Is a collective movement of commercial real estate and development professionals with the intent to evolve the real estate industry and the workplace across Canada. Our acronym represents who we are: Commercial Real Estate Equity and Diversity Council

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Commercial real estate (CRE) is property used exclusively for business purposes. From a business point of view, commercial real estate is any offering of office, retail, industrial, medical, hospitality, multi-family, land, and other commercial space that can be leased and bought for the use of the business. From an investment point of view, commercial real estate encompasses any type of property, including land, which brings or has the potential to bring income.

Our Vision

The CREED Council believes there is a growing need to be proactive amid the evolution of the workplace in a way that encompasses diversity and inclusion as key priorities in the leadership framework as the forefront for equity. We believe leaders need to prioritize the value of diversity in all facets of the workplace that contributes to improved all-round business performance and ultimately increased engagement for all stakeholders.

Our Mission

The CREED Council aims to deliberately shift the equity and diversity conversation from talk to action through the creation of widely applicable tools and best practices that enhance inclusion in the leadership framework. We aim to create awareness through exploration and education, while integrating equity solutions into enterprise-wide strategy development for business growth and enhanced competitiveness, innovation and profitability.

Statement of Support

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Founding Directors

In 2016, the idea of creating a platform to address and accelerate equity and diversity in the leadership pipeline for the commercial real estate and development industry was founded by Chandran Fernando of Matrix360 Inc. His idea gained momentum in 2017 with the assistance of Joannes Yimbesalu and has since evolved into a formalized Council in 2018, where Chandran’s team gathered over 50 commercial real estate and development professionals. The conversations that followed were intentionally designed to unpack diverse perspectives on how to centralize equity and diversity as key priorities in the industry while formalizing solutions for leaders to advance equity and diversity as business strategy for the future of the workplace.

The CREED Council is purposely centered and directly aligned with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More specifically: SDG 5 Gender Equality, SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, the advancement of SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals.


We are a cross section of commercial real estate and development (CRED) professionals with a diverse tenure of leadership across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) in Canada. Our sectors of expertise encompasses: asset management, accounting, construction, development, facilities, finance, human resources, investments, leasing, legal, property management, and operations -all facets that are connected to and have critical impact on the workplace in the CRED industry.

The Importance of Commercial Real Estate and Development

Real estate is about communities. It encompasses all aspects of human interaction and it’s the vehicle that connects people, work, place, play and space. The commercial real estate and development industry (CRED) is integral for its impact on human connectivity; and is a key driving force for the Canadian economy, accounting for over 13% of the GDP of Canada, or roughly over $250 Billion.