Mr. Hassan Khosrowshahi personifies the ‘great Canadian dream.’
Mr. Khosrowshahi came to British Columbia from Iran and achieved great business success in his new home. He and his family founded the Inwest Group of Companies, focusing initially on retailing and real estate and then on pharmaceutical and entertainment industries.
The Future Shop, one of Canada’s great retail success stories, was an Inwest company until it was sold in 2001.
Mr. Khosrowshahi’s companies develop, hold and manage real estate, including land, resorts, shopping centres and apartment buildings. They are world leaders in managing funds that purchase royalties from pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, research institutions, and universities. The group also acquires, owns and administers music copyrights.
Mr. Khosrowshahi is far more than a highly successful business person, as he and his family have been generous supporters of community organizations such as Street-to-Home, Share Family and Community Services, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation.
He has served as the Chairman of the Fraser Institute, a member of the Executive Committee of the B.C. Business Council, a member of the board of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and B.C. Chair of the Governor General’s Leadership Council. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and sits on the board of the Leading Edge Endowment Fund.