Mr. Mitchell Goldhar
Founder & Executive Chairman, SmartCentres REIT
Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian businessman and the founder of SmartCentres, a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Company focused on bringing value to Canadian communities.
Mitchell is the Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $9.7 Billion. The company’s rapid growth continues with $12.1 Billion in announced new real estate activities on its properties across country.
Mitchell started SmartCentres with the belief that Canadians deserve convenient access to affordable retail. With a shared vision, he worked to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, which they did in 1994. He eventually became, and still remains, Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world.
Mitchell is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, PenguinPickUp, REVIVAL Film Studios, Clevelands House and Maccabi Tel Aviv FC:
• His private company, Penguin Group, owns strategically located real estate across Canada, including VMC; Vaughan’s new 100-acre, 20 million-sf master planned city centre.
• PenguinPickUp is a growing network of over 100 PickUp Points that provide customers with a convenient one-stop delivery solution for online shopping.
• REVIVAL Film Studios is an active 300,000-sf film studio in downtown Toronto.
• Clevelands House is a 1,200-acre waterfront resort in Muskoka.
• Maccabi Tel Aviv is the oldest Football Club in Israel. They have won more titles than any other Israeli club and are the current Israeli Premier League champions.
A firm believer in education, Mitchell holds a BA in Political Science from York University and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Geography and Rotman School of Management since 2004 (Professor of the Year 2015).
Mitchell 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.