“I have been attending the NY WORKTECH conferences regularly for four years and I find them to be an excellent array of presentations and discussions about design, technology, real estate, futurism and sociology relating to the workplace. The presenters are always well prepared and thought provoking and the audience is rich with expertise and insights. I always make new and valuable contacts at WORKTECH and come away feeling enthused and excited about developing and implementing new ways to improve the work environment. I highly recommend this conference to everyone interested in the evolution of how we work.”

Paul Tackowiak, Architect, Bristol Myers Squibb

Bristol Myers Squibb


Debbie Baxter

Debbie Baxter
Vice President, Real Estate Advisory, Deloitte

Ms. Baxter has 25+ years of experience working with businesses to implement change – from changes in real estate utilization, to changes in culture or technology. Debbie is the Vice President Corporate Real Estate for Deloitte Canada, responsible for working with clients to ideate, design and implement their Real Estate strategy projects. She is most passionate about the "Future of Work" - working with clients to adapt their business to the trends evident in our economy and society that will challenge our existing infrastructure and drive the need for a new way of thinking about work environments. Debbie’s efforts have been recognized on a national level. In 2013, Debbie was named to the Top 100 WXN list of the Most Powerful Women in Canada in the Trailblazer Category. With a background in operations and technology, Debbie is also a Certified Management Consultant, Certified Public Accountant and holds a Corporate Directors ICD.D designation.

Melissa Beresford

Melissa Beresford
Senior Manager Workplace Strategy and Design, Deloitte

Melissa is the National Lead for Workplace Strategy and Design for Deloitte Canada. Her experience in providing transformative solutions comes from a passion to align business goals with design thinking. Melissa believes that a human-centric approach creates truly engaging environments, and that effective design is more than a visual exercise— it’s about creating transformational spaces that enhance workplace experience and productivity. She recently delivered La Tour Deloitte, Montreal, and Bay Adelaide East, Toronto - both noted for striking, innovative design and cutting-edge technical integration. She continues to lead corporate projects affecting approximately 9,000 Deloitte practitioners across Canada.

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.

Tony D’Alesio

Tony D’Alesio
Director of Sales, Philips Lighting Canada

Tony D’Alesio is the Director of Sales for Philips Lighting in Canada. He has over 20+ years of experience in the digital controls domain and has worked on various industry technologies capable of delivering data connectivity and energy savings. Tony is responsible for bringing new and innovative solutions to market so clients can achieve their smart building goals via connected lighting technologies. With the focus of taking light ‘Beyond Illumination’ by integrating it to the IoT, he was instrumental on some of the first Power-over-Ethernet lighting projects in North America. Tony has been with Philips Lighting since 2015 and previously held senior leadership positions with Johnson Controls and Tyco International.

Sam Dunn

Sam Dunn
CEO & Co-Founder, Robin Powered

Sam is a co-founder of Robin Powered, a scheduling software platform based which powers thousands of company calendars. Robin focuses on digital tools that help companies coordinate the people, spaces, and things in their offices, optimizing space and resource utilization. Sensors automate conference room bookings and integrates a mobile scheduling app and automated meeting room displays. Customers include Netflix, Sonos, Twitter, DraftKings, and many others.

Mark Gilbreath

Mark Gilbreath
Founder / CEO / Skipper, Liquid Space

Mark Gilbreath is the Founder and CEO of LiquidSpace, the dominant realtime workspace and meeting space network. LiquidSpace supports corporations of all sizes, seeking to improve the productivity of their mobile workforce, increase the efficiency of their real estate portfolio, and bring measurability to their sustainability initiatives. Mark is an experienced serial entrepreneur and one of the leading voices in the sharing economy technology landscape, supporting his vision of sustainable, mobile business practices. In his past, Mark has worked as a software industry veteran with 20+ years of experience at previous companies including Wyle, Altera, Toolwire and Venga Ventures.

