Dr. Tsur Somerville is an associate professor, director of the UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate, and holder of the Real Estate Foundation Professorship in Real Estate Finance at the Sauder School of Business at UBC. His primary areas of research are housing markets, Canadian mortgage markets, and real estate development. He has published in all of the leading journals in urban economics and real estate and served on the boards of the top academic organizations and on multiple academic journal editorial boards in these fields. In addition to his academic research, Dr. Somerville is a frequent commentator in the local and national media on real estate issues and gives speeches to diverse sets of groups interested in real estate and urban economics. His involvement with NAIOP stretches back nearly fifteen years. Dr. Somerville received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and his BA from the Hebrew University (Israel) in Economics and East Asian Studies and has been at UBC since 1993.