2020 ULI Spring Meeting - CANCELLED

When

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
to Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Where

Metro Toronto Convention Center 255 Front ST W. Toronto, ON M5V 2W6 CANADA

Agenda

May 13 - May 13

10:30am - 11:45am

Reclaiming Our Legacy Cities

May 13 - May 13

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Opening General Session: Global City Rising

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Accelerating to Net Zero at the District Scale: Climate Action and Resilience in Toronto

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The Future of P3s: Redefining the Traditional Model

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Family Rental Housing: A Growing Need and Emerging Opportunity

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Learning in Real Time: Experts Share Their Forecasts for Real Estate in '20, '21, and '22

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Edge City Density: Building Up the TOD Urban Region

May 13 - May 13

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Breathing New Life into Old Bones: Toolkit for Building Repositioning

May 13 - May 13

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Why Experience Is the Next Big Office Amenity

May 13 - May 13

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Waterfront Toronto: Toronto's Most Celebrated, Tech-Enabled Development Precinct

May 13 - May 13

4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Climate-Savvy Investor: Assessing Resilience in U.S. Markets

May 13 - May 13

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Housing Affordability: A Place to Call Home—Success Is in the "Mix"

May 13 - May 13

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Diversity by Design: Toronto's Leadership Role and Competitive Advantages

May 14 - May 14

9:00am - 10:00am

Workforce 2030: How the Workplace, the Work, and the Workers Will Be Redefined with Featured Speaker Dr. Shirley Davis

May 14 - May 14

10:30am - 11:45am

Peer Discussion: Office/Industrial & Commercial/Retail

May 14 - May 14

10:30am - 11:45am

Peer Discussion: Housing/Residential

May 14 - May 14

10:30am - 11:45am

Peer Discussion: Young Leaders

May 14 - May 14

11:45am - 1:15pm

Networking Lunch with Featured Speaker Dan Doctoroff of Sidewalk Labs

May 14 - May 14

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Unlocking the Power of Parks: How New Approaches Are Creating Vibrant Parks and Open Spaces

May 14 - May 14

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Realizing Best Practices in the Delivery of Infrastructure and Mixed-Use Developments

May 14 - May 14

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Future Glimpse: The Evolving Business of Real Estate

May 14 - May 14

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Building Better: New Opportunities in Sustainable Construction

May 14 - May 14

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Purpose of Place and Retail's Great Transformation

May 14 - May 14

3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Truth about Digital (Smart) Buildings: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

May 14 - May 14

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Closing General Session: Zanny Minton Beddoes

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Speakers

Speaker

Lisa Bate

Global Sustainability Lead, RMP Americas, B+H Architects

If you were to describe Lisa Bate to someone who hasn’t met her, you’d use words like tenacious, optimistic, and strategic. Lisa is the current Chair of the World Green Building Council and sits on B+H's five person Management Committee Team at B+H. Adopting a big picture perspective, Lisa unpacks the complexities that are inherent in every project she works on to identify key objectives that may not have otherwise been considered. By applying a comprehensive project methodology from visioning through design and construction, to measuring performance in occupancy, Lisa optimizes design solutions to help our clients build and develop their people, culture, and business portfolios. Her focus is on ROI, ROSR (Return on Sustainability & Resiliency) and ROHC (Return on Human Capital) to ensure the best design and technical performance for People + Planet + Profit. B+H acquired Lisa's firm in 2007. Her design and project management experience spans across Canada to China, the US, the Caribbean, SE Asia, and India. From 2012 to 2016, she was based in Shanghai as B+H’s Managing Principal, China and EVP, Asia. Lisa has built trust with her clients and colleagues over the years by being an active listener who uncovers the most important elements of the goals for every project and tailors the process to deliver on them. Her focus on project schedules and design quality – coupled with her determination to innovate for high performance and a commitment to lifelong learning – tie all the pieces together to inform strategic, successful outcomes. Lisa is a passionate advocate for environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Her recent leadership roles on large-scale complex projects include Mohawk College's Net Zero Carbon Certified Joyce Centre for Partnerships & Innovation and Humber College's Net Zero Carbon Design Certified Building Nx, the retrofit of a 1980s structure. Lisa led the firm’s delivery of over a dozen venues for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Lisa has helped mentor many future leaders in the design, building and infrastructure sectors. Lisa’s experience with supporting our North American studios blended with her time in Asia equips her with a global perspective of how to serve clients, grow their business, grow our business, and deliver meaningful sustainable and resilient projects and services to deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals to hit our required global 2030 and mid century global climate targets.

