Howard Sokolowski the founder and CEO of Metropia, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in real estate development to his leadership role at the company. Howard has a proven ability to see beyond current trends to plan and build successful and award-winning projects. He is a strategic thinker who is extremely dedicated to customer satisfaction and strategic partnerships, working closely with the families and stakeholders who have a deep, vested interest in the outcome of the communities being developed.
As the former CEO and Co-Founder of Tribute Communities, Howard earned a stellar reputation as a leader of one of the largest homebuilders in Canada, and has received countless awards from J.D. Powers and Associates, the Ontario Home Builders Association, and the Greater Toronto Home Builders Association (BILD) including Project of the Year, Community of the Year and Builder of the Year.
In 2011, Howard was awarded Ontario’s highest honour, the Order of Ontario in recognition of his contribution to philanthropy and community building in the province. He is a leading benefactor of Mount Sinai Hospital, the Bishop Strachen School, the Art Gallery of Ontario, York University, Rouge Valley Health System, The Ontario Institute of Technology, and many other worthy institutions. He is married to Senator Linda Frum and together they have five children and one grandchild.
David Speigel, President & COO of Metropia, is a Professional Engineer and has been involved in construction and real estate development for over 30 years. He brings a disciplined, high energy and dedicated approach to real estate development. He has led teams of consultants and hundreds of site and office staff to plan, design, construct and service over 15,000 homes and over 4,000 high-rise units throughout the GTA.
David was the Executive VP of Tribute Communities for 15 years.
During this time he led Tribute to 5 top finishes in every year that JD Power & Associates audited GTA Builders, along with several top awards from Tarion for best high volume Builder in Ontario. Before Tribute David was VP Operations at Sundial Homes for 4 years. Throughout the 80’s and early part of the 90’s David managed the southern Ontario office of Acme Building and Construction, a General Contractor and Construction Management company, with annual construction volumes of over $100 Million. David has served as a Director and Member of Enerquality, RESCON, BILD/Tarion Builder Liaison Committee and as a guest speaker at several real estate industry conferences. He is married with three children.
David Cynamon is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of K2 Pure Solutions which manufactures water purification and disinfection products using safe, environmentally sustainable technology.
In 1995, David acquired controlling interest in a single household cleaners plant called KIK Corporation and turned it into North America’s largest manufacturer of retailer and national brand consumer products in the household, personal care and over-the-counter drug categories, producing leading national brand products for several Fortune 500 companies as well as retailer brand products for the world’s largest retailers. Under his leadership, the company expanded from 1 to 23 manufacturing facilities, employing 4,000 people and sales climbed from $16 million to over $1.3 billion in 12 years.
In 2001, David was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine and in 2002 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Canadian manufacturing sector.
In 2007, David was honored by the B’nai Brith Foundation with its Annual Award of Merit. In January 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper awarded David the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, a commemorative medal created to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession to the thrones of Queen Elizabeth II and serves to honor significant contributions and achievements made by Canadians.
John Kaplan is the President and founding principal of Runnymede Investments Inc. He is Chairman of Terra Firma Capital Corporation, an international real estate finance company that provides customized debt and equity solutions for the real estate industry. He is also a principal of several major real estate development and homebuilding companies including, Trademark Communities and Haber Homes. In addition he is a director of Talon Metal Corp (TLO.TSX), a Toronto based mining company.
Mr. Kaplan served as the President of Runnymede Development Corporation Limited from 2000 to 2013. Runnymede was responsible for the development of over 25,000 homes as well as over 5 million square feet of commercial space in the Greater Toronto Area. Mr. Kaplan is the Chairman of the Board for the Jewish Legacy Charitable Foundation which focuses on the improvement of children’s education in Canada and abroad.
Mr. Kaplan has a Graduate Certificate in Philosophy from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and an Honours Bachelor degree in Philosophy and Political Science from McGill University and is a member of the Scarlett Key Society.
Michael Latner is the current Executive Chairman of Shiplake Properties. Shiplake is a privately owned and managed real estate company with residential, commercial and retail assets.
Michael is a board member of both Falls Management Company and The Albert & Temmy Latner Foundation. He graduated from Oxford University with an MA (Law).
Joseph Sorbara is a principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, an integrated real estate, planning, development, construction, investment and management firm with a history of over 65 years of growth in Ontario. The investment portfolio includes high-rise apartments, high-rise and low-rise office and industrial buildings and commercial development and The Group is involved in all phases of the real estate industry including residential, industrial and commercial land development, industrial construction, residential construction and property management. Joseph is also a member of the law firm of Tanzola & Sorbara Professional Corporation.
Joseph was appointed to York University’s Board of Governors in 1988, and in 2000 became an Honorary Governor after 12 years of service on the Board. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the York University Development Corporation, and as such, sits ex officio on the Land Use Committee. He is also a member of the Board of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and co-chair of its Property Committee.
Joseph has served as Chair of the Humber College Board of Governors, Chair of Fundraising for University of St. Michael’s College, and as President of the Rotary Club of Black Creek. He was a Member of the Board of Humber River Regional Hospital (formerly, York-Finch General Hospital), Chairman of the CST Foundation, a Member of the Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Past Chair of the Advisory Board of OMNI Television.
Edward Sorbara is a principal with the Sorbara Group of Companies, an integrated real estate, planning, development, construction, investment and management firm with a history of over 65 years of growth in Ontario. The investment portfolio includes high-rise apartments, high-rise and low-rise office and industrial buildings and commercial development and The Group is involved in all phases of the real estate industry including residential, industrial and commercial land development, industrial construction, residential construction and property management.
Over the years, Edward has been active in various industry associations, including The Urban Development Institute of Ontario, where he served a term as President; The Urban Development Institute of Canada, where he also served a term as President; he was a long standing member of The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and The National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. He served for six years as a United Way of Greater Toronto Board Member. He is on the Board of Villa Charities Foundation and sits on The Archdiocese of Toronto Finance Council and related Catholic Cemeteries’ Board. He is a member of the Literary Circle of The Toronto Public Library Foundation. He served on the Founding Steering Committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, where he co-chaired the Affordable Housing Coalition. He also founded the Vaughan Breakfast for Prostate Cancer Canada.
Edward Sorbara was born and raised in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto (B.Com. 1964) and the University of Chicago (M.B.A. 1967).