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Program Schedule


The Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference will be held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver. The one and a half day program will commence on Wednesday October 3rd at 2:30pm and end on Thursday October 4th at 5:00pm. 

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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3, 2012
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver | 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 3L5

8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hilton Development Forum
(Malaspina Room)

You are invited to join Hilton Worldwide for a brand development forum in Vancouver, BC on October 3rd, 2012 prior to the Western Canadian Hotel & Resort Investment Conference.

Come to learn more about our industry leading brands. The forum will feature Embassy Suites by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.

We will have members of our brand management, development, and architecture & construction teams presenting and answering questions.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about development with each of our world-class brands. Coffee with Croissants & Danishes and a Sandwich Buffet Lunch will be provided.

Please register in advance by contacting Eileen Silver at Eileen.Silver.contractor@hilton.com 778 426 4454

1:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Opens/Exhibition Set-up for Sponsors
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Opening Remarks 
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Speaker:
Carrie Russell | HVS

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION #1
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


The Western Canadian Real Estate Marketplace
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Without question the hottest real estate market in Canada is found in the western provinces. Whether hotel, residential or recreational, mixed use or commercial real estate the major urban and resort markets—even second and third tier markets—are hot. But why? This panel presents a range of perspectives on the underlying support for this seemingly gravity-defying marketplace, how long it’s likely to last and the leading indicators of change or continuation.

Moderator:
Mark Renzoni | CBRE 

Speakers:
Roque Hsieh | KPMG
Graham Kwan | Character Capital Inc.
David Podmore | Concert Properties Ltd. & Concert Real Estate Corporation

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK WITH SPONSORS
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION #2
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm The Western Canadian Hotel Market—From The Rear View Mirror To The Road Ahead
(Waterfront Ballroom)

The annual Transactions Round Up takes on a new dimension. Results reveal 2011 was a banner year for sales, with transactions totalling over 1.2-billion dollars and 2012 is shaping up to be even stronger. Now it’s time for our panel of industry experts to dig below the surface to examine the details behind the deals: Who were those buyers and what motivated their decisions? Why did they choose one market over another? How have these record-setting deals affected the value of properties across the country?

Market by market, panelists will examine, investigate and scrutinize the transactions, the dynamics and the influences of 2011 and cast a light on the most recently completed deals of early 2012. This is the session that sets the tone for the year.

Moderator:
Mark Sparrow | CBRE Hotels

Speakers:
Ryan Pomeroy | Pomeroy Group
Carrie Russell | HVS
Arni Thorsteinson | Temple REIT

5:15 pm - 5:20 pm Closing Remarks
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Speaker:
Monique Rosszell | HVS



5:20 pm - 7:00 pm Opening Reception
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

Join fellow delegates, speakers and sponsors at this high-energy networking function.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 4, 2012
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver | 900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 3L5
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Opens
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 am - 8:45 am Continental Breakfast
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

Sponsored by:

8:45 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Speaker:
Carrie Russell | HVS

MORNING PLENARY SESSION
9:00 am - 10:00 am

This Time Is Different, Or Is It?
(Waterfront Ballroom)

The commodity-driven economies of the western provinces have experienced “boom – bust” patterns to varying degrees for the better part of their histories. How will provincial elections, overly-optimistic budget assumptions tied to commodities, a rapidly changing demography, and aggressive government spending affect these economies? Are we coming out of a bust or heading back in with a different set of parameters. How different will it be this time and how will the economic environment affect real estate and hospitality? Jason Clemens, a leading public policy economist will explain why the tax, spending, trade, and regulatory policies pursued by western Canadian provincial governments are important explanations for the west’s success.

Presenter:
Jason Clemens, Executive Vice President | The Fraser Institute

10:00 am - 10:45 am NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK WITH SPONSORS
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE A1 or A2
10:45 am - 12:00 pm


A1: Does Your Resort Need To Be Branded?
(Waterfront A)

Do brands help in this highly seasonal business? Can you finance a project without them? Find out the marketing “pros and cons” from branded and independent resort projects.

Moderator:
Brian Flood | CBRE Hotels

Speakers:
James Askew | rareEarth Project Marketing

Scott Richer | Delta Hotels and Resorts
Jay Wilson | Interval International

10:45 am - 12:00 pm


A2: Asset And Project Management
(Waterfront B)

You’ve made the commitment to buy, build and/or expand your property. But what’s the best way to decrease wasteful spending, reduce timelines and deliver what you want and when you expect it to be completed? Maybe hotels and resorts aren’t your core investment focus? Project and/or asset managers may be your salvation.

Moderator:
Romy Bhojwani | Delta Hotels and Resorts

Speakers:
Aodhan Sheahan| Fortis Properties Corporation
Jeff Hyslop | Westmont Hospitality Group
Eric Malcolmson | HLT Advisory Inc.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm NETWORKING BUSINESS LUNCH
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION #1
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm


Resort And Hotel Financing
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Who are the major players and what are their significant investment criteria in this “post 2009” environment. This will include a look at both the debt and equity components of the sector. A panel of experts will discuss recent transactions including valuations, debt spreads and equity returns that will help you better understand the current deal climate.

Moderator:
Gary Morrison | Capital Decisions Inc.

Speakers:
Larry Beeston | Temple REIT

Kyle Dunn | Second City Capital
Ed Khediguian | GE Capital - Franchise Finance
Ed Romanowski | Bellstar Hotels & Resorts Ltd.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE B1 or B2
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm


B1: Is Now The Time To Develop Or Reposition?
(Waterfront A)

Developers are driven both in good times and bad. Is now the right time to kick-start your resort or hotel development? Or what about a change of focus? Several high-profile western-Canadian real estate projects are being transformed from/to residential, hotel, office and institutional uses. Before you begin, find out what the experts are saying.

Moderator:
Greg Kwong | CBRE Hotels

Speakers:
Lorne Borgal | Seer Resort Company
Scott Duff | Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
David Philp | SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

B2: Food, Glorious Food!
(Waterfront B)

How do you differentiate your full-service hotel or resort from the competition? The answer may lie in the dining room (or pub, or bistro…). These accomplished lodging foodservice experts provide some guidelines on evaluation, design and delivery of foodservice concepts.

Moderator:
Monique Rosszell | HVS

Speakers:
Gordon Mackay | Mackay Wong Strategic Design
Bob Puccini | The Puccini Group

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK WITH SPONSORS
(Waterfront Ballroom Foyer)
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION #2
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Barriers to Investment: The Last Resort!
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Within the national and western Canadian lodging sector, nowhere is the roller coaster of investment activity more pronounced than in resorts. But why? What are the barriers to investment whether for new builds, expansions/refurbishments or transactions? How does the customer profile differ from urban and suburban lodging and what is the importance of international visitors? What signs exist for returning prosperity and what needs to happen to facilitate investment?

Moderator:
David Goldstein | Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Speakers:
Lorne Borgal | Seer Resort Company

Drew Coles | Oxford Properties Group

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Closing Remarks
(Waterfront Ballroom)

Speaker:
Monique Rosszell | HVS