Who’s Who of Real Estate to Unveil Toronto of The Future®

Showcase Event Scheduled for June 1 – 5 at MetroCentre / Metro Hall

Leading players in real estate and architecture will introduce the Toronto of the Future® in a unique display of ideas for commercial, industrial and residential developments and urban infrastructure and transportation projects that will shape Canada’s most dynamic city for years to come.

Toronto of the Future® is a free exhibit of major architectural concepts to be held from June 1 to 5, 2015 at MetroCentre / Metro Hall (55 John St.). The event’s Title Sponsors are Oxford Property Group and Brookfield Canada Office Properties and NAIOP Greater Toronto is the exhibit’s Principal Supporting Association, on behalf of the development industry.

This not-to-be missed event will feature groundbreaking 3D scale models, illustrations, renderings and virtual presentations from top architects, contractors, developers and government agencies, including the City Planning Division of the City of Toronto. The displays will include various projects under construction, approved, planned or envisioned, but all will inspire the conversation of the evolution of a great city. Key stakeholders from the private and public sectors will be brought together to demonstrate to the public and media their leadership in contributing to the evolution of Toronto.

Thousands of visitors are expected to tour the showcase, in addition to the many people who pass through Metro Hall / MetroCentre every day.

Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City Planning Division of the City of Toronto, the official host of the event at Metro Hall, declares: “Toronto is leading all cities in the Western Hemisphere with respect to the unprecedented scale of urbanization, redevelopment and renewal in this metropolitan area. The trend that we are experiencing is expected to be a permanent characteristic in the evolution of our city. As a result, the timing is excellent to present TORONTO OF THE FUTURE®”.

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY
The official opening ceremony and reception (the only activity not open to the public free of charge) will take place on Monday June 1 at 6:00 p.m. sharp with participation of leaders in the real estate and business communities as well as representatives from different levels of government, including Blake Hutcheson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Oxford Properties Group; Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City Planning Division, City of Toronto; and Craig Smith, President, NAIOP Greater Toronto.

The first part of the opening night will take place in the beautiful rotunda of Metro Hall, with some remarks and a symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony. A cocktail reception will then follow in Metro Hall and in the two winter gardens of Oxford’s office buildings that are part of MetroCentre. Hosted by Toronto radio personality Howard Glassman, this reception is an opportunity for hundreds of architects,
builders, developers, planners and real estate executives to network and passionately discuss the growth and future of the revitalization of the city.

Tickets for the June 1 reception are available at $200 each (in limited quantity) by contacting Informa Canada at (416) 51-0203 / events@informacanada.com. For general information regarding the opening night, please contact Katia Coric of RJV Communications: kc@rjvcom.com / (514) 875-1353 ext. 203.

OPENING HOURS OF THE EXHIBITION (open to the public, free of charge)
Monday June 1, noon – 4:00 pm
Tuesday June 2, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday June 3, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday June 4, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday June 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

NOTE: on Monday June 1, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: media representatives will be invited to view the showcase with the event’s spokespersons and in the presence of several exhibitors and partners.

PARTIAL LIST OF PARTNERS & EXHIBITORS CONFIRMED as of April 16, 2015
Please note that several more exhibitors and partners will be added before the beginning of the event on June 1.

* Key partners presenting several projects in the showcase

CO-TITLE SPONSORS

  • Oxford Properties Group *
  • Brookfield Office Properties *

PRINCIPAL SUPPORTING ASSOCIATION

  • NAIOP Greater Toronto
  • CO-HOST OF THE OPENING CEREMONY IN METRO HALL
  • City Planning Division, City of Toronto *

PLATINUM SPONSORS

  • The Globe & Mail
  • Mackie Transport

GOLD SPONSORS

  • EllisDon *
  • Astley Gilbert
  • Ki Japanese restaurant & The Shore Club

SILVER SPONSORS

  • City of Toronto *
  • B+H architects *
  • BILD Toronto *
  • PSAV Audio Visual
  • Robinson Show Services

BRONZE SPONSORS

  • Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF) architects *
  • HOK Canada architects *
  • WZMH architects *
  • DTZ Canada
  • Urban Toronto
  • The Square Foot
  • Quadrangle architects *
  • The Mitchell Partnership *

OTHER EXHIBITING PARTNERS

  • Hariri Pontarini architects * including a large scale model of the entire downtown core showing
  • existing and future buildings
  • KPMB architects / architectsAlliance
  • University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design *
  • Core architects
  • Metrolinx
  • RAW Design
  • Reich+Petch architects: ‘Cultural Toronto’
  • Innocon
  • Waterfront Toronto
  • Diamond Schmitt Architects

BACKGROUND INFORMATION / EVENT OVERVIEW
Taking place with great success in Montreal every two years since 2006 under the title ‘MONTREAL DU FUTUR’, we are now organizing a Toronto version of this unique public event, to showcase multiple major commercial-office, residential, institutional real estate projects as well as transportation/infrastructure projects that will shape the skyline of Metropolitan Toronto over the next few years. This free event will bring together several key business and civic organizations who contribute to the future development of the city, as well as the media and the general public.

