A conversation with Mitchell Goldhar, Founder and Executive Chairman of SmartCentres

Join us for a discussion of leadership and real estate

Event Details

Event Type
Way Forward Webcast Series
Date & Time
Feb 24 @ 11:00AM EST

We’d like to personally invite you to PEO Leadership’s The Way Forward Live Webcast on February 24th for a real estate and leadership conversation with Canadian businessman and visionary, Mitchell Goldhar.

Mitchell is the founder, Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, a commercial and residential real estate company with 166 properties in each provide across Canada. SmartCentres is publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $10.4 billion.

Mitchell started SmartCentres with the vision of offering Canadians fair pricing on their weekly shopping needs. He put everything at stake to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, based solely on a handshake deal. That relationship deepened and he remains Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world.

Mitchell’s current focus is an unprecedented $12 billion transformation of SmartCentres’ existing properties, from shopping centres to city centres. This includes SmartVMC, the new 100-acre master planned city centre in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, one of the largest urban mixed-use developments in Canada.

Mitchell is also the owner of Penguin Group of Companies, PenguinPickUp, REVIVAL Film Studios, Clevelands House Resort, and the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. He is a self-made entrepreneur recognized in the Forbes World’s Billionnaires List.


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PLEASE NOTE: You must register to attend. Webcast link and dial in information will be sent to registrants 30 minutes before the start of the Webcast.



Here is what you can expect from our fireside chat and Q&A with Mitchell Goldhar:
Insight into the defining moments of his life and career,
An insider's perspective and entertaining anecdotes about working with Walmart,
Candid leadership and life lessons learned along the way, and
A bold outlook on the future of Canadian retail, office and residential real estate.
Mitchell Goldhar
Founder & Executive Chairman
SmartCentres REIT

Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian businessman and founder of SmartCentres, a commercial and residential real estate company with 166 properties in each province across Canada. Mitchell is the Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, publicly traded on the TSX with assets of $10.4 billion.

Mitchell started SmartCentres with the belief that all Canadians deserved fair pricing for their weekly shopping needs. With a shared vision, he worked to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, which they did in 1994. Mitchell  remains Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world.

Mitchell is leading Project 512, SmartCentres’ transformation from ownership of retail space to ownership of complete, connected, mixed-use communities, on its existing properties across the country. This $12 billion intensification program consists of rental apartments, condos, seniors’ residences, hotels, offices and self-storage facilities. Project 512 includes SmartVMC, the new 100-acre master-planned city centre at Highway 400 and Highway 7 in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, served by the TTC’s university line subway extension.

Mitchell is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, Penguin PickUp, REVIVAL Film Studios, Clevelands House Resort, and Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club:

  • His private company, Penguin Group of Companies owns real estate across Canada in locations strategic for urban development,
  • PenguinPickUp is a growing network with over 100 PickUp location, providing customers with a convenient one-stop delivery solution for online shopping.
  • REVIVAL Film Studios is one of Toronto’s premier production facilities. Many notable films and TV shows were filmed and produced on site; from ‘Good Will Hunting’ to ‘Schitt’s Creek’.
  • Clevelands House Resort is a 1,200-acre waterfront resort in Muskoka.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club has won more titles than any other Israeli club. They have competed in both the Champions and Europa League Group Stages and are the current Israeli Premier League champions.

Mitchell holds a BA in Political Science from York University and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management since 2004, where he has been awarded Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Onex Corporation, Indigo Books and Music, the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto General Hospital, and is Director Emeritus with the SickKids Foundation.

About The Way Forward Series

Throughout the year, the PEO Leadership The Way Forward Webcast Series features in-depth conversations with various thought leaders and industry experts, meant to empower business leaders to power through the uncertain and unprecedented environment in which we find ourselves in.

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