2016 Program

7:00 AM 
REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 AM
THE YEAR AHEAD: THE OUTLOOK FOR REAL ESTATE IN CANADA & BC

What overarching trends are driving the Canadian commercial real estate market? Oil prices and the resource sector continue to sag. Alberta is feeling the effects. What sectors of the economy might pick up some of the slack? What speed bumps might arise along the way? This presentation will examine the important issues facing the Canadian and BC real estate industry as we move into 2017.

Paul Morassutti

Speaker:
Paul Morassutti,
Executive Vice President & Executive Managing Director, CBRE Limited


8:30 AM
THE OUTLOOK FOR GLOBAL REAL ESTATE AND ECONOMIC INDICATORS

The lure of real estate is not a Canadian phenomenon. Where are we in the U.S. economic and real estate cycle? Foreign capital is looking for a home – is it long-term or transitory? Vancouver has become a favoured destination for foreign buyers. How does it compare to similar cities in the U.S.? This presentation will examine global real estate trends influencing the Canadian market and economic metrics to watch moving into 2017.

Spencer Levy

Speaker:
Spencer Levy,
Head of Research, CBRE, Inc.


9:15 AM
MORNING REFRESHMENTS

9:45 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT A1, A2 OR A3)
Session A1:
THE GOODS MOVEMENT STRATEGY: AN UPDATE ON VANCOUVER’S INDUSTRIAL MARKET

Over the past few years, there has been an abundance of new infrastructure created and approved to help support the movement of goods, services and people in and around the Lower Mainland. With the implementation of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, and the planned removal of the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts, it is evident that there will be major impacts on industrial land and its accessibility. This session will look at the continued challenges with the movement of goods and the movement of people to service industrial spaces.

Beth Berry

Dale Bracewell

April Chen

Lee Hester

Kleo Landucci

Moderator:
Beth Berry
, Director, Industrial Development, Beedie Development Group

Speakers:
Dale Bracewell
, Manager, Transportation Planning, City of Vancouver
April Chen, Director, Supply Chain, Arc’teryx Equipment
Lee Hester, Senior Vice President, JLL
Kleo Landucci, Managing Director, Ashcroft Terminal


SESSION A2:
CHANGING SHOPPING PATTERNS FOR CONSUMERS

It’s been a challenging year in retail with the fall of the Canadian dollar along with weaker oil prices. However, there has been an influx of tourists and foreign retailers such as Nordstrom moving into Canada to set up shop. This panel will explore what’s happening in the retail environment and the impact that transit oriented development, luxury retail and malls are having, and continue to have on the industry. How will the new Evergreen Rapid Transit Line impact Metro Vancouver’s North East sector? How does the slowdown of the economy in China impact new retailers entering the market? Are service based businesses and entertainment services outnumbering traditional retail stores? Has retail become more about entertainment and services and less about shopping?

Michael Penalosa

Karen Hachey

Maria Holly

Geoff Stollery

Chris Wood

Moderator:
Michael Penalosa
, Managing Principal, Thomas Consulting

Speakers:
Karen Hachey
, Director, Leasing, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Maria Holly, Vice President, Leasing, Shape Properties
Geoff Stollery, Vice President, Real Estate, Best Buy Canada
Chris Wood, Principal, Western Canada, Northwest Atlantic (BC) Broker Inc.


SESSION A3:
UNDERSTANDING NEGOTIATED LEASE PROVISIONS IN TODAY’S MARKET

Rights and remedies are an established common element of commercial real estate leases that are at times contentious issues for landlords and tenants alike. This panel will examine various perspectives of the parties when it comes to transferring, renewal and/or termination provisions; restoration provisions; insurance/environmental provisions; operating costs caps/exclusions and what tenants can and can’t use improvement allowance dollars to fund. What is the potential impact on tenants, landlords and the overall asset performance? How are lease takeovers being structured? What are tenants asking for and why in today’s market?

Jaclyn O'Neill

Michael Bishop

Neil Davie

Peter Jenkins

David Thistle

Moderator:
Jaclyn O’Neill
, Director, Asset Management, Triovest Realty Advisors (B.C.) Inc.

Speakers:
Michael Bishop
, Director of Asset Management, Low Tide Properties Ltd.
Neil Davie, Partner, Real Estate, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
Peter Jenkins, Senior Leasing Manager, GWL Realty Advisors
David Thistle, Senior Vice President, Corporate Advisory, Newmark Knight Frank Devencore


10:45 AM
MORNING BREAK

10:55 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (SELECT B1, B2 OR B3)
SESSION B1:
GOING TO THE ‘BURBS: A LOOK AT THE RETAIL, INDUSTRIAL AND OFFICE MARKETS

Transitioning from Vancouver’s downtown core, the Lower Mainland is seeing a resurgence in high density commercial, industrial and residential developments. What is driving this growth? How are municipalities managing and planning for continued interest? This session will look at current developments in Brentwood, Coquitlam City Centre and Surrey City Centre. Is office space overbuilt? What are unique challenges leasing in these communities? Are the suburbs the best bet for investment? What are the opportunities?

Mandy Newton

Chris Brewster

Lenora Gates

Elizabeth Model

Josh Sookero

Moderator:
Mandy Newton
, Vice President, Shared Services, Adera Group of Companies

Speakers:
Chris Brewster
, Associate Vice President, Industrial, Colliers International
Lenora Gates, President, Orange National Retail Group (B.C.) Inc.
Elizabeth Model, CEO, Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association
Josh Sookero, Vice President, Avison Young


SESSION B2:
PUSH DOWN/PUSH UP: LANDLORD & TENANT COLLABORATION – CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES IN ACHIEVING A SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

The rapidly changing and growing green buildings movement has evolved in recent years to take on the issue of climate change and re-envisioning the built environment, but achieving top-level performance in multi-tenant buildings comes with challenges. Landlords and tenants must work collaboratively to ensure the overall success of the green building movement. Landlords must recognize that sustainable practices can fall short if their building is not properly maintained, or their tenants do not utilize the systems as they were originally designed/intended. Alternatively, tenants who do all they can to reduce energy waste in their leased space may not be able to achieve the desired efficiencies if the building is inadequately designed or doesn’t have the suitable systems in place. Who is ultimately on the hook? Where do the responsibilities lie?

Max Collett

Jennifer Davis

Sunny Ghataurah

Dan Lee

Moderator:
Max Collett
, Partner, Real Estate & Environmental Law, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP

Speakers:
Jennifer Davis
, Principal, TurnLeaf Consulting Inc.
Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering
Dan Lee, Director, Facilities Management, Vancouver Convention Centre


SESSION B3:
RAPID FIRE LEGAL ROUNDTABLE: FIVE LEASE CLAUSES THAT NEED SPECIAL ATTENTION

A fast paced session where legal experts will cover five issues that people often experience in the leasing process and don’t always understand. Each issue will be addressed by a legal expert, with an opportunity for delegates to ask questions and gain clarification. Issues that will be covered include:

  • Delay Penalties/Co-Tenancy Penalties
  • Insurance and Indemnity
  • Transfers and Changes of Control
  • Defaults and Remedies
  • Removal and Restoration

Peter Anderson

Janet Derbawka

Scott Smythe

Speakers:
Peter Anderson
, Shareholder, Boughton Law Group
Janet Derbawka, Partner, McMillan LLP
Scott Smythe, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault


11:50 AM
LUNCHEON

12:35 PM
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP – DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP CAPACITIES IN A TIME OF RAPID CHANGE

If we believe that our work is becoming more complex and challenging, then we must accept that leadership – at all scales – must change in response. In particular, top-down leadership styles are increasingly anachronistic. Employees expect more collaboration from their leaders, and even our business partners and clients want a different way to resolve problems.

