Upcoming & Previous Events

Perspective: Is the CRE Industry Undergoing a Techtonic Shift?

November 24th, 2020

Guest Speakers

Jason Parravano

Fronsac REIT

President and CEO 


Prakash David


Executive VP, Canada

Wissam Francis

Tricon Capital

Executive VP and CFO

Michael Kwan

MacLab Development Group

Vice President, Finance


Ashi Mathur

Marlin Spring



CRE Market Update:

Dan Holmes

Colliers International

Executive Managing Director


Amar Nijjar



Lender Appetites: Before, Now and After

September 29th, 2020

Guest Speakers

Scott Coates

Kingset Capital

Group Head, Mortgage Investments

Daniel Simunac

Raymond James Bank

Principal Officer & Country Head, Canada

Richard Munroe

Atrium Mortgage Investments

Managing Director - Ontario

Eric Horie

Trez Capital

Senior Vice President

Caroline Rauhala

Vancity Community Investment Bank

Director, Impact Lending

Andrew Mantecon

FirstOntario Credit Union

Director and Team Lead, Commercial Services

CRE Market Update:

Scott Chandler

Colliers International

SVP, Capital Markets


Amar Nijjar



CRELA Lenders Luncheon

February 21st, 2019

Guest Speakers:

Benjamin Tal

Deputy Chief Economist

CIBC World Markets Inc.

Topic: The Current Economic Environment


Scott Chandler

Senior Vice President

Capital Markets Canada

Topic: Capital Supply: up or down in 2019?

Attendees will include senior executives from various lending institutions such as Banks, Life companies, Pension's, Credit Unions, MIC's and other industry related firms/consultants.

CRELA 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

September 13th, 2018

This summer CRELA organizes the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. The tickets include 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, excellent networking opportunities, and the chance to win multiple prizes.

Attendees will include senior executives from various lending institutions such as Banks, Life companies, Pension’s, Credit Unions, MIC’s, and other industry related firms/consultants.

We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your ongoing support.

CRELA Developers Luncheon Vancouver

Mon, 23 April 2018

Join us and learn how to raise up to 95% of the capital stack and do a development or value add project with as little as 5% of actual project value as cash from your own balance sheet.

CRELA Q1 2018: Hon. Minister of Finance Luncheon

February 20th, 2018

On February 20 CRELA had the pleasure hosting Hon. Minister of Finance Charles Sousa as well as over 80 key executives from various Lifeco's, Pension Funds, MICs, Credit Unions, banks etc.
Two main speakers, namely Hon. Minister Charles Sousa and Managing Director at Colliers International Scott Chandler talked about Commercial Real Estate in Canada, recent reforms and modernizations, risks and opportunities.

CRELA Developers Luncheon Toronto

September 25th, 2017

CRELA hosted over 35 Developers for a panel discussion on how to raise up to 95% of the capital stack for a development or a value add project in Downtown Toronto. Panelists included representatives from Cameron Stephens, Meridian Credit Union, Community Trust and Trez Capital. 

CRELA Developers Luncheon Vancouver

August 8th, 2017

CRELA hosted over 30 Developers for a panel discussion on how to raise up to 95% of the capital stack for a development or a value add project. Panelists included representatives from BMO, CTBC Bank, KingSett Capital and UOB. 

CRELA 2017 Q2 Charity Golf Tournament

June 20, 2017

138 individuals from various facets of commercial real estate lending community attended the 3rd Annual CRELA Charity Golf Tournament on June 20th, 2017 held at “Station Creek” in Gormly . Proceeds from the tournament go to Educate-kids (www.educate-kids.org) initiative. Thanks to all the sponsors and attendees who made it a huge success.

CRELA Q2 Vancouver Breakfast

April 11, 2016

CRELA hosted another successful breakfast in Vancouver with attendees from several banks, credits unions, trust co’s, lifeco’s and foreign lenders in attendance. The event was graciously hosted by Dentons and well attended by 35 senior key senior decision makers.

CRELA Q1 2017 Minister of Finance: Hon. Charles Sousa

January 17th, 2017

CRELA hosted Minister of Finance Hon. Charles Sousa. Hon. Minister Charles Sousa is Ontario’s Minister of Finance and the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Mississauga South. Min. Sousa also serves as Vice-Chair of Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet. He will share his views on Ontario’s economy and some of the recent initiatives that are being made by the government with respect to the regulatory reforms in the province.

CRELA Q4 Vancouver Breakfast

Wednesday October 19th 2016

CRELA is hosting Bryan Yu a senior economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the umbrella organization for the credit union system in the provinces of BC and Ontario, which has about 3.2 million credit union members with an asset base over $106 billion. Bryan provides economic analysis and forecast services to support the credit union system and is a frequent commentator on the B.C. and national economies for major media outlets.

CRELA Q4 2016 Luncheon

September 30th, 2016

CRELA is proud to host Alex Avery who is a top-ranked institutional equity research analyst, providing advice to institutional investors on investments in publicly traded real estate trusts and companies across North America. Alex joined CIBC Capital Markets, one of Canada’s largest investment brokerages, in 2005 and leads the real estate research team.

