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The Atlantic Real Estate Forum Chairs’ reception is taking place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel on Tuesday, 11 June. It is an ideal opportunity for informal networking and meeting with other delegates the evening prior to the Forum and we hope to see you there.
The Reception is included in the Forum registration and is nontransferable. Name badges will be provided on the evening.
Bill MacAvoy, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic
Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Port of Halifax
This presentation will discuss the economic outlook for Canada and the Atlantic Provinces over the next 12 months. What is the impact of the volatile global geopolitical order? How do the prospects for Atlantic Canada compare with other Canadian provinces?
Ian Munro, Chief Economist, Halifax Partnership
Explore the current trends that are changing the commercial real estate landscape including these top trends. Start your day with an overview of major themes and trends that will be explored through the Forum. With a rapid conversation approach, leading experts will discuss what they are seeing in the market today and how they are preparing for the future. Conversations will include:
Joanne Slaney, Vice President, Atlantic Canada, Altus Group
Jennifer Angel, President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia
Cheryl Fraser, Chief Talent Officer, VP Communications, Crombie REIT
Justin Ladha, Chief Executive Officer, KMK Capital Inc.
Philip Fraser, President & Chief Executive Officer, Killam Apartment REIT
We are honored to host Philip Fraser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Killam. Philip has held this position since the inception of Killam Properties Inc., the predecessor of Killam Apartment REIT, in May 2000. He has worked in the real estate industry for 29 years and holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's University, a Master of Urban and Rural Planning and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. Philip is a member of Board of Governors of St. Mary's University and also serves on the Board's executive committee, advancement committee and honorary degree committee. His breadth and depth of the Atlantic market is notable, and we are very excited to hear his thoughts both past and future on where we are headed and lessons learned.
Robert Mussett, Senior Vice President & Senior Managing Director, CBRE
A panel of industry experts specializing in investment and leasing transactions will discuss past, current and anticipated deals across the region. What players have entered the market and which have left over the past 24 months? How has the market shifted over the past two years in terms of investor profile, deal structure and capital sources?
William Secnik, Senior Vice President, Investments, Fiera Properties
Chris Carter, Vice President, CBRE Limited
Ian Franklin, Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic
Art Savary, Senior Director, Altus Expert Services, Altus Group
Matthew Smith, Executive Vice President & National Practice Lead, Capital Markets, National Retail Investment Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
Investing in alternative real estate asset classes is not simple nor is there an abundance of information in the market compared to traditional office, retail and industrial properties. What are the details, opportunities, underwriting methods that investors need to be aware of? What properties actually fall into the alternative real estate category? This session will explore various types of properties outside the traditional categories and look at return expectations, financing options and investment strategies.
Todd Bechard, Principal, BEC Realty Advisors Inc.
Krista Dempsey, Vice President, Real Estate, Halifax Port Authority
Jeff McAllister, Vice President, Corporate Development, Bonnefield
Scott McEwen, Senior Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Alternative Assets, CBRE Limited
Water penetration through a building can be devastating for owners andmanagers. From rising sea levels, to increase storm activity and older buildingsthis panel will explore how owners, operators and municipalities are managingthe risks of water from top down, bottom up and sideways.
Michael Brown, Broker, Managing Director, Avison Young
Trevor Houweling, Operations Manager & Regional Practice Leader, Building Science & Sustainability, Pinchin LeBlanc
Brian Jessop, Director, Operations, Killam Apartment REIT
Jason Sinyard, Deputy, City Manager Planning,Engineering & Regulatory Services, City of St. John's
This session will examine some of the major housing developments underway in the markets including rental, seniors, hotel, student, single family home and condominium. Atlantic Canadian urban centers have recently experienced growth in the housing sector. Is the flight to urban centers from rural areas over or will it continue? What insights can we learn from those actively in the market? Join this session to find out.
Greg Taylor, Vice President, Managing Director, Investment Sales, Colliers International
Ruth Buckle, Vice President, Property Management, Killam Apartment REIT
Danny Chedrawe, President, Westwood Developments Ltd.