Speaker

Steve Leeper

President & CEO, 3CDC - Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation

Stephen Leeper was appointed President & CEO of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) in April 2004. Over the past 15 years, Leeper has managed 3CDC's investment of over $1.4 billion in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine, resulting in the transformation of four of Cincinnati's premier civic spaces (Fountain Square, Washington Park, Memorial Hall and Ziegler Park), the redevelopment of major downtown landmarks such as the Metropole Apartments into 21c Museum Hotel, the renovation of the historic Music Hall, and the construction of a new headquarters building for 84.51°in the heart of downtown. He has overseen 3CDC's efforts in the restoration of 160 buildings and 14 acres of civic space, the restoration of 2 civic buildings, the development of 1,064 apartments, 457 condominiums, 156 hotel rooms, 320 shelter beds, 995,739 SF of commercial space, and 4,278 parking spaces. Leeper's responsibilities also include the management of $250 million in local, corporately-funded, revolving loan funds. Prior to joining 3CDC, Leeper served as executive director of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (SEA) from September 1998 to April 2004. He was responsible for the development and financing of PNC Park, Heinz Field, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the North Shore Riverfront Park, and public parking facilities and related road infrastructure. These developments represent over $1.1 billion in private and public funding and have resulted in new mixed-use development for the City of Pittsburgh. Leeper has also served as director of development for the City of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Housing for Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Speaker

Brandon Allen

Certified Master Facilitator, Leadership Strategies

Brandon is a master of transformation, facilitating the gap between uncertainty and results, engaging leaders and teams to build and execute effective plans that move organizations into action. In the end, whether it’s a strategic plan, a business planning meeting, or team and leadership development, the goal is positive movement toward a better outcome, and Brandon delivers. His confident, easy, and fun style puts leaders at ease while engaging all participants, maintaining control of the process with strong personalities and observers alike. Bring him a challenge with diverse personalities, business pressures and uncertainty, and Brandon will deliver you a plan with buy-in, clear outcomes, and follow-through like you’ve never seen before. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development, is a certified coach, is a Certified Master Facilitator and has been training and facilitating since 1999. He has worked with organizations spanning the spectrum from P&G, Ethicon, Kroger and GE, to Gorilla Glue, Northwestern Mutual, United Way, Xavier University, the Cincinnati Police and the IRS. People walk out of Brandon’s sessions and say things like “That was the most productive meeting we’ve had in my 20 years at this company.” Because he keeps things fun, engaging, and driven toward actionable results, your plans will not only succeed to be built, but will be built to succeed. Since an overwhelming majority of organizations ask for Brandon to come back, expect him to become a trusted and integrated partner in your business for strategic planning, organizational assessments, executive coaching, leadership development, and team dynamics.

Speaker

Geoff Cape

CEO, Evergreen

As the founder of Evergreen, Geoff has been CEO since inception in 1990. Under Geoff’s leadership, Evergreen, has grown to include over 210 staff and projects across Canada. Evergreen is focused on advancing the necessary innovations for low carbon, inclusive cities. This is delivered through a series of national challenge based programs including partnerships with the Federal government of Canada to support smart cities, and housing innovation. Evergreen has led the $100+ million redevelopment of the historic Brick Works property as an centre for future cities with 16 buildings and 41 acres of restored industrial lands in the heart of the city. Evergreen has supported over 7,100 projects across Canada. Geoff is a founding member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum , and a participant at the World Economic Forum, on the board of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. Geoff has been recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40”, an Ashoka Fellow, winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award, and the Governor General’s “Golden Jubilee Medal” for significant contributions to the building of a fair and just Canadian society. Geoff was awarded “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Schwab Foundation, Geneva Switzerland and in 2018 Geoff Cape was honored with the Order of Canada. Geoff attended Trinity College School, Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts) and McGill University (Masters of Management). Geoff lives (and cycles daily) in Toronto with his wife Valerie Laflamme and their three boys, Thomas, Benjamin and Sebastien.

Speaker

Ken Greenberg

Principal, Greenberg Consultants Inc.

Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, writer, former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over four decades he has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, focusing on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management, and new community planning. Cities as diverse as Toronto, Hartford, Amsterdam, New York, Boston, Montréal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, Washington DC, Paris, Detroit, Saint Paul and San Juan Puerto Rico have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life. In each city, with each project, his strategic, consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design. He is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Design Excellence and the 2014 Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award. Involved in many grass roots and community initiatives he has served as a Board Member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto's parks, is currently on the Advisory Board of Waterfront for All and President of the Wellington Place Neighbourhood Association. He is a co-founder and Vice Chair of the new City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto. A frequent writer for periodicals, he is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder published by Random House. He played a leading role as urban design lead and client representative for The Bentway, the transformation of a major public space under the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto and is currently serving as an advisor to Sidewalk Labs for Quayside on the Toronto waterfront.

Speaker

Amanda Lang

Anchor, BNN Bloomberg

Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang is the host of Bloomberg Markets for BNN Bloomberg, a global program airing daily from Toronto and New York. She is also host of the weekly radio program and podcast, Exponential with Amanda Lang. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. And prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years. Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor. Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.

Speaker

Angela Clayton

Group Head, Buildings Division, Plenary Group

Angela Clayton is the Group Head, Buildings at Plenary Group where she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all Plenary building projects in North America. Angela joined Plenary Group after seven years with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) where she was a member of the senior management team and held a number of progressive positions in Operations, Program Management, Procurement, and most recently, as Senior Vice President, Risk and Program Management. Prior to this, Angela was with Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls for nine years where she was responsible for managing outsourced facility management contracts for a large number of national clients. Ms. Clayton holds several professional designations including: Project Management Professional; Facilities Management Administrator and Real Property Administrator. In addition, she is currently pursuing her CPA designation and is the co-chair of the Toronto chapter of the Womens Infrastructure Network.

