Bob Dhillon seen holding his award trophy
Toronto: Calgary (Alberta)-based real estate magnate Bob Dhillon, who proudly proclaims himself as the first Sikh billionaire in North America and owns, among other things, a private 3,000-acre island in Belize in Latin America, has been named Business Man of the Year at the seventh Annual Sikh Awards held in London.
Dhillon is founder, President and CEO of Mainstreet Equity Corp. that owns 10,000 apartment units valued at $1.5-billion, largely in the western parts of Canada. He also represents Belize in Canada as its Honorary Consul.
Dhillon’s family migrated to Canada from Africa and his mother worked for Canada Post in a very junior position. They had to struggle to strive.
Eleven other successful Sikhs from UK, US, Canada, India, and Dubai were similarly honored. They included Ram Singh Nayyar, also a Canadian, in the sports category, Manika Kaur from Dubai, UAE in entertainment category, Amrik Singh Kooner of Akaal Television in the media category, etc.
The Sikh Awards was founded by Navdeep Singh, a successful entrepreneur. He called Bob Dhillon as the person who “embodies everything we strive to recognize – business acumen, success, generosity, kindness and humility.”
Singh's objective in establishing these annual awards is “to recognize, honor and celebrate the enormous achievements of the Sikh community who continue to contribute immensely to the social, cultural, and economic fabric of societies globally, as well as making a difference to people’s lives through philanthropy.”
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