Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies (WCRES)

Team Haskayne wins Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition in Toronto (March 2019)

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.

Academic Courses

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:

John Fisher

John Fisher

John Fisher is a Senior Vice President at CBRE Limited, a Fortune 500 commercial real estate brokerage firm. He is the 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 a MBA from York University and Northwestern University. He teaches the MBA course in Real Estate Investment & Analysis. 


Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy

Jason Hardy is the Founder and President of Chatterson Drive, a full-service research marketing agency specializing in real estate. He is an expert in project visioning, research, strategy, planning and marketing, and teaches the Real Estate Marketing course. Jason sits on the Management Advisory Council at the Haskayne School of Business and serves as Executive Director for the Real Estate Development Institute.


Jason Jogia

Jason Jogia

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. He specializes in debt and equity analysis, investment analysis, asset management, and corporate finance, and teaches the undergraduate Real Estate Investment & Analysis course. Jason has an MBA focused in Finance from the University of Calgary, and a Masters in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi.


Grace Lui

Grace Lui

Grace Lui is the Director, Strategic Initiatives and Government Relations at BILD Calgary Region. Grace has extensive experience in planning and land development in both the private and public sectors, working as a private planning consultant and a public planner. She teaches the MBA course in Real Estate Development & Urbanization. Grace holds a Masters in Urban & Rural Planning degree from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the University of Calgary.


Steve Raby

Steve Raby

Steve Raby is a Senior Partner with Norton Rose Fullbright, a global law firm providing full business law services. He brings his extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, municipal planning and subdivision, leasing law, condominium law, construction law and mortgage law to teaching the Real Estate Legal & Operating Environment class. Steve graduated with a LL.B from the University of Alberta.  


Ed Romanowski

Ed Romanowski

Ed is the President and COO of Nunstar Properties Inc., a real estate and hotel operations company based in Northern Canada. Previously, Ed has held executive management positions with a variety of companies in the real estate industry. He teaches the MBA Advanced Real Estate Development course. Ed holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, and a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba.


Jaydan Tait

Jaydan Tait

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. Jaydan is a registered professional planner, and a co-instructor for the Land Development and Planning course. Jaydan holds a Master of Environmental Design in Planning from the University of Calgary.


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

There are some scholarships specific to Real Estate Studies that are currently offered to students who satisfy the prerequisites.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

Students can engage in real estate industry mentorship initiatives through membership in Real Estate Student Association. Visit

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:

Westman Centre PropTech Discovery Competition 

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!

Guelph Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition

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.

NAIOP Battle of the Prairies Real Estate Challenge

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.

ULI Hines Student Competition

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 Region

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

BOMA Calgary 

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 

CREW Calgary

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

NAIOP Calgary Chapter

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

ULI Alberta

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