Our Changing World – How it is Affecting Real Estate Appraisal?

On May 19, My Phung, Owner and Senior Appraiser at Phung Horwood, and Christine Traynor, Principal at Coast Appraisals, discussed how their work has changed since COVID-19 and what to expect from commercial and residential appraisals during these uncertain times.

Thank you to our webinar sponsors Phung Horwood and Coast Appraisals

The webinar is available for on demand viewing here.

Condo Strata Insurance: How we got here, and how to move forward

On May 14, Luke Mills, Partner at Megson Fitzpatrick, provided an update on how the Victoria insurance market is faring and what led us to where we are now. He was joined by Andy Spurling, President of Proline Management, to discuss the impacts for property owners and mitigation strategies for moving forward.

The webinar is available for on demand viewing here.

Luke’s slides can be found here.

U40 Brighter Side: Managing and Motivating Remote Teams

On May 1, Jocelin Caldwell from Reimagine Work lead a one-hour session that covered ways to best leverage digital communication tools, and perhaps more importantly, ways to stay connected in real and lasting ways beyond the Zoom call or work management apps. Viewers heard best practices for navigating this new workspace, and tips and tricks for managing a high performing remote team.

The recording is available for free here.

Jocelyn’s slides are available here.

The Post-Pandemic Future of City-Building: Learning Opportunities and Threats for Cities from COVID-19

On Tuesday, April 28th, we hosted a fireside chat with a world renowned city planner, Brent Toderian, and local development leader, Mike Miller. They discussed the need to purposefully pursue the positive learning opportunities while avoiding the worst consequences for the future of successful cities.

This webinar was generously sponsored by RJC Engineers.

The webinar is available for on demand viewing here.


Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Real Estate Development Market

On Wednesday, April 22, our panel of experts had a candid discussion on the impacts they have seen so far during the COVID-19 crisis and what their projections are moving forward. The panel included Tony Zarsadias from The Condo Group speaking to the residential sector, Tyler Dolan from Colliers International speaking to the office / commercial sector, and Dave Ganong from Canada ICI Capital (Victoria) speaking to the financial sector – with Jordan Milne from GMC Projects as the moderator.

This Webinar is generously sponsored by The Condo Group

Watch the full recording here
Tony’s slides are here.
The Colliers Report previewed by Tyler is here.

Our audience submitted a wealth of questions, and our panelists took the time to answer some of the ones we couldn’t get to. You can find the answers here.

Due to the positive feedback we’ve received, we will be hosting follow up webinars on this topic. Watch for the invitations.

U40 Brighter Side: Your Happy and Productive Home Office

On Thursday, April 9 as Ann Squires Ferguson from Western Interior Design shared her tips and tricks to creating a happy and productive home office space. From lighting and ergonomics to blocking out our demanding pets and other distractions, Ann will dive into what’s important and what’s not when transforming your space into a home office.

You can watch the full webinar here.
Ann’s slides are available here.

The UDI U40 “Brighter Side” is a series of webinars with the goal of promoting market knowledge, optimism and self-improvement as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

FortisBC Development Master Class

On February 28-29 2020, our two-day intensive Master Class—Money Matters: Fundamentals of Finance—gave our guests a solid foundation in understanding the financial considerations at all stages of the municipal development process. Topics included:

  • Institutional Financing
  • Land Appraisals
  • Cost Analysis
  • Due Diligence
  • Debt vs. Equity
  • Sales and Customer Financing
  • Construction Financing

Thank you to our sponsor FortisBC

WUDI Book Club: Give and Take

On Tuesday February 11, the Women of UDI gathered to discuss Give and Take and network in the beautiful Bellewood Park presentation Centre. With lively discussion, great company, and appetizers and drinks provided by Chard Development‘s generous sponsorship, the event flew by, and we can’t wait for the next one!

February Lunch: Wood on the Rise – Opportunities for Tall Timber

On February 5 we had a panel of industry leaders discuss the opportunities and challenges of Mass Timber. With inclement weather grounding some of our speaker’s flights, Mike Marshall (Kinsol Timber Systems) presented not just his own material, but that of Peter Moonen as well, Jim Aalders stepped in to discuss Mass Timber from the architectural standpoint, and Andrew Harmsworth was able to present via a video connection on the safety and codes around Mass Timber.

