This year’s forum seeks to provide clarity to the state of the industry following declines in world-wide energy and commodity prices that have been seen since 2014. The Forum, which is now in its 18th year remains one of the largest real estate conferences of its kind in Western Canada, and promises to provide answers to increasingly pertinent questions such as: how much softness exists in the downtown office market? How are the industrial, retail and multi-residential sectors performing? Is investment interest in Edmonton still strong? What are the expectations with respect to oil prices rebounding, and when?
Tom Redl, president & CEO, CHANDOS Construction Ltd, will chair the event.
“The Edmonton Real Estate Forum is about perspective and knowledge,” notes Redl. “While working in our own segment of the market, we can get tunnel vision of and not see the trends and influences that will ultimately impact our business. Attending the Edmonton Real Estate Forum and hearing the broad and high level experts will help us see the broader forces at play and give us the information we need for our own business strategy. This perspective and knowledge will allow attendees to identify and act on opportunities that are and will be available in the Edmonton Real estate market.”
Notable speakers from the economic development, government and real estate sectors will include:
- Ivan Beljan, visioneer, Beljan Developments
- Bill Blais, president & CEO, Maclab Development Group
- Melanie Ducholke, CFO, Camgill Development Corporation
- Don Iveson, mayor, City of Edmonton
- Brandon Kot, managing partner, Canada ICI
- Jaime McKenna, senior vice president, finance and investments, Minto Properties
- Darin Rayburn, CEO, Melcor REIT
- George Schluessel, president & CEO, ProCura
- Cheryll Watson, vice president, Urban Economy, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
- Cory Wosnack, principal, Avison Young
This event, which has been designed to fit every organization’s schedule and budget, is open to asset managers, brokers, corporate real estate executives, developers, investors and other professionals active in the ownership, management, leasing, financing and marketing of commercial, industrial, investment and residential real estate. The Forum will help these stakeholders find their way forward and determine strategies for 2017 onwards.
Edmonton Real Estate Forum is a strong believer in affordable housing that supports and betters the greater community. As such, a donation to Habitat for Humanity has been made in lieu of speaker’s gifts. This gift is timely as Habitat for Humanity gears up for a productive year in 2017. Former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are touring Canada and will be bringing their 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project to Edmonton. This project includes building 150 new homes in Canada, 75 of which will be in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan.
Those interested in the Forum can register online at www.realestateforums.com/edmontonref/register.