The Greater Toronto Area was not built in a day. It’s taken several decades for it to evolve into the thriving diverse region it is today. Many of its neighbourhoods were first imagined by visionary city builders who took a chance, purchased some property, assembled a team and went to work designing and constructing homes and business spaces.
As a salute to these visionary home building and land development industry trailblazers, BILD bestows its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to one member who has dedicated his or her life to building communities across the GTA.
In years past, this recognition has been given to builders such as Monarch Developments’ past president Colin Parsons, Greenpark Homes’ Chairman and CEO Carlo Baldassarra and Lebovic Enterprises Limited’s Joseph Lebovic.
This year’s recipient is Ignat “Iggy” Kaneff, CEO and Chairman of Kaneff Group of Companies.
A strong believer in building communities and a generous philanthropist, Mr. Kaneff has helped improve the lives of people in the GTA and in his hometown in Bulgaria over the last 65 years. For this and much more, Mr. Kaneff we will present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 36th annual BILD Awards on April 28.
Born in Gorno Ablanovo, Bulgaria in 1926, he came to Canada in 1951 and founded Kaneff Properties Limited in 1956. A BILD member since 1959, he has built thousands of family homes, high-rise residential apartment units, as well as retail commercial plazas and office buildings in the GTA.
An avid golfer, Mr. Kaneff has also developed and built six golf course properties. For 45 years, he has been hosting an annual tournament that has raised more than $1.5 million for Community Living, a Peel Region organization supporting children with intellectual disabilities.
Over the years, Mr. Kaneff has also generously donated to many other charitable organizations and campaigns, both through personal contributions and the I. Kaneff Charitable Foundation, established by his wife, Dimitriana, in 1986.
There are many city builders in the GTA who have dedicated their lives to creating lively communities and every year we celebrate them and share their story. To learn more visit www.bildawards.com.