Speaker

Randy Peddigrew

The Remington Group, Inc.

Randy Peddigrew is the Senior Vice President of Land Development Division for The Remington Group. The Remington Group, under the guidance of its principle Rudy Bratty, has been developing land in the Greater Toronto Area for over 60 years. Remington is involved in the development and management of a vast portfolio of residential, commercial and industrial land in almost every community across the Greater Toronto Area. Randy has worked in both the Public Sector and Private Sector. He has been in the development industry for 25 years.

Speaker

Dan Doctoroff

Chairman and CEO, Sidewalk Labs

Dan Doctoroff is Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs. Dan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg L.P., the leading provider of news and information to the global financial community, until December 2014. During his tenure at Bloomberg, Dan led the company through the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression by pursuing an aggressive strategy of investment, focused on enhancing the company’s core Terminal product, expanding into enterprise products and services, creating new businesses in government, law and energy, and building the company’s news operations, including its acquisition of Businessweek. During the seven years that he led the company, despite the financial crisis, Bloomberg’s organic revenues nearly doubled. Prior to joining Bloomberg L.P., Dan served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dan led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy. This plan included the most ambitious land-use transformation in the city’s modern history; the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site; the largest affordable housing program ever launched by an American city; and the formation of new Central Business Districts and Industrial Business Zones. Dan also oversaw the creation of PlaNYC, New York’s pathbreaking sustainability plan. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, Dan was Managing Partner of the private equity investment firm Oak Hill Capital Partners. While at Oak Hill, Dan founded NYC2012, the organization that spearheaded efforts to bring the Olympic Games to the city. Dan serves on the Boards of the University of Chicago, World Resources Institute, United States Olympic Committee, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Human Rights First. He is the founder of Target ALS, which raises funds for and has established a new model of collaboration to advance ALS research. He is a founder and chairman of Culture Shed, an innovative new cultural institution at the Hudson Yards in Manhattan. Dan is a graduate of Harvard College and The Law School at the University of Chicago. A native of Michigan, Dan has lived in New York for the past 32 years with his wife, Alisa. The Doctoroffs have three grown children.

Speaker

Tom Larance

Head of Experience Management, JLL

Tom Larance, Head of JLL Experience Management, oversees more than 250 onsite concierge professionals who specialize in experience management, tenant engagement and space activation. As the driver behind the JLL Curae Approach, the teams seek to add value to clients’ retail, hotel, office and residential assets by activating spaces, curating experiences and driving tenant engagement.

 

Armed with a natural affinity for hospitality and nearly two decades of designing concierge programming for properties around the United States and Hawaii, Tom launched his own company, Corporate Concierge Services, in 2001. As convenience became more commonplace, what Tom envisioned for Corporate Concierge Services went far beyond traditional services such as dinner reservations and event tickets. With a focus on the art of designing great service experiences – at corporate, retail, hotel, residential and virtually – clients found great value in the customized experience programs.

Tom earned a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in marketing and advertising from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a past president of the Concierge Network of Chicago and a founding member of the National Concierge Association.

Speaker

Laura Craft

Head of Global ESG Strategy , Heitman

Laura is Senior Vice President, Global Strategy and Investment ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) at Heitman, a real estate investment manager with ~$44 billion in private equity, debt and securities investments across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. She identifies ESG investment opportunities and solutions, and leads the ESG platform to establish systematic approaches to embed ESG into investment decision-making and management of investments. Laura helped develop Heiman's mission statement "Investing Today with a Focus on Tomorrow"; ultimately, we seek to improve the world in which we live and work, while delivering the investment outcomes our investors require. We believe integrating ESG considerations provides opportunities to create value, reduce risk and enhance investment returns. Recently, Laura lead a Heitman partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI) to publish a report, Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, which explores current methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk in real estate. The report is based on insights from more than 25 investors and investment managers in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific, as well as existing research. Heitman's approach to evaluating real estate climate risk is highlighted within the report's case studies.

Speaker

Tom Murphy

Senior Resident Fellow, Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, Urban Land Institute

