• SRPAA Leadership Fund for Black and Indigenous Communities

    The Schulich Real Property Alumni Association (SRPAA) and the Real Estate and Infrastructure programs at the Schulich School of Business have established the SRPAA Leadership Awards for Black and Indigenous Communities. Supported by the SRPAA and alumni and friends of the program, the Fund aims to create more equitable and inclusive opportunities for promising young individuals from underrepresented communities to obtain their undergraduate degree and pursue a career in business. Each year, the Fund will support two student awards, the SRPAA Leadership Award for Black Communities and the SRPAA Leadership Award for Indigenous Communities.

    The SRPAA Leadership Awards will be given annually to incoming Black and Indigenous domestic BBA students, who have demonstrated leadership characteristics, resilience and community involvement. Preference will be granted to individuals with the greatest financial need. The awards are valued at $7,500 each and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains in good academic standing. The maximum amount per student is $30,000. The recipient will also have optional access to mentoring and guidance from the alumni community, and those with an interest in pursuing a real estate career will have the opportunity to receive assistance in securing an internship after their third year.

Support the SRPAA Leadership Awards for Black and Indigenous Communities

  • The SRPAA rallied together a founding group of donors and raised more than $250,000 to create new awards to support incoming Indigenous and Black students.

    In appreciation of your support, we are pleased to provide the following:

    • Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on the Schulich Lifetime Giving Donor Wall, located in the Seymour Schulich Building.
    • For alumni gifts of $1,000 or more, the donor’s name will be proudly and permanently recognized on the Schulich Alumni Donors Wall, located in the Seymour Schulich Building. Additionally, alumni donors will be enrolled in the Dean’s Society program for one year from the date the donation is received.
    • Name recognition on the donor listing below for contributions over $25. Please allow up to 10 business days for your name to be added.


The SRPAA Leadership Fund is proudly being led by the following Campaign Cabinet:

Honorary Chair

Phil Gillin, MBA ’78

Former Executive Vice President, Bentall GreenOak (Retired)

Cabinet Co-Chairs

Michael Lewis, MBA ’09

Partner, Financial Services and Real Estate, Boyden

Anthony Ottavino, MBA ’11, iBBA ’07

Instructor, Real Estate Finance, Schulich School of Business


Abdel Ali, MBA ’21

Investment Analyst, Relay Ventures and Alate Partners

Lois Anaide, BBA ’19

Financial Analyst, Acquisitions & Asset Management, Crestpoint Real Estate Investments Ltd.

Lyndsay Brisard, MREI ’21

Analyst, Investments, Canada Infrastructure Bank

Andrew Garrett, EMBA ’11

Senior Principal, Real Estate Portfolio, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Suhan Hannan, MBA ’04

Portfolio Manager, AIMCO

Asad Hanif, BBA ’07

Vice President, Acquisitions, InterRent REIT

Aleks Karamarkovic, BBA ’07

Vice President, Corporate Development, Graywood Developments

Veronica Maggisano, MBA ’07

Vice President, Development, Oxford Properties Group

Sandra Tran, MBA ’00

CFO, McMaster Innovation Park

Our Generous Donor Community – Thank you!

For more information, or to receive assistance, please contact our Office of Advancement at advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.