News release

JLL Women in Real Estate 2022-2023 Recipients Revealed

The award celebrates female students in commercial real estate who are pursuing a career in the industry.

March 09, 2023

Diana Gavrila

Communications Manager
+01 514 502 4800

TORONTO, March 9, 2023 – For a fourth year, JLL has partnered with leading Canadian universities to encourage female students looking to pursue commercial real estate careers. The JLL Women in Real Estate Award is granted to deserving recipients that have demonstrated good academic standing, leadership and involvement in their communities as selected by their respective schools.

“JLL is proud to be part of a global community that encourages advancement and equity to women in the workplace,” said Vanessa Lester, Head of Marketing at JLL Canada. “We celebrate the recipients’ goals and achievements and support their drive towards success in the world of commercial real estate.” 

“Every year we are very proud to be able to continue this partnership with universities across Canada,” said Paul Greven, Head of Legal at JLL Canada. “This award allows us to help well-deserving recipients succeed in commercial real estate and we are excited to continue to offer more candidates the same opportunity in the future.”

JLL Canada is proud to recognize the following:

Alberta School of Business

Emma Neilsen, Bachelor of Commerce, Finance

“I am incredibly honoured and grateful to be a recipient of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award! I'm so happy to see that JLL is working to uplift women pursuing higher education. This award has given me the confidence and courage to finish my studies and look at pursuing a career in the incredibly competitive field of commercial real estate. Thank you to JLL and the Alberta School of Business!”

Ted Rogers School of Management, Toronto Metropolitan University

Marisol Rivera, Bachelor of Commerce, Real Estate Management

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to JLL for supporting my studies with the JLL Women in Real Estate Award. This award has allowed me to put more time and effort into studying and helping my family, something I am immensely grateful for. Currently, I am majoring in Real Estate Management, graduating in 2024. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I would like to attend Law School with a focus on real estate law. While attending Toronto Metropolitan University, I have also been able to volunteer with various programs to help support my community, and I one day hope to start my own non-profit to help others reach their academic goals. Few things in life are more important than a good education. Thank you for supporting my efforts to attain my education!”

UBC Sauder School of Business

Ao Lin Shen, Bachelor of Commerce, Finance

“When I decided to pursue a career in commercial real estate and finance, I knew I was up for a challenge. I’ve worked tirelessly to be ranked in the top 1% academically at UBC Sauder in these two competitive, challenging, and male-dominated options. As a young female minority, I've been doubted by both others and myself. Receiving the JLL Women in Real Estate Award was very encouraging for my professional development; it serves as a recognition of my efforts and an affirmation that I am moving in the right direction. I strive to become a leader in the CRE industry to create a more sustainable built environment and a more diverse workforce.”

Concordia University- John Molson School of Business

Ana Gubert-Mitchell, Major in Finance, Minor in Real Estate

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to JLL for establishing the Women in Real Estate Award. Thank you, JLL. Your generosity has allowed me to pursue my studies and encouraged me to continue striving for a dynamic career in Finance. This scholarship is a true testament to JLL’s continued commitment to supporting the professional development of young women in competitive fields.”

Patricia Provost, Major, Finance, Minor, Real Estate

“I want to express my appreciation towards JLL for awarding me the Women in Real Estate Award. I know I still have much to learn about commercial real estate, but with JLL’s generosity I know I can continue to grow my knowledge and skills. Thank you JLL for supporting women who aspire to succeed in careers within the industry and for recognizing the value of a diverse and inclusive workplace.”

Dalia Baazov, Major in Marketing, Minor in Real Estate

“Being selected for the second semester of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award is a distinguished honour that has enabled me to further my studies and progress my career in the real estate industry. I am deeply grateful and appreciative for the recognition from the generous donors. This scholarship will provide me with the necessary resources and support to pursue my passions and achieve my career objectives. Thank you so much!”

Dayne Lebans, Major in Marketing, Minor in Real Estate

“It is an honour to receive the JLL Women in Real Estate Award. I want to thank JLL for supporting and investing in the education of young women in real estate.”

Université de Montréal

Sélina Colin, Master's Degree in Planning, Project Management Option

"Participating in the shaping of a more virtuous and inclusive city is something I hold dear. It is in this sense that I aspire to conceptualize and/or manage social impact real estate projects - more mixed-use, sustainable and experiential projects that foster a sense of community. I am very grateful to JLL for helping me realize these aspirations, as well as building my confidence in my abilities. This scholarship will surely help me in the realization of my projects."

JLL Canada congratulates the 2022-2023 recipients of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award and looks forward to supporting more candidates in the future. 

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