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Kheng Ly at YUL Condos showroom

Origin of Kheng Ly

Born in 1971 after the coup of General Lon Nol who overturned the monarchy of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Kheng Ly lived a fairly normal life in Cambodia. Kheng Ly was second generation of Chinese parents who immigrated empty-hands from China. The Cambodian coup of 1970 was a turning point in the Cambodian civil war. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge of Communist Party of Kampuchea, formed in 1968 as an offshoot of the Vietnam People's Army from North Vietnam, took over the power. The Khmer Rouge leaders, Pol Pot and a few others, orchestrated the genocide. Almost 25% of Cambodian population was executed, killed or died of famine and treatable disease during the "killing field" era between 1975-1979. Fortunately, Kheng Ly survived the four-years-genocide of the Khmer Rouge. 

In 1979, People's Republic of Kampuchea was established and the Khmer Rouge had fled the country. Kheng Ly and his family came out from the countryside back to the capital Phnom Penh. He was already the youngest “street businessman”, selling cigarette in retail and wholesale. At the end of the same year, Kheng Ly fled to Vietnam as refugee with his family. He stayed in refugee camp for years, where he met his current wife, before being accepted as refugee by Canadian government.

At the age of 17, Kheng Ly and his family arrived in Montreal in 1988, empty hands. In order to support his family and to sponsor his fiancée from the refugee camp, he started to work very hard in various jobs at minimal salary 14-16 hours a day, seven days a week in textile factory before starting his own textile business. He was again the youngest “textile businessman” of that time.

The birth of Brivia Group and YUL condos

Born with a visionary and exceptional business acumen, Kheng Ly sensed the wind of change in textile and garment business, and took no time to transform himself into real estate developer and investor, starting from 2000. Kheng Ly built many projects that brought him credibility and experiences. In 2012, with a new team, Kheng Ly decided to rebrand his company for a sustainable growth. Inspired by names of his three children, Kheng Ly renamed his company Brivia Group, focusing in real estate investment and development. 

With the birth of Brivia Group, comes the birth of YUL condominiums which contributes to the real estate excitement in Montreal. YUL condos is the first in Montreal downtown built by a Chinese immigrant in the history of the province of Quebec. Stood out for its best unique structural concept from the renowned architectural firm Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux, best designed YUL condos consist of a twin 38-storey condo towers on René-Lévesque Boulevard West, near MacKay Street. And especially, this largest residential real estate project in downtown Montreal saves the historic house of Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine. 

As President & CEO, Kheng Ly has made Brivia Group a private fast growing real estate investment and development company with a roster of successful projects.

Hard work, leadership, vision and philantrophy

Loyal to his principle of honesty and transparency and through his hard work, tenacity, perseverance and resilience, Kheng Ly has managed to develop strong leadership skills, which have then led him to achieve several successful business ventures in real estate. His patient and friendly personality has gained him the reputation of very accountable and credible businessman among the Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese and White communities. Kheng Ly has built, 25 years later, an impressive track records and successful businesses.

A generous and committed philanthropist, Kheng Ly has been longtime supporting non-profit organizations. He has never hesitated to “give back” to the society and communities. Mr. Ly is actually very involved in community activities and has been donating his times and financial support to many great causes, including Montreal Chinese Hospital Foundation, Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Jewish General Hospital Foundation, Chao Chow Association of Quebec, Young Chinese Professional Association, Chinese Cambodian Association of Quebec, Vietnamese Chinese Association, Cambodian Chamber of Commerce, and fundraising activities for victims of natural disasters in China and Cambodia as well as many other causes that aim to promote and improve the quality life of the communities.

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