President and Co-Founder
Walter Schneider is President and Co-founder of the RE/MAX INTEGRA Group of Companies. In 1980, alongside his business partner Frank Polzler, Chairman and Co-Founder, Schneider acquired the Eastern Canadian rights to RE/MAX, establishing both the brand and their head office in Mississauga, where it currently resides. In the following years he and his partner continued to acquire the rights to multiple regions throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Today Walter and Frank own and operate the RE/MAX brand in 36 countries worldwide, with over 3,100 operating offices and an agent count of more than 40,000; which equates to nearly 1/3 of the entire RE/MAX network.
Over his 38 plus years with the company, Walter has received nearly every RE/MAX award offered, including Regional Owner of the Year numerous times, Region of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and is one of 15 members of the elite Leadership Circle, RE/MAX’s highest award. In addition, he has been named CEO of the year by the Financial Post, received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his work with the Canadian Forces, and most recently the T. Wilson Award from his alma mater, University of Toronto, which recognizes outstanding achievement by alumni in business and charitable work. In August 2017 was recognized as a Fellow by the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation. Schneider also plays a very active role in the community, sitting on three diverse boards, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation, Canada’s Walk of Fame Foundation and most recently The David Foster Foundation. During the 30th Anniversary Gala of the David Foster Foundation in October 2017, he received the prestigious National Business Leader of the Year Award. Walter is very active in numerous sports, but his favorite past time is playing hockey in a recreational hockey league. In 2016, Walter was appointed Honorary Consul General for Austria in Toronto.
Walter was born and raised in Toronto, the product of Austrian immigrants who came to Canada. He and his wife Maria have been married 30 years and they reside in Toronto. They have 3 children, Shelby, Conrad and Simon and just welcomed their first granddaughter Emma Mary McDonald in August 2018. Shelby is fellow RE/MAX’er, serving as Vice President of Corporate Synergy and Simon’s role is Franchise Sales Associate for the INTEGRA Group. Although he has travelled the world, Schneider says his favorite place is the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario.