2017 Southern Alberta commercial tenant real estate forum

March 14, 2017
St. Louis Hotel
403 8th Avenue SE

A forum dedicated to the challenges faced by tenants in leasing commercial space.

Good things happen in threes. Over three sessions, you will learn at least three things that are likely save your firm thousands of dollars annually in overhead.

The Calgary Chamber, Orange Group Commercial Real Estate, and McLeod Law have partnered to present this first-of-its-kind event aimed at helping businesses navigate the commercial real estate market in the current economic environment.

This jam-packed morning of expert advice takes a deep-dive approach into topics such as:

  • Ways to profit from a weak economy
  • Negotiating your lease renewal or finding new space
  • Top landmines in almost every commercial lease
  • Getting landlords to compete for your commercial business


7:30 am Event registration
7:45 am Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:40 am Introduction

The state of business and three critical strategies for success in this economy
Adam Legge, President and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Southern Alberta real estate market update and outlook (focus on office and retail)
Update on market fundamentals and market forecast
Fraser Dyer, Director and General Manager, Research, Valuation and Advisory, Altus Group

8:50 am - 9:50 am Conversation 1

Negotiating a renewal or finding new space
3 things that will save you thousands. Money saving tricks and tips in commercial real estate
Grant Kosowan, President, Orange Group Commercial Real Estate

Functional and financial consideratoins of a commercial real estate transaction
Altaf Hirji, AVP Real Estate franchise Development, & Acquisitions, H&R Block Canada

9:50 am - 10:05 am Networking break
10:05 am - 11:05 am Conversation 2

Top landmines in (almost) every commercial lease
Rob Fooks, Partner, McLeod Law

3 Things I wish I had known before I grew my business to over 100 locations and $100M in value
Derek Doke, President, Franworks

11:05 am Question and answer period (audience and presenters)
11:15 am Closing remarks and event wrap up