Well-Respected Hotelier, Condo Developer, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Recognized
TORONTO, June 26, 2015 — At Ryerson University’s Spring 2015 Convocation, Steve Gupta, CEO/President of The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels, was honoured with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa degree.
He was one of two distinguished individuals recognized for making outstanding contributions to their fields. The presentation took place as part of the Ted Rogers School of Management convocation ceremony, Friday, June 12, 2015.
Mr. Gupta delivered a moving speech to Ryerson graduates and others in the audience, which included his family, Chancellor Lawrence Bloomberg, President Sheldon Levy, Provost Mohamed Lachemi, members of the Platform Party, Ryerson faculty and staff and the Gupta team members.

Steve Gupta, President, The Gupta Group and Easton’s Group of Hotels receives his Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy (left) and Chancellor Lawrence Bloomberg.
Photo: Clifton Li

He dedicated this honour “to my late parents and my Guru, Swami Guruvanandji, who taught me how to live life with happiness, not for happiness. I am also sharing this recognition with my wife Rashmi, my children Reema, Reetu, Shelley and Suraj.”
He reminisced about arriving in Canada (May 9, 1971) with only $108 Canadian and how over 40+ years of hard work, built a strong vibrant foodservice-hospitality industry and real estate organization.
“I’m a great believer in higher education, but once you’ve learned the basis, I believe that ‘degrees in experience’ are really what count.”
He shared with the capacity audience his six key principles of success:
1. You must have passion to work relentlessly hard. No dreams ever come true until you get
ready and go to work.
2. Take the extra degree of effort. Seemingly small things can make tremendous differences.
3. Develop a laser-sharp focus and determined effort.
4. Learning is like breathing – it should never stop Always be optimistic. Believe in yourself
and your ability to make it happen.
5. Build a strong reputation with integrity. With a good reputation you can always make
money; with a poor reputation, you have nothing.
6. Always give back to your community.”
The Gupta Group is spearheaded by visionary leadership of entrepreneur Steve Gupta. Easton’s Group has grown into a major force in the hospitality and service industry across Ontario. Its flagship hotel properties include the industry’s renowned brands such as the Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn in diverse locations — from downtown Toronto to Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Montréal, Peterborough and Markham. With a dynamic leadership team and an abiding passion for excellence, The Gupta Group is aggressively expanding to new locations with diverse offerings for the demanding business and leisure traveler. In the highly-competitive hotel industry, Easton’s Group’s core advantages are prime locations, premium quality and superb service. Every Easton’s Group hotel is located to cater to the needs of its clientele while being on the cutting edge of offering the best advantages to its guests.
The company first entered the condominium market in 2012 with its successful King Blue project and followed with Dundas Square Gardens. The Gupta Group will soon introduce The Rosedale On Bloor at 387 Bloor St. in Toronto. Visit:

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