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What does 2015 have in store for us? Where is the Canadian economy heading and how will we be impacted by recent economic developments around the world. Listen as one of Canada’s leading economists focuses on employment, GDP growth, interest rates, inflation and other key factors. What can be expected over the next two years in the context of Canada and BC? Will BC benefit from the Alberta energy sector? What impact will the US mid-term elections have on Canada?
Doug Porter, Chief Economist & Managing Director, BMO Financial Group
Hear from one of Canada’s industry leaders on where the market is headed and what overarching trends to look for. What issues are developers and investors going to face in the coming months? What sectors of our industry are thriving, and why are others seeing more moderate growth? What is the most important issue facing the Canadian and BC real estate industry as we move into 2015?
John O’Bryan, Chairman, CBRE Limited
Many are suggesting that there’s never been a better time to upgrade from a B or C class building into A class. While this may hold true, the question becomes what happens to the empty B and C class buildings? Are they being retrofitted? Where is demand actually coming from? Is tech still a big player? Are US immigration rules driving demand in that industry? Where do the little fish fit in? What incentives are tenants receiving to make the move? Are the deals just too good to pass up?
Bill Tucker, CEO, Omicron
Mark Chambers, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang Lasalle
Bart Corbett, Senior Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Steve Duyvewaardt, Owner, SDM Realty
John Freyvogel, Senior Vice President, Colliers
October is Healthy Workplace month. With this in mind, the panel will address the key issues they are hearing and having to address in order to provide tenants with ideal working spaces. What’s really important to tenants and what do they really want in a space? What impact do these demands have on leasehold improvements? What are some of the most common requests? Is workspace density making it tricky to maintain services such as bathrooms, elevators, HVAC? How important is workplace health to closing a deal? What do brokers need to consider to sweeten the deal?
Susan Steeves, Principal, SSDG Interiors
Kevin Barrett, Territory Manager, BC, Herman Miller Canada Inc.
Tyrone Bowers, Director of Leasing, Allied REITS
Jennifer Hamilton, Owner, Square One Design
Ryan Sayer, Principal, Unison Construction Management Ltd.
With more international players considering entry into the Canadian retail market it seems inevitable that the department store as we once knew it will continue to evolve. Who are these players and what barriers to entry are they experiencing? What models work, and don’t work, in Vancouver and Canada? How are mall anchor stores like Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew reacting to or contributing to the evolution? Can second generation malls be repositioned? Will the YVR outlet have any impact on malls like Pacific Centre, Park Royal and Oakridge? Are there more Alberni Street luxury developments on the way? How has the Asian based economy on the Lower Mainland contributed to retail in Vancouver?
Pat Sullivan, COO, Primaris REIT
Lenora Gates, President, Orange National Retail Group (BC) Inc.
Brodie Henrichsen, Vice President, Northwest Atlantic Retail
Neil McAllister, Senior Vice President, Retail, DTZ Vancouver Real Estate Ltd.
Graeme Silvera, Vice President Development, Oakridge Centre, Ivanhoé Cambridge
This session will offer a fast paced analysis and discussion of significant legal cases and judgments that developers, landlords, tenants, brokers, lenders, and lawyers practicing in the real estate field need to be aware of and understand. The focus will be on practical information pertaining to important precedents that can have an impact on all parties involved in commercial real estate transactions and activity. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.
Stacey Handley, Partner, Co-Chair, B.C., Leasing, McMillan
David Mydske, Partner, BLG
Lisa Vogt, Partner, Practice Group Leader, Real Property & Planning, McCarthy Tétrault
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE: HOW TO CREATE THE IDEAL LEASE AND CLOSE THE DEAL
What stumbling blocks do brokers encounter when negotiating in today’s market? How do environmental issues, financial covenant issues and foreign ownership impact the process? What important points are being overlooked? What steps can be taken to ensure you create the best experience for your clients? How do these questions apply to industrial, office and retail? What recent legal cases have impacted the leasing industry? What precedent, if any, do these cases set? The panel will draw from their own experience and share some important lessons.