Tom Murphy Senior Resident Fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development ULI – the Urban Land Institute Washington, DC Tom Murphy is a senior resident fellow, ULI/Klingbeil Family Chair for urban development. Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh, joins other ULI senior resident fellows who specialize in public policy, retail/urban entertainment, transportation/infrastructure, housing, real estate finance and environmental issues. His extensive experience in urban revitalization-what drives investment, what ensures long-lasting commitment-is a key addition to the senior resident fellows' areas of expertise. Prior to his appointment as senior resident fellow, Murphy had served as ULI's Gulf Coast liaison, helping to coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans and the public to advance the implementation of rebuilding recommendations made by ULI's advisory services panel last fall. In addition, he worked with the Louisiana state leadership, as well as with leadership in hurricane-impacted areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to identify areas appropriate for ULI involvement. Prior to his service as the ULI Gulf Coast liaison, Murphy served three terms as the mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public-private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in Pittsburgh. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail and public uses; and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and urban green space. From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania State General Assembly House of Representatives. He focused legislative activities on changing Western Pennsylvania's economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and authored legislation requiring the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pension fund to invest in venture capital. In addition, he authored legislation created the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania's focus on technology in the economy; and he authored legislation to encourage industrial land reuse and to transform abandoned rail right-of-ways into trails and green space. Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 through 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He holds a masters of science degree in urban studies from Hunter College, and a bachelor of science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities; and a board member of the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. He received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement of City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was selected as the 2001 Pittsburgh Man of the Year Award by Vectors Pittsburgh. Updated March 2014

Speaker

Rob Spanier

President, Spanier Inc

Rob Spanier, President of Spanier Group, an International mixed-use real estate development advisory firm, specializes in complex retail and mixed-use development projects. Prior to Spanier Group, Rob spent 11 years as Partner and Principal of Live Work Learn Play, leading key projects and the company's strategic growth and 5 years at Intrawest Corporation, creating iconic destination resort towns worldwide. With two decades of hands-on experience, Rob has participated in the development or redevelopment of over 80 cities, downtowns, colleges and universities, health and wellness districts, and destination resort towns throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Currently, Rob serves as the Advisory Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto District Council. Rob is driven by his passion to create unique and memorable places where people can connect to each other and to their environments.

Speaker

Christopher Ptomey

Executive Director, Terwilliger Center for Housing, Urban Land Institute

Adam joined RCLCO in the mid-1990s as an associate directly after graduate school and learned the trade with the firm. He is a recognized expert in economic development, market and financial analysis; positioning, repositioning, and marketing of real estate assets; consumer research; and corporate strategy development. He has particular depth of expertise in high-density housing, retail/entertainment and hotel development. Adam directs the Urban Real Estate Advisory Group at RCLCO, which is distinguished by: sophistication in forecasting housing, retail/commercial and hospitality demand in revitalizing cities and development corridors; in understanding the unique set of circumstances that create vibrant mixed-use environments; and in the financing mechanisms and public/private partnerships that are relied upon to achieve them. He also has a specialized expertise in understanding the interrelation and unique marketing and operating synergies of residential, hospitality, and retail/attraction environment, in small scale urban locations. Adam is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from place making to urban redevelopment to retail trends to in-town housing. His writing has been widely published and quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Urban Land, California Real Estate Journal, Multifamily Executive, Resort and Recreation, and National Hotel Executive. He is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Programs vice chair of the Mixed-Use Development Council (Purple). A native of the New York metropolitan area, Adam received Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Columbia University.

Speaker

Brandon Allen

Certified Master Facilitator, Leadership Strategies

Brandon is a master of transformation, facilitating the gap between uncertainty and results, engaging leaders and teams to build and execute effective plans that move organizations into action. In the end, whether it’s a strategic plan, a business planning meeting, or team and leadership development, the goal is positive movement toward a better outcome, and Brandon delivers. His confident, easy, and fun style puts leaders at ease while engaging all participants, maintaining control of the process with strong personalities and observers alike. Bring him a challenge with diverse personalities, business pressures and uncertainty, and Brandon will deliver you a plan with buy-in, clear outcomes, and follow-through like you’ve never seen before. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance, a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development, is a certified coach, is a Certified Master Facilitator and has been training and facilitating since 1999. He has worked with organizations spanning the spectrum from P&G, Ethicon, Kroger and GE, to Gorilla Glue, Northwestern Mutual, United Way, Xavier University, the Cincinnati Police and the IRS. People walk out of Brandon’s sessions and say things like “That was the most productive meeting we’ve had in my 20 years at this company.” Because he keeps things fun, engaging, and driven toward actionable results, your plans will not only succeed to be built, but will be built to succeed. Since an overwhelming majority of organizations ask for Brandon to come back, expect him to become a trusted and integrated partner in your business for strategic planning, organizational assessments, executive coaching, leadership development, and team dynamics.

Speaker

Michael Turner

President, Oxford Properties

Michael Turner is the President of Oxford Properties Group. Oxford is a leading investor, manager and developer of high-quality real estate assets, with investments in offices, retail, logistics, multi-family and hotels. Oxford's business comprises one of the world's premier global portfolios, operating out of 17 gateway markets in eight countries around the world, and invests across the risk spectrum. As President, Michael oversees Oxford's $60-billion of assets under management, directing growth and investment strategies to execute Oxford's mandate across a global platform. Michael leads a team of over 2,200 exceptional people who are committed to improving the cities and communities in which Oxford does business, while collectively helping to meet the pension promise of OMERS. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Planning from Queen's University, a Masters of Finance from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.