But what does collaborative leadership really look like? Is it any different now than it was a few decades ago? Peter Robinson has had diverse leadership experience in the government, business and non-profit sectors over four decades. He believes that leaders who work in complex systems must develop a combination of skills, experience and personal values that collectively represent their “personal capacity to engage”. How leaders develop these attributes will often indicate how well they will succeed at navigating through the increasingly rapid pace of change around us.

Drawing on the lessons he has learned, Peter will challenge the audience to rethink how they approach leadership and collaboration.

Dr. Peter Robinson

Speaker:
Dr. Peter Robinson
, Chief Executive Officer, David Suzuki Foundation


1:25 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS (Select C1, C2 or C3)
Session C1:
CANADA’S RETAIL ANOMALY: THREE TRENDS IMPACTING VANCOUVER’S RETAIL MARKET

It is without doubt that the Vancouver office market has seen a boom in new development over the past few years. Another wave of office towers is expected to rise, even while the office-vacancy rate increases. With the new $240 million Credit Suisse/SwissReal tower being built in the heart of the downtown core, the question remains: who is going to occupy this tower and other new builds? Is there a trend of non-Canadian companies looking to Vancouver to invest? How does this second wave of building impact existing office buildings? Is the industry on the path to overbuilding again? Will downtown office vacancy go up when the viaducts come down?

Jeff Rank

Glenn Gardner

Dan Jordan

Ronan Pigott

Moderator:
Jeff Rank
, Vice President, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Speakers:
Glenn Gardner
, Principal, Avison Young
Dan Jordan, Vice President, Colliers International
Ronan Pigott, Associate Vice President, JLL


SESSION C2:
URBAN PLANNING: THE MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE

Transit-oriented development is a widely accepted urban development and planning model that has been implemented in cities across Canada. In the City of Vancouver, the SkyTrain rapid transit system has shaped land use planning since its inception in 1985. With the Evergreen Line set to begin operating in early 2017, what is expected in terms of development in and around the rapid transit system infrastructure? How will this affect the development of the surrounding areas? How will this new line impact how people get to work, and live? What role do the bike new lanes have? Is this a growing trend that residents can expect to see more of?

John Middleton

Mayor Richard Stewart

Derrick Cheung

Penny Gurstein    

Moderator:
John Middleton
, Vice President, Leasing, Onni Group

Speakers:
Mayor Richard Stewart
, City of Coquitlam, Chair, Metro Vancouver Regional Planning Committee
Derrick Cheung, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Real Estate, TransLink
Penny Gurstein, Professor and Director, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia


SESSION C3:
VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE TOUR

Go behind the scenes of the Vancouver Convention Centre, to view the world’s first LEED Convention Centre. Tour participants will see firsthand how this mixed-use downtown tenant is managing food waste and recycling effectively.


2:25 PM
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS

2:40 PM
CLOSING PANEL
VANCOUVER’S NATURAL RESOURCE: WHY INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE

When a community dedicates time, money, energy and focus into its greatest resource, the rewards that the community enjoys can sustain it for generations. Many argue that people are the Lower Mainland’s greatest resource, but is the region making enough of an investment? Can it sustain the region and help it to grow? What opportunities exist when a city has a workforce of highly skilled and highly intelligent people? How does this attract and retain new business? How can the region create a culture where companies want to do business and live? In what way should the region be supporting thought leaders to live and work in the region? What strategies should the real estate industry be supporting and how can the industry contribute as a whole?

Jocelyne Legal

Michael Ferreira

Paul Holden

Bill Tam

Moderator:
Jocelyne Legal
, Vice President, Leasing, Triovest Realty Advisors (B.C.) Inc.

Panel:
Michael Ferreira
, Managing Principal, Urban Analytics
Paul Holden, President & CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade
Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Tech AssociationDownload Presentation


3:40 PM
CLOSING COMMENTS

3:45 PM
CHAIR’S NETWORKING RECEPTION