RREA 2018/2019 Kick-Off Newsletter
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RREA 2018/2019 Kick-Off Newsletter

Updated: Sep 17, 2018

Hopefully everybody has had a wonderful summer! With Fall drawing ever closer, we hope everyone is as excited as we are for another great year at Rotman!

We have a tremendous year planned ahead for the Rotman Real Estate Association. As we put the finishing touches on everything, take a look below to see what we have in store!

New Look, Same Great Taste!

You may have noticed a couple new logos floating around in recent e-mails or on our social media pages. Don't worry - you aren't imagining things!

Over the last few months we have been working on developing a brand new look for the RREA. Included in this is a brand new website, new logos, promotional materials, and maybe even some sweet RREA swag! It's been much anticipated here on our end, and now it's time to share it with you! We couldn't be more excited, and hope that you love it as much as we do!

Events Schedule

We are super excited for all our upcoming events this year! Below is your first look at our tentative events schedule for 2018/2019. We will be sure to keep you posted on any updates to the events listed!

Make sure to register on R-world for all your events!

2018/2019 RREA Events Schedule

On Your Radar

We've announced it before, but let's do it again! Your 2018-2019 RREA Executive Team!

President - Ron Leung VP Finance - Mike McConnell VP Internal - Michael Guberman VP Strategic Initiatives - Martin Blatt VP Communications - John Mason

We are looking forward to another fantastic year with the Rotman Real Estate Association! Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have any questions, or send us an e-mail at RealEstate@rotman.utoronto.ca!


Industry Advisor Fireside Chat Careers with Global Financial Services, Global Energy, Oil & Gas & Mining and Global Real Estate - Additional Information Here Date: September 24th, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00pm


ARGUS Training Please take the time to fill out this short survey regarding ARGUS software training. It could lead to subsidized training for RREA members this year! Survey link here.

Make sure to include Real Estate as an interest on your RCareer profile as many opportunities for jobs and internships are coming up without establishing an official job application. On occasion, candidates are notified directly by the Career Centre.

Industry Awareness

Some interesting articles for you to read. Feel free to submit anything you'd like included in industry awareness to us here!

The Creation of a Neighborhood - Boston's Seaport - Your EB:O&M or O+M project may be closer than you think to Zero Carbon - New ULI Report Explores Growing Interest in Building for Health - New Development Insider: No Obligation Free Trial Now Offered - LEED Spotlight: Greystone Village's LEED v4 ND certification showcases successful integration of existing and new communities in Old Ottawa East

Industry Events

Check out some of the industry events below throughout the coming months!

CaGBC EGP Design Charrette Interdisciplinary teams of 4-5 will be given one day to design and pitch their plan for creating a sustainable urban neighbourhood in Scarborough. Teams will work to meet carbon emissions, waste, and wastewater reduction targets through innovative design and an effective community engagement strategy. Teams will be given 5-minutes to pitch their design ideas to a panel of expert judges. Winners will receive great prizes! Register here!

Date: September 22nd, 2018, 8:30am - 7:00pm Location: Lassonde Mining Building, University of Toronto, 170 College St, Toronto ON Dress: Business Casual

CaGBC Green Building Breakfast 2018 The election of the new PC Provincial government has brought about significant policy changes that impact the green building industry in Ontario. This breakfast session will help clarify the priorities of the new government, examine changes to the policy and program landscape and hear from different industry leaders on how they are adjusting their goals and strategies. Register here!

Date: September 26th, 2018, 7:30 - 10:00am Location: Toronto Region Board of Trade, 77 Adelaide St. W., First Canadian Place, Toronto ON Dress: Business Casual

GEMs Fall Social Join us for the annual GEMs Fall Social. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served in a private section held at Earls Kitchen + Bar. Drop by for some friendly networking with your fellow real estate professionals. Look forward to seeing you all there!

