CHARLES GAUTHIER, President & CEO - DVBIA
Charles holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of Manitoba and has been steering the DVBIA since 1992. He’s been the recipient of Business In Vancouver’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Achievement Award,’ and the Downtown Vancouver Association’s President’s Award, in addition to other accolades. He has served on numerous boards during his career including the Business Improvement Areas of BC, the BC chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the International Downtown Association, and the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society. He enjoys the outdoors almost as much as he does cities, and loves tapping into his creativity by playing the guitar and singing. He has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon, and Canada’s famous West Coast Trail.
TOM KNOEPFEL, Senior Vice President, Retail - Cadillac Fairview
Tom Knoepfel joined Cadillac Fairview in 2001 and has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry with extensive leasing and property management expertise. Tom is responsible for operations of Cadillac Fairview’s 18 million sq. ft. retail portfolio, which includes CF Pacific Centre, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, CF Chinook Centre, and CF Carrefour Laval., as well as fourteen other shopping centres across Canada.
SAMANTHA SANNELLA, Managing Director, Strategic Consulting, Canada - Cushman & Wakefield
As Managing Director of Strategic Consulting Services for Cushman & Wakefield, Samantha Sannella specializes in design management, workplace strategy, occupancy planning, project management and future-focused building/land solutions. Her combined background in architecture, urban design, interior design, construction, development and consulting has proved invaluable in providing clients with integrated strategies through all phases of the real estate cycle.
Samantha was formerly Studio Director and Workplace Strategy Expert at Stantec Toronto; President & CEO of the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum and Centre for the Promotion of Design; and professor of Interior Design at Ryerson University. She also served as practice leader for HOK Consulting Canada.
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