Early Pathways to a Career in Commercial Real Estate

Across North America, BentallGreenOak is forging a path for diverse talent to find their way into a rewarding career in commercial real estate. The future of our industry depends on a new understanding of meritocracy, valuing diversity of thought and lived experiences as contributions to long term success.

BGO Built to Lead initiatives work with diverse and underrepresented communities across Canada and the United States to provide enriching opportunities for career development in a setting that is invested in their success.


Canadian Internship Program

BGO Built to Lead - Canada

As part of our commitment to attracting and developing diverse talent, BentallGreenOak is proud to announce the launch of our firm's first formal internship program in Canada called BGO Built to Lead. The goal of BGO Built to Lead is to enhance diversity of thought and representation at our firm by providing highly talented professionals from underrepresented groups with pathways to a rewarding career in our industry.

Successful candidates will work alongside our industry leaders to help solve real world challenges in a fast-paced, high-growth environment.

We're developing the leaders of tomorrow, today by tapping into Canada's high-caliber, diverse talent pool to provide opportunities for the next generation that will lead the charge for our industry. Start your journey. Apply today with BGO Built to Lead.

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Class of 2021

We're excited to welcome to 2021 interns. We asked each one:
"What will you do with this opportunity at BGO?"

Hadizat Idris

“Looking forward to furthering my skills in Sustainability and Real Estate with this opportunity, and have fun with my new team at BentallGreenOak!”

Zahra Alavi Nasab

“The best part of this internship is the broad exposure it offers and the mentorship I receive. I will work alongside industry experts from day one, enabling me to gain a deep understanding of investments and the real estate industry.”

Nye Lyn

“I've decided commercial real estate is the career path for me. I will seize this opportunity to pursue continuous knowledge within property management and positively impact our team and BGO's objectives.”

Rebekah Garriock

“As a person with a major disability, I am excited about the opportunity to be an advocate for others with special needs, to help educate the entire BGO community on how to be more inclusive in the workplace and lastly, to help me grow as an individual.”

Canadian Scholarship Programs

The Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award

Gary Whitelaw Strentgh in Diversity Award

York University’s Schulich School of Business and BentallGreenOak have established a scholarship to enable pathways for Black, Indigenous and female students to study and pursue a career in the commercial real estate industry. The Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award commits $250,000 over ten years in an annually awarded scholarship starting in 2021, and includes consideration for a paid, 12-month internship at BGO following graduation.

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BentallGreenOak Future Leaders in Real Estate Award

York University
Schulich School of Business
Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure Program

This award is offered to an incoming student enrolled in the Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure program at the Schulich School of Business. Applicants are required to submit a short essay (300-500 words) that highlights one present day factor that the applicant believes will impact real estate in the decade ahead and explains why and what the industry can do today to prepare for the future.

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BentallGreenOak Award in Real Estate

University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Bachelor of Commerce, Real Estate Specialization

This award has been made available annually for a Bachelor of Commerce student in the Real Estate option with outstanding academic achievement. Preference will be given to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students of Canada.

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United States

Experiential Learning in Real Estate

Project Destined - A BGO-Sponsored Real Estate Program for Inner City Students

Project Destined is a leading education platform that has deep experience in training underserved youth. BGO is proud to be sponsoring 4 teams, NYU, Georgetown, Morehouse and Spellman. As part of the program, interns will work 8 hours per week and build a range of technical, financial and leadership skills. The program features training in real estate, digital marketing and provides an opportunity to collaborate with real estate professionals to prepare presentations as part of weekly team based competitions. The program will also feature a "Shark Tank" style finale where intern teams present a digital marketing plan for a live multifamily real estate deal to industry leaders.

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Learn more about this incredible opportunity that is directly empowering underserved communities: projectdestined.com

United States Internship Program

BGO Built to Lead - United States

In the U.S., BentallGreenOak has developed a partnership with SEO – Seize Every Opportunity – to recruit a new class of interns from underrepresented communities to help build early pathways for their learning and development in the commercial real estate industry. Through SEO’s expansive talent networks across the country, we are bringing bright, diverse talent into our firm and providing meaningful opportunities for them to contribute to our business. Our U.S. internship program recruits annually and we are proud to profile some of the great new minds who will spend the coming months with our firm.

Class of 2021

We're excited to welcome to 2021 interns. We asked each one:
"What will you do with this opportunity at BGO?"

Azucena Rangel

“As a first-generation college student, my internship with BGO will allow me to familiarize myself with the corporate world, provide numerous network opportunities, and enable me to inspire other young Latinas within my community.”

Nick Toppino

“I will use this internship opportunity to find new ways to invest in not only the development opportunities that are present, but also to find new ways to invest in our future.”

Patrick Brito

“I plan on using this opportunity to continue to build a foundation in real estate and learn how to use real estate to improve communities like mine.”

Axel Bhandari

“The challenges and experiences will allow me to build a strong foundation for my future and learning from experts in the top of the Real Estate Private Equity space is an unprecedented opportunity.”

Ricardo Mayo

“I hope to gain a better understanding of the commercial real estate industry and develop meaningful relationships with the BGO team!”

Stanford Carr

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at BentallGreenOak and am looking forward to learning as much as I can during my time here.”

Gary Thompson

“I am excited to develop my knowledge of the Real Estate industry and make meaningful connections with the members of the BentallGreenOak team.”

Adam Work

“This opportunity at BGO will give me critical close exposure to industry experts and I look forward to furthering my skills by working alongside such accomplished fellow team members.”

United States Recognition Programs

The Rise Initiative by Bisnow

The Rise Initiative by Bisnow

The Rise Initiative by Bisnow is an annual honoree program dedicated to recognizing progress in DEI in CRE with a focus on measuring actual advancement. The program shines a light on organizations that hold themselves accountable, demonstrate measurable outcomes and share meaningful strategies that help reshape the industry and community.

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