ULI BC: 2023 Cascadia Regional Conference


2023-07-13 - 2023-07-15

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    Granville Island 1661 Duranleau Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3S3 CANADA

    Full Conference Registration
    Members: Standard and Under 35 $295 | Public and Student $205
    Non-Members: Standard and Under 35 $395 | Public and Student $270

    *Single Day Registration (for July 14th only or July 15th only) is available at discounted rates and will display during online registration.


    We will accept onsite registration. 

    ULI BC: 2023 Cascadia Regional Conference

    Exploring Adaptive Reuse & Land Partnerships in Vancouver, which is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

    Join us as we explore two key aspects shaping urban planning and development: adaptive reuse and land partnerships. Adaptive reuse has become an increasingly important topic in today's economic and environmental climate. Gain insights from experts who will showcase successful adaptive reuse projects and share the benefits of this sustainable approach. Furthermore, learn about the transformative potential of land partnerships, where collaboration between developers and local government, Indigenous nations and communities creates synergistic opportunities. Explore how strategic alliances can unlock the untapped potential of underutilized land, driving economic growth, enhancing urban environments, and fostering vibrant communities. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to stay at the forefront of real estate development and planning.

    Rotating between Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Portland each year, the Cascadia Regional Conference (CRC) convenes real estate and built environment professionals from across the Pacific Northwest around the most important topics in the industry. Featuring keynote speakers, engaging panel discussions, project tours, and networking opportunities, CRC is one of the best real estate events of the summer. This year’s event is coordinated by ULI British Columbia’s Young Leaders Group and is open to all.


    Thursday, July 13th

    Afternoon Self-guided tours

    Informal Happy Hour (7:00pm)
    Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub
    8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver, BC

    Ahead of Cascadia’s formal kick-off on Friday, July 14th, unwind after your day of travel or work in the heart of Vancouver at Stanley Park Brewing. Prior to enjoying a drink or some food with the ULI Community, take a stroll along the seawall or enjoy the ocean breeze at English Bay.

    *Note: First Drink Free

    Friday, July 14th

    Wellness Hour: Yoga with Monika (7:00am-8:00am)

    Morning Session (8:30am - 12:00pm)
    The Improv Centre
    1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, BC

    Breakfast & Welcome (8:30-9:30am)

    Speaker Panel Discussion (9:30am-11:00am)
    Evolution & Future of Granville Island

    Join the stakeholders who are stewarding the evolution of Granville Island for a discussion on the Granville Island 2040 Comprehensive Plan with a focus on adaptive re-use and strategies to mitigate coastal flooding.

    Keynote Speaker (11:00am-11:45am)
    Panel: Internationally Acclaimed Urban Planner, Larry Beasley

    Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical mid-sized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban center was transformed into an inspiring world-class city celebrated for its livability, sustainability, and competitiveness. Larry Beasley will tell his story of the urban planning phenomenon called “Vancouverism” and the philosophy and practice behind it. Telling it from an insider’s perspective, the former chief planner of Vancouver, will trace the principles that inspired Vancouverism and the policy framework developed to implement it.

    Lunch Session (12:00pm - 12:30pm)
    Market Update with Rennie Market Intelligence
    Speaker: Ryan Berlin, Rennie

    Project Tours (1:30pm - 4:00pm)
    Option A: Senakw, Canada’s Largest Indigenous Development
    Option B: Bentall Centre, Adaptive Re-Use Success in the Central Business District
    Option C: The Stack, Climate-and-Economic-Adaptive New Office Construction

    In celebration of the Land and the homecoming of the Squamish Nation on their reclaimed territory, Sen̓áw is envisioned with a re-imagined ‘Towers in the Park’ approach. Bright, open courtyards, liberated ground plane, rich and vibrant multi-tiered landscape for social spaces, commercial and recreational activity, and artistic interventions that seek to enrich the natural and cultural contexts of the site. Join the Squamish Nation and West Bank properties for an exclusive look at the proposed form of development, that has naturally emerged from a series of urban design, programmatic and aspirational influences that respond to the unique location and historic context of the site.

    Inspired by the traditional oral storytelling and values of the Squamish Nation, their deep embrace of Nature – the mountains, forest and water and their craftwork traditions of carving and weaving – was the emergence of two distinct building typologies whose paths seamlessly converge at the foot of the Burrard Street Bridge.

    Bentall Centre
    Come tour a successful example of adaptive re-use in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, at the iconic Bentall Centre operated and co-owned by Hudson Pacific Properties.