David Thistle, Senior Vice President, Newmark Devencore
Peter Anderson, Shareholder, Boughton Law
Peter Jenkins, Senior Manager, Leasing GWL Realty Advisors
Jeff Lim, Vice President, Leasing, Bentall Kennedy
Jordan MacDonald, Co-Owner & CEO, Frontline Real Estate Services
Mixed-use developments continue to be a key component of many projects being built in the Vancouver area, but who is driving demand? Tenants? Developers? City Planners? Who are the prospective tenants? What do they want and are they spoiled for choice? What’s the future of mixed-use development in Vancouver? Has it reached an apex? The panel will discuss and review the challenges that accompany the prevalence of mixed-used development, and offer insight into how they are mitigating challenges to lease space.
Ben Taddei, CEO, The Conwest Group of Companies
Sandra Cawley, Principal, Burgess Cawley Sullivan & Associates
John Middleton, Vice President, Retail Leasing, Onni Group
Mike Peebles, Director, Leasing, Anthem Properties
Jeff Rank, Vice President – Project Development, Marketing & Leasing, Bentall Kennedy
The responsible and sustainable development and operation of the oil sands will have a significant impact on Canada’s economic and ecological landscape.
While conversations about this issue are overwhelmingly negative, the oil sands industry is evolving into a more collaborative triple-bottom-line integrated social license seeking business approach. A triple bottom line means creating genuine wealth and prosperity, stewardship of the planet and enabling better lives for people. Further to this, the new business attitude to assure success has to be towards a quadruple bottom line by adding posterity and creating a positive legacy that benefits future generations.
Success now means more than making profits. Businesses today, particular those in regulated industries like resources, must prove themselves worthy of public trust and respect. Ken will present on the quadruple-bottom-line approach and answer pressing questions, such as: What are the public value drivers? How do organizations show they align with them? What is the state of the art and obligation?
Ken Chapman, Lawyer, Commentator, Policy Advisor & Blogger on the Oil Sands
Some analysts suggest that Vancouver is missing the boat on the storage and distribution of e-commerce goods. As a major port city, and with unbridled access to the US and Asia, it seems like a perfect marriage. Are there sufficient properties to accommodate the needs of retailers? What type of properties are tenants seeking? Is there sufficient supply? What opportunities exist to attract this business? Why are retailers choosing other markets? What are the considerations and how can Vancouver become more competitive?
Paul Tilbury, COO, Dayhu Group of Companies
Brian Best, Director, Warehousing & Distribution, London Drugs
David Crawford, Vice President, Vancouver Board of Trade
Sean Ungemach, Senior Vice President, Industrial Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield
Anthio Yuen, Manager, Portfolio Analysis and Research Services, GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
As the rate gap between newer industrial buildings and older B/C class buildings widens it begs the question: What happens to supply in the long term? What is the story with inventory in all classes of buildings? How are each of the classes defined? What happens to rental rates in each of the classes? How do they impact one another? What’s missing from the perspective of the tenants? What are their demands and how can those be addressed? Is it time to start knocking down older buildings and making way for newer developments? Or is it time to sell?
Joe Inkster, Vice President, CBRE Limited
Beth Berry, Director, Industrial Development, Beedie Development Group
David Haugen, Leasing Manager, Bentall Kennedy
Stefan Morissette, Senior Associate, Colliers
Once the deal is signed the tenant is often unsure about the next process and how to move the project forward. What do designers, contractors and landlords wish brokers and lawyers knew about the process after the deal is done? How do you ensure a smooth transaction? What contribution can all those involved make to provide great customer service? What challenges have the panelists encountered and how have these changed their approach? When is the broker off the hook?
Jean-Philippe Picard, Managing Director, CBRE Limited
Nicholas Boyd, President, Fusion Projects
Jocelyne Legal, Senior Director, Leasing, Triovest
Laurie Oseen, Vice President, Business Development, DLO Move Support Services Ltd.
Norm Taylor, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, CBRE Limited
Michael Beattie, Chief Investment Officer, Grosvenor Americas
Ron Emerson, President, Emerson Real Estate Group Inc.
Ian Thomas, Chairman, Thomas Consultants
Chuck We, Director, Leasing, Oxford Properties