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2008 Program

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception
Our 2008 Gold Sponsors welcome you to The Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort and Conference Centre for this valuable networking event. All registered delegates are invited to attend this business casual reception and meet the leaders in the resort investment community.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration and Exhibition Opens
7:00 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

Opening Remarks and Morning Plenary Session #1:

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Insight Into The Canadian Resort Real Estate Purchaser
Interest in purchasing recreational real estate continues to increase across Canada, with numerous golf, ski and general leisure-focused projects appearing in almost every province. But just who’s buying these properties? What amenities are being sought? And what’s the preferred ownership structure?

link of Harris Decima

Harris Decima Research, experts at integrating consulting, public-opinion research, public affairs and communications has produced a unique study of recreational real estate purchase behaviour among Canadians.

This in-depth analysis was drawn from the findings of 1,000 surveys completed by a broad cross section of Canadian consumers. The presentation will include exclusive insight into existing ownership patterns, brand and product awareness, current and planned purchase behavior and key buyer accelerators and inhibitors. This high impact presentation will conclude with sound recommendations of relevance to the developer and investor community.

All registered delegates will receive a copy of an Executive Summary Report based on the findings of this study.

Due to the OCT 14th election call, our Keynote Speaker, Allan Gregg, will not be in attendance at the Conference. On behalf of Allan Gregg, Big Picture Conferences apologizes for this change of schedule. The Canadian study [data collected in September 2008, based on 1004 respondents] of Recreational Real Estate Purchasing Behaviour will be presented by Lise Dellazizzo (Senior VP @ Harris/Decima). For a sneak peak at some of the survey results, please download the Sept 29 Media Release.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morning Networking Break with Exhibitors



10:30 am - 11:45 am

Marrying Real Estate And Resorts
As Canadian (and international) resort development becomes more and more dependent on a real estate component, how does the resort operating model change? Real estate sales fund a range of amenities while resort residents provide the base to support a broader range of amenities. Learn how the introduction of resort real estate sales has changed the development and operating profile of Canadian resort development and operations.

11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch with Exhibitors


Breakout A1:

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Shared Ownership 101
Timeshare, fractional, whole ownership, private residence clubs: what’s the best structure to employ in a resort real estate setting?  What factors should be considered by the developer/investor when making this decision. Can multiple structures exist at the same project? What’s the attractiveness of exchange?

Breakout A2:

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Show Me The Money And Then You Can Build, Expand or Refinance
The financing and capital markets have undergone significant changes since last summer yet projects are continuing to be funded and developed across the country. This session will explore current approaches in consumer and project financing of Canadian resorts highlighting the current debt and equity financing markets as well as the most active players.

Breakout B1:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Marketing Approaches In An Increasingly Competitive Marketplace
With numerous projects under development across Canada, getting heard is becoming increasingly difficult. What are the approaches leading resort real estate developers are taking in getting to market? Which marketing tactics have been successful and which have not?

Breakout B2:

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Golf: Table Stakes For A Successful Resort Or Yesterday’s “Must Have” Amenity?
At one time the signature golf course was the key drawing feature of a successful resort: A marquee name, residential clustered along the fairway, a showpiece clubhouse. But is golf the must have it used to be in a world of aging baby boomers and changing family composition? Hear these experts provide a summary of how golf is being used today to differentiate the product offering. 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Networking Break with Exhibitors
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Success In Canadian Recreational Resort Real Estate:
East Meets West

Theory is one thing, practice another. Hear from successful developers from across Canada describe the pitfalls, challenges, successes and strategies to creating, developing, selling and operating recreational real estate in a resort setting.

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Closing Remarks
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Closing Reception

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