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Mattamy Homes CEO at SMMH Monday for major funding announcement for ‘Peter Gilgan ER’

BRACEBRIDGE — Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, will be at SouthMuskokaMemorialHospital Monday for a major gift announcement for the “Peter Gilgan Emergency Department.”

Peter Gilgan, Order of Ontario recipient, is among Canada's wealthiest residents.

Peter Gilgan, Order of Ontario recipient, is among Canada’s wealthiest residents.

The entrepreneur, philanthropist, business leader and Canada’s largest new-home builder, who has built more than 60,000 homes in more than 150 communities across North America.

He will be on hand with hospital officials at 2 p.m. at the hospital’s Garden Court.

Mattamy recently built a large subdivision next to the new Bracebridge Sportsplex and Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School.

He is a major charitable donor through his Peter Gilgan Foundation.

Peter Gilgan Foundation: company profile

The Peter Gilgan Foundation is committed to supporting charitable developments and initiatives that will create vibrant communities for the future. The focus of Mr. Gilgan’s philanthropy is in three key areas: partnering with leading healthcare institutions and organizations to make significant contributions to the long term success in each community; supporting community sports and recreations facilities to promote health, wellness and accessibility; and supporting higher education institutions to recognize excellence in innovation and education.

From his legacy gift to establish the new YMCA in Oakville, to a significant multi-year donation to SheridanCollege and the “Transforming Sheridan” Student Capital Campaign, to a $10 million pacesetting gift for the development of the new OakvilleHospital, Mr. Gilgan has been committed to building great communities through community investment and support.

His other initiatives include major support for Trillium Health Centre’s Intensive Care Nursery, MarkhamStouffvilleHospital, William Osler Health Centre, and the Wellspring Cancer Support Facility in Oakville. In addition, he has provided major gifts to the Milton Centre for the Arts, GeorgeBrownCollege, and the Darling Home for Kids. Mr. Gilgan and Mattamy Homes provided land to be transferred to the Milton community and WilfridLaurierUniversity to begin the development of the Milton Education Village Project, a new university campus in the area.

In 2011, Peter Gilgan established the Peter Gilgan Leadership Award to be presented to YMCA of Oakville youth employees who have made notable contributions to the YMCA and the Oakville community. The Peter Gilgan Leadership Award consists of four awards of up to $2,500 that will be given annually to selected employees to assist them with their post-secondary education costs.

Mr. Gilgan created the Tour de Bleu in 2005 to combine his love of cycling and commitment to raising funds for community initiatives. The annual ride held in Ontario covers approximately 200km and brings together business leaders to raise funds for community hospitals. From just 10 riders six years ago to over 40 riders in the 2011 ride, the Tour de Bleu has raised over $3 million since it began benefitting community health centres.

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Peter Gilgan: company bio

Peter Gilgan is founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, Canada’s largest new home builder with more than 60,000 homes built in hundreds of communities in Greater Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and across the United States. Mattamy Homes was awarded Ontario Home Builder of the Year in 2011, an honour it has received three times in the last five years as well as Home Builder of the Year in the Greater Toronto Area, five times in the last decade.

One of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, Mr. Gilgan was awarded one of the country’s highest civilian honours in 2013 when he was appointed to the Order of Canada, in recognition of his innovative leadership in Canada’s construction industry, and for his philanthropic support of initiatives in health care, education and athletics. Mr. Gilgan was also named to the Order of Ontario in 2012, for his business leadership and philanthropic initiatives. In 2013, he was also inducted as a Companion into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In 2012, Mr. Gilgan was celebrated as a Champion for Public Education, by The Learning Partnership, for his contribution to supporting public education in Canada. Mr. Gilgan was awarded the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award from Laurier’s School of Business and Economics in 2010 and was elected a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009. Mr. Gilgan was also honoured in 2007 as Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr. Gilgan’s multi-million dollar commitment to philanthropy and community building is unparalleled, from health care to physical activity to higher education and community legacies – he truly is a respected and dedicated community leader.

In March 2012, Mr. Gilgan announced the largest gift to a pediatric hospital in Canadian history with his $40 million donation to SickKidsHospital. SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. The new Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning brings together over 2,000 scientists in the 21-storey state of the art facility.

In November 2011, Mr. Gilgan announced an historic $15 million gift to RyersonUniversity for the development of a new student and community athletic centre at the site of the former MapleLeafGardens. The new Mattamy Athletic Centre opened in 2012 and is being enjoyed by Ryerson students and the local community.

For more than 10 years, Mr. Gilgan has had a special relationship with the OakvilleHospital first as a board member and then as a donor. In 2010, Mr. Gilgan kicked off the capital campaign to build the NewOakvilleHospital with a $10 million pacesetting gift.

From his legacy gift to establish the new YMCA in Oakville, to a significant multi-year donation to SheridanCollege and the “Transforming Sheridan” Student Capital Campaign, Mr. Gilgan has been committed to building great communities through community investment and support. His other initiatives include major support for Trillium Health Centre’s Neonatal Care Unit, the Milton Centre for the Arts, Markham Stouffville Hospital, United Way of Oakville and George Brown College just to name a few.

A passionate cyclist and fundraiser, Mr. Gilgan created the Tour de Bleu in 2005 to combine his love for the sport and commitment to raising funds for community initiatives. The Tour de Bleu has raised more than $4.5 million since it began benefitting local health and community charities.

Mr. Gilgan is the lead donor and fundraiser on a private sector campaign for the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, site of the new world class velodrome and cycling venue for the 2015 Pan Parapan Am Games.

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