Katelyn MacLeod, Senior Analyst, Economics, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Michael Tsourounis, Managing Director, Direct Investments, Timbercreek Asset Management
Judy Wall, President, East Port Properties
Judy Wall has been involved in the commercial real estate industry for over three decades. Judy started with the Lindsay family at Purdy’s Wharf in Halifax, where she developed, leased, and managed more than three million square feet of first-class office and industrial buildings. Judy also led the design and construction of 351 Water Street, the first new office building in St. Johns in 25 years as well as the development and leasing of the Beclin Business Park a 250,000 sq. ft. industrial campus in Mount Pearl. All of these developments have now been LEED® Certified, with 351 Water Street achieving Gold Certification. She is currently working on developing the next generation of warehouses at the Wilkinson project, the only industrial building included in the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building pilot project. Judy’s career has spanned multiple roles and asset classes and we are honored to have her join us to learn more about her experience and views on the industry going forward.
Karen Oldfield, President & CEO, Port of HalifaX
A discussion focusing on the debt markets and examining what borrowers can expect for the remainder of 2019 and beyond. Who are the most active lenders in Atlantic Canada and what are they looking for? How are they likely to assess a deal and price it? Are there any property classes or cities/provinces are they avoiding, reducing exposure to, or increasing pricing for? How will the strategies vary among the various types of debt lenders – from major banks and MICs to credits unions and private sources? How available are mezzanine financing and other secondary sources of debt?
Glenn Hynes, Executive Vice President, COO, CFO & Secretary, Crombie REIT
Floriana Cipollone, Chief Financial Officer, Plaza REIT
Jody Comeau, Assistant Vice President, Commercial Financing, First National Financial LP
Krissy Fry, Vice President, Real Estate Finance, CMLS Financial Ltd.
Matthew Pendlebury, Vice President, Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE Limited
Richard Tower, Managing Partner & Vice President, iQ Commercial Mortgage Strategy Inc.
This session will examine the current trends and outlook for the office markets in Halifax/Dartmouth, St John’s, Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. Where are the leasing and investment fundamentals in key cities now? What does the future hold for the downtown and suburban office markets in key regional cities? How much development is in the pipeline now and what is being retrofitted or repurposed? How are Class B properties performing compared to Class A space? What strategies are smaller landlords pursuing in these markets?
George Monroe, Partner, McInnes Cooper
Steven Dexter, Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Jeremy Kaupp, Director, Asset Manager, Slate Asset Management L.P.
Kenzie MacDonald, Director, Asset Management, Commercial & Multi-Residential, GWL Realty Advisors
Port and waterfront cities offer unique opportunities and challenges that are specific to their geographic location. These will be explored in terms of retail markets, supply chain and overall logistics. Also covered will be specific challenges and solutions that municipalities have found to be successful. What are the issues that arise from owning assets in these markets? With an overview on the retail and industrial markets across the region and focus on waterfront cities, this session will offer an incredible amount of information to all those that are impacted by either retail or industrial properties.
Larry Freeman, Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Maria Beirnes, Manager, Asset Management, Fiera Properties
Joanne Earle, Commercial Sales & Leasing, Cushman & Wakefield
James Petrie, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Plaza REIT
Megan Pfrimmer, Vice President, Investments, Slate Asset Management L.P.
An Atlantic Canada focused discussion with senior real estate executives as they provide their perspective on real estate market fundamentals for 2019 and beyond. They will offer their insights on what they see occurring over the next 24 months, and their strategic thinking going forward. Among the other questions to be examined:
Bill MacAvoy, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic
Scott Antoniak, Managing Director, Slate Asset Management L.P.
Donald Clow, President & Chief Executive Officer, Crombie REIT
Blair McCreadie, Executive Vice President, Fund Manager, Fiera Properties Ltd.
Robert Richardson, Executive Vice President, Killam Apartment REIT