Grow Your Leadership Potential

With HSK 830: Commercial Real Estate Development

IN COLLABORATION WITH

In-Person, Calgary, AB

March 4 & 5, 2024

Commercial Real Estate includes a range of industrial, retail, and office property types.

Learn how to apply an expert-tested framework to bring your next development project to a reality.

Gain an in depth understanding of the current commercial market and its intricacies to make informed decisions about your projects.

Conduct comparative and competitive analyses to fine-tune your projected pro-forma and make informed decisions.

Invest in yourself now,
and lead the way with innovative commercial strategies in the future.

About The Course

HSK 830: Commercial Real Estate Development

$995 CAD

ENROLMENT DEADLINE:
February 26, 2024 

Instructional Dates (In-Person):
March 4 & 5, 2024 

Site Visit:
TBD

Virtual Capstone Project Presentation:
March 20, 2024

Time Investment:
18 hours 

IN COLLABORATION WITH

Commercial real estate encompasses the main asset types of retail, office and industrial properties. This course is ideal for anyone looking to gain a highly nuanced appreciation for the unique differences of each asset type that contribute to creating successful developments. John Fisher is Executive Vice President at CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, a board member of NAIOP North America and holds a MBA. John shares his 18 years experience with the class as he takes participants through the full process of site selection, pro-forma creation, and leasing to assess the feasibility of a development plan for each of the three core asset types. 

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Course Details

There are fundamental differences between residential and commercial real estate development. This course focuses on the unique aspects of three commercial market segments: industrial, retail, and office. Gain an in-depth understanding of topics related to market analysis, site selection, the planning and construction process, marketing to commercial tenants, and long-term development strategies. In collaboration with peers, interact with expert guest speakers, senior leaders, and examples of active commercial projects from across Canada.

Components

  • Access to curated pre-read materials to help you make the most of your in-class time.  
  • Expert industry insights from instructors and guest speakers throughout two days of in-person learning at the University of Calgary. 
  • Informal and formal networking opportunities, in peer discussions and lunch break.  
  • Current real-world projects, case studies, and lessons learned.  
  • A site visit to experience the realities of development in practice!  
  • A group assignment and presentation that applies your course learning.  
  • Access to LinkedIn Networking Group 

Graded Assessments 

The instructor provides feedback and assigns a pass/fail grade based on your contribution to a group assignment in each course. These assignments apply the in-class concepts to real world projects or scenarios. 

By completion of this course, successful learners will be able to:  

  1. Gain a high-level understanding of the current market environment for retail, industrial and office properties in Canada, using Calgary as a case study
  2. Recognize terminology specific to the commercial real estate (CRE) industry and in news media and scholarly articles
  3. Research where and how to find market information on the CRE industry
  4. Interact with several key CRE developers from across Canada, through guest speakers and a site visit
  5. Assess the viability of a site from best use to marketability for a CRE project
  6. Identify the differences for construction financing requirements and evaluating the value of tenants across the retail, industrial, and office market segments
  7. Differentiate between marketing to commercial versus residential real estate and identify key differences when marketing to retail, industrial, and office users
  8. Prepare a project viability report and present to the class as if they are investors
  • Each course requires attendance and participation throughout the instructional days and experiential activities. 

    The REDL program is unique because it brings together professionals and leaders from a range of backgrounds, including instructors, guest-speakers, and industry leaders. In-class networking, mutual exchange of ideas, and group discussions are a critical source of value within this program. As a result, REDL participants must attend in-person.  

    The course includes pre-reading material, 14 hours of instructional time, an experiential learning activity (such as a site visit, approximately 2 hours), and a capstone project presentation session (2 hours). Expect to spend about 5 – 8 hours outside of instructional days on course tasks.  

John Fisher 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CBRE
DIRECTOR. & ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, REDI CANADA

John Fisher is an Executive Vice President, Advisory & Transaction Services at CBRE in Calgary, a Sessional Instructor at the Haskayne School of Business, a board member of NAIOP, North America’s largest commercial real estate development member-association, an instructor at the Real Estate Development Institute and an advisor to The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, The Calgary Stampede, The Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies and a variety of private real estate firms, associations, and corporations. John has worked on a variety of notable projects across Canada and is frequently called upon for industry articles, speaking events and publications.

John has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) /Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BA in Economics (University of Calgary).

Stand out as a leader.

