BentallGreenOak’s Award is Breaking Barriers: the Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award

Silas Jjuuko MREI Candidate 2023
Silas Jjuuko

Schulich is proud to congratulate Silas Jjuuko (MREI Candidate 2023) on being recently awarded the Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award. Established by BentallGreenOak (BGO) in June 2021, this award celebrates individuals who are committed to improving diversity and representation in Canada’s commercial real estate industry.

As a recipient of this award, Silas will receive $25,000 to support his scholarly activities and research as a student enrolled in Schulich’s Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure Program. 2nd-year MBA students, specializing in Real Estate and Infrastructure, are also eligible for the award.

“This recognition will alleviate the financial pressures I have been experiencing. I am honoured beyond words and promise to pursue my education, leadership responsibilities, and true representation of the group of students for which this award was intended,” stated Silas.

The Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award not only provides generous financial support, but it also removes additional barriers by offering students, like Silas, the opportunity to gain industry experience and networking opportunities through a paid, 12-month internship program at BGO following graduation.

“This scholarship represents our ongoing commitment to increasing diversity in the commercial real estate industry and our firm belief that collectively we can build diverse talent pipelines by addressing barriers to entry,” said Natasha Soobramanie, Principal, E.D.I. & Talent Development at BGO. “We are delighted for Silas as a scholarship recipient and look forward to his ongoing professional contributions to the industry.”

“Schulich is grateful for companies like BGO who share our commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its programs and we look forward to supporting more students like Silas on their journey to success,” said Detlev Zwick, Schulich Dean.

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