Mar. 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m.
8 Adelaide St W Suite 200, Toronto, ON M5H 0A9, Canada


We Are

The University of Guelph's 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.

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Each year, delegates are challenged to rethink an iconic development site in the Toronto market. The 2015 site was the $72m Westbank Mirvish Village Site. The 3.5-acre site includes Honest Ed’s, one of the first big box format stores in North America.

The Real 


URECC is designed to give students the case under circumstances most comparable to the real estate industry. As such, we release the case in February, the first day after Reading Week, giving students just over a month to complete their development and pitch, amongst the turmoil of day-to-day academics in their semester. This gives students a more realistic and accurate representation of what putting together a development is like.


Delegates in the past have been representatives in teams of 4-5 from both Canadian and American Universities whose business program provides a comprehensive education, which prepares students for success in the real estate industry.

Previous years have included:


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)


Delegate Information Packages Sent

September 2021

October 2021

Registration Closes

December 2021

Presentations, Case Competition Event & Conference

February 2022

March 2022

Registration Begins

Case Released

Sponsors Announced


Judges and Industry

Keynote Speaker

Michael Emory
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.


Final Judging Panel

David Chalmers
President, Canadian Multi-Family  Starlight Investments

David Chalmers joined Starlight in September 2011 and is President, Canadian Multi-Family.  David leads a team of over 70 individuals in Starlight’s asset management, investments, capital expenditures and development groups. He has over 20 years of experience managing real estate investments for private, public and pension fund stakeholders in all asset classes including residential and commercial. His expertise includes both purchase and disposition activities, completing over $10 billion in transactions including large portfolios and individual assets.

Previously, he held positions in property and asset management with TransGlobe Investment Management Ltd. and Redcliff Realty Advisors Inc. (now Triovest Realty Advisors Inc.). David holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph with a major in Real Estate Management.

Cecilia Williams
 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.

Dermot Sweeny
Dermot Sweeny
President and Principal

Dermot is a professional Architect and President of Sweeny &Co Architects Inc. An innovative thinker, Dermot brings together building design, urban design, urban economics, real estate development, architectural heritage and adaptive re-use to maximize the value of each of the firm’s project.


He has brought global and national organizations such as Microsoft, Loblaw, TELUS, RBC Financial Group, RBC Dexia, and BMW to the forefront of sustainability. His commissions range from hospitality and retail interiors to commercial office towers, head offices, mixed-use and residential developments, academic institutions and urban entertainment projects. This broad base of clientele and project types is further served with real-estate development, financial proforma analysis, and development consulting and project management.


Dermot’s passion for green building has put him at the head of a movement to design facilities that dramatically reduce carbon footprint, reinforce brand and increase profit, while exceeding standards in comfort and flexibility.

Ciro DeCiantis
Investment Properties Sector Leader

Ciro is the National Investment Properties Sector Leader and a partner in the Deloitte Audit practice. With over 25 years of experience, Ciro has led the audits of high profile public and private real estate companies and provided due diligence and advisory services to major institutional investors and other real estate companies in both Canada and the United States.

Don Kottick
President & CEO
Sotheby's International Realty Canada

Don Kottick is the President & CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. Don is a senior real estate executive with a proven track record of operational and brokerage management success.​

Prior to Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Don was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Peerage Realty Partners (Peerage). Peerage is one of North America’s leading luxury real estate networks.

Don is a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Canada (FRI) and Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS). He continues to be a Director for the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and is currently the Past-President/National Director of the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC). Prior to this, Don served four years as Director at Large on the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).

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While our competition is normally held within Deloitte's state of-the-art offices. This year the completion will be hosted digitally.

8 Adelaide St W #200, Toronto, ON M5H 0A9, Canada


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