Mr. Maroun was born and raised in Sydney, N.S. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. One of the most proficient executives in national and international real estate transactions, Mr. Maroun first began his career in real estate in 1982 following seven years with the Nova Scotia Department of the Attorney General.
Founder and current chairman of Sigma Real Estate Advisors/Sigma Capital Corporation, Mr. Maroun specializes in international real estate advisory services spanning diverse industries including technology, medical tourism, industrial real estate, hospitality, finance and lending. The organization focuses on buying or building real estate assets and then developing them into market leaders within their industry niches. In 2006, Mr. Maroun was honoured by his election to the position of Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Mr. Maroun holds many board positions with several public companies and charitable organizations. He currently holds the position of Board Member and Chairman of Summit Industrial Income Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). He is a Director of Brookfield Renewable Partners, one of the largest, publicly owned Renewable Energy companies globally and Brookfield Property Partners, which is listed as one of North America’s largest real estate owner/operator asset managers with a portfolio of global assets.
A strong believer and advocate in the responsibility of the business community to contribute meaningfully and with impact to the charitable sector, Mr. Maroun has participated on numerous non-profit boards. Contributing both financially and of time, he has served as National Chair of the MS Society of Canada and Vice-Chair of the MS Scientific Research Foundation. He is a board member and co-founder, with his wife, Kathryn, of Casting for Recovery Canada, an organization that works directly with women who have, or have had, breast cancer.
On a local level, Mr. Maroun is Chair of the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board at Cape Breton University, helped raise funds for the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies and is spearheading the creation of special collections at the CBU Library focused on Middle Eastern Studies. As well, Lou and Kathryn established an annual award named the Kathryn Maroun Award in Honour of Mother Earth that is granted each year to an Indigenous undergraduate or graduate student who has a passion for the environment.
Mr. Maroun and Kathryn are also supporters of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, making one of the largest personal donations in the charity’s history to facilitate ongoing programs and to renovate the diagnostic imaging waiting room.
When his time permits, Mr. Maroun follows another true passion for the sport of fly angling in destinations around the world, a hobby he enjoys with his wife. Lou currently resides in Bermuda with Kathryn and their two treasured dogs, Brook and Ghillie. His two sons, Derek and Kyle, live with their families and North and South Carolina. They enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.