Our most successful year yet featured many inspiring events. Here's a recap of this year's highlights:
September: Annual Kickoff at the Shangrai La Hotel
Our first event of the season was a quick sell out, with over a hundred student and professional attendees. From our keynote speaker Julia Kelly, to our four panelists and subsequent catered networking session, we were able to open eyes towards the importance of real estate in businesses’ structures, and share a little about various career paths from development, to property management, and brokerage – just to name a few.
October: Real Estate Investment 101
This intimate workshop led by Maria Moisseeva of Bank of America Merrill Lynch gave sixty students an introduction to being successful in the world of real estate investment. Key takeaways included the ideas that real estate is a long-term investment providing annual cash flows, that land appreciates over time, and that real estate has relatively less market volatility. Attendees learned some of the basics of how to evaluate property such as location, condition, and the current state of the market.
November: Downtown Office Crawl
This year, members were given the rare opportunity to visit some of Vancouver’s most impressive office spaces belonging to major industry players including Grosvenor, CBRE, Bentall Kennedy, and Replay Resorts. In addition to accessing these beautiful workplaces, students were briefed on each of these company’s functions, making for an exciting and informative tour!
January/February: Speaker Series
Our two winter speaker-series events gave students and industry players alike the opportunity to hear from some intriguing professionals. At our first event, Dan Scarrow of Macdonald Realty Shanghai spoke about Chinese foreign investment in Vancouver’s one-of-a-kind market, while our second event gave attendees the opportunity to hear from not one, but three industry professionals about global careers in commercial real estate. Alex Henderson, Gareth David, and Jon Ramscar (of Grosvenor Americas, PCL Construction, and JLL respectively) shared their background working in real estate both abroad, and here in Vancouver.
February: Real Estate Alumni Night
This brand new event for 2016/2017 really got our members into the “swing” of things. Hosted at the trendy golf-simulation bar One Under, Alumni Night offered a trendy atmosphere for students and professionals to enjoy drinks and practice their golf swing while also offering the opportunity for casual networking. Keep your eyes peeled for this fabulous event again next year!
March: Signature Annual Industry Night presented by Anthem Properties & CBRE
The semester concluded with our biggest event of the year. Hosted at the stunning Fairmont Pacific Rim, over two hundred students and industry professionals heard from our inspirational keynote speakers – Susan L. MacLaurin and Bob Rennie – before enjoying a high-end catered-networking session. This sell out was the perfect way to cap off a year of diverse events, all offering terrific educational and professional opportunities, and which we hope offered all our members the chance to learn more about this incredible industry.
Thank you so much to our members and generous sponsors for your support this year! We truly look forward to seeing you again at our events in the year ahead.