TCS: You have been a long-time client of The Condo Store, what can you tell us about working with Simon and the team over the years?
Dr. Gupta: I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Simon for over 15 years. He introduced me to the world of real estate investing, and his guidance and advice have proved invaluable (and highly profitable) over the years. We have become good friends, and his acumen in the real estate world is unparalleled in my opinion. The team at the Condo Store has been remarkably supportive at various levels, and I look forward to ongoing collaborations with Simon and the team.
TCS: For everyone, 2020 has been a trying year, how have you and your family managed through all the quarantines and distancing?
Dr. Gupta: It has been a challenging year indeed. But it also has given me the wonderful opportunity to spend more quality time with my family and friends (virtually or socially distanced of course). As well, I was able to use some of my down time to write my first novel, The Mariner’s Grandson.
TCS: Can you tell us more about SANSAR and what lead you to get involved there? What are the specific statistics regarding the South Asian community here in Canada?
Dr. Gupta: South Asians are the largest visible minority in Canada. Over the past two decades, it has become apparent that South Asians have the highest risk of heart disease of almost any community in Canada, and around the world. We therefore developed a broad research program in this area, which eventually led to the creation of SANSAR, a charity whose mission is to reduce the burden of heart disease in South Asians in Canada through research, education, and awareness.
TCS: The CCRN seems like a busy non-profit, what lead to its inception and how does it help the medical community?
Dr. Gupta: I have a passion for educating medical professionals and for clinical research, and CCRN (www.ccrnmd.com) allowed these two passions to be brought together under one organization. Through CCRN, we develop and disseminate novel educational programs for physicians across Canada and beyond, and also design and conduct our own research studies, all aimed at partnering with physicians to improve health outcomes.
TCS: What about away from the office, what do you like to do when not working?
Dr. Gupta: Apart from spending time with family and friends, I love travel (though currently on hiatus), reading fiction, playing squash (also on hiatus), and writing.
TCS: Finally, if you are open to answering this question, have you invested in any TCS pre-construction offerings during the pandemic?
Dr. Gupta: Yes, I recently invested in a TCS pre-construction condo project in downtown Toronto. I believe in the resilience and future growth of cities, especially, in this case, Toronto.
MD, FRCPC, FACC CARDIOLOGIST
Dr. Milan Gupta is a cardiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. He runs a clinical practice in Brampton, Ontario and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Gupta also works with the CCRN (Canadian Collaborative Research Network) which is a Canadian not-for-profit physician organization developing both accredited and non-accredited learning programs across all therapeutic areas; and he also chairs the Board of Directors of SANSAR (www.sansar.org), a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of health issues amongst the South Asian community.