Isaac Olowolafe, Founder at Dream Maker Inc.
Interviewer: Sahr Saffa (@sahrsjunior)
“It’s a trickle down effect: if there’s one member of the family that has changed their mindset for the better, then during family gatherings and holidays — when family is together and conversations are happening — the conversation is now changing because of the type of mindset those individuals have. Now you’re making an impact within other families. We’ve seen that happen in so many different instances where one person has a connection to me [Isaac Olowolafe] or Dream Maker, and that person has, let’s say, three siblings and some extended family, that one person now can impact close to 60 people… as you can see there’s definitely a lot of change that we’re doing.”
Isaac Olowolafe Jr. (@DreamMakerTO) is an award-winning real estate entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist. Isaac’s corporation, Dream Maker Inc., successfully operates multiple divisions including a brokerage, real estate development, wealth management, property management, education, private equity and insurance. The Development division celebrated the completion of the first major mixed-use development (condos, townhomes, retail) called Dream Residences at Yorkdale, located directly across from Yorkdale Mall, and has more developments underway across the GTA. Through his love of sports, Dream Maker Developments became the jersey sponsor of the Men and Women National Basketball Team and will be participating in the 2019 World Cup in China.
Isaac received a Bachelor in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has received numerous awards and recognition, including a Harry Jerome Business Award, an Enterprise Business Award by Planet Africa, an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto, a Business Leadership Award by Leadership and Governance Canada Inc. and a Public Service Award from the Transformation Institute for Leadership & Innovation and Toronto Board of Trade Award.
In addition to his membership in the Ryerson Innovation Circle, Isaac made a generous donation which named the Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab in Ryerson’s iconic Student Learning Centre. Recently Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Funded the launch of the 1st Black Tech Incubator out of Ryerson DMZ, The Black Innovation Fellowship, along side with the launch of Dream Maker Ventures Fund.
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