Edward Sorbara, principal of the Sorbara Group of Companies, was presented with the Building Industry and Land Development Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award on May 3rd at the 39th annual BILD Awards.
Surrounded by his family, friends and more than 1,200 industry colleagues, Sorbara was recognized for his “enduring career and legacy in the building and land development sectors.”
Upon completing his MBA in 1967, Sorbara started working for the family business. Over the past 52 years, Sorbara has been active in various industry association initiatives, including the Urban Development Institute of Ontario, where he served a term as president; the Urban Development Institute of Canada, where he also served a term as president; the Founding Steering Committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, where he co-chaired the Affordable Housing Coalition. In addition, he was a long-standing member of The Society of Industrial and Office Realtors and The National Association of Industrial and Office Parks.
“I can only imagine the changes that he not only witnessed but has been a part of over his 52-year career,” said Dave Wilkes, President and CEO, BILD in the association’s press release.
Sorbara continues to play an active role in supporting communities. The former United Way of Greater Toronto board member currently sits on the Board of the Villa Charities Foundation and the Archdiocese of Toronto Finance Council and related Catholic Cemeteries’ Board. He is a member of the Literary Circle of the Toronto Public Library Foundation and founded the Vaughan Breakfast for Prostate Cancer Canada.
“What I think really defines Edward is the man he is and the way he contributes to industry efforts, never being afraid to tell it like it is and always in the context of what is best for the Greater Toronto Area,” Wilkes added.
Photo courtesy of BILD.