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Summit Series 2018: speakers

Exploring the future of the cities

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Speaking in Toronto

Alexander Rangel
Founder and CEO

Alex is the founder and CEO of Ravti. He drives the company's vision, strategy and growth as it provides software to track, manage, and purchase HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) for sophisticated commercial real estate clients.  Ravti has been a proud member of the prestigious Silicon Valley accelerator, Y Combinator (S14), and MetaProp NYC (2016).  Alex received his Engineering from the University of Florida and began his career as a sales engineer with Trane for 5 years before starting Ravti. 

Andrew Hutton
Practice Lead, Stations & Commercial Development, North America
Network Rail Consulting, Inc.

A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, and Fellow of Institute of Railway Operators, Andrew has thirty years’ railway operations and development experience. Starting as a British Rail graduate trainee he has held significant roles in major UK train operating companies and the Strategic Rail Authority, as well as key station and programme roles in Network Rail. These included leading all eighteen major stations in the UK, and then leading the development of the new London Bridge station for eight years, from concept to opening. For the past year he has been building the stations portfolio of Network Rail Consulting in North America and is active with work at New York Penn Station for Amtrak, the rebuilding of Baltimore Penn Station, and in the design and development of stations for the California High Speed Rail Authority.

A motivational leader and manager, he has delivered in key facets of the rail business including operational performance, station development, commercial agreements, complex programme management and strategic visioning. He has influenced UK innovation in using the design of stations to enhance operations and customer experience.

Ayda Chamcham, MRICS
Senior Associate

Prior to finding her niche in appraisal work in the hotel industry with HVS, Ayda worked as a civil engineer and project manager in France. She then became a consultant for a Real Estate Investment Fund which led to her appraisal career in Canada. She appraises hotels and performs feasibility studies across the province of Quebec for HVS Canada, and is well versed in consulting reports for waterparks, wellness and convention centres.

Colin Johnston, FRICS
President, RVA, Canada, Research, Valuation & Advisory
Altus Group Limited

Colin Johnston is the President of Altus Group's Research, Valuation and Advisory division, in Canada, a group comprised of over 380 appraisers, economists, planners, advisors and data scientists. Altus is a leading provider of independent software, data solutions and consulting services to the commercial real estate industry.  During his 25 plus years in the industry, Colin has become one of the country's pre-eminent valuation and advisory professionals, with a particular emphasis on investment grade assets.  Over the past year, Altus has valued assets totalling in excess of $240 Billion in the Canadian marketplace. Colin has spoken on numerous panels, written several papers on valuation, and served as an expert witness in rental arbitration cases. He is an active member of several industry associations, a designated member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AACI) and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Connell McGill
CEO & Co-founder

Connell is the CEO and Co-founder of Enertiv and sits on its Board of Directors. His responsibilities include driving the company vision, growing the team, managing key client accounts, and maintaining investor relations. Prior to founding Enertiv, Connell was a Senior Project Manager at the New England Consulting Group, consulting for a number of C-suite executives at Fortune 100 companies. Connell graduated magna cum laude from Babson College's Honors Program with concentrations in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship.

Darren Cash, MRICS
Regional Director, Eastern Canada
BTY Group

Darren is the Regional Director, Eastern Canada for BTY Group, a global infrastructure and development consultant firm with offices in North America, Europe and the Middle East. He was born in Manchester, UK and studied Economics at Lancaster University and then went on to complete a Masters Degree in Construction Cost Management at the University of Reading. As BTY’s Regional Director, Darren leads BTY’s pursuit of services in both the private and public sectors and specialises in providing Cost Management, Risk Management and Project Monitoring services in sectors such as transit, aviation, healthcare, education, data and telecommunications and mixed-use.

Gareth David, MRICS
Chief Estimator
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. 

Gareth is the Chief Estimator for PCL Constructors Westcoast in Vancouver, BC and has been with the PCL family of companies since February 2008.  Gareth previously worked as a Quantity Surveyor for Carillion and Turner & Townsend in the UK. Gareth achieved his Bachelor of Science with Honours, Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying from Loughborough University in the UK.  He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the BC Chapter Chair for the RICS.

