Adam Gant is an experienced real estate professional with a deep interest in housing finance and home ownership. Although his professional endeavours are very demanding, Adam Gant has remained a committed philanthropist over the years. He has been involved in a number of humanitarian projects throughout Mexico, Dominican Republic, and most recently, Haiti.
As a real estate entrepreneur, Adam Gant approaches many of his philanthropic pursuits through a real estate lens. He is most passionate about causes related to economic empowerment, human rights, and poverty alleviation. This has motivated Adam to get involved with organizations that aim to reduce poverty and build communities through the construction of projects ranging from homes to health clinics.
Live Different is an incredible organization, which has had a significant positive impact on communities in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. The organization takes high school students in Canada on trips to these countries to help build houses, schools, health clinics, and much more. These trips have become life-changing experiences for thousands of Canadians who are able to see the impact of their efforts first hand.
In 2006, Adam Gant met Vaden Earle, a best-selling author and the founder of Live Different. He was inspired to help Vaden in his pursuits to grow the program and make a real difference in the world. Adam has been a major donor as well as a volunteer, partaking in several build trips himself.
Adam found these trips to be extremely rewarding, as he was able to make a lasting impact on each community. Even more rewarding, however, was watching Canada’s youth respond to the cause in such incredible ways. There have been numerous students who have returned from these trips, realizing how good they have it, and changed their life plans to pursue careers in humanitarianism.
Building off the success of the Live Different organization, Vaden Earle has enlisted the help of Adam Gant for the creation of the Silhouette Foundation. Their goal is to give people a better understanding of what it takes to dramatically improve someone’s life. In reality, it does not take that much to save thousands of lives in areas of need, especially those affected by a natural disaster.
They are currently collaborating on a book, detailing their experiences in Haiti following the horrific earthquake that devastated the city of Port Au Prince. They hope that this inspirational story will encourage people to go on their own humanitarian adventures. As people begin to understand how much good they can do in the world, with only a small amount of resources, Adam Gant believes that a wave of positive development for these communities can soon follow. The book will also provide a window into a new way of thinking about global equity which will be the basis for the approach taken by the Silhouette Foundation.
Our Place Society
Adam Gant has been involved in his local community of Victoria as well. He has dedicated his time as a volunteer and serve food to the members of Our Place Society, an inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, and the homeless. Our Place Society serves over 1,200 meals per day, and provides hot showers, free clothing, counselling, and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, the organization provides a real sense of hope and belonging for all neighbours in need.
Greater Victoria Housing Society
In 2010 Adam Gant made a contribution to the Greater Victoria Housing Society in conjunction with helping to facilitate the Society’s acquisition of their first “market to affordable” building to be added to their portfolio. The $2 million dollar acquisition of the 19 unit apartment building on Quadra St. in Victoria allowed the Greater Victoria Housing Society to add further homes to their affordable rental program providing long-term housing to those most in need.