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National Forums Symposium 2019

National Forums Symposium

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Thursday, April 11, 2019

Where: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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NAIOP’s National Forums Symposium brings together prominent industry professionals from across North America to share best practices, strengthen relationships with fellow Forums partners, and identify how best to capitalize on business opportunities. Learn more about NAIOP’s National Forums program.

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Make sure your passport is up-to-date and won’t expire within 6 months of the Symposium. See the Hotel and Travel tab for more information.


Event Details


Tuesday, April 9


Time: 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Executive Committee Meeting

Time: noon - 3 p.m.

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By invitation only. Lunch will be served.

Visionaries Program Committee

Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Research Foundation Fundraising Committee

Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Research Foundation Trustees Meeting

Time: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Research Foundation Governors’ and Corporate Board of Directors Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Wednesday, April 10


Time: 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Joint Foundation Governors and Industry Trends Meeting

Time: 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

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By invitation only. Breakfast will be served.

Workshop: Taking Chances to Lead Change

Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Facilitator: Julie Benezet

Open to all National Forum Members. Pre-registration required. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. See the Workshop tab for details and registration information.

NAIOP Corporate Board of Directors Meeting

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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By invitation only. Lunch will be served.

Off-site Project Tours

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Tour details and registration coming soon.

National Forums Advisory Committee

Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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By invitation only.

Welcome Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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Forums Dinners

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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Departures from Sheraton front drive.

Thursday, April 11


Time: 6:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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National Forums Leadership Meeting

Time: 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

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All Forum chairs and vice chairs. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Breakfast with Bloody Marys

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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Breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar available at 7:30 a.m. General Session program begins at 8:00 a.m.

Keynote General Session | Market Perspectives: U.S. and Canada Real Estate Outlook

Time: 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

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Doug Poutasse

Douglas Poutasse

Douglas Poutasse, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Research, Bentall Kennedy

Drawing on more than 35 years of experience as an economic analyst and forecaster, Bentall Kennedy’s Douglas Poutasse will provide data-driven perspectives on the market outlook for all real estate classes in this keynote address. Take a close look at the outlook for the economy, capital markets and property markets in Canada and the U.S. so you can stay informed and ahead of coming real estate trends, areas of growth and future market demand.

In his role as executive vice president and head of strategy at Bentall Kennedy, Poutasse has overall responsibility for directing the Canadian and U.S. research teams. He serves on Bentall Kennedy’s group management committee and U.S. and Canadian investment committees.

National Forums Meetings

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Lunch will be served.

Forums Reception

Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Registration Fees

Fee Type Fee
National Forums Member Complimentary
NAIOP Corporate Board Member not on a Forum
(Corporate Board Meeting Only)
Spouse Program $250 USD | $329 CAN
Spouse Forum Dinner $125 USD | $169 CAN


All registrations processed online receive an automatic order confirmation and receipt. If you register via fax, mail, or phone, a receipt must be requested by contacting

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations of Spouse Program registrations received after March 18, 2019, will be charged a fee of $35 per attendee. Cancellations received after April 1, 2019, will forfeit the registration fee and/or surcharge (if applicable). No refunds will be made for no-shows. Cancellation notices should be sent to the NAIOP Education Department education@naiop.orgor faxed to (703) 674-1471.

Hotel and Travel

Hotel and Travel

Conference Hotel

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9
Phone: + 1 604-331-1000
Toll Free Reservations: +1 888-627-7058

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is situated in the heart of the city's bustling downtown district, with easy access to the area's most popular attractions.

Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre is offering a discounted rate of 259 CAD single/double, exclusive of taxes. The discounted rate will be offered until Friday, March, 15, 2019, or until the room block has been filled, whichever occurs first.

  • To book a room at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, use NAIOP’s direct booking website
  • You may also book by calling reservations directly at +1-888-627-7058 and requesting the special NAIOP rate of 259 CAD.
  • The rate will be extended for three days before and after the blocked dates, subject to availability (April 4-16, 2019).
  • A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation. Should a guest cancel a reservation, the deposit will be refunded if notice is received at least two working days prior to arrival, and a cancellation number is obtained. Name changes to room reservations may be made up to three days prior to arrival at no charge, if there is no change to the arrival and departure dates.

Transportation, Maps and Directions

Visit the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre website for information on the local area, including maps and local attractions.

Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located approximately 10.6 miles SW and a 25 minute drive from the hotel.

  • Estimated taxi fare: 31 CAD (one way)
  • Subway service via SkyTrain Canada Line, fee: 9 CAD (one way)


Valet parking is available at the hotel for 33 CAD per day. Self-parking is 5 CAD hourly or 30 CAD daily.

