In addition to working with our clients, Zehr Group has redeveloped numerous properties on our own and with our Joint Venture partners. We have contributed to the reshaping of Kitchener’s downtown core and Innovation District into an active and attractive technology sector. Although we are based in the Waterloo Region, Zehr Group has undertaken projects across Canada. We specialize in creating and managing clean, contemporary spaces which respect the history of the property and its surroundings. We pride ourselves on balancing aesthetics and function, incorporating green technology wherever possible, working within budget, and meeting project deadlines. Our dedication has helped us achieve industry awards including GVCA’s Building Excellence ‘Game Changer’ award, and many features in local newspapers and magazines.
The Zehr Group has a long family history of entrepreneurship and development. Lester Zehr and his brother Cliff opened the first Zehr’s Market in 1950. Within ten years, the family-run operation had expanded to six locations. In 1963, Loblaw’s purchased 60 per cent of the business, and in 1973, Lester left the corporation to pursue other business ventures, starting Zehr Group, a real estate and construction firm, soon after. His entrepreneurial spirit was passed on to his children, and in 1984, Don Zehr joined the company to work with his father.
In 1993, Don took over as CEO and expanded the business to include development and property management. Today the Zehr Group is the parent company to three business divisions: Zevest Development Corporation, Zehr Levesque Inc., and Zehr Management Inc. Together with management partners Reg Levesque, John MacDonald, and Alice Butt, the Zehr Group has become a rising star in a wide range of real estate services.
Our team is comprised of a talented group of top-performing project managers and coordinators, property managers, and site personnel. In addition to being leaders in their fields, many of our staff have achieved industry certifications including Gold Seal and LEED accreditations.
We are dedicated to achieving the highest level of client satisfaction through personalized service, an open-door policy, and integrated property solutions.
The Zehr Group is dedicated to continued community involvement and support. In addition to making ongoing contributions to local charities, Don Zehr is an active board member for the Grand River Hospital Foundation and Junior Achievement of Waterloo Region. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of the City of Kitchener, and Downtown Action and Advisory Committee.
Health and Safety
Zehr Group is committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. Our health and safety goals of zero accidents and zero lost time injuries are being achieved through a strict Health and Safety Program and active employee involvement. Zehr Group believes that all accidents are preventable and through ongoing training and awareness we can meet our goals. Please see the following link for access to our Health and Safety Policy statement.
Chief Executive Officer Don Zehr was not always planning on being in the real estate business, but after several years piloting aircraft for a Toronto based airline, he found his passion through the family business. In 1984, he began working with his father at Zehr Group, learning and developing the property portfolio. In 1993, he took over as CEO and has since advanced the Zehr Group to what it is today: a unique, multifaceted real estate business specializing in development, construction, and property management.
Zehr Group is always searching for innovative and qualified people to join our team. If you are interested in joining the Zehr Group team in either the Development, Construction, or Management divisions, please forward your resume to:
Alice Butt, Chief Operating Officer