Four commercial real estate industry leaders are among the latest Order of Canada appointees.
Richard Kroeker, Osama El-Sayed Moselhi, Carol Lee and Jim Spatz were inducted as members. Order of Canada membership ranks among the country’s highest civilian honours.
Kroeker, a Halifax-based architect, was honoured for his innovative leadership and use of multiple perspectives of Indigenous and Western artistic and environmental models. He is also a Dalhousie University professor emeritus. His research has focused on communities and cultures at risk, building energy and modelling methods, shell construction techniques and innovations in structural wood use.
Moselhi was recognized for his “groundbreaking contributions to the field of construction engineering and management,” stated the notice of his appointment. He serves as a Concordia professor and director of the Montreal-based university’s Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Engineering and Management. His industry experience includes developing buildings, bridges, nuclear power plants and harbour and offshore facilities.
Lee earned entry for her transformational leadership, business acumen and commitment to the revitalization of Vancouver’s Chinatown. She chairs the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, whose projects include affordable and seniors housing.
Spatz, a Halifax-based developer, was inducted based on his business and community leadership and philanthropy in support of diverse causes and initiatives, which include Dalhousie and Jewish education. Spatz is the owner, chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties, which his father founded.
The son of Holocaust survivors, Jim served as a physician before taking the helm of the family’s business at the age of 40.
Monte Stewart serves as Content Director - Canada for Connect Commercial Real Estate.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monte provides daily news coverage of major Canadian commercial real estate markets, including Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. He has written about the real estate sector for various media outlets and Avison Young since the early 2000s.
In addition, he has covered sports, general news and business for several leading wire services and publications, including The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, The Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Research Money, The Daily Oil Bulletin, Natural Gas World and The Toronto Star.
Monte is active in his community as a youth basketball coach and raises funds for such charitable causes as Movember.