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Real Estate Forum
November 29-30, 2023
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, TorontoChairs’ Reception – November 28 – Fairmont Royal York

Canada's commercial real estate
industry comes to Toronto

Canada's largest CRE event will host 2,700+ senior decision-makers, including 1350+ building owners, developers, & investors from across Canada & beyond.

Get the inside track on real property, investment, capital sourcing, global & industry trends, and
much more at Canada's largest commercial real estate event.

Who's attending?

Record numbers have already registered for the 2023 forum.

Canadian commercial real estate industry's marquee event of the year

It's the most senior event with attendees from all over Canada and beyond. And marked in every CRE leader's calendar.

Back in Toronto for the 33rd year

Join 2700+ senior leaders to examine the trends, risks, challenges, and opportunities present nationally and globally in all property classes.

Find out how the world of technology is impacting the real estate market and its organizations. What do real estate executives need to understand?

What is the path forward for the Canadian real estate market in 2024?

Informative panel discussions, keynote presentations, and case studies will maximize learning and power your decision-making.

Cutting-edge insights on the hottest topics

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

  • The outlook for the U.S. and global markets and what it means for Canada.
  • Canada in a shifting geopolitical context: Why rising geopolitical risks matter?
  • C-suite perspectives – 2024 predictions, strategic thinking & thought-leadership 
  • Preparing for an influx of new residents: Is the multi-residential market ready? What opportunities exist?

Leadership perspectives from 90+ industry giants

Get valuable insights from 90+ renowned experts, including 40+ presidents, CEOs, and managing partners from the largest real estate organizations in Canada and the U.S.

Key speakers include: 

  • Benjamin Tal, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Amy Price, President, BentallGreenOak 
  • Colin Lynch, Managing Director & Head of Global Real Estate Investments, TD Asset Management 

Connect with the biggest names in the CRE industry

The forum brings together 2700+ senior decision-makers from across Canada and beyond:

  • 1350+ building owners, and developers
  • Private and institutional investors
  • Portfolio and investment managers
  • Brokers, lenders, appraisers, lawyers
  • and other senior real estate executives

Strengthen your network and build partnerships to accelerate your growth.

Experience unparalleled networking opportunities

We have structured the forum to help you meet with the people that can take your business to new heights.

Chairs' Reception, luncheons, dedicated refreshments breaks, networking reception, VIP lounge (invitation only), and evening social events provide multiple opportunities to connect and engage in meaningful conversations.

That's not all. Get a head start on your networking by reaching out to attendees before, during, and after the forum with the help of our smart event app.

Make the most of your time in Toronto

Save $75 by adding the Global Property Market conference to your booking. Held the day before on November 28th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

By attending, you'll learn about investor strategies and gain expert knowledge on investment, capital flows, and development in tier one countries, growing economies, and emerging markets around the world.

Learn, network, and connect with global investors from institutions, fund managers, REITs, REOCs, and private investors. 

Some highlights from the 2022 Forum

"The community that exists around real estate forums and the chance to reconnect in person has been the draw and always keeps me coming back" - Nurit Altman, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

"Great opportunity to network and get visibility around what your thoughts are, where the market is heading, and support your clients and community by providing that thought leadership." - Amy Erixon, Principal & President, Avison Young

"This is the marquee event of the calendar for real estate in this country." - Colin Lynch, Managing Director, TD Asset Management

Two action-packed days with 90+ speakers and 20 sessions.


A turbulent economic and geopolitical environment

Examine key trends, challenges, risks, and opportunities in the acquisition, investment, management, financing, development, and leasing of all property classes – office, industrial, retail and multi-unit residential.  

The impact of record rates of inflation, rising interest rates, and higher cost of capital with a range of geopolitical trends will be a key focus. 

What will the path forward likely be in 2024?

Understanding the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The unprecedented speed of technological change is fundamentally altering the way we live, work, socialize and relate to one another. 

The breadth and depth of these changes will significantly affect the real estate industry and the way we conduct business. 

Join the conversation with the most brilliant minds in the industry and understand how, why, and what opportunities are being created. 

Vibrant cities, ESG, WFH and other key trends

To what extent are our cities, shopping, housing, and workplace environments changing? How have our downtowns fared since the pandemic?

What's needed to bring back the vitality that our city cores previously had?

Discover answers to these questions and dive deeper into topics like DE&I, innovative thinking, smart cities, and housing affordability. Plus ESG, impact investing, climate and cyber risk, and the future of workplace environments.

Thank you to some of our key 2023 sponsors!

Click here to see the full list of 2023 sponsors.

Real Estate Forum by numbers


senior decision-makers


attendees from outside Canada


building owners, developers, and investors


V-level and C-level attendees


financial institutions


influential speakers

Sheila Botting

President, Americas, Professional Services

Avison Young

"The Toronto Real Estate Forum is a “must attend” annual event for everyone in our commercial real estate industry. The program brings together seasoned industry veterans and top talent across all sectors to share their perspectives about asset classes, trends, markets and opportunities. Keynote speakers include leading economists deliver forward looking trends – from both a Canadian and global perspective. TREF is critical to networking, professional development and personal relevance to our industry."

High-quality add-on event at the forum

The Apartment Development & Affordable Housing Conference is an add-on event at this year’s Toronto Real Estate Forum, held on Tuesday, November 28.

The line-up of sessions will span the entire apartment development timeline: financing, design, feasibility, operating costs, and operations.

With the help of this conference, get clear direction and strategy, and take advantage of the resiliency of rental apartments.

Want to Sponsor?

The 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 this 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 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

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, and have the chance to be named Outstanding Young Leader at the Real Estate Forum in November.

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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