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#14 Newsmaker: Harry Zarek of Compugen

A new building caps another year of defying the odds for Zarek and the solution provider

Harry Zarek, the long time CEO of solution provider powerhouse Compugen of Richmond Hill, Ont., keeps defying the odds year after year.

In 2009, he along with the Mayor of Richmond Hill Dave Barrow, put a silver plated shovel into a dirt field in what looked like the middle of nowhere and proclaimed that in a year’s time there would be a state of art technology centre that would be Compugen’s new home.

Not many really believed him, considering the recession and the state of construction in the greater Toronto area. But true to his word, Zarek made it happen, which has been a consistent part of his entire career.

What made the new building even more remarkable is that Compugen’s major financier pulled out at the last minute and there were several permit hold ups at the City of Richmond Hill.

The new 120,000 square-foot facility is now a marvel to the environment and is one of the more efficient ones of its kind.