9 March, 2016

Program pairs leading CEOs with university students


ORONTO ‒ Altus Group Limited (“Altus Group”) (TSX:AIF) Chief Executive Officer Robert Courteau was pleased to be chosen for the second consecutive year as one of the 18 CEOs to participate in Odgers Berndtson’s CEO x 1 Day, a program that selects third and fourth year university students to spend a day shadowing some of the country’s top CEOs.

Sayjon Ariyarathnam, a fourth year student completing his B.A. Honours with a Double Major in Criminology & Human Rights and Equity Studies at York University, was paired with Altus Group’s CEO Robert Courteau. Ariyarathnam spent the day shadowing Courteau and accompanying him to meetings with senior staff.

“It was a great experience being paired with one of Canada’s most promising future leaders,” said Bob Courteau, CEO, Altus Group. “Spending the day with Sayjon and gaining his perspective as well as being able to share some of the insights and lessons I’ve gained over the course of my career was a rewarding experience. Sayjon is an ambitious and accomplished student and was a great addition to our team for the day.”

Designed to help the students gain insight into what it takes to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation and steer companies to success, the CEO x 1 Day program gives them the opportunity to learn from some of Canada’s best-performing executives who run dynamic, expansive companies.

“Surrounded by leaders in the university setting, it was no surprise to see very similar traits being exemplified by Bob Courteau at Altus Group. I had the opportunity to shadow Bob for a day, getting to know some of the high level executive decisions that a CEO makes. Needless to say, I gained some valuable insight throughout the day, primarily concerning a future career path,” said Sayjon Ariyarathnam, York University student.  “As a CEO, he had a leadership style that was inclusive and encouraging while simultaneously being task-oriented and driven. If I was to point to one nugget of wisdom that I learned from this entire experience, I would say that knowing the general direction of where you want to go is imperative, but one also needs to be open to detours along the way. Bob was an incredible mentor and I intend on keeping him in my network while I develop my career.”                                                                                          

About Altus Group Limited

Altus Group Limited is a leading provider of independent advisory services, software, and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry. Each of our five core practices – Altus Analytics Solutions, Research, Valuation and Advisory, Property Tax Consulting, Cost Consulting and Project Management, and Geomatics – embody and reflect decades of experience, a broad range of expertise, and leading edge technology. Our offerings empower clients to analyze, gain market insight and recognize value on their real estate investments. Headquartered in Canada, we have approximately 2,300 employees around the world, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our clients include some of the world’s largest real estate industry participants, spread across a broad variety of sectors. Altus Group pays a quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share and our securities are traded on the TSX under the symbols AIF and AIF.DB.A.

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