• Build your career on a solid foundation.

    Applications for 2018 intake are now open!

    The one-year full time Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) is the first graduate program in Canada that offers a combination of courses in both Real Estate and Infrastructure. The program builds upon the quality and reputation of the MBA specialization in Real Estate and Infrastructure, which was established in 1991.

    The MREI integrates leadership development with a focus on entrepreneurial thinking and development, investment and financing of real estate and infrastructure. It combines classroom learning with a one-of-a-kind co-curricular experience, creating very strong linkages between theory and practical application and capitalizing on a strong network of alumni and other industry participants.

    Want to learn more? Check out our Viewbook and Alumni Stories or download the MREI Flyer.

  • Schulich MREI Program Director James McKellar

“As a senior executive within one of the largest real estate investment management firms in North America, I can attest the value that such a program would deliver to our industry.”

Gary WhitelawChief Executive Officer
Bentall Kennedy Group
  • Career opportunities for MREI graduates

    The MREI will address a significant resource need in both the Real Estate and infrastructure sectors for qualified professionals and entrepreneurs capable of contributing to what is recognized as the single largest industry in the region (when combining real estate and infrastructure, measured by percent of GDP).

     

  • Career opportunities

MREI student showcase

  • Ali Arabsalmany

    Prior to joining the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure program, Ali worked as a project manager in his family’s residential construction company responsible for the administration and on-site management of projects, including luxury custom home builds and renovations.  From a young age, Ali also gained hands-on experience in various trade portions of the projects.  The highlight of his development experience was in the planning, design, build and sale of the company’s first custom build residential development in the Bayview Village neighbourhood of Toronto, which was sold at a record price for the area. He has also been a licensed Realtor in the Province of Ontario since 2012.

    Ali is active in his community, volunteering at a centre for the precariously housed in the Toronto East region, as well as in federal and provincial elections.  Ali also served as the Vice President of the Richmond Hill Young Liberals, having been nominated and elected by his peers. He is also an avid animal lover and is the proud owner of two Maremma Sheepdogs.

    Ali holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminology from York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Dina Badran

    Dina started her professional career in 2011 as a Development Analyst with Emaar Misr – subsidiary of Emaar Properties, one of the largest master-planned community developers in the Middle East.  She was later promoted to Senior Development Analyst, a position in which she managed two of the company’s biggest projects:  Mivida, a mixed-use development spread across 40.9 million square feet of land; and Marassi, a 70 million square foot Mediterranean marine and golf resort.

    Dina chose the Schulich MREI program because she felt it was exactly what she needed to hone and deepen her existing skills and to broaden her knowledge of the industry.  She feels the program’s unique merging of theory and practice will be a definite asset on graduation and will enable her to pick up where she left off professionally in the field of real estate development.

    Dina holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.B.A.) specializing in Accounting and Finance from Misr International University in Cairo, Egypt.  She also completed the Real Estate Executive Development program (2015) at the American University in Cairo, and is a CFA Candidate.

  • Abishek Bhasin

    For the last six years, prior to pursuing his graduate studies, Abishek has maintained a successful career as a realtor in residential sales and marketing, having partnered in sales transactions totaling over $100 million.

    In order to serve his clients further and build a portfolio of developer clients pursuing small to mid-sized projects, Abishek is pursuing the Schulich Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure as the perfect stepping stone to an increased portfolio of services and expertise.  In particular, he feels the infrastructure segment of the program will be beneficial as there is huge potential for growth in this sector, which will only increase the demand for knowledgeable professionals.  As a returning student of Schulich, he is also looking to further build upon the quality of the alumni program and to compliment his network and entrepreneurial spirit.

    Abishek holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He is also a licensed Realtor in the Province of Ontario.

  • Adam Dermer

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Adam worked in the field of corporate marketing which provided a broader understanding of the business paradigm and paved the way towards a deeper expertise of end-user real estate development.

    Adam joined Schulich’s MREI program to refine and broaden his knowledge of real estate development, fine tune his analytical skill set and build a strong network of industry peers.  Adam has always valued the importance of having strong connections, which inspired him to create the Young Professionals Development Network in 2014.  At Schulich, gaining access to senior industry guest speakers inside the classroom and volunteering outside the classroom in an executive capacity with the Schulich Real Property Students Association have been effective ways to enrich his growing industry network.  Upon graduation, Adam is looking forward to a career as a Development Analyst with the prominent developer Canderel.

    Adam holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Patrick Dos Santos

    Patrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with over three years of professional working experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ real estate and asset management team in the audit and assurance practice.  He has led engagements for major Canadian real estate developers, asset managers and investors.  His main interests include the institutional market for real estate asset and investment management.

    Outside of the classroom, Patrick is active in the Schulich community as Co-President of the Schulich Real Property Students’ Association.

    Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Benjamin Fogel

    Ben worked as a Project Coordinator for a large national general contracting firm before joining the MREI program.   After being exposed to several P3 infrastructure and development projects from a construction management level, Ben realized that he wanted to get involved in these types of projects from an overall management perspective.  He decided to return to university to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the infrastructure procurement, development, management and investment industry.

    Outside of the classroom, Ben serves as Vice President, Student Development for the Schulich Real Property Students’ Association.

    Ben holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BEng) specializing in Structural Engineering from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Pranavan Ganeshalingam

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Pranavan was a Senior Economist in the Ontario Ministry of Finance, helping to oversee the province’s multi-year fiscal plan and supporting the production of the Fiscal and Economic chapters of Ontario’s Annual Budget.

    In order to follow his strong interest in real estate, Pranavan is now pursuing a Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure as the perfect stepping stone to transition his career into real estate development.  He chose Schulich because of its recognized and long-established, local real estate alumni network, and the unique scope, depth and reach of the MREI program offering over a dozen real estate specific courses taught primarily by industry practitioners.

    In refining his technical skills and broadening his knowledge of real estate development, Pranavan aspires to work in an entrepreneurial environment where he can provide strategic and analytical insights into the acquisition, development and management of a diversified portfolio of real estate assets and development projects.

    Pranavan holds an International Bachelors of Business Administration (i.B.B.A.) specializing in Finance and Economics from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Harrison Ioannou

    Prior to enroling in the MREI program, Harrison worked in legal management with a real estate focused law office, handling acquisition, disposition and refinance transactions. Before that he worked in marketing, where he was responsible for leading large teams involved in product promotion for prominent clients.

    Harrison decided to enrol in the Schulich MREI in order to advance his knowledge in the areas of real estate finance, investment and development.  His passion for the industry began at a young age with family involvement in construction and property management.  Harrison chose Schulich due to its in-depth curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, reputation and vast network in the sphere of real estate and infrastructure.

    Upon graduation, Harrison plans to secure an analytical position in which he can utilize his skills and knowledge of real estate and infrastructure to help guide effective decision-making in investment and development.  Ultimately, he aspires to be a leader in the industry and he believes the MREI program has provided a solid foundation from which to achieve this goal.

    Harrison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and Business from York University in Toronto, Canada.

  • Andrea Jacyk

    Prior to joining the MREI program, Andrea had the invaluable opportunity to work for a prominent luxury condominium developer in downtown Toronto for three years in project management.  She worked on six residential and mixed-use projects in Forest Hill and Yorkville, with large cross-functional teams comprised of architects, engineers, consultants, construction managers, municipal representatives and urban planners.

    While at Schulich, Andrea seeks to build a strong foundation in the real estate development and asset management fields, while enhancing her existing project management and commerce skills and expertise.   She is currently on the Schulich Real Property Student Association executive team.  Upon graduating, she plans to add value and insight to a large real estate developer in Toronto, fuelled by her passion for real estate, attention to detail and strong teamwork skills.

    Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

  • Aleksandrs Jaunkalns

    Prior to Schulich, Aleksandrs worked for two years as a Financial Analyst, then Finance Manager of a successful start-up company in Toronto.   He also held Analyst positions with the RBC Capital Markets and RBC Global Risk Management teams for several years.

    With his background in corporate finance, Aleksandrs decided to pursue a graduate degree to broaden his knowledge of the industry, with the ultimate goal of building a career in institutional investment in real estate.  He chose the MREI program for the opportunities to learn directly from industry professionals, and also to connect with real estate and infrastructure leaders and the Schulich alumni network, who remain very active in the School.

    In his community, Aleksandrs volunteers on the Board of Directors of the Latvian Credit Union, where he also sits on the internal auditing committee and as the Chair of the Finance Committee.

    Aleksandrs holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) specializing in Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

  • Michael Krasic

    For the past eight years, Michael worked at a boutique realty advisory/development firm in Hamilton, Ontario, where he held various progressive roles and responsibilities, including his most recent role as Capital Manager.  In this position, he was tasked with overseeing the debt and equity investments of the organization, while remaining active on commercial development projects.  His responsibilities included mortgage financing, property acquisitions and project management.

    The MREI program offered an opportunity to broaden his understanding of urban real estate. The range of courses – with an emphasis on leadership, quality professors and the reputation of Schulich itself were all driving forces in this decision.  Michael intends to grow as an industry leader by continuing to develop his skill set while managing exciting urban projects.

    In his community, Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a lifetime member of the Croatian Sports and Community Centre of Hamilton, where he served on the Board of Directors as V.P. Business Management and Treasurer for five years.

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada, as well as a Certificate in Real Property Valuation from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Natasha Kuperman

    Upon graduation in 2007, with a professional degree in architecture, Natasha worked in real estate investment, focusing in natural resource-driven communities across Canada.  The success of the portfolio’s income-producing properties hinged upon research into infrastructure and mining expansion.  As part of the real estate acquisitions team, Natasha was responsible for identifying, screening and recommending potential investment opportunities.

    Natasha then transitioned back into architecture, working as an intern architect in order to obtain her professional license with the Ontario Architects’ Association (OAA).  During this time, she worked primarily on master plan developments and infrastructure projects, coordinating municipal aims, developers’ objectives and engineering work.  This experience led to the launch of her own company focused on architectural design and investment in northern, natural resource-based communities, and was driven by her commitment to the efficient and sustainable improvement of the built environment.

