Class of 2013
Peter E. Gilgan is founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, Canada’s largest new home builder with over 50,000 homes built in more than 150 communities in Greater Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and across the United States. One of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, Mr. Gilgan was awarded the province’s highest order in 2012, the Order of Ontario, for his business leadership and philanthropic initiatives. Since Mattamy built its first home in 1978, the company’s master-planned communities have become renowned for their unique designs and wide variety of architecture styles.
Mattamy is the largest builder of WideLotTM homes in Canada and is a recognized leader in homeowner satisfaction by the prestigious J.D. Power and Associates. Mattamy Homes was once again was awarded Ontario Home Builder of the Year in 2011, an honour it has received three times in the last five years.
In 2007, Mr. Gilgan was Canada’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year and Home Builder of the Year in the Greater Toronto Area four times in the last decade. In 2009, Mr. Gilgan was elected a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and in 2010 was awarded the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award from Laurier’s School of Business and Economics. In 2012, Mr. Gilgan was celebrated as a 2012 Champion for Public Education by The Learning Partnership for his contribution to supporting public education in Canada.
In March 2012, Mr. Gilgan announced the largest gift to a pediatric hospital in Canadian history with his $40 million donation to the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids. Less than six months earlier in November 2011, Mr. Gilgan announced a historic $15 million gift to Ryerson University for the development of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, a new student and community athletic centre at the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens. Mr. Gilgan’s multi-million dollar commitment to philanthropy and community building is unparalleled, from health care to physical activity to higher education and community legacies – he truly is a respected and dedicated community leader.