President and CEO
James Robertson is the President and CEO of University of Calgary Properties Group, formerly West Campus Development Trust. In joining UCPG in February of 2012, James brings with him diverse work experience in the real estate and development industry. James has a comprehensive understanding of real estate development, working in the private sector, government and non-profit industries, and has a history of building strong and effective relationships with stakeholders and colleagues.
Upon graduating with a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, James started working as a consultant on economic development, housing strategies and property appraisal. In 1997, he moved to Calgary where he joined IBI Group as an associate. His work with IBI included market analysis, feasibility analysis, development planning and approval, which eventually took him to Ottawa for two years to lead IBI’s planning practice.
After returning to Calgary, James joined the City of Calgary, eventually becoming Director of the Office of Land Servicing and Housing and President of Calgary Housing Company. In his role he was responsible for a large and complex series of real estate initiatives ranging from the dramatic expansion of the affordable housing portfolio to enhancing the City’s already significant industrial program, while moving forward with the development of business parks and transit-oriented development sites.