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Program


TUESDAY APRIL 12, 2011
Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel | 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto ON
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Registration Opens
(Grand Foyer)

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Opening Reception
(Grand Foyer)

Conference hosts CB Richard Ellis Hotels, Colliers International Hotels, and HLT Advisory Inc. welcome you to the newly-opened Ritz Carlton Toronto Hotel. All registered delegates are invited to this deluxe function to reunite with old acquaintances and strike new relationships.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 13, 2011
Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel | 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto ON
7:00 am - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
(Grand Foyer)


8:15 am - 8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS
8:30 am - 8:50 am

Has It Been 15 Years Already?
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

The Canadian Hotel Investment Conference is 15 years old in 2011! What were the significant watershed moments and strategic decisions over the last decade? Who were and are the major players? Who were the winners and losers?

Speakers:

Lyle Hall | HLT Advisory Inc.
Bill Stone | CBRE Hotels

8:50 am - 9:15 am

An Economic Outlook And Ramifications For The Canadian Hotel Industry
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

An overview of the Canadian economy including an outlook for employment trends, disposable income and consumer confidence. How will Canada’s economic recovery affect the growth and profitability of Canadian hoteliers? Why is Canada faring better than our neighbour south of the border? What are the leading factors for development and transaction prospects going forward?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Warren Jestin, Chief Economist | Scotiabank Economics

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Canada In The North American Context: Hotel Performance, Supply And Transaction Activity
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

Join these leading industry advisors, owners and/or operators as they summarize what happened in 2010 and look forward to 2011 and beyond. The group will look at the best and worst markets and some of the more notable transactions and investment trends of the year.

Moderator:
Lyle Hall | HLT Advisory Inc.

Speakers:
Stephen Foster | Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Warren Jestin | Scotiabank Economics
Brian Stanford | PKF Consulting Inc.
Bill Stone | CBRE Hotels

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Open Forum
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

Open mic, question cards, twitter, text or email! We’ll take your questions any way you want to provide them.

10:00 am - 10:30 am NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
(Grand Foyer)

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE A1, A2, or A3
10:30 am - 11:30 am

A1: Mixed Use Projects 
(The Gallery Room, 4th floor)

More than just condo hotels, a new breed of multi-component mixed-use projects are cropping up in several Canadian cities. This panel explores some of the better known Canadian examples and identifies key success factors and potential pitfalls.

Moderator:
Eric Malcolmson | HLT Advisory Inc.

Speakers:
Mario Di Fiore | Goodmans
Greg Doman | Fairmont Raffles Hotel International
Jean Yves Germain | Groupe Germain Inc.

10:30 am - 11:30 am

A2: How Much Is My Hotel Worth?
(Salon A+B, 4th floor)

A panel of owners, lenders and advisors—armed with nothing but a calculator and common sense—place values on an array of potential hotel transaction opportunities.

Moderator:
Brian Flood | CBRE Hotels

Speakers:
Drew Coles | Oxford Properties Group
Betsy MacDonald | HVS International
Wesley Roitman | Romspen Investment Corporation
Cameron Woof | GE Capital Canada - Franchise Finance

10:30 am - 11:30 am

A3: Yankee Doodle Canuck: Doing Business In Canada
(Salon C+D, 4th floor)

Canada is increasingly becoming an investment destination of choice for American hotel owners, investors and brands. This session will walk through some of the practical considerations that American companies should consider before crossing the border.

Speakers (confirmed to date):

Silvana M. D'Alimonte | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Shawn Stern | KPMG

11:30 am - 12:45 pm NETWORKING BUSINESS LUNCH
(Grand Foyer)

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE B1 or B2
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

B1: Where's The Money?
(Salon A+B, 4th floor)

Debt and equity sources for construction, take out and purchase have changed substantially over the last decade and a half. What can we learn from the past? What are the capital sources of the next year and beyond?

Moderator:
Alam Pirani | Colliers International Hotels

Speakers:
Ed Khediguian | GE Capital Canada - Franchise Finance
Rick Matheson | RBC Capital Markets
Paul Scholz |  Institutional Mortgage Capital
Louis Stervinou | Eastdil Secured
Christof Winkelmann | Aareal Bank AG

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

B2: iGuest Arrives At iHotel
(The Gallery Room, 4th floor)

An overview in layman’s language (no technobabble) of the myriad of new technology that is sweeping over the travel and hospitality industry.

Apps, Tablets, Clouds, QR codes, Kayak, Trip Advisor, Social networks and more. A business discussion will focus on how new technologies are influencing hotel revenues and guest services.

Speaker:
Warren Markwart | MK2 Hospitality Inc.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS: YOUR CHOICE C1, C2, OR C3
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm C1: Asset Managers: Friends Or Foes
(The Gallery Room, 4th floor)

With an increasing number of “passive” investors taking positions in Canadian, and international hotels, asset managers have become more common. What is the asst manager’s role and how is this evolving? How do owners and operators relate to asset managers?

Moderator:
Jon Zwickel | InnVentures Hospitality Corp.

Speakers:
Romy Bhojwani | Delta Hotels and Resorts
Jeff Hyslop | Westmont Hospitality Group/InnVest REIT
Alan Perlis | Livia Capital Management Inc.

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm C2: Restaurant Partnerships
(Salon C+D, 4th floor)

How can restaurant operators and hoteliers achieve operational synergies? This session covers all aspects of this unique arrangement from free-standing restaurant pads in hotel parking lots to complete integration within hotel food and beverage operations.

Moderator:
Ian Ricci | GE Capital Canada - Franchise Finance

Speakers:
Robin Chakrabarti | Empresario Capital Partners
Peter Natyshak | Prime Restaurants
Irwin Prince | Realstar Hospitality

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

C3: Branding And Product Concepts: Canada vs. U.S.A.
(Salon A+B, 4th floor)

Some hotel brand and product concepts imported from the U.S. flourish in Canada while others have never taken hold. Why do some products work and others not? How does an independent hotel compete amongst the international names? How have certain brands made the leap and others lagged behind.

Moderator:
Charles Suddaby | Cushman & Wakefield Ltd.

Speakers:
Michael Beckley | Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada
Tony Cohen | Global Edge Investments/Crescent Hotels & Resorts
Ryan McRae | Hilton Worldwide
George Van Noten | Minto Hospitality Group

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK
(Grand Foyer)
AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm The Hotel Real Estate Asset Class In North America
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

Hotels have oscillated between “whipping boy” and “darling” status as North American real estate investment options. This panel brings some of the brightest real estate and development minds together to discuss the current situation and outlook.

Moderator:
Paul Campbell | SITQ International, Inc.

Speakers:
Nora Duke | Fortis Properties Corporation
Steve Giblin | SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Kenny Gibson |Westmont Hospitality/InnVest REIT
Chuck Henry | Hotel Capital Advisers, Inc.
Blake Hutcheson | Oxford Properties Group

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks
(Ritz-Carlton Ballroom)

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Closing Reception
(Grand Foyer)


Join all our sponsors and speakers at this networking event which will be held in conjunction with delegates from the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit.