2016 Program

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Monday, May 9

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CHAIRS’ RECEPTION – HOSTED BY ALTUS GROUP

Exclusive networking reception for conference delegates will be held at the Delta Toronto (75 Lower Simcoe Street), SOCO Ballroom BC. Limited passes are available. Be sure to RSVP when registering for the conference.


Tuesday, May 10

7:15 AM
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 AM
OPENING REMARKS: CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Brian McCauley

Dermot Sweeny

Brian McCauley, President & COO, Concert Properties Ltd.
Dermot Sweeny, President, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.


8:05 AM
ECONOMIC OVERVIEW: WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR LAND AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY?

With special attention to the development market including residential and commercial, Benjamin Tal will offer his insight on global and domestic issues that are driving the broader economy. He will also comment on monetary policy, rate trends, demographic trends and how geo-political and geo-economic 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.

Brian McCauley

Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.


8:35 AM
2020 VISION IN THE GTA PROPERTY MARKETS

Are the GTA property development markets at a turning point after a two decade run? What is happening in the land and housing markets today, where are they headed and what are the key risks that need to be managed? George Carras’ presentation will provide a strategic review of the market conditions today and provide unique insights that will be critical to successful navigation of these markets in the future.

George Carras, President, RealStrategies Inc., Founder RealNet Canada Inc. (now part of Altus Group)


9:05 AM
MAJOR TRANSACTION ACTIVITY IN THE CANADIAN LAND MARKET: WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND THE HEADLINES?

Join this session as a panel of industry experts specializing in land sales and valuations, discuss current market conditions across Canada. What deals have been completed over the past 12 months and what sites are on the market, or coming to market, in the near term? How has the market shifted over the past year in terms of investor profile, deal structure and capital sources?

John Galluzzo

Casey Gallagher

Jon Ramscar

Jeff Thomas

Moderator:
John Galluzzo, Senior Director, Land Valuations, Altus Group

Panel:
Casey Gallagher, Senior Vice President, CBRE Limited
Jon Ramscar, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets JLL
Jeff Thomas, Managing Partner & Broker, Ashlar Urban Realty Inc.

9:50 AM
MORNING REFRESHMENTS

10:20 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT A1, A2, A3 or A4)
SESSION A1:
RENTAL MARKET ACTIVITY: PURPOSE BUILT, EXTENDED STAY HOTEL, STUDENT HOUSING & SENIORS COMMUNITIES ACROSS CANADA

The rental market includes many different segments. From purpose built rental to extended stay hotels and everything in between. What trends and opportunities are coming forward that will impact investment decisions over the next 12-24 months? How have economic conditions impacted select communities nationally and what are owners doing to mitigate these risks? Can we leverage lessons learned at this point in the cycle and if so – what are they? From top to bottom – the multi-family market in Canada will be explored in this insightful session.

Aik Aliferis

Brian Athey

Henry Morton

Carey Poon

Jack Winberg

Moderator:
Aik Aliferis, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Primecorp Commercial Realty Inc.

Panel:
Brian Athey, Vice President, Development, Morguard

Henry Morton, President, Campus Suites
Carey Poon, Director, Altus Group
Jack Winberg, Chief Executive Officer, The Rockport Group of Companies

SESSION A2:
CASE STUDIES: MAJOR MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENTS ACROSS CANADA

With an influx of Super Projects in various stages of planning, this session will provide an update and in addition showcase some key developments that will be shaping our cities in the years to come. The conversation will explore next steps in the process, how infrastructure will be integrated, how is mix-use playing a role in the overall plans and include discussion on how developers are getting creative with partnerships, design and architecture.

