Jawad Rathore serves as the President and CEO at Fortress Real Developments. His extensive career began in financial services in 1997 after attending York University and he opened his own firm in 2001.
In 2002, Jawad expanded his business to include a real estate division, 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 which has led to the company holding a portfolio of over 80 projects across 10 major markets across the country.
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 and learning centre in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood where Jawad lived as a child to major refurbishments and gifting campaigns across the country.
Jawad’s commitment to different charitable endeavours has led him to be a senior advisor and participant in several fundraising ventures including North York Harvest Food Bank, the executive committee of Covenant House CEO Sleepout, part of the chapter advisory board for the Children’s Wish Foundation, a six year gifting program to Hospital for Sick Children, one of the largest private donors in the history of MLSE Team Up Foundation, the newest float sponsor at the historic Toronto Santa Claus Day Parade and recent significant gifts to the DeRo United Foundation and the DeMarre Carroll Family Foundation. Jawad has also led Fortress to be a pillar partner for Giants of Africa, a global initiative by Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.
He has already mapped out the Leafs, Raptors and Jays Championship Parades and is a proud father to 6 wonderful children.