All the presentations can be reviewed here:
Peter Moonen
Mike Marshall
Jim Aalders
Andrew Harmsworth

Thank you to our annual lunch sponsor The Condo Group.

January Lunch: Annual Market Forecast

On January 9th we hosted our annual Market Forecast Lunch. The sold out crowd heard from Tony Zarsadias (The Condo Group), Anna Wray (Colliers International), Laura Poland (Mayfair Shopping Centre), and Bev Highton (NAI Commercial), with Jordan Milne (GMC Projects) Moderating. The panel offered a generally positive view for 2020.

Thank you to our annual lunch sponsor The Condo Group.


Christmas Reception

On December 11, we hosted our annual Christmas
fundraiser. Our reception is a chance for members to mix and mingle, all while supporting a great cause.

Our total donation was $7,300!

Thank you to everyone who donated. Your generous contributions helped make Christmas a little bit brighter for many children and families in Greater Victoria.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

December Lunch: Exploring the Uncharted Territory of Residential Rental Tenure Zoning

On Friday, September 20th we dove into Residential Rental Tenure Zoning (RRTZ) and the research findings of UBC’s Housing Research Collaborative on its implementation. Thomas Davidoff, Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate at UBC, presented on the reports findings, and then was joined by David Hutniak, CEO of Landlord BC, and Dave Ganong, President of Canada ICI Capital (Victoria) Corporation, for a panel discussion.

You can find Thomas’s presentation here. Thank you to our annual lunch sponsor The Condo Group.


U40 Leadership Series: Kaela Schramm

On Thursday, November 28th, Our U40 leadership series hosted Kaela Schramm, Director of Projects and Planning at M’akola Development Services. Since M’akola launched their Development Services in 2013, Kaela has grown the company from a one woman operation to 16 full time employees. She provides strategic oversight and direction for thousands of affordable housing units across the province, and was recently named one of BC’s 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver. You can find more about Kaela here.

Women of UDI Fall Social

On Thursday, November 14th, our Women of UDI held a fall social.
Guests donated clothing and accessories for Wear2Start, then mingled
in the warm and comfortable atmosphere of Swans Brewery.

Learn more about Wear2Start here.

YIMBY Victoria - Yes In My Back Yard!

On November 5, 2019, we had prominent housing advocates, Sonja Trauss (SF Bay Area Renters Federation) and Adrian Crook (Abundant Housing Vancouver) guests for a solutions-oriented discussion that explored the key barriers standing in the way of the creation of new housing; providing practical solutions and ideas for guests to take away to support the establishment of housing in their region.

Their presentations can be found here.

Thank you to our generous sponsors Abstract Developments and Brook Pooni Associates

FortisBC Development Master Class - The Art of Approvals

On October 18-19, our intensive two day Development Master Class taught our guests a solid foundation in understanding the municipal development process through interactive classroom exercise and real, up-to-date scenarios. topics covered included

  • Overview of the basic process of real estate development & approvals
  • Local government stages of approvals & top issues at each
  • Other types of approvals and considerations
  • Negotiating amenities and phased development agreements
  • Consultation, community / political relations and communications

Thank you to our sponsor FortisBC


October Lunch - Rennie Annual Update

On Wednesday, October 9th, Andrew Ramlo from Rennie Marketing presented his annual forecast to a full house.

His presentation can be found Here.

Thank you to our Annual Lunch Sponsor:

U40 Development Forecast - Rock Bay Revival

On Thursday, October 3rd, our U40 committee hosted a presentation and panel on the future of development Rock Bay. At the brand new Club Kwench offices, we heard from Marc Cittone, who helped develop of City of Victoria’s community plan for the area, as well as three local business owners—Tessa McLoughlin from Club Kwench, Keith Barbon from Capers, and Logan Gray, from discovery Coffee.


Out of Town Development Tour - Denver and Boulder Colorado

On September 25-27, we toured around Denver and Boulder, meeting city planners, local developers and architects, and more.

