Real Estate Development Leadership Certificate

Real Estate Programs

Delivered in partnership with the Real Estate Development Institute (REDI), Canada’s leader in Real Estate Development education, this immersive in-person program provides insight into the development process for various types of properties, including residential, commercial and industrial. Facilitated by industry experts, their local perspective on real estate development will provide learners with a realistic and practical understanding of the complexities of real estate development in Calgary and beyond.

Schedule: Ongoing registration

Program delivery: In-Person

Commitment: 126 Hours

Investment: $589 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:

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 54 hours of core courses are required and then the remaining 72 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.

A detailed program outlining both core and elective courses can be accessed here.

Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • Develop expertise in management, finance, engineering, urban planning, design, project management and architecture
  • Gain practical exposure to leading complex real estate development projects
  • Enhance leadership capability, strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Learn from experts with extensive real-life experience in this demanding field
  • Build a business network

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 five out of the six 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 has focused on beltline and suburban office leasing and sales, acting as trusted advisor to both tenants and landlords in lease negotiations and new developments and has been directly involved in over 700 lease transactions totalling 4.0 million square feet of office space and been part of over $200M in sales. John has been a frequent moderator, panellist and public speaker in the Calgary commercial real estate community. He has been published in the BOMA Building Guide, spoken as a market expert at several NAIOP member meetings and lectured in the Federated Press Leasing Conference and with the Real Estate Development Institute.

Emma MacKenzie is Vice President, Client Success 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.

Ken Toews is responsible for development and construction of major real estate projects, overseeing all elements of the real estate development process. He has extensive expertise in residential, retail, office, hotel, land, and mixed-use development with over thirty years of experience in the real estate industry. He has worked on various high-profile development and re-development projects throughout Calgary including three high-rise mixed-use projects. With his passion for increased vibrancy in Cities cores he has completed 3 office to residential conversions and is working on 3 more in Calgary and Edmonton.  He is a Director of Attainable Homes Calgary and Chair of the Calgary Economic Development Place Committee. Toews has taught Mixed - Use Development at U of C for ten years and is passionate about urban intensification and urban design. 

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.

Robert Fooks, MBA, LLB, is the head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group for McLeod Law.  He advises commercial clients, financial institutions and healthcare professionals with a particular focus on real estate, including commercial property transactions, leasing and financial transactions involving land as security. Robert is a Registered Trademark Agent, assisting clients with obtaining trademarks, and providing guidance on the management and monetizing of trademarks and other related intellectual property.

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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