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Real Estate Takes Extreme Steps for United Way


Brookfield SVP Bob MacNicol was one of the 200 sweaty but spirited souls who took part in last week’s Real Estate Climb For United Way, which saw participants from 50 real estate, construction and brokerage companies climb 225 flights of stairs—that’s 4,680 steps—in four of downtown’s tallest office towers: First Canadian Place, TD Centre, Scotia Plaza, Commerce Court West and TD Canada Trust Tower. Bob started an in-house climbing challenge at Brookfield's buildings several years ago; he expanded the event last year to involve the rest of the real estate community.


As of Monday morning the Real Estate Climb—which was neither timed nor a race—had raised $67,000 to support United Way agencies, which deliver health and social services and programs (last year’s total was $80k; the goal for 2014 is $100k). Sponsors were Brookfield, Cadillac Fairview, Dream, GWL Realty Advisors and Oxford. Bob’s team (pictured, Bob with Roz McQueen, Matt Whitty, Jan Sucharda and Adam Kabelik) raised $5,023, the most money so far.