for business. He’s an alumnist of New Brunswick’s 21 Leaders Program. He’s a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders Program. He sits on the City of Saint John’s Planning Advisory Committee. He’s a Director of Uptown Saint John Inc, and he’s the Chair of Uptown Saint John’s Urban Design & Development Committee.

Margot has been involved with Historica since it was a glimmer of hope in Keith’s eye.

Growing up in Quispamsis, she moved Uptown in 2006 and can’t imagine living anywhere else ever again.

With a background in Finance, Admin and HR, she complemented her husband, Keith, in building Historica to its full potential.

For the first couple of years it was just she and Keith in the office so she had a chance to be “Jack of all trades” and really immerse in all property development and management had to offer. As the company grew, she chose to focus on the area she enjoyed the most, payroll & HR as well as her absolute favorite, design for interior and exterior of Historica projects.

Margot has many things that keep her busy in her spare time as well. She’s extremely family oriented loves spending time with her two daughters, Lauren and Ava and of course, Keith. She’s also a huge animal lover and she and Keith have 4 dogs (you can often see them out walking Uptown), 2 cats and a horse (who unfortunately can’t live Uptown or you’d see him out walking also). Travelling is another passion and the bucket list of destinations is never ending. She also enjoys the gym and is in dance as well.

Margot has a true passion for Uptown and is truly dedicated to helping Keith and Historica make Uptown Saint John the best place to live in Atlantic Canada.

Robert Lee

VP Finance

Rob is an ambitious accountant with a focus on results and a passion for family, community and business.

He invested his first 6 years in public practice accounting and received his CPA, CGA designation in 2017. During this time, he grew from basic bookkeeping to playing a key role in helping clients implement and understand the financial reports and internal controls required to enable their businesses to grow and realize their full potential. Working closely with talented and passionate individuals along with his experience in real estate and construction has lead him to his current role with Historica.

He believes in the value of a great team and the power of effective leadership and collaboration. Rob has had the privilege of working with many great leaders which has inspired him to lead by example and to add value to every relationship that he makes.

Walter Brideau

Purchasing Manager

Walter has been with Historica since day one, working alongside his son Keith. He is responsible for purchasing all of our tools and supplies. He can usually be found driving all over town. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Joy, and seeing his grandchildren.

Katrina Keating

Property Accountant

Katrina has been with Historica since May 2019. Prior to that, she spent her time working in public practice in Saint John. Fully using her degree from UNBSJ, Bachelor of Applied Management – Accounting, she has switched roles from public practice to work at Historica as the Property Accountant.

Katrina has been actively involved with Area 506 since it first started in 2016 as the treasurer. She also just started as the treasurer for the Spina Bifida Families of Canada, a not-for-profit charity. This charity is near to her heart, as her daughter, Jacqueline, was born with Spina Bifida.

When not immersed in the accounting world, Katrina can be found with her husband, Jeff, and their daughter camping at their trailer or cottage on the weekends.