CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT A1 or A2)
INVESTMENT DECISION-MAKING IN TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT: FOCUS ON BOTH CANADIAN AND GLOBAL REAL ESTATE MARKETS
What matters in real estate investing today? This session will address this key question in the context of both Canadian and global markets. Real estate still is attractive notwithstanding that every asset class is rather expensive in most markets. As a result, how does an investor make an appropriate return today? Is it through value-added strategies, creating a unique platform, redeveloping an asset or some other actions? Where does Canada fit into the global real estate investment landscape today? What are the top investment opportunities in this country? How do they compare with global markets? Why are some international entities acquiring Canadian assets when others are selling? How are geopolitical events affecting investment decisions?
Peter Senst, President, Canadian Capital Markets, CBRE Limited
Sylvain Fortier, Chief Investment & Innovation Officer, Ivanhoé Cambridge
Ashley Lawrence, Managing Director, Real Estate, Regional Head, Canada, Brookfield Property Group
Jacob Werner, Senior Managing Director, Real Estate, The Blackstone Group
Kristopher Wojtecki, Managing Director, Real Estate, PSP Investments
HOW IS INNOVATION SHAPING DEVELOPMENT ACROSS CANADA? WHAT LESSONS HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT DESIGN AND MANAGING CONSTRUCTION? ARE SMART BUILDINGS THE NEW NORMAL?
Across the country, there is an unprecedented amount of urban revitalization and development on a scale that has not been seen for over 30 years: from mixed-use projects and TOD to intensification and large-scale community-building. In today’s market, owners and investors are focusing strong attention on development, repurposing existing assets, and renewing the built environment. As a result, there is significant interest in any strategies, products, technologies and services that can make new and existing real estate properties more productive, efficient and sustainable. A panel of developers, an architect and Canada’s largest general contractor will provide their insights on what are some key and important lessons that they are learning from designing and managing development today. What type of innovative and unique ideas are emerging to create new forms of residential, office, retail, and hotel uses? How do you manage development in an environment of consistently rising land and construction costs? How feasible is it for projects to push the envelope on smart buildings? What does the future hold for development activity across Canada?
Roelof van Dijk, Director of Market Analytics, Canada, CoStar Group
John Boktor, Manager, Digital Construction, PCL Construction
Lisa Chandler, Vice President, Development, Oxford Properties Group
Ian Duke, Project Director, Westbank Corp.
Patrick Fejér, Principal, B+H Architects
Niall Haggart, Executive Vice President, The Daniels Corporation