Q2 - CRELA Charity Golf Tournament

June 9th, 2016

154 individuals from various facets of commercial real estate lending community attended the 2nd Annual CRELA Charity Golf Tournament on June 9th, 2016 held at “The Country Club” in Woodbridge . Proceeds from the tournament go to Peel Children’s Aid Society and Educate-kids (www.educate-kids.org) initiative. Thanks to all the sponsors and attendees who made it a huge success.

CRELA Q1 2016 Luncheon

February 17th, 2016


We were honored to host the Chief Economist and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets Inc, Avery Shenfeld as our key note speaker. Avery has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets. Avery’s speech provided our audience with some key takeaways:

  • Canadian real GDP grows 1.3% in 2016. Growth titled away from oil producing regions. Hoping for 2%+ in 2017 as energy cap-ex levels off.

  • Household debt not as scary as it looks; jobs, not debt levels, are the key to banking sector credit performance.

  • US Fed hikes twice in 2016. Bank of Canada on hold if so.

  • Long rate rally is overdone, but Canadian yields stickier

  • Ottawa fiscal stimulus a better option than zero interest rate. $30 billion federal deficit at a minimum.

  • Need to keep C$ cheap to drive exports. But we’ve seen the big gains from holding US$s. Hotels see gradual recovery.

  • Canadian commercial real estate helped by low yields, but vacancies an issue in energy provinces.

  • The event was sold out as we hosted over 60 attendees from Life companies, Banks, Lenders, Credit Unions and Trust companies with 30 firms represented! We look forward to seeing you all at our annual golf tournament in Q2 2016!


    Watch highlights from Avery's speech here.


    CRELA Q3 2015 Lucheon

    September 24, 2015

    CRELA will be hosting Prof. Donald Sheets who is the Managing Partner of AlumCreek Holdings LLC and Professor at the Universities of Columbia and New York. AlumCreek Holdings LLC (“ACH”), a private equity platform with a focus on special-situation commercial real estate investments. ACH held the closing for its initial vehicle in December 2014 with a meaningful capital commitment from a prominent institutional investor and the capacity to acquire between $600-800 million in performing/sub-performing/nonperforming commercial real estate mortgage debt.

    CRELA Q2 2015 Luncheon

    May 22, 2015

    CRELA will be hosting Christopher Voutsinas who is the President of Capital Value & Income Corp. With over 20 years of real estate and investment management and private equity experience, Christopher has worked in major markets around the world. His previous experience includes Executive Vice President and Global Head of Investment at Oxford Properties Group/OMERS, Managing Director and Global Head of Asset Management at Deutsche Bank, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, and Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield.

    CRELA First Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    June 8th, 2015

    CRELA's first annual golf tourament will take place on June 8th, 2015 at The Country Club in Woodbridge Ontario. We are proud to welcome the Peel's Childrens Aide Society (www.peelcas.org) as our charities of choice for the event. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring this event please find the registration and sponsorship forms below. Please contact Garret MacGillivray for any additional questions garret.macgillivray@am.jll.com


    Real Capital Cocktails - February 24, 2015

    February 24, 2015

    With over 100 attendees the cocktail party was a hit. Participants included, among others, DBC, RBC, DUCA, Scotia Bank, Citi Private Bank, Bank of China, State Bank of India, and Otera Capial.  We thank all of those who attended and helped organize such a great event.

    CRELA Q1 2015 Lunch and Learn - January 19, 2015

    January 19, 2015

    Dr. Warren Jestin, Chief Economist BNS spoke at the CRELA event that was hosted by Amar Nijjar and Chad Gemmell at JLL Boardrooms. The event was well attended and room was packed to capacity with over 60 lenders in attendance from Lifeco’s, Banks, Foregin Lenders, Credit Unions and Trust Co’s. Dr. Jestin was bullish on US economic recovery and believes that a 3% GDP growth rate will be sustainable for our friends south of the border given progress made by both public sector (with deficit reduction from 1.3 Trillion down to below 500B – a pre recession level!) and private sector (firing on all cylinders based on strong job growth, healthy housing recovery and increasing consumer spending levels). US emerges as a bull case given the bleak situation in Europe, slowing growth in BRIC countries (China will grow only at 7% this year – sob sob!) and other geo-political issues around the globe. Bottom line for real estate investors is that the interest rates in the US are expected to stay low in the short term but will definitely will be on the rise in mid to long term!


    CRELA Launch - Minister of Finance Mr. Charles Sousa - September 23, 2014

    September 23, 2014

    Real Estate Lender Roundtable Featuring: Ontario Minister of Finance – Hon. Charles Sousa Minister of Finance September 23, 2014.


    Attended by over 50 commercial real estate lending executives from banks, life co’s, pensions, foreign lenders, credit unions, MICs, CMBS lenders, etc. 

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