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Ken Achs, President & CEO, Mid-West Group of Companies
Within the Canadian context, Saskatchewan had the best economic performance of all provinces in 2010 with a GDP growth of 4.5%. More importantly, all economists predict that it is expected to lead the country for a second consecutive year (RBC projects at a rate of 5.3%). This in-depth presentation will examine the outlook and the most significant elements of this unique market. The first portion will focus on key projected global and national trends, economic fundamentals, and their potential implications for Saskatchewan. The second half of the session will examine the major economic drivers responsible for the province’s strong results, and the outlook for employment and population growth. How do the prospects for this market compare with other Canadian provinces and major cities?
Mario Lefebvre, Director, Centre for Municipal Studies, Conference Board of Canada
Tim LeClair, CEO, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
An overview of leasing and investment activity in Saskatoon and Regina in 2010 and Q1 of 2011. What were the benchmark leasing and investment deals during the past twelve months? What is the outlook for 2011 in the office, retail, industrial and multi-unit residential sectors in terms of absorption rates, cap rates and potential leasing and investment activity? How do the prospective trends for Saskatoon and Regina compare with other major Canadian markets?
Colin Johnston, President, Research, Valuation & Advisory, Canada, Altus Group
Sandy McNair, President, Altus InSite
In the current global environment, economies that are tied to commodities and resources are experiencing the strongest and most sustainable growth. Not only does Saskatchewan match that profile, but this province is evolved into the most diverse economy in Canada that includes: agribusiness, biotech, a mining industry larger than Ontario’s, fabricated manufacturing, engineering, prospecting, and a hydrocarbons market that includes a portion of the oil sands. World class companies are headquartered here including Potash Corporation, Cameco, Viterra and Canadian Light Source. Add to this the wide range of capital programs in the billions for new plants, mines, and facility expansions, and one has an economy that is on fire and is well positioned to remain that way. Is it any wonder that Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada? The speakers in this session will provide some insights on the strong competitive advantage that this province offers and why it should be attracting the undivided attention of investors.
Joel Teal, President, Dundee Developments and Homes by Dundee, Chair of the Board, SaskPower
Donald Atchison, Mayor, City of Saskatoon
Wayne Brownlee, Executive Vice President & CFO, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.
Richard Florizone, Vice President, Finance & Resources, University of Saskatchewan
Lionel LaBelle, President & CEO, Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership
This session will examine the current trends and future outlook for the office markets in Regina and Saskatoon. Why does Regina have the lowest office vacancy rates in Canada? Will all the proposed developments of almost 1 million square feet likely be delivered? With a healthy market of just under 6% vacancy, how do the suburban and downtown markets compare in Saskatoon? Where are the underlying leasing fundamentals in both cities heading at this time? What is driving demand at this time? What is the outlook for absorption in Regina and in Saskatoon? How are Class B properties performing compared to Class A? What strategies do smaller landlords pursue in these markets? What role do the policies of Regina and Saskatoon play in facilitating office development in the suburbs vs. downtown area? How much interest is there in greening new and existing buildings in either city?
Phill Elenko, Partner, ICR Commercial Real Estate
Dale Griesser, President, Avison Young Commercial Real Estate (Sask) Inc.
Rosanne Hill Blaisdell, Managing Director, Harvard Buildings Inc.
Mirza Kassam, Vice President, Rosemont Properties Inc..
Anthony Marquart, President, Royalty Developments Ltd.
Sidney Waskiewich, Senior Leasing Manager, Western Canada, Dundee REIT
Municipalities in Saskatchewan have a strong impact on the real estate development through the roles that they play in land market. This session will focus on the greater Saskatoon area and the increasing role that partnerships are playing in fostering growth and economic development. The discussion will examine the City of Saskatoon’s role to champion regional partnerships in the delivery of services. To what extent have the Rural Municipality of Corman Park and other smaller municipalities signed on along with local business community representatives to be part of the process? What opportunities could this initiative offer to further enhance the growth of this region? How would it affect residential development? Led by the Whitecap Dakoka First Nation, what types of partnerships have aboriginal communities used to foster economic development in the Saskatoon area?
Neil MacKay, Partner, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP
Murray Totland, City Manager, City of Saskatoon
Jeff Balon, Manager, Land, North Ridge Development Corporation
Glen Grismer, Director of Planning, Rural Municipality of Corman Park No. 344
Jackie Thakore, Senior Valuation Consultant, Suncorp Valuations Ltd.