Date: September 27th, 2018, 5:30 - 8:30pm Location: Earls Kitchen + Bar at King and York (150 King St W), Toronto ON Dress: Business Casual

ULI/PwC Annual Trends in Real Estate Program PwC and ULI's Emerging Trends in Real Estate is a highly-regarded and widely-read forecast report in North America. The 2019 edition will look to provide an in-depth review of the key trends and outlook in the Canada and US real estate markets. To inquire about attendance, or for more information, please contact toronto@uli.org

Date: October 19th, 2018 Location: The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., 7th Floor Dress: Business Casual Toronto Urbanism Join fellow urban professionals on an exploration of global leadership of Toronto's development frontiers. This day-long symposium will investigate the leading edges of North America's fastest growing metropolis, exposing the contemporary tensions and innovative approaches to building a global city region. Fueled on the great success of ULI Toronto's 2015 and 2017 Symposiums, our 2018 program features immersive tours of the complexities that define Toronto Urbanism. Tour details and registration here!

Date: November 7th, 2018 Location: Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto ON Dress: Business Casual

RE for JD's

Each newsletter the RREA provides you with some legal resources for real estate from some of Toronto’s top law firms. - Goodmans

- Gowling WLG - Those pursuing a JD/MBA with an interest in real estate should talk to Ryan Mckee (Ryan.McKee@Rotman.Utoronto.Ca) for more information.

Tall Wood Structures - A Mini Series

One of our executive members was in Quebec City and snapped a shot of the Origine Condos – The Tallest Fully Mass Timber structure in Canada. Have a look at article link provided by the builder Nordic Structures and see if you think the future looks bright for Tall Wood In Canada.

Link to site - Link to article


In an effort to provide real feedback from real estate professionals, we have put together a list of testimonials from RREA members (past and present) that speak to their experiences and learnings from the RREA, and in some cases how the RREA prepared them for their careers in real estate.

The Rotman Real Estate Association opened my eyes to the different career paths in real estate that I had never considered before (or even knew existed). It was a rewarding experience to connect with top level executives in this industry, compete in case competitions, and share my passion with my peers. RREA prepared me with the tools to transition from the academic world to the real world. Now, I’m in a position in the real estate industry that best suits my interests and skill set.

- Lisa Van Espen, Real Estate, CIBC Capital Markets

Given Rotman's extensive communities and networks in the Finance and Consulting sectors, it is often easy to overlook something relatively niche like Real Estate. The RREA provides members with the very real understanding that these careers can be achieved within the real estate industry. From Development to Asset Management and Investments, real estate is truly a diverse and expansive community, and the RREA was essential in educating me on these subjects. Further, the RREA can provide members with ample interview preparation materials as well as industry introductions. I'm very excited to see the club and network continue growing!

- Massimo Bozzo, Cadillac Fariview

The RREA was a pillar of my Rotman experience. I developed industry knowledge and built relationships with like-minded peers and industry leaders, including those that are part of the strong RREA Alumni network.

- Catherine Wilson, Infrastructure, CPPIB

When starting off my Rotman MBA, either Finance or Consulting often times dominated the focus of both my peers and I. As a first year pivoting into finance, the RREA and Rotman showed me that many of the functions found in investment banking or private equity could be found directly through the real estate route. The RREA together with the Rotman’s career resources played an instrumental role in preparing me for recruitment and ultimately helped me secure an internship and a full-time role with KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment firm.

- Ron Leung, KingSett Capital, MBA 2019

That's it for now folks! Let's all break out our cardigans, start sipping on those PSL's, and get ready for a great school year! Looking forward to a fun fall!

Psssst... if you haven't done so yet, drop us a follow on our social media to see pictures from our events! Links below.


Thank you to our sponsors.

The Rotman Real Estate Association would like to take the time to thank all of our generous sponsors who support us throughout the the 2019-2020 school year.


Smart Centres


Acorn, Daniels



For information on how to get involved in sponsorship, please contact us to learn more.

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