Canadian Real Estate: Where does it go from here?

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About the event


For Canadian REITs and REOCs, 2016 started off strong and ended even stronger by year end. The sector was up with many issuers having equity prices above net asset value despite some REITs and REOCs having significant exposure to Alberta. Direct real estate returns however is at a 22 year low. While investors are cautiously optimistic of Canada’s real estate market in 2017, there is some uncertainty on how investors should position their real estate portfolio. 


In this seminar, a panel of senior real estate professionals from banking, property management, and portfolio management will discuss the current state of Canada‘s real estate landscape, portfolio management including asset allocation, and impact of rising interest rates to valuation and return.


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  • Regional Markets – Eastern, Central, and Western Canada
  • Asset class (retail, multi-residential, office, and industrial)
  • Portfolio management – REITs, REOCs, and direct real estate
  • Valuation methodology – NAV and valuation benchmarks
  • Are investors domestic or internationally focused?
  • Rising interest rates and its effects on return and valuation



  • Gain an understanding of the unique Canadian real estate landscape
  • Current investment opportunities in each asset class
  • Identify reasons to invest in REITs, REOCs, and direct real estate
  • Understand investor key performance indictors 
  • Understand how Canadian investors are building their portfolio
  • Impact of rising interest rates on valuation and earnings growth



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John O’Bryan
CBRE Limited

John is Honorary Chairman of CBRE Limited. He is a member of the Canadian Board of Directors and Canadian Executive Management Committee. In this role at CBRE, John has helped develop the Capital Markets brand in Canada. With over 40 years of experience, John is one of Canada’s foremost Capital Markets experts. John’s past accomplishments include: selling in excess of $8.0 billion worth of commercial real estate across Canada; negotiating over 4 million square feet of leases for major Canadian companies and institutions. As an industry leader, John is frequently quoted by the media including public speaking engagements: BNN, CTV, CBC, National Real Estate Forums, NAIOP, SIOR, AIC and numerous property industry events across Canada and the United States.  In addition, John is a Trustee of Canadian Tire’s CT REIT, sits on the Board of Directors at REALpac and is the past President of NAIOP



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Neil Downey, CPA, CA, CFA
Managing Director, Global Equity Research, 
RBC Capital Markets

Neil is a Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets and also serves as Associate Head of Canadian Research. As a senior member of Global Equity Research, Neil is responsible for the firm's coverage of the Canadian real estate and related sectors. With twenty years of experience and more than 30 REITs and REOCs in his coverage universe, Neil has significant breadth and depth of knowledge of the real estate sector. Most recently, he was ranked #1 in both the 2016 Greenwich survey and the 2015 Brendan Woods International survey. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in 1993 with an honours bachelor of business administration, Neil received his CA designation in 1995 and was awarded his CFA charter in 1997.  


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Mark Kenney
Chief Operating Officer

Mark joined Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (CAPREIT), a TSX listed company, in 1998. CAPREIT’s portfolio consists of over 48,500 residential rental units and land lease sites across Canada and The Netherlands.  With over 25 years of experience in the multi-family sector and as Chief Operating Officer, Mark is actively involved in creating and implementing company policy, directing the property management team, and oversight of marketing, procurement, energy initiatives, acquisitions and dispositions. Prior to joining CAPREIT, Mark held a senior position at Realstar Management Partnership, overseeing portfolios in Western Canada and Northern Ontario.  Mark is the Chair of the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Carleton University.


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Michael Missaghie, CFA
Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager
Sentry Investments

Michael joined Sentry in 2008 and has over a decade of financial industry experience. Michael is co-manager of Sentry’s global platform, including Sentry Global Growth and Income Fund, and Sentry Global Mid Cap Income Fund. He is also lead manager of Sentry Global REIT Fund. Michael is a winner of a Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Investment Mind Award (2012), given by the sell-side analyst community to those with the best grasp of the industries in which they invest and the most influence in the Canadian market. Michael graduated with an MBA degree from Schulich School of Business, York University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics) degree from the University of Western Ontario. 


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Jennifer R. Schillaci, CFA
Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager
Manulife Real Estate

Jennifer is Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, with Manulife Real Estate, the global real estate investment and asset management arm of Manulife Financial. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for the ongoing investment strategy and portfolio management, including acquisitions, dispositions and financing, for Manulife Real Estate’s fund offerings in Canada. Prior to her current role, she held various investment positions across several asset classes within Manulife including real estate, high-yield bonds, private equity, and private debt in both Toronto and Boston. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she earned a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.



This event is aimed for the general audience who’s interested in real estate as an investment (i.e. REIT or REOC) or asset class and real estate professionals.


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This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Continuing Education Program

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Eligible for 1 CFA Institute CE credit hours
May be eligible for CE credits to maintain CFP® certification

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When & Where
Apr 4
4th April 2017
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Toronto, ON
2017-04-04 12:00 PM 2017-04-04 02:00 PM America/New_York Canadian Real Estate: Where does it go from here? 91 King Street East Toronto, ON, Canada M5C 1G3

Albany Club

Albany Club 91 King Street East Toronto, ON