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The RBC Celebrity Roast

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March 21, 2018

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Rd
Halifax, NS
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Online ticket sales for the 2018 RBC Celebrity Roast of Jim Spatz presented by Stewart McKelvey are now closed. To purchase tables or tickets, please contact Jone Mitchell at (902) 429-7025 ext. 8232 or email


I'm thrilled to be part of an event that supports such an important cause. And I’m looking forward to all the good-natured abuse that will be thrown my way by people that I love, at least prior to hearing their speeches! I hope the event raises significant funds for the Arthritis Society and our community. - Jim Spatz

For the 26th year, the Arthritis Society is pleased to present The RBC Celebrity Roast. The Arthritis Society is thrilled to roast Jim Spatz, Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties Limited, on Wednesday March 21, 2018. Jim, along with his late father, Simon, has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame, received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant community contributions and achievements, and in 2015 was named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for Atlantic Canada. He will be joining a long list of Halifax’s community and business leaders who have lent their names to this signature event, helping the 1 in 4 Nova Scotians living with the pain and challenges of arthritis.

Jim Spatz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Southwest Properties Ltd.

Jim Spatz is the Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties Limited, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading real estate developers. Southwest owns, operates and develops residential and commercial real estate in Atlantic Canada and extended stay accommodations across Canada.

Southwest has successfully expanded their business by constructing real estate assets from the ground up as well as the acquisition and repurposing of real estate assets with major redevelopment potential. Southwest has accumulated an extensive and balanced portfolio of properties and investments. Its interests include more than 1,500 high quality apartments and condominium units situated in the best residential areas of Halifax and nearly 500 hotel rooms in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Southwest redeveloped and is the owner of Atlantic Place, the largest office building in Newfoundland. It is also the majority shareholder in Premiere Suites, with over 1,500 units. Premiere is Canada’s largest coast-to-coast provider of furnished extended-stay accommodations, and is the fourth largest in North America. Southwest has four major multi-unit and mixed use projects in the planning and construction phase in Halifax, which will double the size of its Halifax portfolio in the next several years.

Jim SpatzJim has led the company for the past 25 years. His first career was as a physician. Jim practiced Family and then Emergency Medicine for 15 years.

Along with his responsibilities in the office, Jim is actively involved in a number of community activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, Halifax Port Authority and is a Life Director of Neptune Theatre. He is also a member of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee’s (CJPAC) Advisory Board. Jim also served on the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, Atlantic Canada’s largest university, from 2001 – 2015, and was their Board Chair from 2008 – 2014. Most recently Jim sat on the National Executive Committee for the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, Canada’s most prestigious leadership development experience.

In 2007, Jim along with his late father, Simon, were inducted in to the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. In 2013, Jim received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his significant achievements and contributions to the community. In May 2015, Jim was named Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year for Atlantic Canada. Jim is a member of WPO and CEO.

Celebrity RoastFrank Cameron
Fred MacGillivray
Denis Ryan
Jerry Lawrence
Robbie Shaw
Steve Parker
Dale Godsoe, C.M.
John Risley, O.C.
Jim Moir
The Late Charles Keating, O.C.
The Late Paul O’Regan
Sir Graham Day, O.C.
Richard Goldbloom, O.C. and The late Ruth Goldbloom, O.C.
The Late John Savage, O.C.
Jack Flemming, C.M.
Mickey and Colin MacDonald
John Hamm, O.C.
Robert Zed
William Stanish
Robert Steele
Paul Sobey
Stephen Plummer
Kim Mason
Michael Donovan
Jim Spatz (2018)


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jone Mitchell at (902) 429-7025 ext. 8232 or email

Platinum Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor


Stewart McKelvey

Premium Sponsors



Armco Capital

Leadership Sponsors

Quality Concrete


Atlantic Lottery


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Cunard Center

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Rd,
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

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For more information about the Celebrity Roast Honouring Jim Spatz, please contact:

Jone E. Mitchell, CFRE

Director of Development, Atlantic Region
902.429.7025 ext. 8232