|Area served||Canada, USA, UK|
|Key people||Blake Hutcheson (CEO)|
|Products||Office, Industrial, Retail, Residential, Hotel|
|Services||Development, Property Management, Asset Management, Investment|
|Owner(s)||OMERS Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Systems|
Oxford Properties, established in 1960 is a global real estate owner, investor, developer and property manager with a portfolio of office, retail, multi-residential and hotel assets. Wholly owned by The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Systems (OMERS), the company has offices across Canada, New York and London, UK. The organization has 1,400 employees and approximately $20 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. Oxford’s portfolio of properties represents more than 50 million square feet of office, retail, hotel, industrial, land and multi-residential assets in key markets across Canada. Some of its most recognized assets include Royal Bank Plaza, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Centennial Place and Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) bought Oxford Properties for CAN$1.5 billion. At that time, January 2003, Oxford stopped offering its securities to the public and surrendered its letters on the TSX, OXG.DB.
Oxford Properties is currently co-developing London's The Leadenhall Building with British Land, New York's Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project with Related Companies, Vancouver’s MNP Tower and Toronto’s RBC WaterPark Place both with CPP Investment Board. Oxford also owns seven Canadian Fairmont luxury hotels which were acquired in 2006, as well as 7,152 residential units spanning over 13 properties across Canada.
Oxford Leaseholds was established in 1960 in Edmonton by Don Love and John and George Poole, founders of PCL Construction. In the early days of the company’s formation the partners decided there was a need for a medical clinic, and vowed to make it happen. Seven years and a few buildings later, Great-West Life, Confederation Life Insurance Co. and Canada Trust Co. became equity partners.
To reflect its growing desire to develop towers as well as operate them, the company changed its name to Oxford Development Group. The firm entered the 1970s as a publicly traded company, with an offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with its assets surpassing $1 billion. At the time, large acquisitions included Y&R Properties portfolio and 25 shopping centres from Cambridge Leaseholds.
A decade later, a new ownership structure was introduced as Oxford went private in 1980 in a management-led leveraged buyout. To pay for the deal, it sold its shopping centres. The decade didn't pass quietly however, with assets rising above $3 billion. Oxford Properties set up its headquarters in Toronto's Richmond-Adelaide Centre, and sold its U.S. business to BCE Development Corp. Next came a division of companies, the organization split in two - Oxford Properties Canada Ltd. put the company's real estate back in public hands, and Oxford Development Group stayed private and managed all of the company’s real estate.
Eight years later, the two companies merged and once again went public with help from a $60 million investment from a Hong Kong investor. The company made significant real estate investments buying entire portfolios from Marathon, Greiner-Pacaud, Hammerson Canada, Royal Bank and the Canderel Group.
OMERS took Oxford private in 2001. Now, with $16-billion in assets the company is looking to further expand into the Northeastern United States and London.
Oxford’s early years
Don Love had arrived in Edmonton in 1955 as an enterprising young stockbroker working for a national securities firm. A physician client approached him about building a medical clinic in Edmonton, asking if he knew of any potential investors. He knew E.E. Poole, another one of his clients, and when Don made the proposal Ernest Poole declined, but suggested that his sons John and George might have some interest.
The three young men started a new company called “POLO” – "PO" for Poole, and "LO" for Love. Don provided the imagination, while John and George provided the capital. The trio secured a mortgage and built the Baker Clinic, which they then sold back to the doctors of the practice. They were officially in the development business.
Oxford Properties ranked third in the Americas and fifth globally in the diversified company/fund category in the 2012 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey. The GRESB is the first global effort to assess the environmental and social performance of the global property sector.
- Oxford Properties has measured a 28 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005, and has reduced its greenhouse emission by 20 per cent for 2012.
- Oxford's newest development – RBC WaterPark Place – will be the first newly built LEED Platinum Office Tower in Toronto
- Oxford has also been awarded #1 in Environmental and Sustainability Governance Performance by Jantzi-Sustainalytics (Jantzi), a global leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis.
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- Source: PCL Construction Leaders, the PCL Story, Our First 100 Years.