Written by: Matrix360
The tenacity to push forward towards excellence and the will to innovate are key traits possessed by Isaac Olowolafe, Founder and President of Dream Maker Inc. As one of Canada’s serial entrepreneurs with a track record of success, Isaac’s drive to evolve the Canadian economic landscape and showcase what innovation looks like is outstanding. His passion for real estate is evident in the communities that he has built across the Greater Toronto Area.
Isaac’s ability to understand the importance of diversity in business has fueled one of his key ventures, Canada’s first Venture Capital Fund, supporting persons of colour and women entrepreneurs. His passion, dedication and love for people are traits that clearly define Isaac as a great leader. We are honoured to spotlight Isaac as an X-cellence Leader in our series!
Isaac Olowolafe, Founder and President of Dream Maker Inc.
Where are you from and what is your cultural background?
I was born in Nigeria and my parents and I moved to Canada when I was four years old.
What inspired you to work in the field that you are today?
I began researching the market and economy and realized the impact of real estate as a tool to generate generational wealth, for not only yourself but your family and the community around you. Real estate is about building communities and generational wealth, and the impacts are tremendous.
What was your career vision when you first started your career journey?
My vision was to create a fully integrated asset management company that can help individuals and families grow their wealth using real estate.
Were you aware of the commercial real estate and development industry as a career option for you?
I was exposed to it growing up in Woodbridge, as well as seeing my dad work as a real estate broker. I was exposed to real estate at an early age and my curiosity led me to learn more.
When was the first time in your life when you realized that you had the power to change or to do something meaningful?
As a young boy, listening to the words of my pastor during a sermon, and the ability of having faith and sacrifice towards something you believe in, was a time when I realized I had the power to do anything that I put my mind to. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be surrounded by strong, dedicated people who cared.
What are some of the struggles you faced throughout your career and/or life journey that you would like to highlight?
There was a huge learning curve when I launched my development company at the age of 28 as well as jumping into a condo project as my first development. I had to learn quickly and embrace patience.
Thinking more critically is so important in the times we live in. If you could go back in time, what piece of leadership advice would you give to yourself that you know now?
I would tell myself to value every relationship in my life, big or small and to surround myself with even harder working individuals to keep me motivated. Also, be willing to try new things without the fear of failure. You never know what opportunity could have worked in your favour if you don’t try.
Did you have any role models/mentors that have shaped your career?
My parents have always been huge role models in my life. I am thankful for supportive and caring parents.
What is your mantra or what are your words of inspiration?
Dream big! Have faith! Put in the work, make the sacrifices needed and understand that nothing great comes overnight.
The journey to excellence is filled with sacrifices, persistence, and more importantly believing in your internal strength. Isaac is one leader who continues to embrace his internal power that allows him to hone into his entrepreneurial spirit. As a leader who inspires a multitude of people, Isaac walks the walk and takes action, continuing to invest in communities that have been underserved. For him, education towards generational wealth is integral. We salute you, Isaac, for your leadership, and being a reflection of how to successfully tap into your strengths through a mindset of dedication and commitment.