TORONTO — Celebrating 100 YEARS, Hilton Hotels proudly sponsors the kick-off reception for the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre on Monday, May 13. All registered delegates are welcome to this deluxe reception which is considered the most anticipated networking event of the year!Conference organizers Big Picture Conferences have gathered top-name speakers from across Canada and the U.S. to weigh-in on topics that matter the most to Canadian hoteliers: hotel development; mixed-use real estate; branding options; market outlooks; the Canadian economy and the latest political forecast for the upcoming election. More than 600 delegates attend CHIC. Delegates can make new contacts and build on the relationships they value the most. On Tuesday, May 14, the title of the opening plenary is: “We have hot and cold markets in Canada, but Canada remains cool.”
The leading experts on the panel have appraised and sold more than all others and will move across the country and measure, evaluate and predict activity in the coming 18 months. What direction are hotel values heading, where is new supply bubbling and who are the most active players? If Canada is cool, where are the hot areas? What are the real influencers of hotel and resort demand and where are the breakout markets? How do funding sources look at the sector and Canada? All this and more will be covered in what is to be expected to be a very lively session with moderator Rob Kumer, Chief Investment Officer, KingSett Capital; and speakers Brian Flood of Cushman & Wakefield; Alam Pirani of Colliers International Hotels; Carrie Russell of HVS; and Bill Stone of CBRE Hotels.
Following a number of breakout sessions in the morning, the afternoon will begin with another plenary titled: The Big Picture: National update on real estate, politics and the Canadian economy. This session, moderated by Bruce Sellery, examines all the key issues affecting our industry- the major trends, challenges, risks and opportunities. Sheila Botting, the National Real Estate & Construction Leader in Canada and a Partner in the Financial Advisory Practice for Deloitte, will provide a national update on Canadian real estate and discuss future development opportunities in the big picture of Canada’s real estate market. Nik Nanos, CTV’s official pollster, and leader of one of Canada’s most distinguished research companies will examine the political outlook for Canada, keeping in mind the the upcoming election and recent headlines. Dawn Desjardins, RBC’s deputy chief economist, will share her insight on the latest forecast, both domestically and abroad, and will advise on the transformational trends to assist you in developing hotel investment strategies.
Corporate brand mergers and development are at all-time highs. That’s why the third plenary of the day, “Global Hotel Brands at the C-Level,” is so timely. What will guests demand in the next five years and how will hotel companies provide it? Diving deep into corporate and marketing strategies, this session looks at the evolution of hotel brands, changing customer preferences, various segments and loyalty programs, which will all drive future growth. Dave Johnson of Aimbridge Hospitality will serve as moderator. Speakers will include Allie Hope of Virgin Hotels; Chip Ohlsson of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts; Noah Silverman of Marriott International; and Matthew Wehling, Hilton Worldwide