On October 14, Bill Harden received important recognition for his remarkable career, when the Prescott-Russell region awarded him the prestigious Excellence Award at their 13th annual Excellence Awards Gala. It was a fitting honour for a man who has spent over three decades developing properties that have contributed to the economic well-being of the communities that Harden serves, including Prescott-Russell, where the Harden family established their first business, a jewellery store, in 1949.
Established in 1985 by Bill Harden, today’s Harden is a family-owned real estate development company that operates shopping centres throughout Quebec and Ontario. Having spent his formative years working alongside his brothers Reg and Brent developing the jewellery business from one to seven stores, Bill’s vision was to create a development company that would put the chances of success firmly on the side of the tenants. He selected prime locations, committed to developing properties that offered innovative architectural design, and solicited tenants that would complement each other’s offerings.
“We not only develop shopping centres, we invest in the communities in which we operate,” says Bill Harden. “We are committed to contributing to both the economic success and community spirit of the cities in which we operate. We are a family-owned company that contributes to events and activities that promote family togetherness such as the family days we host annually in our shopping centres”.
“We also see ourselves as partners to the communities we serve and we are proud to be able to contribute, as an example, one million dollars to the expansion of the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, and over $250,000 to the Palliative Care residence in Vaudreuil-Soulanges. We are invested in the people of these communities. It’s who we are.”
Bill’s vision and philosophy was a recipe for success and to date Harden has built more than 2 million square feet of private commercial real estate projects including 28 shopping centres, in such cities as Cornwall, Hawkesbury, Vaudreuil, Beauharnois, Brossard, Laval, and others.