Annual Real Estate Forum

June 21, 2018, 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored by Deloitte


Real Estate Outlook for the Lower Mainland - What lies ahead?

Our panel of experts will speak to prevailing issues and trends impacting residential and commercial real estate in the Lower Mainland, including:

  • Impact of e-commerce on demand for retail properties
  • How are supply/demand impact housing affordability in Greater Vancouver?  How have recent real estate rule changes impacted the housing market in Greater Vancouver?
  • The foreign buyers tax appears to have had a different outcome on home prices in Vancouver vs. Toronto.  What is driving this difference?
  • HR impact of housing affordability in Greater Vancouver on ability for organizations to attract talent
  • Where are we in the demand cycle for office properties?  How are trends such as remote working arrangements and co-working spaces impacting demand for office properties?


11:45am - Open for Registration and Networking

11:45am – 2:00pm – Luncheon and Panel discussion


Hotel Georgia
Spanish Ballroom, 2nd Floor
801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC


Kelly.jpgKelly Blankstein, Cadillac Fairview
Kelly Blankstein, CPA (CA) has over 15 years’ experience in senior financial roles and over 8 years of experience working in Commercial Real Estate. She is currently Controller for the Western Canada Portfolio at Cadillac Fairview with oversight of a portfolio of over 7.7Million feet of GLA. She is responsible for leading the Western Portfolio finance team with accountability for all operational accounting and reporting, budgeting, cash management and capital spend functions in the portfolio. She is part of a Portfolio management team that has consistently produced higher than benchmark returns for the last 7 years.  She was also responsible for designing and implementing an Enterprise Risk Management program for Cadillac Fairview, which has received many accolades from the Board and the Company's parent, Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan. In this capacity, she has worked with various stakeholders, including Cadillac Fairview's Executive team, to turn risk profiles and insights into strategic advantage for the organization.
chard-85_2_-2.jpgByron Chard, Chard Development 

Byron Chard spent the early part of his career working as a certified Chartered Accountant first with one of the Big Six in both Canada and the United States and later with a major Vancouver-based commercial and residential development company. He joined Chard Development in 2014 and has been an instrumental part of the company’s significant growth ever since. Byron is highly engaged with the day to day operations of Chard and is accountable for strategic direction including acquisitions, product mix, and sourcing debt and capital partners.


Tim GrantTim Grant, PCI Developments

Tim is a member of PCI’s Executive Team and partner. He is responsible for its development and asset management programs. Tim is currently a Director with Catalyst Community Developments Society and a past director for the Urban Development Institute’s (UDI) U40 Committee.  A sports enthusiast and former professional baseball player, Tim enjoys coaching, golf, skiing, snowboarding, and tennis. Tim is a CPA; CA; he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics focused in Finance from Dartmouth College (USA).


guerreracarla.jpgCarla Guerrera, Purpose Driven Development, Planning & Strategy
Carla Guerrera is a globally recognized land use professional who melds the fields of real estate development, planning, design and sustainability. She’s known for her inspired vision, collaborative approach, and ability to successfully deliver complex, mixed-use urban development projects. Carla has led $870 million in real estate development projects in Canada’s top markets, including the highly successful master plan and redevelopment of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. She has been recognized with the prestigious Urban Land Institutes Top 40 Under 40 global land use professionals award, as well as Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 Award. Carla is a highly skilled strategic leader of teams, with an exceptional track record for turning challenges into opportunities, and bringing vision to reality for complex projects for the benefit of communities and investors.
Moderated by:

Doug PurdieDoug Purdie


Doug Purdie is a partner in the Audit practice of Deloitte LLP in Vancouver practicing as part of Deloitte Private where he specializes in working with private entities and is the interim leader of the firm's BC Real Estate Group. He has over 26 years of extensive experience focused on businesses engaged in the real estate industry in Canada, the United States and China. His clients have included both private and institutional investors, owners and developers, general contractors, and managers of commercial, industrial and retail real estate including hotels, shopping centres, office buildings, mixed use projects, and residential condominiums. Doug is an effective sounding board and advisor to owners, directors and management of private and family companies and integrates practical business advice with providing clients a full range of audit, accounting and tax services designed to increase their long-term success and meet the needs of diversified stakeholder interests. His work in this area includes identifying and resolving complex accounting and financial reporting matters, raising capital, corporate restructurings, due diligence requirements, and corporate governance matters. He is an active member of the Urban Development Institute (Pacific Region), a director of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BC Division) (2008 – current), and a director of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association (2016 – current). 


  • Hosted Tables of 10 with signage @ $800 + GST
  • Individual Tickets @ $85 + GST