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Early Pathways to a Career in Commercial Real Estate

Early Pathways to a Career in Commercial Real Estate

Across North America, BGO 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.






BGO Built to Lead - Canada

As part of our commitment to attracting and developing diverse Talent, BGO is proud to provide a program in Canada for Built to Lead - Talent Accelerator Program. The goal of this program is to enhance diversity of thought and representation at our firm by providing highly talent 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.



BGO Built to Lead  - Canada cohorts

Hear from our Talent Accelerator Program participants below.




What advice would you give to someone who is interested in the program?

I was given the chance to start in an industry that I always had a curiosity for. I helped lead projects, gained a deep understanding about operations, and received lots of 1:1 mentorship. I'd encourage anyone looking to kick start a new career path to join.



Why do you think someone should apply to be part of this program?

The program offers opportunities to directly build your career skills by working alongside industry professionals. With the culture that BGO has cultivated, you will be surrounded by experienced mentors who trust in your skill-levels and actively support the strengthening of your expertise!



What have you enjoyed so far, being part of this program?

The guidance and mentorship I have received so far is a testament to the amazing people working here. In addition to the task identity, task significance and autonomy, BGO provides me with the resources I need to succeed in my role and continuously develop my career.



Why do you think someone should apply to be part of this program?

The duration of the program allows you to make valuable contributions during your time leading to a credible work experience. Candidates will be empowered and given the guidance and tools to succeed while working in a welcoming, comfortable, and diverse environment.



What advice would you give to someone who is interested in the program?

Approach it with an open mind, and take advantage of all the opportunities. It's important to be proactive to seek out learning opportunities and building relationships with your colleagues and mentors. The pgoram is designed to help you grow and succeed.

Canadian Scholarship Programs

The Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award


York University’s Schulich School of Business and BGO 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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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:

United States internship program

BGO Built to Lead - United States

In the U.S., BGO 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.


BGO Built to Lead - United States cohorts

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




“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.”



“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.”



“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.”



“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.”



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



“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.”



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



“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.”

The Rise Initiative


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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