Mr. David C. Bentall

David C. Bentall is a graduate of UBC, and the Harvard Business School. As a real estate professional, he worked with The Bentall Group in Calgary, Toronto and Los Angeles. Later, he served for seven years as President and CEO of Dominion Construction. Under his leadership, the firm constructed Rogers Arena and annual sales grew from $150 million to just under $300 million.

Now, with Next Step Advisors, David works as a family enterprise advisor and executive/life coach. As an Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business, he regularly teaches family business workshops.

David currently serves on the board of Jervis Investment Corp, Big Steel Box Corporation and Avalon Recovery Society.  Earlier in his career, David was on numerous not for profit boards, including St. George’s School, Hope International, Keats Camps, and Young Life of Canada.

In 2005, his bestselling book, The Company You Keep, was awarded “book of the year” at the Canadian Word Guild Awards. His second book, Leaving a Legacy, (navigating family business succession ) was published in 2012.

David is a four time Canadian National water ski champion, and in January,  2012, in his age division, he was ranked the #1 male slalom skier in the world.

David and his wife, Alison have been married for over 40 years, and together they have 4 married children and 8 grandchildren.

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Mr. Mitchell Goldhar

Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian businessman and the founder of SmartCentres, a Commercial and Residential Real Estate Company focused on bringing value to Canadian communities.

Mitchell is the Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $9.7 Billion. The company’s rapid growth continues with $12.1 Billion in announced new real estate activities on its properties across country.

Mitchell started SmartCentres with the belief that Canadians deserve convenient access to affordable retail. With a shared vision, he worked to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, which they did in 1994. He eventually became, and still remains, Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world.

Mitchell is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, PenguinPickUp, REVIVAL Film Studios, Clevelands House and Maccabi Tel Aviv FC:
• His private company, Penguin Group, owns strategically located real estate across Canada, including VMC; Vaughan’s new 100-acre, 20 million-sf master planned city centre.
• PenguinPickUp is a growing network of over 100 PickUp Points that provide customers with a convenient one-stop delivery solution for online shopping.
• REVIVAL Film Studios is an active 300,000-sf film studio in downtown Toronto.
• Clevelands House is a 1,200-acre waterfront resort in Muskoka.
• Maccabi Tel Aviv is the oldest Football Club in Israel. They have won more titles than any other Israeli club and are the current Israeli Premier League champions.

A firm believer in education, Mitchell holds a BA in Political Science from York University and has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Geography and Rotman School of Management since 2004 (Professor of the Year 2015).

Mitchell is a member of the Board of Onex Corporation, Indigo Books and Music, the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto General Hospital, and is Director Emeritus with the SickKids Foundation.

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Mr. Philippe III de Gaspe Beaubien

“I was raised with a respect for education, public service, and commerce. To leave the world a better place. To contribute to society in politics or business or literature. To make a difference.”

Education: Harvard MBA, Wharton School of Business Investment Analyst Program

Core strengths

  • Holds close ties to local, provincial and federal governments in Canada, one of the world’s most stable and entrepreneurial business environments
  • Identifies trends and opportunities well ahead of the mainstream
  • Successfully commercializes undervalued businesses and products
  • Develops niche strategies to allow B2B companies to dominate their industry
  • Possesses considerable experience in navigating diverse industries and volatile markets


Family and roots matter greatly. The de Gaspé Beaubien clan has over 400 years of developing business and contributing to society in both Canada and the United States. De Gaspé Beaubiens were not only among the earliest inhabitants of Quebec City and Montreal, they were also present at the founding of Detroit and Chicago, with others extending the family name to the Midwest and down to New Mexico.

Successive generations of the family have started diverse businesses, while also serving social causes through philanthropic endeavors. Philippe’s mother Nan-b has served as director for a number of large corporations, and is a family enterprise expert. His father, Philippe II, has held a number of high-profile roles, including as the Operations Director behind the hugely successful Expo 67 in Montreal, still considered one of the greatest world fairs.


As President and CEO of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, and through his travels and participation in various global organizations, Philippe has developed an extensive network of families, foundations and private trusts around the world – gaining access and partnerships for his companies in new markets around the world.
He has close ties to the local, provincial and federal governments in Canada. Obtaining financial and political support is one of his key strengths. His family obtained the first cellular license for Canada and the cellular company they created subsequently became the largest in the country. They also acquired the first satellite broadcasting license to distribute content to Canadian communities, and 10 years later received 1G of spectrum for commercial development, the largest amount of spectrum ever given to the private sector.


Starting or acquiring companies before they become mainstream, Philippe has had a direct hand in areas as diverse as cellular phones and towers, radio station consolidation, broadband wireless expansion, spirits, data mining and anti-aging products companies. His investments span these industries and more, including Zoom, Biomod, Nannette de Gaspé, SonoFit, EERS, PUR, Starlink, Jobbook, and TechTown. <add hyperlinks to each, but not if this will only appear as a paper document.

He develops niche strategies for B2B companies that allow them to dominate their industry, with added forays into the B2C market where attractive opportunities exist.


Philippe is an accomplished entrepreneur and has been involved in 15 start-ups and turn-arounds over the past 20 years. He understands entrepreneurs, embraces technology, and is highly aware of the need for sufficient funding at the growth stage. He is accomplished at finding companies that possess a key product but have not been able to commercialize it effectively.

He rates these areas of the Canadian business environment as being particularly attractive for growth and investment potential: Pharma, ICT, Wellcare, FinTech, Agri-Food and Cleantech.


On top of his many successful ventures, Philippe has lived through several significant industry collapses in the last 17 years. He navigated his investments through the dotcom and telecom collapses of the early 2000’s and the debt crisis of 2008-09, suffering inevitable losses but also managing to multiply his ROI on a number of occasions.

Notable successes include his move to privatize Telemedia, a multimedia company, producing a 15X ROI, and his founding of Redline, a telecom company now operating in 60 countries and considerable upside.

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Mr. Steve Apostolopoulos

Steve Apostolopoulos is the Managing Partner of Triple Group of Companies (TGC), a Toronto-based full service real estate firm specializing in the purchase, leasing, development and management of commercial space. He is also the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer of Triple Properties, a privately-owned enterprise engaged in real estate investment, development, asset management and leasing.

Mr. Steve Apostolopoulos is the founder of Six Ventures Inc., a private equity venture fund.  An entrepreneur by nature, Mr. Apostolopoulos contributes to a wide variety of philanthropic organizations with his family.

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Mr. Tal Kerret

Mr. Tal Kerret is the President of Silverstein Properties, joining the family business in 2010. Silverstein Properties is a privately held, full-service real estate development, investment and management firm based in New York. Founded in 1957 by Chairman Larry Silverstein, the company has developed, owned and managed more than 40 million square feet of commercial, residential, retail and hotel space.  Recent projects include the World Trade Center, Four Seasons Walt Disney Resort and the Four Seasons Downtown NY.

In 2014 Tal co-founded SilverTech Ventures, fostering a community of successful technology companies in NYC.  Prior to joining Silverstein, he was Chairman and Co-Founder of Oberon Media, the largest tech platform for casual media. Prior to Oberon Media, Kerret was CEO and Co-Founder of RichFX for seven years.

Tal served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces for six years. Kerret holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Tel Aviv University.

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