How Dean Topolinski Came Back Stronger After Losing his Dream House

Dean Topolinski

Read on how Dean Topolinski became a successful entrepreneur amidst lawsuits, the trauma of losing dream home to hire and other adversities.


“I said, ‘Oh my God.’ I ran through the back door and on the roof there are little vents and I could see flames coming out from the little dormer vents,” said Charbonneau. “I said, ‘Oh my God, the fire is in the attic.’ I grabbed phone and called 911. “

Dean gets a bit emotional while talking about how fire gutted his dream home in Bloomfield in 2012.

“We spent eight hours watching our stuff burn… All my souvenirs, mementos. Everything. The pictures in boxes were in the part that burned the most, so I had nothing left. That’s all gone.”

Mr. Dean Topolinski, a local Canadian entrepreneur and investor, recalled the incident with a heavy heart.

But that was just the starting of trouble for Topolinski and her live-partner, Julie Charbonneau.

Jerald Batoff, the former owner of the mansion, filed a lawsuit against the couple as he claimed that they burned the property for the sake of getting insurance money on the home. This American claimed that both Topolinski and Julie Charbonneau signed a purchase agreement and paid deposits on the property but never intended to complete the transaction.

Being accused of arson and racketeering is more devastating than the fire incident.

How Adversity Made Dean Topolinski Stronger and Better

Dean Topolinski wouldn’t be the same Dean today if he wasn’t able to overcome that traumatic situation. He is a well-established entrepreneur today and provides consultation to many young aspirants. He also purchased a new property.

How he overcame that difficult phase of his life?

A smile blossoms on his face as he explains,” I think adversity can really put a lot of things into perspective for you – both inside and outside of the business world. Moving forward is always the most important thing, and facing hardship can make the success you achieve on the other side feel all the more satisfying. When something goes wrong, the best thing you can do is take a step back and reassess what is important and start moving forward with that. Being able to recover from a setback personally or an unforeseen hurdle financially is incredibly important.”

He further talks about how adversity and struggle lead him to success in both professional and personal life as well.

“Ultimately, that’s what makes the struggle really worth it – overcoming any adversity so that when you reach success, you know that you’ve earned it. I think that’s true in the business world as well as in my personal life”


Dean Topolinski believes that sensing opportunity even in the rough phase of one’s life can make a difference.


 “Overcoming adversity is all about being agile and ready to respond. Just like when you’re looking for the next big idea, you have to be ready to act when an opportunity arises. Sometimes the opportunity is a negative one, and you need to be prepared.”


His piece of advice for young entrepreneurs goes like that—


“I would say always be agile. Especially in the Canadian market, you don’t have the luxury of resting on your laurels. An entrepreneur always has to have their eyes out for opportunities to improve their business practice or jump onto the next big idea.”