David J. Azrieli, C.M., C.Q., M.Arch., was born in Poland in 1922, fought with distinction in Israel’s War of Independence and came to Canada in 1954. Now regarded as one of the world’s most innovative builders and designers, David’s entry into real estate was humble, beginning with the modest construction of four houses in a Montreal suburb.
Today, his innovative architectural vision can be seen in the office buildings, high-rise residences, office towers and shopping centres he has built in Canada, the United States and Israel. His two companies – Montreal-based Canpro Investments Ltd. and the Tel Aviv-based Azrieli Group – are considered leaders in their fields.
In 2007, Azrieli completed construction of three skyscrapers in Tel Aviv, collectively known as the Azrieli Center – the first and most unique of their kind in the Middle East.
In 1984, David was named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. In 1999, he was named “chevalier” of the Ordre National du Québec, the province’s highest civilian honour. David’s lifelong commitment to philanthropic causes has been realized in the programs and institutions he has supported personally and through the establishment of the Azrieli Foundation. In this way, Azrieli has helped pave the way for others to achieve individual and community success.
On Wednesday, July 9 2014, Mr. Azrieli died peacefully surrounded by his family in his country house in Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec. He was 92. On Monday, July 14 2014, he was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel.