Transforming the Student Experience
A robust curriculum taught by outstanding instructors and diverse extra-curricular activities are key to offering our students learning opportunities that are relevant and rigorous.
BComm Academic Courses
Courses in the BComm Real Estate Studies program include:
- REAL 317 - Real Estate Development & Urbanization
- REAL 427 - Real Estate Investment & Analysis
- REAL 437 - Land Development & Planning
- REAL 447 - Real Estate Legal & Operating Environment
- REAL 457 - Real Estate Marketing
- REAL 559 - Selected Topics in Real Estate Studies
- REAL 567 - Project-Based Capstone
MBA Academic Courses
Courses in the MBA Real Estate Studies program include:
- REAL 607 - Fundamentals of Real Estate
- REAL 627 - Real Estate Investment & Analysis
- REAL 637 - Land Development & Planning
- REAL 647 - Real Estate Legal & Operating Environment
- REAL 657 - Real Estate Marketing
- REAL 667 - Real Estate Advanced Capstone
- REAL 668 - Selected Topics in Real Estate Studies
There are a number of sessional instructors engaged in teaching the courses offered through the Real Estate Studies program at the Haskayne School of Business. The instructors are highly qualified in the subject matter that they teach and are passionate about sharing their industry knowledge with students through a well-designed course curriculum.
Current instructors include:
Alkarim Devani is the co-founder and CEO of RNDSQR, where his passion for design and innovation drives his vision of redefining what it means to be a developer. Alkarim's work building RNDSQR has garnered national and international recognition and includes guest lectures and sessional instruction at The University of California, Berkeley, and The University of Calgary. In addition, Alkarim is a co-founder and board member of Chroma, D.Talks, Dress for Success, and a partner at Neighbour Coffee, a place to connect with his community and maintain a pulse on the needs of Calgarians. Alkarim teaches REAL 317 titled Real Estate Development & Urbanization.
JT Dhoot is the Founder and Principal of Omnis Valuations and Advisory Ltd, a boutique consulting firm specializing in commercial real estate appraisals, business valuations consulting and litigation support services across various industries and asset classes in Alberta and Ontario. JT has a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Royal University, as well as several professional licenses and certifications including Accredited Appraiser (AACI) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV). JT is active on several Committees and Boards of not-for-profit and professional organizations. He co-teaches REAL 427 titled Real Estate Investment and Analysis.
John Fisher is a Senior Vice President at CBRE Limited, a Fortune 500 commercial real estate brokerage firm. He is the former President, Board of Directors for NAIOP Alberta, and a frequent panelist, speaker and writer for the commercial real estate industry. John has a BA in Economics, and an MBA from York University and Northwestern University. He teaches REAL 627 titled Real Estate Investment & Analysis.
Jason is Co-Founder and CEO at Proptech start-up, Ownly. Ownly is helping to bring the homebuilding industry into the 21st century with its revolutionary new home shopping tool. Jason is also Founder and Chairman of Chatterson, an award-winning marketing and strategy firm, proudly serving all asset classes of the real estate industry across North America. Self-described as a serial entrepreneur, he’s been on the front lines of the real estate development world for nearly 20 years. Jason teaches REAL 457 / 657 titled Real Estate Marketing.
Jason Jogia is the CEO of Avenue Living Opportunity Trust and CIO of Avenue Living Asset Management, one of the largest private real estate owner/operators in Western Canada. Jason is also the Co-Founder of Circuit Stream. He specializes in debt and equity analysis, investment analysis, asset management, and corporate finance. Jason has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Calgary, and a Masters in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi. He co-teaches REAL 427 titled Real Estate Investment and Analysis.
Grace Lui is a Director, Asset Management at Triovest. Triovest is a fully integrated commercial real estate advisory and management firm with over $11 billion in assets under management and $2 billion in development. In addition to asset management, Grace’s expertise also includes real estate development, project management, business strategy, regulatory environments and government relations. Her past roles include Senior Development Manager at Brookfield and Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at BILD Calgary Region. She holds an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business and a Master of Urban and Rural Planning from Dalhousie University. Grace teaches REAL 607 titled Fundamentals of Real Estate.
Steve Raby is a Senior Partner with Norton Rose Fulbright, a global law firm providing full business law services. Steve has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, municipal planning and subdivision, leasing law, condominium law, construction law and mortgage law. Steve graduated with a LL.B from the University of Alberta. He teaches REAL 447 / 647 titled Real Estate Legal & Operating Environment.
Ed is the President and COO of Touchstone Holdings and Nunastar Properties, both based in Northwest and Nunavut Territories. Touchstone Holdings Ltd. is a privately held Canadian corporation focused on investment and asset management. Nunastar Properties is one of northern Canada’s largest income property owners and is the largest hospitality industry operator in the Territories. Previously, Ed has held executive management positions with a variety of companies in the real estate industry. Ed holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, and a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba. He teaches REAL 667 titled Real Estate Advanced Capstone.
Peter Schryvers is an urban planner and author. He is currently working as a Senior Planner at the City of Calgary. Peter has worked in the planning profession for 12 years with experience in both the private and public sectors. He has a Master in Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is also the author of the book “Bad Data: Why we measure the wrong things and miss the metrics that matter” (2020) and the founder of the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP). Peter co-teaches REAL 437 / 637 titled Land Development and Planning.
Jaydan is the President and CEO Attainable Homes Calgary, a non-profit organization created and owned by the City of Calgary dedicated to making homeownership a reality for people who may not traditionally qualify. Prior to joining Attainable Homes Jaydan held senior development roles at Brookfield Residential and Anthem Properties in Calgary. Jaydan is a registered professional planner and holds a Master of Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Calgary. Jaydan co-teaches REAL 437 / 637 titled Land Development & Planning.
Joel is a Senior Development Manager at Anthem Properties where he is responsible for site selection, project design, municipal approvals, construction support and project close out for all of Anthem’s Calgary based multi-family and commercial projects. Anthem is a real estate development, investment and management company whose portfolio of current and past projects is comprised of over 6,100 acres of land across western North America. Before joining Anthem Properties, Joel worked at Brookfield Residential in Edmonton and Sarina Homes in Calgary. He is a driven individual who takes pride in seeing projects reach their desired result. Joel has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. He teaches REAL 567 titled Project-Based Capstone.
There are several scholarships offered to BComm and MBA students enrolled at the Haskayne School of Business. To learn more about specific scholarships, go to https://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/finances/awards
There are some scholarships specific to Real Estate Studies that are currently offered to students who satisfy the prerequisites.
- Brookfield Residential Building Leaders Scholarship
- Canadian Western Bank Undergraduate Scholarship in Real Estate Studies
- CREB Undergraduate Scholarships in Real Estate
- Crew Network Foundation College Scholarships
- George Loades Memorial Scholarship in Real Estate Studies
- Melcor Development Ltd. 90th Anniversary Scholarship in Real Estate
- Randy Ferguson Bursary in Real Estate Studies
- CREB Graduate Scholarship in Real Estate
- Harold Milavsky Graduate Scholarship
- Morris Kowall Graduate Scholarship in Real Estate
Students can engage in real estate industry mentorship initiatives through membership in Real Estate Student Association. Visit resaucalgary.ca.
In addition, the BMO Mentorship Program gives students the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals through six one-on-one meetings between September and April. Students are provided with self-assessments and required orientation in advance of program launch so that they are prepared to think about their goals and come to meetings with their mentor well prepared. The program hosts events through the year offered jointly to mentors and mentees as well as events for only mentors or only mentees. A research project runs alongside the program, providing recommendations on best practices in many areas of the program.
The Westman Centre collaborates with Real Estate Student Association ("RESA") to plan and implement events throughout the year. To participate in or volunteer for events we encourage you to purchase a RESA membership.
Case competitions are a valuable means for students to test their academic knowledge and apply it to real world situations and problems. By competing, students showcase their skills, practice innovation and have the opportunity to receive prize money and in-kind support while connecting with leaders in the real estate industry.
Notable industry specific case competitions include:
This competition, hosted by the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies and co-presented by Brookfield Property Development and Canadian Western Bank, is a great opportunity for students to evaluate the potential of a PropTech solution to address a business opportunity or challenge across the real estate value chain, and to showcase their talent to a panel of senior representatives from the real estate and tech sectors.
The winning team will be rewarded with $10,000.
Applications open until February 9, 2021. Apply Now!
The University of Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition (URECC) is designed to attract a collection of the sharpest, most proactive minds in the real estate industry. This Annual Case Competition challenges undergraduate students to redefine the built form environment by undertaking a development plan of a large, iconic site from the current real estate market.
This competition spans a number of disciplines from municipal planning to brokerage and serves as an introduction to the fast paced environment of the commercial real estate industry.
The NAIOP Battle of Prairies is a joint challenge program presented by the Calgary and Edmonton chapters of NAIOP. Students from universities across Western Canada compete while showcasing their talents and creativity through unique development proposals. The competition is part of NAIOP’s commitment to engaging and supporting students interested in the commercial real estate industry.
The ULI Hines Student Competition is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The competition engages multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables and market-feasible financial data.
If you are interested in attending any of these case competitions, or others, and would like support from the Westman Centre, please contact us.
Real Estate Student Association (RESA) is for students from all disciplines interested in careers related to the real estate industry. RESA's goal is to provide students with education, mentorship and networking opportunities to enhance their knowledge of the real estate industry and expose them to the many different career paths. The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies and Haskayne School of Business work in collaboration with RESA to provide guidance and financial support for RESA initiatives.
Real Estate Related Job Postings on CareerLink
All information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. All information collected or imported from other UofC systems will be used for career-related student services and marketing of related events.
The posting with a CareerLink Job ID can be found on the CareerLink. Sign in with your UofC ID and search the Job ID. For more information on job postings and career events at the Haskayne School of Business, please contact the Haskayne Career Centre.
Many real estate industry associations offer student memberships at discounted prices. All students are highly encouraged to join the industry associations as they offer educational and professional development opportunities for future industry members.
The industry associations that currently offer student memberships are:
BILD Calgary is the result of an amalgamation between Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) – Calgary Region and Urban Development Institute (UDI) – Calgary, creating a stronger, more unified voice for the industry. For student membership, please visit https://bildcr.com/join/student-membership/
BOMA Calgary is the valued source of knowledge and leadership for commercial real estate. BOMA Calgary demonstrates commitment to building excellence in the commercial real estate sector through advocacy, education and professional relationships. For student membership, please visit http://www.boma.ca/join-us/.
CREW Calgary aims to promote and support the advancement of women as leaders across all disciplines of Calgary’s commercial real estate industry. CREW Calgary offers its members a network for professional and personal development that supports their growth in the commercial real estate industry. CREW Calgary does not offer a student membership. For more details, please visit http://www.crewcalgary.com/
NAIOP, the commercial real estate development association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in, industrial and mixed-use real estate. On behalf of its members, NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development, advocates for effective public policy and offers quality professional development programs. For student membership, please visit http://www.naiopcalgary.com/membership/
ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI Alberta carries forth that mission by serving Alberta’s public and private sectors with pragmatic land use expertise and education. For student membership, please visit https://alberta.uli.org/membership/