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Please note sessions will be launched daily from July 13 to 24 at 11:30 a.m., starting with:
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK ON ALL FORMS OF DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY ACROSS CANADA?
Presented by Benjamin Tal, Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Lisa Lafave, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
Richard Diamond, Senior Vice President, Canderel
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.
Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Technological innovation is changing and challenging the status quo of development and real estate operations/management daily. It can sometimes be a disruptive force to everything around us; but for those that embrace it, technology will be an accelerator. The impact of automated automobiles, co-sharing platforms, e-commerce, Fintech, 3-D printing and changing workplace environments will be substantially felt over the near term. The speed of technological change is significant along with the potential reach of these transformations. How can we adapt to these emerging technologies? How can real estate owners and developers prosper in an age of constant innovation?
Amy Erixon, Principal & Managing Director, Investment, Avison Young
We are pleased to showcase an insider’s examination of Hudson Yards and the various planning, development, infrastructure, investment, environmental and leasing innovations that have been established throughout the project. Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States and the largest development in New York City since Rockefeller Center. When completed in 2025, 125,000 people a day will work in, visit, or call Hudson Yards their home. The site will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, state-of-the-art office towers, more than 100 shops and a collection of restaurants. The urban development will include approximately 4,000 residences, The Shed, a new center for artistic invention, 14 acres of public open space, a 750-seat public school and an Equinox® branded luxury hotel with more than 200 rooms. The development of Hudson Yards will create more than 23,000 construction jobs. Hudson Yards is the fulfillment of a remarkable collaboration that includes a talented group of visionaries – planners, architects, engineers, designers, public servants, fashion icons, renowned chefs, business leaders, luminaries and more. They are working in partnership with New York’s development and transportation authorities, and with some of the world’s most iconic retail brands and leading companies – each of whom will call Hudson Yards home.
Dean Shapiro, Senior Vice President, Oxford Properties Group
The market is abuzz regarding apartment developments and the influx of this new supply. From conception to delivery and lease-up this session will take a look at rental housing development activity across Canada. From initial business plan to completion, what projects are making sense in which markets and are any at risk?
David Bloomstone, Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities Inc.
Gary Lee, Senior Vice President, Residential, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP
Henry Morton, President, Campus Suites Inc
Peter Norman, Vice President & Chief Economist, Altus Group
Adrian Rocca, Former Managing Director, Tricon Capital Group
Michael Tsourounis, Executive Director, Investments & Valuations, Timbercreek Asset Management
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?
Leor Margulies, Partner, Robins Appleby LLP
Edgar Buksevics, Associate Vice President, Capital Markets Group, Cushman & Wakefield
Jean-Marc Dubé, Senior Vice President, Colliers International
Casey Gallagher, Senior Vice President, CBRE Limited
Jon Ramscar, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, JLL
Jeff Thomas, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield
Major Canadian cities are faced with significant planning opportunities created by growth in populations and intensification policies. What studies have been undertaken to fully assess the services capacity of cities? From wastewater capacity to school enrollment numbers, how much have cities invested into understanding developers’ requirements for municipal services? How prepared are cities to meet the demand that intensification brings and how can developers best access this information?
Greg Spafford, Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, Manulife Real Estate
Ronji Borooah, City Architect & Head of Urban Design, City of Markham
Gayle Bursey, Director, Growth Management, Peel Region
Larry Clay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Growth Secretariat, Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Peter Halsall, Executive Director, Canadian Urban Institute
What changes to land use planning law and policy and developers’ planning programs and their pro-formas are needed to support climate change adaptation and mitigation? How is the rapid and growing implications of climate change on the Canadian landscape affecting development planning? What are the legal implications of developing within areas that have experienced recent climate change impacts which are undocumented by municipal planning legislation due to a processing lag.
Albert Engel, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Folger Rubinoff LLP
René de Vries, Vice-President, Client Development Commercial Sector, ARCADIS Canada Inc.
Michelle Xuereb, Senior Associate, Sustainability Strategist, Quadrangle Architects Limited
Laura Zizzo, Founder & CEO, Zizzo Strategy Inc.
