By Mike Bossy - May 2, 2016
Recently, I lost a business associate and friend, Andy Veldman. Andy was a pioneer when it came to selling real estate to immigrant families. These immigrants were introduced to farming opportunities that were available in Canada. He changed the paradigm of real estate, as illustrated by his approach to the industry. When it came to services provided by a realtor, he was a game changer.
He and his wife Mary, along with a dedicated team, not only presented potential immigrants with farms available for purchase, but also assisted with many non-traditional real estate activities. They introduced these potential new Canadians to lenders, accountants, veterinarians, feed suppliers and builders, to name just a few. Mary assisted the new families with health cards, doctors, dentists, schools, churches and many of the small things we, as Canadians, take for granted. They topped it all off by hosting summer and Christmas parties to bring their clients together with others who had recently immigrated.
I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of many referrals and for this I am truly thankful.
Over 150 families immigrated to Canada through the efforts of Andy and Mary. The multiplier effect of this in very rough terms is $1.5 billion. This is based on an assumption (not proven) that the average farm has $10.0 million in assets. This type of investment will impact the Ontario economy for generations to come. Andy will be missed.