Take a look at the keynote sessions and concurrent workshops where built environment professionals and stakeholders will share one platform to start the dialogue on critical topics in the real estate, business valuation, and construction sectors.

‘The agenda at a glance will give you the program overview for all three days. 

Highlighted sessions include:

May 1

05:00 pm to 06:00 pm: Registration opens

06:00 pm to 07:30 pm: Welcome reception

May 02

11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Workshop 1: SEC challenge update: The BV industry and the CEIV credential

Since the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission challenged the business valuation industry on its fragmented approach, the profession has been working with regulators, major employers and across associations to provide a market response in the public interest. Key members of the working group examining this issue will discuss the advancement of the BV industry and the creation of a new CEIV credential as a step in the right direction for the valuation profession. This session also looks forward to reviewing the reception of the CEIV credential in the market.

Workshop 2: Valuation firms 2020: Convergence, integration or fragmentation?

A decade ago institutional clients had gravitated to two global real estate service firms when not with the Big Four, for most valuation services. The crumbs were left to local mom and pop shops. Regulatory fiefdoms at the state level fostered geographic silos at the expense of building broad subject-matter expertise. Today we see at least ten national players competing for the same institutional commodity work while valuers age in place and struggle to replenish their ranks. The RICS panel will bring together valuer leadership- both adapters and disrupters- to help discern what is ahead. 

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Workshop 1: Quantity surveying: The changing role of the estimator in North America

Quantity Surveying as a profession is still relatively unknown in the United States, unless a client has had exposure to the discipline. The industry is seeing an increase, primarily from international investors and from the tech industry, in clients asking for estimating services from firms that offer professional QS services. The panel will discuss how RICS and Quantity Surveying firms in the US and Canada can work together to: a) Provide adequate training for Quantity Surveyors, b) Ensure RICS-qualified professionals are delivering the best in client service, c) Provide firms with a competitive edge from sq. foot estimators.

Workshop 2: Infrastructure – Global best practices and future trends 

The launch of an RICS research paper on Infrastructure Management in North America is the outcome of a collaborative research effort that examines and promotes best practices across the infrastructure community.  It aims to establish a dialogue that can inform policy makers, public sector leaders, and private sector companies seeking solutions to improve the overall state of infrastructure across North America. The research will explore a wide range of topics across infrastructure asset management to include financing, design and construction, and long term asset management. The paper and related panel discussion serves as a timely knowledge resource for both public and private sector leaders to further professionalize and optimize their infrastructure portfolios while maintaining a high level of public service and commitment to creating a better world.


May 03

09:00 am to 10:00 am

The future of retail real estate: How the internet is changing everything

Retail has always been a highly competitive, fast moving industry. Virtually all innovations in real estate finance have been a response to the competitive nature of retail and, therefore of retail real estate. Now we face an industry that is being turned upside down because of the Internet. The panel will discuss the topic of how the Internet will impact the future of retail real estate from various angles, including: What types of products will be sold exclusively online?; The future of department stores and regional malls, i.e., What will a Neiman Marcus store look like in 5-10 years?; The drugstore of tomorrow, and much more...

10:00 am to 11:00 am

RICS Ethics debate: The value of honest business

There is a clear need for ethical business to play a stronger role across many companies and sectors. With hyper-competition putting pressure on professionals within businesses obsessed with keeping costs down and shareholders happy, who is really profiting from ethical business? This debate will ask big questions about the current construction and real estate sectors we operate in: from both a financial and management point of view. Is ‘the system’ driving unethical business behavior or are individuals ultimately to blame for  any irresponsible conduct? What are the key challenges and opportunities for wider adoption of ethical values in private real estate, investment, and construction firms and related institutions?

11:30 am to 01:00 pm

Under 40 tech leaders in real estate

This panel brings together top tech leaders under 40 who are paving the way in the real estate and construction industries. This innovative workshop session will focus on new offers in the tech space as it pertains to the built environment, from a breakthrough new leasing service for consumers (Flip) to creative ways of extending the sharing economy to offices (Breather). This young panel of presenters will share lessons learned as well as the keys to their success, in a unique industry at the intersection of the tech start-up and real estate worlds.

01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Luncheon Keynote - The future of the profession 

Amanda Clack FRICS, RICS President and Partner at EY (Infrastructure Advisory), will be leading several sessions, including "The Future of the Profession" with a special focus on women's role in the industry. An intriguing debate regardless of gender, topics discussed will include modern management, achieving differentiation, going digital, and ways to accelerate career growth across sectors. 

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