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What's the relationship and risk involved in building great cities?

Wall Street Journal author and former Pittsburgh mayor are keynote speakers at Haskayne's inaugural event with Brookfield Residential
October 16, 2015

Greg Zuckerman, a bestselling author from the Wall Street Journal and Tom Murphy, the former mayor of Pittsburgh who helped revitalize the city, are the keynote speakers in the inaugural Brookfield Residential International Speakers Series.

On Oct. 21, the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of Business will launch the new series, bringing together local and international experts to take a cross-sector approach to big thinking for Calgary's future. Speakers will discuss the relationships and risks involved in building great cities. The Westman Centre is actively focused on developing ethical and entrepreneurial leaders for the real estate industry.

Speaker series spurs conversation about role of real estate industry

“Our goal is to make the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies a centre of excellence and the premiere choice for students and practitioners looking to educate themselves on the future of the industry,” says Jyoti Gondek, director, Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies.

“Through this speakers series we aim to stimulate engaging and thoughtful conversations about the complex and growing role of the real estate industry, both in Calgary and globally.”

In partnership with Brookfield Residential, the Westman Centre is committed to fostering relationships between the university and the broader community. As part of this mandate, a daytime schedule linked to the speakers series has been planned for students, faculty and staff at the Haskayne School of Business to take in presentations from two prominent speakers: Greg Zuckerman and Tom Murphy.

Zuckerman is a bestselling author and has been part of several award-winning teams that broke major financial news stories for the Wall Street Journal. Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, was a tireless advocate for public-private partnerships as a means for encouraging revitalization and economic development in the city. Both speakers are influencers in their respective communities.

Talks to cover non-traditional thinking and unconventional partners in city-building

Alan Norris, president and CEO, Brookfield Residential, believes that this speakers series is critical in the education of future leaders in real estate.

“It is essential for members of the real estate industry to foster opportunities of growth, education and critical thinking for students and industry professionals in all levels of their careers,” says Norris.

During his talk, Zuckerman will discuss how experts often underestimate the power of creative and non-traditional thinking, citing the examples of John Paulson making history on Wall Street during the mortgage crisis, and the persistence of wildcatters in pioneering the energy revolution. Murphy will recount his experiences in changing the mindsets of stakeholder groups, and discuss the innovative solutions that can be created by bringing unconventional partners like universities to the table in city-building.

Jim Dewald, dean, Haskayne School of Business, sees tremendous benefit in the partnership between Brookfield Residential and the Westman Centre. He say, “Together we are enriching the quality and breadth of learning at Haskayne, while shaping a new generation of real estate leaders.”

Find out more information about the Brookfield Residential International Speakers Series.

Greg Zuckerman, a best-selling author from the Wall Street Journal, will be speaking at the WCRES Brookfield Residential International Speakers Series on Oct. 21, 2015.
Photo Credit: John Kuchinsky

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