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Montréal Real Estate Forum
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Palais des congrès de Montréal

PRESENTATIONS

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THE QUÉBEC ECONOMY RESISTS INTERNATIONAL TREMORS: WHY AND FOR HOW LONG?


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Even though the global economy is slowing down, the Montréal region continues to do well. In addition, international lingering uncertainties have the advantage of prolonging low-interest rates in North America. The economy of the Montréal CMA, already at full employment, seems able to stay on course for growth. Will the real estate market follow suit? What major industries are the main drivers of the local economy? Will they be able to fuel strong job creation in the current demographic context?

- Mario Lefebvre - Regional Director (Economy), Bank of Canada

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SESSION A1: THE CHANGING FACE OF THE RETAIL MARKET: NEW FORMATS, NEW TENANTS AND ASSET REPOSITIONING


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This session will examine the key leasing, investment and development trends and issues as well as provide an outlook for retail activity in this market. How is the supply and demand balance, tenant interest, and consumer spending? Are retail owners in Montréal considering new projects or upgrading their existing properties? Which new retailers are entering this market now or potentially in the future? What retail categories and tenants are performing well? Who is facing greater challenges? What impact is online shopping having on conventional stores and omnichannel retail? How will the retail market in Montréal likely perform overall in 2022 and beyond?

- Manon Larose - Senior Vice-President, Retail, JLL
- Stéphanie Cardinal - President, Humà Design + Architecture
- Karl Magnone - President, Tite Frette Franchises
- Andréanne Marquis - Founder, Womance
- Sylvie Plourde - Senior Director, Retail Leasing, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited

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SESSION A3: THE NEW FINANCING WORLD, GREEN BONDS, ESG: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


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ESG investments are gaining substantial impetus for achieving global economic growth. Global, national, and local businesses are committing massively to sustainable projects and initiatives. Green, social and sustainability bond financing is keeping savvy owners ahead of the curve – green buildings are not only attractive to tenants and purchasers, but also to lenders. Get the facts on what to avoid when considering green real estate, what is available from lenders and how green financing can provide better loan conditions and more liquidity.

- Alison Chave - Vice President Debt Capital Markets, JLL
- René Demers - Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Private Banking, Real Estate, National Bank of Canada
- Vince Faustini - Regional Vice President Québec, Equitable Bank
- Jeffrey Soliman - President, VA Capital
- Rosalie Vendette - Associate, Quinn & Partners

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THE STRONG DEMAND IN THE INDUSTRIAL MARKET AND HIGH-TECH PARKS: WHERE IS IT HEADING?


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While it is not a significant sized asset class, the industrial market in Montréal and  is on fire. Half of the space is owner-occupied while the other half has record low vacancy rates and increasing rental rates. What is the profile of the various users of industrial space? What are the major trends responsible for these market conditions? How are the High-Tech Parks performing? How much multi-tenant development activity is in this market due to land and construction costs? What are the opportunities and likelihood for ongoing growth? To what extent is the war having an impact on the logistics sector? How will the logistic corridors change? Why is this a property class that you should keep an eye on as an investor and a developer? What about Drone delivery, it’s coming, we all know it but how do we prepare for it?

Béatrice Roquet - Vice President, Colliers
David Cervantes - Senior Vice President, CBRE
Robert Giglio - Vice President Leasing, Broccolini
Gil Kastner - Chief Leasing and Business Development Officer, Brasswater
Sam Tsoumas - Partner, Rosefellow.