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Louis Magil (BBHS ’27)

1908, Lithuania – 2011, Montreal, Quebec

Magil studied architecture at McGill University, where he graduated in 1936. He went on to found Magil Construction in 1953, one of the largest construction and real-estate companies in Montreal. From its initial focus on developing affordable housing in Montreal, Magil later expanded into major commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects. In 1992, Magil Construction broadened its geography, taking on projects in the Carribean, Brazil, China and the Middle East.  The company’s projects include such landmarks as the Bell Centre, Place Montreal Trust, IBM-Marathon and Tour McGill College, in Montreal and the Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv.

Magil kept an office at the company until his death, however the last thirty years of his life were largely dedicated to other passions and philanthropic organizations.  Magil was closely associated with the Canadian Technion Society as a founding member and its president from 1967-73. He received an honorary fellowship from Technion in 1983.  Magil was a member of the Board of Directors of Hebrew Free Loan since 1961, and became its president in 1977 until 1980. Magil established the Louis B. Magil Scholarship in Affordable Homes which is awarded annually to outstanding graduate students by McGill’s School of Architecture.

SOURCES AND LINKS

Magil Construction Founder Dies, Montreal Gazette, March, 2011
Builder Louis Magil Changed Montreal’s Skyline, The Canadian Jewish News, March, 2011