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Didhiti Bhoumiks

Didhiti Bhoumik
Senior Director, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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

Sheila Botting
Partner, Canadian Real Estate & Construction, Leader, Global Real Estate Executive, Deloitte

Sheila Botting is Partner & Canadian Real Estate and Construction Leader, and a member of Deloitte’s Global Real Estate & Construction Executive. Sheila is responsible for Deloitte’s full service offering to the real estate industry, and real estate services for other clients, which includes some 600 employees operating across 56 Canadian markets.

Sheila was also responsible for Deloitte’s corporate real estate program and led the transformation of the firm’s office portfolio of almost 2 million sf across Canada including Deloitte House in Toronto and Deloitte Tower in Montreal that required the development of new office buildings with Brookfield Properties and Cadillac Fairview respectively. The team also scaled our Workplace Strategy toward existing buildings and smaller markets, demonstrating that “one size does not fit all”. This strategy has led to tremendous productivity gains and cost savings across Canada.

She has provided extensive real estate expertise to corporations, government, real estate companies, investors, pension funds and others across the industry. She is renowned in her knowledge and expertise in commercial real estate, working with many clients in the public and private sector around the globe. Recent assignments have included the transformation of the City of Toronto’s 106 million sf real estate service delivery model, Government of Canada’s special purpose portfolio strategy, and asset strategies for the Hamilton Waterfront transformation, Ontario Place, Pickering Nuclear Power Plant and some of the country’s largest portfolios.

Sheila holds multiple designations, degrees and awards including the Fellow of Institute of Management Consultants, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Honourary Member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, Women at the Top Award from the Junior League of Greater Toronto, Women’s Leadership Award from the Urban Land Institute and recently, the Most Distinguished Women award from CREW Global Network.

Tracie Crook

Tracie Crook,
Chief Operating Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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

Bill Dowzer
Principal, BVN

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.

Philip Ross

Nada Farah
Corporate Real Estate, Sr Manager Planning, BMO Financial Group

Twitter @BMOBRK

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.

Didhiti Bhoumiks

David Heather
Director, Human Resources – Cisco

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.

Philip Ross

David Jones
Executive Producer/Principal Program Manager, Office Envisioning Microsoft

Twitter @Microsoft

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.

Philip Ross

Ian Morley
Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist, Serraview

Twitter @serraview

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

Sholem Prasow LEED AP, ARIDO (Honorary)
Founding Director of Insight Management and Membership Co-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of CoreNet Global

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 Ross

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Twitter @Pjnross

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 Rowlandson

Lorri Rowlandson
Senior Vice President Strategy and Innovation, BGIS

Twitter @lrowlandson

Lorri Rowlandson is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation at BGIS. In this role, she works globally with BGIS account and product line teams to assist in identifying real estate solutions that create value for customers. She also acts as an advisor to senior real estate executives and client organizations by providing real estate consulting support, which defines and drives value across businesses.

Lorri has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a business degree in Real Estate from Harvard University, a Masters of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) from CoreNet, is an Accredited Outsourcing Practitioner (AOP) and is a Certified Deal Architect (CDA) with Vested Outsourcing from University of Tennessee.

Prior to joining BGIS, Lorri was a senior consultant at one of Canada’s most respected public private partnership and real estate consulting firms, and has previously worked at both a prominent financial institution and multinational technology company.

Lorri is a highly sought-after industry expert and has participated in over 50 speaking engagements on emerging trends, innovation and thought leadership in real estate and outsourcing. Lorri’s influence across the real estate sector and beyond is further demonstrated through her presence across social media channels with over 25,000 followers across Twitter and LinkedIn.

Philip Ross

Peter Smit
Founder & CEO, Collabogence

Twitter @PeterSmit2

Peter is the founder and CEO of Collabogence Inc, which is dedicated to helping organizations better understand their collaborative performance and develop strategies to improve performance. He spent his early career “running the matrix”, leading projects, programs and initiatives across lines and business and geographies for several large multinationals. He has lived In 7 countries and speaks 4 languages. Passionate about collaboration as he is truly believes that a collective effort ALWAYS results in a better outcome.

Tracy D. Wymer

Tracy Wymer
Tracy Wymer, VP Workplace Strategy, Knoll

Twitter @neu_insight

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.


Our market-leading WORKTECH conferences are “unmissable” events for senior corporate workplace professionals.

  • Over 3000 people attend WORKTECH each year and primary consists of Heads of CRE, Heads of FM and Chief Executives
  • The events cater to the educational needs of the top Global 1000 companies, relating to their global corporate real estate portfolios
  • The attendees want to learn about how they can help drive efficiencies in their workplaces and drive the productivity of their workforces
  • WORKTECH provides a vehicle to build your business relationships with these decision makers, develop senior contacts and enhance your credibility with key prospects by alignment with the event

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