Real Estate Development Leadership

Upcoming deadlines

REDL in-person
HSK 824: Real Estate Development & Finance
Prerequisites: No
Sep 19 & 26, 2023
Aaron Forbes

Program Description

Build your strategic leadership capabilities for the real estate development industry

Delivered in collaboration with the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, this immersive in-person program meets the needs of mid and senior level professionals.

Facilitated by industry experts from across Canada, their unique perspectives on real estate development will provide learners with a realistic and practical understanding of the complexities of real estate development in Canada and beyond.

Participants learn alongside a peer group of professionals with similar goals and interests, with exclusive access to the University of Calgary’s Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies (WCRES).  

The certificate is structured to provide a strong understanding of five core subject areas and two electives. Learners select from a variety of elective courses based on their area of practice and interests. Successful learners achieve a Real Estate Development Leadership Certificate (REDL).

Program Features


Learn from industry leaders with extensive expertise across the development processes for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.


Benefit from exposure to active development projects, applied group assignments, case studies, and industry guest speakers from across Canada.


Build a network and learn alongside a peer group of senior professionals and leaders with similar goals and interests.

Available courses
Hours of learning

REDL Partners

Haskayne School of Business Executive Education designs and delivers business leadership development programs for professionals, custom programs for organizations and executive programs for Boards of Directors. Programs focus on delivering practical business concepts and developing strong leadership proficiency to achieve real, sustainable results and a high return on investment.

Established in 2013 at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, the vision of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies is to be a catalyst for the development of real estate industry professionals and a leading centre of excellence for real estate studies. The Westman Centre is focused on developing leaders for Alberta’s entrepreneurial real estate industry through its teaching, research and community engagement activities.

Program objectives


Participate in immersive and practical course components including on-site development tours, applied assignments, team project presentations, and case studies of leading complex development projects across Canada.

Locate and use industry tools, resources, and emerging technology.


Describe key terminology, concepts, and processes unique to various subfields of real estate development.

Demonstrate competency across several key disciplines in real estate development including law, finance, marketing, risk mitigation, and project management.

Industry Connected

Expand your business network through interaction with expert faculty and industry guest speakers, collaboration with co-learners, and access to Haskayne School of Business and Westman Centre of Real Estate Studies (WCRES) events.

Leader Oriented

Enhance analytical thinking, critical decision-making, strategic communication, and leadership capacity.

Course Features

Digital pre-read materials

Prepares learners with foundational knowledge and terminology to make the most of their in-class time, guest lectures, and collaborative learning opportunities.

2 instructional days

Enhances learner experience by including an immersive, cohort environment that prioritizes opportunities to learn and network with peers. Includes catering and refreshments. Hosted at the Executive Education learning space at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus.

Experiential Development Site Tour

The site tours put theory into practice. Learners experience the realities of an active project and observe how their learning outcomes apply in the real world. Meet industry leaders on-site and observe unique stages of the development process.

Virtual Capstone Project Presentations

Collaborate with co-learners on an applied project that draws on course learnings. Receive robust feedback from instructors on project presentation.

Each course ranges from 2-3 weeks, depending on the specific schedule. This condensed schedule allows:

  • REDI Canada to expand faculty to include experts from across Canada; expert faculty provide both local expertise and national perspectives from a wide-range of active development projects and specialty areas.
  • Employers to access funding and better support employees seeking time away from work for professional development opportunities.
  • Learners to spend more time in the classroom and less time and money commuting across the historical 6-week delivery model.


The REDL program is designed to meet the busy-schedules of mid and senior level professionals who seek to complete the certificate across 18-months. However, learners may choose to complete the program (7 total courses) over a shortened or adjusted time frame.

fall term 1

2 or 3 Core Courses

winter term 1

2 Electives Courses

fall term 2

2 or 3 Core Courses

Instructors and past learners have found learners are best-positioned to succeed when they first complete core courses, then progress into elective courses. This ensures learners have foundational knowledge in areas of:

  • Development Management
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Planning

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Course Offering Overview


  • Real Estate Development & Finance 1
  • Real Estate Development and the Planning Process
  • Real Estate Development Management
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Estate Marketing


  • Real Estate Development & Finance 2
  • Commercial Real Estate Development
  • Mixed-Use Real Estate Development
  • Sales Management and Strategies in Real Estate Development
  • Private Equity
  • Proptech

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