• UBC Real Estate Club

    Educating, In​spiring, and Connecting students

    to the real estate industry of Vancouver

  • About Us

    The UBC Real Estate Club is a non-profit, student-run organization that works with UBC's Sauder School of Business as well as various real estate companies to educate, inspire and connect our top students, nurturing the future of the Vancouver's real estate industry.

     

    Throughout the year, we host a series of events where students are exposed to reputable speakers, experienced professionals, faculty, and alumni. We also update our blog and newsletter regularly, providing helpful resources designed to maximize a students' success in pursuing a career in real estate.

    Investments

    Finance

    Consisting of acquisitions, portfolio & asset management, lending, and others, a career in real estate finance involves valuing, purchasing, and managing real estate as an investment vehicle for profit, whether as an owner or a fiduciary.

    Commercial Brokerage

    Commercial brokers act as an intermediary between buyers and sellers of commercial properties, and often work with many investment and development firms to facilitate transactions.

    Development

    Real estate developers seek out opportunities to purchase developed or undeveloped land, then either make improvements or construct real estate on the land, with the intention of then selling or leasing it for profit.

    Consulting

    Real estate consultants are trained to analyze the needs and objectives of their clients, who are often investment, lending, construction or development firms, and advising strategies for addressing these needs.

    Marketing

    Real estate marketing professionals establish promotional materials/activities on behalf of their clients, who are often development firms, investors, or brokerage firms, with the goal of maximizing the clients' brand and profile.

    Property Management 

    Property managers oversee the daily operations of a real estate asset, including rent collection, tenant requests/emergencies, property maintenance/repairs, and budget management.

  • Events

    The UBC Real Estate Club hosts various events throughout the academic year, ranging from networking events, info sessions, speaker series, firm visits, workshops, socials, and more.

    Annual Kickoff Event

    September 27 2017 | Vancouver

    Our first - and one of the largest - events of the year!

    Guest speakers to be announced soon

     

    Get your ticket here

     

    LAST YEAR'S EVENT RECAP HERE

    Office Tour Month (Member Exclusive)

    Nov 2017 | Downtown Vancouver

    This November will feature several visits to over six industry offices, including a downtown office crawl. This event takes students to visit Vancouver's top quality (and sometimes award-winning) office buildings, giving them an opportunity to learn from and network with the successful real estate companies and professionals behind them.

     

    2017 tours:

    Nov 7 @ Colliers International

    Nov 20 @ Mosaic Homes

    Nov 28: Downtown crawl visiting

    - Beedie

    - Altus

    - Quadreal

    - CBRE

     

    Last Year's 2016 Visit Locations:

    Grosvenor Building (Grosvenor Americas)
    745 Thurlow (Replay Resorts, Bentall Kennedy)
    MNP Tower (CBRE)

    Real Estate Alumni Night

    Jan 2018 | Location TBA

    Brand new event first introduced last year, this networking cocktail reception spotlights the successful transition from the world of Sauder academia into promising positions in the real estate industry. Last year's Alumni Night was held at One Under Vancouver (476 Granville St).

    Market Insights: Real Estate Speaker Series

    Feb 2018 | Henry Angus Building

    Last Year's 2017 Speakers included:
     

    Jan 26: Chinese Foreign Investment in the Vancouver Market by Dan Scarrow (MD, Shanghai, Macdonald Real Estate) Event recap HERE


    Feb 9: Global Careers in Commercial Real Estate by Alex Henderson (VP Co-Investment, Grosvenor Americas), Gareth David (Senior Estimator, PCL Construction) and Jon Ramscar (SVP Capital Markets, JLL)
     

    Signature Annual Industry Night: Presented by Anthem Properties and CBRE

    March 2018 | Location TBA

    Last year's event was held at the elegant Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, UBC REC presented a gala networking evening that featured two keynotes from Bob Rennie (Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems), and Susan MacLaurin (CFA, EVP Corporate Development, QuadReal). Industry Night attracts Sauder's top students, real estate alumni and leading firms seeking new talent.

  • Membership

    Why Join?

    As a member of the UBC Real Estate Club, you enjoy various perks over non-members, including priority registration to all of our events, as well as free/discounted access to select events throughout the school year. As all of our events sold out last year, being a member significantly increases your chances of securing a spot at our most popular events like Annual Kick-Off and our Signature Industry Night.

     

     

     

    How does it work?

    Your $10.00 membership is valid for one academic school year, and will expire on March 31st, 2018. Once purchased, your information will be stored in our database so no membership card is required. Please, however, remember to bring your student ID to our events for registration.

  • Sponsors

    The UBC Real Estate Club is proud to partner with the following companies for the 2017-2018 school year:

    Platinum Sponsor

    CBRE Group, Inc.

    CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company that provides globally integrated commercial real estate and investment services. The company has approximately 44,000 employees and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices worldwide.

