A Long-term Experience
Mr. William F. Harden, Founder, President and CEO of Harden began his business career in 1975, with the opening of a jewellery store, called La Maison d’Or Jewellers, in Hawkesbury, Ontario.
Mr. Harden spent the next 10 years at the helm of La Maison d’Or Jewellers and Harden Jewellers, a company that his parents founded in 1949, growing the business from one to seven stores. Under his leadership, the name La Maison d’Or Jewellers, and Harden Jewellers became synonymous throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec with honesty, integrity and excellent service, a reputation that still exists today.
The Harden Origin
In 1985, Mr. Harden decided to move on from the jewellery business to pursue a new challenge in the commercial real estate development world and founded Harden.
His vision was to create a company that would give its tenants the best opportunity to be successful, with prime locations, strategic market positioning, innovative architectural design and a synergetic tenant mix. Mr. Harden has succeeded in doing just that since the foundation of the company, with the help of his two sons, Chris, Vice President of Development who joined the company in 2006 and Tyler, Vice President of Leasing who joined the company in 2008 and more than fifty dedicated team members. Over the years, the company Harden has developed and constructed over 2 million square feet of privately owned commercial real estate projects, which include 18 shopping centres and several office buildings.
Mr. Harden is also the President and CEO of Harden Construction, a company he founded in 1995 to create full synergy within the Harden group of companies and provide its clients with a truly turn-key approach. Since its inception, Harden Construction has built over 2 million square feet of commercial space with a total cost of construction of over $400 million.
Our mission is to provide our clients with prime locations that give the best opportunity to be successful, resulting from strategic market positioning, innovative architectural design and the creation of a synergetic tenant mix. We strive to develop properties that fulfill the basic needs of the community; to live, work, shop, dine and be entertained, all by doing so in a sustainable environment. We are not just building stores; we are building a community. Families are at the heart of our activities and we take pride in supporting and organizing events that contribute to the wellness of our communities.