JLL Canada Announces Recipients of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award

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

December 18, 2019

TORONTO – Launching its inaugural JLL Women in Real Estate Award, JLL Canada is excited to announce that it has entered into a 5-year partnership with two leading Canadian universities, thereby encouraging female students looking to pursue commercial real estate careers. Each of the recipients listed below has demonstrated good academic standing, leadership and involvement in their communities as selected by their respective schools.

“The commercial real estate industry is competitive, dynamic and ever-evolving,” said Vanessa Lester, National Director, Marketing at JLL Canada. “We are proud to support women who will help shape the future of this industry and encourage them to pursue their aspirations, ambitions and excellence in their careers.”

JLL Women in Real Estate Award Recipients – 2019

Natesa Bourque

Bachelor of Commerce, Real Estate Management
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management

“I am incredibly honoured and grateful to be a recipient of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award. I would like to sincerely thank JLL for creating a platform for women to succeed in the commercial real estate industry. My evening with the JLL team at the Ted Rogers School of Management Awards Celebration Dinner left me feeling motivated and eager to empower women around me.”

Amy Xiayang Liu

Bachelor of Commerce, Real Estate
UBC Sauder School of Business 

“Having the honour and recognition from commercial real estate pioneers by being granted the JLL Women in Real Estate Award is a tremendous confidence booster for me, and a significant milestone in my educational journey at UBC Sauder. The award made me value the last year of my undergraduate study and encouraged me to be fearless about the path I am about to pursue in real estate after graduation.” 


"I am delighted to see this award providing support for some of the brilliant, engaged, and hard-working women I am fortunate enough to teach each year,” said Thomas Davidoff, the Stanley Hamilton Professor in Real Estate Finance and the Director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate at UBC Sauder. “Like most industries, commercial real estate would benefit from an expanded number of women in leadership roles. Early in my career, I witnessed first-hand the consequences of insufficient diversity in the leadership ranks and the benefits of increasing gender diversity."

JLL Canada congratulates the 2019 recipients of the JLL Women in Real Estate Award and looks forward to supporting more candidates in the future. 

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 93,000 as of September 30, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About Ted Rogers School of Management 

Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (TRSM) is developing collaborative, creative leaders who will drive 21st century business forward while making a positive impact on society. Home to over 11,000 students and more than 200 industry-connected faculty, TRSM is Canada's leading diverse, entrepreneurial business school centred in an urban learning environment. TRSM offers 12 Bachelor of Commerce degrees, two Bachelor of Health Administration degrees, four graduate programs, including the Ted Rogers MBA, and Executive Education courses. TRSM is also home to 15 innovative research centres, institutes and labs.

About UBC

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

About the UBC Sauder School of Business

Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top business and management programs by respected global surveys, the UBC Sauder School of Business is a leader in providing rigorous, relevant and innovative teaching across numerous undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs.