Following the spread of COVID-19 and ensuing pandemic, offices across Canada shuttered as non-essential workers were mandated to work remotely. As economies reopen and employers invite their staff to return, it has become apparent many workplaces will not return to the pre-COVID status-quo. This once in an era disruption to the workplace and work has left many wondering what is next for the office, if a hybrid work model will work for them, and by extension the impact on commercial real estate markets in our cities. With uncertainty and speculation rife, we have amassed an expert panel to share crucial insight at a pivotal time and answer the following:
During this opening session, the expert panel will discuss:
- What will be the enduring changes to the ways we work?
- How have employee expectations changed due to COVID-19?
- What long term changes can we expect to workplace and real estate strategies?
- What are the impacts on office demand locally and nationally, and what does this mean for Calgary and Edmonton's downtown core’s high vacancy rates?
Robyn Baxter, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Workplace Advisory, Colliers Strategy and Consulting Group
Kim Green, Principal, Interior Design, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
Romin Jarrah, Manager Corporate Real Estate, Stantec
Justin Mayerchak, Senior Vice President & Partner, Occupier Services Group, Colliers International