OREA Real Estate College

Trading Bricks and Mortar

For Philip Baron, real estate is about trading bricks and mortar, not just paper.

A recent graduate from the Schulich School of Business (York University), Philip is also the first recipient of the OREA scholarship established at Schulich. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to second-year, full-time MBA/IMBA students specializing in the Real Estate and Infrastructure Program who demonstrate academic excellence and extra-curricular involvement in the real estate program.

In addition to graduating from the MBA program (Finance), Philip also completed the Real Estate and Infrastructure Diploma.

“My grandfather was a developer and I’ve always been interested in real estate because of conversations at the dinner table,” says Philip. “Schulich is the only program in Canada that offers this specialization.”

Graduates from the program work in construction, real estate development, asset management, consulting, financial intuitions, pension funds, equity funds, and government organizations. Philip is interested in real estate development.

“Real estate development is visual and hands-on. The work I excel at is something that I can see and touch, and that’s what real estate development is about. You’re trading bricks and mortar, not just paper,” says Philip.

Philip is currently working for Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects. As a development analyst in the Land Development Unit, Philip works with various stakeholders to manage the Province’s real estate portfolio.

We congratulate Philip on his award and wish him the best in all future endeavours.

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