PLENARY SESSIONS (SELECT A1 or A2)
THE RISKS, CHALLENGES AND BEST OPPORTUNITIES IN CANADA AND GLOBALLY FOR INVESTORS IN A POST-PANDEMIC MARKET
When the current year began, the appetite and interest in CRE investment in the first two months across Canada resulted in a projected potential of breakthrough to a new level of $50 billion in capital market activity - $5 billion more than in 2019 as well as exceeding the previous record in 2018. What has transpired over the remainder of the years since March due to the impact of COVID-19 on monetary and fiscal policies, business, consumers, asset valuations, and the availability and cost of capital? How much investment activity occurred under these market conditions? What is likely to happen once the pandemic comes to an end? What will be the most desirable property classes? How are major organizations viewing the construction of their portfolio as they prepare for 2021?
Peter Senst, President, Canadian Capital Markets, CBRE Limited
Michael Cooper, President & Chief Responsible Officer, Dream
Rob Kumer, Chief Investment Officer, KingSett Capital
Dennis Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, QuadReal Property Group
Paul Mouchakkaa, Managing Partner and Head of Canadian Investment Management, BentallGreenOak
Blair Welch, Co-Founder, Slate Asset Management
IS COVID-19 AN OPPORTUNITY TO RETHINK HOW CITIES LOOK & FUNCTION: FROM EXISTING BUILDINGS TO NEW DEVELOPMENT – FROM EDGE CITIES TO MAIN STREETS
Over the centuries, cities have proven to be adaptable organisms. More efficient than rural areas and more flexible than suburbs, they are constantly reinventing themselves – sometimes so quickly that it’s startling, sometimes so slowly that we don’t even notice. The world after COVID-19 will be different as it is after any disaster. The pandemic is accelerating changes that have been brewing in cities for a long time. Architects and planners are already seeing changes both in Canada and around the world that could become permanent. What will the result be? A new kind of city, different than what we have seen before? A city that should be able to withstand shocks like COVID-19 in a sturdier fashion? Over the short and long term, certain aspects of city life will shift from the use of streets and transit to the design of buildings and the spaces within them. This session will examine the urban evolution that is occurring and how the pandemic may be simply accelerated what could be an inevitable transformation.
Brian McCauley, President & CEO, Concert Properties
George Dark, Partner, Urban Strategies
Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President, Urban Land Institute and lead for the Building Healthy Places Initiative
Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director, 8 80 Cities
Dermot Sweeny, President, Sweeny &Co Architects Inc.