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 Avison Young, Bentall Kennedy, and Marcus & Millichap
September 28th, 2016 | 5:15pm - 8:30pm | Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Our first - and one of the largest - events of the year! This lively evening features headline keynote speaker Julia Kelly from TD Commercial Banking and a 3-4 member panel discussion followed by a catered networking session at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Real Estate Investment 101
October 26th, 2016 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Sauder School of Business (HA 234)
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: Maria Moisseeva (Bank of America Merrill Lynch)
Downtown Office Crawl (Member Exclusive)
November 24th, 2016 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | 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, as well as an opportunity to learn from and network with the successful real estate companies and professionals behind them.
INFO HERE, Downtown Office Crawl tickets are officially sold out!
2016 Visit Locations:
Speaker Series (Topic TBD)
January 18th, 2017
This event typically held on campus features an intimate fireside chat with a real estate pinnacle followed by a Q&A session. Our topic changes from year to year as we aim to cover recently trending and possibly controversial topics in real estate.
2016 Topic: Foreign Investment & Housing Affordability in Vancouver
Real Estate Alumni Night
Brand new for 2016/17, this networking cocktail reception spotlights the successful transition from the world of Sauder academia into promising positions in the real estate industry. Location TBD, but expect a fun, social downtown spot!
Signature Annual Industry Night: Presented by Anthem Properties and CBRE
UBC REC's largest and most anticipated annual event features 2 speaker presentations from top real estate industry executives, followed by a networking reception with over 40 delegates and alumni from 15-20 reputable companies. Expected location is the exquisite Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver, but will be confirmed closer to the date.
The UBC Real Estate Club is proud to partner with the following companies for the 2016-2017 school year:
Anthem Properties is a real estate development, investment and management company that operates in Alberta, British Columbia and California. With its dedicated team, the company has been involved in over 150 projects accumulating to $3.5 Billion in value. Its current portfolio is comprised of approximately 60 acres of land holdings, 7,000 residential homes in design or under construction, and 4 million sq. ft. of commercial space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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 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 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. Sunny also owns an online marketing agency with millions of followers and routinely donates a portion of profits to charity. He hopes to contribute his plethora of past experience with mass marketing towards Real Estate Club's upcoming events, ensuring success!
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!
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 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!
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 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 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!
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.