December 31 2016
Denis Leblanc: A Passion for Light and Beauty
The moment you meet Denis Leblanc, the president of Groupe Leblanc Immobilier, as he welcomes you with a warm handshake and a wide smile, you can instantly tell that you are in the presence of a simple, honest and passionate person. His dynamic business signature is nothing short of that.
For the second time, Denis Leblanc was chosen by le Réseau Afffaires Verdun, as Business Personality of the Month for his acquisition of a second building which now houses the Verdun Library on Wellington Street, at the 3rd Avenue; an ultra-modern dental clinic; and spacious premier office spaces in the higher floors. The official inauguration will take place early 2017.
The business man is very proud of his investment, especially the thorough makeover of this vast building of 21 000 sq.ft., which had alternately been a car dealership, a grocery store, and a place of worship, but which has become “an event to share” as he puts it.
Denis Leblanc describes himself as an investor and a developer.
“I have always been passionate about real estate,” says the man who holds a dual degree in criminology and psychology.
“Investing isn’t a matter of only money; it is contributing and adding to the harmony of the city”.
As we mentioned, the Personality of the Month of December has a passion for beauty and light that you can definitely see them mirrored in his works. At Verdun, people say that, apart from doing things right, Denis Leblanc knows how to attract business tenants to his properties. For this key player, this task seems to be pretty easy since he appreciates the seriousness and enthusiasm of the borough’s contributors that he deals with.
It is by mere chance, in 2012, that the new owner discovered the Verdun borough and bought his first property in it: a 100-year-old building of 15000 sq.ft., perched on the corner of Wellington and Galt, which underwent thorough renovation and transformation by Groupe Leblanc. There you will find a Desjardins ATM, a pharmacy, and a patisserie. It is as remarkable an achievement as his latest acquisition.
Denis Leblanc not only has a passion for beauty and light; but also for aesthetics and well-being. “When I see my tenants happy to work in their beautiful and bright environment, for me, it is a great reward and a mission accomplished”.
“In Verdun, the belonging feeling is very strong,” confirms Mr. Leblanc. “I believe in helping the borough and contributing to the creation of a wave on Wellington Street so that it becomes an inspiration,” he adds.
A family man, Denis Leblanc currently works with his sons, Charles and Justin, and soon his other son Gabriel. Charles is a 25-year-old young entrepreneur whose power is directed toward construction and implementation of Groupe Leblanc projects. He is, literally, by his father’s side.
The Groupe Leblanc, which consists of about ten employees, has a number of projects underway for at least the coming two years, one of which is at an advanced stage on Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and another on Plateau Mont Royal; not to forget another in Verdun that is still in early stages.
January 22 2016
Personality January 2014
Appointment was given to me in his last achievement, a sleek red brick building, the discreet façade near the metro from the Church. Are everywhere including urban café, a traditional bakery and a clinical pharmacy … Denis Leblanc is a passionate and you can hear from his first words.
“I love the beautiful, harmonious facades, architectural aesthetics, the color scheme. A souvenir of Paris, incredible! “This will guide him in all his projects. Denis Leblanc is a visionary real estate manager. “When I acquire a building, I see a concept, a story. Its facade will caress or displeasing to the eye for 50 years, “he says with humor. From Paris to Soho via Portugal or a small town in the Ile-de-France, his eye was full of praise for the architectural details he encountered during his travels.
St-Laurent in Wellington
A native of Drummondville, he remembers his adolescence: “My father had bought two houses. I loved it and I fell in love with the architecture. “Yet to 18 years, he studied criminology at Montreal. He smiled, “it was not many, it was the beginnings, but I liked it.” Thereafter, he had a degree in psychology, but denies having had a date. He admits to having a keen interest in the humanities and remembers with pleasure these past moments as a social worker.
At thirty, he made his first acquisitions on the Boulevard Saint-Laurent. “The atmosphere of the 50s had disappeared, he needed to resurrect. I worked the quality of goods with quality materials and avant-garde, “says Denis Leblanc. Today, the family business has 14 quality office buildings, where he was able to combine aesthetics, exceptional atmosphere and near the city center. “I try with my partners and tenants to have a relationship of trust and empathy. I put myself in the place of the one that will rent the property I am proposing. At Verdun, it was also necessary to understand the lives of those who lived there and had to move sadly, “concedes the businessman.
Verdun was the unknown. One of his four son liked the place and seemed to see the potential. Very soon, Denis Leblanc met the owner of 4146; Wellington Street. “It was a good meeting. There were 30 rooms, this is a lot of people to relocate. It was essential to work, to support them in this process, “he said with empathy. The manager also thanked the efficiency of services in the borough in this adventure.
The future in Verdun
“In this building, there will be particular credit union, the Sectoral Committee of the Workforce personal care services, Chef Louis-François Marcotte, the Rise college, a dance studio and a social club. This will generate a movement of people of interest to businesses in Wellington, it’s obvious, “says the man won. He does not see Verdun as an economic platform, but as a full-fledged district with its cultural, recreational and utility. “Verdun has the means to become indispensable, I see a public place where locals and tourists travel there to share a friendly, festival. Violinists, for example … I love the violin and Quebec each family, a violinist cache “if he laughs. Pell-mell, he remembers this talented tenant who lived in one of the rooms of the building with 5 guitars. An incredible musician who had been a difficult journey and escaped. He remembers his marriage; his first trip to Paris France with his wife; along the St. Lawrence River a few steps here and whispers his desire to invest again in the borough. The company is family, and with his wife, they prepare the next generation. “In this business you have to be responsible 24h / 24h, and you have to ask if you want this for your children … They said:” We will be four “. This gives me hope … “he concludes with a certain fragility in her voice.