At QuadReal, one of the ways we recognize the achievements of our colleagues is through our annual recognition program, the QuadReal Awards of Excellence.

The QuadReal Awards of Excellence celebrate the incredible efforts of colleagues from every part of the business, from all countri​es in which we operate. The program demonstrates both the appetite for colleagues wanting to recognize each other’s efforts and the array of talent across the organization. As part of this program and in support of QuadReal’s community engagement initiatives, we are pleased to support award recipients with a donation opportunity to their charity of choice.

In 2023, over 200 colleagues were honoured with an Award of Excellence in categories such as Excellence in Being a Responsible Company, Excellence in Customer Experience and Excellence in Innovation. Many of these recognitions also reflect cross-functional team collaboration.

Seeing how all of us at QuadReal come together to celebrate one another at the Awards of Excellence makes our company more than just a workplace. It was an honour to participate as one of the presenters, recognizing my fellow teammates for the talents they share across the company. This is what makes colleagues feel like family and QuadReal feel like home.  

Fadila Abdillahi, Assistant Property Manager

The Paul Cantor Award of Excellence

The Paul Cantor Award recognizes a QuadReal colleague who defines dedication to excellence. Named in honour of our Founding Chair Paul Cantor, this Award is presented by our Board annually to a team member who embodies commitment to our values, to excellence and to community-building.

Learn more about our recipients, their leadership and their meaningful contributions to QuadReal, our clients and communities.

2023 Recipient – Carl Lam

Headshot of Carl LamCarl Lam, Director, Industrial, was awarded the 2023 Paul Cantor Award of Excellence. Carl is widely recognized by his colleagues as an ambassador of QuadReal’s values, thanks to his involvement within and beyond the boundaries of his asset class and region. With nearly 25 years of industry experience, he continues to remain highly engaged with our tenants, clients and colleagues. His distinctive style of leadership has cultivated a positive work environment where all team members feel encouraged to collaborate and strive for excellence. We celebrate Carl as a leader of his generation and for his ongoing contributions to the company and our industry.

2022 Recipient – Abriel Chan

Abriel ChanAbriel Chan, Vice President, International Real Estate, received the 2022 Paul Cantor Award of Excellence. Abriel has been a member of the QuadReal team since its very first days contributing to building and enhancing the performance of the international portfolio we manage. While working tirelessly to advance these efforts, Abriel will play an integral role in the opening of QuadReal’s newest office in Los Angeles. We are excited to support Abriel’s new chapter as he relocates from Vancouver to the U.S. Thanks to dedicated colleagues like Abriel, we can celebrate a spirit within QuadReal which is dynamic, collaborative and inclusive.

2021 Recipient – Sarah Clarke

Headshot of Sarah Clarke

Sarah Clarke, Vice President, Office – East, was recognized with the 2021 Paul Cantor Award of Excellence. Sarah’s colleagues all express respect and admiration for her exceptional leadership and contributions to QuadReal and the industry at large. Her professionalism balanced with her level of care has been most evident in Sarah’s consistent focus on delivering service excellence and collaborating with our tenants. Sarah is ‘Excellence Lives Here’ personified, demonstrated by an unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations in all she accomplishes.

2020 Recipient – Deborah Chan

Deborah Chan HeadshotDeborah Chan, Senior Vice President, Finance – Investment Management, was awarded the 2020 Paul Cantor Award of Excellence. Deb’s devotion to her team and unwavering commitment to every project she has worked on are common themes of celebration among her colleagues. Deb gains the trust of those around her, whether it’s her own team members or external business partners. We are inspired by Deb’s leadership and the devotion she brings to the next generation.


2019 Recipient – John Cordonier

John Cordonier HeadshotJohn Cordonier, Vice President, Development, was presented with the inaugural Paul Cantor Award. John’s approach to leading with creativity and unmatched problem-solving resulted in the success of some of QuadReal’s most iconic development projects: 745 Thurlow, Oakridge Centre and The Post, to name a few. Despite the impressive list of achievements, John’s humility has garnered utmost respect from his peers and colleagues. We are grateful to have John as a teammate—a leader by example of innovation and collaboration who inspires those around him to do their best every day.