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CHIC 2008

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CHIC 2008

MAY 27, 2008
Canadian Hotel Investment Conference 4th Annual Golf Tournament,
Copper Creek Golf Club, Click here for more info.


MAY 27, 2008
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto ON

6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Opening Reception
Conference hosts Colliers International Hotels, HLT Advisory Inc. and our 2008 Gold Sponsors welcome you to the Waterfall Garden of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for the most anticipated networking event of the year.  All registered delegates are invited to this deluxe function to reunite with old acquaintances and strike new relationships.


MAY 28, 2008
Hilton Toronto Hotel, 145 Richmond Street West, Toronto ON

7:00 am – 8:15 am

Breakfast and Registration Opens

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 am – 10:00 am

National Round Up: Just The Facts From 2007…And What’s Ahead In 2008
The year in review and what a year! Solid operating performance. Transaction value reaching nearly $4.6 billion, a total of 29,000 rooms in 168 hotels. Hot markets and hotter markets…but what’s on the horizon with a cooling US economy, the Canadian $ at par and a potential exodus of Canadian hotel companies? What does the Canadian hotel industry look like five years from now?

Moderators: Lyle Hall, HLT Advisory Inc.
  Bill Stone, Colliers International Hotels

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Managing In Bumpy Times
Managing during tough economic conditions is a precarious and often challenging undertaking.  Corporate office wants a $10 increase in ADR and 1.5 percentage points on the bottom line but you’ve got new competition on the way and you didn’t get your capital plan approved last year.  How do owners and managers rationalize expectations?  Join CFOs and asset managers in an in-depth discussion of focused on managing the future.

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Morning Refreshment Break



11:45 am – 12:45 pm

A1. The Latest In Resort Development
And Finance Trend

The growing interest in second homes and unique forms of real estate ownership (such as fractionals and private clubs) has spurred a development boom in established resort areas such as Whistler and the Rocky Mountains, as well as, new and developing destinations. Where are the opportunities? What pitfalls await the novice investor? What geographic areas hold the greatest potential? This session will provide a broad overview of resort development with a Canadian focus.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

A2. What’s My Hotel Worth?
That much, really? Join these experts as they walk through valuation approaches for a range of new and proposed hotels.

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

A3. Capex: How Much Is Enough?
We’ve recognized for some time that 3% isn’t enough of a reserve to maintain a quality, full-service hotel. The International Society of Hospitality Consultant’ ”Capex Report” suggests actual capital spending can exceed 8%. But how much is enough? This panel explores a range of views and options on maintaining your hotel.

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch



2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

B1. Develop, Buy, Expand?
So Many Options, So Little Time

By some estimates, Canada is still well “under built” from the perspective of new brands, product types and locations.   What opportunities exist for new development?  When is buying preferential to building? What strategic opportunities might see the entry of new players into the Canadian marketplace.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

B2. Leveraging Third-Party Agreements To Grow The Bottom Line
What aspects of traditional hotel operations might be better left to external experts?  Are branded restaurants a better approach to providing food service in some situations?  What other revenue-generating options are available?  This session covers a range of possibilities to boost the bottom line.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

B3. Marketing Directions Of The Future
It’s a strange new world: Loyalty programs but fewer loyal customers.  Electronic distribution taking over good-old-fashioned sales. Brands, sub brands and sub, sub brands.  Guerilla tactics employed in getting and retaining customers.  This panel explores what’s effective and what’s not on the marketing front

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

The Greatest Sea Change In Canadian Hotel Ownership
The entry by major pension funds into the Canadian hotel ownership community capped the last two years with mega deals.  Looking back, how has the ownership structure changed? Looking forward, what will the ownership profile resemble?  The panel will identify what factors are driving this sea change in Canadian hotel ownership. 

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

CHIC 2008

Minaz Abji

Host Hotels and Resorts

Scott Allison

Marriott Hotels of Canada

Nicolas Bilodeau

GE Capital Solutions

Paul Brundage

Oxford Properties Group

Patricia Brusha

A Couple of Chicks

Harry Christakis

HCA Architecture Inc.

Robert Craycraft

American Resort Development Association

Reuben Danakody

BC Assessment

Mark Edwards

Oxford Properties

Brian Flood

CB Richard Ellis Limited CBRE Hotels

Philippe Gadbois

Atlific Hotels and Resorts

Jean-Yves Germain

Germain Group Inc.

Peter Giamalva

North Course Advisory

Kenny Gibson

InnVest REIT

Lyle Hall

HLT Advisory Inc.

Milton Hess

Stikeman Elliott LLP

Rob Kadlovski


Jonathan Kelcher

Canaccord Adams

Neil Labatte

First Global Advisors Inc.

Julian Jones


Anne Lacade

Sequel Hotels and Resorts Lifestyle Hotels

David Larone

PKF Consulting Inc.

Tamara Lawson

Westmont Hospitality Group

Betsy MacDonald

HVS International

Rena McDonald

Vintage Inns

Ian McAuley

Superior Lodging Corp

Craig Mance

Hilton Hotels Corporation

Paul Martin

Paul Martin and Company Ltd.

Rick Matheson

RBC Capital Markets

Susan McGibbon


David Mongeau

Avington Financial Limited

Judy Munro

Munro Partners

Yehuda Ordower


Ken Otto

Boston Pizza International

Alam Pirani

Colliers International Hotels

Ed Pitoniak

bcIMC Hospitality Group

Walter Prychidny

Trillium Leisure Corporation

Stephen Rushmore

HVS International

Glenn Squires

Holloway Lodging REIT

Brian Stanford

PKF Consulting

Bill Stone

Colliers International Hotels

Charles Suddaby

Colliers International Realty Advisors

David Whitaker

Tourism Toronto

Craig Wright

RBC Capital Markets

Jon Zwickel

Bellstar Hotels and Resorts Ltd.

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