Ricardo Adam, Founder

Mr. Ricardo Adam is a private entrepreneur with a variety of real estate investments in Canada and abroad.

Mr. Adam emigrated from Lebanon to Canada after the civil war of 1958 in order to explore new markets for his family’s jewelry business, Leon Adam Jewelry. After the jewelry’s facilities and retail points were destroyed during Lebanon’s 1975 civil war, Mr. Adam reoriented his efforts and investments into real estate.

Relying on his strong relationships with the community, Mr. Adam founded, in 1980, Adam Real Estate & Development Inc., a private company engaging in land development, asset management and hospitality investments.

Throughout his career in real estate, Mr. Adam received several awards, including the following. In 1985, the City of Gatineau awarded Mr. Adam a medal of appreciation for his active role in the growth of the city. In 1987, The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada, presented Mr. Ricardo Adam with a high distinction award in recognition for his role in the development of the City of Gatineau, acknowledging by the same token his significant business and community achievements. In 2006, the Canadian-Lebanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry presented Mr. Adam with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding business success and community service throughout his career.

While his son Alain Adam is now responsible for Adam Real Estate’s operations and business development, Mr. Ricardo Adam continues to ensure an active participation in the leadership and orientations of the company.


Alain Adam, President

B.A.Sc. (Civ. Eng.), LL.B, LL.L

Mr. Alain Adam is a civil engineer and a lawyer who has been with Adam Real Estate since February 2005.

Mr. Adam was educated at the University of Ottawa where he received his bachelor in Civil Engineering and Business Administration in 1994. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Dean’s Honours List distinction, and was the recipient of several scholarships, including the Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Mr. Adam completed his bachelors of Common Law and Civil Law in 2000. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Brian Dickson award for the highest standing in the combined common law and civil law program.

Before joining Adam Real Estate, Mr. Adam spent four years as an associate lawyer with the law firm of Smart & Biggar, Canada’s largest and most reputable law firm practicing in intellectual property law. Mr. Adam’s practice focused on advising and counseling multinationals on the strategic management and exploitation of their intellectual property portfolio. With a variety of clients such as Microsoft, Nike, Bombardier, Celine Dion, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Smart & Biggar is at the forefront of Intellectual Property law and management.

Although Mr. Adam focuses most of his efforts on the management and growth of Adam Real Estate, he continues to offer legal advice to select Canadian and foreign real estate developers on large scale projects. Mr. Adam also acted as a legal adviser for Public Works Government Services Canada, providing lead legal advice and opinions on a variety of subjects involving high-profile files, including the sale-leaseback of a multi-billion dollar portfolio of federal government buildings.

Mr. Adam taught intellectual property law to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ottawa and continues to participate, in his professional capacity, as a guest speaker in many conferences across Canada.