Closing roundtable: strategic thinkers look at the challenges and opportunities in the land and development market. An out-of-the-box look at 2023 and beyond

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Closing roundtable: strategic thinkers look at the challenges and opportunities in the land and development market. An out-of-the-box look at 2023 and beyond

Closing roundtable: strategic thinkers look at the challenges and opportunities in the land and development market. An out-of-the-box look at 2023 and beyond

About the speakers
  • Hugh Clark
    Hugh Clark
    Chief Development Officer at TAS
  • Laurie Payne
    Laurie Payne
    Executive Vice President , Operations & Project Execution at Osmington Gerofsky Development Corporation
    Laurie Payne manages operations and project execution at OGDC and is responsible for land development strategy, site acquisition, project approvals and delivery to the market. Building on 18+ years in the industry working across Canada and in the UK, most recently as SVP Development for DiamondCorp., Laurie has secured approvals for over 30 million square feet of development across all asset classes including the 60-acre, 5 million square foot, Crosstown community on the former Celestica Lands in Toronto. Laurie regularly provides advice to governments, the development industry and non-profits on emerging planning policy and development matters. In 2016, Laurie was named to the Urban Land Institute’s global “40 Under 40” and is a founding member of the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative. Laurie is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Board of Directors. As part of her leadership in supporting healthy, vibrant, inclusive communities, Laurie was a member of the BlackNorth Housing Committee and is an advisor to Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
  • Casey Gallagher
    Casey Gallagher
    Vice Chairman at CBRE
    Casey Gallagher is a senior member of CBRE Capital Markets’ National Investment Team (“NIT”). Casey is recognized as an industry leader and oversees the development land practice for the Toronto branch of NIT. Since the early 2000s, Casey has been an integral part of the considerable growth of the development land practice with CBRE, driving a heightened understanding of condominium, rental, and commercial development underwriting. In addition, he is one of Canada’s most active leading brokers on behalf of all levels of government in the conveyance of lands for socially beneficial outcomes, including affordable rental and new-format long-term care. Casey’s clients include pension funds, REITs, institutions and private owners and he remains a trusted advisor for high-profile distressed assignments. Over the last 5 years, he has completed over $30 billion in total sales. As an industry leader, Casey has represented CBRE as a moderator and panelist at industry forums and regularly contributes to CBRE’s Canadian Cap Rate Survey and Investment Insights publications.
  • Renée Gomes
    Renée Gomes
    Senior Vice President at DiamondCorp
    Renée Gomes is a Registered Professional Planner and Senior Vice President of Development at DiamondCorp. She has over 18 years of experience in the private and public sectors, leading the planning and implementation of residential, office, and industrial developments across the GTA, including strategies for advancing public policy objectives through commercially successful real estate projects. Renée previously managed Waterfront Toronto’s development initiatives in the East Bayfront and West Don Lands communities, including Athletes’ Village for the Pan/Parapan American Games. She led the master planning and municipal approvals processes for East Harbour, Canada’s largest planned commercial development, and has prepared growth management and revitalization strategies for numerous communities in the Greater Toronto Area and in England. Renée is a lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Graduate Program in Planning, a Board Director of Evergreen, and Chair of Mission Advancement for ULI Toronto. Renée holds a Master of Science in Planning Degree from the University of Toronto.
  • Steve Keyzer
    Steve Keyzer
    Executive Vice President at Colliers
    Steve Keyzer is a key leader within the multifamily, redevelopment, and intensification vertical in the GTA. He acts on behalf of an ever-increasing number of private, corporate, institutional, and governmental urban real estate/landowners, as well as insolvency, bankruptcy, and restructuring firms to maximize the value of their properties. He brings certainty with a focused and diligent approach to process while establishing highest & best use for a given asset. He is able to guide property owners through the value maximization and/or redevelopment process to align value expectations for sale as well as Joint Venture projects. Steve has extensive experience with high density transit-oriented development sites having transacted on numerous projects that are adjacent to or integrate transit.
  • Neil Pattison
    Neil Pattison
    Senior Vice President, Development at Graywood Group
    Neil Pattison leads the Development Team at Graywood and is currently responsible for the approval and delivery of 6,000 units with a value of $4 billion across Graywood’s portfolio. Neil has 25 years of experience in leading and delivering residential and mixed-use developments working for private developers, the Provincial Government and private planning consultants in Canada and the UK. During this time Neil has worked on and delivered over 20 high-rise and mid-rise mixed-use developments. Prior to joining Graywood in 2015, Neil worked for the Daniels Corporation for 9 years, he is a Registered Professional Planner with the OPPI and the CIP and holds degrees in Planning Studies and Town Planning from Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
  • Tony Vadacchino
    Tony Vadacchino
    Senior Vice President at Anthem Properties
    Tony Vadacchino is a Senior Vice President based in Toronto at Anthem Properties Group, a real estate development, investment and management company that strives, solves and evolves to create better spaces and stronger communities. Founded in 1991, Anthem is a team of over 500 people driven by creativity, passion, and direct communication. Anthem has invested in, developed or managed – alone or in partnership – more than 320 residential, commercial and retail projects across western North America. Anthem, with its respective financial partners, has a portfolio of current and past projects that includes more than 20,500 homes built, in design or under construction, more than 9 million sq. ft. of retail, industrial and office space, and 8,500 acres of land across Alberta, British Columbia and California. Before joining Anthem, Tony was a member of the real estate group at Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) for over 6 years. Prior to his departure, he was Vice-president leading all real estate investment and management activities for AIMCo’s $17 Billion Canadian real estate portfolio.

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