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Syed Yasir Rizvi

Chairman & Managing Director


Mr. Rizvi is the ‘powerhouse’ behind Canopy Estates Pvt. Ltd. (CEPL) since 2009. By education and prior experience, Mr. Rizvi is an environmental scientist who has consulted to some of the leading corporate real estate and engineering firms in the US for over 10 years after obtaining a British MS degree on a full merit scholarship in the late 1990s. Mr. Rizvi along with his father Mr. Syed Nasir Rizvi founded The Canopy Group in the mid-90s. The Canopy Group has to its credit several landmark buildings across the city.


As Mr. Rizvi often quotes “Real Estate is my second nature and I love helping people realize their dreams”. Mr. Rizvi’s keen interest and proficiency in Bangalore’s real estate market has been successfully put to test several times, including at the time of formation of the initial Canopy Group businesses, and more recently, when Mr. Rizvi successfully steered brand ‘Canopy’ during the 2008-09 worldwide recession. Adding to Mr. Rizvi’s credit are the successful launches of Canopy Crest and Canopy Classic projects with nearly a million square feet of built area.


A person with a unique blend of energy and pragmatic approach, Mr. Rizvi has a track record of delivering on his promises and values the camaraderie he has with Canopy clients and Canopy staff. For the business at hand, Mr. Rizvi promotes a ‘hands-on’ approach and usually lends a personal touch in meeting each client’s specific requirements.


David Warren Peterson

Executive Director


Mr. Peterson brings 28 years of environmental engineering, management and development experience to provide ongoing technical support for Canopy operations in Bangalore.  Mr. Peterson possesses a well-balanced mix of engineering/project/personnel management, and business skills. Mr. Peterson has a Master’s Degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, and has an extensive background in site assessment, demolition, remediation, redevelopment and construction management. As part of his experience, Mr. Peterson has worked closely with top notch US based real estate developers and various related entities to complete projects on schedule and budget which include but are not limited to, industrial/municipal water and wastewater engineering, operation and management; regulatory compliance, negotiations and expert witness services; and handling of complex environmental and construction issues.


Mr. Peterson is currently based out of Naperville, USA, where he is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E) in the states of Arizona and Illinois). Mr. Peterson manages Canopy’s NRI clients as part of overseeing the operations of Canopy Group USA, Inc.; a sister company registered in Illinois, USA.

G M Kalmath

Executive Director - Technical


Mr. Kalmath is a key member of Canopy Estates Pvt. Ltd. and has to his credit over 22 years of hardcore construction industry experience. After completing his Civil Engineering Degree from Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, in 1989, Mr. Kalmath has worked with renowned local/national construction companies.


Mr. Kalmath’s detail oriented and methodical approach to each Canopy project is almost contagious. Under his keen oversight and able guidance at the project sites, Canopy clients are able to translate their dreams into a reality. Mr. Kalmath keeps himself updated about new construction technologies and materials, which helps us save cost and time and bring value to the product and its end users – our esteemed clients.


Mr. Mujahid Ali Mahmood

Executive Director


Mr. Mahmood is the director of business development in Canopy and mainly caters to the NRI clients/investors. Mr. Mahmood provides a single point of contact for overseas Indians/investors and is primarily responsible for international marketing, overseas advertisements, broker solicitations/tie-ups, NRI community relations/customer service and regularly participates in Indian property exhibitions on behalf of Canopy.

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