Queen's Real Estate Roundtable

Queen's Real Estate Roundtable

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About the Queen's Real Estate Roundtable (Q25)

  • Seminar attendees having a discussion

    Founded in 2004 and now one of the most subscribed offerings of the Queen's Real Estate Roundtable (Q25), the Executive Seminars on Corporate and Investment Real Estate provide exceptional opportunities for face-to-face interactions between senior executives from many facets of the commercial real estate sector.

  • Seminar speakers seated at the head table.

    Queen's Executive Seminars on Corporate and Investment Real Estate are full-day educational and networking events that typically feature a total of 20 expert speakers on four panel sessions, as well as a keynote address. 

  • Two seminar attendees speaking to each other.

    Many guests report that opportunities for professional networking are the most valuable and enjoyable aspects of the full-day seminars. 

  • Seminar attendees conversing over drinks.

    The post-seminar cocktail reception allows guests to make connections; reflect on the program's themes and ideas; and relax after a informative and thought-provoking day.

  • Seminar attendees shaking hands.

    Meeting fellow industry professionals and building new and existing business relationships is one of the most valuable benefits of attending Queen's Executive Seminars on Corporate and Investment Real Estate.

  • Two seated seminar attendees having a conversation.

    During a networking break, senior executives discuss the ideas presented in the preceding panel session.

Introducing the Organization

The Queen’s Real Estate Roundtable is a national, not-for-profit organization that brings together senior executives from a variety of types of companies within the commercial real estate sector, for the purposes of advancing and sharing best practices in the industry and discussing issues of common interest. This elite university-based organization is unique in Canada. Membership is limited to 25 of the most significant companies in the sector (the “Q25”), by invitation only, and the number of companies from each category is also limited. The Roundtable is a value-oriented forum, engaging in only those activities which its member companies feel add value to their business operations. It is run by its members, for its members.

The Origins of the Roundtable

The Roundtable builds on the strong reputation and success of the Queen’s University’s Executive Seminars on Corporate and Investment Real Estate, founded in 2004 and under the leadership of Dr. John Andrew since its inception. ESCIRE provides high-quality executive development events, drawing prominent speakers and senior executive attendees from across North America, and occasionally also internationally. Its hallmark is hosting small (capped at 100 participants) and interactive forums, with candid and intelligent discussions on current and emerging themes of importance to the industry.

Benefits of Membership

Member companies pay an annual fee, and receive many benefits (being phased in over time), including (but not necessarily limited to):

  • Attendance at approximately three Executive Real Estate Seminars each year.
  • Participation in all other events, including breakfast symposia and cocktail receptions with distinguished keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions and networking events.
  • Participation in a one-day, summit-style annual members retreat.
  • Exclusive access to publications written by experienced researchers working on current, emerging and directly-applicable real estate issues chosen by members.
  • Access to ancillary opportunities offered by Queen’s University, e.g. recruiting graduates, hiring summer interns, guest speaking opportunities, consulting, etc.
  • Receipt of a regular newsletter containing interesting articles, research findings and news from member companies and the industry.
  • Advertising privileges at our seminars and other events.
  • Participation in the governance of the Roundtable and direct input on all aspects of its operation.
  • Exclusive, password-protected access to an online portal to research products, publications, an industry database, newsletters, etc.

A Complementary, Not Competing Industry Organization

There are already several well-established membership-based real estate organizations. We have studied and consulted with these organizations and many other advisors, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary overlap and duplication. The principal foci of the Roundtable are executive development and applied research. Another way in which the Roundtable distinguishes itself is through its inclusion of only senior executives from 25 of Canada’s leading companies from across a cross-section of the real estate industry. It is modeled after industry organizations based at leading U.S. universities with real estate programs. Among the Q25’s hallmark features are exclusivity, collegiality, seniority and confidentiality.

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