    Natasha joined the Schulich MREI program to obtain a broader and deeper understanding of real estate and infrastructure assets for acquisition and management, and to learn about the structures and opportunities of infrastructure investment. She is the inaugural recipient of the $25,000 RioCan Scholarship.

    Natasha holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from Cornell University in New York, USA.

  • Claire (Xiaoting) Liu

    Claire discovered her passion for the real estate industry while working for two years in accounting and commercial real estate leasing, where she monitored a portfolio of 52 offices across Canada.

    She chose the Schulich MREI program because it specifically targets students looking to advance their careers in real estate and infrastructure by providing systematic, real-world teaching. It offers classes that cover every aspect of the subject from development to management taught by industry professionals. The School’s strong alumni connection is also a reason she chose this program. Claire plans to hone her skill set in property investment and is looking to work in the development field after completing her MREI degree.

    Claire holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) specializing in Accounting from the University of Guelph in Canada.

  • Imran Mangalji

    Imran came to the MREI program at Schulich having spent eight years at the helm of a private real estate holdings firm in Calgary focused on multi-family residential.  Prior to that, he spent four years as a residential mortgage specialist with TD Canada Trust and RBC.  Through these experiences, Imran gained experience in numerous areas of the real estate field, including asset management, property management, tenant relations, project management, strategic acquisition, sales, financing and leasing.  He also gained invaluable skills as an entrepreneur, manager and negotiator.

    Imran chose the MREI program because Schulich is ranked among the best business schools in Canada, and the MREI curriculum was unique and specialized enough to allow him to build upon his experiences.  The faculty and staff have extremely strong connections to the industry that provide students incredible opportunities to network with industry leaders.  Upon graduation, Imran is planning to pursue a career in commercial real estate asset management.

    Imran holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics from the University of Calgary in Canada.

  • Kenneth Ngacaku

    Kenneth has worked within the realm of architecture and development for the past ten years. Adept at programming and administering design to meet a project’s financial and functional goals, he has gained a wealth of broad and multi-faceted experience working within development teams on commercial, residential, institutional, healthcare, educational, and airport projects.

    Kenneth’s interest lies in more clearly understanding the valuable role architects play in enabling commercial property owners to maximize rents and investment values. This is what led him to the Schulich MREI program.  Beyond this design value metric – communicating to developers the investment benefits of superior design – the program addresses the real-world opportunities and challenges that exist to deliver quality development projects through courses such as real estate finance, market analysis and asset/portfolio management.

    Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  He is a registered Architect in Kenya and South Africa, and is currently pursuing licensure in Ontario, having passed the Canadian entrance exams (ExAC) last fall.  In addition, Kenneth is a LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design and Construction Specialty.

  • Gaik Petrossian

    Prior to pursuing the MREI designation, Gaik worked at RBC as a Commercial Account Manager, providing financing for real estate investors and trade contractors.  He is passionate about ‘all things real estate’ and chose the MREI program for its strategic scope and the reputation of the Schulich School of Business.  Following completion of his MREI graduate degree, Gaik looks forward to an accelerated career in the real estate development industry.

    Gaik holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from York University in Toronto, Canada.  He also achieved his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2016.

  • Ahmed Zayed

    Ahmed is a talented and results-oriented professional with over 13 years of experience in designing, detailing, managing and directing diverse, multi-billion dollar developments.

    Ahmed has practiced architecture and design management in four different cities, the most recent of which was Dubai, U.A.E., where he worked as a Senior Design Manager for the Investment Corporation of Dubai.  During this tenure, Ahmed managed the design and construction award process of a diverse portfolio of developments, including:  One Za’beel – an iconic mixed-use development that houses an ultra-luxury hotel, high-end luxury apartments, Grade AAA offices and the longest habitable cantilever in the world; and Deira Enrichment – a five million square foot master plan development spanning 151 acres of land and comprising 29 mixed-use plots on historic waterfront lands.

    Ahmed joined the MREI program to gain a holistic knowledge of real estate and infrastructure development and to enhance his development experience and capabilities.  He is the Schulich Graduate Business Council Representative for his MREI class.

    Ahmed holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture focusing on sustainable and environmental building design from Cairo University in Egypt.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

     

  • Christine (Fan) Zhu

    Prior to Schulich, Christine worked as a Tax Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Credit Analyst at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.  In addition to her professional work experience, Christine has also been developing her own luxury home projects in the city for several years, and she now plans to grow her development company into larger low-rise and mid-rise residential developments.

    Christine joined the MREI program at Schulich to gain an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry in general and to connect with alumni and people in the industry.

    Christine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) from the University of Toronto in Canada and she is currently a CFA Level III Candidate.

  • “An understanding of both real estate and infrastructure is increasingly valuable for students anticipating a professional career in either industry.”

    – Andre Kuzmicki, Former MREI Program Director