    Platinum Sponsor

    Ledingham McAllister

    As British Columbia’s original Real Estate Developers, Ledingham McAllister has played a major role in the province’s construction and community industry with a solid and continuous history of commitment, integrity and performance dating back to 1905 when the company started operations in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver.

    Gold Sponsor

    Altus Group

    Altus Group is the leading provider of independent advisory services, software, and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry. Altus Empowers clients to analyze, gain insight and recognize value on their real estate investments.

    Gold Sponsor

    Avison Young

    Founded in 1978, Avison Young comprises 2,200 real estate professionals in 77 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.

    Gold Sponsor

    Beedie Group

    Founded in 1954, Beedie Development Group is an owner and developer of industrial and residential real estate, including mixed-use projects. They are now the largest private industrial land owner, developer and landlord in Metro Vancouver, having completed 21 million square feet of new construction throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

    Gold Sponsor

    Quadreal Property Group

    QuadReal Property Group is an independently privately held group based in Vancouver, BC. QuadReal will acquire and grow real estate investments in Canada and in new markets in the US, Asia and Europe while continuing to deliver strong, reliable long-term returns for BCIMC’s pension plan, public trust and insurance fund clients on behalf of the BCIMC.

    Silver Sponsor

    BC Assessment

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​BC Assessment develops and maintains real property assessments throughout British Columbia in addition to providing real property information.​​ ​

    Silver Sponsor

    Bentall Kennedy

    Bentall Kennedy is one of North America's largest real estate investment advisors and property managers. As a leader in Responsible Property Investing, Bentall Kennedy is committed to best-in-class environmental, social and governance practices in developing, leasing and managing commercial real estate.

    Silver Sponsor

    Colliers

    Colliers International Group Inc. is an industry-leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. Services include brokerage, real estate management, valuation, consulting, project management, project marketing and research.

    Silver Sponsor

    Concert Properties

    Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management.

    Silver Sponsor

    Grosvenor Americas

    Grosvenor is a privately owned property group with four regional investment and development businesses in Britain and Ireland, the Americas, Australia and Asia Pacific; an international fund management business, which operates across these markets and in continental Europe; and a portfolio of indirect investments.

    Silver Sponsor

    Ivanhoé Cambridge

    Ivanhoé Cambridge is a global leader in real estate specializing in investment, development, asset management, operations, and leasing. With over 1,700 employees worldwide, Ivanhoé Cambridge's real estate portfolio now consists primarily of shopping centres, office buildings, and multi-residential properties.

    Silver Sponsor

    Premise Properties

    Premise Properties is a boutique commercial real estate firm located in Vancouver,BC. Led by real estate veteran Avtar Bains, Premise leverages its extensive experience and relationships to seek strategic investment opportunities and provide comprehensive real estate services to both the public and private sectors.

    Silver Sponsor

    Real Estate Foundation of BC

    The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) is a philanthropic organization based in British Columbia. REFBC's work supports land use and real estate practices that contribute to resilient, healthy communities and natural environments.

    Silver Sponsor

    The Real Estate Institute of BC

    The Real Estate Institute of BC promotes excellence in the real estate sector by providing a professional RI designation, based on meeting standards of industry education and experience. The REIBC also hosts a wide variety of opportunities, including professional development seminars, workshops and other events to bring real estate professionals together.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Macdonald Real Estate Group

    Macdonald Real Estate Group is western Canada’s largest integrated real estate firm with $8 billion in annual sales and 70 years of experience. Our services include residential sales, commercial sales and leasing, project marketing, property and strata management, luxury home marketing and real estate investment services in B.C. and China.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Mosaic Homes

    MOSAIC is driven by a simple purpose: the thoughtful and urbane densification of cities. They currently focus on building the best apartments and townhomes throughout Greater Vancouver, with over 15 years and 4,000 homes under their belt.

    Bronze Sponsor

    TRG - The Residential Group Realty

    TRG has four core disciplines in property management, commercial real estate, project marketing and residential sales. Their ownership is well qualified, each with over 20 years experience in their field - including Rick Valouche, past president of the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board (2006) & CREA (2012), and Real Estate Council director. They have a proven record with 100 realtors (many Medallion Club members) in their Yaletown and Kitsilano offices : Join TRG Realty and take your real estate career to the next level, today!

     

    Bronze Sponsor

    Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

    RICS is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide. RICS regulate and promote the profession; maintain the highest educational and professional standards; protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics; and provide impartial advice and guidance.

  • Blog

  • Team

    Our passionate executive team works hard to bring you the best quality events and educational resources to make the most of your undergraduate career.

    Oriana Gertsman

    President

    Oriana is a lifelong Vancouverite and driven commerce student specializing in real estate. She admires the diverse nature of the real estate industry and is inspired by the significant role it plays both corporately and socially in society. In her spare time, Oriana loves to stay active, be it in the gym, along the seawall or on the tennis courts. She is also a genuine foodie with a particular passion for Vancouver’s wide array of sushi restaurants. Oriana is excited to be leading an ambitious executive team and furthering the reach of the UBC Real Estate Club.

