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The Atlantic Real Estate Forum Chair’s Reception is taking place at McInnes Cooper at Purdy’s Wharf on Wednesday, 31 May.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.
Bob Mussett, Senior Vice President & Senior Managing Director, Atlantic Canada | CBRE Limited
Robert Richardson, Executive Vice President, Killam Apartment REIT
The political shift in Washington has unleashed investor ‘animal spirits’ and led many to believe that fiscal policy will now grab the torch from years of stimulating monetary policy. Some measures will work, others will not due to structural economic constraints, and identifying winners and losers will have critical implications for the investing landscape.
David Rosenberg, Chief Economist & Strategist, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
With special attention to the Atlantic Canadian market, Benjamin Tal will offer his insight on domestic issues that are driving the local and national economy. He will also comment on monetary policy, rate trends, and how demographic trends will impact economic growth. What is the outlook for employment and spending growth and what are the key economic engines driving job creation? Benjamin consistently receives very positive feedback as a speaker at our conferences and we are pleased to welcome him back to share his leading-edge opinions and well formulated conclusions.
Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Known throughout Atlantic Canada for their success and focus, Danny and Kevin Murphy join the Atlantic Real Estate Forum for an insightful and informative session into their professional and personal background and future. With the Murphy family roots dating back to the early 1800’s in PEI, their enormous success is a local story that will be shared in conversation with the forum audience.
Bill MacAvoy, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic
Danny Murphy, Founder, D.P Murphy Inc.
Kevin Murphy, Founder, Murphy Hospitality Group
The session will open with a brief overview from a number of major industry players from outside the region. The panel will address a range of questions including: What have been the major challenges facing investors trying to buy assets in Atlantic Canada? What is the profile of investors who are looking at these markets? How has new development and supply fluctuations impacted decision making? Which product types appear to be most strongly favored by investors? What leasing decisions are they making? How does investment allocation in Atlantic Canada compare with other Canadian regions?
Andrew Bergen, Vice President, CBRE Limited
Scott Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer, Slate Office REIT
Kenzie MacDonald, Director, Asset Management – Commercial & Multi-Residential, GWL Realty Advisors
Blair McCreadie, Senior Vice President, Fund Manager, Fiera Properties Limited
Michael Tsourounis, Managing Director, Direct Investments, Timbercreek Asset Management
What are the new space usage and optimization ideas and designs coming over the near, medium and long-term? How are breakthrough technologies going to change the design of our office, retail and industrial space? How is the multi-residential community evolving with new demands from technological and sustainable savvy tenants and end user buyers? Come and hear what innovations are at the forefront of our industry.
Larry Freeman, Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Keri Koch, Principal, Design 360 Inc.
Mike McLean, Vice President, Development, Killam Apartment REIT
Carl Purvis, Planning Application Program Manager, Halifax Regional Municipality
Kourosh Rad, Vice President, Strategy, Compass Commercial Realty
Joe Zareski, Regional Director, Atlantic, Architecture49
This session will provide an in-depth look at major transactions across the region. What key deals took place over the past 12 months? Who is buying, and who is selling? What changes have occurred in the sector and what are the impacts? Our panel of leading industry experts will provide an extensive look at deal details, motivations, return expectations, and financing conditions. We will cover the market from smaller private transactions to those of large institutions.
Todd Bechard, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Cominar REIT
Michael Brown, Broker, Managing Director, Avison Young
Chris Carter, Vice President, CBRE Limited
Ian Franklin, Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield Atlantic
Art Savary, Senior Director, Altus Expert Services, Altus Group
Greg Taylor, Vice President, Managing Director, Investment Sales, Colliers International
This session will examine some of the major housing developments underway in the markets including rental, seniors, 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.
Anne Morash, Senior Vice President, Multi-Residential, GWL Realty Advisors
Ruth Buckle, Vice President, Property Management, Killam Apartment REIT
Ross Cantwell, President, Cantwell & Company Ltd.
Justin Ladha, Vice President, KMK Capital Group of Companies
Henry Morton, President, Campus Suites
The Ivany Commission proposed 19 “stretch” or visionary goals to encourage Nova Scotians to aim for profound change. How are they tracking to their goals? What hurdles and opportunities have presented themselves since the report was issued? Ray Ivany will share his insights and provide forum participants with an in-depth look at where they stand today.
Ray Ivany, President and Vice-Chancellor, Acadia University
A discussion focusing on the debt markets and examining what borrowers can expect for the remainder of 2017 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, CFO & Secretary, Crombie REIT
Michael Boutilier, Director – Real Estate, Royal Bank of Canada
Krissy Fry, Manager, Multi-Unit Client Relations, CMHC
Bill Kwiecien, Regional Director, Atlantic Region, First National Financial LP
Zach Pendley, Partner and Senior Vice President, EY Orenda Corporate Finance
Glenn Umlah, Principal, Montrose Atlantic
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?
Victor J. Goldberg
Victor J. Goldberg, Partner, Cox & Palmer
Stephen Hefferton, Director Atlantic Canada, Slate Office REIT
Brian Toole, Principal, Partners Global Corporate Real Estate
Duncan Whitcomb, Manager Commercial Leasing Sales, Martek Morgan Finch Incorporated
E-commerce is having a disruptive impact on traditional industrial and retail real estate. All stages of production and delivery are being affected which translates into a shifting bricks and mortar market. Global retailers like Amazon are leading the way in terms of e-commerce delivery and warehousing in addition to their multi-faceted sales approach. While the traditional shifts, new opportunities are also opening with same day delivery and experience retail outlets. How do you capitalize on these shifting markets and make strategic decisions on asset plans for your retail and industrial properties?
Nurit Altman, Partner, Brookfield Financial
Iain Ferguson, Executive Vice President, CBRE Calgary
David Guest, Manager Real Estate & Development, IKEA Properties Limited
Peter Mackenzie, EVP & Chief Investment Officer, Plaza Retail REIT
Blaise Morrison, Vice President, Eastern Region, 20 VIC
An Atlantic Canada focused discussion with two senior real estate executives as they provide their perspective on real estate market fundamentals and beyond. Doug will offer his insights on how he arrived in his current positions, what he sees occurring over the next 12 to 18 months and his strategic thinking on where real estate is heading.
Philip Fraser, President & Chief Executive Officer, Killam Apartment REIT
Doug McGregor, Group Head, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services Chairman and CEO, RBC Capital Markets