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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, Executive Vice President & Executive Managing Director, CBRE Limited
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, Head of Research, CBRE, Inc.
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, Director, Industrial Development, Beedie Development Group
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
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, Managing Principal, Thomas Consulting
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.
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, Director, Asset Management, Triovest Realty Advisors (B.C.) Inc.
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
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, Vice President, Shared Services, Adera Group of Companies
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
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, Partner, Real Estate & Environmental Law, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP
Jennifer Davis, Principal, TurnLeaf Consulting Inc.
Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering
Dan Lee, Director, Facilities Management, Vancouver Convention Centre
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:
Peter Anderson, Shareholder, Boughton Law Group
Janet Derbawka, Partner, McMillan LLP
Scott Smythe, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault
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
Dr. Peter Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, David Suzuki Foundation
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, Vice President, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP
Glenn Gardner, Principal, Avison Young
Dan Jordan, Vice President, Colliers International
Ronan Pigott, Associate Vice President, JLL
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?
Mayor Richard Stewart
John Middleton, Vice President, Leasing, Onni Group
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
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.
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, Vice President, Leasing, Triovest Realty Advisors (B.C.) Inc.
Michael Ferreira, Managing Principal, Urban Analytics
Paul Holden, President & CEO, Burnaby Board of Trade
Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Tech AssociationDownload Presentation