REF Club Roundtables

CONNECT, INTERACT AND INFORM THROUGH REF CLUB ROUNDTABLES

One amazing benefit to virtual environments is that it allows communities to form that were previously restricted by travel requirements.

With a borderless network you are now able to reach more people than traditional in-person meetings and social events allowed. REF Club Members can leverage this benefit to join or host one or more Roundtables and connect virtually to your peers, next business partners, potential investors and top industry experts from anywhere!

WHAT IS A ROUNDTABLE?

We are powering REF Club Members with the ability to do more than simply watch a webinar. Each Roundtable consists of up to 20 industry peers that meet virtually over video call once a month. Roundtable Pods can be self-assigned (you pick your own members and leverage our platform to further your existing relationships) and/or if you are keen to meet new people with similar interests, REF Club Administrators can assign you to a Pod.

WHAT'S THE BENEFIT?

A major benefit of the Roundtables in REF Club is that you are able to reference your briefcase, agenda, contacts, resources and more all in one place to enhance your virtual conversations.


HOW DO I START?

The Roundtables are exclusive to REF Club members. If you are not a member, subscribe today!


ALREADY A MEMBER ?

 REF Club members, simply select Join A Roundtable when you login and let us know your interest level!  


CONTINUE NETWORKING YEAR ROUND WITH REF CLUB ROUNDTABLES

Select from over 30 different Roundtable topics, build your relationships and make new ones as you group up throughout the year with some 10-15 of your peers in monthly video calls and a 24/7 chat and document center. REF Club Roundtables are your landing page(s) and virtual connection to industry members with common interests! 


EXTENDING YOUR REACH NATIONALLY AND ABROAD

Roundtables are designed to connect, educate, expand and strengthen knowledge, network and business activities. 19 Roundtables are active! Join the conversations to start sharing ideas and insights! REF Club members, simply select Join A Roundtable when you login and let us know your interest level! 

Professionals involved in the development and lending of apartment projects across Canada will benefit from this Roundtable as all stages and types of construction financing will be explored.

The volume of data that is being generated in our connected world holds incredible value. How do we harness it in order to unleash its full power? This impactful and high-level Roundtable will explore topics that are impactful to research executives, analysts, managers and directors.

This Roundtable is applicable to real estate professionals who are involved in the investing, selling and lending of assets including but not limited to Multi-Res, Retail, Office, Development and Industrial sectors. This group is nationally focused and its members will represent a cross-section of the industry.

This Roundtable is geared towards those in the financing and developing sectors of commercial real estate. Lenders, underwriters, support functions, brokers and more are welcome to join this Roundtable to discuss market forces and implications for the industry.

Join this Roundtable as a forum to discuss condo development across Canada. Subjects explored include conversations around barriers to entry, the cost of land, development charges, legislative challenges and opportunities etc. If you are involved anywhere in the lifecycle of condominiums, this Roundtable is for you.

Professionals involved in the development and lending of condo projects across Canada will benefit from this Roundtable as all stages and types of construction financing will be explored.

This Roundtable will connect real estate professionals under 35 years of age. Participants will be able to discuss challenges and opportunities that members face and will be a forum in which to explore the pathways of career growth.

This Roundtable is for anybody who is interested in exploring diversity within the Canadian Commercial Real Estate Industry and will examine how assumptions, biases and stereotypes contribute to imbalance leadership teams and what steps can be taken to build more inclusive cultures.

Rates are dictated by the quality of the asset and the reputation of the borrower. How much debt liquidity is out there? Where is the best place to source debt? This group is geared towards professionals who are involved in the underwriting and financing of real estate projects.

Where are the commercial real estate markets with the best opportunities? Which markets offer the best opportunities? Discussions will also include what are the most dynamic global cities driven by a talented workforce, pro-business policies and buoyant real estate markets; and which markets made the greatest progress in the transparency of commercial real estate. How is rapid urbanization impacting global real estate and creating new opportunities for investors and developers? This roundtable will look at these questions and a lot more. It is geared specifically to professionals involved in global investment of commercial real estate.

Join this Roundtable as a forum to discuss industrial development across Canada. This Roundtable will explore conversations around the building and growing of industries within Canada. These industries include mass production, technological advances, and other services.

Industrial development requires lending decisions at multiple points in the process. This dynamic Roundtable will explore bridge, construction, permanent financing trends, opportunities and challenges.

This Roundtable is for Canadian and international investors who can provide and share timely, expert advice in the acquisition and disposition of major real property assets including commercial, development, office, multi-unit residential, retail, industrial and residential real estate. Topics will include: purchase and sale transactions, land assembly and development, public and private partnerships, ownership structures, financing, etc.

The time that it takes for a project to go through the planning process continues to lengthen. How can you structure financing so that you have money for each phase of development? This group is for those involved in the development of raw land.

This discussion Roundtable is aimed at professionals involved in any part of the development lifecycle of mixed-use assets. Topics such as the ultimate mixture of uses, density, zoning constraints, design, lending, leasing and demand will be grounds for discussion.