James Lumsden, MRICS
Associate Director
Turner & Townsend

James has over 18 years of experience working on a variety of projects, covering the transport, infrastructure and commercial sectors. James is currently engaged at Metrolinx in Toronto on the Regional Express Rail program as the RER Estimating Manager delivering commercial support and estimating services to the $23bn rail program. James was previously engaged at DFW Airport in Dallas delivering project controls to the Infrastructure and Development Division. More recently James has provided assistance to various major infrastructure projects in Australia and the USA in support of government project reviews and bidding consortia members.

Jameson Peterson
Head of Construction Solutions
Voyage Control

Jameson leads the Global Construction Solutions team at Voyage Control, with a goal of helping the world’s largest and most forward thinking General Contractors, Developers, and Owners minimize operational inefficiencies at their project sites. He joined Voyage Control in 2016 and has experience working in the logistics and energy industries with a focus of bringing new tech to large projects and facilities. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

Dr. Jennifer Drake
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto

Jennifer Drake is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and cross-appointed with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. She is the 2018 recipient of the OPEA Engineering Medal – Young Engineer Award. Her research interests are directed towards Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater systems, watershed planning and stormwater management, and the impact of LID technologies on aquatic environments, urban water security and wet weather policy.

Jim Moran, FRICS
Executive Managing Director/Chief Strategy Officer
Cushman & Wakefield

Jim joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2001 as Managing Director.  Currently, he is an Executive Managing Director and was recently appointed Chief Strategy Officer of the Valuation & Advisory group.  In addition, Jim oversees acquisition and strategic alliance opportunities in the Americas.   He is also the Chair of the Business Practices Committee and has group oversight of compliance and risk management matters.

John T. Glen FRICS
Director, Research & Valuation
Equitable Value Inc.

John Glen is a well-known international lecturer who has specialized in valuation and property tax consulting relative to retail, office, shopping centres, hospitality properties, multi-residential, recreation and industrial facilities. He is a Real Estate Course Director at York University.

He has worked in the Public Sector for Municipal and Provincial governments to assist in the development of and implement mass appraisal procedures for Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Winnipeg and New York City. He has served as an expert witness in numerous real estate hearings.

John has also worked as a private sector commercial appraiser specializing in real estate portfolio asset valuations for Private Real Estate Corporations, Insurance Companies, Pension Funds and REITs.

He has written valuation guidelines for Contaminated Properties, Airports, Leisure Properties, Sports Stadiums and Entertainment Facilities. Last year he gave a presentation on Non-Residential Sales Data Collection and Analysis at the International Valuation Conference in Ottawa. He has given presentations at RIC Conferences in the Caribbean and a RICS/IPTI Webinar on the Valuation of Contaminated Properties.

He currently serves as vice-president of the Toronto Buffalo chapter of the Appraisal Institute (US). 

John McKendrick
Executive Vice President, Project Delivery Social
Infrastructure Ontario

John McKendrick has been with Infrastructure Ontario since its inception in November 2005. Having been an integral part of the major projects division from the outset, he has had the unique opportunity to participate in and drive the evolution of the program.
As the Executive Vice President, Project Delivery Social, John is responsible for the planning, development, and procurement of major public infrastructure projects. His portfolio includes hospitals, colleges, courthouses, a data centre and the Pan Am Games' infrastructure projects. John came to Infrastructure Ontario with over 17 years of experience in the Provincial government. During that time, he gained expertise in finance and infrastructure project development and delivery. Before joining Infrastructure Ontario, he was an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal (now the Ministry of Infrastructure).
John had also served as the Director of the Corporate Finance Branch at the Ontario Financing Authority. During that time, he was involved in the financing of a number of infrastructure projects across various sectors, including asset-based and other financing structures.

John Watling, MRICS
Manager, Valuation and Assessment Standards

John currently has over 30 years of experience in the property assessment profession holding a variety of positions within the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. As a Valuation Manager with Valuation and Assessment Standards he leads a team of experts responsible for valuations, litigation support and expert testimony for income properties throughout Ontario specializing in the office sector. He is also responsible for establishing directive, developing guidelines, research, training and promoting best practice to valuation staff across the province.