Photos will be posted shortly.

Thank you to our sponsors Chard Development, Cooper Pacific, Metropolitan Capital Partners, and GMC Projects.

September Lunch: Infill Development - Accommodating Growth in the Capital Region

On Wednesday, September 18, we welcomed Luke Mari (Partner at Aryze Developments), Mark Holland (Adjunct Professor at Vancouver Island University and President of Holland Planning Innovations), and Joaquin Karakas (Senior Urban Designer at the City of Victoria) to discuss what infill is, what we should want it in our city, and why we don’t see more of it.
You can access Luke’s Presentation here
You can access Mark’s Presentation here
You can access Joaquin’s Presentation here

Thank you to our Annual Lunch Sponsor:

WUDI Book Club: Brave, Not Perfect

On Thursday, September 12, the Women of UDI gathered to discuss Brave, Not Perfect and network in the beautiful Bellewood Park presentation Centre. With lively discussion, great company, and appetizers and drinks provided by Page One Publishing generous sponsorship, the event flew by, and we can’t wait for the next one!

Victoria’s Inclusionary Housing Policy Deciphered: Q&A with the Mayor and Councillors

On Tuesday, September 10, Victoria’s Mayor, Lisa Helps, and Councillors Jeremy Loveday and Sarah Potts came to discuss their new Inclusionary Housing Policy, and answer the many questions our audience had about it. We’d like to thank the Mayor and Councillors for coming to shed light on the policy.

Thank you to our breakfast sponsor: Abstract Developments.

U40 Social - Fishhook at Mermaid Wharf

On Thursday, August 22, we invited our U40 members to a casual gathering at Fishhook at Mermaid Wharf. People came and went throughout the evening, and had a chance to network with other U40 members.

UDI Capital Region Summer Social

On Thursday, July 25, we celebrated the most important part of UDI – our members! We hosted this year’s summer social in the beautiful Atrium building, where our members were invited to nibble some tasty appetizers, sip some cold beverages, and mingle with their peers.

Thank you to our sponsors Alpha Project Developments and Next Environmental.

WUDI Celebrating Women

The Women of UDI’s inaugural “Celebrating Women” event hosted a dynamic panel of amazing trail-blazing industry professional women who added to a lively and diverse conversation. We were thrilled to hear from Mandy Farmer from Accent Inns, Catherine Holt from The Chamber, Nicole Roberts from Cubicland, and out moderator, Deirdre Campbell from Beattie Tartan Integrated Marketing and Communications.
With members, non-members, men, and women all in the audience, it was a great opportunity to network before and after these inspirational leaders shared their wisdom. We look forward to next year!

Thank you to our sponsor: Cushman & Wakefield

2019 Local Development Tour

On Wednesday, June 19, we toured seven of the West Shore’s emerging projects including:

Royal Bay
(Gablecraft Homes)
Belmont Crossing
Charter Telecom Passive House Headquarters
(Waymark Architecture)

Terra Alta 

(Groupe Denux)

Pinehurst Terrace

(Bear Mountain)

Westhills Stadium

(City of Langford)

Nova Lands

(Westhills Land Corp)

Thank you to our Tour Sponsor: Fortis BC

Shout out to Bear Mountain for the fabulous lunch, and Westhills Development Corp for the unbelievable reception!

U40 Leadership Series: Mike Achtem

The Leadership Series provides young professionals the rare opportunity to learn from Victoria’s foremost business leaders. Guests hear from those who have experienced the highs and lows of a career in real estate, in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

On Thursday, June 13, we heard from Mike Achtem P.Eng. Mike is a
Principal and founding member of both Islander and Gwaii Engineering in Victoria, BC. He a Registered Professional Civil Engineer, a certified Contract Administrator with the Master Municipal Construction Association and a Project Management Professional with over 25 years of experience focused on land development and municipal infrastructure throughout BC.

June Lunch: Running Faster to Stay in the Same Place - Housing Policy in a Parabolic Market

On June 5, Michael Epp, Director of Planning for the City of North Vancouver, discussed the shifting housing landscape and the new approaches North Vancouver has adopted to address it. From housing diversity and intensification, to rental and inclusionary housing, Michael outlined the initiatives his city has undertaken, and the outcomes they are beginning to see.

