PROFIT/Chatelaine W100


Martha Zenker

Founder & President

Company Profile

Company: Lisgar Commercial Real Estate Head Office: Oakville, Ont. Website:

Company Financials

3-year revenue growth (%): -33 2015 Revenue: $5M-$10M Employees: 12


What her company does: Owns and manages office properties

What you can learn from her: “You can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it” makes a nice slogan, but Zenker—who turns 94 this year—knows success means making smart choices too. Her goal as a young immigrant to Canada was to open a sweater-making company. But after reviewing the competition and running the numbers, she deemed the venture a money pit and moved on to the next idea: real estate, a business she’s now been in for 60 years.