Annual Kickoff was a HUGE success! We completely sold out and had more than 70 students and over 40 industry professionals in attendance. The event was held at the elegant Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Vancouver and featured an accomplished keynote speaker, diverse panel discussion, fantastic food, and of course - lots of great networking.
To start off the evening, keynote speaker Julia Kelly of TD Commercial Banking shared her story of how her career turned to real estate, despite having not explored the field until well into her university degree. Although Julia initially believed accounting was her destiny, she discovered real estate as something which played a critical role in a business’ structure – even at non-real estate specialized firms, like TD Bank. Next, our 4 panelists added to this by demonstrating that despite offering many fields of work – from finance, development, property management and brokerage - the industry’s subfields operate hand-in-hand. After the panel discussion, our guests asked their own questions about each respective discipline.
Afterward, food was served and the networking portion of the event began - students had the opportunity to network with the rest of the industry professionals in attendance. Our 3:1 professional-to-student ratio allowed for free-flowing conversations that weren’t constantly interrupted. As the event came to a close we conducted our raffle prize; students and industry professionals walked away with gifts ranging from a complimentary deluxe night stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, to gift cards to Vancouver’s finest restaurants and spas.
Thank you again to everyone who attended UBC Real Estate Club’s Annual Kickoff Event, and we hope you had as much fun as we did! Please keep an eye out for our next event, Real Estate Investment 101, on October 26th (register here)!