You can access his presentation here.

Thank you to our Annual Lunch Sponsor:


2019 Golf Tournament - Superheroes!

The guests of our annual golf tournament at beautiful Bear Mountain enjoyed sunny skies, rolling greens, and a delicious buffet dinner.

There are lots of great photos and you can see them all on our Facebook page.

Thank you to all our sponsors, and congratulations to the prize winners!

WUDI Book Club: Happy City

On Thursday, May 9, our Women of UDI committee hosted their inaugural book club. We had a fantastic group of ladies come out to discuss Happy City and network in the beautiful Bellewood Park presentation Centre.

Thank you to Western Interior Design Group for sponsoring the wine and nibbles.

U40 Tour: Jukebox

On Thursday, May 2, our U40 committee hosted a our through Jukebox, a nine-storey condominium development consisting of 215 residential units with ground floor live/work units. Jukebox is designed to let you experience the “wow” factor, and features a 19 foot ceiling lobby, glassed-in elevators, meditation garden, and state-of-the-art fitness centre.


Educational Breakfast: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Workshop

On Tuesday, May 30, UDI Capital Region co-hosted a breakfast with the District of Saanich to provide our members with the opportunity learn about and provide feedback on a proposed approach for electric vehicle infrastructure requirements for new developments in the District.

Guests heard from District of Saanich staff, as well as AES Engineering on the technical aspects and cost-saving opportunities provided by new load management technologies. The presentations were followed by a workshop session for questions, discussion and feedback.

You can access the District’s presentation here.
You can access the AES Engineering’s presentation here.
You can access the Infrastructure Report here.

U40 Tour: Verve

On Wednesday, April 17, our U40 committee hosted a tour at Verve. Offering a collection of studio, one and two bedroom rental suites located in the vibrant Uptown neighbourhood, Verve is NVision Properties’ first purpose-built rental project, with 95 suites set above ground floor commercial.

UDI Capital Region AGM and April Lunch: Leveraging Partnerships and Fostering Collaboration to Build Local Affordable Housing

On Wednesday, April 10, we held our annual general meeting and discussed housing affordability in the Capital Region. Guests heard from Malcolm McNaughten from BC Housing who outlined their partnership services, then were given an inside view on the planning consultation for the Nigel Valley development from Jennifer Kay from Town Square Consulting as well as Franc D’Ambrosio and Julie Brown from D’Ambrosio Consulting.

You can access the BC Housing Presentation here.
You can access the Nigel Valley Presentation here.
Winners of the business card draw can be found here.

Thank you to our Annual Lunch Sponsor:

U40 Breakfast: The Future of Infill Housing in the Capital Region’s Neighbourhoods

On Thursday, March 14, the U40 committee hosted a breakfast focused on understanding the current and future trends in infill housing (specifically residential densification) in the Capital Region’s neighbourhoods. Panelists Luke Mari of Aryze Developments, Franc D’Ambrosio of D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism, and Mark Holland of Holland Planning Innovations, shared their insights on the current trends of residential infill in local neighbourhoods, as well as their vision for how the Capital Region’s neighbourhoods could continue to densify and diversify into the future.

You can access Luke’s presentation here.
You can access Mark’s presentation here.

Thank you to our breakfast sponsor Page One Publishing

March Lunch: How Did Seattle Build Their Way Out of the Housing Crunch?

On Wednesday, March 6, Nathan Torgelson from the City of Seattle, spoke about the city’s housing challenges and the policies they have adopted to build more affordable homes for their growing population.

Nathan’s presentation can be found Here.

Thank you to our Annual Lunch Sponsor:

U40 Leadership Series: Ian Laing

On Thursday, February 28, our U40 committee hosted the first event in their Leadership Series. The Leadership Series provides young professionals the rare opportunity to learn from Victoria’s fore-most business leaders in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Ian Laing shared his experiences of property development, management, and renovations, as well as gave his views on the challenges and opportunities facing young development professionals in the Capital Region today.