Equip yourself with specialized knowledge and skills that open doors to prestigious positions and complex projects in real estate development. 

Small business owner or development entrepreneur?
Build your confidence and credentials to:

New to the industry or not sure where to start?

Our Real Estate Development Professional program is probably a better fit!

YOU'RE BUSY.
WE GET IT.

We’ve distilled years of development experience, projects, and lessons-learned into this high-impact certificate.

Work through the full certificate, or just take the courses you want.  

The Best Instructors.  Best Site Tours.   Best Real World Projects.   Best Guest Speakers.   Best Network. BEST IN CLASS.

Gain the knowledge and network you need to get your projects across the line and lead your organization with confidence.

Facilitated In-Person by Industry Experts Across Canada

5 Core Courses

2 Elective Courses

Created For Intermediate to Senior Learners

Invest in your future success with an advanced education in real estate development.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. Take one course, take several, in any order. We’ve designed the courses to meet the needs of a range of learners. You can customize your learning based on your professional goals.  

Not sure what you need? Contact us. We’re here to help. info@redicanada.org 

The average participant completes the certificate within 18 months to two-years. You must complete:

Five Core Courses

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

 

Two Elective Courses

  • Real Estate Development and Finance II
  • Commercial Real Estate Development
  • Mixed Use Real Estate Development
  • Sales Management & Strategies

 

Eligible participants may be able to access grant funding if they apply for multiple courses at one time. Contact execed@haskayne.ucalgary.ca for more information.  

This learning is recognized by many professional groups towards mandated professional development credits. Check with your professional association or contact our team: info@redicanada.org 

Organization: Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)

Learn more:
This learning may be eligible to be logged for the purposes of your continuous professional learning program (CPL) subject to your profession’s program requirements.  (albertaplanners.com/resources/other-learning-and-related-organizations)

Yes.  

Organizations or groups may be eligible for a group discount. Contact REDI’s Manager, Industry Relations for more information: info@redicanada.org 

 UCalgary students and alumni are eligible for a discount through Haskayne Executive Education. Contact execed@haskayne.ucalgary.ca for more information. 

No. The in-person Real Estate Development Leadership (REDL) certificate is a robust, experiential program best-suited for individuals with some exposure to the real estate development industry. While the competencies and topics addressed in both programs are similar, the extent to which instructors discuss topics, case studies, showcase guest-speakers, and tour real world sites in the REDL program is unparalleled.   

The online Real Estate Development Professional (REDP) certificate is perfect for aspiring or new real estate development professionals across Canada. It builds foundational knowledge, skills, and frameworks that participants can take with them as they establish a career in real estate development.  

Not sure which certificate meets your needs? Contact us: info@redicanada.org 

You can start with any course (except for Finance 2, which has a Finance 1 prerequisite).  

We recommend that certificate participants start with the core courses; this helps inform your learning for the elective courses.  

Each course spans approximately three weeks, which includes:  

  • Access to pre-read materials.  
  • Two in-class instructional days (8:30 am- 4:30 pm)* 
  • An in-person site visit (evening, depending on site restrictions)* 
  • A virtual final presentation session (4:00- 6:00 pm MT)*  

Instructional days are back-to-back except for finance courses, which have a week between the two in-person days. 

 *refer to the specific course page to confirm times as these may vary based on instructor and site project availability.  

  • Access to curated pre-read materials to help you make the most of your in-class time. 

  • Informal and formal networking opportunities, in peer discussions and lunch break. 

  • Expert industry insights from instructors and guest speakers. 

  • Current real-world projects, case studies, and lessons learned. 
  • A site visit to experience the realities of development in practice!
     
  • A group assignment and presentation that applies your course learning.  

Each course requires attendance and participation throughout the instructional days and experiential activities. The instructor provides feedback and assigns a pass/fail grade based on your contribution to a group assignment in each course. These assignments apply the in-class concepts to real world projects or scenarios. 

The REDL program is unique because it brings together professionals and leaders from a range of backgrounds, including instructors, guest-speakers, and industry leaders. In-class networking, mutual exchange of ideas, and group discussions are a critical source of value within this program. As a result, REDL participants must attend in-person.  

REDI Canada Faculty

REDI Canada works with active industry professionals to develop and facilitate courses that meet industry and learner needs. Our instructors have expertise across a variety of industry areas and professional experience working across Canada.

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