Matrix: Real Talk Series

Matrix360 launched our Annual Matrix Search: Real Talk Series in the winter of 2015. Real Talk Series was created primarily from conversations with thought leaders of influence and emerging leaders who saw a need to address real topics and issues that were not being discussed. The purpose is to inspire and educate real estate professionals and engage change-makers in our industry on tough issues that are solution driven. The platform is positioned to create real conversations that are channeled in an intimate environment for change-makers. Hence the theme: The Deconstruction of Corporate Real Estate: The Value Implementation of Strategy and Change Management has begun.

Phase I: Generational Group Values and Trends: The Evolution of Change in Corporate Real Estate

Focus: Understand the generational groups and gender differences in corporate Canada and its impact on Commercial Real Estate

Style: Spotlight the corporate cultural trends & changes that are instrumental in the workplace: the impact on the people and companies.  How do the implications of these trends translate into the larger scale of commercial real estate – the financial impact, corporate impact and are these trends short-term, long-term or ever-changing?

Barbara Ciesla LEED® AP, ARIDO, NCIDQ
Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, JLL Canada

Guest Experts:
Courtney Lawrence
Senior Resident Anthropologist, Idea Couture

Keith Major
Senior Vice President, Property Management, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Lisa Snucins
Workplace Consultant, Design Alliances & Real Estate Community, Steelcase Canada

Michael Emory
President & CEO of Allied Properties REIT

Phase II: Leadership Communication Gaps: Bridging Communication as We Maximize Efficiencies with Corporate Commercial Real Estate

Focus: Leadership Communication Gaps: Bridging communication as we maximize efficiencies with diversity in corporate commercial real estate.

Style: Spotlight the monumental importance of recognizing individual differences while applying professional practices as they apply to communication strategies. Highlighting the value and importance of inclusiveness and change management – through the sharing of anecdotes and workplace lessons from daily interactions within a corporate setting.


Barbara Ciesla LEED® AP, ARIDO, NCIDQ
Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, JLL Canada

Guest Experts:

Brent Chamberlain
Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Bell Canada

Clinton Robinson
Chief Executive Officer and Vision Leadership, Technology, Mona Networks Inc

Emily Hanna
Partner, Investment, Crown Realty Partners

Lui Mancinelli
LEED® AP Senior Vice President, Stantec

Nada Sutic
Director, Property Management, Bentall Kennedy

Nancy Trites Botkin
Co-Founder and President, Think8

Phase III: Exploring the Development Continuum: Harnessing the REAL Power of People and Making It All Actually Work

Focus: Explore the impact of people on the Development Continuum in a diverse panel that brings together perspectives from stakeholders within the Development Continuum.

Style: Spotlight the complexities and challenges that result from a number of people holding the responsibility for contributing into the Development Continuum. This is then challenged by varying skillsets, understandings, reporting lines, KPIs and communication methods that each group and/or individual holds. This multi-discipline panel discussion explores the people facets of the Development Continuum, and how these come together for success.


Barbara Ciesla LEED® AP, ARIDO, NCIDQ
Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, JLL Canada

Brad Keast
Vice President of Development, Osmington Inc.

Guest Experts:

Lalit Aggarwal
President, Manor Park Capital

Peter Busby
Managing Director, Perkins + Will San Francisco

David Hoffman
General Manager, TD Centre, Cadillac Fairview

Roger Johnson
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Community Activist and Former City Councillor

Jonathan Westeinde
President and CEO, Windmill Developments