Vice President, Development
Salima Rawji is a well-recognized real estate executive. She leads projects across geography and asset class inside the Build Toronto portfolio including mixed use, retail, residential, and seniors housing developments. In her leadership role within Build Toronto’s development and investment group, Salima pushes for strong projects that are financially viable, as well as socially and environmentally sustainable.
“My work at Build Toronto touches a multiplicity of disciplines, stakeholders and communities. My approach is based on collaboration, which allows me to bring insight and best practice from across a wide spectrum to truly create value for all involved. The ability to use market dynamics to support businesses & entrepreneurs, all while creating livable spaces and providing a financial return to the City is what makes working at Build Toronto so unique.” – Salima Rawji
Salima currently sits on the Toronto Urban Land Institute’s Management Committee as Co-Chair of Outreach and serves as Co-Chair of the International Council of Shopping Centres’ Ontario P3 Program. Before coming to Build Toronto, Salima specialized in retail shopping centre development with SmartCentres, managing over four million square feet of development.
Salima graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce as Valedictorian, from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She also holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Salima is active in her community. In 2014 she was recognized as a Champion by the Women’s Leadership Initiative at ULI Toronto. In 2016 she was the winner of the GTA MetroNext Emerging Leader Award. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for CivicAction and the Homes First Foundation.