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.
Due to the nature of this academic school year, the UBC Real Estate Club will be hosting various webinar events, ranging from investments, brokerage, development, and asset management.
Back to School Networking
October 6th, 2021 | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Hi everyone! The UBC Real Estate Club is presenting you with our first event of the school year, our back-to-school networking event with industry professionals in commercial real estate! Join us for an evening of networking and presentations about different career paths in the commercial real estate industry. There will also be food and beverages! It is a great opportunity to learn more about the commercial real estate industry and create relationships with industry professionals. For more event details, click on our event link, or check out our Instagram @ubcrealestateclub or facebook page “UBC Real Estate Club.” We hope to see you there!
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Rohet is in his 4th year at Sauder and is specializing in Real Estate. This year will be his 3rd year at the UBC Real Estate club and has had a passion for real estate since his early years. He is extremely excited to be back in person this year and looks forward to seeing all of you at our events this year. When he’s not in the classroom you can find Rohet playing a round of golf or out on the pitch playing soccer.
Dariush is a 5th year Commerce student specializing in Finance & Real Estate. Born and raised right here in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has held a keen interest in real estate development & architecture since high school. He is currently working part-time at a local development company gaining first hand insights into the industry. As this is his first year in the UBC Real Estate Club he is excited and motivated to provide the best experience for members and event attendees alike.
Adriana is a 4th year Commerce student specializing in Real Estate at the Sauder School of Business. Her experience lies in asset management focused on equities but she is now looking for opportunities to learn more abut the real estate market. In her free time you can find her trying out new restaurants around Vancouver!
Samuel is a fourth-year finance and real estate student at UBC. He has a strong passion for real estate that stems from watching the Vancouver industry grow over the last decade. He is extremely interested in real estate investing and development. Samuel is an avid cyclist, hockey player and golfer. In his free time, he can be found watching hockey or exploring new breweries. This is his first year with the UBC Real Estate Club, and couldn’t be more excited!
Zane is a final-year Economics Major and has been working with the club since December, 2018. He has a passion for real estate development, investment, and sustainability. Zane is hoping to help the UBC Real Estate Club grow and connect more students to the incredible industry! Away from school, Zane is an avid traveler and curler. He looks forward to another great year with the UBC Real Estate Club team!
Jason is a 4th year commerce student specializing in both Finance and Real Estate. This is his second year on the UBC Real Estate Club team and is excited to help students connect with resources and network they need to learn about and thrive in Vancouver's real estate market. Outside of the club, you can find Jason playing ice hockey or spinning some records as a recreational DJ.
Michael is a 4th year commerce student specializing in Marketing and Real Estate. This is Michael's first year with the club and he is looking forward to pursuing a career in commercial real estate after graduation. Outside of the club, you can find Michael playing ice hockey, taking photos or making YouTube videos.
Vasko is a 4th year Commerce student, specializing in Accounting and Real Estate. After living in downtown Vancouver for most of his life, he became fascinated with the development process of commercial and residential buildings that were constantly being built around him. He hopes to create relationships with industry professionals and students, and learn more about the opportunities in commercial real estate. Outside of school, Vasko enjoys playing basketball, music production, and beating his friends in fantasy sports.
VP Market Research
Angela is entering final year at the University of British Columbia with a specialization in finance and real estate. This is Angela’s first year with the UBC Real Estate Club and she looks forward to creating market research reports to support UBC stakeholders in expanding their knowledge in the different facets of real estate. Apart from UBC REC, Angela serves as the AMS Chair of Investment Banking Club. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, road cycling, ultimate frisbee, and skiing!
Ben is a 4th year commerce student specializing in Real Estate. Being fascinated with construction since a young age, he knew that the Real Estate sector was where he ultimately wanted to end up. Apart from UBC REC, Ben is an exec on a student-led project building a carbon neutral structure on campus. With any free time, you'll find him either at a friend's house watching Formula 1 or skiing the local mountains.
A final year student specializing in finance and minoring in creative writing, I hope to bring elements of both studies together in this role. I was born and raised in Thailand and now living in Canada, so my roots are somewhere along those white, sandy beaches. Looking forward to talk about anything from numbers to sound!
Jeevan is a 4th year Commerce student specializing in Finance and Real Estate. He realized his passion for real estate well before studying at business school when visiting his father’s residential construction sites. Turning his passion into a career, Jeevan has gained lots of experience in residential developments as well as commercial lending as he recently completed an internship as a Junior Analyst in the Credit Risk department at CMLS Financial. Outside of real estate, you will likely find Jeevan on the mountain skiing and hiking, travelling or on the golf course (all year round!).
2nd Year Representative
The UBC Real Estate club's 2021/22 board members.
Varinder is a Principal at Sagestone. With over 15 years’ experience in Global and Canadian real estate, he has invested in all major international markets, across the risk spectrum and in all property types (traditional and alternative). He spent over five years as Vice President at QuadReal Property Group, joining at its inception as founding member where he held a number of responsibilities encompassing corporate strategy, international business development, investment management, and investment operations. Prior to that, Varinder was a Portfolio Manager at BCI for six years and led investment activities in Europe and Asia, in addition to leading the turnaround of its legacy international portfolio. Varinder started his career in investment banking at TD Securities’ real estate group in Toronto. Varinder is a CFA and holds a BCom from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, where he has frequently returned as guest lecturer, judge and mentor.
