Real Estate Development Leadership Certificate

Real Estate Programs

Delivered in partnership with Canada’s leader in real estate development education, the Real Estate Development Institute of Canada (REDI Canada), this immersive in-person program meets the needs of mid and senior level professionals. Learn from industry leaders with extensive expertise across the development processes for residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Benefit from exposure to active development projects, applied group assignments, case studies, and industry guest speakers from across Canada. Build a network and learn alongside a peer group of senior professionals and leaders with similar goals and interests.

The Real Estate Development Leadership (REDL) certificate program positions learners to expand their competency across several key areas, drawing on a breadth of industry knowledge and depth of specialized real estate development expertise.

The program is structured to provide a strong understanding of five core subject areas and two electives. Learners select from a variety of elective courses based on their area of practice and interests.


Schedule: Ongoing registration

Delivery: In-Person

Commitment: 126 Hours

Investment: $995 per course

Grant funding: This program could be eligible for grant funding that can cover up to 2/3 of the program costs. An Executive Education team member can help you bundle courses to meet the minimum hours needed for eligibility. For more information:


The Real Estate Development Leadership certificate opened doors to transition my career from the energy sector to the real estate industry. The program’s faculty is made up of experienced real estate industry leaders, who provided invaluable insights. Through the program, I gained a lifelong network with my diverse cohort, which led to opportunities with the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, commercial and multi-family real estate development and most recently, my acceptance to Columbia University’s Masters in Real Estate Development program.

Sonia Leung, P.Eng., PMP

Development Manager at Deveraux Developments


Learning journey and course schedule

The courses focus on principles, as well as the specialized knowledge and skills required daily in the world of real estate development. Classes provide hands-on experience through real-world simulations, case studies and projects that give you a true sense of the workplace. Many courses require participants to work on project teams designed to simulate actual project formats in the workplace. This provides each team member with the opportunity to take responsibility for a critical component of a major project.

The Real Estate Development Leadership Certificate has been developed with part-time learners in mind. It is a 126-hour program where 90 hours of core courses are required and then the remaining 36 hours of credits will be chosen from a list of electives. In general, most participants complete the program in one to two years. Those who would like to fast-track their program are encouraged to contact to discuss options available.

This program is experiential, comprehensive, industry-connected, and leader-oriented.


  • Participate in immersive and practical course components including on-site development tours, applied assignments, team project presentations, and case studies of leading complex development projects across Canada.
  • Locate and use industry tools, resources, and emerging technology.   


  • Describe key terminology, concepts, and processes unique to various subfields of real estate development.
  • Demonstrate competency across several key disciplines in real estate development including law, finance, marketing, risk mitigation, and project management.


  • Expand your business network through interaction with expert faculty and industry guest speakers, collaboration with co-learners, and access to Haskayne School of Business and Westman Centre of Real Estate Studies (WCRES) events.


  • Enhance analytical thinking, critical decision-making, strategic communication, and leadership capacity.

Participants come from a variety of fields including real estate development, banking, government, architecture, planning and engineering. The program is aimed for those who aspire to work in field of real estate development, expand understanding of the development process, and benefit from local expertise, perspectives and gain hands-on experience.

Participants can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. The certificate admission fee is $105. 

To enrol in the certificate, click here: HSK EE – Real Estate Development Leadership Certificate

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 36 hours towards this certificate. To apply for advanced standing, click here.

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure all requirements are fulfilled for graduation and apply for graduation. Please view our graduation page for details.

To ensure the best learning experience, participants must attend both live sessions to successfully complete the program. Participants will not be refunded if program components, such as required attendance and required coursework, is incomplete.

John Fisher is an Executive Vice President, Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE in Calgary, a Sessional Instructor at the Haskayne School of Business, a board member of NAIOP, North America’s largest commercial real estate development member-association, an instructor at the Real Estate Development Institute and an advisor to The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, The Calgary Stampede, The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies and a variety of private real estate firms, associations, and corporations. John has worked on a variety of notable projects across Canada and is frequently called upon for industry articles, speaking events and publications.

John has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) /Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BA in Economics (University of Calgary).

Emma MacKenzie is Director, Creative & Strategy at Chatterson, a niche real estate consultancy with a focus on marketing, strategy, research, customer experience and software development. Emma has spent the last 8 years planning and executing strategic marketing for a multitude of real estate development clients across Western Canada. Emma specializes in strategy development, project visioning and the important connection between customer and brand.