February Lunch: Talent, Talent, Talent: Urban Planning and Business Growth in the Greater Victoria Region

On February 6, leaders from our business community joined us to talk about their growth plans, and what kind of things would be needed regionally to attract the talent needed to underpin those plans (transportation planning, housing, etc). They provided our guests with front-line and on the ground perspectives around recruitment and hiring challenges.

Thank you to our sponsor: Devencore Victoria

WUDI: Discussion on Housing Affordability

On January 31st, the Women of UDI were pleased to host a discussion on the affordability of housing. The panel included a non profit developer (Kaye Melliship from GVHS), a private developer (Byron Chard from Chard Development) and a financial institution (Candice Koo from CMHC)

They discussed the affordability of housing in Greater Victoria, how affordability is defined, the issues in obtaining it, and potential solutions. The guests was encouraged to engage with questions and comments, and the discussion included a variety of views and opinions

Thank you to our sponsors: BC Housing and CMHC

Educational Breakfast: The Impact of Tariffs on the Development Industry

On January 24, guests heard how increasing tariffs on construction material are impacting ongoing and upcoming developments here in the Capital Region.

The panel included Francis Yong, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Advicas, Simon Smith, President of King Bros. Limited, and Rory Kulmala, CEO of Vancouver Island Construction Association, and was be moderated by Greg Gillespie, Development Coordinator at Mike Geric Construction Ltd.

January Lunch: Annual Market Forecast

On Janury 9th we hosted our annual Market Forecast Lunch. The sold out crowd heard from Kyle Kerr (RE/MAX Camosun), Graham Smith (Colliers International), Mark Startup (Retail Council of Canada), and Mike Kozakoski (Citified Media), and the panel was moderated by our UDI Board Chair, Jayne Bradbury (Fort Properties)

Thank you to our sponsor: Cushman & Wakefield


UDI Christmas Gala

On December 13, 2018, we hosted our annual Christmas Gala. Our gala is a chance for members to mix and mingle, all while supporting a great cause. With the help of our members and sponsors, we raised a record amount of donations.

Our total donation to Santa’s Anonymous was $10,182

Thank you to everyone who donated. Your generous contributions helped make Christmas a little bit brighter for many children and families in Greater Victoria.

We have some great photos from the event, so check out our Facebook Page.

Thank you to our sponsors:

U40 Holiday Social

On Friday, November 30th, our U40 committee hosted a sold out evening of fun and networking at the Phillips Tasting Room.

Women of UDI Inaugural Event

On November 15th we had the pleasure of launching the Capital Region’s Women of UDI with a celebratory reception. Over 60 women in the development industry came out to network, share their ideas for the Women of UDI, and donate accessories to support Wear2Start.

Thank you to our sponsors: Fort Properties and Colliers International

November Lunch: Keith Baldrey
On November 5, Global BC’s Legislative Bureau Chief, Keith Baldrey joined us for discuss BC’s rapidly changing political landscape and the various pending and recently implemented government taxes and policies.
U40 Tour - Black and White

On October 25th, Abstract Developments guided a small group of U40 members through the Black and White construction site. Aside from getting a sneak peak into the new building, guests also heard insights into project’s approval process and architecture.

Thank you to Abstract Developments for the tour and reception.

October Lunch - Rennie Market Update

On October 11, 2018, Andrew Ramlo from Rennie Marketing Systems presented the Rennie Annual Forecast. Rennie Marketing Systems is a Vancouver firm that specialize in report writing to understand trends and demographics, identify new market opportunities, and create plans for the future. Over 170 guests came to watch Andrew’s presentation.

You can review Andrew’s presentation here.

Thank you to our lunch sponsor: IDIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

San Diego Development Tour

Our 2018 International Development tour took place September 26-28th in beautiful San Diego. Aside from the interesting and creative spaces we were lucky enough to tour, we also heard from local experts about how their development process differs from ours here in Victoria.

There’s lots of photos, so check out the full album on our Facebook page.

