Who We Are

Since its inception, Trinity has embodied a spirit of leadership that's made us one of the most innovative developers in Canada. Leaning on our vast expertise, we treat each development as a unique opportunity to create inspired spaces that define communities and help our tenants thrive.

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 31.4 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


    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 10 large format shopping centres, 14 mixed-use centres and 4 community shopping centres. For the past six years we’ve increased our focus on more urban mixed-use properties in Canada.

  • 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 11.2 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. Previously Fred was Chairman of the European Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust and Vice-Chair of Extendicare.

    Fred is an active community leader and is involved with a number of local and national charities; he sits as Chairman on the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre Board of Directors, he served as Past Chair of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Chair of Sherman Campus Leadership Committee, Honorary Trustee of the ROM, and Past Chair of the Jewish Foundation of Toronto. Fred is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada and his community