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The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies began as an industry initiative. The Haskayne School of Business was approached by industry veterans seeking help in addressing several issues, including:

  1. A shortage of young employees and potential employees with real estate knowledge and skills;
  2. Strategic challenges related to city planning and restrictions on real estate development;
  3. The sense that the Calgary real estate industry has grown to a size that warrants establishment of a Calgary-specific real estate specialization in business; and
  4. The need for research to address key issues facing industry members and the industry as a whole.

The Haskayne School of Business developed a real estate initiative to address these needs through scholarly research and innovative experiential education. Support for this initiative has been strong, with over 35 individuals and businesses stepping forward to invest in real estate education, and Jay Westman donating $5 million in November 2013 to name the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies. Engagement with this initiative reaches beyond a financial investment; all of these donors are involved with the Westman Centre’s External Advisory Council, helping to shape a best-in-class real estate education program.

The goal of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies is to provide an educational environment that supports and encourages the pursuit of entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. With this goal in mind, we are seeking additional investment to support experiential learning opportunities, research fellowships and scholarships that will attract world class students and educators.


The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies is grounded in a “why” statement, endorsed by its External Advisory Council: We believe in creating entrepreneurial and ethical leaders for the real estate industry. The Westman Centre will focus on developing the next generation of leaders for Calgary’s entrepreneurial real estate industry through its teaching, research and community outreach activities.


To create entrepreneurial and ethical leaders for the real estate industry.


To be a catalyst for the development of real estate professionals and a leading centre of excellence for real estate studies.