    Built between 1967-1981, Bentall Centre is a 1.5 million-square-foot office and retail campus that has long been a landmark destination for Vancouver’s leading companies and is now being transformed and modernized with offerings such as reactivated public spaces, community events, arts and culture programming, and more to serve the public and tenants alike. Since acquiring Bentall Centre in 2019 in a joint venture partnership with Blackstone, Hudson Pacific has spearheaded renovations such as a rooftop dog park, state of the art athletic centre, edible gardens, a retail pop-up program, reimagined outdoor spaces, and infrastructure to create collaborative meeting and event spaces such as a conference room/lounge and temporary patio bar.

    Hudson Pacific acquires and develops premier creative office and studio properties in tech and media epicenters, including Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. It is the largest publicly traded owner of office space in Silicon Valley and one of the largest independent owner/operators of studios in the U.S.

    The Stack
    Come tour Vancouver's tallest and one of Canada's most sustainable, future-forward office towers. Achieving occupancy in early 2023, the Stack is a 37-storey 550,000 SF AAA office building. It has successfully met the stringent and detailed Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building Design Standard. The team at Oxford Properties ensured their most recent project created economic and social value through a forward thinking design inclusive of a solar roof, triple pane windows, leading edge rainwater management system, LEED V4 Platinum Core and Shell certification and many more that you will learn about! Designed by the famous James Cheng, the tower's external design showcases a complex twisting stack that looks different from every angle for the viewer and allows for six outdoor decks with views of Vancouver's natural beauty. At no surprise, the tower is nearly fully leased and contains the vanguard of amenities including a fitness facility, rooftop lounge, bike rentals, full end of trip facilities, a landscaped pocket park, multiple conference rooms, car sharing, and destination dining.The multi-use “boxes” offer differing work environments important in high vacancy economic conditions. The ULI team can't wait to see it!

    Summer Social (5:30pm - 9:30pm)
    ULI BC Summer Social on the rooftop of 745 Thurlow

    With panoramic views of the Coal Harbour oceanfront and the North Shore mountains, the rooftop at 745 Thurlow provides the perfect backdrop to celebrate the start of summer over food, drinks and music. ULI BC’s summer social is always a highly anticipated event that brings together our young leaders with our most established members.

    After Party (Location TBD)
    Once the music stops on the rooftop, continue celebrating the Cascadia conference with us.

    Saturday, July 15th

    Morning Session (9:00 - 12:00)
    North & West Vancouver Project Tours
    9:00am: Meet at Bus Pick Up Location
    Project Tour A: Cypress Village & Pop-Up
    Project Tour B: Lower Lonsdale Quay Market & The Shipyards District

    Cypress Village
    Envisioned as a vibrant mountainside community, the planned Cypress Village embodies the innovative design and sustainability of the West Coast development ethos. Join us for a walking tour to preview this exciting master-planned community at the Cypress Pop-Up Village – a unique discovery centre that engages local and visitors alike alongside local art, culinary delights, activities and performances, all with panoramic views over Howe Sound. As part of this tour, the developer behind this village - British Pacific Properties – will share their vision of a vibrant and inclusive neighbourhood in West Vancouver with over 3,700 residential units across multiple housing typologies anchored by a significant retail and community amenity component.

    Lower Lonsdale Quay Market & The Shipyards
    Originating as a carnival-style marketplace which opened for Expo ‘86 Vancouver, The Quay has developed into a diverse, multi-use community anchor in the Lower Lonsdale area. A unique public-private partnership between the City of Vancouver and Quay North Urban Development revitalized the historic waterfront industrial area into what is now affectionately known as “The Shipyards”. With the grand opening in July 2019, the Shipyards quickly became a popular community destination for locals and visitors hosting concerts, plays, farmers markets, buskers and general festivals throughout the summer season. The development boasts incredible public amenities including a water park and skating rink that complement the commercial tenants, including cafes, restaurants, retail and the beautiful, modern-industrial venue, The Wallace. Join your peers for a leisurely walking tour of one of Metro Vancouver’s most iconic mixed-use waterfront developments alongside the original visionaries of the plan including Quay North Urban Development and the City of North Vancouver to learn how this former industrial area emerged as a vibrant community anchor with an award winning public realm.

    Afternoon Session (12:00pm - 2:00pm)
    Lunch & Closing Reception at Tap & Barrel Shipyards

    Optional Brewery Tour: North Shore Ale Trail


    *Registration fees include breakfast & lunch on July 14th, lunch on July 15th, transit for both days, project site tours, all panelist presentations, as well as admission to the annual ULI BC Summer Rooftop Social (open to all ULI BC members, attracting over 200 attendees each year). All fees are in CDN funds and are subject to GST.

    Please ensure to select only one tour per day (A, B or C) for each July 14th & 15th during check out.