We also have lots of great resources from the tour:
Regional Transportation Planning (Coleen Clementson)
Civic San Diego Economic Development (Michael Lengyel)
Civic San Diego Planning (Brad Richter)
CBRE Dinner Presentation (Michael Combs)

Thank you to all the sponsors who made the trip possible: Marsh (reception sponsor), IBI Group (lunch sponsor), as well as Proline Management and Fort Properties (general tour sponsors)

September Lunch - Politics and Greater Victoria Perspectives Mayoral Panel

Our lunch on September 18 gave our members the opportunity to pose questions to the Mayors of four local municipalities.

Mayor Stewart Young (Langford), Mayor Nils Jensen (Oak Bay), Mayor Richard Atwell (Saanich) and Mayor Barb Desjardins (Esquimalt) shared their perspectives on the role development plays in the health and growth of their communities.

Thank you to our lunch sponsors: Western Interior Design Group and Abstract Developments.

UDI Summer Fiesta

Our Summer Fiesta on Wednesday, July 25 was our chance to say thank you to all our members. It’s only with your support that we continue all the important work we do.

Beautiful weather, cold drinks, and a live band all made for a great environment to mix and mingle at the Fort Commons.​


Thank you to our sponsors Alpha Project Developments, Chard Development, Reed Pope, and Fort Properties

Electric Vehicle Charging Educational Breakfast

UDI Capital Region, in partnership with the Capital Regional District, hosted a breakfast on July 19th to discuss the future of electric vehicle charging. The breakfast was designed to inform the industry about the trends of EV charging in other regions, and to obtain input from our guests to help inform policy here in Victoria.

The speakers provided a wealth of information, which you can review in the EV Strategy Presentations.

Pluginbc.ca is also a great source of information for everything regarding electric vehicles, from policy and incentives to charging station equipment and locations.

Thank you to the CRD for partnering with us and sponsoring this breakfast!

2018 Local Spring Development Tour

Our Local Development tour on June 20, 2018 focused on Victoria, Esquimalt, and Saanich. We visited Black and White (Abstract), Yello (Chard), Customs House (Cielo Properties), Capital Park (Concert Properties), Portage West (GMC Propejcts), Radius (Tri-Eagle Development Corp), and 433 Boleskine (Abstract). We finished the tour off with a reception at the Bellewood Park Presentation Centre (Abstract).

There’s lots of photos, so check out the full album on our Facebook page.

Thank you to Concert Properties for sponsoring lunch, Abstract Developments for sponsoring the closing reception, and the rest of our location sponsors for opening their projects to us.

June Lunch - From A to B: Exploring Transportation Solutions in the Capital Region

Our lunch on June 11 focused on the struggle of transportation and parking in our growing city. Panelists Jonathon Tinney (City of Victoria), Catherine Holt (Chamber of Commerce), Dan Sawchuk (Robbins Parking) and David Wharf (Evo) each added their unique expertise to the conversation.​

Thank you to our lunch sponsors: Robbins Parking and Bunt & Associates Engineering


UDI 2018 Hollywood Golf Tournament

Our annual golf tournament at beautiful Bear Mountain was a blockbuster success! The tournament sold out in record time and guests enjoyed sunny skies, rolling greens, and a delicious buffet dinner.

There are lots of great photos and you can see them all on our Facebook page.

Thank you to all our sponsors, and congratulations to the prize winners!

U40 Social: Trivia Pub Night

On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the U40 committee hosted a trivia pub night at the Taphouse on Yates.

Vancouver Island Construction Association 2018 Conference

On Friday, April 27, UDI Capital Region presented two panel discussions at the VICA Conference.

Development Forecast Panel with Graeme Johnson (SHAPE), Cheryl Woolley (VREB) and Amanda Neal (Devencore Victoria Realty)

Affordable Housing Panel with Michael McNaughton (BC Housing), Kaye Gordon (GVHS), Justin Fulik (Townline) and Byron Chard (Chard Developments)

April Lunch - Royal BC Museum Renovation Master Plan Update

On April 17, we invited Angela Williams, Deputy CEO of the Royal BC Museum, to speak about the importance and future of the Museum.

Thank you to our lunch sponsor D.R. Coell and Associates