#167: Bob Dhillon (Mainstreet Equity) - 19% Interest Rates, Building a Real Estate Business & Why Canadian Home Prices Are Rising



Greetings, and welcome back to the podcast.

This episode, we are joined by Mr. Bob Dhillon - President & CEO of Mainstreet Equity - a TSX listed real estate company with a market cap of ~$2 billion.

Mainstreet Equity is based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as at Q4 2023, assets are valued at CDN$3B+ with 17,000+ rental apartment units across western Canada (BC, AB, SK and Winnipeg). For over 22 years, Bob and Mainstreet have provided consistent, year over year, double digit returns to investors through MEQ’s continued organic growth.

In the 2019 Scotiabank Equity Research Daily Edge poll, MEQ led the Total Return Performance for the Canadian Listed Real Estate Sector, outperforming the TSX Real Estate Index at 89.9%. In a 20-year (2000 - 2020) stock performance comparison of the TSX, MEQ outperformed Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and Royal Bank of Canada.

Along with its healthy balance sheet success, Mainstreet is a strong and proud champion of affordable housing in western Canada.

Bob is also the owner of National Payments, a Visa and MasterCard approved merchant-processing business in the financial services sector.

In 2018, Bob gifted CDN$10M to the University of Lethbridge towards the creation of the Dhillon School of Business (DSB).

Mr. Dhillon has been awarded numerous awards including: Appointed as Officer of the Order of Canada, the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal 2022 and Diamond Jubilee Medal, Appointed Honorary Consul General of Belize for Canada, Entrepreneur of the Year Prairies Real Estate and Construction (Ernst & Young 2015), Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards (Royal Bank of Canada, 2015), & Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People (Alberta Venture Magazine, 2011).

Mr. Dhillon sits on numerous boards including the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), Advisory Council for the Canada-India Business Council & Invest Alberta Corporation.

Mr. Dhillon received a Master of Business Administration - Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. 

Among other things, we sat down and discussed 19% interest rates, building a real estate business & why Canadian home prices are rising.


Thank you to our sponsors.

Without their support this episode would not be possible:

Connate Water Solutions
Galatea Technologies
Energy United

Learn more about each sponsor at the links above. 

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published