The Teron organization has been in business since 1955 as a Canadian designer, builder and developer. It has built over 1,200,000 m2 (13 million square feet) of housing, hotels, offices and industrial buildings in Canada, the United States and Europe. Its buildings and communities have won numerous Canadian national and regional design awards.
The Teron group of companies were founded by William Teron. He began his career in 1951 as an architectural designer and in 1955 established a company to design and build real estate developments. Over the next 18 years, the Teron organization designed and built thousands of housing units, many hotels, office buildings and shopping centres. The best known work is the 1,200 hectares (3,000 acre) new town of Kanata, just outside of Ottawa. Teron assembled and owned the land, planned the entire town as a "garden city" and built the first phases of residential, industrial high-tech buildings and community facilities. Teron was awarded the only design award ever granted by the Canadian Housing Design Council for the design of a total community. Mr. Teron is an Honourary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 1973, Mr. Teron was appointed the Chairman and President of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canada's federal housing policy agency and mortgage bank. In 1976, he was appointed the Secretary (Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of State for Urban Affairs (MSUA), while continuing as the Chairman of CMHC. During his term, CMHC introduced extensive legislative programs to Canada's housing policy including non-profit and co-op housing, rural and native housing, the Assisted Home Ownership Program and Assisted Rental Programs. Major changes were introduced to shift the entire burden of direct federal funding to the private sector. All the programs had to be conceptualized, legislated and then made operational on a national scale.
In 1979, Mr. Teron returned to the private sector where he developed and patented construction technologies with the objectives of constructing high quality buildings worldwide using local designs, materials and labour. The technologies achieve lower than local costs (with traditional methods) by using fundamental principles that apply in any country. They use significantly less material, less labour, eliminate layers of construction and simplify the total building process. Two of the technologies are:
From the time the technology was developed, Teron has built in excess of 370,000 m2
(4,000,000 square feet) of buildings in Canada, the United States and Europe using the
technology. Projects included housing, hotels, office buildings and industrial facilities.