Josie Lee
Senior Advisor
Colliers International

Josie Lee is a Senior Advisor with Colliers Project Leaders. She is a CFA Charter holder and has over 15 years of experience in commercial and corporate real estate in both the public and private sector. Her expertise in developing strategic plans and business cases, underpinned by sound financial analysis, has delivered significant value retention and creation while minimizing liabilities and risk. Josie is the Program Co-Chair of the Toronto District Urban Land Institute (ULI) and was just recently selected to appear on their 2018 Women’s Leadership Championship Team – a team that represents outstanding women leaders and influencers in real estate and development in the Greater Toronto Region. 

Mayor John Tory
City of Toronto

Mayor Tory has taken action to reduce commute times while moving forward with Toronto’s first-ever network transit plan that will see subway lines extended through the northwest end of the city into Vaughan and east to Scarborough, a significant expansion of the LRT network, and much greater use of GO lines across the city as part of SmartTrack, the Mayor’s signature transit initiative. Since being elected to office in 2014, he has been focused on ensuring Toronto remains a livable and affordable city, leading City Council in passing successive budgets that kept taxes at or below the rate of inflation while investing in priority services including housing, parks and student nutrition. He has worked to make the city government more modern and effective, to deliver better services at a more competitive price, and to be more open and accountable to the public.

Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his career giving back to the city he loves working with organizations like the United Way, St. Michael’s Hospital and Civic Action. In office, he has been a constant champion for Toronto, securing billions of dollars from the provincial and federal governments for transit, housing and other vital infrastructure. He uses his experience leading organizations and businesses to promote Toronto on the world stage, attract jobs and investment, and secure the city’s future as a global capital. Mayor Tory began his career practicing law in Toronto, and he was later elected as a managing partner of one of Canada’s biggest law firms. In the 1980s he served as Principal Secretary to Premier Bill Davis and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet. He has served as Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and as CEO of Rogers, one of the country’s largest cable companies. His time in politics dates back to 2004 when he was chosen to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, later serving as Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.

Mayor Tory is a lifelong, and long-suffering, Toronto Maple Leafs fan – and is an avid supporter of all Toronto’s teams and attractions. Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 39 years, have four children and five grandchildren.

Liam Brunner, MRICS
Senior Managing Director and Market Leader, Canada
Newmark Knight Frank

Liam Brunner, AACI, P.App., MRICS, joined Newmark Knight Frank Valuation & Advisory in 2018 as a senior managing director and the Canadian practice leader. Mr. Brunner is responsible for building NKF’s valuation and advisory practice throughout Canada through staff recruitment and acquisitions. He also serves as the national lead for business development and platform execution. Mr. Brunner brings to NKF more than 20 years of experience providing real estate valuation and advisory services to a broad range of clients located throughout Canada.

Prior to NKF, Mr. Brunner served for a little more than six years as a partner in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice in Calgary, where he led the firm’s real estate valuation practice nationally and was responsible for consulting and advisory for Western Canada. In this position, Mr. Brunner worked with his team to provide real estate valuation and advisory services for a wide range of special-purpose and investment-grade property classes. He also provided his considerable valuation and advisory expertise to some of Canada’s leading real estate companies and corporations.

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA
President and Founder
International Art Advisors

M. Barden Prisant, FRICS, FRSA, was honored to have been named an Eminent Professional Fellow of the RICS in 2002. He became active in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Tri-State Chapter and was made Chair five years later. In the intervening years, he has served on his Global Professional Group Board and the RICS Americas Valuation Council. In the public realm, he was appointed to NYC zoning boards in Manhattan and Brooklyn by New York City Borough Presidents and City Council members. He is president and founder of Manhattan-based International Art Advisors.

Mark Romoff
President & Chief Executive Officer
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP)

Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP).  Established in 1993, CCPPP’s mission is to promote smart, innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada’s leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship development organization. Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Global Affairs Canada), serving in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED); the i-CANADA Governors Council; the Québec City Conference; the World Economic Forum “Strategic Infrastructure Initiative” Advisory Committee; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council. He has also been appointed Chairperson of the Canadian Smart Cities Challenge Jury. He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D (Certified Director) designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Michael P. Hedden, FRICS
Houlihan Lokey

Michael Hedden is a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Houlihan Lokey Financial Advisors, Inc. in New York.  Mr. Hedden has over 40 years of real estate appraisal, valuation and consulting experience and specializes in providing valuation, litigation support, and expert testimony services in all aspects of market analysis and valuation of real property.  He has been teaching for over 25 years and has authored many articles and given countless lectures and presentations on the topics of real estate valuation. Mr. Hedden has an undergraduate degree in business and masters in city and regional planning.

Olivia MacAngus
Managing Director, Capital Projects & Infrastructure
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Olivia is Managing Director of PwC's Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice in the National Capital Region. She has over a decade of experience in government, procurement and infrastructure. Before joining PwC, Olivia led Plenary Group’s business development and government relations across Canada. She was Director of Corporate Strategy with PPP Canada, where she was involved in developing policies and guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure procurements. She has been an Account Director at Hill & Knowlton, Canada’s leading government relations firm, where she specialized in public affairs, federal government relations and stakeholder management, as well as working in various roles on Parliament Hill.

Paul Hughes, FRICS
Senior Director
Altus Group

Paul is a successful business leader in Public Private Partnerships (Infrastructure Development) with extensive experience in the construction, property and business outsourcing sectors. Paul possesses excellent analytical skills with drive and focus on enhancing success on earnings on multimillion and billion dollar projects and outcomes through good relationships and service agreements. He is a collaborative, articulate and an excellent negotiator with a track record of success. A relationship builder, uniting cross functional teams and organizations to build consensus and solutions to achieve objectives.

Paul Morassutti, MRICS
EVP and Executive Managing Director

Paul Morassutti is an AACI, MRICS with over 25 years of experience in the Valuation & Advisory Services business and leads CBRE’s Valuation & Advisory Services team in Canada. Paul has a wide ranging background encompassing all facets of Institutional real estate and land development. He is also a member of CBRE’s Executive Management Committee and Canadian Executive Council. Paul has authored numerous articles and has appeared in and on BNN, Bloomberg News, the CBC, Globe & Mail, National Post among others. He is a frequent guest speaker at commercial real estate conferences and events and has developed and presented multi-day, in-house valuation training for groups such as Realpac, NAIOP, the Appraisal Institute of Canada and Brookfield Financial. Paul is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and sits on the Advisory Board for the Schulich School of Business MBA Program in Real Estate and Infrastructure as well as the ULI Toronto Management Committee. Paul is also a director of Artscape, a not-for-profit organization where he chairs the Portfolio Development Committee.

René de Vries
Vice-President Client Development Commercial Sector
Arcadis Canada Inc.

René de Vries is a Professional Geo-Scientist with over 30 years of international environmental consulting experience.  He was born and educated in the Netherlands and made his career in environmental consulting in Ontario, Canada with a focus on site assessment, remediation, risk management and redevelopment.   As of Jan 2015, as Vice-President his efforts focus on developing and delivering projects for Arcadis.  As part of the Arcadis team, he develops and helps deliver larger projects where sustainable environmental practices for infrastructure projects in Canada are implemented.  

Arcadis is a 27,000 person, 150 year old global firm with its headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  The company is often called upon to respond to water challenges related to resiliency and flood-protection, usually after catastrophes such like hurricanes happen,  but often also in the context of the land use redevelopment planning stages.  Recently Arcadis was awarded a large contract to support Waterfront Toronto as part of the Colliers Program Management team in relation to its Don River Mouth Re-naturalization project in the Toronto Port Lands,  where René is one of the project managers.

Robert Courteau, FRICS 
Chief Executive Officer
Altus Group

An accomplished senior executive, Robert has extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s foremost companies. He has been an active board member of numerous North American not-for-profit organizations and several publicly-traded companies. Robert has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University where he was also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate. In recognition of his commitment to education and endorsement of international standards and regulation, Robert was awarded an Honorary Fellowship with RICS. 

Rowan Mills
Canada’s Transaction Advisory Practice Leader
Arup Canada Inc.

