Equiton Announces Canadian Real Estate Research Partnership with Concordia University

Published On: February 29, 2024Categories: News

BURLINGTON, ON – Equiton, a leading private real estate firm, is excited to announce a new partnership with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University to support innovative research into Canada’s real estate investment landscape. Led by Dr. Erkan Yönder, Associate Professor of Real Estate and Finance, in collaboration with Equiton, the research is expected to break new ground.

“Fresh perspectives serve to benefit the entire industry, from major firms to average Canadians seeking a better understanding of alternative investments,” says Jason Roque, CEO and founder of Equiton. “Dr. Yönder is a leader in his field — we couldn’t ask for a better match.”

Dr. Yönder, whose academic insights have spanned Canada, the U.S., and Europe, is recognized for his applied research into the finances of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), machine learning in real estate, and the financial impacts of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors. Yönder received the high-profile Nick Tyrrell Research Prize for his co-authored research into sustainable buildings’ impacts on REIT portfolios.

Equiton has charted a tremendous growth trajectory since its founding in 2015 and offers diversified strategies focusing on a variety of income-producing multi-residential and commercial properties, as well as several development projects in key markets. Reflecting Equiton’s commitment to its investors and expanding Canadians’ knowledge of real estate, the research partnership was made possible through the creation of the Equiton Research Fund in Real Estate at the John Molson School of Business.

“Erkan has amassed an impressive body of research, and we are delighted to be collaborating with him and his team to advance the pursuit of academic scholarship on the Canadian real estate market,” says Aaron Pittman, Senior Vice President, Head of Canadian Institutional Investments at Equiton.

“Today’s investors increasingly seek the latest insights to help navigate the expanding complexities of their decision-making process,” he continues. “We believe this initiative will shed new light on facets of Canadian real estate such as multi-residential properties, a resilient asset class that in our view represents significant opportunities for growth in the coming years.”


Proudly Canadian-owned and operated, Equiton is a leading private equity firm that delivers solid returns for investors. We believe in making private real estate investing accessible to all Canadians and provide easy access to all types of investment-grade real estate through our proven high-performing investment solutions. We offer true diversification, full transparency, and all the benefits of real estate investing without the difficulties of financing, tenant management, building maintenance or project management.  

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Kathy Gjamovska 
VP, Marketing & Communications