Didhiti Bhoumik is a seasoned business operations change agent experienced at leading diverse organizational transformation initiatives that achieve cost reductions, operational efficiencies and productivity improvements within large complex corporate multi-office organizations.
Currently a Senior Director at McCarthy Tetrault, Ms. Bhoumik adeptly wears several hats. She holds integrated leadership responsibility for multiple functions including the Vendor Management Office, Project Management Office, and Facilities Management Office which includes Office Services.
Ms. Bhoumik leads all aspects of the firm’s real estate holdings and office management services from strategy through to budgetary and as the firm’s chief purchasing officer she steers vendor management, purchasing and outsourcing. She is responsible for overall project governance and operational delivery for all of the firm’s high profile strategic projects.
Sheila Botting is Partner & Canadian Real Estate Leader for Deloitte and Global Financial Services Real Estate Leader. Sheila is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Real Estate Executive. Sheila is responsible for Deloitte Canada’s full service offering to the real estate industry, including real estate services for other clients. She was also responsible for Deloitte’s corporate real estate program that led the transformation of the firm’s office 1.7 million sf office portfolio across Canada. Sheila is renowned in her knowledge and expertise in commercial real estate, working with many clients in the public and private sector across Canada and around the globe. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and author of numerous articles about leading edge trends, ideas, innovation and opportunities. Sheila has provided extensive real estate expertise to corporations, government, real estate companies, investors, pension funds and others involved in the industry. Prior to Deloitte, Sheila was Executive Managing Director with Cushman & Wakefield, leading a key Canadian business, and a partner in the global firm.
Recognized as a results-driven change strategist, Tracie Crook is Chief Operating Officer at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, one of Canada’s leading national law firms.
Tracie joined McCarthy’s in 2011 to help the 150-year-old institution transform its operations and create a world-class delivery team for the future. By tailoring her unique Blueprint for Change to the evolving needs of this law firm and its national and global clients, she oversaw a multi-year transformation program to introduce a new service delivery model, apply technology solutions and process redesign to drive collaboration, innovation and efficiency.
Today, McCarthy Tétrault is widely admired for its innovation, performance and productivity, project management disciplines and heightened client satisfaction. The firm has also been recognized repeatedly for its programs supporting employee engagement, with awards such as Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Canada’s Best Diversity Employer.
Prior to McCarthy’s, Tracie honed her reputation as a top leader of change while serving as President and CEO of ResMor Trust Company, a federally regulated mortgage provider. She took the firm online, grew its financial lending products, increased business by 30 per cent and pushed customer retention to over 65 per cent.
Tracie previously served as the Director of Business Management for the TSX Group, the third largest stock exchange in North America, where she implemented a vendor management system that saved $3 million, brokered the sale of the Toronto Conference Centre, and streamlined operations at The Broadcast Centre. Tracie also spent three years with Sprint Canada, ultimately achieving the post of Director of Management and Outsourcing in which she oversaw $250 million in capital projects, and saved the company $60 million.
Through these diverse leadership and operational roles, Tracie has demonstrated her ability to unite people, transform corporate cultures and achieve desired business results. She has developed a distinct vision and approach to planning and implementing organizational change. It is founded on intensive analysis and preparation, diligent program execution, with an emphasis on transparent communication, team-development and relationship building.
A Certified Director, Tracie currently sits on the Board of the Fraser Institute, Yappn Advisory Board, and is a former Board member of the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union, the Housing Services Inc., and the GMAC Residential Funding of Canada Limited.With a life-long commitment to mentoring younger women, and as a result of a partnership between Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg and the Women’s International Network of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Tracie was selected as one of 60 YPO global Lean In Champions to encourage women to realize their career goals. She continues to be active in her community as a YPO WYN Network Mentoring Chair.
Tracie holds a Master of Science from the Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ferris State University, and has taken executive courses at Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Queen’s University.
Bill Dowzer is a Principal of BVN, an award-winning Australian architectural practice with an international footprint and a global reputation for design leadership and innovation. As an agile design studio with a unique ability to apply ‘translational’ thinking across sectors, BVN’s broad portfolio is testament to the practice’s ability to constantly evolve to suit contemporary needs and expectations. Bill is a leader in workplace design and a champion of BVN’s ‘collective creation’ approach, underpinned by a belief that great workplaces are not about the space alone, but about people and the making of ‘place’.
This is also of great importance in the design of transformative workplace environments for the legal sector, the last bastion of hierarchical spatial divides. BVN have worked with legal firms to disrupt the traditional model and create new models based on collaboration, flexibility and transparency to allow firms to flourish. His presentation will be focussed on these recent experiences in legal workplaces sharing insights and analytics and will be joined on the day by one of his clients as a co-presenter.