    Serena Huang

    President

    Serena is a 3rd year Commerce student specializing in Real Estate and Accounting. Having met and been inspired by many renowned professionals across the fields, she developed an interest in studying how current events influence the real estate market. Serena sees an array of career opportunities offered in the industry, and wishes to create a life-changing experience for those who share her passion. Outside of her academic endeavours, Serena enjoys hiking, dancing, and exploring good restaurants with friends.

    Alex Dembinski

    VP External

    Alex is a 3rd year Commerce student specializing in real estate with a particular interest in development. Originally from Manitoba, he transferred to Sauder last year to join the Real Estate program and study Vancouver’s heated market. As VP External, Alex is committed to help connect students with industry professionals. His passion for real estate stems from his desire to redesign major city centers to become more ergonomic and environmentally friendly. Alex enjoys following European soccer, staying active and being a full-time foodie.

    Runyu Wang

    VP Marketing

    Runyu is a 4th year Commerce student pursuing a specialization in Real Estate. Her natural love for economics and social nature instinctively drew her to this dynamic industry, and Sauder’s Real Estate option. Through her role with UBC REC, Runyu is excited to help connect students with the endless career and investment opportunities the local and global real estate industry offers. Outside of her academic pursuits, you can find her taking photos outdoors, inside studying interior design inspirations, or at whole foods buying dried mango

    Emily Liu

    Marketing Director

    Emily Liu is a 4th year student pursuing a dual specialization in Real Estate and Marketing. She is excited by the vibrant real estate scene in Vancouver and wants to help foster long lasting relationships amongst peers and professionals. She hopes her career in real estate will help shape sustainable cities while staying true to their cultural and historical values. Outside of school and work, Emily loves to practice yoga, discover new food spots and explore BC’s backyard.

    Austen Perry

    VP Events

    Austen is in his 4th year at Sauder, and is working towards a specialization in Real Estate. During his 3rd year, he joined the UBC REC as Events Director. He is fascinated by the real estate industry's diverse career options, especially in Vancouver. Austen is also a huge sports fan and loves both playing in Rec leagues, as well as watching the Canucks land high draft picks. He is excited to work with such an awesome team and hopes to help elevate the club to even greater heights!

    Jason Liu

    Events Director

    Jason is a 4th year Commerce student studying Real Estate and Marketing. As the new Event Director, he hopes to bring unique and innovative ideas to the table to excite the student community about the industry. During his free time, he loves to discover new places to eat as well as take photos and document these unique experiences.

    Warren Jiang

    VP Finance

    Warren is a 3rd year Commerce student studying Finance & Real Estate. Originally from Calgary, his passion for real estate led him to transfer to Sauder. As VP Finance/Internal, he hopes to leverage his past experiences in residential and commercial real estate to help students understand and connect with the world of real estate. In his spare time, Warren can be found at the badminton court, the piano, or the all-you-can-eat.

    Nick Sze-Mirikitani

    Internal Director

    Nick is a 4th year student at Sauder specializing in Real Estate and Accounting. Born and raised in Vancouver, Nick is fascinated by the speed of Vancouver’s urban densification, real estate development, and the future of real estate as a global commodity. Through his role with the club, Nick is excited to share his thoughts while helping connect students to industry professionals. He is a fantasy hockey expert but enjoys playing all sports except hockey. He also takes great pride in weightlifting, nutrition, and teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle.

    Aman Thind

    Executive Assistant

    Aman is a 2nd year student pursuing a degree in Commerce. Intending to specialize in Real Estate, he is intrigued by commercial and residential investments, and hopes to learn more about both local and international markets to one day invest in future properties. With his position as an Executive Assistant, along with his extroverted personality, he's excited to make a difference in his community and connect his fellow students to the real estate industry. Feel free to ask Aman about his recent adventures to Bali, Indonesia. Outside of school, Aman enjoys camping, exploring the outdoors and sporting activities.

    Amit Heer

    Executive Assistant

    Amit is a third-year commerce student specializing in Accounting and Real Estate. This past summer, he worked at a property development company to help further his knowledge of the real estate industry and is currently a realtor. In his spare time, he enjoys building custom computers and enjoys recreational bodybuilding. Amit has a deep desire to give back to his community and as Executive Assistant, he would like to help educate the UBC community of the diverse real estate industry in the lower mainland.

    Felix He

    Executive Assistant

    Felix He is currently a second year student at UBC. Originally planning to become a commercial real estate broker, he quickly networked himself into the industry.. However, once inside, he witnessed the inefficient and antiquated use of technology. Transferring himself from the business school into the combined major in Business and Computer Science, Felix now hopes to bring real estate into the 21st century. Constantly looking for ideas on how to disrupt real estate, Felix eagerly awaits any discussion or opportunity concerning real estate technology.

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