WORKTECH16 Toronto - Explore the Future of Work and the Workplace









Colleen Baldwin

Colleen Baldwin
Global Design Director, Scotiabank

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

Matthew Claudel
Head of Research, Beco

Twitter @hellobeco

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, urbanism, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.

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.

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.

Melissa Marsh

Melissa Marsh
Leading Workplace Strategy & Occupant Experience at Savills Studley, Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC

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

Jeremy Myerson
Director, The WORKTECH Academy & Research Professor, Royal College of Art

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 Perdue

Vanessa Perdue
Senior Director, Global Workplace, RBC Corporate Real Estate (CRE)

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.

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.

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.

Kane Willmott

Kane Willmott
Co-Founder, iQ Office Suites

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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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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