My career began in design, where I found great satisfaction in creating beautiful, highly functional spaces for my corporate clients. Over 20 years ago, I was pleased to name Scotiabank among my valued customers, with highlight projects being the Eastern and Western Call Centres as well as many others. I went on to own and operate my own practice, comprising of 35-40 Design and Project Management professionals, for 20 years, where my main role was to assist clients with their overall Real Estate Strategy. We helped them make tactical decisions around Real Estate to support overall business objectives.
I joined the Bank in November of 2013 with exactly this in mind. I'm excited to support all our business unit teams in providing our customers with excellent service. Real Estate plays a very strategic role in this endeavor and our team is here to lead innovation and drive forward to help the Bank succeed in reaching all our cultural change and business goals.
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the highest award for the arts (Sudler Prize). He has continued to work on projects, startups and research in the fields of architecture, innovation science, technology and art. He has been published widely, writing and co-authoring several books, articles, and opinion editorial pieces. Matthew has co- taught at MIT and the Politecnico di Torino, lectured at Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He has presented widely as a critic, speaker and artist inresidence. Matthew is currently working as a researcher at MIT’s Senseable City Lab and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy. He is the Product Manager at location analytics technology
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.
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.
Melissa Marsh leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions. Savills Studley is the nation's leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Melissa is Founder and Executive Director of PLASTARC, a workplace innovation and organizational strategy firm helping clients leverage their spaces for optimal experience and performance through the power of social research and design analytics. Melissa brings her passion for the user experience of design to her work, dedicating her career to to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches' to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.
Jeremy Myerson is an academic researcher, author and activist in people-centred design and innovation. He has joined Unwired to set up The WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network. He has published several influential books on workplace design and holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. His most recent titles include Time & Motion (2013) and Life of Work (2014). A former journalist and editor on such titles as Design, Creative Review and World Architecture, he founded Design Week magazine in 1986 and later co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, which he directed for 16 years until September 2015. He has advised businesses and governments around the world and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He was recently named by Wired magazine as one of Britain's 100 most influential people in digital technology.
Vanessa has over 20 years of experience in the Corporate Real Estate industry. She joined RBC Corporate Real Estate in 2013 as Director, Supplier Strategy and Operations where her primary focus was to lead the Real Estate Outsourcing Strategy. This initiative resulted in the development of an innovative service delivery model and the selection of three new outsourced service partners for RBC.
In her current role, Vanessa is responsible for the newly formed Global Workplace team, ensuring the effectiveness of RBC’s workplaces. Prior to joining RBC, Vanessa held various positions at CIBC Corporate Real Estate.
Vanessa holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
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.
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.
Kane Willmott is the current President of the Global Workspace Association, an organization which caters to space operators, workplace strategists, real estate investors and service providers. Throughout his 18 years in commercial real estate, Kane has been involved in a variety of roles including leasing and investment sale transactions, asset and property management as well as capital market structuring. He has participated in the start up of a number of successful real estate companies, including the formation and launch of a Capital Pool Corporation "CPC" now trading as a public company on the TSX Venture Exchange. In 2009, Kane partnered with Alex Sharpe on the creation of Spire Commercial Realty, an integrated real estate investment and advisory company. After achieving early success with Spire, the partners seized the opportunity to establish iQ Office Suites to capitalize on the emerging market shift towards serviced office space. Kane holds a diploma in Property Management from George Brown College as well as a Degree in Economics and a post graduate Diploma in Accounting from Wilfred Laurier University. Kane is a registered Real Estate Broker, a level one ski instructor and Air 4 certified freestyle ski coach.
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