MONTREAL, QC—Jonathan Wener, chairman and CEO of Canderel, will be the 2012 recipient of the Fraser Institute's T. Patrick Boyle Founder's Award in Montreal.
The Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank, gives the award to recognize outstanding achievements in entrepreneurship, dedication to free and competitive markets, and philanthropic support for private-sector, non-profit enterprises. Wener will receive the award during a gala celebration October 23.
“Jonathan Wener is a titan of Canadian business. Under his leadership, Canderel has cemented itself as one of the top real estate development and management companies nationwide,” said Niels Veldhuis, Fraser Institute president.
A native Montrealer who graduated from Concordia University in 1971, Wener turned his passion for buildings and architecture into over 40 years of acquiring, developing, and managing office and industrial properties, residential condominiums, and retail facilities. Canderel’s history of owned, developed, and managed properties represents in excess of 30 million square feet. The Canderel Group of Companies maintains offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Wener is a dedicated philanthropist, having launched Défi Corporatif Canderel in 1989, which has since raised more than $7 million for cancer research. He is a past president of the Jewish General Hospital and a member of the hospital’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and is a board member of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill University. Furthermore, Wener is the deputy chancellor of Concordia University and co-chair of the Capital Campaign, having recently served for 17 years on Concordia’s Board of Governors.
In addition, Wener sits on the boards of the foundations of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. He is a trustee of the board of the Fraser Institute and a member of the board of directors of Laurentian Bank of Canada and of Silanis Technologies. Wener is also the founding president of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec and a past president of the Urban Development Institute of Canada.
In 2003, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
“Through Canderel, Jonathan Wener has created thousands of jobs and improved the urban development of Canada’s greatest cities. His philanthropy has also been exceptionally generous and visionary,” Veldhuis said.
“It is a pleasure to honour him for his contributions to Canadian prosperity and society.”