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Montréal Real Estate Strategy & Leasing
2024 date to be determined
Palais des congrès de Montréal



Economic outlook for the Montreal region: What are the economic fundamentals forecast for 2023

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What are the main long-term economic trends that could have an impact on the housing market? With the key interest rate at 4.5% in 2023, what is the impact of the economic slowdown? How could the evolution of the labor market and immigration influence this market? This presentation will provide you with an economic overview of the current situation and its impact on the real estate market, as well as an outlook for the future.

  • Emna Braham - General Director, Institut du Québec

What is the new landscape for the rental market?

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What is the transaction level in 2023 for the office, retail and industrial markets in the Montreal region? Has the level of transactions increased this year, and in which asset classes ? What is the state of renewal in the metropolis, and what is the level of negotiation? Are lessors more flexible, and what is the price level on the market? What were the key factors in closing transactions this year?

  • Sébastien Samuel - Director, Altus Group
  • Julie-Maude Ayotte - Senior Consultant, Altus Group
  • Jean-François Grenier - Director Senior, Altus Group
  • Martine Sirois - Senior Director, Altus Group

Impact of TODs and REM on the rental markets in Greater Montreal Area

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Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) makes life easier for residents, but what does the future hold in the age of hybrids and remote work ? Is demand still there?
The arrival of the 26-station Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) which will cross the Greater Montreal area is changing the landscape of the rental market. The first departures scheduled for summer 2023 between Brossard and Central Station will certainly enable greater mobility between the suburbs around Montreal and downtown, but what impact will this have on the housing and rental market around these new stations? What TOD projects have developed around these stations? How will stakeholders react and how can we work with this community for greater social accessibility?

  • Danielle Lavoie - President, D. Lavoie Advisory Services Inc
  • Véronique Alepin - Vice President Real Estate Development and Design, Groupe Mach
  • David Deschênes - Senior Director, Development & Design, Prével
  • Sylvain Gariepy - Executive Vice-President Urban Planning Partner, Groupe BC2
  • Patrick Laurin - Partner, General Manager and Head of Corporate Solutions, Avison Young

Session B1: Amenities: attracting tenants, adding value and return on investment

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What makes an employee want to return to the office rather than stay at home? It's what they earn at the office that they can't get back home. In the race to entice employees back to the office, some leasehold improvement investments need to be rethought over the long term to entice employees back to work at the office. What are the benefits if employees come back more often and use these facilities? And what economic benefits can these improvements bring in the long term? What amenities and facilities do employees look for near an office building that add value to your building and help reduce high vacancy rates? What are the long-term impact of amenities and what is the return on investment? How can you know in advance what tenants want and how can you aim for the right things? Find out in this panel about the various tenant improvement initiatives implemented in Montreal and the impact they have had on the rental market, on lease renewals and on the long-term attractiveness of employees thanks to them.

  • Georges Renaud - General Manager, Commercial Division, Royal Lepage Village
  • Sébastien Hylands - Vice president Development, Kevric
  • Gina Iaquinta - Principal, Workplace Design Strategist, Ædifica
  • Gil Kastner - Chief Leasing and Business Development Officer, Brasswater

Session C2 : How can we retain talent in the office and transform our workplaces into a new, more immersive experience?

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Since the pandemic, the question of returning to the office has been one of the most important issues especially as the vacancy rate continues to rise month after month. Employers need to ensure that the work environment is appropriate to workers' needs, but also to offer them an enriching experience with colleagues and members of management. How do you create a beneficial experience for employees who come to the office, and have quality interactions with colleagues who work from home? How can we maintain transparent bottom-up internal communication with the configuration of hybrid work? How can we maintain our corporate culture and keep our employees engaged by transforming our offices and providing experiences for employees who commute to the office? In this session, we will discuss the initiatives we have put in place to offer a new experience for employees who come to the office and the strategies we have put in place to ensure that the space we have transformed keeps employees coming into the office more often.

  • Stéphanie Beauregard - Lawyer, Delegatus Legal Services Inc.
  • Marie-Ève Grisé - Sales and Development Director, Burovision
  • Charles Lalumière - Chief Executive Officier, EDGE Futur
  • Sandra Neill - Associate Workplace Strategist, Lemay
  • Elisabeth Starenkyj - Senior Partner and Co-President, La Tête Chercheuse