Rowan is Arup’s Transaction Advisory Practice Leader for Canada with a focus to engage clients and develop innovative solutions to complex transactions. Rowan leads business case development, creative partnering, joint solutioning, market soundings, financial analysis, transaction development and execution, due diligence and post-closing advice for clients. Rowan has extensive experience from working in both the private and public sectors and can provide expert advice on transaction design and execution in the real estate and transport infrastructure markets.

Ryan Freed
CRO & Co-Founder

Ryan is a social entrepreneur who has started many businesses. Inspired by the wellness field his most recent company is working to help landlords build communities to maximize use of space and tenant retention. hOM delivers a set of tech tools along with physical fitness/wellness classes and lifestyle events directly to any commercial or multifamily property.

S. Michael Brooks, FRICS

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of REALPAC, the senior Canadian trade association for large public and institutional investment real estate companies. REALPAC represents the Canadian investment real estate industry in government relations, public relations and standard setting. Michael has represented the Canadian real estate industry in all major policy initiatives with government, including property tax reform in several provinces, the emergence of real estate investment trusts and enabling legislation, real property income tax issues, telecom deregulation and building access, and many other issues. Michael is also the Author and Editor of the Canadian textbook "Canadian Commercial Real Estate: Theory, Practice, Strategy”.


Sean Tompkins
Chief Executive Officer

Sean has been Chief Executive of RICS since 1st September 2010.  RICS is the world’s largest professional body covering land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. RICS operates out of 30 offices around the world and today over 100,000 people hold its professional qualifications. Sean has transformed RICS from a traditional, trusted UK mark of professionalism built on high standards and ethics to one of international recognition, influence and thought leadership.  From Governments to Financial Institutions, RICS’ standards, qualifications and thought leadership are respected and recognised. As well as advancing RICS’ strategy and goals, Sean is also a passionate champion for greater diversity and inclusion within the profession.

Stephen Taylor
Vice President, Real Estate
HOOPP - Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Stephen Taylor is the Vice President, Real Estate, for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), with responsibility for overseeing HOOPP’s Canadian and international real estate investment programs. Stephen is active in the real estate community – he is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of REALPAC (the Real Property Association of Canada), and has served as a Board member for NAREIM (the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers) and AFIRE (the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate).

Susan Neil MRICS
Executive Vice President
Hanscomb Limited

Susan Neil is Executive Vice President at Hanscomb, an independent Quantity Surveying firm with 7 offices across Canada that has earned Platinum Elite status for the third consecutive year for working on the country’s biggest infrastructure projects. 
As a CIQS Trustee for ICMS, Susan believes that the need for consistency in reporting project costs has never been more critical with multinational teams working together on major infrastructure projects.  Susan currently oversees billions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure projects like SickKids and the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Ursula Hartenberger
Global Head of Sustainability

Ursula joined RICS in 2006 as Head of Public Affairs Europe at the organisation’s Brussels office. From 2006 until August 2009 she was leading on the organisation’s energy efficiency in buildings campaign. In this context, she was member of various working groups advising the European Commission on practical aspects of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive and also managed RICS’ contribution to the EU Sustainable Energy campaign as well as organising a number of high-profile events.

In August 2009, Ursula took over the role of Global Head of Sustainability. In this role she is responsible for the development and implementation of a global sustainability strategy for RICS and for facilitating a global exchange of information with regard to sustainability policy and best professional practice. She co-chairs the RICS Sustainability Working Group and is the editor of Global Balance, the RICS sustainability newsletter. 

She has had an involvement in a series of RICS publications on energy efficiency policies and sustainability in the property sector and regularly writes on these issues for external publications.

Zak Schwarzman

Zak Schwarzman leads MetaProp’s venture capital arm, investing in high-growth PropTech startups that are transforming the way we conceptualize, utilize, build, transact, interact with, and manage physical space. Zak manages MetaProp’s investment activities and works closely with portfolio companies to move their businesses forward. Zak’s investment experience spans seed, multi-stage and corporate venture capital and he is an active member of New York’s startup community. Zak received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Political Economy and Business from Tulane University.