Young Leaders Group
ULI encourages new professionals to become involved early in their career so they can begin building key relationships with industry leaders. To make this an easy and affordable first step, ULI offers a special membership to people under 35 years of age.
The ULI BC Young Leaders Group (YLG) aims to provide members with educational and information-sharing opportunities related to real estate and other affiliated disciplines. YLG programming includes regular tours of local developments, peer-to-peer workshop sessions, and mentoring roundtables, all with the objective to deliver:
- insights from the visionaries who have shaped our neighbourhoods and communities;
- mentoring from industry leaders in casual and candid settings and
- networking with peers from the real estate and land use professions.
The Young Leaders Group is lead by a Management Committee comprised of a diverse group of land use industry professionals. The members of the Young Leaders Group Committee are:
Emily Howard, YLG Membership & Outreach Co-Chair
Project Manager, Pottinger Bird Community Relations
Since 2012, Emily has worked as a Project Manager at Pottinger Bird Community Relations. Pottinger Bird is a real estate consultancy firm specializing in development-related public relations, including public outreach, engagement and consultation. Prior to transitioning into the specialty field of community relations, Emily worked in the commercial real estate industry at a consulting and planning firm servicing clients in North America and the MENA region. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia.
Albert Huang, YLG Programming Chair
Development Manager, Terra Housing
Albert Huang is a Development Manager for Terra Housing responsible for managing the development and implementation of projects across British Columbia. He is also responsible for working with partners and clients in clarifying objectives and putting together effective business plans that properly reflect financing challenges unique to each project’s residential and commercial constraints.
Albert joined Terra in 2016 after working for four years as a project manager for a commercial and mixed-use real estate consultancy with clients in Canada, United States, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s urban geography and urban land economics programs, and has been active with ULI since 2010.
Chris Karu, YLG Membership & Outreach Co-Chair
Development Coordinator, Boffo Properties
Chris Karu is a recent graduate from the Planning program at UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning. He currently works as a Development Coordinator at Boffo Properties, but previously worked for GWL Realty Advisors as a Research Analyst. Chris has been volunteering with ULI on the Membership & Outreach committee since August 2015.
Katie Maslechko, YLG Co-Chair
Development Manager, Beedie Living
As Assistant Development Manager with Beedie Living, Katie focuses on guiding the firm’s mixed-use and residential developments from initial acquisition, through proforma development, design, rezoning and development approvals, marketing, sales, and construction. Her experience includes a diversity of complex development projects throughout the Lower Mainland, and builds upon prior real estate experience in both New York and Vancouver.
Katie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy, Planning & Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Adam Mitchell, YLG Co-Chair
Manager – Investment Management, Bentall Kennedy
Adam Mitchell is a Manager – Acquisitions and Asset Management, for Bentall Kennedy’s Canadian Investment Management operations in Western Canada. He is directly responsible for identifying acquisition/disposition opportunities and carrying out the required due diligence. He is also responsible for overseeing the operations and performance of a diverse portfolio of office, retail, industrial, and development properties. Adam joined Bentall Kennedy in 2011 after spending four years as an Analyst for a private development company with active projects across Canada. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Urban Land Economics, he has been a member of ULI since 2007.
Paige Ritchie, YLG Communications Chair
Development Assistant, Intracorp Projects Ltd.
Paige Ritchie is a Development Assistant at Intracorp Projects Ltd., a real estate development company that prides itself on building extraordinary communities. She has experience in community development, urban planning and sustainability. In addition to completing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography, Paige holds a Minor in Development and Sustainability. She has a wide range of experience from public service to consulting, and has worked in numerous roles from municipal bylaw enforcement to political campaign operations. She has been an active member of the ULI Young Leader’s Group since 2015.
If you’re looking for more information about ULI BC’s Young Leaders Group and YLG programming, please contact our YLG Chair, Adam Mitchell.