    Register early to ensure your attendance as there is a venue with a maximum capacity and pre-registrations have already begun!

    #ULICascadia #CRC23

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    Dale McClanaghan

    Chair, Granville Island Council

    Dale is a Member of Granville Island Council and has been part of the governance of the Island since 2008. Dale has executive experience in the real estate development, cannabis, and mineral exploration sectors. He is also a Board Member of Sanford Housing, a non-profit providing housing for residents living with mental health issues.


    Ryan Berlin

    Vice President, Intelligence & Senior Economist, rennie

    successful organizations in real estate, retail, and finance; dozens of local, regional, and provincial governments; and many crown corporations to help them answer big--and sometimes messy--questions. As the Senior Economist and Director of Intelligence at rennie, Ryan and his group use the latest data procurement, management, and analytical methodologies to cut through the noise and provide insightful market research and analysis to clients.


    Sarah Silva

    Vice President, Real Estate and Development, Nch’ḵay̓ Development Corporation

    Sarah Silva is the Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Nch’ḵaỷ Development Corporation and a proud member of the Squamish Nation. Sarah is an established real estate professional and community builder, responsible for identifying and pursuing strategic real estate and development opportunities in alignment with Nch’ḵay̓’s vision and priorities, ensuring initiatives reflect the highest standards of corporate social responsibility and land stewardship.


    Magda Kwaterska

    Manager, City of North Vancouver

    Magda Kwaterska is a communications professional and is the City of North Vancouver’s Manager of The Shipyards & Waterfront. Magda has 10 years of public sector experience connecting community in public spaces through programming, recreation, health & wellness and cultural diversity. Magda is very proud to lead the team that has transformed The Shipyards into a dynamic, world class community serving public space.


    Ian Campbell

    Hereditary Chief Squamish Nation, Squamish Nation

    Chief Ian Campbell is a Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation. He served 16 years as an Elected Councillor of the Squamish Nation, and 22 years as a Lead Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation. He has an MBA from Simon Fraser University, and is an expert in Squamish history and culture. He currently serves on many public and private boards and foundations, and is Chair of the Indigenous Partnerships Success Showcase.


    Bryce Tupper

    VP Planning & Development, British Pacific Properties

    As VP Planning and Development for British Pacific Properties, Bryce oversees the planning and approvals for Cypress Village and the west areas of Rodgers Creek in the Upper Lands of West Vancouver. He holds a Bachelor and Masters of Engineering from McGill University and has 21 years of work experience. Previous positions in the consulting engineering, planning, and real estate development fields include work with Intrawest, Anthem Properties, and NORR Architects Planners.


    David Haugen

    Senior Director of Leasing, Hudson Pacific Properties

    David Haugen has 14 years of experience in the Metro Vancouver commercial real estate market, specializing in leasing office and industrial properties. David joined Los Angeles based Hudson Pacific Properties as Leasing Director in 2019, as Hudson Pacific entered the Vancouver market with its acquisition of Bentall Centre. He is responsible for overseeing leasing functions at Bentall Centre, a 1.45 million sq. ft. office complex. Prior to this, David worked with Canderel from 2016 as Director of Leasing, also within the Bentall Centre. David also spent four years with the federal government's real estate division, representing several federal tenants in their lease negotiations. He began his career in 2005 with SDM, a commercial property management firm. David is a graduate of the BCIT Commercial Real Estate program, coaches minor hockey and was recently a member of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Committee.


    Graeme Silvera

    Principal, G Silvera & Associates Ltd

    Graeme has worked in the real estate industry for 30 years, in the fields of residential construction, sales and marketing for residential single and multi-family development, commercial real estate brokerage, commercial shopping center development and institutional construction. Graeme is currently engaged with Westbank Corporation to work on the team executing the Sen̓áḵw project, a historic partnership between Westbank and the Squamish Nation.


    Joost Bakker

    Principal, DIALOG

    Joost Bakker is a partner, architect, and urban planner in DIALOG’s Vancouver studio. A fourth-generation architect, Joost focuses on innovative urban design, mixed-use, institutional, and cultural projects. His passion for enhancing the public realm has led to his involvement in projects across Canada, China, the United States, and Denmark. Within Canada, Joost has contributed to meaningful and memorable public spaces, such as the internationally-recognized Granville Island, and the Governor General award-winning Richmond City Hall.


    Larry Beasley

    Founding Principal, Beasley and Associates

    He is the Founding Principal of Beasley and Associates, an international planning and development consultancy. For many years, he was the Chief Planner for the City of Vancouver and he has just retired as the ‘Distinguished Practice’ Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia. Working in cities around the world, he has completed game-changing assignments in Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Dallas, Scandinavia, Australia, and across Canada.