Lisa Borsook

Derek Goring

Anna Madeira

Chris Phillips

Cory Wosnack

Moderator:
Lisa Borsook, Executive Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Panel:
Derek Goring, Vice President, Development, First Gulf Corporation

Anna Madeira, Principal, Quadrangle Architects

Chris Phillips, Senior Advisor, West Harbour Waterfront Plan, City of Hamilton

Cory Wosnack, Principal, Avison Young


SESSION A3:
INTENSIFICATION AND TRANSIT: CREATING NEW DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERSHIPS

Transit is a hot topic that is gripping Canadian cities and is directly impacted by intensification policies at the municipal and provincial levels. Transit Orientated Development (TOD) seems to be the buzz phrase when looking at densification. How do you leverage existing systems to encourage municipalities to allow for creativity along already built lines and equally persuade buyers to invest in these areas? Creating communities around stations should be a key focus in addition increasing the current capacity of overloaded systems. What kinds of partnerships between government and within the private sector are being achieved to encourage TOD? What are other cities both nationally and globally that could be considered progressive and how can we learn and apply those techniques to our own city and community building initiatives?

John Marotta

Bill Bryck

Margaret Knowles

Bruce McCuaig

Rodney McDonald

Craig Lametti

Speaker:
John Marotta
, Senior Vice President, Development, Eastern Canada, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Panel:
Bill Bryck
, President & CEO, Build Toronto Inc.

Margaret Knowles, Senior Vice President, Development, Morguard

Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolink

Rodney McDonald, Principal, Practice Leader, Consulting & Project Management Services, Avison Young

Craig Lametti, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.


SESSION A4:
CLIMATE & URBANISM: HOW IS IT AFFECTING COMMUNITIES AND DEVELOPMENTS?

How is climate change impacting real estate developments? How is this complex phenomenon adding increased risks and vulnerabilities to our cities? How can we leverage our understanding of environmental design, protective infrastructure and relocation strategies to offset risk?

Albert Engel

Travis Allan

John Georgakopoulos

Francisca Quinn

Jiri Skopek

Moderator:
Albert Engel, Partner, Folger Rubinoff

Panel:
Travis Allan, Partner, DeMarco Allan LLP

John Georgakopoulos, Partner, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
Francisca Quinn, Managing Partner, Quinn & Partners Inc.

Jiri Skopek, Managing Director, Sustainability, JLL


11:20 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT B1, B2, B3 or B4)
SESSION B1:
FINANCING TODAY: WHAT NEW PRODUCTS ARE ON THE MARKET AND WHERE IS AVAILABILITY, SPREADS AND RISK APPETITE HEADING?

What type of debt, terms, rates and ratios are available today for development? This session will explore the construction and development debt market over the past 12 months and take a forward look at pending charges. What are the different considerations between commercial and residential debt and small and large developers? As non-traditional or alternative lending sources start to emerge, what are the implications, if any, for traditional lenders?

Charlene Schafer

Scott Cameron

Paul Chin

Chad Gemmell

Bruno Iacovetta

Ari Silverberg

Moderator:
Charlene Schafer, Lawyer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Panel:
Scott Cameron, President & Founder Cameron Stephens Mortgage Capital Ltd.

Paul Chin, Executive Vice President, Real Estate Lending, Otéra Capital Inc.
Chad Gemmell, Co-Founder, R2CROWD & Vice President, JLL

Bruno Iacovetta, Managing Director, MCAP Financial Corporation

Ari Silverberg, President, Harbour Equity Capital Corp.


SESSION B2:
INCLUSIONARY ZONING & COMMUNITY HUBS: THE KEY FACTS THAT DEVELOPERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT INCLUSIONARY ZONING & WHAT ROLE WILL  COMMUNITY HUBS PLAY TOGETHER WITH AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO ENHANCE THE OVERALL QUALITY OF NEIGHBOURHOODS

Government policies to enhance the supply of affordable housing and improve the quality of community life are a high priority. This session will open with an insightful presentation examining key elements of the recently announced policy about inclusionary zoning, e.g. what is it; where has been used; what is fundamental to making it effective; how is the affordability of the units protected; who pays for it; and what are the roles of developers, municipalities and non-profits. There will also be some discussion about the Province’s framework to create community hubs, e.g. public spaces that offer co-located or integrated services such as education, health care and social services. Each hub is as unique as the community it serves. What do developers need to understand about these two initiatives and their implications for community development going forward.