Bill is currently leading the start-up of BVN’s New York Studio and has a strong interest in the design and impact of co-working and dynamic workplace environments. At the moment, he is working with Liquidspace on new products incorporating flexible leasing models for new economy businesses as well as the ongoing projects of new workplaces for 2 national legal firms in Canada.
Nada is a senior manager responsible for Strategy and Planning for BMO's major buildings in Ontario and this includes integrating the design office standards as well as mobility in all premises related projects. She also manages the occupancy for Canadian office towers.
David Heather has responsibility for one of the largest international subsidiaries for Cisco. He is responsible for over 1,600 employees across Canada and covers all facets of human resources.
David drives the Human Capital Strategy with the General Manager, and ensures that his team drives a strong employee engagement strategy which leverages innovative and compelling interventions. This has resulted in Cisco being named the Aon Hewitt Best Employer in Canada for 2012 and 2013 and 2014.
David also is responsible for designing and developing Global Learning Strategies for the senior leaders of Cisco’s world wide sales teams.
Prior to joining Cisco Canada, David drove human resources strategy for Cisco’s World Wide sales organization, whilst based in California and held senior human resources roles for Cisco’s European operations. David is also experienced with acquisition integration, having played a lead role in a number of key acquisitions for Cisco.
David has also worked in the utility, oil and gas and mining sectors prior to joining Cisco and holds a degree in Human Resources from the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England.
David is an Executive Producer and Principal Program Manager in the Office Envisioning team at Microsoft. He explores how new technologies may change the way we live and work 5-10 years in the future, and builds prototypes and videos to bring these ideas to life.
A 20+ year veteran of the computer industry, David has a rich background in strategic foresight, innovation, human-centric design, and product development. Past projects include Microsoft Excel and the Tablet PC, Microsoft’s Envisioning Center and Productivity Future Vision videos, and the Changing World of Work documentary series in partnership with PopTech.
David is originally from Montreal, Quebec and holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Management Science from the University of Waterloo. He currently lives in Bellevue, Washington.
Ian is both co-founder and Chief Evangelist for Serraview. Ian helped develop the play-book for Space Management in Australia, and in 2013 moved to New York to help our large North American customers achieve similar savings.
Sholem Prasow - LEED AP, ARIDO (Honorary) is the Founding Director of Insight Management and Membership Co-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global. Sholem has been a featured speaker at Greenbuild, AIA, IFMA World Workplace and Neocon.
Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.
He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.
Lorri oversees Workplace Solutions, which includes workplace advisory and workplace management, as well as Business Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Consulting Services. Her areas of expertise cover the full spectrum of real estate management including portfolio optimization, performance management, operational efficiency and customer relationship management. She works closely with Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions account and product line teams to assist in identifying real estate solutions that create value for customers.
Lorri has an Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate (AMDP) from Harvard University, a Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR), a degree in Business Administration, is an Accredited Outsourcing Practitioner (AOP) and has over 20 years of experience in strategic sourcing and corporate real estate. Prior to joining Brookfield GIS, she was a senior consultant at one of Canada’s most respected public private partnership and real estate consulting firms.
Lorri is a highly sought-after public speaker across many industry associations including IFMA, CoreNET, CORE and OSCRE. She has participated in over 30 speaking engagements, including keynote speeches, on emerging trends, innovation and thought leadership in real estate. Lorri’s influence across the real estate sector and beyond is further demonstrated through her presence across social media channels with 8000+ followers across Twitter and LinkedIn.
Peter Smit is the founder of Collabogence Inc, an organization committed to measuring organizational collaborative performance, helping them understand the collaborative balance of people, processes & tools, and improve their performance. Peter has lived in seven countries, speaks four languages, and currently lives in Toronto, Canada. He holds a BA in Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington DC. He has worked for and consulted to large global companies, including Honeywell, Siemens, Motorola, Tellabs and Opentext. He has also worked with numerous early stage technology companies. The common thread has always been, orchestrating cross-functional resources, scattered around the globe, to work together toward a common end... COLLABORATION. He also teaches a course on Collaboration to 4th year students at the University of Toronto.
Tracy D. Wymer, Vice President Workplace, Knoll, leads investigative workplace research focused on product applications. His research focuses on the study of the workplace, understanding trends in the emerging workforce and the ability to translate those needs into specific applications. The approach specializes in discovering links between real estate strategies, theory, and practice. He emphasizes understanding customers’ workplace goals and meeting them through tangible products, services and information. He is also a member of the Knoll product development team.
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