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Real Estate Forum
December 4-5, 2024
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, TorontoChairs’ Reception – December 3 – Fairmont Royal York

Sharm Powell
Board Trustee, SmartCentres REIT & Independent Investment Committee at BGO (Prime Canadian Property Fund)


Sharm Powell’s career has spanned real estate, banking, brokerage, and investments with extensive experience in property acquisitions, development, and redevelopment, structuring long-term joint ventures, public and private market financing, mergers and acquisitions, public market takeovers and corporate restructurings. Her experience includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), now known as CPP Investments, where she was head of its Real Estate Investments for Canada. She previously headed up CPPIB’s North American retail and US multi-family Real Estate Investments. Prior to joining CPPIB, Ms. Powell worked for eight years on the National Investment Team (Toronto) at CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) and spent eight years at BMO Capital markets in its investment banking group in Toronto, focusing primarily on public real estate companies and REITs. Ms. Powell is currently on the board of Trustees of SmartCentres REIT and is a member of its Investment, Independent, and Compensation & Governance Committees and is the Chair of the latter. She is also a member of BGO’s (formerly BentallGreenOak) Independent Investment Committee for its Prime Canadian Property Fund.

Agenda Sessions

  • Inside the mind: why Canadian real estate is the world’s best kept secret