Real estate and infrastructure scholarships honour three Schulich students

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York University’s Schulich School of Business recently announced the winners of three prestigious scholarships in the Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) program.

Jesica Anane (MREI candidate ‘24), who joins Schulich from Ghana and has extensive experience in project management, is the recipient of the Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award. Established in 2021 by global real estate investment firm BentallGreenOak (BGO), this $25,000 award draws on former chief executive officer and current Schulich Executive-in-Residence Gary Whitelaw’s continuing commitment to improve diversity and representation in Canada’s commercial real estate industry by investing in future leaders. “I plan to make the most of this opportunity to excel academically and contribute positively to society,” said Anane. “I am determined to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of others, just as BGO has done for me.”

Left to right: MREI '24 candidates Bianca Gornik, Jesica Anane and Sonal Bagga
Pictured, from left to right: MREI ’24 candidates and scholarship recipients Bianca Gornik, Jesica Anane and Sonal Bagga

The Edward Sonshine Scholarship, established by RioCan, is offered to students entering the 12-month MREI program who have demonstrated the highest academic standing, leadership ability and commitment to the real estate sector. The $25,000 scholarship has been awarded to Bianca Gornik (MREI candidate ‘24). Gornik has an undergraduate degree in urban studies and art history from the University of Toronto and two years of experience in the real estate private equity industry. “This scholarship will immensely impact my academic journey and professional trajectory,” said Gornik. “I am extremely honoured to have the opportunity to be mentored by RioCan’s top talent, with the potential for a future internship with the company.”

With a background in architecture and urban planning, Sonal Bagga (MREI candidate ‘24) is the winner of the inaugural Graywood Developments Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure Award, which aims to foster the growth of talented young leaders in the field of real estate and construction. “Your belief in my potential empowers me to strive and reach new heights in my career,” said Bagga. “From a young age, I have immersed myself in the world of design and construction, learning invaluable lessons from my father’s wealth of experience. Your investment in me will guarantee a bright future for me, as well as the communities that will benefit from my contributions.”

Jim Clayton, the Timothy R. Price Chair in Real Estate and Infrastructure at Schulich, expressed his gratitude for the generosity of the program’s corporate partners: “We are grateful for the continued support of our corporate partners in helping us attract top talent and develop future leaders in the industry. It is an honour for us to be associated with these great companies focused on equitable access to opportunity in the real estate and infrastructure sectors.”

For more information about Schulich’s Master of Real Estate & Infrastructure program, visit Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure | Schulich School of Business (