The company's roots go back to the early 1900s in Montreal, Quebec. It was known then as the Canadian Arena Company and operated the Montreal Arena. In a partnership with Toronto investors, it built the Arena Gardens in Toronto. In the 1920s, it built the Montreal Forum to house the Montreal Maroons and Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League franchises; from 1935 to 1957, the company also owned the Canadiens. The company was acquired by Edper Investments in 1970. During the 1970s, when the company was known as Carena Properties, it expanded its business into commercial real estate. After the Montreal Forum closed, the Forum was sold to competitor Canderel Properties.
In 1989, Carena acquired a 33% interest in Olympia & York Developments Ltd., developers of the World Financial Center in New York, and in 1990, Brookfield acquired a 50% interest in a portfolio of office properties in Toronto, Denver and Minneapolis from BCE Development Corporation. In 1994, this holding was increased to 100% and included BCE Place, now Brookfield Place, Brookfield Properties' flagship office complex in Toronto.In 1996, Carena acquired a 46% interest in World Financial Properties, a corporation formed from the bankruptcy of Olympia & York, which included three of the four towers of the World Financial Center, One Liberty Plaza, 245 Park Avenue in Manhattan. That year, Carena changed its name to Brookfield Properties Corporation.In 1997, Brookfield Properties purchased 45% of Gentra, Inc., owner of several commercial properties in Toronto.
In 2000, Brookfield Properties acquired a portfolio of Calgary office properties, including the Bankers Hall complex.In April 2001, the company lost out to Silverstein Properties, Inc., on the lease of the World Trade Center in New York City before the complex was destroyed during the September 11 attacks.In 2003, Brookfield Properties completed the spin-off of Brookfield Homes, now part of Brookfield Residential, Brookfield Asset Management's U.S.-based home building business.In 2005, Brookfield Properties acquired a 25% interest in O&Y Properties Corporation and O&Y Real Estate Investment Trust, expanding the company's real estate portfolio in four Canadian cities.In 2006, the company acquired Trizec Properties, which was founded in 1960 by William Zeckendorf, builder of Place Ville Marie.
In 2010, it entered into London and Australian markets by acquiring the 100 Bishopsgate development site in the City of London and 16 properties encompassing 8 million SF in three major Australian cities.On Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the company was listed as one of Canada's "The Green 30" Organizations Based On Eco-Friendly Programs and Practices based on an employee poll.In 2011, Brookfield Properties divested its residential group consisting of Carma Developers and Brookfield Homes Ltd. to merge with Brookfield Homes Corporation to form Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. That same year, Brookfield Properties changed its name to Brookfield Office Properties to reflect its focus on commercial office properties.In 2013, Brookfield Office Properties Inc. became the largest office landlord in Los Angeles after acquiring MPG Office Trust Inc.'s downtown portfolio. MPG had been one of Southern California's most prominent real estate developers and a longtime L.A. office tower owner. The MPG buildings they acquired include the Gas Company Tower, 777 Tower and the Wells Fargo Center on Bunker Hill.In June 2014, Brookfield Property Partners completed their acquisition of Brookfield Office Properties . BPO common shares were de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange as of June 10, 2014, and from the New York Stock Exchange on June 20, 2014. Brookfield Property Partners is now the sole owner of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of BPO.On August 28, 2018, Brookfield Property Partners acquired Chicago-based real estate investment trust and shopping mall operator GGP Inc. , and merged its assets into Brookfield Properties, for $9 billion. Brookfield immediately sold a 49% interest in each of three former GGP super-regional malls to CBRE Group, and a 49% interest in three other former GGP malls to TIAA subsidiary Nuveen, seeking additional joint ventures for its newly acquired malls. The acquisition added 162 shopping malls comprising approximately 146 million sq ft of gross leasable area to Brookfield's portfolio.
In December 2018, Brookfield Properties took over the management of Forest City Realty Trust's real estate portfolio after the company was acquired by a fund affiliated with Brookfield Asset Management.
In September 2020, the company's retail group announced a layoff of 20% of its workforce of about 2,000 people.
Mr. Lowell G. Baron (Managing Partner of Real Estate & Chief Investment Officer)
Mr. Matthew P. Cherry (Sr. VP of Investor Relations)
Ms. Kerrie McHugh (Sr. VP of Communications & Branding)
Ms. Andrea Balkan (Managing Partner of Real Estate Fin. Funds - Brookfield Property Partners Limited)
Mr. Brett M. Fox Sr. (Managing Partner & Gen. Counsel of Real Estate - Brookfield Property Partners Ltd)
Mr. Jay Cornforth (Managing Partner of Real Estate Industrial & U.S. Head of Logistics)
Mr. Robert E. Dezzutti (Exec. VP of the Western Region)
Recognition and Awards
Mr. Brian William Kingston (Sr. Managing Partner & CEO of Brookfield Property Partners Limited)
Mr. Bryan Kenneth Davis (Managing Partner of Rest Estate & CFO - Brookfield Property Partners Limited)
Mr. William Mitchell Powell CPA (Sr. Managing Partner of Real Estate & COO - Brookfield Property Partners Ltd)