Speaker

Gerry Chaput

EVP Program Manageemnt, Metrolinx

Gerry Chaput is Executive Vice President, Program Management at Metrolinx. Metrolinx is undertaking the largest transit build in Canadian history and is in the process of delivering over $70 billion in transit projects with 31 municipalities. In his EVP role, Gerry ensures the delivery teams have consistent project controls, reporting requirements, resources and management systems to successfully deliver the Capital Program which includes the expansion of GO transit; the recently announced subway projects; the LRT Projects in Mississauga/Brampton; and, Toronto's Finch West and Eglinton Crosstown LRT lines. Prior to joining Metrolinx, Gerry was an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ministry of Transportation delivering an annual capital program of approximately $3 billion – one of the largest capital programs in the provincial government. Over his 29 years with the ministry, Gerry worked in various areas of the province, gathering planning, design, construction, operations and policy experience. Gerry is a graduate of Applied Science, Civil discipline from Queen's University in Kingston and is the past President of the Transportation Association of Canada.

Speaker

Omar Gonzalez

Director of Real Estate, Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation

Mr. Omar Gonzalez has 20 years of experience in real estate and economic/community development. His career includes urban experience in several markets including California, Texas and Mexico. He has led development projects and teams of architects, interior designers, engineers, construction managers, asset managers and other professionals. In his role at Hemisfair, he has successfully negotiated two Public Private Partnership (P3) agreements to bring $250 million of private investment to downtown San Antonio. Hemisfair's plan is to build a series of first-rate urban parks embraced by a dense neighborhood of residences, offices, cafes and galleries, and walkable streets and pathways. Mr. Gonzalez's expertise has been instrumental in securing public dollars, generating community support, marketing and evaluating P3s, obtaining entitlements, and delivering key real estate assets including a unique play environment, boutique retail and parking. Additionally, Mr. Gonzalez is a father of two, an avid tennis player, and an involved community member including co-founder of LOOP (a non-profit organization for San Antonio's young professionals); and Chair of ULI Mission Advancement Committee. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University.

Speaker

Jonathan McLaurin

Senior Director, USAA Real Estate, USAA Real Estate

Jonathan is a Senior Director with USAA Real Estate and manages the firm’s office portfolio in Texas and Southeast.  In this role, he oversees all aspects of the firm’s investment and redevelopment of Energy Square.  Prior to working with USAA, he held asset management positions with Silverpeak Real Estate Partners and Duke Realty Corporation.

Speaker

Ralph Boyd

Senior Resident Leadership Fellow, Urban Land Institute

Ralph Boyd is the Senior Resident Leadership Fellow at ULI. Boyd’s “people-first” leadership style has served him well at three very different organizations. At the American Red Cross, where Boyd has served since 2014, he was responsible for overseeing institutional advancement as well as diverse and recurring revenue channels and operations, including the training of volunteers to provide disaster preparation and recovery services to nearly 7 million people in more than 350 communities throughout the Massachusetts region. From 2012 to 2013, Boyd was interim president and CEO of the Center City Public Charter Schools in Washington, D.C., an organization he cofounded in 2008. There, he was responsible for the oversight of academic programs, finance, overall operations, and community outreach functions of a charter management organization operating six excellent inner-city public charter schools. Prior to that, Boyd held several positions at Freddie Mac, including service as the executive vice president for public affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary from 2004 to 2012; and from 2005 to 2012, he served as corporate executive vice president for community relations and chairman of the Freddie Mac Foundation (the largest corporate philanthropy in the D.C. area). After 2006, his service at the foundation was expanded to include the positions of president and CEO. At the foundation, he was responsible for deploying and investing up to $30 million annually in charitable, educational, and community-based organizations, and he was responsible for overseeing an additional $30 million in annual corporate expenditures in connection with payments to nonprofit organizations as part of Freddie Mac’s corporate philanthropy and business operations, particularly in the multifamily and community development sectors. Boyd’s experience as a nonprofit CEO follows a distinguished legal career spanning 20 years, culminating in service as an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2001 through 2003. During that time, he twice presented the U.S. case before a Geneva-based United Nations human rights treaty compliance commission, a treaty compliance body on which he subsequently served as a U.S. representative from 2004 to 2007. Also while at the Justice Department, Boyd prosecuted hate crimes following 9/11; and he was the lead prosecutor on cases of alleged voting improprieties in Florida filed after the 2000 presidential election.

Speaker

Diana Nada

Senior Manager, Infrastructure Advisory Services, Colliers Project Leaders

Dr Diana Nada is a Senior Manager at Colliers Project Leaders, Infrastructure Advisory Services. She has over 17 years of project management experience in capital projects with local and international asset owner companies and consultancies. She specializes in governance, oversight of mixed used developments and infrastructure projects, advising on best practices of project assurance and delivery, stakeholder engagement, PMOs and project auditing. With a PhD in Project Management (Civil Engineering) from the University of Calgary, her doctorate addressed success factors in decision making in capital projects addressing the disconnect between c-suite executives and project implementers during funding approvals, sanctioning and delivery. Dr Diana presented in several conferences, panels with PMI, ULI, WIN, CIQS, AACE and RICS. She has published articles and author of the book "Project Approval Decisions: Exploring Success Factors". She served on several committees with AACE, PMI and currently the AACE Project Management Committee Chair and Women in Project Controls Co-chair. She's been a member of ULI since 2015 and volunteers with ULI Toronto Connect and Membership Committees.

