It all started when…
WeBuild was formed as Social Enterprise to join a movement of companies that have verifiable social impact, especially in their approach to civic engagement, charitable giving, supplier inclusion, and governance. We are inclusive in our training and development programs, particularly with respect to women and people of colour who are often underrepresented and undervalued in real estate. We also offer practical experience internship opportunities for those new Canadians gain Canadian market experience.
We also commit to consistently leveraging our profits and our expertise to support local non-profit agencies and social enterprises that face funding and real estate challenges. To measure what matters we commit to:
- Target 25% supplier diversity supporting women or minority owned businesses
- Target 25% of profits to support registered charities and non-profits
- Target 25% pro-bono time offering workshops or expertise to local community
Diversity & Inclusion Focus
WeBuild Leadership Team
Andrew is a commercial real estate executive with 15 years experience specializing in mixed use developments. He acts as owner representative on behalf of Cadillac Fairview ('CF'), in multi-owner projects developing long term relationships with condo and hotel developers. The value created in these projects are critical to funding the long term needs of Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, CF's parent company. These mixed use projects included condo, hotel, office, retail, and public spaces within GTA (Raptors "Jurassic Park", ICE condos, Maple Leaf Square, LivLofts, and Flaire) and across Canada (Quad Windsor Montreal, Calgary City Centre).
Andrew has significant non-profit sector experience founding a social enterprise called WeBuild and serving as Board Director for both Delisle Youth Services & Urban Financial Services after completing DiverseCity OnBoard governance training. He currently serves as Chair of Skylark (United Way mental health agency) real estate committee & Co-Chair of Toronto Urban Land Institute Leadership Program, leading both teams to contribute pro-bono advisory to socially responsible community development projects.
Andrew has also worked closely with the Executive team, creating strategic business case presentations for Board Approval on over $6B in development projects across Canada. He has built up CF's first analytic team of specialists that are critical to ensuring all development leasing negotiations and joint venture structures meet the long term pension plan objectives. Andrew holds a Global Executive MBA from Kellogg School Management (Chicago, Hong Kong, Toronto) and Real Estate Development Certification from MIT Centre for Real Estate.
Dr. Belinda Longe is a Professional Development advisor and PhD in Education with over two decades experience in school administration and teacher education. She has developed and led workshops for teachers and administrators across Canada and internationally. She has also presented an international conferences in Canada, the United States, England. Belinda specializes in curriculum development, leadership development, conflict resolution, public speaking and presentation skills. She has a Masters in Education from OISE/University of Toronto. She was a Board Director of the Daily Bread Food Bank for eight years.