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Best in class

Stronghold is a finely curated team of commercial real estate brokers that work with the ‘best in class’ investors and developers in Ontario.


Jay Parkinson
Broker of Record

While graduating from Fanshawe college with a diploma in Business Marketing, Jay was recruited by Disney World as an ambassador for Canada at The Epcot Centre. After spending a year in Florida, he returned to Ontario and got his real estate license in 1996.

After working for years with home builders, developers, and investors he co-founded Stronghold Real Estate Inc. in 2008.

During his tenure at Stronghold Jay also founded an energy reduction company to help multi-residential landlords across Ontario reduce their hydro consumption. Ultimately over 60,000 apartment suites, and their respective common areas were retrofitted with new lighting. This delivered massive rebates to our customers such as Drewlo Holdings, CLV Group, Skyline Apartment REIT, Ferguslea Properties, Terracorp Management, Boardwalk, Paramount Properties, and others. Jay decided to sell the company to a national company in 2014.

Shawn Parkinson*

Upon graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1993, Shawn immediately enrolled with the Ontario Real Estate Association to obtain his license. Attracting the attention of the developers he was selling homes and condos for, he began several relationships that would lead his to working as a full-time investment realtor. He joined an international commercial real estate brokerage in 2007. It didn’t take too long to see that his clients could be better served with a close and long-term consultative approach. It was then, in 2008, that he decided to form an independent commercial real estate firm with his brother Jay.
While working with developers and general contractors, Shawn believed that they were missing one vital contractor. He set out to pioneer a new sub-trade class that he labelled ‘scope gap contracting’. Scope Gap Contractors Inc. was founded in 2010 and quickly became a game changer for some of the largest real estate developments in Ontario. Scope Gap is proud to have completed over 3,000 residential units alone. With over 100 full-time, non-seasonal employees, Scope Gap Contractors Inc. employs a wide variety of skill levels and is typically the first trade on a site doing traffic control or construction fencing, and the last trade to leave the site doing the final ‘punch’ items. And of course, everything in between. Scope Gap Contractors Inc. is now beginning to offer their expertise to landlords to help with their capital improvements on their existing assets. In 2018 Shawn sold a controlling interest in Scope Gap Contractors to allow it to continue to grow in the hands of full-time owner/operators. This allowed him to achieve his ultimate goal of redoubling his efforts of serving his clients via Stronghold Real Estate Inc. on a variety of projects.

*Shawn has proudly been a licensed salesperson with the Real Estate Council of Ontario for over 25 years.

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