Our Company

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


total 2020 return
(almost 800 basis points more than the one-year
MSCI Canada Property Index)


real estate transactions completed since 1996


development projects completed since 1996


consecutive GRESB Green Star rankings

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

Building upon our existing operations in Canada, GWL Realty Advisors entered the U.S. in 2018 with the acquisition of EverWest Real Estate Investors, a Denver-based real estate investment and operating company with six offices across the U.S. EverWest manages separate accounts and closed-end funds on behalf of institutional and high net worth clients with a primary focus on properties in the western U.S.

Later in 2018, GWL Realty Advisors acquired Guggenheim Real Estate LLC (GRE), the real estate private equity platform of Guggenheim Investments. Combining GRE’s investment expertise and open-end real estate product offerings with EverWest’s separate account, closed-end funds and structural financial products make for a scalable and unified U.S. platform.

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 780 plus 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 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.

Organization Structure

In 2018, Great-West LifeCo Inc. established a global real estate group with a mandate to maximize scale and increase global investment opportunities. Collectively, this division manages approximately $27B in real estate assets across the globe, and is led by Paul Finkbeiner, Executive Vice-President, Global Head of Real Estate, who was formerly President of GWL Realty Advisors.