UDI January Forecast Lunch 2014



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Published on Jan 22, 2014


Is 2014 the year of innovation? Many are saying that it is. Our January Forecast speakers share their thoughts on what you need to know in order to thrive next year and beyond.

Panel of Speakers:

Colin Bosa -- Chief Executive Officer, Bosa Properties
The Robert Bosa Family of Companies has been constructing homes for Canadians for over 50 years. Today, Bosa Properties is arguably one of BC's most innovative residential developers. Their newest landmark project is the world's first fully transformable condominium tower and creates a new approach toward housing livability. Who is buying? Is the profile changing? And what is Bosa Properties planning next?

Mark Betteridge -- Executive Director, Discovery Parks
As BC's go-to builder for leading edge technological companies who need innovative commercial and research facilities, Discovery Parks has created more than two million square feet of space to date. With the arrival of Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft, Vancouver is stepping up as the 2014 tech hot spot. Mark Betteridge tells us what's driving this growth and if it will continue. Will technology become an increasingly important sector in the BC economy, and how will it affect your business?

Michael Penalosa -- Managing Principal, Thomas Consultants
With a 30 year track record in over 50 countries, Thomas Consultants is one of the world's leading planners, specializing in transforming retail and mixed-use projects into memorable, and successful, value-add destinations. As Managing Principal and a well-known speaker, Michael Penalosa will share which global innovations and concepts have worked, why, and how they could affect us in 2014. With the recent and massive e-commerce growth, is there for a future for brick-and-mortar department stores? What's next for Vancouver's retail landscape?

Diana McMeekin -- President, Artemis Marketing Group
Back by popular demand, Moderator Diana McMeekin will lead our 2014 panel. Diana has worked as a marketing, sales and positioning consultant on hundreds of residential and mixed-use developments all over North America and also Dubai. With an enviable client list of some of the Lower Mainland's leading developers, Diana has proven time and again she knows how to stay ahead of the curve.

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