Member Spotlight: Marlene Aasen

April 29, 2020

Marlene Aasen, Commercial Mortgage Specialist, RBC Royal Bank

What is your favourite thing about working in Commercial Real Estate?

It’s never boring! I’ve been involved in real estate financing for almost 18 years and after all that time I still come across things I have never seen before. The world of commercial real estate is always changing and I enjoy the part I play in an industry that is always looking for ways to provide innovative solutions for those involved in it. 

In what year did you join Edmonton CREW?  

I have been a member of CREW for 8 years.

Do you serve on any committees for Edmonton CREW? If yes, please tell us which one and what your role is there.

I am a member of the Education Committee and have been since 2013. It has been a fantastic experience! The Committee is comprised of a great group of women from a cross section of roles in the industry. It is as a result of the diversity in the committee that we are able to present a wide variety of topics to the CREW community with the goal of increasing their knowledge in the various parts of the industry.

What are 3 reasons you would encourage a colleague to join CREW?

In no particular order, networking, personal development and support. Through my involvement in CREW I have developed great friendships, discovered business opportunities that otherwise may not have come my way, and learned that there it is a safe environment to ask those “stupid” questions. CREW members support each other and who can’t use more of that in this crazy world.  

What is your best CREW memory to-date? (This could be funny, helpful, transformative, inspirational, etc.)

I have several great CREW memories, but the one that sticks out the most is the very first CREW event I had ever attended. I had been doing a bit of research to find of what kind of industry organizations/associations were in the Edmonton area that I might be able to get involved in, and discovered that there was an organization called CREW that supported the advancement of women in commercial real estate. In speaking with a business associate I discovered that she was a member, and she invited me to attend a function as her guest. I accepted the invitation not really knowing what to expect. I was a bit worried about being the new person entering into environment where there were already well established relationships and trying to “break in”. What I found was a group of welcoming, accomplished and intelligent women who were more than happy to share their insights, support and advice.

Finish this sentence: “I would like other CREW members to call me when…”

Well, I would love for CREW members to call me when they have a financing opportunity, of course, but I would also like them to call if they have any questions regarding financing of commercial properties, or any questions about banking in general.  I may not have all the answers, but I have colleagues across the country who are experts in all aspects of commercial and personal banking that I can reach out to or, connect them with to find those answers.  I would also be happy to hear from anyone with ideas for future Education Committee events.