Nikolaos “Nick” Mirkopoulos, founder of Toronto’s Cinespace and other film studios in Ontario, died Dec. 7 from natural causes. He was 71.

Mirkopoulos redeveloped a number of existing structures into film studios, including Cinespace.

He had battled a terminal illness in recent months and traveled back to Greece on November 23 to be with his family in his home and birthplace in Kalohori, Kastoria.

In 1988 Mirkopoulos spearheaded the development of the first large-scale film production studio facility in Canada, under the banner Cinespace. He developed three further studio complexes in Toronto including Marine Terminal 28, where Oscar best picture winner “Chicago” was lensed. In Chicago, he orchestrated the redevelopment of a 50-acre industrial site into a bustling film production campus.

Mirkopoulos ventured to Canada from Greece in 1968 seeking adventure and opportunity.

Beneficiaries of his philanthrophic endeavors included the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, DePaul University’s School of Cinema, the Yitzhak Rabin Center in Tel Aviv and the Ark of the World children’s charity of Greece, in addition to a number of hospitals.

Notes can be sent to info@chicagofilmstudios.com or mailed to Mirkopoulos Family, P.O. Box 32, 52050, Kalohori, Kastoria, Greece.

Survivors include four brothers. Donations may be made to charities in either Greece or Chicago, with details available at the main Cinespace office at (773)521-8000.