Mr. Dhillon is the President, CEO & founder of Mainstreet Equity Corp (TSX: MEQ). Mainstreet has achieved a 1,270% total return on investment from Sept 2003 - Sept 2014, making it Canada's highest performance real estate company. Mainstreet's assets are valued at over $2 billion, consisting of almost 13,000 apartment units in Western Canada. Mainstreet is a market leader in improving the lives of middle-class Canadians in terms of affordable rental accommodations. Mr. Dhillon is the owner of National Payments, a Visa and MasterCard approved Merchant Processing business for the financial service industry. Mr. Dhillon currently sits on the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Board, the biggest Canadian Crown Corporation. Mr. Dhillon is also the Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada. In Belize, he owns a private 3,000-acre island that he is developing into a world-class resort. Mr. Dhillon is also the author of the published book 'Business and Retirement Guide to Belize', currently in its second edition.
In March 2018, The University of Lethbridge, in honour of Bob Dhillon, renamed their business school to the Dhillon School of Business, which aims to provide innovative approaches to education with an emphasis on futuristic learning. Mr. Dhillon completed his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1998.
Some of Mr. Dhillon's notable achievements include:
Recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from University of Lethbridge 2019
Recipient of Honorary Doctorate degree from Lakehead University 2017
Recipient of the Ernst & Young 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Prairies Real Estate & Construction category
Recognized as one of the 2015 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners
Recipient of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Recognition by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta's 50 Most Influential People
Recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Indians in North America
Recipient of the Sikh Awards (London, UK) 2016 Business Man of the Year
Recipient of the India Centre of Manitoba / University of Winnipeg 2016 Lifetime Achievement award
Mr. Dhillon's philanthropy includes:
$10,000,000 gift to the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management
Established a $10,000 Lakehead University scholarship
Donating $500,000 to the town of San Pedro, Belize
Raising $60,000 for underprivileged children in San Pedro
Donated free apartment suites to victims of the Fort McMurray and Slave Lake, Alberta fires
John Irwin, retired, served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice-President of the Ivey Companies for the Richard Ivey School of Business. He was primarily responsible for Ivey's financial organization, information technology, conference centres, main campus facilities, and global asset management in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Mumbai.
Mr. Irwin holds a Bachelor's Degree from Western University, as well as his CPA-CGA Designation. He was the project manager for the new $110 million Ivey Business School building. Mr. Irwin was a key player in Ivey's strategic initiatives. He was responsible for the financial re-organization and privatization of business operations, expansion of the school's operations in Asia, physical expansion and financing of Ivey's Leadership Centres in London, Toronto, and Hong Kong.
In addition to Mainstreet, Mr. Irwin previously was a member of the Board of Directors of Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, Richard Ivey School of Business (Asia) Limited, RISB Ltd (Beijing), and the London Convention Centre. He currently serves as the Chair of Mainstreet's Audit Committee.
Joe Amantea is a partner with the law firm Warren Tettensor in Calgary, Alberta. Mr. Amantea has more than three decades of experience in real estate, multi-family acquisitions, construction law, foreclosures and corporate/commercial law. He deals mainly with small and medium-sized private companies. Mr. Amantea articled with Warren, Raymaker & Stewart (now known as Warren Tettensor Amantea LLP) in 1977 and was admitted to the Bar in 1978. He became a partner of the firm on February 1, 1982.
Mr. Amantea has an extensive record of professional and community service that has included roles as Past Director and Chairman, Columbus Savings and Credit Union Ltd.; Director, Calgary Italian Sportsman's Dinner Association; Past Unit Chairman, Western Canada Summer Games; Member and Executive Officer of the St. Joseph's School Parent Council; Member, Calgary Winter Club; and Member, University of Calgary Chancellors Club.
Mr. Amantea acts as corporate counsel on real-estate-related matters on behalf of Mainstreet.
Rich Grimaldi is a seasoned real estate executive with over 25 years of experience in senior roles in the real estate industry. He has held various positions in the Commercial Real Estate Division at GE Capital, including Managing Director of Institutional Accounts, Managing Director - Canadian Real Estate, and Managing Director - Large Transaction Group. He has extensive experience in financing public and private companies, structuring debt, equity and joint-venture new business opportunities.
As the Managing Director of GE Real Estate National Accounts from 2001 to 2004 (in New York), he was responsible for all debt investments in North America covering a customer base that consisted of Opportunity Funds, REITs and Public Companies. National Accounts consisted of a $4 billion portfolio and closed approximately $3 billion of new business during that term.
Mr. Grimaldi was Managing Director of GE Capital Commercial Real Estate Financing and Services (CREFS) operations in Canada from 1997 to 2000. The Canadian Division of CREFS consisted of ownership interests in 189 properties and a combined base of loans and owned properties exceeding $2 billion.
Prior to his appointment in Canada, Rich was based in Stanford, CT, as the Managing Director of CREFS Large Transaction Group (LTG). In his capacity as Managing Director, he spent four years valuing, acquiring and lending on more than 100 transactions worldwide totaling in excess of US$28 billion.
Mr. Grimaldi was initially recruited by GE Capital for its Financial Management Program (FMP) in 1980. From 1983 to 1988, he specialized in structuring joint venture transactions with GE Real Estate. In 1988 he joined CREFS where he focused on traditional core lending and portfolio acquisitions until his appointment as Managing Director of the LTG in 1993.
Mr. Grimaldi holds an MBA from the University of Miami.
K.V. Dhillon is the CEO and Managing Director of Guggenheim Capital Management (Asia) and Head of Guggenheim's India operations. Guggenheim Capital is a leading investment management firm with over $100 billion under management. Mr. Dhillon has over 16 years of experience in the financial services area.
Prior to joining Guggenheim Partners in 2008, he was a partner at Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP). Mr. Dhillon led TWP's efforts in India by establishing its Mumbai office. Before joining the Institutional Sales team at TWP in 1999, He was a VP on the Sales team at First Analysis, and prior to that, he was an Associate in Sales at Kidder Peabody. During his career, Mr. Dhillon has established strong relationships with leading investment managers including AIM Funds, Chartwell Investment Partners, Morgan Stanley Asset Management, T. Rowe Price and Turner Investment Partners.
In addition to Mainstreet, Mr. Dhillon sits on the Board of Directors of Pan Pacific Mercantile Group. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Ron Anderson has over 30 years of experience in real estate finance, private equity, M&A and corporate and commercial banking in Western Canada. He ran the British Columbia operations of National Bank of Canada from 1986 to 1993. Tallinn Capital, which he founded in 1999, has offices in Vancouver and Calgary and manages two private mezzanine loan funds, one focused on real estate finance and the other focused on financing the mid-market corporate and junior oil & gas sectors.
Mr. Anderson received his Certified General Accountant designation in 1987 and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 1979. In addition to sitting on the Mainstreet board, he is a director of The Nature Trust of British Columbia, a Governor and past-Treasurer of Crofton House School and has been a director of a number of public and private companies and non-profit organizations.