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Insights into the path of epidemiology and where the pandemic is likely heading. Will there be a second large wave in the Fall or Winter of 2020/2021 or will there more likely be a series of shorter, smaller trends? What should we expect? What implications will there be for the overall economy in the Lower Mainland? What are the prospects and timing for a vaccine? Insights from a leading health professional on where COVID-19 could be heading and what lies ahead as we look for the pandemic to come to an end.
Dr. Patricia Daly, Vice President, Public Health & Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal
The ongoing transformation of Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland continues in the face of rising land and construction costs combined with NIMBYism and increasingly impactful political policies. How are developers responding to these constraints and overcoming barriers to entry? To what extent do planning policies differ among the various municipalities in the GVRA? What strategies should municipalities consider for rezoning and development applications?
Brian McCauley, President & Chief Executive Officer, Concert Properties
Virginia Bird, Principal, Pottinger Bird Community Relations
Rob Blackwell, Senior Vice President, Development, Anthem Properties Group
Greg Moore, Interim President & CEO, BCLC, Former Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam
The Vancouver industrial market vacant space is almost nonexistent. What is driving this insatiable demand? To what extent is trade and the Port playing a role? How sustainable is this tight market? How are developers creating innovative solutions in order to provide much needed product into this very tight market, e.g. construction has started on Canada’s first multi-level industrial building in Burnaby. Is multi-story becoming a viable option? How are industrial strata developments impacting the market? Given the cost of land, are secondary markets seeing an increase in industrial activity?
Steve Brooke, Senior Vice President, CBRE Limited
Beth Berry, Vice President, Industrial Development, Beedie
Kleo Landucci, Chief Commercial & Corporate Affairs Officer, Ashcroft Terminal, Member of the PSA Group
Jeff Miller, Head of Industrial, Oxford Properties Group
David Owen, Chief Operating Officer, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust
Vacancy in Vancouver’s multi-residential market has continued to be well under 2% as it remains a source of relatively more affordable housing. However, provincial legislation capping rent increases at 2.5% and soaring property taxes have put upward pressure on owners with older buildings that need updating. How is Vancouver’s new Tenant Relocation and Protection Policy impacting the market? Combined with high land and construction costs, will purpose built rental still be feasible? Is condominium development a better alternative? What are investors doing in this market under these conditions?
Cynthia Jagger, Principal, Goodman Commercial Inc.
Shenoor Jadavji, President, Lotus Capital
Anthony Lanni, Executive Vice President, Residential, QuadReal Property Group
Dan Sander, Director, Hollyburn Properties
Wendy Waters, Vice President, Research Services & Strategy, GWL Realty Advisors
Given the strong investor sentiment in the Canadian and Vancouver markets, many opportunities have emerged for entrepreneurialism in the real estate industry. Who are they and what are they doing? They are experienced at being innovative, thinking “outside the box” at times, and accessing well priced capital. They are often privately-owned firms. While they do not dismiss risk, they often have the ability to see value and reward where many others do not. What have been the most significant challenges that they have had to endure? How do they see opportunities unfolding in the future?
Michael Hungerford, Partner, Hungerford Properties
Byron Chard, President & CEO, Chard Developments
Renee Merrifield, Chief Executive Officer, Troika Management Corp.
Jon Stovell, President, Reliance Properties
Oliver Webbe, President, Development, Darwin Properties Ltd.