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Ottawa Real Estate Forum

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Ottawa Conference & Event Centre

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Ottawa Conference & Event Centre

The event defining the transformative shift
in Ottawa’s commercial real estate market

Find out how the industry plans to capitalize on the emerging
opportunities in the National Capital Region

Join 700+ senior decision-makers, including 200+ building owners, developers, and investors to determine conversion strategies and plans for success in 2023 and beyond.

Tickets are selling fast!

The 30th anniversary forum is on track to sell-out, act soon to secure your spot.

The only real estate event covering the Ottawa & Gatineau markets

The 30th anniversary forum will focus on the evolving commercial real estate landscape. Find out how the new changes are reshaping the future of 
the National Capital Region and what that means for your business.

Why attend?

How is the current economic environment affecting the market in Ottawa and what strategies are major players employing?

Which investors and lenders are active in the National Capital Region and what are they looking for?

How can we attract tenants, shoppers and community back to the downtown core?

Uncover answers to these crucial questions and gear up for the emerging opportunities in the National Capital Region.

What you'll learn.

Examine the key trends in investment, asset repositioning, development, leasing, and financing of all property classes.

The agenda put together with the help of our advisory council will cover key topics including:

  • Weathering economic uncertainty
  • What are Ottawa's plans when it comes to new zoning by laws, Bills 23 and 109, and the Planning Act?
  • Investment roundtable – what assets are buyers looking for? Where are CAP values heading in Ottawa?

Who you'll meet.

Meet 700+ investors and senior decision-makers from Toronto, Montreal, and other Canadian provinces.

Attendees include: 

  • Building owners, and developers
  • Institutional investors 
  • Fund managers, and investment bankers
  • Life insurers, lenders, REITs
  • Brokers, lawyers, appraisers
  • and other real estate professionals.

Insights from 60+ expert speakers

The 2023 speaker roster includes a mix of knowledgeable experts from Ottawa's leading commercial real estate institutions, property management organizations, and various levels of the government.

Key speakers on the program include:

  • Shawn Hamilton
  • Candice Lerner-Fry
  • Michael Polowin
  • and more

High-impact networking opportunities

The forum is structured to provide numerous in-person networking opportunities throughout the day. 

Our smart matchmaking app will help maximize your networking time by matching you with like-minded attendees. Prearrange meetings and strike up conversations before, during, and after the event.

Establish strategic partnerships, participate in intriguing conversations, and connect with influential decision-makers.

Outstanding Young Leader Program

Do you have a colleague who is 35 years old or under and a rising star in the commercial real estate industry? Nominate them today for the Outstanding Young Leader 2023 award, presented by Informa Connect & Chicago Title Insurance Company Canada. 

They could win registration to one of our major Forums, including the Ottawa Real Estate Forum, and have the chance to be named Outstanding Young Leader at the Real Estate Forum in November.

Hear what your peers have to say about their experience at the forum

Jeff Westeinde

Kelly Rhodenizer

Shawn Hamilton

Thank You to Our 2023 sponsors

Click for a complete list of 2023 Sponsors.

Ottawa Real Estate Forum by numbers


senior decision-makers


building owners, developers, and investors


V-level and C-level executives


attendees from other provincial markets


influential speakers


officials from various levels of government

Matt Jacques

Sales Representative

Royal LePage Performance Realty

The sessions were thought provoking and were led by many great leaders from our community. The break out sessions and the networking lounge were very unique ways to connect. Look forward to next year's event!

Want to Sponsor?

The Ottawa Real Estate Forum Sponsorship Program is designed to ensure that sponsors receive maximum corporate exposure to all attendees at the event. Each sponsorship level will offer a different package of value-added benefits. Tell us your business goals & we will help you achieve them.

Continuing education credits

By attending the 2022 Forum, you will be eligible to receive professional development and education credits from a number of associations.

Championing sustainability

Discover the steps being taken to run the Ottawa Real Estate Forum as sustainably and socially responsible as possible including:

  • FasterForward to zero - Informa's commitment to net zero carbon
  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Dedicated content on ESG and sustainability in the real estate industry
  • Wellbeing and accessibility

Join the REF Club

As a REF club member you will become part of a community that powers you to stay informed and connected, benefits include:

  • Year-round networking

  • Savings of 20% on all Real Estate Forums and conference registration

  • Partner special offers and savings

  • Complimentary on-demand sessions from each Real Estate Forum & Conference

  • And more! 

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