Aaron Forbes Attended the University of Calgary, majoring in Economics and became a CFA Charterholder in 2013. He is a licensed member of the Real Estate Council of Alberta and has completed the Mortgage Associates Program and is currently a Senior Director with MCAP’s Development Finance Group. To date, he has been involved in the structuring of over $2.0 billion of real estate transactions throughout Western Canada, including 1st and 2nd mortgages and has completed syndications with most major Canadian Banks, Alberta based lending institutions, pension funds and life insurance companies. In 2012, he spent 2 months volunteering in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Sovann Phoum Organization, a non-profit micro credit lender. Aaron currently sits on the Board of Directors for KV Mortgage Fund Inc., a private Edmonton based lender, as an independent member and a member of the Lending Review Committee.

Jason Hardy is the Co-Founder & CEO of the leading real estate e-commerce software, Ownly. Jason has spent the previous 17 years serving the real estate development sector in both Canada and the United States. An industry thought leader and speaker, Jason previously held the position of President / Managing Partner at Chatterson, a boutique real estate marketing firm headquartered Calgary, Canada.  Jason is an instructor of Real Estate Marketing at the Haskayne School of Business’ Real Estate MBA program at the University of Calgary and holds the role of Executive Director of the Real Estate Development Institute of Canada. Jason also sits on the Management Advisory Committee (MAC) and Proptech Advisory Committee at the Haskayne School of Business and serves as Committee Chair at the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies.

Mark Seasons is a Professor with the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, which he joined in 1998 following almost 20 years in planning practice. He is a Fellow, Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner (Ontario). Mark’s education includes a BA (Honours Geography - Queen’s); MEnvDes (Planning - Calgary); and PhD (Regional Planning - Waterloo).

Mark has practiced as an urban planner with the City of Calgary, the New Zealand federal government, the Province of Ontario, and the Canadian federal government’s National Capital Commission. Throughout his professional career, he has worked in the areas of urban renewal, long-range planning, neighbourhood revitalization, regional planning, and non-profit housing.

Mark’s research interests include plan evaluation, planning for climate change, strategic planning, and planning for slow-growth or declining cities. He has designed and delivered courses in land use planning, research methods, planning theory, program evaluation and regional planning. As a researcher, Mark has written and had published numerous articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. He’s also a member of the editorial boards of several academic journals for which he regularly reviews and evaluates articles that are submitted for publication. Mark was editor-in-chief of Plan Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planning's practice-oriented journal, from 2005-10. In 2021, he published a sole-authored and peer-reviewed text on plan monitoring and evaluation (Evaluating Urban and Regional Plans: From Theory to Practice, UBC Press).

Iain G. McCorkindale has over two decades of experience in the real estate development sector and carries the professional accreditations of MRICS, PQS, and LEED AP©. Following an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce plc. where he earned his Sheet Metal Worker Journeyman papers, Iain enrolled at Glasgow’s Caledonian University and graduated in 1998 with a First Class B.Sc. (Hons.) Quantity Surveying Degree. Iain was then recruited by Helyar & Associates (now Altus Group) where he spent eight years in their Toronto Office, before moving with his family to Calgary in 2006 to start their construction cost management practice where he led a very successful team that serviced the Prairies. In terms of projects, Iain has worked on over 200 projects across the full asset class spectrum and provided advisory services for project lenders, developers, owners, and tenants across Canada and in select US locations. In 2011, Iain joined a prominent local real estate Owner / Developer where he built and led an in-house team focused on developing mixed-use projects. In mid-2016, Iain formed M3 Development Management Ltd. which is actively providing turnkey development and project management services on many prominent and large-scale projects in Calgary and throughout the Province of Alberta.

Rob Spanier is a seasoned real estate professional specializing in mixed-use development and place-making. With two decades of hands-on experience, Rob has brought to life more than 80 legacy projects throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Rob is the President of the Spanier Group and an international real estate development advisor dedicated to creating innovative, next-generation destinations and places, with expertise in creating thriving communities with uniquely curated specialty retail experiences. By playing an integral role on multi-disciplinary project teams, Rob commits his extensive knowledge in large-scale mixed-use development, master planning, specialty leasing, and deal-making, as well as programming and activation to create vibrant and prosperous communities. 

This course was designed and led in partnership with experts from the Real Estate Development Institute. Please visit the REDI’s website for further background:

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