John Fox

Stephen Diamond

Heather Grey-Wolf

Karen Pitre

Moderator:
John Fox
, Real Estate, Partner, Robins Appleby LLP

Panel:
Stephen Diamond, President & CEO, Diamond Corp.
Heather Grey-Wolf, Vice President, Development, Realstar Group

Karen Pitre, Special Advisor on Community Hubs, Community Hubs Secretariat


SESSION B3:
THE CHANGING FACE OF INDUSTRIAL: HOW THE LOGISTICS MARKET IS BEING IMPACTED BY ECOMMERCE AND OTHER TRENDS

Fifteen years can be life changing. According to McKinsey & Company, in 2000 only 12% of the world’s population owned a mobile phone – that now stands at 60%. Facebook, that currently has some 1.5 billion users, hadn’t even launched 15 years ago. The rapid changes of the world economy are no ordinary disrupters and the logistic and retail markets are at the forefront of these changes. The way we consume is changing before our eyes! It appears that after lagging behind other sectors, logistic companies are advancing towards their tipping point. This panel will provide an overview on the Canadian logistics market and commentary on how what we can expect to see over the next few years.

Gord Cook

Matthew Brown

Matthew Johnson

Jeff Miller

Moderator:
Gord Cook
, Executive Vice President, Colliers International

Panel:
Matthew Brown, Senior Vice President, CBRE Limited
Matthew Johnson, Executive Director, Investments, KingSett Capital
Jeff Miller, Vice President, Industrial, Oxford Properties Group Inc.

SESSION B4:
ENVIRONMENT & URBANISM: HOW SUSTAINABILITY IS EVOLVING ACROSS THE MARKET

What is in store for cities in terms of water, health, biodiversity, food, pollution, resource consumption and waste management to name a few? How can we design and implement sustainable outcomes for cities to reduce their dependence on our pressured resources, live in a more symbiotic relationship with nature resulting in healthier environments.

Albert Engel

Joanna Kyriazis

Julia Langer

Jiri Skopek

Moderator:
Albert Engel, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Folger Rubinoff

Panel:
Joanna Kyriazis, 
Policy Director, Zizzo Strategy Inc.
Julia Langer, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Jiri Skopek, Managing Director, Sustainability, JLL


12:20 PM
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
LUNCHEON REFRESHMENTS

1:00 PM
ICONIC DEVELOPER SERIES: SAM MIZRAHI AND STUART LAZIER IN CONVERSATION ON THE ONE

Stuart Lazier

Sam Mizrahi

Stuart Lazier, Partner & CEO, Fiera Properties
Sam Mizrahi, President, Mizrahi Developments


1:45 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT C1, C2, C3 or C4)
SESSION C1:
GREAT STREETS: GETTING THE DESIGN OF BUILDINGS RIGHT AT GROUND LEVEL

This panel will point out key design elements making streets successful and desirable destinations for pedestrians, retailers and cultural city life. How can we design new buildings with the quality, scale and textures that produce walkable and lively pedestrian experiences, while still offering flexible commercial spaces and density above? Whether designing a new condo, a restaurant, office space or retail, the discussion will focus on design strategies for new buildings that can create great city streets at ground level.

Peter Halsall

Steven Alikakos

Sam Barbieri

Mark Emery

Jeff Hull

Gianpiero Pugliese

Moderator:
Peter Halsall, Executive Director, Canadian Urban Institute

Panel:
Steven Alikakos, President Canada & Broker of Record, RKF
Sam Barbieri, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, LaSalle Investment Management

Mark Emery, President, Weston Consulting

Jeff Hull, President, Hullmark Development Ltd.
Gianpiero Pugliese, Founding Principal, Audax Architecture


SESSION C2:
A LOOK AT OFFICE MARKETS IN THREE OF CANADA’S MAJOR MARKETS

This time last year it was projected that Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary would add an additional 11 million sq. ft. of new product to the Canadian market over the near term. Where are we with that prediction and what opportunities and challenges of note have surfaced over the past 12 months? How are tenant requirements changing and on what should we focus? This session will concentrate on notable trends, opportunities and challenges in the overall office space nationally over the near to medium term.

