Mr. Mitchell Goldhar

Mr. Mitchell Goldhar

Founder, SmartCentres

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. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, SmartCentres' rapid growth continues with $12.1 Billion in announced new real estate developments.

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, and 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, Penguin PickUp, and Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club:

  • His private company, Penguin Group of Companies owns real estate across Canada in locations strategic for urban development, including Vaughan Metropolitan Centre’s new 100-acre master-planned city centre at Highway 400 and Highway 7.
  • PenguinPickUp is a growing network with over 100 PickUp Point locations, providing customers with a convenient one-stop delivery solution for online shopping.
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club has won more titles than any other Israeli club. They have competed in both the Campion’s and Europa League Group Stages 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 Rotman School of Management since 2004, where he has been awarded Teacher of the Year.

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.