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

November 29-30, 2023|Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, Toronto, Chairs’ Reception – November 28 – Fairmont Royal York

From transformative trends and challenges to emerging opportunities and strategies

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

2700+ senior attendees. 90+ speakers. 20 sessions. Canada's largest real estate event.
Now in its 32nd year.

2023 registration is open!

Reserve your spot now and save with early bird pricing.

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

Why attend Canada's largest annual real estate conference?

Two hard-hitting, information-packed days with 90+ speakers and 20 sessions. 

A turbulent economic and geopolitical environment

Canada's leading real estate conference is back in-person in Toronto!

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 2023?

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 through 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.

Who will you hear from? Who will you meet?

Thought leadership at its finest!

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, by Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC
  • Rona Ambrose, Deputy Chairwoman, TD Securities
  • Richard Florida, world-leading urbanist & bestselling author

2700+ senior attendees

Reconnect in person with 2700+ C-level and other senior executives, owners, developers, investors, lenders, lawyers, and brokers.

We'll help you meet with the people that matter to you.

Networking opportunities include the Chair's Reception, evening social events, deal-making lounge, VIP lounge (invitation only), and more.

And grow your network with the help of our smart networking app that you can use before, during, and after the event.

Make the most of your time in Toronto

Save $50 by adding the Global Property Market conference to your booking. Held the day before on November 29th 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. 

Thank you to some of our 2022 Sponsors

Click for a complete list of 2022 Sponsors.

2022 Real Estate Forum by numbers


senior attendees





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."

Additional high quality events at the Forum

Women in CRE Luncheon

For the first time ever, “Empowering Women in CRE Luncheon” will be held on November 30 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Jaime McKenna from Fengate will interview Ruth Fischer from CBRE Quebec, and Karen Sweet from TCREW & Accenture as a part of the lunch keynote.

Get insights on career and leadership paths, and learn from the pioneers, actively helping to elevate women in the industry. Engage and connect with influential industry leaders and strengthen your professional network.

Forum Delegates can add the Luncheon to their registration for just $100.

One-on-one micro workshops

Enhance your organization's performance by understanding what drives your client's decisions.

Through a special arrangement with our keynote speaker, David Allison’s research firm, you can sign up for a 30 minute personalized micro-workshop.

Only 12 spots are available, on a first-come first served basis. These workshops are suitable for individuals or small teams, and the discussions will be entirely focused on your business needs.

Learn to influence your target audience and get a data-driven action plan to help achieve your goals.

Discuss all things apartment

The Institutional Apartment Investor and Developer Conference is an add-on event at this year’s Toronto Real Estate Forum, held on Tuesday, November 29.

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

These sessions will cater directly to institutional investors and developers who are focusing on the advantages of the apartment asset class.

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

Want to Sponsor?

The Toronto 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 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

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

  • Weekly Ask The Expert & ThinkIns with member-only live Q&A

  • Industry Roundtables – informal conversations with some 20 industry colleagues

  • And more! 

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