The way space is developed and used in commercial and residential real estate is rapidly changing. How do senior commercial real estate leaders prepare and adapt to the evolution of today’s work space?

On October 17th, Odgers Berndtson sponsored the successful Evolution of Space panel discussion hosted by FORE (Future of Real Estate) at Deloitte’s new national headquarters in Toronto. Over 130 commercial real estate professionals attended to hear the expert panel’s insights on current trends in space optimization, workplace engagement, shifting demographics and technological advancement as they relate to their business. The panel was made up of five industry leaders: Sheila Botting (National Leader, Real Estate & Construction, Deloitte), Adrian Rocca (CEO, Fitzrovia Capital), Bonny McLoud (Managing Director, Principal, Gensler), Adrian Joaquin (Co-founder/Managing Director, Workhaus) and Jordan Robins (EVP & COO, First Capital Realty).

Ms. Botting spoke to the success of transforming Deloitte’s impressive Toronto headquarters into their best global space that reduces each employee’s environmental footprint through its Platinum Leed certification. The innovative space has already shown signs of increased employee productivity, collaboration and engagement. Mr. Joaquin highlighted the importance of creating a collaborative and supportive co-working community that has contributed to Workhaus’ success, whose members are mostly made up of start-up businesses and independent contractors.

The panel also discussed the increasing disruptive power of the internet and its positive effect on retail space through the creation of seamless omni-channel experiences, and the importance of functional designs and complementary offerings that are helping urban neighborhoods flourish. All the panelists shared great examples of how space can be utilized to increase employee productivity and their daily experiences.

FORE is a commercial real estate networking group focused on developing young industry leaders by hosting interactive events that encourage them to connect as they grow their careers in the sector. The group was co-founded by Sheryl Song, Senior Consultant at Odgers Berndtson along with three other peers.

The panel of industry veterans from left to right:  Bonny McLoud, Jordan Robins, Sheila Botting, Adrian Rocca, and Adrian Joaquin.

The panel of industry veterans from left to right:  Bonny McLoud, Jordan Robins, Sheila Botting, Adrian Rocca, and Adrian Joaquin.

Over 130 commercial real estate professionals attended the event.

Over 130 commercial real estate professionals attended the event.

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