AWF Summer Luncheon

11:30 AM, June 21, 2023

Navigating Current Trends and Disruptions in the Real Estate Market

Join us on June 21st at the Fairmont Pacific Rim as our esteemed panel addresses topics including:

  • How major economic trends, interest rates, inflation and demographics impact the Real Estate market in Greater Vancouver,
  • What are the new legal, tax and regulatory requirements and how they can impact real estate investment decisions in the current market,
  • How does land scarcity in the Lower Mainland impacts property values,
  • What are the drivers of the affordability challenges in Greater Vancouver and what are some of the actions being taken to address them.


Real_Estate_2012/Nicole_McLellan_Cropped.jpgNicole McLellan, Senior Business Development Manager at Stewart Title

Nicole has worked for Stewart Title for 7 years. She is currently the Senior Business Development Manager for Vancouver Island, but she has also worked with client’s in Vancouver, Tri-Cities and the Fraser Valley during her time with Stewart Title. Nicole has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Calgary. Prior to working as an Urban Planner in both Calgary and Edmonton, Nicole worked in Finance for RBC for 6 years, in Toronto


Real_Estate_2012/Dale_telfer.jpegDale Telfer, Region Vice President at HSBC Real Estate

Dale has enjoyed a diverse banking career spanning 36 years, including 25 with HSBC. He is responsible for a Commercial Real Estate finance business in Western Canada of established real estate clients across all asset classes. As he assumed progressively more senior management roles, Dale became increasingly committed to, and passionate about, team building, talent management, and helping people reach their own career objectives. A true people person, he has an authentic approach to connecting people with opportunities, within HSBC and beyond.


Real_Estate_2012/Wendy_Waters-579_FCropped.jpgWendy Waters, Vice President Research Services & Strategy at GWL Realty Advisors

Wendy has over 20 years of experience in real estate research, 17 of them with GWL Realty Advisors (GWLRA).  GWLRA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canada Life, manages the real estate investments of pension fund and institutional clients via direct investments as well as through its open-ended segregated funds.  At GWLRA she leads Research Services & Strategy team, which provides strategic analysis to support and grow the $17 Billion in real estate under management in the office, industrial, retail and multi-residential rental asset classes. The research team focuses on the economic, demographic and social drivers of real estate performance as well as capital flow and market trends that shape returns. They also provide research and analysis to support new developments, especially in the rental housing asset class (GWLRA has over 6000 units in the development pipeline including several in the Vancouver area).  Wendy regularly publishes research at // and shares insights on panels and as a keynote speaker in Vancouver and across Canada. She is active with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Urban Development Institute (UDI). Wendy has a Ph.D. in world economic history and lives in East Vancouver with her husband and two teenaged children.


Moderated by:

Real_Estate_2012/Lorna_Nimmons_2017_11.jpgLorna Nimmons, Partner Audit at KPMG

Lorna is an audit partner in KPMG’s Greater Vancouver practice and has over 28 years of experience providing assurance and business advisory services to private and public companies, primarily in the real estate and hospitality sectors. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Lorna is a 1994 graduate from the University of Edinburgh, in Law and Accountancy LLB (Hons). She holds a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation from Scotland and CPA designation from British Columbia. In June 2014 she obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Within KPMG she is the former Chair of Women in Leadership in Greater Vancouver and thus actively involved in mentoring and championing women to achieve their leadership goals.

Lorna is passionate about being involved in her community and helping others. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the Big Sisters of Lower Mainland BC and has been a strong supporter of the organization and in particular its mentoring objectives. She is a former director (and founding member) of Vancouver CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) (2005-2007) and director of the Association of Women in Finance (2011-2013). She was the former President and Treasurer of the North Shore Disability Resource Centre (2010-2016) and Treasurer of 365give (2014-2021).



Individual Luncheon ticket: $95 (plus GST and processing fees)

Hosted table of 10 with signage: $900 (plus GST and processing fees)

Date and Time:

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

11:30am – 12:00pm: Open for registration

12:00pm – 2:00pm: Luncheon and Panel Discussion


Hotel Fairmont Pacific Rim, Star Sapphire Ballroom, 3rd Floor

1038 Canada Place, Vancouver


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