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FortisBC School of Development 2018: The Art of Approvals

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Name: FortisBC School of Development 2018: The Art of Approvals
Date: June 22, 2018 - June 23, 2018
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:
Navigating successfully through the complex municipal process truly is an art form, especially with the power of social media and today's active and well-organized neighborhood groups. 

Learn strategies for mobilizing communities and winning land use approvals. You will gain insight for your future projects through the approvals process from different perspectives:
  • Municipal - the municipal context, development tools, questions a municipality asks itself, questions a developer should ask
  • Consultant - the approvals process, project checklist, new era of engagement and social mobilization
  • Developers - challenges and lessons learned from a current case studies
  • Communications Specialist - how to identify your story, communication strategy and tools, media do's and don'ts
Join facilitator Michael von Hausen (MVH Urban Planning and Design) and UDI's experienced faculty members for an intense two-day hands-on course with classroom exercises based on real modern-day scenarios.

Come and learn from the best in the business and hear their stories! This is also an opportunity to expand your professional network.

Municipal - Andrea Law & Michelle McGuireCity of Vancouver

Consultant - Gary Pooni, Brook Pooni Associates
Gary Pooni is responsible for driving the firm's growth and managing major client projects in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Gary was appointed President in October 2008 and was named and honoured as one of Business in Vancouver's "Top Forty under 40" recipients in 2009. In his role as president and senior planner, Gary has worked on projects throughout the Lower Mainland, the Sea to Sky corridor and throughout BC. His expertise spans planning principles, policy planning, public consultation and advanced skills in negotiation and facilitation. Gary is highly active in the community; chairing Urban Development Institute Liaison Committees in several municipalities as well as serving as a Director of the Indo-Canadian Friendship Society, which provides funding and resources for infrastructure and community development in Punjab, India. 

Developer - Jon Stovell, Reliance Properties
Jon Stovell has been in the real estate investment and development industry for over 25 years. He works in all areas including acquisitions, finance, civic approvals, construction and marketing. At Reliance, he has developed a broad base of expertise in portfolio management with an emphasis on urban renewal through restoration and renovation of heritage buildings, affordable housing, together with new strata and rental residential and specialty office and retail projects. The firm has earned awards for its work. In 2013 Reliance was named the most innovative company in BC by "BC Business Magazine" for its Burns Block Micro-Lofts. In 2014 Jon was named one of Vancouver Magazine's "Power 50" people. Jon also serves as the Chair for UDI.

Developer - David Sander, Hollyburn Properties

At the senior management level, David contributes to the strategic direction of operations and long-term growth of Hollyburn Properties. David oversees Hollyburn's construction of purpose-built rental buildings, which Hollyburn will hold as part of its portfolio in perpetuity. David joined Hollyburn in December 2010 as a Director of the company. Hollyburn Properties is a privately held real estate company that owns and manages a national portfolio of apartment units across four Canadian cities and has a staff of over 220 employees.

Consultant - Michael Geller, Geller Group
Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with five decades of experience in the public, private and institutional sectors. He is President of the Geller Group which provides planning and real estate consulting services to developers and property owners. He also undertakes his own small property developments. Michael serves as an Adjunct Professor in Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Sustainable Development, and Resource and Environmental Management program. Prior to creating the Geller Group, he spent 10 years with Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, the federal government’s housing agency; two years as Vice-President for the Narod Group, a Vancouver-based property developer; and seven years as President & CEO of the SFU Community Trust overseeing the development of UniverCity, a planned community adjacent to Simon Fraser University in Metropolitan Vancouver. Michael has been honoured as a life member of the Architectural Institute of BC, a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners and serves on numerous boards. He is a frequent commentator on urban issues and writes a bi-weekly column for the Vancouver Courier and the ‘Homes Away from Home’ column in the Vancouver Sun.

Communications Specialist Maxine JakubkeTalk Shop Media
After spending a decade working with award-winning experiential event and branding agencies globally, specializing in commercial and residential real estate, sport, entertainment and corporate communications, Maxine joined Talk Shop Media and now heads up the company's real estate division. She has landed coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, Dwell Magazine, Bloomberg, Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Canadian Press, CBC and BNN. In addition to her extensive public relations achievements, she has worked with a diverse range of clients; Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Colliers International, Cressey Development Group, Intracorp Homes, Wesgroup Properties, Concert Properties, TED Conferences, Aston Martin, Red Bull, SXSW, CES, UK Trade and Investment and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Communications Specialist Victoria LevyTalk Shop Media
Victoria works as an account manager at Talk Shop Media, specializing in the areas of real estate issues and crisis management. With a background in media, working both in front of and behind the camera for major news networks including CTV, CBC, and CKNW, Victoria's extensive knowledge of the media landscape helps her land extensive media coverage for real estate clients. With her comprehensive industry knowledge, Victoria leads executive level media training sessions, coaching CEO's and Vice President's on how to navigate challenging interviews, and orchestrates live video editing in an effort to show clients how they can be portrayed in the media. In her media relations efforts, she has secured coverage in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Canadian Press, Global National, CBC and CTV News. In addition to working in Talk Shop's real estate division, Victoria works in the area of crisis and issues management, guiding clients in communicating their key message when disaster strikes, allowing them to maintain a positive image in the public.
Event Sponsors:

SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Strategy Room 420
580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Date/Time Information:

Friday, June 22, 2018
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:00 am to 3:00 pm

$1025 + GST for UDI Members

We are accepting only two (2) people from the same company.

Cancellation Policy: 7 days' notice required for refunds.
Substitutions allowed.
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