Michael Caplice

Nick Macrae

Sandy McNair

Hugh Clark

Moderator:
Michael Caplice
, Executive Managing Director, National Operations & Corporate Development, Cushman & Wakefield Ltd.

Panel:
Nick Macrae, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
Sandy McNair, Data Curator, Altus Data Solutions
Hugh Clark, Vice President, Development, Allied Properties REIT

SESSION C3:
THE ONGOING EVOLUTION OF THE CONDOMINIUM MARKET: LESSONS TO BE LEARNED IN THE GTA AND IN GATEWAY CITIES ACROSS CANADA

Condominium development in the Greater Vancouver and Toronto markets continues to boom. Calgary has seen the bottom fall out of its housing market and a number of projects have been mothballed. Various degrees of activity are continuing in Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton as well as mid-markets like Winnipeg. Foreign investors appear to be fueling a lot of the continued investment in the hottest areas. Does the condo market still have legs and where should developers be looking for the best opportunities in the GTA or elsewhere? Where and what type of projects does the market have an appetite for? Join our national experts for some insight into the 22 year condo bull market in GTA along with development activity in other urban areas.

Leor Margulies

Devon Cranson

Mike Czestochowski

Ilan Gewurz

Ben Myers

Jim Ritchie

Moderator:
Leor Margulies
, Partner, Robins Appleby LLP

Panel:
Devon Cranson, Founder & President, Cranson Capital
Mike Czestochowski, Senior Vice President, Land Service Group, CBRE Limited
Ilan Gewurz, Executive Vice President, Proment Corporation
Ben Myers, Senior Vice President, Market Research & Analytics, Fortress Real Developments
Jim Ritchie, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Tridel Corporation

SESSION C4:
GLOBAL & URBANISM: SOLUTIONS FOR CITY-BUILDING

Urban problems are unique to different geographic, social and economic regions of the world. No one solution can fit all situations and so be universally applied. With global urban populations on pace to expand exponentially into 2050, this panel will share some new models that can be implemented to disrupt current inefficient paradigms of city-making?

Brad Keast

Patrice Derrington

Interviewer:
Brad Keast, Vice President, Development, Osmington Inc.

Speaker:
Patrice Derrington, Director, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University


2:45 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT D1, D2, D3 or D4)
SESSION D1:
CASE STUDIES OF REVITALIZATION: FROM OLDER SUBURBS TO FORMER INDUSTRIALIZED CITIES

The conversation around suburban nodes is on the rise as we see revitalization increasing in both popularity and creativity. What are the underlying forces that are shaping older suburbs and industrialized cities? This panel will showcase best practices in fostering growth and providing new life to established communities. It has been said that in order to revitalize older suburbs and improve living conditions for residents that municipalities need to regionalize, re-purpose or restructure. This panel will explore all the above and share insights into this important area of development.

Neil Rodgers

Larry Kotseff

Lisa Lafave

Sheldon Levitt

Glen Norton

Ed Sajecki

Moderator:
Neil Rodgers, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions & Land Development, Tribute Communities

Panel:
Larry Kotseff, 
Senior Executive, Land Development, Fusion Homes

Lisa Lafave, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
Sheldon Levitt, Principal, Quadrangle Architects

Glen Norton, Manager, Urban Renewal, City of Hamilton

Ed Sajecki, Commissioner, Planning & Building Department, City of Mississauga


SESSION D2:
LOW-RISE DEVELOPERS: DO OPPORTUNITIES STILL EXIST AND HOW ARE ESTABLISHED BUILDERS GETTING CREATIVE IN THIS SECTOR?