EVENT GOAL
For the first time, TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® will bring together key real estate stakeholders in a unique neutral, educational and information-sharing setting. This urban development and infrastructure event will attract significant media exposure and public interest.

SALIENT DETAILS
TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® will feature a minimum of 30 exhibitors, most showcasing multiple projects.

TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® will include various types of projects:

  • Commercial – Office and Retail
  • Residential (including mixed use)
  • Institutional / Civic
  • Infrastructure / Transportation

Target audiences of TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® include:

  • Sponsor, exhibitor and media representatives
  • Key stakeholders and industry leaders in real estate and development
  • Architecture and design professionals
  • Skyscraper fans including members of several specialized blogs
  • General public
  • Graduate university students in the field

FOR INFORMATION, PHOTOS AND MEDIA REPORTS ON MONTREAL DU FUTUR, PLEASE SEE: http://www.boma-quebec.org/fr/montreal_du_futur.php

TORONTO OF THE FUTURE® ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERS

OXFORD PROPERTIES GROUP – EVENT CO-TITLE SPONSOR & VENUE HOST
Oxford Properties Group is a global platform for real estate Investment, development and management. Oxford’s portfolio includes over $34 billion of real assets that it manages for itself and on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners. The real estate portfolio consists of over 150 properties totaling approximately 56 million square feet, over 9,500 residential units and 3,600 hotels rooms located primarily across Canada, Western Europe and select US markets.

BROOKFIELD OFFICE PROPERTIES CANADA – EVENT CO-TITLE SPONSOR
Brookfield Office Properties Canada is the country’s preeminent office Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Its portfolio is comprised of interests in 27 premier office properties totalling 20.4 million square feet in the downtown cores of Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver, and development sites of 980,000 square feet and 1.4 million square feet in Toronto and Calgary, respectively. Landmark assets include Brookfield Place and First Canadian Place in Toronto and Bankers Hall in Calgary.

NAIOP GREATER TORONTO – EVENT SUPPORTING REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION

The Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP, founded in 1977, has become the premier “meeting place” for a diverse and influential mix of the commercial real estate industries top companies and top performers. NAIOP Greater Toronto fosters the ideal business climate where members can share ideas, cultivate new relationships and stay on top of the most current industry information and trends. NAIOP is dedicated to maintaining their chapter as the prominent and relevant voice for commercial real estate in the GTA. As the 2nd largest with more than 50 international chapters NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter boasts over 1,000 members representing nearly 300 companies. Chapter events attract over 3,000 attendees annually and members share business connections through NAIOP Corporate to over 15,000 other commercial real estate professionals throughout North America.

INFORMA CANADA – EVENT PROMOTER
With approximately 7,000 employees working in some 150 offices in 40 countries around the world, Informa is one of the world’s leading knowledge providers. They create and deliver highly specialized information through publishing, events, training, market intelligence and expertise, providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organizations around the world. Informa is an international business in the media sector and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Informa Canada produces and manages over 46 seminars, conferences, trade and consumer shows every year. They have events in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. As a well-known entity, Informa Canada produces events in many sectors including construction, design, craft, art, real estate, furniture, furnishings and food. They are known across the real estate industry as the producers of the Real Estate Forums and Construct Canada. Their mission is to create, produce and manage relevant and profitable events, where successful business relationships are formed and nurtured.

RJV COMMUNICATIONS INC. – EVENT FOUNDER & CO-ORGANIZER
Leading PR firm established in 1995 by Robert J. Vezina, a special events expert. The firm specializes in high end/VIP benefit and corporate events in Montreal and Toronto, including a rare expertise in sponsorship and partnership search tied to the events organization. Its clients include the International Economic Forum of the Americas (Toronto, Montreal, Palm Beach), the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Young Photographers Alliance in New York City, the Vimy Foundation of Canada, the Montreal Black & Blue Festival, the Montreal Real Estate Foundation for Kids and BOMA Quebec, just to name a few. It is the owner of the trademarks of Montréal du Futur® and Toronto of the Future®.

For more information and media interviews with the events spokespersons / key event partners:

Robert J. Vezina
President, RJV Communications Inc.
(514) 875-1353 ext. 205
Cell (514) 816-3720
rjv@rjvcom.com

Sarah Segal
Director, Informa Canada
(416) 512-3809
Cell (416) 558-5505
sarah.segal@informacanada.com

Interest(s): Industry News Date: April 16, 2015