Jawad Rathore serves as the President and CEO at Fortress Real Developments. His extensive career in financial services began in 1997 after attending York University. As a financial advisor offering insurance, investment and referral mortgage services, Jawad crafted customized solutions for an array of clients.
After opening his eponymous firm in 2001, Jawad’s focus switched to product design and development; including the pioneering of commercialized pension commutations and the redemption process.
In 2002, the real estate division was launched that has grown into what Fortress is today. With a focus on marketing, Jawad’s time is spent growing the brand by teaming with some of Canada’s top developers and expanding the advisor network through financial professionals.
Jawad remains active in the business community. He maintains memberships with several associations like the Basilicata Cultural Society, the Canadian-Italian Business Professionals Association, the Canada Pakistan Business Council, and BILD — the Building Industry and Land Development Association in the Greater Toronto Area.
A passionate sports fan, Jawad believes in building communities by providing support for programs that help children in disadvantaged areas participate in recreational and amateur sports. He has been active in several grassroots campaigns including a reading & learning centre in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood where Jawad lived as a youngster and a program that sends at-risk youth to sports camps and gives them the opportunity to re-qualify year after year.
Using sports and recreation as a conduit for giving back, Jawad established a relationship with MLSE Team Up Foundation, an organization whose goals are firmly in line with the Fortress philosophy of community betterment. Jawad sits on the Chairman’s Club Committee for Team Up Foundation and has spearheaded a new charitable program, “Fortress Gives” — focused on giving back to the communities where that Fortress is invested in.