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UDI Virtual Luncheon: The Post-COVID Revitalization Era

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Name: UDI Virtual Luncheon: The Post-COVID Revitalization Era
Date: April 28, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:



As we mark the one year anniversary of this pandemic, we know without a doubt, it has caused a major shift in the way we live and work. 
We now look forward to a post-pandemic recovery and our employers, business owners and retailers must consider how to bring life back to our urban centres and workplaces.  What will our new norm look like? How will we live, work and shop over the next five years? What changes are here to stay and will anything go back to the way it was?
Join our expert panel on April 28th as they forecast the terrain of the post-COVID revitalization era, diving into the following key topics:

  • Downtown Vancouver and revitalization post pandemic
  • The future of our office workplaces
  • Shopping trends, pandemic impacts on large shopping centres and the conversion of retail space

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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.


CHUCK WE, Senior Vice President - Western Canada, Hudson Pacific Properties 
Chuck We is the Senior Vice President of Hudson Pacific for Western Canada and oversees the management of the company's properties, including the repositioning of Bentall Centre, a 1.45 million sq. ft. office and retail complex, as well as future platform growth. Prior to Hudson Pacific, Chuck served as Vice President for Oxford Properties Group, where he oversaw leasing and operations in Vancouver, and participated in development and acquisitions. Chuck currently serves on the board of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), is a past President of the Vancouver chapter of NAIOP, and is a former director of the ULI British Columbia District Council.


Event Sponsors:
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Date/Time Information:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Member Price                     $40.00 + GST
Non-member Price 
            $60.00 + GST

72 hours' notice required. 
Substitutions allowed. 

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