Queen's Real Estate Roundtable

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The Queen's Real Estate Roundtable presents its next

Commercial Real Estate Executive Seminar 


Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Vantage Venues Conference Centre (formerly St. Andrew's Club)
​150 King Street West, Toronto

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Keynote Fireside Chat:
An Industry Outlook & Career Perspective From a Real Estate Icon

Rai Sahi, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Morguard Corporation
Interviewed by Daniel Simunac, Managing Director & Principal Officer, Canada, Raymond James Bank

The Original REIT Model May Be Broken: Are We Repairing or Replacing It?
Todd Bechard, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions, Cominar REIT (Moderator)
Louis Forbes, Trustee, Automotive Properties REIT 
Peter Sweeney, Chief Financial Officer, SmartCentres REIT
Michael Waters, Chief Executive Officer, Minto Apartment REIT  
Cecilia Williams, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Allied Properties REIT

Institutional Investors: Creating Value & Managing Risk in a Mature Market
Sheila Botting, National Leader, Real Estate & Construction, Deloitte (Moderator)
Phil Gillin, Executive Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Bentall Kennedy
Steven Marino, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management, GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
David Pappin, President, IAM Real Estate Group
Scott Silverberg, Vice President, Asset Management – Office, Oxford Properties Group

Private Equity: Have the Tides Turned to Their Advantage & If So, Why?
Jamie Ziegel, Managing Director, Real Estate Group, TD Securities (Moderator)
Robert Armstrong, Managing Director, Slate Asset Management L.P.
Zachary Cohn, Senior Vice President, Brookfield Property Partners
Daniel Drimmer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Starlight Investments Limited
H. Michael Schwartz, Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SmartStop Asset Management

Debt Capital Markets: Risks & Opportunities in 2019
Brim Lee, Associate Vice President, Brookfield Financial (Moderator)
Norm Camiré , Managing Director & Head, CMBS, Royal Bank of Canada
Jim Eplett, Vice President, Commercial Mortgages, BMO Canadian Commercial Banking
Kate Jaczko, Director, Real Estate Finance Division, CIBC
Patrick Smith, Vice President, Debt Investments, Timbercreek

N.B. While it is highly unlikely, sessions, speakers and moderators are subject to change without notice.

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This stimulating, full-day conference will engage many of the industry's foremost leaders in an informative, candid and interactive forum. It will investigate the causes and effects of these significant trends in Canadian real estate capital markets – both current and emerging. Four insightful panel discussions will focus on Private Equity; Public REITs; Institutional Investors; and Lenders / Debt Capital. The panel sessions will have a practical focus: analyzing current trends, forecasting future changes, and examining strategies executives can immediately implement to capitalize on opportunities and manage risks presented by emerging market conditions. The event will also provide many informal networking opportunities to build business relationships with senior executives across a broad spectrum within the commercial real estate and capital markets sectors

To ensure the high quality of this unique and interactive seminar, registration will be limited to 100 people. Our seminars usually sell out quickly, so register early to avoid disappointment. A reduced fee will apply to registrations received by January 18, 2019.


These are intelligent, interactive and insightful seminars for thought leaders in the commercial real estate sector. More than ever before, succeeding in this highly competitive industry requires not just traditional knowledge and skills, but also creativity, a deep understanding of the dynamics of the business, and the ability to foresee emerging trends in the marketplace before your competitors. The goal of Queen’s University’s Commercial Real Estate Executive Seminars is to allow professionals to step back from their frenetic work lives for one day, to get a clearer, more analytic view of current trends and emerging patterns in the industry, and how to capitalize on them.

Experience has shown that this small and interactive forum is the most effective way for business leaders to develop the vision, creativity, and strategic thinking that they need to maximize their own performance, and create greater value for their organizations.


  • Alberta Investment Management Corporation 
  • Ernst & Young
  • Raymond James
  • SmartStop Asset Management
  • Torys


  • Providers of privately-held and publicly-traded equity and/or debt capital
  • Institutional lenders such as banks, life insurance companies and pension funds
  • Investment bankers, fund managers, and finance professionals engaged in real estate
  • Executives on the investment side of pension funds, private equity firms, REITs, REOCs, insurance companies, and opportunity funds.
  • Commercial real estate and financing brokers and advisors
  • Commercial real estate investors, owners and operators Lawyers, accountants and other consultants advising the real estate industry
  • End-users/tenants of corporate real estate
  • Public and private sector property and facility managers
  • Developers, planners, land and construction professionals
  • Professionals engaged in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, leasing and marketing


Registration Fee

$475.00 plus 13% HST = $536.75 until January 18, 2019

$545.00 plus 13% HST = $615.85 after January 18, 2019

Fee includes tuition, seminar materials, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, and hot buffet lunch (sponsored by SmartStop Asset Management).

Advance online registration is required. Registration at the event is not available and our seminars usually sell out well in advance.

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Multiple Registrant Discount

Companies registering (and paying for) three or more employees at the same time receive an additional discount per registrant. The multiple registrant rate is $425.00 plus HST = $480.25 on or before January 18, 2019, and $495.00 plus HST = $559.35 after. Prior to registering online, please contact us at real.estate@queensu.ca to receive the applicable registration weblink.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation of registration on or before January 18, 2019 will be subject to a $200.00 cancelation fee. No fees will be refunded after this date.
Registrants may be replaced by an employee of the same organization, if written notification is given on or before February 4, 2019.

Seminar Location

Vantage Venues Conference Centre (formerly St. Andrew's Club)
​150 King Street West, Toronto

Limited Enrolment

To ensure the high quality of this unique and interactive seminar, attendance will be limited to the first 100 paid registrants. All of our seminars sell out, so register early.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A range of excellent sponsorship opportunities are still available for this and future seminars that offer high-value, prestigious promotion of your organization to the senior executive decision-makers who attend our events, as well as to our very large e-mail distribution list and LinkedIn platform. For more information please contact us at real.estate@queensu.ca or 613-533-2958.


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