Building a Global Cluster of Innovation in Real Estate and Housing

A Special Gathering of the Industry Innovation Partners at R-LABS

November 28th, 2022
3:00pm – 6:00pm
123 Front St. West, Suite 300


As R-LABS continues to grow companies and expand our partnerships, we are driven to transform the problem-rich real estate and housing industry with the right model, at the right time, in the right place. In November 2022, R-LABS brought together a powerhouse lineup of thought leaders to explore the expanding role of industry innovation and what that could mean for the region, the country, and the world – exploring the evidence of a Global Cluster of Innovation (COI) in Real Estate and Housing in its early formation.

The event featured a presentation by Jerome (Jerry) Engel, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley (Haas), and renowned author of two books: Global Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial Engines of Economic Growth Around the World and Clusters of Innovation in the Age of Disruption. He presented context on other Global Clusters of Innovation, discussed the roles of corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, and set the stage for the panel and group discussions.

Following the presentation, Michael Brooks moderated a panel discussion on industry innovation in real estate and housing with our expert group of panelists – Benjamin Tal, CIBC World Markets; Steve Mennill, CMHC; Jan De Silva, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Yung Wu, MaRS Discovery District; and Blake Hutcheson, OMERS. Each panelist provided unique insights and input as we built the foundation of our Industry Innovation Agenda together.

R-LABS thanks our partners and attendees for a great event! Check out our Events page for the next feature on the real estate Cluster of Innovation coming in November 2023.