I initially joined Slate as an intern while in school. From day one, I was working on really meaningful transactions and was treated like a full member of the team. It was exciting to learn so much in such a short period of time. After experiencing some other companies through my school’s co-op program, I decided I wanted to come back to work with the team at Slate. I joined full-time as an Analyst in the real estate private equity group. After just two years, I’ve been given the opportunity to relocate to our Chicago office, where I am part of the team working to grow the Slate platform in the U.S.
“As long as you have the drive, the work ethic and a willingness to learn and ask questions, you can thrive at Slate.”
When we recruit, we really focus on fit and culture. We value a diversity of voices and opinions around the table. The firm encourages individuals to be themselves, and I never feel like I have to put on my ‘work face’ at the office. We're also encouraged to share our opinions and insights, even if they differ from the majority. Presenting alternate viewpoints and discussing different possible outcomes makes all of our ideas stronger. As long as you have the drive, the work ethic and a willingness to learn and ask questions, you can thrive at Slate.
Slate has a strong brand and reputation in the industry as an employer of choice for young professionals. To me, as an employee, it's very clear that Slate is a place where I can grow and develop – but it speaks volumes that people outside of our organization recognize that as well. There are few companies that provide their employees with the level of flexibility and autonomy that we have at Slate. Junior team members are encouraged and empowered to work across a variety of different projects, even if the work doesn’t fall neatly into their role or function.
The advice I would give to anyone looking for a career at Slate is to put your hand up when an opportunity presents itself. Since joining Slate, I’ve had the chance to work on a large-scale office redevelopment project in Calgary, the acquisition of an 800-acre industrial development site in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area, and a number of other potential acquisition opportunities spanning real estate and infrastructure. These opportunities have allowed me to learn skills and concepts that I am now able to apply to other areas of our business.