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?
William Secnik, Senior Vice President, Investments, Fiera Properties Limited
Scott Cameron, Chairman & CEO, Cameron Stephens Mortgage Capital Ltd.
Michael Carragher, Vice President, Mortgage Investments, Firm Capital Mortgage Investments Corporation
David McCrossan, Director, Development Finance Group, MCAP
Jeremy Wedgbury, Senior Vice President, Commercial Mortgages, First National Financial LP
Real estate funds targeting development and value add are actively investing. These sophisticated investors expect to participate on clearly defined terms with proven models for success. What types of development deals are being included in current opportunity/value-add funds as they search for yield? What is important to these funds and how are deals being structured?
Charlene Schafer, Associate, Real Property & Planning, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Trevor Blakely, Chief Executive Officer, Forgestone Capital
Mark Garber, Vice President Development, KingSett Capital
Blair McCreadie, Senior Vice President & Fund Manager, Fiera Properties Limited
Shamez Virani, President, CentreCourt Developments Inc.
The Toronto and GTA housing market concluded 2016 with record price increases. As of December 2016, the average detached home in the city proper will cost buyers $1.3MM, an increase of 21.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis in December. This combined with the lack of condominium sites has forced price increases all segments of the industry encompassing, low, mid and high rise product. What is the real story behind the GTA housing market? How are developers and traditional homebuilders going to approach the next 2-5 years in terms of pipeline and supply considerations? How are provincial planning policies affecting the housing market?
Phong Ngo, Director, National New Homes Research, Altus Group
Sasha Cucuz, Chief Executive Officer, Graybrook Securities
Rizwan Dhanji, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Canderel
Stephen Diamond, President & CEO, Diamond Corp.
Ben Myers, Senior Vice President, Market Research & Analytics, Fortress Real Developments
Steven Weisz, Principal, Executive Vice President, Paradise Developments
Across Canada developers are looking at various ways to realize profits and also have a positive impact on the communities in which they develop. A number of developers have partnered with aboriginal communities to provide much needed residential, social and commercial assets with access to trails, parks and open spaces. Partnering allows communities to benefit from rents, taxes and also new opportunities while traditional developers are benefiting from a solid pipeline of activity for years to come. It would seem that this is a perfect partnership where both sides win.
Albert Engel, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Folger Rubinoff
William Briscoe, Chief Executive Office, Canderel MDC Development Management Inc.
Chris Holtved, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
Bryce Starlight, Vice President, Development, Tsuut’ina Nation
John Ruddy set out to create a commercial real-estate business in 1992 with one goal in mind: to be the leading developer of retail space in the country. Since that time, Trinity Development Group Inc. has created more than 25 million feet of retail space across the country. With the addition of Fred Waks in 2015, the organization’s established reputation, disciplined approach, tailored team experience and innovative culture has created development projects that have redefine the sector as a whole. This keynote lunch conversation will explore the past, present and future of the development industry in addition to succession planning and philanthropy.
“Multi-use developments, single-minded excellence” John Ruddy
“I want Trinity to be known for our ability to realize the full potential of an opportunity, and for having the expertise to deliver lasting value for our investors — and our communities.” Fred Waks
Lisa Borsook, Executive Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
John Ruddy, Executive Chairman, Trinity Development Group
Fred Waks, President & CEO, Trinity Development Group
Government policies to enhance the supply of affordable housing and improve the quality of community life are a high priority. This session will examine key elements of the recently announced policy regarding inclusionary zoning. 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?
John Fox, Partner, Robins Appleby LLP
LoriAnn Girvan, Chief Operating Officer, Toronto Artscape Inc.
Joe Hoffer, Partner, Cohen Highley LLP
Derek Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, Broker of Record, SVN Rock Advisors Inc., Brokerage
Major Canadian cities have seen and are experiencing supply growth in terms of new office product. Where in the cycle are we and what opportunities and challenges of note have surfaced over the past 12 months? In addition, with changing corporate tenant requirements, what do developers need to be aware of? This session will concentrate on notable trends, opportunities and challenges in the overall office space nationally over the near to medium term.
