ANNOUNCING THE 2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Congratulations to our 2021 Past President’s Scholarship award winners! They join the 46 other deserving students who have received scholarships since the program’s inception in 2007.

First-place winners Hana Mirbagheri and Sarah Ahmed will attend the University of Toronto and University of Waterloo, respectively. Hana will study Engineering Science to become a biomedical engineer and design prosthetic limbs. Sarah will pursue Mechatronics Engineering with a goal to create a startup to utilize robotics to generate affordable green energy.

Matthew Berger and Alexa Amelio are the second-place winners. Matthew will join the University of Waterloo in the Honours Mathematics program and hopes to work in the field of data analysis or cybersecurity. Alexa will attend Queen's University in their Commerce program and plans to pursue a career in either corporate finance, investment banking or consulting.

Thank you to all scholarship applicants for your submissions, and we wish you success in your future studies.

 

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

We’re adding more scholarships! Starting in 2022, we’ll recognize the efforts of four more final-year secondary students by handing out two third-place awards of $2,000 each and two fourth-place awards of $1,500 each. These new scholarships are in addition to the two $5,000 first-place, and two $2,500 second-place scholarships already awarded.

This year, TRREB’s Past President’s Scholarship program marked its 15th year of awarding scholarships on behalf of our Members to graduating high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Christine Shallhorn, Manager, Copy Editing & Corporate Giving, in the Communications and Government Affairs Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Application

Please check back in early February 2022 for information on how to apply for the Past President’s Scholarship.

2021 Winners

Topic #1

For many young Canadians, the dream of home ownership feels like an impossible reality. After graduating and starting your desired career, do you think home ownership will be attainable for you?

 


Topic #2

The GTA’s population is expected to grow to more than 10 million people by 2041. How do you think local governments should address the housing needs of a growing population?

 

Past Winners

2020

  • 1 - The Future of the GTA’s Housing Market: Bright but Tight by Holden Kunde
  • 1 - The Real State of Toronto’s Real Estate by Kothai Gunaratnam
  • 2 - The Future of Toronto Housing: Taller, Smarter, Greener by Anika Shenoy
  • 2 - Widening the Belt: Improving Affordability through Better Transportation Links by Eric Xu

2019

  • 1 - Do you think home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Elisa Verrilli
  • 1 - What is the “missing middle” in housing, and do you think it will impact the issues facing the GTA real estate marketplace? by Sukhamrit Singh
  • 2 - Do you think home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Chloe Drury
  • 2 - What is the “missing middle” in housing, and do you think it will impact the issues facing the GTA real estate marketplace? by Brett Gugel

2018

  • 1 - In April 2017, the Ontario government released its Fair Housing Plan, which included the imposition of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. In your opinion, was it wise to implement this tax on foreign buyers of homes? Why or why not? by Kristina Miller
  • 1 - Governments at all levels have announced changes or proposals to address affordability issues when it comes to both ownership and rental housing across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Do you think recent measures such as a possible Toronto vacancy tax, the new OSFI mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages, the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, and short-term rental (home sharing economy) regulations in Toronto are adequate to address affordability concerns? by Tega Aror
  • 2 - In April 2017, the Ontario government released its Fair Housing Plan, which included the imposition of a 15 per cent Non-Resident Speculation Tax in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. In your opinion, was it wise to implement this tax on foreign buyers of homes? Why or why not? by Milen Negash
  • 2 - Governments at all levels have announced changes or proposals to address affordability issues when it comes to both ownership and rental housing across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Do you think recent measures such as a possible Toronto vacancy tax, the new OSFI mortgage stress test for uninsured mortgages, the Ontario Fair Housing Plan, and short-term rental (home sharing economy) regulations in Toronto are adequate to address affordability concerns? by Alex Hu