The industrial real estate markets in Saskatoon and Regina are characterized by among the lowest vacancy rates and highest NERs in the country. This session will examine some of the major factors contributing to these factors along with the dynamic plans for Regina’s Global Transportation Hub (GTH) which could make the market even stronger. The discussion will open with a brief presentation on the 2,000 acre GTH and how it is progressing to become a major western Canadian transportation and logistics centre. The panel will then also examine other characteristics of the market including: how much space has been added in the past few years; to what extent has there been a resurgence of spec development; what type of product is in highest demand in Saskatoon and in Regina; and what is the outlook for the industrial sector over the next twelve months.
Lloyd Minion, Senior Sales Associate, Commercial Sales & Leasing, Colliers McClocklin Real Estate Corp.
John Law, President & CEO, Global Transportation Hub Authority
Michael Bischoff, CIO, Concorde Group Corp. and BizHub Industrial Park
Paul Mehlsen, Managing Partner, NAI Commercial Real Estate (Sask) Ltd.
Blair Sinclair, Senior Vice President, Leasing and Development, Tonko Realty Advisors Ltd.
A panel discussion focusing on the debt market and examining what borrowers can expect for the remainder of 2011 and beyond. What is attracting greater amounts of capital into the real estate market? Are we possibly heading for a market with too much potential credit and capital again? Who are the most active lenders in Saskatchewan and what are they looking for? How are they likely to assess a deal and price it? What property classes are they avoiding, reducing exposure to, or increasing pricing for? How will the strategies vary among the various types of debt lenders – from major banks and institutions to credits unions and private sources? How available are mezzanine financing and other secondary sources of debt? Discussion will also briefly examine construction financing and loans for smaller assets and smaller projects.
Kris Heron, Partner, MillarForan
Roger Bing-Wo, Business Development Manager, Penmor Mortgage Capital Corporation
Rick Brunsdon, Partner, Brunsdon Junor Johnson Appraisals Ltd.
Phil Klein, Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank
Kevin Pylypow, Manager, Commercial Services, Affinity Credit Union
David McKeague, Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP
John Gormley, lawyer, former Member of Parliament, author, newspaper columnist, and the most popular radio show host in Saskatchewan
An insightful discussion about investment activity in the Saskatchewan market. The session will open with a brief overview of some of the bellweather transactions over the past twelve months. The panel will address a range of questions including: What have been the major challenges facing investors trying to buy assets in Regina, Saskatoon or in secondary markets across the province? To what extent are investors avoiding Saskatchewan because asset values are below their minimum desired thresholds? Has the availability of too much low priced capital and an ever increasing number of potential buyers created a disconnect between supply and demand of product? Where do you project that cap rates will be in 2012 relative to today’s prices? Which product types appear to most strongly favoured by investors? How strong is investor interest in agricultural farmland as a new real estate asset class? How do the investment markets in Saskatoon and Regina compare with other Canadian cities?
Tom McClocklin, President, Colliers McClocklin Real Estate Corp.
Tom Eisenhauer, President, Bonnefield Financial
Darin Rayburn, Vice President, Investment Property Division, Melcor Developments Ltd.
Greg Yuel, President & CEO, PIC Investment Group Inc.
Greg Zahorski, Vice President, Real Estate Investments, Greystone Managed Investments Inc.
This session will examine retail activity in Saskatoon and Regina and the extent of investor, developer and tenant interest in these markets. What are the major differences and similarities between the two markets from a leasing and development perspective? How is the supply and demand balance at this time with respect to the various types of retail formats and tenant interest in these markets? Are new retailers expected to be coming into these cities? If so, who? Differentiation is also a key ingredient between the existing centres and new projects. What plans do various owners have with respect to new projects or upgrading their existing properties? Are there any particular formats and development innovations growing in popularity? What could be the impact of the University of Saskatchewan now moving into retail development? What lies ahead for retail market activity in Saskatoon and Regina in 2011 and beyond?
Ron Ritchie, Partner, ICR Commercial Real Estate
Neil Evans, President & CEO, Pillar Properties Corp.
Blair Forster, Vice President, Development, Harvard Developments Inc.
Doug McGregor, Senior Vice President, Asset Management, Central/Eastern Region, Artis REIT
Doug Porozni, Vice President, Development, Ronmor Developers Inc.
A discussion with senior real estate executives as they provide their perspective on real estate market fundamentals for 2011 and beyond for Saskatoon, Regina, and the overall Saskatchewan market. They will offer their insights on what they see occurring over the next twelve months, and their strategic thinking going forward. Among the other questions to be examined:
Ken Achs, President & CEO, Mid-West Group of Companies
Muir Barber, President & CEO, Pinnacle Developments Inc.
Michael Cooper, Managing Partner, Dundee Real Estate Asset Management
David Dubé, President & CEO, Concorde Group Corp.
Ralph Young, President & CEO, Melcor Developments Ltd.