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We believe in building inclusive communities and exceptional places for people to live and work.

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Michael J. Cooper

President and Chief Responsible Officer

Rendering of West Don Lands community including residential buildings and children playing.
Aerial rendering of East end fo Toronto including West Don Lands community

Community at the heart of everything

Our transformational communities provide a curated ecosystem of amenities and services that enhance lives and ensure the area will grow and thrive for generations to come. We are committed to promoting health and well-being, while reducing socioeconomic inequalities through our dedication to affordable housing solutions. We always invest with purpose, working tirelessly to maximize the value of each and every development.

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    Affordable rental units

    We believe everybody should be able to live locally, with the right combination of affordable and market housing to meet the needs of society as a whole. In the West Don Lands, our modern condo developments include 1 in 4 affordable homes.

    Curved glass building, part of Dream Global portfolio sold in 2019
    Glass building with curved white window trim, part of Dream Global portfolio sold in 2019

    Built on financial success

    Our impressive business acumen enables us to identify potential and form profitable partnerships. We are continually seeking out new opportunities to embark on innovative and inventive projects that can create positive change while providing consistent financial returns.

    3.6 Billion

    214 percent growth

    The sale of the Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust to Blackstone was recognition of our ability to grow a portfolio and sell at maximum profit, after delivering consistent annual returns for unit holders.

    Between August 2011 and its sale in 2019, DRG’s Dream Global REIT’s total return of 214% over an 8-year period significantly outperformed both Canadian and European REIT benchmarks.

    Rendering of Indigenous Hub, glass and metal low-rise building
    Rendering of Indigenous Hub, glass and metal low-rise building street view

    We embrace new ideas

    From pioneering healthcare initiatives, to career development programs and Indigenous daycare centres, we constantly seek inventive and sustainable ways to make our communities more integrated, inclusive and collaborative. We are dedicated to elevating the lives of the people who live and work there.

    237
    Purpose built rental units

    206
    Condo units

    ~25,000
    Sq. ft. of heritage restoration

    In 2019, we continued work on our innovative partnership with Anishinábe Health Toronto to develop Canary Block 10, a mixed-use project in the Canary District. Canary Block 10 will be the first purpose-built Indigenous community hub in a North American city. The development will be comprised of a 206-unit condominium building, a 237-unit residential rental building, heritage retail space, a community health centre and a mixed-use commercial building that includes a training, education and employment centre, offices for Indigenous-owned businesses and a city daycare.

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    Aerial rendering of Canary district facing West with view of CN tower and Canary District green roofs

    Building grand new visions

    From a project’s infancy, right through to completion, we combine contemporary approaches to construction and architecture with creative financial planning, effective partnerships and a cohesive strategy. This allows us to create amenities, jobs and services that enrich people’s lives and deliver outstanding results.

    ~1,800

    planned residential units including market, affordable and student housing

    37

    total acres of development

    82,000

    sq. ft. of space in the Cooper Koo YMCA

    18

    acre Corktown
    Common park

    Building successful partnerships

    From multiple levels of government, private partners, Indigenous peoples and local community groups, we work closely with all parties for the greater good, ensuring we are able to expedite projects quickly and efficiently in order to maximize our return on investment.

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    Provinces

    Bridging Ontario and Quebec on the banks of the Ottawa River, Zibi is set to become one of the world’s visionary communities, harnessing the power of the Ottawa river to create Canada’s first net-zero carbon community while creating 5,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs.

    Top down rendering of Zibi community structure including building layout plan

    Bridging Ontario and Quebec on the banks of the Ottawa River, Zibi is set to become one of the world’s visionary communities, harnessing the power of the Ottawa river to create Canada’s first net-zero carbon community while creating 5,000 new homes and 6,000 new jobs.

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    Languages

    Zibi is the Indigenous Algonquin Anishinabe word for river. This is an area that holds great importance to the First Nations people. They are an integral part of the Zibi community and we’ve made it a top priority to consult and engage with the Algonquin Anishinabe at every stage of the development process, creating a true partnership. This is why the signage in Zibi contains Algonquin as well as English and French languages.

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    Bring on bold ideas

    We’re not afraid to think big, invest early or take the path less travelled. Our innovative investments are transforming urban life in smarter, better ways.

    Building better communities

    From sustainable building practices and community engagement to ethical corporate governance, we aim to make a positive impact wherever we operate.

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