2017

  • 1 - Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not? by Janae Knott
  • 1 - Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Xia (Sophia) Ge
  • 2 - Do you think better transportation infrastructure would improve housing affordability in the GTA? Why or why not? by Brittany Chang-Kit
  • 2 - Do you believe home ownership will be attainable for you in the future? Why or why not? by Mica Ong

2016

  • 1 - Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Jingyuan Helen Feng
  • 1 - Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Mansi Sheth
  • 2 - Home ownership is widely accepted as a cornerstone of good financial planning and wealth management for individuals and families. In contrast, the benefits of home ownership on other aspects of the lives of individuals and families gets much less attention. How and why can owning a home impact non-financial aspects of individuals' and families' lives, such as social and community interaction, health and well-being, and educational achievement? by Janet Wang
  • 2 - Although "affordable housing" is a priority public policy issue, there is often differing and competing understandings of what this term includes. In some instances, "affordable housing" refers only to government subsidized social housing units, and in other instances it is more broadly defined to refer to the affordability of the broader, non-government subsidized, rental and ownership real estate markets. Provide an analysis of government definitions of "affordable housing", and articulate how public policies regarding "affordable housing" may or may not affect the affordability of housing in general. by Tiffany Bouchard

2015

  • 1 - As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Jacob Broz
  • 1 - How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Andrew Kwong
  • 2 - As our changing population produces new communities, there are many considerations to be addressed in making these communities successful. Identify a key consideration that you feel needs to be addressed to ensure success. by Amy Qiu
  • 2 - How may the Pan Am Games impact the surrounding communities prior to, during, and once the games have concluded? by Fairoza Manjra

2014

  • 1 - What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Martin Lai
  • 1 - Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Aravind Rajendran
  • 2 - What programs or policies would you advocate to make home ownership more attainable? by Eva Xu
  • 2 - Share your vision for the optimization of the GTA’s infrastructure, and include observations from other major international cities by Natalia Szatoba

2013

  • 1 - What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Michelle Kwong
  • 1 - Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Maxwell Tran
  • 2 - What municipal revenue sources do you think the City of Toronto might utilize for future infrastructure funding? by Rebecca Steele
  • 2 - Which is a more viable financial decision today, homeownership or renting? What do you think is the impact of this decision on society? by Natalie Wainwright

2012

  • 1 - What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples). by Kelsey Chisamore-Johnston
  • 1 - Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Amanda Cannon
  • 2 - What initiatives could be implemented in the GTA to solve our gridlock crisis? (You may include, but are not limited to, worldwide initiatives and examples.) by Tucker McLachlan
  • 2 - Do you think home ownership in the GTA remains attainable and/or desirable? by Yusuf Sharif Yusuf

2011

  • 1 - How do you envision the ideal GTA community? (residentially and/or commercially) by Christina Chong
  • 2 - Like the “Doctors Without Borders” concept, what initiatives could be undertaken by real estate professionals? by Claire Guimond

2010

  • 1 - What impact do you think taxes, such as the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), will have on affordability for the residential or commercial real estate consumer? by Ashley Sewrattan
  • 2 - Quality of Life is an approach that local real estate boards, associations & individual REALTORS® have adopted to demonstrate the commitment of the real estate profession to improve Quality of Life throughout the province of Ontario. What initiatives would advance the Quality of Life principles by the year 2020? by Brianna Smrke

2009

  • 1 - What initiatives would you like to see embraced by government & real estate developers to help create environmentally conscious communities in the GTA? by Konrad Teichman
  • 2 - How will GTA real estate be impacted by rising energy costs & uncertain international economies? by Cristiana Mergianian

2008

  • 1 - How does a Grow Op/Chem Lab, operating either residentially or commercially, impact the broader community? by Cathleen Brennan
  • 2 - What specific modifications would you make to Ontario building practices (residentially and/or commercially) to compensate for the effects of global warming & extreme weather conditions? by Monika Mahindra

2007

  • 1 - Should property rights be enshrined in the Canadian Constitution? by Adam Kahn
  • 2 - Describe the environmentally friendly home of the future by Rachel Johnston