Leonard was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. It was at Dawson College in Montreal that Leonard earned a degree in Social Sciences and completed a four year program in Social Services. During that time, Leonard worked in his community with youth in conflict with the law for some time.
After university and building his portfolio, Leonard had the opportunity to work for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal. Leonard’s entry role started him off in the mail room at Bombardier, through hard work and a keen ability to learn quickly, Leonard soon was promoted to the marketing department in the Business Aircraft Division. It was here that Leonard developed strong computer programming skills.
Leonard was transferred to Bombardier’s Commercial Aircraft Division in Toronto where he spent many more years before venturing out on his own as a consultant. As am consultant Leonard worked for some much respected organizations such as, Canada Post, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Management Board Secretariat and the major law firm of Osler, Hoskins and Harcourt. It was during this as a consultant that Leonard earned his real estate license and then shortly after upgraded it to a broker’s license. During Leonard’s career as a realtor he won several awards selling homes with my brokerage in Newmarket, Ontario.
For the past 7 years, Leonard has been the Broker of Record for Sam McDadi Real Estatein Mississauga – one of the top real estate teams in the world. Leonard has won many performance awards as both a salesperson and broker of record. Some of the awards that Leonard has achieved in Real Estate have been:
- Directors Award Sutton Group
- Silver Award 3 times with Sam McDadi Real Estate
- Readers Choice Award as Broker of record
Leonard worked hard keeping the brokerage compliant with the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act as well as municipal and board rules and by-laws. In this role, Leonard spent some of my time preparing claims for small claims court and advising agents on Landlord-Tenant Matters. It would be this legal involvement that would lead to his desire to learn more about the law. Leonard decided to study paralegal studies in order to get a full grasp of the concepts that would enhance his career.
Leonard studied hard and worked in real estate full time. While in the program earned many awards including perfect attendance and monthly academic achievement awards. Leonard was admired by fellow classmates as always being kind, courteous and always having a smile to offer! He was a leader in the academic community and that leadership, the ability to motivate and the highest overall average is what led to Leonard’s nomination as the Valedictorian. Leonard’s address was moving and inspiring to all!
It is through these valued and trusting relationships with his classmates that Leonard and two fellow classmates built a paralegal multi law office in Mississauga. Today, Leonard shares this paralegal office with his classmates who are no business partners and together they are helping the public and each other daily. Leonard devotes about twenty five percent of his practice hours to pro-bono work helping individuals, who otherwise would have had no proper legal advice or representation.
Leonard’s desire to learn, to achieve and to always do better, has lead him from the mail room as a young man to the positions he holds today. And the learning is not over yet: Leonard plans to continue his growth and development and continue to give back to his community.