Who We Are

Since its inception, Trinity has strived to become the leader others follow. Through our belief that each and every property comes with its own unique set of opportunities, we’ve applied our experience and innovation to turn our developments into category defining success - separating ourselves from the pack, and creating inspired spaces that flourish for our tenants and the communities they inhabit.

When John Ruddy set out to create a commercial real-estate business in 1992, he had one goal in mind: to be the leading developer of retail space in the country.

Since then, Trinity Development Group Inc. has created over 25 million feet of retail space across Canada, with many of their properties representing the finest examples of mixed-use land development in the industry. It’s been this disciplined approach of experience and innovation that has created development projects that define communities, and redefine the sector as a whole. Through an experienced team of executives and design professionals, Trinity continues to lead, rejecting expected solutions and crafting a legacy for the future.

What We Do

The Trinity Development Group Inc. is active in three distinct segments of real-estate development: Urban Mixed-Use Centres, Community Centres, and Large Format Centres. In each, we strive to create spaces that allow tenants to thrive and communities to prosper.

  • Development

    Development

    Experience and innovation is a prerequisite in an industry that has ever-changing needs. Our Development Team applies unique, creative solutions to every one of our projects, which currently include 5 large format shopping centres, 8 mixed-use centres and 4 community shopping centres. For the past four years we’ve increased our focus on more urban mixed-use properties in Canada, while expanding our retail concepts in international markets such as Russia.

  • Construction

    Construction

    On budget and on time. Our Construction Department’s ability to deliver on both is achieved through trusted relationships with consultants and contractors who have a comprehensive understanding of the start-to-finish process. Currently, we are building or expanding projects totalling 7.5 million square feet.

  • Property Management

    Property Management

    Helping tenants realize full profit potential requires managers with a deep understanding of our projects. Our Property Management team is closely involved in each new project, from the construction stage through to the to successful opening of our tenant stores. By applying proactive management strategies and immediate access to all key departments, we are able to efficiently resolve obstacles as they arise.

Our team members represent the best in the industry, bringing extensive experience and innovative strategic thinking to all of our land development projects.

Each member has played a role in cementing Trinity’s commitment to excellence, from specialized planning, retail development, leasing, construction, finance and property management.

  • John Ruddy
    “Multi-use developments, single-minded excellence”

    John Ruddy founded Trinity Development Group in 1992, having already established himself as one of Canada’s foremost and most respected developers. As Executive Chairman, John is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the organization, and is committed to continuing Trinity’s position as Canada’s leading real estate development group.

    Trained as an architect, John began his career in the industry in 1977 before founding Trinity to focus on the then emerging large format retail centres. Under his leadership, Trinity has gone on to develop more than 25 million square feet in communities across Canada, employing industry-leading designs and creative mixed-use strategies.

    John is a prominent and active philanthropist, serving as Honorary Chair at the Royal Ottawa Hospital Campaign for Mental Health, and spearheading their $25 million campaign to fund research, care and advocacy. He has also established the Trinity Development Foundation, providing support at the community level for youth education and sports, seniors, health and the arts. His passion for sports led him to be the champion and lead donor for the revival of the football program at Carleton University after a 15 year absence.

    He is a majority shareholder of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, which owns the CFL franchise Ottawa Redblacks, the Ottawa Fury Soccer Club, and the OHL Ottawa 67’s. Originally founded to re-establish CFL football in the nation’s capital, OSEG is also responsible for the revitalization of 48-acre Lansdowne Park — a redevelopment that exemplifies Trinity’s ambitious and forward-thinking approaches to vertical mixed-use developments.

  • Fred Waks
    “I want Trinity to be known for our ability to realize the full potential of an opportunity, and for having the expertise to deliver lasting value for our investors — and our communities.”

    Fred Waks joined Trinity in early 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a reputation as one of the leading developers in the country.

    As a third generation developer, Fred most recently held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at RioCan, where he gained national recognition for being an integral part of the team who transformed the company into the largest retail landlord in Canada. During his tenure, RioCan grew from $100 million to $15 billion in assets. His profile and expertise have made him a sought-after expert on real estate development with top tier Canadian business media.

    Fred is an active community member and is involved with a number of local and national charities; he serves as the Chair of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Chair of Sherman Campus Leadership Committee, sits as Vice-Chair on the Friends of Simon Wisenthal Centre Board of Directors, Honorary Trustee of the ROM, sits on the Advisory Board for Graywood, a board member of European Commercial Real Estate Limited and Past Chair of the Jewish Foundation of Toronto.