Speaker

Bryan Koop

EVP, Boston Region, Boston Properties

Bryan J. Koop serves as Executive Vice President, Boston Region. Prior to his appointment to this position in January 2016, Mr. Koop served as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of our Boston office since 1999. Mr. Koop is responsible for overseeing the operation of our existing regional portfolio in the Boston area, which includes the Prudential Center and Kendall Center. He is also responsible for developing new business opportunities in the area. Prior to joining us in 1999, Mr. Koop served at Trammell Crow Company from 1982 to 1999 where his career covered high-rise office building leasing and the development of commercial office buildings and shopping centers. From 1993 to 1999, his position was Managing Director and Regional Leader for Trammell Crow Company’s New England region, which included all commercial office and shopping center operations. Mr. Koop is a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the Kendall Square Association and previously served as chairman of the Back Bay Association. Mr. Koop received a BBA and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Speaker

David Wilts

Managing Principal, Digital Masterplanning

David is the Managing Principal of Digital Masterplanning (DMP), a consulting firm which advises real estate financiers and developers on how to achieve highest and best use by leveraging disruptive technology. David is also the founder of a software startup which is developing a software platform for the real estate industry. The Application will greatly improve the productivity of people and the velocity of capital, ultimately achieving higher asset values and higher volume of deals.

Speaker

Marta Schantz

Senior Vice President, ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance , Urban Land Institute

Marta Schantz is the Senior Vice President for the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute. She brings deep experience in the real estate sustainability market to lead and collaborate across organizations and stakeholders to achieve program goals and successes. Marta has strengths in project management and market analysis, concentrated in both qualitative and quantitative energy and policy analysis. She has deep experience in sustainability, energy efficiency, and large-scale program management. Marta is a LEED Green Associate and a Fitwel Ambassador. She holds a B.S. in Biological Engineering with a minor in Science Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Zanny Minton Beddoes

Editor-in-chief, The Economist

Editor-in-chief of The Economist and named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Zanny Minton Beddoes is a renowned global economics expert, sought-after for her authoritative perspectives on the world economy – past, present and future. The first female editor in The Economist’s 170+-year history, Zanny is renowned for delivering sophisticated insight on all facets of economic affairs. At the nexus of the global economy and policy, she adeptly positions new developments that impact business and industry into the broader context of world events, from emerging markets and a precarious European Union to corporate America and the latest twists in U.S. politics. Previously, during her decades-long tenure at The Economist, she served as business affairs editor, economics editor and emerging-markets correspondent. Zanny is the recipient of the 2017 Loeb Award in the “Breaking News” category for The Economist’s scoop on Saudi Aramco, as well as the 2012 Loeb Award for economic journalism. From her post at the top covering the global economy, policy and business enterprise, Zanny enlightens audiences on financial and economic trends with prescient analysis that is detailed yet comprehensive in scope. With charming wit and remarkable precision, her unique depth of perspective on the future of the global economy provides an unparalleled outlook that always engages and informs.

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Bill Olsen

Senior Manager, Leadership Strategies

Bill Olsen is a nationally-ranked professional facilitator and trainer focused on delivering accelerated results through Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving. Whether facilitating offsites, training groups or presenting workshops, he has a reputation for delivering dynamic offsites, tangible outcomes and strong consensus. He integrates purpose, processes and participants into workshops that are creative and interactive, while also being practical. (Okay, they’re fun!) A frequent conference speaker, he has a passion for accelerating performance. Having supported clients in 20 countries and 31 US states, he serves those with a genuine need for meaningful change. As a US Navy Commander, Bill transitioned from service at sea, to managing Programs ashore. While leading a high-risk project in 1996 he trained in Creative Problem Solving. Applying creative facilitation as a manager, his project achieved unparalleled success and was awarded the Nation’s “Silver Hammer Award for Reinventing Government”. He began facilitating other high-risk Defense programs, accelerating other teams to early milestones and four more Silver Hammers. As a University professor he shared these Creative skills in original courses, which were formally recognized as “the most popular electives in the history of the University”. Bill has been a full-time consultant since 1999 and a Senior Manager with Leadership Strategies since 2004, as he continues to accelerate results with clients, including: Corporations: P&G, Coca-Cola, Disney, Caterpillar, Nokia, Novartis, PWC, MITRE, CACI, multiple Banks & Credit Unions, Cisco Systems, GHD-US, CWCO, EMCOR & more. Government: EPA, DOT, DOE, NOAA, DHS, GSA, FDA, HHS, NIH, NASA, OMB, VA, Municipal Depts of Public Works, Chambers of Commerce & the government of Jamaica. Military: Major Programs in all services, incl. offices of Sec. of Defense, AF & Navy, incl. programs in Warfare Systems R&D, Medical, SBIR, Mine Countermeasures, Safety & IT. NFPOs: 60+ Global, National & Regional associations, non-profits & communities. Includes dozens of major Health care, Health research & Social Service associations.

