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UDI Seminar: Housing in BC - Changing attitudes, habits and trends

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Name: UDI Seminar: Housing in BC - Changing attitudes, habits and trends
Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM PST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Chris Fair
Steve Mossop
Kira Gerwing

Real estate dominated our news and economy in 2016. How will we house the expected one million residents moving into Metro Vancouver in the next 25 years?

What is the future of housing in BC? What is the public sentiment on the recent Foreign Buyers' Tax and other government policies?

Join our featured experts who will share their recent research and public poll results on:
  • Buyer habits and trends
  • Housing demands and predictions
  • Affordable housing challenges, opportunities and solutions
  • Public sentiment and attitudes

Moderated by Ben Smith, Benjamin Advisory Group, we'll explore how their findings will impact our industry. 

Included in this exclusive seminar is the full 60-page print of the “Future of B.C. Housing Report” by Resonance Consultancy for every attendee.

CHRIS FAIR, President - Resonance Consultancy

A futurist, strategist and frequent keynote speaker, Chris leads a team that has completed more than 100 visioning, strategy, planning, policy and branding projects for destinations and cities around the world. Chris holds a Masters degree in Studies of the Future and has married futures methodologies with his marketing expertise to help countries, cities and communities create strategies that shape their future.

A contributing industry expert to the Destination Marketing Association International’s Destination NEXT project, a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Recreational Development Council and a member of Project for Public Spaces’ Placemaking Leadership Council, Chris is a frequent speaker and commentator on consumer lifestyle and leisure trends for leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Bloomberg, and The Globe & Mail. His keynote presentations on “Travel and Tourism Trends” have also been viewed by more than 150,000 industry professionals around the world.

KIRA GERWING, Community Investment Manager - Vancity Credit Union

Kira is a Manager of Community Investment at Vancity Credit Union.  Her work involves partnering with mission-driven organisations to develop community owned real estate, focussing on affordable spaces in high environmentally performing buildings.  Prior to Vancity, Kira was an urban planner in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods with the City of Vancouver. Her career has involved crafting effective deals that create high-value, long-lasting and positive impacts in communities.  She’s currently exploring alternative approaches to land ownership, housing, and real estate as a means to address growing economic inequality in Canadian cities.  At the centre of developing property, mobilising capital, building capacity, and influencing policy, Kira sees an opportunity to disrupt the real estate economy and then reorganize it to be more sustainable, co-operative, socially just and economically inclusive. She’s spent almost 20 years working on building sustainable regional economies, communities, and neighbourhoods.  She’s forthright, honest, quick thinking and passionate about her work. 

STEVE MOSSOP, President - Insights West

Steve Mossop is President of Insights West, a progressive, full-service marketing research company that provides insights-driven marketing research solutions and interpretive analysis using leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise. Insights West has about 20 employees and one of the largest, most engaged online consumer panels in Western Canada. The company has publicly released over 200+ different opinion polls on topics diverse as municipal and provincial elections, marijuana legalization, charitable giving, gas-fracking, cyber-bullying, employee satisfaction, and many other topics. 

BEN SMITH, Principal - Benjamin Advisory Group

Over the last 12 years, Western Canada’s top tier developers have entrusted Ben Smith as one of the most experienced and progressive experts in project and corporate Sales and Marketing. Having marketed more than 15,000 homes, launched hundreds of new communities, and contributed to many industry boards and speaking engagements, Ben Smith’s extensive experience and forward thinking is valuable insurance for developers to mitigate the many risks of selling and marketing residential real estate developments.

From product planning and design through to calculated sales roll outs Ben is a consultant of choice among industry leaders.
Event Sponsors:
  • Century Group
  • Resonance Consultancy Ltd.

Crystal Pavilion
Pan Pacific Hotel
999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

7:30 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
7:50 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:00 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $75.00
Non-Member Price: $95.00

Corporate tables of 10 seats. 

72 hours' notice required for cancellations.
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