Amine Dabchy is the Special Projects Coordinator for Canderel, one of Canada’s leading real estate development, management and asset management companies. He is also the Founding President of Memoires et Dialogue, an organization that promotes dialogue and reconciliation between Jews and Muslims from the Moroccan community of Canada. What was the inspiration for his career route? Find out in today’s YPDaily…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m the Special Projects Coordinator at Canderel. In other words, I am part of the development team for everything that relates to commercial and residential projects in the Montreal area. The latest project I am working on is the development of the Tour of Canadians, a project we are developing in partnership with the Hockey Club.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
Initially I was not predestined for a career in real estate. It all started four years ago when I was a member of the Concordia University Board of Governors alongside Jonathan Wener, Chairman and CEO of Canderel. We were also part of the Board’s Real Estate Committee. Gradually, I discovered the world of real estate and I since then became passionate about it. Shortly later, Jonathan Wener gave me the opportunity to join his prestigious team at Canderel.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The ability to work with people as talented as my colleagues is a source of constant inspiration. Also, the human contact with customers, suppliers and partners on a daily basis is a very stimulating experience because I am able to learn from others.
Challenges? I take every project as a challenge to be overcome!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Professionally, to continue to help reshape Montreal’s urban center, manage more projects across the country, and maybe contribute to create an overseas division of Canderel. We may one day be managing some operations from Qatar or the UAE, who knows?
What does success look like to you?
Success is to realize my dreams and goals while never betraying the values my parents instilled in me. Things like compassion, integrity, confidence and perseverance. Success is also to still find the same passion in doing your job in the next 5, 10 or 15 years.
All of that should be wrapped up in an unconditional love that only a caring family can give.
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Professionally, it is undoubtedly having had the opportunity to coordinate a project of the magnitude of Tour des Canadiens. It has been an incredible experience. We were practically sold out in a month! This is unheard of in the Montreal real estate market.
Personally, it was the day I received the Concordia Outstanding student award. My family came all the way from Morocco for this special day. Let’s just say that it was one the happiest moment I’ve experienced during my time in Montreal.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
« Impose ta chance, serre ton bonheur et va vers ton risque. A te regarder, ils s’habitueront.» René Char
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Yes, I try to invest as much time as possible in various associations. One of them is the organization I chair, Memoires and Dialogue, which is a leader in the promotion of dialogue between religions. We bring together Jews and Muslims and we advocate for better relations between members of opposing views.
In addition, my involvement on the Ballets Jazz de Montreal’s Young Leaders’ board is very dear to my heart. I try to help as best as I can to support the initiatives of this talented company.
What to you is notable?
Standing for what is right even if you have to stand alone.
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