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University of Guelph
UNDERGRADUATE rEAL eSTATE cASE cOMPETITION
108 DAYS TO THE EVENT
Mar 22, 2024, 8:00 a.m.
8 Adelaide St W suite 200, Toronto, ON M5H 0A9, Canada
The University of Guelph’s Undergraduate Real Estate Case Competition (URECC) is a student led organization that began in 2015.
The competition is designed to challenge undergraduate students to collaborate with their team and prepare a full-scale development proposal on a site selected in Toronto/GTA.
Delegates are challenged to create an analysis that considers all aspects of development feasibility including market analysis, sustainability, physical constraints, financial viability and government regulation. Students will then proceed with a recommendation to the judges based on their analysis.
URECC provides students with a pragmatic learning opportunity not offered in the classroom. The case requirements challenge students to think beyond a theoretical perspective by providing an informed recommendation based on the research conducted and analysis completed. The case is released in February and students are given exactly one (1) month to complete their development and pitch amongst the turmoil of day-to-day academics in their semester.
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Presentations, Case Competition Event & Conference
URECC attracts students from across Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia representing their respective Business Schools or Real Estate Clubs. Our previous participants have included students from:
Concordia University (John Molson School of Business)
Cornell University (SC Johnson College of Business)
Dalhousie University (Rowe School of Business)
Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business)
Queen’s University (Smith School of Business)
Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management)
University of British Columbia (Sauder School of Business)
University of Calgary (Haskayne School of Business)
University of Connecticut (UCONN School of Business)
University of Guelph (Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics)
University of Pennsylvania (The Wharton School)
University of Texas-Austin (McCombs School of Business)
University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management)
University of Vermont (Grossman School of Business)
University of Waterloo (Conrad School of Entrepreneurship & Business)
University of Western Ontario (Ivey School of Business)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (Wisconsin School of Business)
Wilfrid Laurier University (Lazaridis Business & Economics)
York University (Schulich School of Business)
2023 Keynote Speaker
President & CEO
Allied Properties REIT
Michael is Allied's founder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to entering the real estate business in 1988, he was a partner at the law firm of Aird & Berlis LLP, specializing in corporate and real estate finance. He is also a Director of Equitable Group Inc. and Equitable Bank.
2023 Final Judging Panel
Digital Real Estate Leader
Doctor Marco Macagnano serves as the Digital Real Estate offerings leader for Canada at Deloitte, leading profitable Go-to-market strategies, transformation and strategy in project execution and operations.
Managing Director, Real Estate Development
Forum Asset Management
Dayna Gilbert, Managing Director of real estate development at Forum asset management, is an expert on leading teams that execute complex development initiatives that create value through acquisition, design, entitlement and construction of a variety of asset classes.
President and Founder
Sweeny & Co Architects Inc.
Dermot Sweeny, Architect, President and Founder of Sweeny and Co Architects Inc, With a broad base of clientele including internationally recognized corporations, developers and institutions, he brings together several different techniques to maximize the value of each project.
Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting, Incoming CFO
ALLIED Properties REIT
Nanthini Mahalingam, Senior Vice president, finance and accounting at Allied Properties REIT, is leading the national accounting team and is the incoming CFO. She is a strong leader with a focus on streamlining processes and improving efficiencies.
Urban Land Institute
Richard Joy, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Toronto. Since his arrival in 2014, the organization has more than tripled its membership – it is now the largest chapter in the global network. ULI’s mission is to “shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide.”
Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Canadian Residential
Heather Kane, Senior Vice President, Asset Management is responsible for managing the Canadian Residential real estate assets owned by joint venture partnerships at Starlight. She is a member of Toronto CREW where she has chaired, and now serves on the mentorship committee.
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Allied Properties REIT
Cecilia is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allied. She began her career at Arthur Andersen, where she obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2001 while working in the assurance and valuation practices. Cecilia continued her career development through progressively more senior financial and planning positions at Magna International, Canwest Broadcasting/Shaw Media and Dream Unlimited. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto.