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What Office Tenants Want: Fact vs. Fiction

  • 19 Jun 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • The National Club, 303 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2R1
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What Office Tenants Want: Fact vs. Fiction

Join us for a captivating discussion with an expert panel representing some of Canada’s most prominent developers. Each panelist will share their unique perspective on what today’s office tenants are looking for in building design and interior workplace environments, and how this impacts the design and marketing of their own projects.


Rodney McDonald, Principal, Consulting & Project Management – Avison Young

A Principal of Avison Young based at the company's global headquarters in downtown Toronto, Rodney McDonald is the Practice Leader of Consulting and Project Management Services in Ontario, leading a diverse team of professionals serving local, national and international clients. Rodney advises boards, executives and senior managers and his team’s services include real estate strategy, workplace strategy, space programming, project management, change management, and move management, working collaboratively with Avison Young’s other service lines. Rodney co-leads Avison Young's Innovation Affinity Group, is a founding member and former leader of Avison Young’s Global Citizenship Affinity Group and is a member of Avison Young’s Enterprise Solutions team.


Thomas G. Burns, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Allied Properties REIT

Thomas G. Burns is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and a trustee of Allied Properties REIT. Tom joined Allied in January 2011 and oversees all leasing transactions, operations and key supplier relationships for Allied’s growing portfolio of properties in Canada. Prior to joining Allied, Tom was Senior Vice President, Retail for DTZ Barnicke, as well as a member of DTZ’s Global Management Committee. During Tom’s 30-year career, he has distinguished himself in the Canadian Real Estate community in both the leasing of retail space and consulting on the repositioning of existing retail properties.
Derek Goring, Vice President, Development - First Gulf

Derek is currently Vice President, Development with First Gulf Corporation, a commercial real estate developer based in Toronto. First Gulf provides the full spectrum of expertise on mixed use, office, retail and industrial development projects and has delivered over $4 billion of developed assets. Derek is responsible for leading the development of East Harbour, a 60-acre site in downtown Toronto which is planned to include approximately 12-million sq. ft. of office, retail, entertainment, institutional and cultural uses upon full build-out.

Charlie Musgrave, Senior Director, Office Leasing - Ivanhoé Cambridge

As Senior Director, Office Leasing, North America with Ivanhoé Cambridge, Charlie is responsible for overseeing Toronto office leasing which is currently heavily weighted towards the pre-leasing of the 3-million sq. ft. CIBC Square office development. With over 14 years of leasing experience, Charlie’s career spans various global markets, including Hong Kong and New York City.  Charlie sits on the Board of Directors of the NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter (Chair of the Education Committee) and he is a Member of the Resource Development Committee for Eva’s Initiatives.

John R. Peets, Vice President, Leasing – Oxford Properties Group

John leads and manages a dynamic team of real estate professionals responsible for NOI, Occupancy, Marketing and Business Development for approximately 10-million sq. ft. of office space in 21 buildings within the GTA.  John is a results-driven business executive with 30 years of commercial real estate experience. He has a proven track record of managing winning sales teams, with exposure to all aspects of the commercial real estate environment, including leasing strategy design and implementation, profit accountability and office development.

Caitlin Turner, Senior Associate, Senior Project Interior Designer – HOK

Caitlin is an award-winning Senior Project Interior Designer and Senior Associate with HOK. She is highly regarded for her knowledge of all facets of the interior design process and is appreciated and sought after by clients. Caitlin has successfully helped such high profile corporations as Visa, Xerox, RSA, and various traditional firms embrace an agile work environment.  She is a creative lead and dedicated mentor as evidenced by previous work as part of the Design Faculty at the Academy of Design at RCC Institute of Technology, and her continued role as facilitator of the HOK internship program.

The National Club
303 Bay Street
Toronto, ON

June 19th, 2018
7:30 - 8:00 (registration & breakfast)
8:00 am - 9:00 am (panel presentation)

$45 members
$90 non-members
$30 Young Leaders

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