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Paul Martin, Chair, Martin Charlton Communications
Often referred to as the “Bread Basket of Canada” and the “Bread Basket of the World”, Saskatchewan is a world leader in several sectors of agribusiness. Combine this with the province’s top global ranking in potash and uranium mining as well as being the largest producer of oil in Canada next to Alberta.
While some turbulence in oil and uranium markets has affected its GDP growth over the past five years, Saskatchewan remains competitive through a diverse economy along with a population with the second highest household income per capita in Canada. Here is an opportunity for real estate professionals to be updated on the of the key engines of the economy, and how they contribute to growth and stability in this province.
The firm’s Weyburn property is the largest Carbon Capture & Utilization Storage “CCUS” project in the world which underpins why Whitecap has one of the lowest emissions intensities in the world along with our commitment to continue to emphasize environmental sustainability as a core value.
In 2018, the Weyburn project stored 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 which means they sequester more CO2 than their yearly corporate emissions (direct and indirect), making Whitecap a carbon negative company.
Brad Wall, Former Premier of Saskatchewan & Director, Whitecap Resources
Craig Lothian, President & CEO, Keystone Royalty Corp. & Executive Chair, Lex Capital Management
An award-winning strategic and financial thinker in an international agri-food trading and commodity business, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001 and turned it into a unique agribusiness success story. He has evolved a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar company that is one of the largest suppliers of value-added pulses, staple foods and food ingredients in the world. Since founding the firm, his mission has included making Canadian agriculture more resilient, nimble and sustainable, and elevating our country’s brand globally. AGT Foods is the first multiple winner of the Saskatchewan Business of the Year Award as well as EY Entrepreneur of the World, and Innovator of the Year Award.
Murad Al-Katib, President & CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients
Larry Hiles, Regina Chair, TEC Canada
Saskatchewan is a global leader in uranium, potash, metallic and industrial mineral production and exploration. The province is viewed as the sixth-best place for mineral investment – out of 93 jurisdictions surveyed around the world. Two examples: Saskatchewan has the largest and richest potash resources on the globe, and could supply the needs of farmers worldwide for several hundred years. The province is also home to the world’s highest grade uranium mines.
Pamela Schwann, President, Saskatchewan Mining Association
Paul Martin, Chair, Martin Charlton Communications
This session will examine how the office, retail and industrial markets have been performing since the pandemic from a leasing perspective. What have the absorption rates and NERs been in Regina and Saskatoon respectively in each property class? What have been the most significant transactions and why? What challenges are landlords, tenants and brokers facing in completing deals in this market? Is remote working likely to impact the office market? How will retail coexist with online shopping particularly after the pandemic?
Barry Stuart, Managing Partner, ICR Commercial Real Estate
Craig Bell, COO, EVP, Assets, Portfolio Manager, PIC Investment Group
Petr Kafka, Vice President, Leasing, Strathallen
Aaron McDougall, Vice President, Leasing, Harvard Developments
Geoff Nagle, Director, Development, Morguard
An insightful discussion about investment and development activity in today’s unprecedented market environment across Saskatchewan. The panel will offer insights on three major “food groups”: office, industrial, and retail along with residential. The discussion will open with commentary on how much investor interest had each property class been attracting during the past year. What have been the major challenges in buying or selling assets during the past year? Who will be the likely sellers and buyers going forward? Which property classes and markets are most favoured? Where will cap rates be by the end of 2021? How practical is development at this time by property class? How are investment and development being financed at this time? Are record low interest rates affecting strategies and, if so, in what way?
Tom McClocklin, President, Saskatchewan, Colliers
Jason Carlston, Regional Vice President, Land, Dream Development
Blair Forster, President, Forster Harvard Development Corporation
Kim Riley, Chief Operating Officer, Artis REIT
Luke Schmidt, Vice President & Director, TD Asset Management