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Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies (WCRES)
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The Westman Centre’s team is responsible for development and implementation of the centre’s strategic plan, which is built around 3 strategic pillars: 1) transforming student experience, 2) research & thought leadership, and 3) community engagement.

Director's Message

The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies (“the Westman Centre”) aims to be the catalyst for the development of real estate industry professionals and a leading centre of excellence.

The Westman Centre has played a key role in facilitating the introduction of a BComm concentration and MBA specialization in real estate studies for the University’s Haskayne School of Business. By combining academic rigour with industry expertise, the real estate studies program offers a curriculum that spans disciplines and prepares the next generation of leaders for the real estate industry.

The real estate industry is on the brink of disruption. The next generation of leaders will face new challenges as fast-paced environmental, social and technological changes transform how people live, work and play.

We must prepare our students for an evolving and uncertain future while building on our solid foundation. The Westman Centre recognizes the market opportunity and potential to establish a Canadian presence in the field of real estate studies which will translate over time into being recognized as a global centre of excellence.

The Westman Centre is creating an environment that will foster innovation and contribute to a world-class education and career path for students who choose real estate studies as their area of specialization.

Without the generous support of individuals and businesses in the community, the Westman Centre would not be able to achieve such ambitious objectives. Thank you!

Jessica Abt

Jessica Abt, Director

Team Westman

The Westman Centre’s team is responsible for development and implementation of the centre’s strategic plan, which is built around 3 strategic pillars: 1) transforming student experience, 2) research & thought leadership, and 3) community engagement.

Jessica Abt

Jessica Abt

Director
Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
T: 403-220-3206
E: jessica.abt@ucalgary.ca

Peggy Hedges

Peggy Hedges

Academic Director
Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
T: 403-220-3353
E: peggy.hedges@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Pernille Goodbrand

Pernille Goodbrand

Research Associate
Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
T: 403-220-5044
E: pernille.goodbrand@haskayne.ucalgary.ca

Rylan Graham, Ph.D.

Rylan Graham, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Lecturer
Haskayne School of Business
T: 403-220-5784
E: rylan.graham@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Alex Whalley

Dr. Alex Whalley

Proptech Fellow
Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
T: 403-220-7143
E: alexander.whalley@ucalgary.ca

The Westman Centre’s Academic Advisory Council supports the development of academic programming and research initiatives for the Haskayne School of Business.

Members

  • Peggy Hedges, Academic Director, Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies
  • Thomas Holloway, Instructor, Faculty (FNCE), University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
  • Grace Lui, Sessional Instructor, Real Estate Studies, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
  • Scott Radford, Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
  • Ed Romanowski, Sessional Instructor, Real Estate Studies, University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business

The Westman Centre External Advisory Council’s purpose is to support its continued commitment to a world-class centre of excellence for real estate, as it relates to student experience, research & thought leadership and community engagement. This is achieved by contributing to and supporting the development of enriching and engaging industry relevant experiences for students and faculty at the Haskayne School of business. 

Members

  • Amie Blanchette, Manager, Strategy & Business Operations Real Estate & Development Services, The City of Calgary
  • Ron Ghitter (Co-Founder and Honorary Member), Chairman, Certus Developments Inc.
  • John Fisher, Senior Vice President, CBRE | President NAIOP Calgary
  • Jason Hardy, Founder & President, Chatterson Drive
  • Chris Jones, President, CNJ Developments
  • Jeff Kitteringham, Chief Financial Officer,  Brookfield Residential
  • Bill Lister (Co-Founder and Honorary Member), Owner, Securfund Development Corp.
  • Eileen Stan, Vice President Development, Matco Development Corp.