2023 URECC Team
Aashna Ganatra is entering her fourth in the Real Estate and Housing Co-Op program at the University of Guelph. As incoming president, Aashna is excited to welcome judges, delegates, sponsors and industry members to our 2023 competition! This is her third year on URECC and previously held the positions of Vice President of Corporate Relations and Director of Marketing.
Through her co-op experience, Aashna has had the opportunity to work in different areas of the real estate industry. First, as a leasing associate at InterRent REIT and most recently as an Acquisitions Associate at Allied REIT. Aashna is proud to be part of such a driven and collaborative student-led team and looks forward to hosting a great competition.
Lauren is a fourth year student at the University of Guelph, majoring in the Real Estate Co-op program. This will be her second year on the URECC team and she is eager for this year’s upcoming event. Lauren previously held the position of the Director of Marketing where she developed strong relationships with the team, which will translate into her role as the VP. In the future, Lauren wants to pursue a career in commercial real estate. Lauren is proud to call herself a Gryphon and to be a part of an amazing team.
Canadian Delegate Outreach
Casey Hicknell is a fourth year student at the University of Guelph and he is enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Real Estate and Housing Co-op Program. This is his first year being a part of the URECC team and he will be taking on the role as Vice President of Delegate Outreach for Canadian Universities. Casey is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute his knowledge and experience to the URECC team!
Heading into fourth-year, Casey is extremely excited for what the future has in store post-graduation. His current role as a Research Assistant for Antec Appraisal Group has sparked a newfound interest and understanding for many elements of real estate appraisal. Casey also remains interested in real estate development and worked his last co-op as an Student Research Assistant for SkyDev which is one of the many subsidiaries under the Skyline Group of Companies. Moving forward, Casey will likely pursue a career in one of these two areas.
International Delegate Outreach
Sydney Copping is currently a fifth-year student at the University of Guelph majoring in the Real Estate and Housing Co-op program. This is her fourth year being a part of URECC and will be taking on the role of Vice President of Delegate Outreach for international Universities. Sydney has had the opportunity to work in different fields of business through her co-op experience. Her most recent co-op position was a Research Assistant at Antec Appraisal Group. Sydney is excited to be a part of the URECC 2023 team and can't wait to host the competition.
Michelle is in her second year of the Real Estate and Housing Co-op program at the University of Guelph and this is the first year she will be part of the URECC team. Through past volunteering experiences in similar roles to this one, Michelle has learnt a complete set of skills in digital marketing which she is excited to put to use in this term. She takes special interest in the subject as she is minoring in marketing as well. Her goal in this position is t bring new ideas to the table and help bring this event to success in any way she can.
As for professional aspirations, she is interested in industrial real estate and would like to pursue a career in that area in the future.
Ethan is extremely excited and thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of this URECC team. As this year's competition is back in person for the first time after the pandemic, it's extremely important for us as a team to exceed all expectations. He's looking forward to further developing his ability to coordinate business events efficiently, and effectively while helping other URECC members accomplish their goals in any way possible.
He has had the opportunity to work for the CLV Group and Interrent REIT and Guelph Campus Co-op as part of my work term experience. Ethan spent most of his time in sales, and Property Management, however, he is open to diversifying his portfolio in the industry. One sector that really stands out to him is Real Estate Development.