Nationwide Portfolio Retail Rollout

End-to-End Turnkey Delivery

First Capital REIT (FCR) is one of the largest owners, developers and operators of necessity-based real estate located in Canada. FCR’s shopping centre are locations in urban neighbourhood markets that provide consumers with products and services that are part of their everyday life, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, restaurants, fitness centres and medical offices, and other professional and personal services.

FCR has partnered with LeadingAhead Energy (LAE) to provide technical expertise and project management services to manage the procurement & installation of over 300 Level 2 EV chargers at over 100 sites across the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.

Project Objective

Retail Sustainability Initiative

FCR is committed to improving its corporate sustainability practices and in doing its part to reduce carbon emissions associated with its shopping centers. FCR has committed to installing EV charging stations at every single one of its properties by the end of 2024.


A significant challenge with executing a portfolio-wide EV charging commitment goal is the complexity of managing multiple projects in different regions in parallel. With so many different sites, each with its own unique factors, it is difficult to know where to start to effectively deliver a project of this magnitude.


LAE provides a comprehensive turnkey project management offering for the entire portfolio of sites that includes project prioritization, site assessments, procurement, installation and commissioning.


LAE leans on its experience and expertise to simplify the infrastructure rollout process ensuring capital is used efficiently and effectively.  A rollout strategy can be used as a roadmap with guidelines to deploy EV chargers in a systematic, logical, and future-proofed plan.

Project Insights

Since the project began in 2021, LAE has already installed 175+ operational chargers across BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec with future-proofed infrastructure in place to add chargers at low cost in the future as demand for charging increases.

“LeadingAhead’s knowledge and expertise in the EV charging market has helped us decide upon the best EV charging hardware and network operator combination for our program’s requirements and over asset portfolio.”


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