• 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.



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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

    Sept 2017 | Vancouver

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



    Real Estate Investment 101

    Oct 2017 | Location TBA

    In Vancouver's booming real estate market, many of us wonder about what it takes to make good real estate investment decisions. From criteria to consider to the strategy of finding real estate deals, Real Estate Investment 101 gives you a sneak peak into the world of real estate investing, coupled with real-world examples from Vancouver's market and a chance to engage in a related activity.

    Guest Speaker: TBA


    Downtown Office Crawl (Member Exclusive)

    Nov 2017 | Downtown Vancouver

    Our exciting crawl-style event takes a group of 15 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.


    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, 2017. 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 2016-2017 school year:

    Platinum Sponsor

    Anthem Properties

    Anthem is a real estate development, investment and management company that strives, solves and evolves to create better spaces and stronger communities. At Anthem, We are Growing Places.

    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.

    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

    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.

    Gold Sponsor

    Marcus & Millichap

    Marcus & Millichap is the largest firm specializing in commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, with offices across North America. Marcus & Millichap customizes and personalizes services to meet the diverse needs of private investors, professionals and institutions.

    Silver 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.

    Silver Sponsor

    BC Assessment

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

    Silver Sponsor

    Beedie Group

    Beedie is one of British Columbia's most respected companies specializing in inland development, construction, and property management.

    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

    Laurentian Bank

    Laurentian Bank operates primarily in the province of Quebec, with commercial and business banking offices located in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Silver Sponsor

    Premise Properties

    Premise Properties is a boutique commercial real estate firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia. 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

    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.

    Silver Sponsor

    QuadReal Property Group

    QuadReal Property Group is an independently privately held group based in Vancouver, BC. QuadReal Property Group 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.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Macdonald Real Estate Group

    Macdonald Real Estate Group is western Canada’s largest integrated real estate firm with $7 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. We currently focus on building the best apartments and townhomes throughout Greater Vancouver.

    Bronze Sponsor

    Replay Resorts

    Replay Resorts is a fully integrated destination development company operating in the U.S., Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Replay’s team of strategists, planners, designers, builders and operators develop and operate authentic and enduring places that become must-visit destinations for guests and potential real estate purchasers alike.

    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

    *NEW this year!*

  • 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.

    Crystal Lye


    Crystal is a 4th year Commerce student specializing in real estate. Having parents involved in real estate investments, along with meeting successful industry professionals, have led her to desire creating successful investments for herself and others in the future. Crystal is excited to help educate other students about pursuing a career in Vancouver’s real estate industry. Outside of her academic and professional endeavours, Crystal enjoys exploring her own city and taking endless Snapchats of her cat and food.

    Stephanie Yeargin

    Vice President

    Stephanie is a 4th year Commerce student studying Real Estate and Sustainability. Having joined REC last year to learn more and meet industry professionals, she hopes to offer that same connection to students who are also inspired by the endless opportunities.

    Originally from Maryland, she transferred to Sauder last year specifically to join the Real Estate program. Outside of school, you will find her doing anything from riding a horse to snowboarding down a treacherous mountain, or enjoying a fruity cocktail at a nearby lounge!

    Sunny Liao

    VP Marketing

    Sunny is a 3rd year Science student pursuing a minor in Commerce. In the highly lucrative realm of real estate, he advocates for students to continuously pursue networking, career, and educational opportunities whenever possible. He hopes to contribute his plethora of past experience with mass marketing towards Real Estate Club's upcoming events, ensuring success!

    Jason Huang

    VP Finance

    Jason is a 3rd year Commerce student intending to specialize in Finance and Real Estate. As the new VP Finance/Internal for this year, he is excited to bring fresh ideas and professional knowledge, and strong numeracy and interpersonal skills to help grow the club. Outside of school, Jason works for CIBC as a Customer Service Representative. He also likes to play basketball with his friends on the weekends and always seems to be on the winning team. Cheers!

    Maura Pajonk

    VP External

    A 4th year Sauder student, Maura has a keen interest in real estate development and urban planning. Her current passion project is a community-building smart phone app designed to reduce crime and increase social connections throughout the lower mainland. In her spare time, Maura swims, sings in a nine-piece cover band, and takes krav maga self defence classes. She also makes delicious jams and country wines from local summer fruit.

    Austen Perry

    Events Director

    Austen is in his 3rd year at Sauder, and is working towards a dual specialization in Real Estate and Accounting. During his 2nd year, he discovered UBC REC, which sparked his interest in the option and industry. He became fascinated the 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 be working with such an awesome team and hopes to help elevate the club to even greater heights!

    Serena Huang

    Events Director

    Currently a 2nd year Commerce student, Serena is a self-motivated individual who intends to specialize in Real Estate. She is particularly fascinated by investment and brokerage, and wishes to further study the unique structure of the Vancouver market. Real estate’s bountiful and diverse opportunities allow Serena to see a promising career in the industry, and through her role as an Events Director, she wants to create a life-changing experience for those who share her passion. Beyond commerce, Serena enjoys hiking, camping and travelling with friends.

    Aman Thind

    Executive Assistant

    Aman is a 2nd year student-athlete 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. Outside of school, Aman enjoys camping, exploring the outdoors and sporting activities.

    Oriana Gertsman

    Executive Assistant

    Oriana is a 2nd year Sauder student pursuing a career in business. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is fascinated by the international nature of real estate, and its power to impact global economies. On a sunny day, Oriana can be found playing tennis or running along the city's brilliant seawall. She also loves to bring her creative side out through her hand-made jewellery business, Luvbeading Jewelry. Oriana is excited to be developing her networking skills and expanding her knowledge of this one-of-a-kind industry as a member of the Real Estate Club's Executive Team!

    Runyu Wang

    Social Media Director

    Runyu is a 3rd year Commerce student pursuing a dual specialization in Real Estate and Finance. 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 adventuring outdoors or inside a sushi restaurant.

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