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Schulich MREI in Vancouver | Sustainability & The Survival of Cities

ULI BC members are invited to network and enjoy Professor Mckellar’s lecture on May 11th!

The Schulich School of Business’ Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure is pleased to invite you to our mini-lecture in Vancouver: Sustainability & The Survival of Cities.


Challenges we face in adapting in the developing world are quite different from those in the developed world.  Rather than build from scratch, we must make better use of what we have; consume far less; reduce our environmental footprint; question why we have to own everything we need to use. We are already seeing evidence of transformational change within our existing cities driven by the ‘shared economy’.  Sharing is not new to cities, but what we can now share and how we can share is what is different. We are now sharing cars, houses. offices, hotels, bicycles, tools, craft centers, and community gardens.  The advent of the digital world, combined with incredible ingenuity and imaginations of start-ups, is giving rise to new sharing possibilities that we would never have considered a decade ago.  This session will explore the possibilities for a more socially just, inclusive, and environmentally efficient city rooted in a culture of sharing.


Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
1128 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Room: Shaughnessy I

Register here!


5:00 – 5:30 Registration & Refreshments
5:30 – 6:15 Mini-lecture by Professor James McKellar & Professor Sherena Hussain
6:15 – 7:00 Networking with the Schulich faculty & MBA alumni




James McKellar
Professor of Real Estate and Infrastructure; Director, Brookfield Centre for Real Estate and Infrastructure. Executive Director, External Relations

James McKellar, FRAIC, FRICS is Professor and Director of the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining York University, he was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served as the first Director of the Center for Real Estate at MIT. In addition to MIT, he has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Calgary. He was also Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. He has lectured at universities in North America, Asia and Europe and addressed various industry and government groups across the world.

Professor McKellar has both a Master in Architecture (M. Arch) and Master in City Planning (M.C.P) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto. Professor McKellar has a life‐long involvement in the real estate industry and has consulted to businesses and governments in many parts of the world on real estate matters covering housing, development, finance and investment, asset management, and market performance. In past several years his teaching and research has focused on the emerging field of infrastructure and the business models driving large-scale public infrastructure projects as well as topic of sustainable cities as it pertains to the challenges of urbanization across the globe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).


Sherena Hussain
Assistant Professor in Real Estate And Infrastructure

Sherena Hussain is an Assistant Professor in the Program in Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Professor Hussain is also an accomplished legal professional having practiced tax and infrastructure law at a first-tier North American business law firm. Professor Hussain holds a combined Juris Doctor-Master of Business Administration degree, Graduate Master Diploma in Real Estate and Infrastructure, and Bachelor of Business Administration. She is the recipient of numerous accolades including the Hennick Medal for academic excellence and multiple prizes in the areas of tax, contract, commercial/corporate, real estate, trust and estate law.

Space is limited, so be sure to register early!

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