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Bill Olsen

Senior Manager, Leadership Strategies

Bill Olsen is a nationally-ranked professional facilitator and trainer focused on delivering accelerated results through Creative Thinking and Creative Problem Solving. Whether facilitating offsites, training groups or presenting workshops, he has a reputation for delivering dynamic offsites, tangible outcomes and strong consensus. He integrates purpose, processes and participants into workshops that are creative and interactive, while also being practical. (Okay, they’re fun!) A frequent conference speaker, he has a passion for accelerating performance. Having supported clients in 20 countries and 31 US states, he serves those with a genuine need for meaningful change. As a US Navy Commander, Bill transitioned from service at sea, to managing Programs ashore. While leading a high-risk project in 1996 he trained in Creative Problem Solving. Applying creative facilitation as a manager, his project achieved unparalleled success and was awarded the Nation’s “Silver Hammer Award for Reinventing Government”. He began facilitating other high-risk Defense programs, accelerating other teams to early milestones and four more Silver Hammers. As a University professor he shared these Creative skills in original courses, which were formally recognized as “the most popular electives in the history of the University”. Bill has been a full-time consultant since 1999 and a Senior Manager with Leadership Strategies since 2004, as he continues to accelerate results with clients, including: Corporations: P&G, Coca-Cola, Disney, Caterpillar, Nokia, Novartis, PWC, MITRE, CACI, multiple Banks & Credit Unions, Cisco Systems, GHD-US, CWCO, EMCOR & more. Government: EPA, DOT, DOE, NOAA, DHS, GSA, FDA, HHS, NIH, NASA, OMB, VA, Municipal Depts of Public Works, Chambers of Commerce & the government of Jamaica. Military: Major Programs in all services, incl. offices of Sec. of Defense, AF & Navy, incl. programs in Warfare Systems R&D, Medical, SBIR, Mine Countermeasures, Safety & IT. NFPOs: 60+ Global, National & Regional associations, non-profits & communities. Includes dozens of major Health care, Health research & Social Service associations.

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Leslie Woo

Chief Development Officer, Metrolinx

Leslie Woo is Chief Development Officer (CDO), the executive lead for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) program for two provincial crown agencies: Metrolinx, the regional transit authority for the Toronto centred Greater Golden Horseshoe and Infrastructure Ontario, the public private partnership expert for the Government of Ontario. Leslie is responsible for extracting value from transit real estate assets, so as to increase transit ridership, improve the customer experience and ultimately create more complete and connected communities. Metrolinx’s $60 billion expansion program is enabling extensive market driven opportunities for integrated station development. Leslie has been named, one of Bisnow’s 2019 Toronto Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017, Spacing Toronto’s Transit Change-maker in 2016, Canada’s Women’s Infrastructure Network’s 2015 Outstanding Leader and a 2011/12 Fellow with the International Women’s Forum. For a decade Leslie led Metrolinx’s strategy and planning, catalysing historic multi-billion dollar investments in public transit. Leslie has been on the front lines of the rapid growth and change of Metrolinx. Prior to Metrolinx Leslie worked in the municipal, private and not-for-profit sectors. She was the key author of the original Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan (2006), which by 2016 had resulted in urban intensification totalling over 18 percent increase in multi-family residential development, a two-thirds reduction of greenfield lands consumption, and conserved about 800 square kilometres of agricultural and rural land. Leslie is an active volunteer with the Urban Land Institute as a member of the Americas Executive Committee and a Global Governing Trustee. She is a Director on the board of Women’s College Hospital. She is a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the 2015 recipient of the Renison University College Distinguished Alumna Award. Leslie is the creator of the blog shebuildscities.org celebrating women city builders around the world. Leslie received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Planning from the University of Waterloo.

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Annie Bergeron

Principal and Design Director, Gensler

Annie Bergeron’s work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. As a Gensler Design Principal with 20+ years’ experience, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design caliber, and create notable risk-taking solutions.

Her recent Toronto project work in Tech and Media illustrate her design versatility and breadth of experience. From a terrace mini-golf course, to a high end conference centre, or an innovative Tech Incubator, these recent projects were undertaken from strategic planning to construction, all the way to branding implementation and furniture procurement.

Annie’s awards include the Ryerson Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, and numerous ARIDO Design Awards. Product design awards from NEOCON, and VMSD awards for visual merchandising demonstrate her versatility.

A native Quebecer, she says “I have been a hard-core cycling commuter for 28 years: neither heat, rain, sleet nor snow keeps me off my bike. I also love to read French literature, but these days, you're more likely to see me out with my guys – husband and two boys – at the hockey arena or dangling from monkey bars.”

