Chairman and CEO of Mattamy Asset Management
Peter Gilgan is the Chairman & CEO of Mattamy Asset Management Inc., a firm he founded in 2018 to build and hold a diversified portfolio of investments and businesses across geographies, asset classes and the spectrum of risk and return. Mattamy Asset Management is the parent company of Mattamy Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, which Mr. Gilgan founded in 1978. Mattamy Homes has operations across Canada and the United States, and every year helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership.
One of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and generous philanthropists, Mr. Gilgan was awarded one of the country’s highest civilian honours when he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2013, in recognition of his innovative leadership in Canada’s construction industry, and for his philanthropic support of initiatives in health care, education and athletics. In December of 2020, Mr. Gilgan was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2013, he was honoured with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of outstanding achievement and public service and was named to the Order of Ontario in 2012, for his business leadership and philanthropic initiatives.
Mr. Gilgan was awarded the prestigious Canadian Business Leader Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2023, for setting new standards in leadership and innovation. He was named by the Ivey Business School as its 2019 Business Leader of the Year. In 2016, Mr. Gilgan was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, in recognition of his contributions to sport, recreation and philanthropy. In 2013, he was inducted as a Companion into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Mr. Gilgan was awarded the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award from Laurier’s School of Business and Economics in 2010 and was elected a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2009. Mr. Gilgan was also honoured in 2007 as Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Mr. Gilgan’s multi-million-dollar commitment to philanthropy and community building is unparalleled, from health care to physical activity to higher education and community legacies – he truly is a respected and dedicated community leader. His lifetime charitable donations total more than $360 million, making him part of a small group of Canadian philanthropists who have given more than $100 million.
In February 2022, Mr. Gilgan made an historic gift of $105 million to Trillium Health Partners – the largest donation to a hospital in Canadian history, to support Trillium in building the biggest and most advanced hospital in Canada. Together with donations made to other hospitals to date, it makes Mr. Gilgan and the Peter Gilgan Foundation the largest benefactor to hospitals in Canada. In June 2019, Mr. Gilgan gifted $100 million to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the largest single gift ever to SickKids. In September 2017, Mr. Gilgan donated $10 million to the Promise Campaign of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, in tribute to his parents and childhood in the west end of Toronto. In February 2017, Mr. Gilgan, along with the Canadian Cancer Society, provided a collaborative $12 million gift to Women's College Hospital, establishing an unprecedented collaboration that will further research, education and innovation in the field of women's cancers. In 2014, Mr. Gilgan announced a $30 million gift toward construction of a new patient-care tower for critically ill patients at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital. Mr. Gilgan gave then the largest gift to a pediatric hospital in Canadian history with his $40 million donation to SickKids Hospital in 2012. His historic $15 million gift to Ryerson University in 2012 led the development of a new student and community athletic centre at the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens. And in 2010, Mr. Gilgan kicked off the capital campaign to build the New Oakville Hospital with a $10 million pacesetting gift.