RREA Development Competition

The RREA Development Competition offers Rotman graduate students the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills to senior industry members through written and live oral presentations.

Teams of two to four Rotman graduate students have one week to devise a development program for a real, large-scale site in GTA.




Register by January 10, 2021

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Founded in 1989, SmartCentres Real Estate Investment Trust is one of Canada’s largest fully integrated REITs, with a best-in-class portfolio featuring 166 strategically located properties in communities across the country. SmartCentres has $10.4 billion in assets and owns over 34.2 million square feet of income producing value-oriented retail space with 97.4% occupancy, on 3,500 acres of owned land across Canada.

SmartCentres continues to focus on enhancing the lives of Canadians by planning and developing complete, connected, mixed-use communities on its existing retail properties. A publicly announced $12.1 billion intensification program ($5.5 billion at SmartCentres’ share) represents the REIT’s current major development focus. This intensification program consists of rental apartments, condos, seniors’ residences and hotels, to be developed under the SmartLiving banner, and retail, office, and storage facilities, to be developed under the SmartCentres banner.

SmartCentres’ intensification program is expected to produce an additional 27.3 million square feet of space; all construction commencing within the next five years, 13.3 million square feet of which is already underway. From shopping centres to city centres, SmartCentres is uniquely positioned to reshape the Canadian urban and urban-suburban landscape.

Visit SmartCentres.com for more information.


Peter Sweeney

Chief Financial Officer

SmartCentres REIT

Mauro Pambianchi

Chief Development Officer

SmartCentres REIT

Arzhang Beheshti

Vice President of Development Finance

 SmartCentres REIT

Chris Caverson

Senior Director of Development

SmartCentres REIT

Robin Ramcharan

Director of Development

SmartCentres REIT


All Rotman graduate students are invited to participate in this competition.  Each team can be composed of two to four graduate students. Your team must have a minimum of ONE RREA member to waive the $50 registration fee. 

Current RREA executives, individuals who may present a conflict of interest as deemed by the RREA, and students from the 1st place winning team in past RREA case competitions are not eligible.

RREA reserves the right to disqualify teams and limit the number of teams that can participate in the competition.


December 21, 2020


January 7, 2021

January 10, 2021

January 13, 2021 

January 14, 2021                

January 17, 2021                   
January 18, 2021                  
January 19, 2021                  

January 20, 2021                

Team registration opens

Case brief distributed through email

Team registration closes

Zoom Kick-off meeting at 6 pm (TBC)

Team questions due by 12 pm

Deadline for first-round submission due by 11:59 pm

Three finalist teams announced by 8 pm

Final presentation submission due by 11:59 pm

Final Zoom presentations at 6 pm and winners announced


1st Place: 

2nd Place:

3rd Place: 

$ 2,000

$ 1,000

$ 500


Each team must designate one student member as the team leader who will act as a contact person with RREA.

Please note that because of the volume of requests, and in order to guarantee the standards of the competition, kindly address questions and comments to realesate@rotman.utoronto.ca.