Steve Keyzer, Vice President, Colliers International
Sam Barbieri, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, LaSalle Investment Management
Hugh Clark, Vice President, Development, Allied Properties REIT
Aly Damji, Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Hullmark Developments Ltd.
Nick Macrae, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
What’s the real story behind the condo market and what do the stats tell us about where high-rise new homes starts and completions are today in key Canadian cities? What do the next 2-5 years of land supply look like? In what ways are developers getting creative on the products they are looking to build? This session will also explore what happened in the condo market over the last 12 months.
Mike Czestochowski, Executive Vice President, Land Service Group, CBRE Limited
Devon Cranson, Founder & President, Cranson Capital
Jared Menkes, Vice President, High-Rise Residential, Menkes Developments Ltd.
Ben Rogowski, Executive Vice-President, Canderel
Daniel Winberg, Principal, The Rockport Group
Cities used to grow by virtue of being based with easy proximity to natural resources and trade routes. Now cities are being built strategically and in a “smart” connected fashion. How do we build the city of the future to be a connected city? How are cities and partner companies pushing the boundaries on development and redevelopment activities in terms of city building?
Rick Huijbregts, Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation, Cisco Canada
Adaptable and properly executed place-making strategies and plans help to create livable neighborhoods that are strong, healthy and prosperous by integrating the needs of residents in addition to commercial and social visitors alike. What makes streets, projects and entire neighborhoods successful for all requirements? What considerations need to be thought about at the planning stages and how does the leasing strategy play into these models?
Greg Peacock, Managing Director, Colliers International
Renée Gomes, Director, Development, First Gulf Corporation
Sheldon Levitt, Principal, Quadrangle
Rob Spanier, Partner & Principal, LiveWorkLearnPlay
Low-rise sites continue to become extremely difficult to find across the GTA and GVA. The economics of land in these two cities 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 is happening with low-rise housing in the rest of Canada and the USA? Join this session as we examine the low-rise housing sector across the country as we ask the questions, how are developers and builders making projects work today. Which markets are the most successful?
Mark Emery, President, Weston Consulting
Andrew Brethour, Chairman & CEO, PMA Brethour Realty Group
Larry Kotseff, Senior Executive, Land Development, Fusion Homes
Gary McIlravey, Manager, Market Research, Empire Communities
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 up 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?
Matthew Brown, Senior Vice President, CBRE Limited
Noah Gordon, Director, Portfolio Management, Menkes Developments Ltd.
Matthew Johnson, Executive Director, Investments, KingSett
Daniel Marinovic, Senior Vice President, Land & Housing, Dream Unlimited Corp.
Fabienne Nelson, Asset Manager, LaSalle Investment Management
Kevin Salsberg, Senior Vice President, Real Estate, CT REIT
The evolution of architecture seems to be advancing at a rapid pace in recent years with new materials and systems that are allowing for previously unattainable forms to be created. How are architects seeing design being shaped over the next several years and what is being done today that will change the face of the built form tomorrow? This session discusses new trends in the built form of today in addition to where the industry and practice may go tomorrow.
Peter Sobchak, Editor, Building Magazine & Canadian Interiors
Luigi LaRocca, Principal, KPMB Architects
Dermot Sweeny, President, Sweeny & Co Architects Inc.
Clint Undseth, Vice President Innovation, Stuart Olson Inc.
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.
Richard Diamond, Senior Vice President, Canderel
Lisa Lafave, Senior Portfolio Manager, Real Estate, HOOPP
Jeff Hull, President, Hullmark Development Ltd.
Brian McCauley, President & COO, Concert Properties Ltd.
Peter Politis, Chief Executive Officer, Greybrook Realty Partners, Partner, Greybrook Capital
Stephen Price, President & CEO, Graywood Development Ltd.
Jim Tadeson, Founding Partner, Carttera Private Equities Inc.