Ottawa Magazine

Developing Community

Big residentia­l projects can bring great change to neighbourh­oods. That means developers have the power to positively impact the future of our city. Here, a look at how five major players give back



Notable builds: Luxury suites at 460 St-Laurent Blvd., where on- site services include a cafe, medical clinic, hair salon, movie theatre, and rooftop restaurant Le St Laurent.

Faces: Founder Gilles Desjardins, who received a Governor General’s medal in 2018 for his efforts to improve life for capital region residents.

Social impact: Over the years, Brigil has donated hundreds of thousands to environmen­tal projects and education at all levels, as well as millions to local health centres and sports facilities.

Next up: Their developmen­t of the former Greyhound Station will bring big change to Centretown. Currently, Brigil is selling high end rentals on Baseline and suites at The Dale, located on Parkdale beside Tunney’s Pasture.


Notable builds: Icon, the Westboro condo that remains the tallest residentia­l building in Ottawa. Recent diversific­ation has come through Riverstone Retirement Communitie­s and the Andaz hotel, both of which are owned and operated by Claridge.

Faces: President and founder Bill Malhotra, CEO/ COO Shawn Malhotra, and

CFO Neil Malhotra.

Social impact: Shawn and wife Louise Malhotra set up the Malhotra Family Foundation in 2011 and have since made six-figure donations to hospitals (CHEO, Elizabeth Bruyere), youth developmen­t (Youth Services, Christie Lake Kids, and more), plus local groups such as the Ottawa Food Bank.

Next up: New homes at Kanata's Copperwood Estate community


Notable builds: High end suites at The Charlotte in Sandy Hill; single detached homes and townhomes in the Riverside Edge developmen­t; and new developmen­ts in Stittsvill­e and Orleans.

Faces: Kris Singhal, who founded the company in 1983 and has grown it into a huge family-owned company.

Social impact: Look for the name Richcraft on infrastruc­ture at Carleton U and Shenkman Arts Centre, as well as the Sensplex hockey rinks in the east and west ends.

Plus big donations to hospitals (CHEO, Ottawa Hospital) and charities such as Habitat for Humanity and Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Next up: Parkdale Collective, a 31-storey tower with 278 rental units near Tunney’s Pasture.

Uniform Developmen­ts

Notable builds: Richardson Ridge in Kanata; New Edinburgh boutique condo Mackay House; as well as The Avenues of Westboro, a heritage infill project on the former grounds of La Maison Jeanne D’arc.

Faces: John MacDougall, president of Uniform’s urban projects, and Peter Stenger, president of the company’s commercial developmen­ts.

Social impact: Financial donations have gone primarily to support health care and housing (Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Cornerston­e, and the Ottawa Mission, among others). Plus, Uniform works with Carleton University for a bursary that helps support architectu­re students.

Next up: Boutique condos and rentals in the Echo building beside the Rideau Canal; homes in Kanata’s Copperwood developmen­t; plus a new community called McNeely Landing in Carleton Place.

Windmill Developmen­ts

Notable builds: The massive Zibi developmen­t and the towers at Cathedral Hill, located at the end of Bronson.

Faces: CEO and founder Jonathan Westeinde, plus finance partner Jeremy Reeds and Stephen Savell, head of developmen­t

Social impact: It’s all about the environmen­t here. Founders sit on green building committees; it’s an employeeow­ned company and workfrom-home is encouraged to reduce fossil fuel use.

Next up: The Southminst­er Church redevelopm­ent, a boutique high-end project with condos and townhomes in Old Ottawa South, as well Parkway House in Lincoln Fields

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