2:30 pm – SESSION V: MUNICIPALITIES AND THE REAL ESTATE ECOSYSTEM
Moderated By: Denis Perrault – Former Mayor, City of Swift Current & CEO, Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan
Alex Fallon – CEO, Saskatoon & Region Economic Development Authority
Her Worship Sandra Masters – Mayor, City of Regina
Richard Jankowski – Managing Director, Saskatchewan Brokerage, Colliers
Session Description: Managing infrastructure has become a large part of government responsibility… and closely tied to real estate growth. In fact, Canadian municipalities have become the level of government with the most expertise in managing real estate and infrastructure. What we forget is the relationship this real estate ecosystem provides to the economy. Economic growth has real estate as its foundation. While a city doesn’t own infrastructures like housing and commercial space, as they would with roads, treatment plants, schools, and parks; they have the most potential to erode the economy’s potential impact and ultimately limit business investment and opportunity. Ultimately, they manage a real estate “ecosystem” – so how do we collectively unlock this ecosystem potential in Saskatchewan?