Sponsor Spotlight: Manulife Investment Management

October 13, 2021

Sponsor Spotlight: Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management develops and manages commercial real estate for thousands of customers around the globe as part of its comprehensive private markets’ capabilities. As of June 30, 2021, the real estate portfolio totals over 62 million square feet of office, industrial, and retail space strategically located in markets across Canada, the U.S., and Asia. The group leverages its global platform and local expertise to provide market-leading solutions for its tenants and deliver results for its partners.     
Additional information about our Real Estate group can be found at manulifeim.com/realestate

What originally drew you to sponsor Edmonton CREW?

Within Manulife Investment Management’s real estate group, we’ve been working hard to understand our role in providing a diverse and equitable workplace. Sponsoring Edmonton Crew allows us to directly support the advancement of women in commercial real estate and provide opportunities for the women within our organization to network, grow as leaders, and advance in the industry.

How does your company support diversity in the CRE industry?

In 2020, our parent company, Manulife, committed to investing more than $3.5 million (CAD) over the next two years to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goals of these investments include increasing the representation of diverse talent at all levels within the organization; creating greater inclusion across the company through enhanced training; and supporting organizations that help Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Along with these initiatives and in addition to already existing gender targets, Manulife has set two additional leadership and recruitment goals: 

  • Increase BIPOC representation in leadership roles by 30% by 2025
  • Annually hire at least 25% BIPOC talent in our graduate program

Within real estate, we’ve been working hard to understand our role in providing a diverse and equitable workplace. Together, we are committed to being transparent about our DEI challenges and taking steps to address them. While we have made progress in some areas, we know we have more work to do and are committed to addressing the needs of our employees, ultimately fostering a culture of inclusivity within all communities where we operate.