Rae Lam

Rae Lam
Associate/ Project Director, Entro

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Rae has an exceptional understanding of graphic design and how it correlates to the built environment

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny
Partner, SITU Studio

Aleksey leads the creative process and design phases for all SITU Studio projects. Recent projects include designing a 35,000 square foot modular, reconfigurable workspace for the New York offices of Google Creative Lab, as well as designing an elevated park and amenity space for a premier, new workplace development in New York City. Previous work includes the Brooklyn Museum Visitor Experience project, as well as Design Lab and Maker Space for the New York Hall of Science. For the past two years Aleksey has served as a juror for the Flatiron Public Plaza design competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute. He has served as a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the New York Institute of Technology, focusing on his commitment to material research and building technologies. Aleksey also sits on the career pathways and culture committees for the AIA of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union.

Matthew Kobylar

Matthew Kobylar
Director of Interiors and Workplace Strategy, Arney Fender Katsalidis

Matthew is a workplace strategist and interior designer, who is passionate about research-driven design. Matthew’s pragmatic inspiring approach has delivered a number of high quality workplace environments, which are fully aligned with the client’s business goals, aspirations, culture and brand. Matthew has also written and presented widely on a many current workplace issues, including productivity, generations in the workplace, and measuring workplace performance. Prior to Arney Fender Katsalidis, Matthew spent 13 formative years with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago, before relocating to London for a seven-year term as a Senior Associate with Gensler.

David Martin

David Martin
Co-Founder, Chairman and CTO, Nureva Inc

David Martin is the co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Nureva Inc. In 1987 he co-founded SMART Technologies Inc., a company that changed the use of technology in classrooms around the world. He is a recognized technology pioneer and the named inventor on many patents. Martin has received many awards and levels of recognition because of his efforts, including an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2013 for “contributions to education.” Martin has received numerous awards recognizing his work in collaboration technologies. He holds a BSc in applied mathematics from Concordia University in Montreal and received an honorary doctorate in 2017 from Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. Martin is married to Nancy Knowlton, his business partner and co-founder of their companies.

Chris McGoff

Chris McGoff
Founder, The Clearing, Inc.

Twitter @TheClearingInc

Chris McGoff is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and advisor. Chris has spent the last 30 years assisting businesses and governments engender new and transformative possibilities. Chris has spent the last 30 years assisting businesses and governments engender new, transformative possibilities for a better world. Chris is the author of The PRIMES: How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem and Match in the Root Cellar: How You Can Spark a Peak Performance Culture.

Chris founded The Clearing, Inc., a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm, specializing in strategy, culture transformation, organizational change management, post M&A advisory, process improvement, and strategic communication services. The Clearing helps private and public sector organizations anticipate, respond to, and adapt to dynamic changes in the marketplace.

Chris’ clients include most of the U.S. Federal Government agencies as well as a wide range of organizations including IBM, AARP, Consol Energy, Benesch, Coffman Engineers, Harris, Lazard, the American Petroleum Institute, SalientCRGT, DuPont, the United Nations, and Boeing.

Chris obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Public Policy. Chris speaks frequently on matters of culture, strategy, and human capital.

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.

Carole Piovesan

Carole Piovesan
Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Carole Piovesan is a lawyer in our litigation department. She regularly advises clients on risk management strategies and represents clients in complex commercial litigation, class actions, environmental litigation, estate litigation, professional negligence and appellate advocacy. She has appeared before various administrative tribunals, at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Carole is a firm lead in the area of artificial intelligence and an active member of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group. She regularly consults across various sectors on the evolution and integration of artificial intelligence and its legal implications. Recently, she co-authored From Chatbots to Self-Drivings Cars: The Legal Risks of Adopting Artificial Intelligence in Your Business, part of the firm's Transformative Technologies series of White Papers.

David Potter

David Potter
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DX Institute

David Potter is co-founder and Managing Partner of the DX Institute, a research and advisory firm that equips companies to navigate digital transformation initiatives.

In his role as Managing Partner, David works with CXOs, innovation executives, consultants and brand leaders to implement research and data-driven approaches to managing digital and business transformation.

David has 15 years experience in the technology space and has worked in agencies, hardware and software businesses, and with consultants across Canada and the U.S.

Prior to co-founding the DX Institute, David lead Business Development for WORKshift Canada, an organization that helps companies adopt flexible work and manage distributed workforces.

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.

Udo Schliemannr

Udo Schliemann
Principal Creative Director, Entro

Udo specializes in experience design including identity development, corporate communications, and signage and wayfinding design

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.

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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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