Honorary Consul General for Austria

Walter Schneider 2

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, His Excellency, Ambassador Arno Riedel officially introduced Mr. Walter Schneider as the newly appointed Honorary Consul General for Austria in Toronto. 

On behalf of all member of the Canadian-Austrian Society of Toronto, we congratulate Mr. Schneider on his appointment and we wish him much success as official representative of Austria in Ontario. He has already expressed great interest in our activities and we look forward to welcome him in person at any of our upcoming events he is able to attend.

Following is a biography of our new Honorary Consul General.

Walter J. Schneider
President and Co-Founder – RE/MAX Europe and RE/MAX INTEGRA Group of Companies
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 approximately 2,500 operating offices and an agent count of more than 35,000; which equates to nearly 1/3 of the entire RE/MAX network.
Over his 35 years with the company, Walter has received nearly every RE/MAX award offered, including Regional Owner of the Year, Region of the Year, Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the elite Leadership Circle. 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. Schneider also plays a very active role in the community, sitting on 3 diverse boards, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation, Canada's Walk of Fame Foundation and most recently The David Foster Foundation. Walter is very active in numerous sports but his favorite past time is playing hockey in a recreational beer 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 28 years and they reside in Toronto. They have 3 children, Shelby, Conrad and Simon. Their eldest, Shelby, is also a RE/MAX'er, serving as Director of Public Relations and Communication for the INTEGRA Group. Although he has travelled the world, Schneider says his favourite place is the family cottage in Muskoka, Ontario.