Hitting it out of the park - Issues for emerging Real Estate players

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Hart House

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Explore the key skills, best practices and top trends for real estate developers and investors, in becoming the next big industry player.

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On Thursday, January 23, 2020 join Abrahams LLP and Zeifmans at Great Hall, Heart House (University of Toronto Campus) in downtown Toronto, to explore the key skills, best practices and top trends for real estate developers and investors, in becoming the next big industry player. Through three fireside chat panels, we will discuss:

Getting Started – What you need to know to develop your business (Panel 1)

  • Moderator: Sam McDadi, Owner, Sam McDadi Real Estate Inc
  • Panelist: Ahmad Aslam, Partner, Zeifmans LLP
  • Panelist: Mujir Muneeruddin, Partner, Abrahams LLP
  • Panelist: Michael Carragher, Vice President, Mortgage Investments, Firm Capital Corporation
  • Panelist: Mehreen Javaid, CEO, Red Leaf Group

Next Steps – Construction, Building and Growing (Panel 2)

  • Moderator: Jeremiah Shamess, Vice President, Private Capital, Investment Group, Colliers International Group
  • Panelist: Garth Dingwall, Partner, Abrahams LLP
  • Panelist: Jamie Grossman, Managing Principal, Cresa
  • Panelist: Tom Krcmar, Principal & Managing Director, Krcmar Surveyors Ltd.
  • Panelist : Uzzo Calderaro, CEO & Founder, Scaf-Tech Inc.

Looking Forward – Being a development major player (Panel 3)

  • Moderator: Benjamin J. Shinewald, President & CEO, BOMA Canada
  • Panelist: Casey Gallagher, Executive Vice President, CBRE Limited
  • Panelist: Ben Wong, COO & General Counsel, LiVante Developments
  • Panelist: Zafir Rashid, CEO, Everest Group of Companies
  • Panelist: Michael Uster, Senior Vice President, Liberty Development Corporation
  • Panelist: Daniel Marinovic, Chief Development Officer, Dream


4:00 - 4:45 PM Registration & Networking

4:45 - 5:30 PM Fireside Panel 1

5:30 - 6:15 PM Fireside Panel 2

6:15 - 7:00 PM Fireside Panel 3

7:00 - 8:30 PM Networking

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About Participating Companies:

Zeifmans LLP:

Zeifmans is a full-service tax, accounting and business consulting firm based in Toronto, Canada, and is ranked as one of Canada’s top 20 firms by revenue. Beyond the traditional offering, our services include business advisory, valuation, corporate finance, transaction services, corporate turnaround and insolvency, and estate and succession planning, supporting our 9,000+ clients through every step of the business life cycle.

Abrahams LLP:

Abrahams LLP is a law firm with expertise in all phases of the business life cycle. By tapping efficiencies brought by modern technology and staffing a diverse group of professionals, we are able to offer a broad base of quality legal services.

Abrahams counts among its clients ultra high net-worth entrepreneurs and investors, many of whom are based in Ontario or the Middle East. More than great legal minds, our entrepreneurial lawyers excel at identifying synergies between clients, often facilitating the generation of opportunities for both sources and users of capital alike.

BOMA Canada:

BOMA Canada connects, resources and elevates the real estate community. We represent and advocate for the Canadian industry on matters of national concern; connect with our chapters, BOMA International and other real estate associations; and promote the success of our members through education, networking and celebration. Our flagship program, BOMA BEST, is Canada’s leading sustainability certification for existing commercial and institutional real estate and is now expanding around the world, including in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

CBRE Group, Inc.:

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2018 revenue). The company has more than 90,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 480 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

Colliers International Group Inc.:

Colliers International Group Inc. is a leading global real estate services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our 14,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice and services to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 20 years, our experienced leadership team, owning more than 40% of our equity, have delivered industry-leading investment returns for shareholders. In 2018, corporate revenues were $2.8 billion ($3.3 billion including affiliates), with more than $26 billion of assets under management.


Cresa is the world’s largest occupier-only commercial real estate firm. We have 5 offices across Canada and 80 offices worldwide. At Cresa, we think of real estate as a business tool - one that goes beyond operational needs to help drive profitability, enhance your image and attract top talent. We take a fully integrated approach, first determining what your business needs are, then figuring out how to meet them and finally implementing a solution.

In the Toronto office, which celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, we have worked alongside our clients to align their business plans and their real estate needs, increase their productivity, and consistently save them money. By building a great culture and through our relentless focus on ‘doing the right thing’, we have earned the right to partner with great clients and win numerous industry awards along the way.


Dream is one of Canada’s leading real estate companies with approximately $9 billion of assets under management. Dream is an owner and developer of exceptional office and residential assets in Toronto which we hold for the long term. We also develop land & residential assets in Western Canada for immediate sale and own and manage stabilized income generating assets in both Canada and the U.S.. In addition, we have a successful asset management business, inclusive of three TSX listed Trusts and institutional partnerships. Dream has an established track record for being innovative and for our ability to source, structure and execute on compelling investment opportunities.