Doug Wong is a Senior Director at the Altus Group and has been providing valuation and consulting services in the commercial real estate industry since 2009. Doug is responsible for helping to oversee the Valuation and Advisory group within the Vancouver office. His primary focus over the past 12 years in the industry has been on the valuation of large-scale, income-producing investment assets. This includes office buildings, retail shopping centres, industrial assets, and multi-family properties. His experience also includes a wide range of complex valuation and consulting assignments. Doug holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and is a designated AACI member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
With over 10 years of development experience in varied roles, Evan is currently President, British Columbia at Intracorp Homes - a fully integrated developer focused primarily on urban development. Intracorp has built over 25,000 homes in 184 communities, and currently has a BC pipeline of projects in excess of $3.3 billion. In his role, Evan oversees the business operations, as well as managing the success of Intracorp’s projects by overseeing project feasibility, product development and execution. He leads all business development and is responsible for the overall business and acquisitions strategy.
Evan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Canadian Investment Committee, tasked to make smart investment decisions on behalf of Intracorp. He is also Treasurer of the Board for Highlands Early Education Centre, a Director of the Board for the Urban Development Institute and an industry liaison for municipalities across Greater Vancouver. He has also held a number of Board positions for local not-for-profits.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing and playing hockey.
Jaclyn O’Neill is the Vice-President of Investments at BentallGreenOak, which she joined in December 2018. She has over 16 years of experience in the investment and management of real estate and currently is responsible for sourcing and executing transaction opportunities in Western Canada. Prior to this role, she worked in asset management for several years and oversaw a portfolio of office, industrial, multi-residential and retail assets throughout British Columbia comprised of over 4 million square feet. Before joining BentallGreenOak, she worked at Triovest Realty Advisors and began her career as an appraiser with the Altus Group.
Jaclyn has a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science & Economics) and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia. She is also an accredited appraiser with the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AACI™).
Michelle is Director, Development & Corporate at Conwest. Involved with development of multiple asset types, she is primarily focused on project business planning, end-to-end strategic project direction, and corporate operations. She is project lead on several multi-residential developments, while also overseeing the company’s marketing department. Michelle holds a real estate trading services license as the managing broker for in-house brokerage Vicini Realty.
Her experience in the real estate industry spans across land development, housing development, sales, marketing, and finance, joining the Conwest team in 2014. Michelle is active in the industry and community, currently mentoring through the ULI Etkin’s Scholar program as well as involved with City of Vancouver Advisory Committees to provide input for ongoing City Planning initiatives. Michelle is a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce program from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, specializing in Real Estate.
Sean Wheeler is Vice President of Co-Investment at Grosvenor Americas and is responsible for the management of the Structured Development Financing (SDF) business in Vancouver and Seattle.
Sean has played a key role in the expansion of the Structured Development Financing business beginning in 2014 and now leads the management of the programme in the Vancouver and Seattle. Sean began his career at Grosvenor as an intern in 2013 while completing his final year at UBC’s Sauder School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Finance and Real Estate earning. Sean formally joined the Co-Investment team in 2014 and played a critical role in the set-up of the first True North Partnership in 2015.
Since joining the industry, Sean has been actively involved with the Urban Land Institute of BC (ULI BC) and recently stepped down as the Co-Chair of the Young Leaders Group (YLG). Sean is also involved with the Urban Development Institute (UDI) and has guest lectured at their School of Urban Development. Sean is also a registered sub-mortgage broker in the province of BC.
Vera is Director, Investments KingSett Capital, a Canadian private equity real estate investment business which creates and co-invests in real estate investment solutions to deliver sustainable premium risk weighted returns. Vera is responsible for sourcing, structuring and negotiating the acquisition and disposition of real estate opportunities across Western Canada.
Founded in 2002, KingSett has raised $12.5 billion of equity for its Growth, Income, Urban, Mortgage and Affordable Housing strategies. KingSett has $16 billion of assets under management in a portfolio of $19 billion. KingSett continues to seek further opportunities to invest in a wide range of real estate properties, developments, joint ventures, and mortgage lending.
Vera holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC, specializing in Finance and Real Estate.
Yahel is the Associate Director overseeing operations at CMLS and works on planning and execution of business strategies. His team supports the full CMLS platform with the goal of enhancing the client experience as a connector of capital with opportunities.
Prior to joining CMLS in 2016, Yahel worked for a boutique Vancouver Real Estate Developer where he was integral in developing an acquisitions strategy and would assume many responsibilities in the small but rapidly growing firm. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in finance and real estate from the University of British Columbia.
Yosh Kasahara is Chief Operating Officer for the Alabaster Group of Companies. He has over 15 years of experience working for leading Vancouver real estate development and sales and marketing firms. In his current role, Yosh oversees development, construction, sales and marketing, and operations for Alabaster Homes. He also is Managing Director of Pavilion Cowork, a boutique flexible office space provider. Yosh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business, and is a past President of the UBC Real Estate Club.
The UBC Real Estate Club is proud to partner with the following companies for the 2021-2022 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 1954, Beedie is an owner and developer of industrial, commercial and residential real estate. The company is the largest private industrial land owner, developer and property manager in Metro Vancouver, having completed 21 million ft² of new construction throughout Metro Vancouver and Alberta.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.