The saga of the single-family home in urban nodes continues as new sites become difficult to find and more expensive. The economics of land are forcing the low-rise developers to take dramatic shifts in terms of built form, location and product design. How are developers adjusting to market changes and what opportunities and challenges are surfacing? What decisions are being made to counteract these challenges? Join this session as we examine where, what and how new supply in the low-rise sector is being brought to market.

Phong Ngo

Andrew Brethour

Rohit Gupta

Gary McIlravey

Steven Weisz

Moderator:
Phong Ngo
, Director, Altus Data Solutions, Altus Group

Panel:
Andrew Brethour, President, PMA Brethour Realty Group
Rohit Gupta, President, Rohit Group of Companies
Gary McIlravey, Manager, Market Research, Empire Communities
Steven Weisz, Principal, Executive Vice President, Paradise Developments

SESSION D3:
THE CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF RETAIL: HIGH STREET, OMNI CHANNEL AND THE CHANGING SHOPPING MALL EXPERIENCE

Omni-channel retailing is defined as the process of integrating all shopping touch points into one unified customer experience. Brick and mortar, print and digital are being redefined; this is having a disruptive impact on the traditional real estate investing and leasing market. Global retailers like Amazon are leading the way. Strategic locations and marketing techniques are becoming increasingly important in this new competitive landscape. The impact is filtering down to the logistics market which has its own challenges and opportunities to address. The one segment of the retail landscape that seems to be insulated is the high street and luxury segment. Understanding what are the latest and most important conversations to be aware of in this space is imperative for successful investment.

Vanessa Oliver

Fabienne Lette

Mark Meredith

Rob Spanier

Kevin Salsberg

Moderator:
Vanessa Oliver, Principal, Broker of Record, Regent Street Commercial Corp.

Panel:
Fabienne Lette, Asset Manager, LaSalle Investment Management
Mark Meredith, Director, Acquisitions, Main and Main
Rob Spanier, Partner & Principal, LiveWorkLearnPlay & Chair, Toronto District Council & Urban Land Institute
Kevin Salsberg, Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, Plaza Retail REIT


SESSION D4:
TECHNOLOGY & URBANISM: WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DISRUPTERS ON THE HORIZON AND HOW WILL THEY IMPACT OUR CITIES

Technology within the real estate sector is proving to be a formidable disruptive force across the entire spectrum. As new strategies and models are created to deal with this changing industry dynamic, the effects of technologies being implemented in metropolitan areas, buildings, and big data are causing the old guard to be torn away, propelling the smart city movement. Technology is pushing the boundaries on traditional forms of built environments, urban space and community building with substantial socio-economic and cultural consequences. The focus of this session will be to discuss the results of these forces and explore the anticipated.

Brad Keast

Amy Erixon

Moderator:
Brad Keast,
 Vice President, Development, Osmington Inc.

Speaker:
Amy Erixon, Principal & Managing Director, Investments, Avison Young


3:45 PM
EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE
STRATEGIC THINKERS: AN OUT-OF-THE-BOX LOOK AT WHERE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IS HEADING!

A panel of respected senior executives representing a diverse cross-section of development activities and interests will provide their insights and perspective on development locally, nationally and internationally over the next 12-18 months. How do you stay resilient to disruptive forces in the industry and at the same time capitalize on them? How they apply their area of expertise within a new context to take advantage of emerging opportunities and create dramatic effects industry wide? With a focus on thinking outside-the-box, this panel of strategic thinkers will answer questions that push the traditional and expect the exceptional.

Brian McCauley

Dermot Sweeny

Will Fleissig

Mark Reeve

Fred Waks

Garnet Watchorn

Moderators:
Brian McCauley, President & COO Concert Properties Ltd.
Dermot Sweeny, President, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.

Panel:
Will Fleissig, Chief Executive Officer, Waterfront Toronto
Mark Reeve, Partner, Urban Capital Property Group
Fred Waks, President & CEO, Trinity Development Group
Garnet Watchorn, Chairman, Graywood Developments Ltd.


4:45 PM
NETWORKING RECEPTION