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Wayne Pendle

Senior Manager, Leadership Strategies

Wayne Pendle is a Senior Manager with Leadership Strategies (LSI) — a firm specializing in providing clients with professional facilitators to lead sessions in strategic planning, process improvement, information needs analysis, and issue resolution. The organization also focuses on teaching leadership training classes in group facilitation, consulting, project planning, team building and management excellence. Wayne has 20 years of extensive technology, logistics, business and leadership know-how through his years as an Army officer and business consultant. His skills and expertise at understanding static processes as well as mastering the dynamic challenges of people has allowed him to influence a wide range of organizations – from Fortune 100 executives to leaders of start-up tech firms. He has developed a reputation for communicating in a practical, dynamic, and interactive manner. As an instructor, many have evaluated the training that Wayne presents as “the best course ever taken.” Those classes include The Effective Facilitator, The Facilitative Consultant, Masterful Meetings, Facilitation for Trainers, and The Seven Separators. His most recent project was to take LSI’s flagship course, The Effective Facilitator, and redesign and modify it into a 100% virtual course called The Effective Virtual Facilitator. Not only it is taught virtually but the facilitation principles and best practices are skillfully modeled throughout the training. Wayne is a member and serves as current chairman of LSI’s Core Team Council. The purpose of this council is to provide a bridge between the leadership team at LSI and the Core Team Members (approximately 40) around the world. He has a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, an M.B.A. and M.S. in Management from Colorado Technical University and is pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Leadership. He lives in Fairhope, AL with his wife and three children.

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Chantal Bernier

Counsel / National Practice Leader, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Dentons

Chantal Bernier leads Dentons' Canadian Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Chantal advises leading-edge national and international companies as they expand into Canada and Europe, enter the e-commerce space, adopt data analytics and roll out data-based market initiatives. Her clients include ad tech companies, financial institutions, biotech companies, data analytics firms and government institutions. During her nearly six years at the helm of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Chantal led national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, as well privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews, technological analysis, and privacy policy development and research. In her Government Affairs and Public Policy practice, Chantal leverages her many years in high-ranking positions at the Government of Canada to provide her clients with strategic counsel. She serves clients in French, English, Italian and Spanish, and is very active at the international level.

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Jan De Silva

President & CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Jan De Silva is President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, one of the largest and most influential business organizations in North America. She is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world. Jan brings to the role more than 14 years of international CEO experience building ambitious, high-growth organizations. Anchored in her leadership is her belief in the power of economic development to lift communities. Prior to joining the Board, she served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong and Mainland China businesses and co-founded and later sold Retail China Limited. Jan also served as Dean of Ivey Asia for Ivey Business School of Western University. Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement, Jan has been Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Chair of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing and served on the Board of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. In 2019, she was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council. Jan also sits on the boards of Intact Financial Corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; and, Blue Umbrella Limited, a global compliance technology company headquartered in Hong Kong.

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Ben Shepherd

Director, Atelier Ten

As Director and co-leader of Atelier Ten's largest US office in New York City, Ben has extensive experience in sustainability consulting, masterplanning, urban ecology, and green development projects. In addition to leading the firm's US Benchmarking and Planning practices, he has consulted for a wide range of projects and clients including: The Smithsonian Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Newark Airport/ Port Authority of NY/NJ, NYU Langone Medical Center, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, Princeton, and Yale University. He has been a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) since 2016, and is currently the co-chair of the ULI's Infrastructure Council in New York City, and a member of the national ULI University Development and Innovation Council (UDIC) that focuses on the relationships between developers/owners and universities, and the convergent needs of academic and private‐sector partners. In his spare time, Ben is also an instructor at Pratt Institute's Graduate Architecture & Urban Design (GAUD) program.

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Matt Stephenson

Associate Principal, Woods Bagot

Matt specializes in the design of mixed use urban Architecture within Woods Bagot's internationally recognized design studio. Focusing on high performance design processes and solutions that optimize efficiency while establishing site specific built environments. Their work re-positioning existing structures with new building typologies is underpinned by data driven intelligence that explores the relationship between people and space.

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Derek Ballantyne

Managing Partner, New Commons Development Inc

15+ years leading community housing and development corporations as CEO of Toronto Community Housing and COO of Build Toronto. Deployed over $500M in real estate in Canada.

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Gary Berman

President & CEO, Tricon Capital Group Inc.

Since joining Tricon in 2002, Mr. Berman has built on the company’s 30+ year history of innovation and continuous improvement to help transform Tricon from a private provider of equity and mezzanine capital to the for-sale housing industry, to a publicly listed, residential real estate company with a clear focus on rental housing in North America. Tricon is the third largest public owner of single-family rental homes in the U.S. and recently acquired a major portfolio of multi-family properties in the U.S. sunbelt. The Selby, the first of Tricon’s purpose-built rental buildings in Toronto, was FRPO’s Residential Development of the Year in 2019. Mr. Berman is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Governors of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University.

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Shirley Davis

Global Workforce Expert, SDS Global Enterprises, Inc.

Dr. Shirley Davis is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. She has over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies and served as the Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performing and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive. Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS News, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CNN.com, and Inclusion Magazine. She is also a featured author of two popular LinkedIn Learning courses entitled “Leadership Foundations” and “Inclusive Leadership.” She is the author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.”