• Perspectives Lecture 2021

    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Virtual with limited in-person attendance at Daniels Spectrum
    (Ada Slaight Hall)

    6:00 pm Networking & Registration
    7:00 pm Perspectives Lecture
    8:30 pm Closing Remarks

    Real estate development impacts all of our daily lives and shapes the communities around us.  Recognizing the responsibility that comes with being a builder and developer, Mitchell Cohen believes that we can build inclusive, resilient communities through collaboration and partnership, with all sectors working together to realize a shared vision.  Join us on October 28, 2021 as we hear about Mitchell’s journey to bring that vision to life. Mitchell will be introduced by longtime friend and colleague Tim Jones, former CEO of Artscape and Principal at Creative Placemaking Inc. Following Mitchell’s address he will join Tim for a deeper conversation on the concepts behind the event’s theme and an audience Q&A.

    New Performances Announced!

    Canadian Jazz Pianist, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, and Spoken Word Artist, Trevlyn Kennedy, will both be performing at the Perspectives Lecture 2021.

    Proceeds generated from this event will benefit the newly created SRPAA Leadership Award for Black and Indigenous Communities. Join us at the Perspectives Lecture to learn more about this initiative. This award aims to create more equitable and inclusive opportunities for promising young individuals from these communities to obtain their undergraduate degree at Schulich and pursue a career in business. To make a contribution to the award, please click here.

Mitchell Cohen

  • CEO and President of The Daniels Corporation
    2021 Keynote Speaker

    Mitchell Cohen

    Mitchell Cohen is President & CEO of The Daniels Corporation and has managed the firm’s day-to-day operations since 1984. For over 30 years, Cohen’s leadership has carried Daniels through several real estate market cycles. Committed to community, Daniels offers innovative programs that help people achieve home ownership, and supports numerous charities and non-profit organizations. Building a team with the ability to achieve success in all forms and tenures of residential communities is a hallmark of Mr. Cohen’s leadership.

    Under his direction, Daniels has developed a strong brand with residential offerings for people at all stages of life. Cohen has a Masters in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McGill University. In 2010, Mr. Cohen was honoured with an Award of Merit from the St. George’s Society, and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2013, Mr. Cohen received an Honourary Doctorate from Ryerson University in the Faculty of Community Services. In 2019, Mitchell Cohen, was among the Members of the Order of Canada.

    Don’t miss out on attending one of the most highly anticipated industry events of the year. Since its inception in 2004, the Perspectives Lecture has drawn thousands of professionals together for a truly unique evening of learning, inspiration and networking. Proceeds to the Perspectives Lecture will benefit the recently launched SRPAA Leadership Award for Black and Indigenous Communities.


  • “The Perspectives Lecture reflects the unique character of our Program. The strength of our program is in the vital network of relationships that we nurture amongst students, faculty, alumni and industry players. The event would not have been possible without this network.”

    Andre KuzmickiExecutive in Residence, Schulich School of Business

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2019 2019

Mitchell Goldhar
Founder & Executive Chair – SmartCentres REIT

Mitchell Goldhar is a Canadian businessman and the founder of SmartCentres, a commercial and residential real estate company focused on bringing value to Canadian communities. Mitchell is the Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $9.7 Billion. As it celebrates its 30th anniversary, SmartCentres’ rapid growth continues with $12.1 Billion in announced new real estate developments. Mitchell started SmartCentres with the belief that Canadians deserve convenient access to affordable retail. With a shared vision, he worked to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, which they did in 1994, and he eventually became, and still remains, Walmart’s only real estate development partner in the world. Mitchell is also the owner of the Penguin Group of Companies, Penguin PickUp, and Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. Mitchell holds a BA in Political Science from York University and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management since 2004, where he has been awarded Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the Board of Onex Corporation, Indigo Books and Music, the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto General Hospital, and is Director Emeritus with the SickKids Foundation.

2018 2018

Blake Hutcheson
President & Chief Pension Officer – OMERS

Blake Hutcheson’s career spans more than three decades and includes an extensive list of professional achievements. With key roles encompassing brokerage, investments, development, capital and pension management, Blake’s perspectives on the industry are highly relevant. Blake was President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group from 2010 to 2018, and, concurrently, served as OMERS Chief Investment Officer, Real Estate and Platform Investments from 2014 to 2018. Before joining Oxford, Blake was the Head of Global Real Estate with Mount Kellett Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm with offices in key locations around the globe. Prior to that, Blake was President of the Canadian, Latin American, and Mexican operations for CB Richard Ellis. Blake has spent much of his career contributing to the industry as a member of numerous professional boards, being involved with affordable housing initiatives, municipal affairs, and infrastructure and transit panels. He is a great supporter of higher education and the development of the industry’s future leaders. A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Blake attended Western University, obtained a Graduate Diploma in International and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, and holds a Master of Science of Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

2017 2017

Jon Love
Founder and Chief Executive Officer KingSett Capital

Jon Love is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment business. Jon was President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group from 1992 until November 2001 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada, the Chief Executives Organization, and is a member of YPO. Jon graduated with an Honours degree in Business Administration from Western University’s Ivey School of Business. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Western University.

2016 2016

Ron Mock
President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Ron Mock became President and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in 2014. Having joined OTPP in 2001, he had previously been Senior Vice President, Fixed Income & Alternative Investments, where he managed $60 billion in assets. He was also a board member for Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, the OTPP’s commercial real estate subsidiary. Previously Ron worked for Burns Fry (now BMO Nesbitt Burns), overseeing sales and trading staff in derivatives products. He was also the founder/CEO of Phoenix Research and Trading. Ron began his career as an electrical engineer and held a variety of positions with Ontario Hydro in the areas of fieldwork, design, construction, research, and safety. Ron graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Electrical Engineering and later earned an MBA from York University, Schulich School of Business. He is currently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business.

2015 2015

Stephen Ross
Chairman and Founder of Related Companies

Stephen M. Ross is the Chairman and Founder of Related Companies. Stephen formed Related in 1972 and today the Company includes over 2,500 professionals. To date, Related has developed over $22 billion in real estate and owns real estate assets valued at over $20 billion. Stephen is also the owner of the Miami Dolphins and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Equinox Holdings, Inc. Stephen graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, from Wayne State University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree and from New York University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation.

Gerald Sheff
Co-Founder of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.

Gerald Sheff is Co-Founder of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., one of Canada’s pre-eminent wealth management firms. Prior to co-founding Gluskin Sheff in 1984, Mr. Sheff had a thirteen-year career in the real estate development industry with Cadillac Fairview Corporation. Mr. Sheff graduated from the School of Architecture at McGill University in 1964 and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School in 1971. He is a Governor Emeritus of McGill University, a trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation, a Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and a lay bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

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Bryna Abtan

Associate Director
Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure
BAbtan@schulich.yorku.ca | 416-736-5967