While raising four children in Montreal's Nôtre-Dame-de-Grace area, Joan Pepin McGuigan started her career in real estate in 1970, continuing the real estate tradition started by her mother (and continued by Joan's daughter, Sharon McGuigan,
a successful real estate agent in Toronto). Joan received her Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, one of only 10 women in a class of 75. Besides her active involvement in several Montreal charities, notably the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and the McGill Women's Alumnae Association, she also chairs the Commerce '55 Scholarship Endowment Fund which she co-founded in 1985. Joan worked with her husband Brian for 25 years at Royal Lepage (where Joan was awarded a Lifetime Award of Excellence) in Montreal before receiving her own broker's license in 1994. On January 1, 1995, she and Brian launched the new family business, McGuigan Pepin Inc., and were joined 5 years later by their son, Tim. Now with 7 grandchildren, Joan is active as ever running her business, arranging family events, and pursuing her own leisure passions which include golf, weight training, travel and cooking.