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UDI Seminar: First Nations Partnership Opportunities

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Name: UDI Seminar: First Nations Partnership Opportunities
Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

With ever shrinking amounts of land available to create more homes and job spaces to alleviate housing challenges in Vancouver, First Nations lands of Greater Vancouver are becoming increasingly important. Understanding the opportunities of partnering with First Nations, together with the unique advantages and challenges of developing on First Nations land will be discussed in this very educational seminar.
Chris Syeta'xtn Lewis will moderate the panel featuring David Negrin (MST Development – Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation), Deana Grinnell (Canada Lands Company), John Doolan (Miller Thomson), and Naomi Brunemeyer (BC Housing), as they discuss these key topics:
  • The Jericho Lands plan
  • Economic development opportunity for First Nations
  • Opportunities for the home building community
  • How are First Nations’ projects managed similarly/differently by municipalities?
  • Legal & ownership structures - how do the structures differ for these projects?

Featured panel:


NAOMI BRUNEMEYER - Director, Regional Development, Lower Mainland, BC Housing
Naomi Brunemeyer is the Director of Regional Development for the Lower Mainland at BC Housing. Her team delivers thousands of housing units annually in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, other branches of government and First Nations.

JOHN DOOLAN - Partner, Miller Thomson 
John Doolan is a partner Miller Thomson’s Vancouver office Real Property Group and co-lead of the firm’s Aboriginal Law Group.  He has extensive experience in commercial real estate and Aboriginal law, focusing on major projects, structuring transactions, joint ventures, financing, governance and the regulation of land development.  He represents both First Nations and developers, including acting for Tsawwassen First Nation on the Tsawwassen Mills / Tsawwassen Commons shopping centre developments, infrastructure development, industrial lands leasing and land development regulation.  He also acts for the partnership created between a national real estate developer and Tsuut’ina Nation to carry out the master planned development of 1,200 acres of leased reserve land at the southwest boundary of the City of Calgary.

DEANA GRINNELL - Vice President, Real Estate, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada Lands Company
Deana Grinnell is Vice President, Real Estate, British Columbia and Ontario, Canada Lands Company responsible for optimizing community and financial value from current and emerging real estate holdings. Deana has been instrumental in operationalizing CLC’s partnerships with First Nations in BC.  Deana brings professional experience from both the public sector and private sector in urban planning and award-winning real estate development.  She holds a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC.

LEWIS - Council Member, Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council 
Squamish Nation councillor Chris (Syeta'xtn) Lewis has a BA in Geography and First Nations Studies, is an elected councillor for the Squamish Nation and is serving his third, consecutive four-year term, responsible for the portfolios of intergovernmental affairs, economic development, governance, and fisheries. He joined Board of Governors as an Order-in-Council member three years ago. Lewis is a board member of the MST Development Corporation and the Coho Society of the North Shore and previously worked for many years at the national and provincial levels for the BC Assembly of First Nations, where he focused on First Nations advocacy and policy.

DAVID NEGRIN - CEO, MST Development Corporation
Mr. Negrin, has been an industry leader in real estate development for over thirty years. He has been involved with UDI for many years and also served as a Director and President of the Pacific Region.
David is currently CEO of MST Development Corporation. The MST Development Corporation was established to oversee properties owned by the MST Partnership, a historic partnership of the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The three nations are full or co-owners of six prime properties throughout Metro Vancouver. These properties total more than 160 acres of developable land and are currently valued at over $1 billion.
As the former president of Aquilini Development and Construction from 2008- 2016. Mr. Negrin established partnerships with Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Tsawwassen First Nation culminating in over 1,000,000 SF of development. He has overseen the construction and sale of Richards Living and Maynards Block; two residential hi rises in downtown Vancouver totalling over 400,000 SF and current projects include the three Towers around Rogers Area totalling 700,000 SF.
Event Sponsors:
British Ballroom 
Hotel Vancouver Fairmont 

900 W Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC 
Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

7:15 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
7:50 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:15 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $85.00
Non-member Price: $115.00

Corporate tables of 8 seats. 

72 hours' notice required for cancellations.
Substitutions are allowed.

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