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Join the biggest names in the industry for a celebration of good taste. You will have the opportunity to mingle with your peers, discover the zones hosted by our valued partners, and share in the enthusiasm of those who work hard to make Québec a THRIVING CITY
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Québec City Armoury
(805 Wilfred-Laurier Avenue)
*Tickets must be purchased for this event
Insights on the economy and performance of the Québec City market, and the key emerging trends in this region. What are the factors responsible for the strong employment in the Québec City area? What competitive advantage does this market offer? Aside from being the seat of the provincial government, what other major industrial sectors are key drivers of the local economy, e.g. insurance and financial services, tourism, education, food processing, life sciences, ICT and electronics?
Mario Lefebvre, Vice President, Research, Global Markets, Ivanhoé Cambridge
How much leasing and investment momentum did the Québec City market experience in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018? What is the outlook for the remainder of this year and beyond in the office, retail, industrial and multi-unit residential sectors? How do the market fundamentals look with respect to vacancy rates, absorption rates, and cap rates?
Marie-France Benoit, Senior Director, Commercial Products, Data Solutions, Altus Group
Alain Roy, General Manager, Québec, Altus Group
High density/high rise development has become more commonplace in cities across Canada and around the world. Quite often, these are mixed-use projects that are designed to integrate into the existing urban fabric. This presentation will focus on Le Phare de Québec, a dynamic 2 million sq.ft. development comprised of office, retail, residential, hotel and entertainment uses. At 65 floors, the main tower of the complex would be the tallest building east of Toronto.
Rosanne Dubé, Architect & Project Manager, Gensler
Russell Gilchrist, Principal, Gensler
With annual revenues of $800M, over 1,500 employees, and numerous projects across country, EBC has become a leader in the Canadian construction field. What are the primary reasons for the growth of this Québec based company over the past 50 years? What are some of the significant projects that EBC is currently working on (e.g. the new Champlain bridge, Montreal’s Light Rail)? Why is it critical for government to renew infrastructure? How is technology impacting construction? How have corporate values affected the success of EBC which has been recognized for the second consecutive year as one of Canada’s best managed companies?
Zsolt J. Névery, Chief Operations Officer, Quebec, FCT
Marie-Claude Houle, President & CEO, EBC Inc.
Anne-Marie Blais, Architect & Partner, Groupe A
A comprehensive examination of the Québec City office market with its inventory of almost 20M sq.ft. The discussion will focus on a wide range of fundamentals and trends including: the still tight but rising vacancy rates, the recent wave of new projects, the evolving needs of major users of office space in this market (insurance companies, high tech, and government),; how Class B and C properties are performing compared to Class A; how much new development is underway or proposed for Québec or Levis; what are examples of innovative sites where mixed buildings are being built, tailored to the needs of technology companies; and what is the outlook for investment activity for 2018?
Patrick Soucy, Vice President, Chartered Real Estate Broker, Colliers International (Québec) Inc.
Steven Bouffard, Leasing manager, Office and industrial properties, Cominar REIT
Charles Croisetière, Director of Development, Complexe de la Capitale
Jérôme Jolicoeur, Chief Executive Officer, Groupe commercial AMT
Dominic Gilbert, Vice President, Leasing, BTB REIT
This session will open with a brief overview of rental housing demand in the Québec City rental housing market. Discussion will then follow on major fundamentals and characteristics of the multi-unit residential sector. What is the short- and medium-term outlook for the performance of the apartment market? Where are vacancy rates and rent levels heading? How strong is investor interest in rental housing properties? To what extent is new rental development activity underway?
Elizabeth Koulouris, Principal, Market Analysis, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
René Bellerive, President, Groupe Kevlar
Patrice Ménard, President, Patrice Ménard Multi-Logements Inc.
Julie Neault, Executive Director - Debt Origination, Timbercreek Asset Management
François Roussin, Vice President, Strategy and Development, Les Immeubles Roussin Ltd
No other real estate property class attracts as much attention as retail. In recent years, U.S. and international retailers had been opening stores. But the growth of online shopping is having implications for traditional retail formats. National chains like Target, Future Shop, Sears and many apparel retailers have closed. How are landlords and retailers responding to these transformational trends and adapting to changing market conditions? Why has IKEA decided to return to Québec? Discussion will also examine some of the new retail development concepts entering the market along with the significant growth of logistics and distribution centres. How will the Québec retail market perform in 2018 and beyond?
Janina Francescutti, Senior Vice President, Capital Markets, Colliers International
Michel Ayotte, Vice President, Leasing and Property Management, Groupe Dallaire
Jean Laramée, Executive Vice President, Development, Cominar REIT
Fernando Lozano, Partner, Associate, GKC Architects
François Pelchat, Vice President, Leasing & Marketing, Immostar
Québec is a significant leader in the provision of seniors housing. The province has the largest number of seniors’ buildings and retirement homes in North America. Why? This session will explore the major differences between seniors housing and traditional apartments from various perspectives. What are the opportunities that companies serving this market niche are responding to? How significant are the risks? What are the barriers to entry? Examples of various projects will be examined within the discussion.
Martin De Rico, President & Partner, DeRico Experts-Conseils
François Audet, Founder & Co-Owner, Résidences du Patrimoine Group
Michel Bouchard, Vice President, Real Estate, Groupe Maurice
Francis Charron, President, Bâtimo, Vice President & CEO, EMD Construction
Claude Paré, CEO & Founder, Groupe Visavie
Guy Cormier, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, Desjardins Group
Benoit Carrier, Project Manager, Bureau d’étude du projet de réseau structurant de transport en commun
To understand more about the uniqueness and strength of Québec City, this panel discussion will provide insights into the evolution of this market into a world leader in state-of-the-art research and technology. Over 100 companies are active in these sectors and continue to expand. A panel discussion with leaders from these sectors will examine the unique real estate needs of businesses in these fields and the growing demand for space. Their workplace needs include most often facilities with a mixture of R&D, laboratory, warehouse and office space. As a result, build-to-suit solutions are commonly required to provide the innovative space that is so important to these firms. This session will provide a greater understanding of these needs.
Francis Lessard, President, Graph Synergie
Tom Godber, Principal, Avison Young Québec
Martin Thériault, President & CEO, Eddyfi
Fanny Truchon, President and Business Unit Manager, Creaform
A closing discussion on key trends, opportunities and risks emerging in the Québec real estate investment and development market. The panel will feature heads of national real estate organizations active in Québec and locally based entrepreneurs. The questions that will be examined include: where are we in the real estate cycle and where is it heading over the short to medium term; what are the most significant challenges for investors and owners in Québec; how do you achieve growth in rental rates in this market; what impact has the volatility in Canadian and global economies have on the credit markets; how will cap rates and real estate values be affected over the next twelve months; what plans do you have with respect your existing Québec portfolio; and what will be your strategy for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
Nathalie Roussin, President, Les Immeubles Roussin Ltd
Mathieu Arpin, Director, Partnerships and Business Development, Real Estate Investments, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.
Vincent Chiara, President & CEO, Groupe Mach
Gaëtan Cormier, Senior Vice President, International Development, Réseau Sélection
Sylvain Cossette, President & CEO, Cominar REIT