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Life Sciences and Technology Take Center Stage at the SIOR Canada Central Chapter’s Fall Education Seminar

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Keynote speaker Andrew Whittemore

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L to R: “Keeping Up with the Sectors” speakers Tej Khachh, Jackie O' Connor, Matthew Johnson, Arlene Dedier, and moderator Roman Brailovski

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L to R: “Let’s Keep Growing” speakers Lisa Chandle; Brian Sutherland; Stefan Teague, SIOR; and Heidi Tibben

Aptly titled “Innovation Starts Here,” the SIOR Canada Central Chapter’s Fall Education Seminar brought together nearly 180 attendees to explore opportunities that the city has for growth and projects that will drive commercial real estate, particularly in the waterfront Lakeview Village community. Keynote speaker Andrew Whittemore outlined six strategic priorities that will shape the next wave of development in Mississauga, Ontario. The event also featured two panels: “Keeping up with the Sectors” and “Let’s Keep Growing: Investment Opportunities.”

SIOR Canada Central Chapter’s Unforgettable Broker of The Year Awards Ceremony

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L to R: Scholarship winners Fathimah Tayyiba Rasheed, Keawana Rose Kroontje, and Sara Neiman

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Ben Sykes, SIOR

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L to R: Sam Sgambelluri; Canada Central Chapter President Kurt Love, SIOR; SIOR Global President Patricia Loveall, SIOR

The SIOR Canada Central Chapter held its annual Broker of the Year awards ceremony at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, hosting more than 200 attendees, including SIOR Global President Patricia Loveall, SIOR. The awards are presented for superior performance and achievement in one of three categories, based on the size, value, and volume of transactions. Congratulations to Ben Sykes, SIOR (Industrial); Matt McTavish (Office), and Rocco Trigiani (Young Professional). The Chapter also recognized three scholarship winners in attendance: Fathimah Tayyiba Rasheed (Queen’s University), Keawana Rose Kroontje (The University of Western Ontario), and Sara Neiman (The University of Western Ontario).

Joint Effort: Columbia Market Forecast Hosted by Local Chapters of SIOR and CCIM

L to R: Panelists Joseph Von Nessen, Lindsay Jackson, Sherri Burris, and Mayor Daniel Rickenman

More than 100 attendees gathered at Junction 800, located in the heart of the historic Vista District of Columbia, S.C., for a panel session presented jointly by the Carolinas Chapters of SIOR and CCIM. Dr. Joseph Von Nessen, of the University of South Carolina, provided an overview of global, U.S., and South Carolina economies. Lindsay Jackson, of South Carolina Realtors®, spoke on recently passed legislation related to the real estate industry, as well as legislation currently being debated at the state House. Rounding out the panel, Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann highlighted business initiatives currently being implemented to encourage more residents to live downtown and to reduce taxes and red tape for businesses.

Students Secure $12,000 in Scholarship Funding from the SIOR Chicago Chapter


In keeping with its scholarship program goal of recognizing and rewarding outstanding academic performance in business and real estate courses, the SIOR Chicago Chapter awarded the 2022 Len Caldeira Scholarships to Natalie Belloff (University of Illinois), Austin Burke (University of Wisconsin), Nicholas Paviet (Roosevelt University), and Nick Ross (Roosevelt University). Scholarship Committee members Sergio Chapa, SIOR, and Denise Chaimovitz, SIOR, were on hand to present each student with $3,000. In addition to education funding, recipients are also provided access to career opportunities and internship programs available within the Chicago real estate community. Over the past 40 years, the chapter has provided $200,000 in funding to nearly 100 students.

SIOR Greater Los Angeles Chapter Takes a Closer Look at the Impact of the Current Economic Climate on CRE

L to R: Greater Los Angeles Chapter President Jeff Puffer, SIOR, and 2021-2022 Greater Los Angeles Chapter President Jon Reno, SIOR

Keynote speaker Luis Belmonte of Seven Hills Properties was the highlight of the SIOR Greater Los Angeles’s SIOR Night event at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles, drawing an audience of 70 members. Belmonte stated that the new cold war would not necessarily impact business will shift supply chain strategies to create more diverse avenues. He also noted that while inflation will be temporary, interest rates are expected to remain high. And though there will be a flight back into office spaces, Belmonte cautioned that design and amenities will shift. When it comes to the workforce, he did not anticipate that AI would replace human labor, suggesting that there will always be the need for a human element to modify and refine the robotics.

Questions? SIOR Utah Chapter Asks the Developer


Amid year-end festivities, the SIOR Utah Chapter welcomed Mike Roderick of Roderick Development for a lively round of “Ask the Developer.” Roderick, who has a number of existing and in progress industrial projects in Salt Lake City area, provided insightful real-world analysis from a developer’s perspective. He observed that the supply chain issues have continued to improve, allowing for more certainty on building and tenant improvement timelines. Additionally, there has been some softening in the cost of building supplies. Roderick noted that one of his main challenges is finding appropriately priced land such that a project will pencil out for a reasonable return. While the Salt Lake area has issues with the supply and demand for industrial ground, he remains cautiously optimistic regarding the demand for industrial space along the Wasatch Front in the short term and more bullish in the long term.

SIOR Northern California Chapter Ends 2022 on a High Note

Adorned in their holiday best, the 90 attendees at the SIOR Northern California Chapter’s Broker Awards event were in the mood to celebrate. Guests were treated to an up-close view of the Bay Bridge at this year’s new venue, EPIC Steakhouse in San Francisco. The event recognized the best of the best in the region, with awards ranging from top sales and leases in large markets to most transactions in small markets. Congratulations to the winners: Tony Binswanger, SIOR; Brooks Pedder, SIOR; Mike Goldstein, SIOR; Gregory O’Leary, SIOR; Greig Lagomarsino, SIOR; Greg Shutt, SIOR; Bryan Gardner, SIOR; Kevin Moul, SIOR; Craig Fordyce, SIOR; Michael Rosendin, SIOR; Susan Gregory, SIOR; Sean Toomey, SIOR; Chase Houston, SIOR, Brian Armon, SIOR; and Melissa Molyneaux, SIOR.

Walk A Mile with the SIOR Southern Nevada Chapter

The SIOR Southern Nevada Chapter was proud to be the Title Sponsor of the 11th Annual Las Vegas Rescue Mission’s Walk A Mile In My Shoes event. More than $60,000 was raised by the chapter’s team through sponsorships, donations, and matching funds. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission has provided safe shelter, meals, rehabilitation programs, counseling, and more to low-income and homeless in the community for over 50 years.

Life Sciences and Technology Take Center Stage at the SIOR Canada Central Chapter’s Fall Education Seminar

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L to R: Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Chapter President Michael Downey, SIOR, and Michael H. McGarry

For nearly 70 years, the SIOR Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Chapter has hosted an Industrialist Awards Dinner to recognize well-respected industrialists who have made distinguished contributions to the industry and to the community. The chapter’s 2022 honoree was Michael H. McGarry, CEO and Chairman of PPG Industries. PPG is one of the world’s leading coatings companies, and under his leadership, the company made 24 acquisitions to grow its presence globally. McGarry has made DEI a priority and was the driving force behind ESG strategies to ensure that PPG is not only helping its customers but also the environment and the communities where the company has a presence


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