Christian Yaccarini
  • Angus Technopôle named “Best Overall” project in Canada by the Canadian Urban Institute (2015)
  • SDA received Globe Award for “Excellence in Urban Sustainability” for Angus Technopôle (2013)
  • Quebec’s Phénix Environment Award in the climate change action/non-profit category (2012)
  • Christian received the Les Affaires Green CEO Award in the small business category (2012)
C2 Theme:
Christian Yaccarini builds communities rather than buildings; develops neighbourhoods rather than real estate. In 1995, Christian founded the Société de développement Angus (SDA), a social economy non-profit organization whose then-objective was to acquire and redevelop the grounds of Montréal’s former Angus Shops in the Rosemont borough. In 1999, the first building of the Angus Technopôle project was inaugurated and would later be designated as the “first ecological industrial building in the country” by the Canadian government. Angus Technopôle would go on to receive the first LEED Neighbourhood Development Gold Certification in Canada (2008). With the SDA, Christian’s mission is to execute ecologically responsible urban renewal projects, guided by sustainable development principles, that generate substantial socioeconomic spinoffs for the local community. The realization of the Angus Technopôle business park, built on a former industrial brownfield and now home to some 56 businesses employing over 2,500 people, reflects his unique vision. On deck: the $115M Carré St. Laurent core revitalization project in the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.
“A city is only as strong as its weakest neighbourhood.”