In major Canadian cities, there has been an escalation of redevelopment projects as assets are being transformed across the country. Participants in these Roundtables will consist of developers, owners, and investors, architects, lenders and planners who are involved in the redevelopment of all types of asset classes in Canada.

This Roundtable is focused on professionals involved in any part of the retail development lifecycle from demand to design to technology advancements. Leasing and debt will also be addressed and all types of retail property types will be included.

This benefits lenders, investors, developers and more in the retail sector. From concept to delivery and lease-up there are many stages that require debt and equity. Join this Roundtable to discuss the world of retail development financing trends, opportunities and challenges.

This collaborative and inclusive Roundtable has been established to offer a relaxed environment for like-minded women in commercial real estate to come together to share, educated, power and encouraged with the goal of powering each other and staying connected. The mission of the group is to create a fun and friendly environment for collaborating!

Join this Roundtable as a forum to discuss apartment development across Canada. Subjects explored include conversations around barriers to entry, the cost of land, development charges, legislative challenges and opportunities, etc. If you are involved anywhere in the lifecycle of apartments, this
roundtable is for you.

Connect with your peers in this Roundtable to share your insights and marketing strategies on leasing, investing in and managing apartment spaces. 

This Roundtable is targeted to apartment property managers and owners and will discuss topics such as: maintenance of real estate, occupancy rates – current and future, attracting and retaining tenants, budgeting, financial reporting, negotiating leases, etc.

This Roundtable is applicable to CFOs, COOs and senior finance and fund operations executives of the Real Estate Industry who can use this platform to share their insight and network with their peers.

This Roundtable explores environmental, social, governance (ESG) and sustainability practices. Use this Roundtable to understand and share insight into developing responsible and sustainable strategies, business models, operations and investments.

This Roundtable is applicable to Canada’s foremost key figures of the Real Estate Industry who can use this platform to share their insight, best practices, and network with their peers. Topics will include: leadership in real estate, leadership in a crisis, and shaping company culture.

This Roundtable is a gathering of national corporate executives who have senior-level responsibility for logistics, operations and management. Topics will include: economic conditions, best operational practices, talent development and organizational health and performance.

The volume of data that is being generated in our connected world holds incredible value. How do we harness it in order to unleash its full power? This engaging and high-level Roundtable will explore topics that are impactful to research executives, analysts, managers and directors.

The key to a high-performance building is optimization and integration of all things — whether fan speeds or fire safety, whether landscaping or lighting efficiency. It means thinking on both a micro and macro level about how building systems interact, and how building occupants interact with those systems. Use this Roundtable to discuss experiences with sustainable development practices and green materials and highlight current projects and areas of interest.

This Roundtable is targeted to industrial property managers and owners and will discuss topics such as: maintenance of real estate, occupancy rates – current and future, attracting and retaining tenants, budgeting, financial reporting, negotiating leases, etc.

This Roundtable is applicable to real estate professionals who are involved in the legal aspects of acquiring, investing, selling, lending, developing of assets including but not limited to Multi-Res, Retail, Office, Development and Industrial sectors. Topics will include: current trends, opportunities, and challenges, negotiation best practices, etc.

This benefits lenders, investors, developers and more in the office sector. From concept to delivery and lease-up there are many stages that require debt and equity. Join this Roundtable to discuss the world of office development financing trends, opportunities and challenges.

Join this Roundtable as a forum to discuss office development across Canada. Subjects explored include conversations around COVID-19 impacts on office space, barriers to entry, the cost of land, development charges, legislative challenges and opportunities, etc.

Join this Roundtable to discuss leasing, investing in and managing office spaces.

This Roundtable is targeted to office property managers and owners and will discuss topics such as: maintenance of real estate, occupancy rates – current and future, attracting and retaining tenants, budgeting, financial reporting, negotiating leases, etc.

For years PropTech has led to greater efficiency and innovation in residential and commercial real estate. In a world that’s always seeing technological advancement daily, it is important to consider how technology impacts the real estate industry including its consumers and cities. Join this Roundtable to discuss technological trends, impacts of technology on the real estate market, what the future of workplaces and homes will look like, how PropTech can address challenges we face, etc.

In major Canadian cities, there has been a boom in adaptive reuse in the construction industry, more so in the wake of current climate consciousness and sustainability efforts. Participants in this Roundtable will consist of developers, owners, and investors, architects, lenders and planners who are involved in transforming and preserving existing building structures.

This Roundtable is targeted to retail property managers and owners and will discuss topics such as: maintenance of real estate, occupancy rates – current and future, attracting and retaining tenants, budgeting, financial reporting, negotiating leases, etc.

Real Estate professionals work under the glare of publicly accountable financial and fiduciary responsibilities, and face unique challenges such as
changing policy, layers of regulation, compliance and governance. The purpose of this Roundtable forum is to provide a venue for asset owners, investment consultants and asset management professionals to network and share risk management-related ideas and general information. 

Estimating the value of real estate is necessary for a variety of endeavors, including financing, sales listing, investment analysis, property insurance, and taxation. Real Estate estimators, appraisers, land surveyors and valuers are encouraged to join this Roundtable to discuss appraisal methods and factors that affect valuations.