Weather and What to Pack

Business attire is recommended for conference attendees. April temperatures in Vancouver, British Columbia range from an average high of 55 degrees to a low of 39 degrees.

Before You Go...

Get your passport. Go in person to one of 7,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with:

  • Two photographs of you taken within the last six months
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • A valid form of photo identification (such as a driver's license)
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Double-check! Does your passport expire within six months of travel? Some countries have a strict six-month validity rule that may result in you being turned away at immigration, if not before at your departure airport. Rather than risk traveling with a passport that will expire in six months or less, the U.S. Department of State strongly advises citizens to renew expiring passports prior to travel. It can take up to six weeks to renew a passport, and rush services are available for additional fee.

Update your cell phone plan. International plans vary, so check with your carrier to determine how to upgrade your data and voice plans and avoid expensive roaming changes.

Make important calls. Advise your credit card company that you’ll be traveling abroad so they’ll know to expect out-of-country charges. Notifying them may help avoid issues with international transactions.

Explore Vancouver

“Vancouver is a classic Pacific Northwest city: liberal, diverse, cultured, and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. Its numerous public parks, mountains, and waters in and around the city make it an excellent playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, its forward-thinking hotels, restaurants, and galleries have transformed this Northwest boomtown into an outdoorsy capital of cool”. – Travel + Leisure

  • Gastown – Gastown is Vancouver's cobbled old-town district. Rapidly transforming in recent years, its heritage buildings are now home to some of the city's best independent shops, bars and restaurants.
  • Stanley Park Seawall – World’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path located in 1,000-acre Stanley Park.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery - Western Canada’s largest public art museum boasts nearly 12,000 works.
  • Granville Island Public Market – Indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of colorful food and produce stores, and showcasing handcrafted products.
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology - A place of world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Grouse Mountain – Soar above the city on the Grouse Mountain Skyride gondola, located just 20 minutes from downtown.
  • Vancouver Aquarium - Home to over 50,000 aquatic creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon, located in Stanley Park.
  • Yaletown – Former warehouse district transformed into a thriving late night hot spot.
  • Vancouver Lookout – Enjoy a 360-degree view of the city from the panoramic observation deck on the 55th floor of the Harbour Centre building in downtown Vancouver. 
  • Bill Reid Gallery - The Bill Reid Gallery is Canada's only public gallery dedicated to contemporary Indigenous Art of the Northwest Coast.



NAIOP sponsorship plans provide you with a unique opportunity to build your brand and influence key power players in commercial real estate.

Sponsorships for NAIOP’s highest level gathering are available only current NAIOP Industry Partners. You must be an Industry Partner to sponsor the National Forums Symposium.

Sponsorship Levels Benefits Exclusive Sponsor Item Investment
Platinum Top recognition throughout National Forums Symposium Yes $12,000
Gold Premium recognition throughout National Forums Symposium No $9,995

Secure your sponsorship today: Contact Christopher Ware via email or call 703-904-7100, ext. 127.


Workshop: Taking Chances to Lead Change

Wednesday, April 10
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Julie Benezet

Facilitator: Julie Benezet

Open to all National Forum Members. Pre-registration required; the workshop is an exclusive, no-cost benefit of Forums membership. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

We live in an interconnected world in which communications are instantaneous, economies are intertwined, and there is an increasing amount of information to process. Change is constant and can often make us feel out of control. Leading in this environment can be difficult, yet our perspective and approach to change determines whether or not we will be successful. Those who will thrive will be the ones who see change as an opportunity to grow, not something to resist.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Reflect on what kind of leader you are now and how you can take steps to raise your leadership game.
  • Explore your attitude toward change and risk, and how you can persevere to achieve breakthrough ideas.
  • Walk away with insights, strategic tools and an action plan of how you can make your new leadership ideas a reality.

You don't have to manage others to benefit from this workshop; being a leader is not a job, but a mindset, according to Julie Benezet, workshop facilitator and leadership expert.

Julie Benezet has devoted her professional life to exploring the new, building businesses and helping others do the same. She earned her stripes for navigating the new as Amazon’s first real estate executive. She currently works as a leadership consultant, teacher and owner of The Journey of Not Knowing®, a leadership program she founded. She speaks and writes on leading and living in the 21st Century and decoding human behavior in the face of change. She led the “Challenges of Leadership” program for executives at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for ten years. Her book, The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None, received a 2017 Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal and the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Silver Medal for Business & Economics. Her latest book, The Journal of Not Knowing, was released in the fall of 2018.