Everest Group of Companies:

Everest Group of Companies is a vertically-integrated land development and asset management group headquartered in Canada. Everest specializes in multi-family real estate, student housing, commercial/retail mixed-use assets, and hospitality properties. Everest Group of Companies is one of the most rapidly emerging, versatile and dynamic companies in Canada, with over $1 Billion in projects under construction and management in the USA & Canada. The company's mission is to create projects that focus on uncompromised excellence, with a dedication towards innovation, luxury living, and distinguished design, while creating value for their stakeholders, customers & investors. Everest Group of Companies has built its reputation on financial strength, the ability to respond quickly to opportunities in the marketplace, and a history of positive performance. Creating rewarding opportunities and building excellence through partnership and integrity since 2002.

Firm Capital Corporation:

Firm Capital Corporation (“Firm”) is a leading non-bank lender that provides construction, bridge, equity, and conventional real estate finance to builders, developers, and real estate investors of all sizes across Canada. Firm is the Mortgage Banker for various discretionary lending entities, one of which is our publicly-traded Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSX: FC). Firm currently has mortgage investments under administration of $1,012 million.

KRCMAR Surveyors Ltd.:

At Krcmar Surveyors, we specialize in large and multi-faceted projects—condominiums, complex construction layouts and urban cadastral surveys. While we specialize in sizeable high-rise redevelopments for condominiums and complex construction, we also provide consulting services for analysis of title issues relating to land; confidential advice to the legal community; plus all forms of cadastral, topographic and engineering surveys.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of professionalism, experience, reliable service and integrity and we pride ourselves on anticipating and surpassing our clients’ expectations.

Everything we do is driven by our passion for great service and our commitment to the highest level of quality. Together, with our team of ten senior surveyors, supported by leading cadastral field technologists, project directors, skilled CAD specialists and researchers, there is no development challenge or deadline that Krcmar can’t meet with enthusiasm and success.

Liberty Development Corporation:

Liberty Development Corporation is an award winning full service real estate development company. It is a leading development manager of commercial, office, and residential buildings in the Greater Toronto Area. Through expertise in land assembly, development, design and construction, sales, leasing, and property management, Liberty is able to maintain excellent working relationships with various municipalities as well as professional consultants and trades involved in each project while delivering full customer satisfaction. The principals of Liberty have over 30 years of hands-on experience in the development and construction industries.

LiVante Developments:

LiVante Developments is a home builder headquartered in Richmond Hill that specialising in low-rise and mid-rise residential markets. On the low-rise side, LiVante provides elegant, family-friendly and modern traditional and stacked townhomes, semi-detached homes and fully detached houses to match a broad range of budgets and aspirations. Recently, in keeping with efforts to offer more affordable options to its clients, LiVante has also recently entered the mid-rise space where it is developing two (2) 10 storey apartment condominium buildings in prime location within Markham.

LiVante was founded in 2011 and is a privately-held company led by a team with proven industry experience. The LiVante team has collectively built more than 15,000 award-winning homes over 30 years in the GTA. Since its inception LiVante has experienced significant growth. Collectively, LiVante has 11 projects in various stages of development (i.e. application stage, design stage, approved and for sale, constructed and completed) spread across Richmond Hill, Markham and North York.

LiVante Developments is a TARION - registered builder and an active member of the Building Industry Land and Development Association (BILD).

Red Leaf Group Inc.:

Red Leaf Group Inc. ("RLG") is a boutique Canadian firm specializing in alternate financing solutions for the Ontario real estate market.

RLG specializes in structuring and providing creative and flexible solutions with institutional and non-institutional lenders for land, construction and takeout financing.

Sam McDadi Real Estate Inc. Brokerage:

With 30 years of real estate experience and experience in the GTA, the knowledge, experience and insights I have are invaluable! As a reputable real estate agent, I have been involved in more than 11,100 home real estate sales in the GTA. Our motto at Team McDadi is no home is too big or too small and my aim is to provide each client with the ultimate real estate experience.

My goal is to continue to be a real estate leader, indeed GTA real estate leader, by providing our clients with all the latest tools and resources needed to buy or sell a home or business. I invest a tremendous amount of money in research and development in real estate and I have aligned myself with the highest calibre of people. It has never been so important to be on the cutting edge; todays market is rapidly changing.

Scaf-Tech Inc.:

Scaf-Tech (The Scaffold Group of Companies) began as World Scaffold in 2008.

Scaf-Tech is a national scaffold company that established its roots in the GTA in 2008. We design and build safe and effective scaffold solutions serving the Greater Toronto Area to deliver scaffold products and services for the industrial, institutional and commercial applications.

We defined our success by building on our products, processes and people. Competent, loyal and highly skilled personnel resources are instrumental in delivering our services. We utilize a premium German-made robust product to mitigate risk and facilitate installation. These elements coupled with robust processes for design and build as well as customer care have resulted in realized growth.

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