• 2018 Developers' Den Competition

    Format and Prizes

    The Den is a 2-Part competition – Part 1 is completed off-site in the home location of each team. Part 2 and the Final Round of the Den is hosted at the Schulich School of Business and is an intense one-day case competition, allowing the best and brightest real estate students from leading business schools to showcase their skills before a panel of judges composed of industry leaders. A social event for all semi-finalists will take place on March 22nd, more details to come!

    Prize Money:

    • 1st Place: $6,000
    • 2nd Pace: $3,000
    • 3rd Place: $1,500

    *Prize money is in Canadian Funds and is net of HST (tax)

  • 2018 Developers' Den competition
    2018 Developers' Den competition

2018 Judges

Geoff Grayhurst (MBA '91)

President, Dorsay Development Corporation

Mauro Pambianchi

Chief Development Officer, SmartCentres REIT

Toni Rossi

President, Real Estate, Infrastructure Ontario

Alan Vihant

Executive Vice President, Great Gulf

Fred Waks

President and CEO, Trinity Development Group Inc.

 2018 Winners – Schulich School of Business

View 2018 Event Pictures


Milestone Dates

OCTOBER 16TH, 2017
– Team Registration Opens

 JANUARY 24TH, 2018
– Team Registration Closes

JANUARY 28th 2018
– Part 1 Cases Distributed to Team’s Primary Contact

JANUARY 31st, 2018
– Part 1 Team Questions Due

FEBRUARY 7th, 2018
– Deadline for Team Submission of Part 1 Case

FEBRUARY 8th – 17th, 2018
– Part 1 Judging

FEBRUARY 18th, 2018
– Qualifying Teams Announced

MARCH 22nd, 2018
– Teams Arrive in Toronto for Meet & Greet

MARCH 23rd 2018
– Part 2 Full Day On-site Competition
– Semi-Final & Final Round Competition, judging and awards reception and cocktail dinner at the Schulich School of Business

March 22nd, 2018

Developers’ Den Social Gathering

The March 22nd Meet & Greet event will be held at The 3 Brewers, (https://www.les3brasseurs.ca/locations/3-brewers-adelaide) located at 120 Adelaide St W, Unit 100. The 3 Brewers is in Downtown Toronto on Adelaide Street West, between York St. and Bay St., within the financial core. The event will start at 6 pm and is by invite only.

This will be a great opportunity for you to meet competing teams from other schools, committee members, and hopefully kick back and relax before the big day!

March 23, 2018 (Part 2) – Day of Schedule

7:30AM – 8:30 AM Competitors Breakfast & Briefing
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Case work for Presentation
12:30 PM Cases are submitted by email developersden@schulich.yorku.ca, and BAbtan@schulich.yorku.ca
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Competitors Lunch, Team photos and Presentation Preparation
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Semi-final Presentations
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Competitors Pizza Break
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Announcement of Finalists
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Final Round Presentations
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Awards Reception

*Schedule subject to change

Rules & Regulations

  • Students will be obliged to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty throughout this competition and to abide by the rules and procedures outlined below. The organizers of the event reserve the right to make minor modifications and to issue clarifications to these rules prior to the competition. Teams that fail to comply with the rules will be disqualified
  • Dress code is business attire
  • A minimum of two of three, or three of four team members, depending on the size of your team, must attend Part 2 in order to compete. All competing team members must be present and participate in both of the Part 2 rounds and presentations if successful
  • Teams may not seek advice or information nor otherwise consult with any third party (including the sponsoring faculty member) at any time throughout the competition
  • Internet access is permitted and use of publically available information found on the internet is allowed
  • Slide decks must include a title slide showing only the team number. No individual or institutional names, or any use of slide backgrounds or formats that might make it possible to identify the team members or the School that they represent may be included in any of the slides
  • Slide decks are limited to a maximum of 11 slides including the title slide
  • Slide decks must be submitted by 12:30 pm to the email address identified by the organizers
  • The order in which teams present will be determined by lot. Times and locations for Semi-Final Round presentations will be provided at the start of the day
  • The announcement of the three teams participating in the Final Round will be made at 5:00 pm, along with their presentation times
  • Semi-Finalist and Finalist teams must be outside of the presentation room at least ten minutes before their respective scheduled presentation times
  • Each presenting team, in both the Semi-Final and Final Rounds, will have up to fifteen minutes to present its recommendations allocated as follows: up to eight minutes for an initial uninterrupted presentation and the remaining time for Q&A with the judges.
  • No changes to the slides are permitted after they have been submitted by email
  • Final Round contestants may not witness presentations by other teams unless their team has already presented. No Semi-Final Round contestants may witness presentations by other teams
  • In the event that an interpretation of the rules is required, the decision of the organizers will be final
  • All communications between competitors and the organizers in advance of the competition are to be directed to developersden@schulich.yorku.ca. Any communications will come from Co-Chairs Christian Petersen or Christine Trinh

*Rules and Regulations subject to change