About Us

Working to maximize the value of the assets and portfolios under our management.


assets under management


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long-term growth for 3M+ Canadian pensioners

GWL Realty Advisors, incorporated in 1993, is a real estate company focused on growth, committed to sustainability, and dedicated to delivering strong, long-term returns for our clients. To do this, we look for opportunities, at home and abroad, to expand our portfolio, initiate rewarding partnerships and establish new investment platforms. We act as trusted stewards of our clients’ assets and the places where our tenants work and our residents live.

The properties we manage and develop and the services we provide have a direct and beneficial impact on many people’s lives. More than 3 million Canadians and 170 pension plans, endowment and labour unions rely upon the steady returns we generate to help fund their pension payments and retirement dreams. Over 23,000 people call our residential properties home, and that number will grow. By living our purpose, we help make life better for millions of Canadians.

Most of the assets we manage are in Canada, but we are also committed to providing opportunities for our clients to invest in the U.S. real estate market through our long-term strategic partnership with Sagard Holdings (Sagard).

We are backed by The Canada Life Assurance Company, a leading Canadian international financial services company; we act with integrity in every transaction, every agreement and every relationship, which makes us a welcome partner. We value our staff and draw upon their creativity and determination, so we can move boldly to achieve our goals – and to develop and manage spaces that engage, excite and inspire.

Our diversified property portfolio is focused on high-quality assets in four proven classes


High-quality properties designed to support businesses and generate returns

As of December 31, 2023

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Decade in Review, 2010 – 2020

At GWL Realty Advisors, we have built a value-generating portfolio founded on high-performing commercial, industrial, residential and retail assets. We have grown while remaining true to our mission to deliver strong, long-term returns for our clients. View our tremendous accomplishments between 2010 and 2020 by visiting our microsite, which celebrates a decade of growth, evolution and achievement as a real estate leader.

Our Services

Our extensive suite of real estate services includes portfolio management, acquisitions and dispositions, development, asset and property management, and leasing, across the full range of office, industrial, retail and multi-residential asset classes.

We also manage three real estate segregated funds, including two of Canada’s largest open-end real estate segregated funds: Great-West Life Real Estate Fund and London Life Real Estate Fund.