WORKTECH16 Toronto - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace








Conference: Tuesday 1st November 2016, 9am – 5pm
McCarthy Tétrault, Toronto, Canada

The future of work is on everyone’s agenda. This event brings thought leaders together to share cutting edge ideas on the future, from both a people and technology perspective. It will allow an understanding of the key drivers of change and enablers of innovation that will shape how, where and when work takes place. Our global speakers will explore future technologies, cutting edge award-winning workplaces and people, change and engagement.

Active Architecture: Building Data for Creative Spaces

Matthew Claudel, Researcher MIT Senseable City Lab and Product Manager, Beco

The widespread adoption of smartphones has brought our population online, and networked systems have generated incredible value. Yet buildings, today, are analog. A tremendous amount of data is untapped – every temperature change, movement, or interaction.

Simple technologies can bring buildings online, connecting people with spaces. These systems will enable user engagement and generate valuable insights in the digital era.

The Productivity Imperative

Lorri Rowlandson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS)

In today’s world, corporate real estate professionals and workplace strategists are faced with mounting pressure to measure and report out on productivity in the workplace. This session will review and analyze what best-in-class organizations are doing to measure the effectiveness of various workplace strategies.

Create, Build, Shift: Changing the Landscape of Work

Jeremy Myerson, Director, WORKTECH Academy and Research Professor at Royal College of Art

In this presentation, Jeremy Myerson, WORKTECH Academy Director and Research Professor at Royal College of Art, London, draws on adjacent fields from theatre design to urban planning to explore how the design disciplines are reshaping how we use space at work.

Why Your Building Needs a CTO

Melissa Marsh, Senior Managing Director – Occupant Experience, Savills Studley

The future of occupant experience relies on a built environment tech infrastructure that advances the social, economic, and environmental performance of real estate. So, do you have an RE CTO? Organizations across all industries are incorporating technology into ground-breaking workplace designs that support employee creativity, innovation and productivity. In the future, every building will have a CTO and require a digital strategy with as much invested to it as the furniture, fixtures, and facade. The new tech utilization mandate will shift the conversation from to occupant experience as the intersection of the digital and physical worlds are increasingly intertwined.

Why Having "more collaboration" as an Objective for Your New Space is Not Enough

Peter Smit, Collaboration Strategist & Founder, Collabogence Inc.

It is not only critical to know who is already collaborating well with each other, but also who SHOULD be collaborating with each other and is not. Do you understand the dynamics of what is inhibiting or stifling better collaboration? Is it your culture? the objectives set? the tools available? or the actual space itself? Becoming more collaborative is a journey with many moving parts....worthy of further exploration.

Workplace Transformation: Moving from Why to How

David Potter, Director, WORKshift

There is a gap that organizations face when moving towards increased flexibility. That is, how does an organization move from the idea that it is a good idea to what is potentially a big budget initiative? WORKshift has created an offering, the WORKshift Playbook, that “bridges the gap” between the “why” and “how” of implementation.


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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