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BIG and Beyond: Ian Gillespie on Westbank’s Ongoing Evolution

Our owner and developer, Westbank, was recently featured on Architizer, the world’s largest database of architecture online. Founder, Ian Gillespie, shared his insights on founding and growing Westbank as a development practice.

June 3rd, 2016

Emma Macdonald: When you first started, did you have the same commitment to describing Westbank as a ‘practice’? I would say that is something that sets you apart from other developers in the city.

Ian Gillespie: That was definitely an evolution. That word was an evolution. One of the things you have to keep reminding yourself is that Westbank is a work in progress. I will say, though, that I never really thought of what I was doing as an avenue to making money. That wasn’t the thing that interested me. That is a good way to build a business: When you’re not doing it for the money, you become able to risk it all. I think any entrepreneur who built a business from scratch would probably tell you the same thing.

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