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 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 managers oversee the daily operations of a real estate asset, including rent collection, tenant requests/emergencies, property maintenance/repairs, and budget management.
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: Presented by our Gold Sponsors
October 1st, 2019 | Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
Our first, and our second-largest, event of the year is designed to entice UBC students to pursue a career in real estate. This lively evening event features a keynote speaker and a 6-member panel discussion followed by a catered networking session at a stylish downtown venue. Annual Kick-Off showcases various segments of the real estate industry and provides future graduates with an introduction to current issues and potential career pathways. The 1:1 student-to-delegate ratio provides an ideal atmosphere to meaningfully engage with potential hires in a relaxed yet professional environment.
Tickets: $5 Members ✦ $10 for Non-Members
Downtown Office Tours
November 6th, 2019 | 1111 West Georgia Street
This year will feature several visits to industry offices. This unique event offers students the valuable opportunity to visit the offices of 4-6 sponsor businesses to learn more about their inner workings. Company visits provide students with useful insights to establish a career focus and compatibility within distinct organizational cultures, as well as offer hosts the opportunity to interact with potential recruits.
2019 Office Tours:
Nov 6: Beedie & QuadReal
Nov 7: CBRE
Nov 13: Altus & Avison Young
Nov 20: Mosaic Homes
Nov 21: Led Mcallister
Past Site Visit Hosts:
2018/19: QuadReal, CBRE, Beedie, Mosaic Homes, Colliers International
2017/18: Colliers International, Mosaic Homes, CBRE, Altus Group, QuadReal, Beedie
Tickets: $5 Members
Real Estate Alumni Night
January 22nd, 2020 | 476 Granville St
This networking cocktail reception at One Under Lounge highlights the successful transition from the world of UBC academia into prosperous positions in the real estate industry. Alumni and professionals are encouraged to share stories with students about the early days of their real estate careers and provide tips about how to thrive in the industry. Alumni Night’s 3:1 student-to-delegate ratio creates an ideal atmosphere to connect with a well-rounded group of students.
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tickets: $5 Members ✦ $10 for Non-Members
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Signature Annual Industry Night: Presented by Platinum Sponsors
March 2020 | Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
Our LARGEST and most anticipated annual event features talks from two of the real estate industry's top performers, followed by a gala networking reception while you enjoy appetizers and drinks. Industry Night attracts many of UBC's top students and leading firms seeking new talent to join their companies.
Tickets Available Soon!
The UBC Real Estate Club is proud to partner with the following companies for the 2019-2020 school year:
Bosa Properties is a Vancouver based real estate developer that has been constructing homes for Canadians for nearly 50 years. With over 4000 homes designed and delivered to date, and having created some of the nation's finest communities and urban villages, Bosa Properties is one of Canada's most respected development and construction firms.
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.
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.
Bentall Green Oak
Bentall Green Oak is one of North America's largest real estate investment advisors and property managers. As a leader in Responsible Property Investing, Bentall Green Oak is committed to best-in-class environmental, social and governance practices in developing, leasing and managing commercial real estate.
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.
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.
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.
Peterson Group has an active portfolio including real estate investment, development, property management, capital lending and private equity. Peterson attributes its growth to its values-driven culture of fostering relationships, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and gratitude. This collaborative approach has brought life to iconic developments from Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, to the Shangri-La in Toronto.
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.
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.
Now with over three decades of homebuilding in British Columbia, the Polygon family of companies has built more than 27,000 homes throughout Metro Vancouver, from concrete high-rises and wood-frame condominiums to townhomes and single-family communities. During that time, Polygon has earned the trust of thousands of families by committing to quality design, sound construction and exceptional customer service.
PCI Developments is a privately-owned Vancouver based real estate developer and investor guided by their core values of integrity, discipline, vision and innovation. Since its inception in 1982, PCI has invested in and/or developed over 6 million square feet of real estate, including some of Metro Vancouver’s most prominent urban landmarks.
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.
Our passionate executive team works hard to bring you the best quality events and educational resources to make the most of your undergraduate career.
Kathy is a 4th year Commerce student working towards a specialization in Finance. She takes great interest in Vancouver’s real estate market and has gained valuable knowledge through hands-on experience. As the Co-President of the UBC Real Estate Club, Kathy hopes to facilitate an environment for students to easily learn about real estate in Vancouver, while also allowing room for socializing and networking. Most importantly, Kathy hopes to share her passion for real estate with talented students in her community and is incredibly excited about all the opportunities that the real estate club provides to do so. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys traveling and exploring both domestically and abroad in hopes of gaining more understanding about what the world has to offer.
