Cadillac Fairview

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Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
IndustryProperty management
Founded1974; 45 years ago (1974)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Area served
Canada, United States, Brazil, China, United Kingdom
Key people
John M. Sullivan, President & Chief Executive Officer
ProductsCommercial real estate properties
ParentOntario Teachers' Pension Plan

Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited is a Canadian company that invests in, owns, and manages commercial real estate, mainly in Canada and the United States. As of March 2017, the company had 73 properties, encompassing 38 million square feet, worth over $29 billion;[1] as of September 2017, Cadillac Fairview's portfolio consisted of 60% Canadian retail (mainly major shopping centres) and 26% Canadian office buildings.[2] Cadillac Fairview is owned by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.


The name "Cadillac Fairview" came into existence in 1974 as a result of the merger between Cadillac Development Corporation Ltd and Fairview Corporation.[3] Cadillac Development Corporation was founded by partners Ephraim Diamond (d. 2008), Joseph Berman (1922-2003), and Jack Kamin in Toronto in 1953 as a developers of high-rise apartment buildings. Fairview Corporation was established in 1958 as the real estate division of Cemp Investments, the holding company of the Bronfman family. Before merging, Cadillac and Fairview already had strong ties since 1968.[4] Bronfman-held Cemp Investments sold Cadillac Fairview in 1986.

The company was purchased by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan in March 2000. In 2006 it expanded its operations to Brazil by buying 46 percent of Multiplan Emprendimentos Imobiliarios SA, a Brazilian shopping center manager worth more than $1 billion.[5] In 2013, it was sued for causing hundreds of birds to die due to the glass panes at one of its Toronto office buildings,[6] it won the case. In 2012, Cadillac Fairview bought out the leases of Sears Canada in five stores for $400 million, including the lease of the flagship Sears at Toronto Eaton Centre.[7] Many of the former Sears locations, including the one at Eaton Centre, became Nordstroms.[8] In 2014, it purchased the Toronto flagship store of Hudson's Bay Company for $650 million.[9]

On September 21, 2015, Cadillac Fairview rebranded its shopping centre properties, adding the prefix "CF" in front of each shopping centre name and phasing out individual mall logos in favour of a standardized logo format and image campaign.[10] In January 2017, Cadillac Fairview sold half of its Vancouver portfolio to the Ontario Pension Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.[1] Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal involved 4 million square feet of leasable space in the Pacific Centre and 12 office properties. In September 2017, it announced it would become a national partner to the Canadian Olympic Committee.[11]


Cadillac Fairview owns, develops, and manages property, malls and large office and retail spaces across the Western Hemisphere, mostly in North America. Cadillac Fairview has also developed suburban housing, such as the Erin Mills "New Town". Among its Canadian assets are one New Brunswick property, six Quebec properties, twenty-five Ontario properties, two Manitoba properties, eight Alberta properties, and fourteen British Columbia properties.[12]

Cadillac Fairview's malls are generally large and high-quality, with high-end stores and high sales per square foot.[13] For instance, sales at the Toronto Eaton Centre, a CF mall, were $1500 per square foot, while lower-end malls have sales closer to $325 per square foot.[13] Cadillac Fairview has actively tried to sell weak malls, reducing its mall count from a high of 40 to around 20 in 2017.[13]

Notable properties managed by Cadillac Fairview, some co-owned with (or managed on behalf of) other investors, are listed below.

Property name Location Property type Year opened
CF Carrefour Laval Laval, Quebec Shopping centre 1974
CF Champlain Dieppe, New Brunswick Shopping centre 1974
CF Chinook Centre Calgary, Alberta Shopping centre 1960
CF Fairview Mall Toronto (North York), Ontario Shopping centre 1970
CF Fairview Park Mall Kitchener, Ontario Shopping centre 1966
CF Fairview Pointe-Claire Pointe-Claire, Quebec Shopping centre 1965
CF Galeries d'Anjou Montreal (Anjou), Quebec Shopping centre 1968
CF Lime Ridge Hamilton, Ontario Shopping centre 1981
CF Market Mall Calgary, Alberta Shopping centre 1971
CF Markville Markham, Ontario Shopping centre 1982
CF Masonville Place London, Ontario Shopping centre 1985
CF Pacific Centre Vancouver, British Columbia Shopping centre and office towers 1971
CF Polo Park Winnipeg, Manitoba Shopping centre 1959
CF Promenades St-Bruno Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec Shopping centre 1978
CF Richmond Centre Richmond, British Columbia Shopping centre 1964
CF Rideau Centre Ottawa, Ontario Shopping centre and office tower 1983
CF Sherway Gardens Toronto (Etobicoke), Ontario Shopping centre 1971
16 York Street Toronto, Ontario Office tower 2019
CF Shops at Don Mills Toronto, Ontario Shopping centre 2009
Deloitte Tower Montreal, Quebec Office tower 2015
Maple Leaf Square Toronto, Ontario Multi-use complex 2010
RBC Centre Toronto, Ontario Office tower 2009
Simcoe Place Toronto, Ontario Office tower with retail concourse 1995
Toronto-Dominion Centre Toronto, Ontario Office complex with retail concourse 1969
CF Toronto Eaton Centre Toronto, Ontario Shopping centre and office towers 1977
Waterfront Station Vancouver, British Columbia Transportation facility 1914
Windsor Station Montreal, Quebec Office and retail complex; former railway station 1889

Notable former properties[edit]

Property name Location Property type Year opened
Erin Mills Town Centre Mississauga (Erin Mills), Ontario Shopping centre 1989
Promenade Shopping Centre Thornhill, Ontario Shopping centre 1986
Woodbine Centre Toronto , Etobicoke (Rexdale), Ontario Shopping centre 1985
Regent Mall Fredericton, New Brunswick Shopping Centre 1976
The Galleria at White Plains White Plains, New York Shopping Center 1980
Mcallister Place Saint John, New Brunswick Shopping Centre 1978


In July 2018, Cadillac Fairview was criticized for having facial recognition software installed on their mall directories, which collect anonymized information of the estimated age and gender of kiosk users.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Cadillac Fairview selling half its stake in Vancouver real estate portfolio". Vancouver Sun. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  2. ^ "The plan to make Cadillac Fairview a household name". The Globe and Mail. 2017-09-20. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
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  4. ^ "Cadillac Fairview | CF History". Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  5. ^ "Cadillac Fairview buys asset in Brazil". The Globe and Mail. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  6. ^ Hasham, Alyshah (2013-02-10). "Bird window-strike deaths: Ruling on Cadillac Fairview building expected Monday". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  7. ^ "Sears Canada to close Eaton Centre store, 4 others". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  8. ^ Friend, David (2014-01-15). "Nordstrom to open in Toronto Eaton Centre by fall 2016". CTVNews. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  9. ^ "HBC sells flagship Toronto store, will open Saks location | CBC News". CBC. 2014-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  10. ^ "Cadillac Fairview renaming Toronto Eaton Centre". Global News. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  11. ^ Campbell, Morgan (2017-09-20). "COC signs sponsorship deal with Cadillac Fairview". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  12. ^ The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited - Our Portfolio, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, retrieved 2017-03-06
  13. ^ a b c Kopun, Francine (2017-05-11). "Why Canada's top tier malls thrive while local malls barely survive". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  14. ^ "Company that owns Polo Park using facial recognition in malls without consent". CBC News. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2018-07-28.

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