Bob DhillonFounder, President & CEO at Mainstreet Equity Corp.
Bob Dhillon is Founder, President & CEO of Mainstreet Equity Corp (TSX: MEQ) based in Calgary, Alberta. Mainstreet's assets were valued at $2.2 billion as of Q2 2021, consisting of almost 14,000 homes across Western Canada. Mainstreet achieved a 1,270% total return on investment between 2003 and 2014, making it Canada's bestperforming real estate company. Mainstreet is a market leader in improving the lives of middle-income and working Canadians by providing affordable and comfortable rental accommodation. Mr. Dhillon is also the owner of National Payments, a Visa and MasterCard approved merchant-processing business for the financial services industry.
Aside from professional endeavours, Mr. Dhillon is actively engaged in public and community service. Mr. Dhillon was appointed to the Premier’s Alberta Economic Recovery Council at the height of Alberta’s economic challenges in 2020. Currently, Mr. Dhillon sits on the board of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Mr. Dhillon is also a board member of Invest Alberta, a Crown Corporation with a mandate to engage the world and provide highend tailored support to investors and major new investment projects; and is a member of the advisory board of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. Mr. Dhillon is also the Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada. In Belize, he owns a private 3,000-acre island that he is developing into a world-class resort. Mr. Dhillon is also the author of the published book 'Business and Retirement Guide to Belize', currently in its second edition.
In March 2018, The University of Lethbridge renamed their business school to the Dhillon School of Business in honour of Mr. Dhillon. The School aims to provide innovative approaches to education with an emphasis on futuristic learning, and was the first of its kind in Canada to require an indigenous studies course as a prerequisite for graduation.
Mr. Dhillon completed his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1998.
Though his roots are from Punjab, India, Mr. Dhillon was born in Japan. His father was born in Hong Kong and his great-grandfather migrated to Canada in the early 1900s. His parents lived in Liberia before settling in Canada in the mid-1970s.