Background & Overview, The Early Days

René H. Lépine Jr. is the eldest son of the founder of Eastern Canada's premiere real estate development company – Groupe Lépine. René was raised in the closely-held family operation started in the early 1950's by his father, the dynamic René G. Lépine Sr.
René Jr. began learning the business working part-time in his early teens and became fully involved in 1972. Until forming Groupe Lépine International in the early 1990's, he participated in more than 25 large-scale projects where he excelled in positions of increasing responsibility.

Real Estate is in his Blood

Since his early days with Groupe Lépine some thirty-five years ago, Mr. Lépine has been involved in all aspects of project development and management – from land acquisition and financing, through design and construction, as well as long-term management and property disposition. As a partner in his family's business since the late 70's; he has also initiated policies that continue to keep the organization at the forefront of areas such as marketing, sales, and computer-assisted development management.

An International Perspective

As early as 1978, René H. started taking a leading role in the company's international developments, beginning with the then reemerging South Florida market. Alternating his residency between Canada and the U.S. numerous times, he has spent nearly twenty years developing projects in the Florida Gold Coast Area.

A dozen years after first tackling the Florida market, Mr. Lépine directed the family's international efforts further afield, taking the company to Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1990 and to Moscow, Russia, in 1991, where he worked on several projects over five years. Groupe Lépine became one of the major foreign developers in the Moscow real estate market during the first half of the 1990's.

Featured Innovative Projects

Some of the more notable projects in which Mr. Lépine was involved when he was active with Groupe Lépine were:

The 1976 Olympic Village in Montreal

Twin 17-story pyramid towers with 980 units designed and built in only 21-months.

Le Sanctuaire du Mont-Royal

A 1.5 million square foot, 945-unit, seven-building luxury condominium project.

Le Sporting Club du Sanctuaire

A 110,000 sq. ft. luxury multi-sport facility, the second largest in North America when it opened.

The Sir Robert Peel

A 22-story, 72-unit luxury condominium in Montreal, having won multiple design & innovation awards.

Komsomolsky Tower

An 11-story's 110,000 square foot office building, one of the first foreign projects to be developed in Moscow, Russia in the early 1990's.

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René H. Lépine

Today – Founder of Groupe Lépine International

As principal and founder of Groupe Lépine International, an development organization (that remains loosely affiliated with Groupe Lépine), René H. Lépine has been involved in development in the United States, Canada, France, the Caribbean, Czechoslovakia and Russia.


Drawing upon his extensive background and exceptional insight into the real estate development business at large, Mr. Lépine's projects are synonymous with innovative, high-quality, residential development. Through his vision and under his stewardship, the organization brings a zeal for dynamic development solutions to markets and properties that are often overlooked by other developers. Evidence of his foresight, creativity, ingenuity and ultimately his success, can be seen in the development of several hundred units in multiple projects throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

For a sample of the forward thinking and successful projects developed by Mr. René Lépine within the Groupe Lépine International group of companies, please see our Track Record.

Groupe Lépine International’s team is composed of seasoned professionals representing over 60 years of collective entrepreneurial and institutional real estate analysis, management, development and investment expertise.