ADDED BONUS : AFTER THE TALKS GET A SNEAK PREVIEW OF AN ALL-NEW
DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG VIDEO,
flying you over the city’s skyline as it will be when all the developments currently on the books are completed.
Leader at YES! WINNIPEG
Bill Morrissey has a unique perspective on Winnipeg and its future, based on having lived here for years and worked with many of the diverse industries and sectors that make up our economic engine. His focus is directed at creating new private sector jobs by supporting local entrepreneurs and local business expansions and attracting new businesses to the City.
Urbanomics opens with Bill Morrissey, possibly Winnipeg’s biggest fan. As the head and a founder of “Yes! Winnipeg”, Bill is in his dream job, promoting all that Winnipeg has to offer to everyone he meets.
THE RISE, FALL AND REAWAKENING OF DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG
Institute of Urban Studies, UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG
For over a decade, Jino Distasio has focussed on Winnipeg and on researching Canadian and global urban issues. Dr. Distasio’s lively and engaging presentation puts Winnipeg’s current growth spurt into the perspective of our history. He provides insight and predictions about current development trends, what the future of the Winnipeg skyline might look like and what that will mean for people on the ground.
“All roads lead to Winnipeg” was the quip people used at the turn of the last century, when the city was undergoing an internationally recognized boom. But Winnipeg’s growth waned after World War 2, and by the early 2000s the city centre was largely empty. Over the last eight years, though, Winnipeg’s downtown has been on a roll, with over 100 projects representing $2 billion in investment.
Jino Distasio, director of the University of Winnipeg's Institute of Urban Studies, has been tracking this trend, and will explain why Winnipeg’s new era of urban development is just getting going.
GETTING IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF A CITY’S DEVELOPMENT BOOM
President, MARKETVISION REAL ESTATE CORP. and URBANATION
Eve Lewis is the founder and principal of the Toronto condominium market research company, Urbanation, and of Toronto-based MarketVision Real Estate Corp. Eve has been active in the Toronto real estate and development industry for three decades, having marketed and sold close to 150 condominium projects. One of the companies she founded, Urbanation has come to be regarded as the foremost authority on condominium market research and data analytics.
Cities go through stages of growth and evolution. Fifteen years ago downtown Toronto was characterized by surface parking lots and empty industrial buildings, devoid of people after 5 pm. Today it is a vibrant urban centre with thousands of condominium residents. Those who invested early in the city’s downtown boom did very well financially, and today own property that is some of the most valuable on the continent.
Eve Lewis will share her personal insights and experience in living through an urban development boom, and will explain how “early adopters” in any given market can gain by paying attention to market research and understanding trends in urban development.
INVESTING IN GLASSHOUSE AND THE DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG CONDO MARKET
ROYAL LEPAGE DYNAMIC REAL ESTATE
As a Winnipeg Realtor for the past 5 years, with an additional 15 years of experience in the Vancouver market before that, Susan Joshi understands how to make real estate work for her clients. Representing the Glasshouse project with Royal LePage Dynamic, Susan also knows all the ins and outs of the Glasshouse development, from its unit layouts and features to its extensive indoor and outdoor amenities.
Often there is one development that resets a city’s perception of downtown living. In Winnipeg that development will be Glasshouse, a 21 storey, 200 unit residential glass tower across from the MTS Centre that will be part of the $80 million mixed-use Centrepoint development (which also includes an office building, Alt Hotel, Milestones and China Libre restaurants, and parkade). Understanding the economics of investing in a development such as Glasshouse will be key to profiting from the upcoming Winnipeg development boom.
Susan Joshi will walk through the process of investing in an urban residential development such as Glasshouse, and outline the value and returns that investors can realistically expect from doing so.
FORWARD THINKING DEVELOPMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON CITIES’ DOWNTOWNS
Partner, URBAN CAPITAL
David Wex is an outspoken urban visionary who has changed the city skylines of Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and now, Halifax and Winnipeg. Along with his partner, Mark Reeve, David has honed Urban Capital’s unique brand of modern-style living concepts with a design-focused approach to development. David’s drive to push the envelope has lead Urban Capital to become the progressive, forward thinking development company it is today.
Urban Capital’s tagline is “Forward Thinking Development”, and this is not just a creation of some branding firm. Rather, since 1996 the company has been introducing forward thinking, high-design urban living concepts into markets where this has not been previously seen, typically spurring other nearby developments and the re-generation of the overall neighbourhood.
David Wex, one of Urban Capital’s partners, will take attendees through his company’s history of trend-setting urban developments in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, share his vision of downtown development, and explain why he believes Glasshouse will have the same impact on downtown Winnipeg as his other developments have had in their own respective cities.