Siddharth is a 4th year Commerce student specializing in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship. Having been a part of the marketing team last year, Siddharth is returning as a Co-Chair this year. As the Co-President of the club, he hopes to provide a platform for students to gain valuable insights about the vibrant real estate industry of Vancouver and for them to connect with industry professionals in a comfortable setting. He wishes to expand students knowledge on the opportunities that lay within the commercial side of the industry besides just becoming a Realtor. Siddharth enjoys exploring and learning about different industries and hopes to operate his own business one day with the knowledge he acquires. In his spare time, Siddharth enjoys learning new instruments, weigh-lifting and photography.
Amy Liu is a 4th year student specializing in Real Estate. She grew up in Shanghai and joined UBC REC for 2 years. She is currently working in a real estate development corporation which has broadened her view of the field. She is intrigued by the unique real estate market in Vancouver. The outgoing and people-oriented personality she possesses will be a great fit for the industry. In her spare time, she will always be in gym, tennis court, and travelling.
Winnie is a 4th year Commerce student at the Sauder School of Business. She is particularly interested in real estate as she has seen the role that the real estate market has played in influencing the economies in the places she grew up, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Winnie enjoys reading and travelling as a way to learn more about the world and enjoys golfing as a way to relax. As a part of the UBC Real Estate Club, she hopes to foster a supportive environment in which like-minded students can learn from and work with each other within the Vancouver real estate community.
Daniella is an ambitious 3rd year Commerce student, specialized in Accounting and Real Estate. Having lived in Vancouver for her entire life, she has grown a passion for the real estate industry and has had valuable experience within development and property management. Daniella is eager to create connections with industry professionals and students within the club, and learn more about opportunities within the real estate world. During her free time, Daniella enjoys doing outdoor activities, especially hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing, and training for a marathon!
Nabi is an ambitious 4th-year Sociology student with a minor in Commerce, completing his degree while simultaneously working in Real Estate as a successful residential agent. He began his work in the industry at the age of 19, connecting with contractors, renovators, builders, brokers, realtors, and financial institutions. Through his position as VP Internal, Nabi hopes to bring in his expertise in the field from day to day experiences and offer his knowledge about market shifts, policy changes and social media marketing to the club. Outside of work and school, Nabi enjoys socializing, networking, writing poetry and music, and learning new languages.
Jacob is a third-year Commerce student who is specializing in Real Estate. He is passionate about development and the challenges associated with adding value in a highly competitive industry. Jacob hopes to help UBC REC grow in scope and capability. He wants to make sure that first-year students can find a community at UBC where they feel welcomed. Outside of school, Jacob enjoys time with family and friends, skiing, and is an avid hockey fan.
Zane is a second-year arts student pursuing a double-major in Economics and French. He has a passion for real estate, particularly in the area of Development. Zane is hoping to help the UBC Real Estate Club grow and connect more students to the incredible industry! Away from school, Zane is a competitive curler, traveler, and huge tennis fan. He looks forward to another great year with the UBC Real Estate Club team!
Liam is a fourth-year commerce student specializing in real estate. Sauder's distinguished real estate program was a key factor when choosing a school to further his studies after a junior hockey career in the prairies. Liam previously worked at CBRE and is passionate about brokerage and real estate development. In his free time, Liam enjoys hitting the links for fun with friends on the golf course, working out and live music.
Anant Singh Bawa
Anant is a 3rd year Economics student with a focus on applied macroeconomics on the finance and money markets. He is also minoring in commerce to well equip himself with the necessary skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. He has a keen interest in learning how the economic models can help in understanding the housing sector, which is why he will be focusing his research thesis on Real Estate. In his free time, Anant enjoys weightlifting, playing the guitar and is currently also learning how to play the piano.
After exploring various cultures and diverse architectural designs over a four-month journey through South East Asia, Will is enthusiastically looking forward to a future in commercial real estate development. He is eager to furthering his education and completing his final year at UBC Sauder School of Business. Will hopes to blend his passion of real estate and love for skiing by developing ski resorts at new upcoming mountains. Will wants to educate his fellow students on the opportunities in the real estate industry. In his free time, you can catch him skiing in the back-country of Whistler Mountain, golfing with his friends at the university golf course and enjoying a cold beer on the patio.
Heading into his 2nd year of commerce at UBC, Ivan is thrilled to be on the 2019/2020 Real Estate Club. He has always keenly followed the real estate scene here in Vancouver as he has been surrounded with a number of adults and role models involved in the industry throughout his life. He now looks forward to heightening this passion by providing and executing excellent events for the UBC student body, while gathering unique insights into the business.
Rohet is a 2nd year Commerce student born and raised here in Vancouver. His passion for real estate began at young age, while being immersed in the ever-changing Vancouver real estate scene. This is his first year on the UBC Real Estate Club team and looks forward to expanding his knowledge to different facets of real estate. As executive assistant, he is excited to work alongside all of the different groups that make up the team. In his free time, Rohet loves to spend his time outdoors playing a variety of sports, typically soccer with friends or a round of golf.