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Investment Heats Up in the Great White North of Canada

Book global to local insights from JLL at 2014 ULI Spring Conference in Vancouver, April 9-11

CHICAGO, March 25, 2014 - Canada may be well known for its vast wilderness and scenic views, but now it’s generating buzz about a different type of landscape: an investment greenfield that’s vying to compete on a global scale.  Right now, the country has one of the lowest proportions of foreign investment in commercial real estate in the world, but is that changing?  More and more investors are turning their sights toward the opportunities within Canada’s borders, which include the sheer amount of construction potential and the anticipated development of more trophy assets.

Canada’s economic investment and commercial real estate environment will soon hit center stage at the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Spring Meeting in Vancouver, April 9-11, 2014.

JLL’s investment experts will be available to discuss Canada’s top prospects.  For a preview, watch Amar Nijjar, Vice President at JLL, as he discusses Canada’s vibrant capital markets.


Industry Insights & Research
At the ULI conference, JLL will issue two perspectives on Canada investment prospects from its new report, ”The Canadian Quartet in Global Competitiveness” which addresses the country’s four commercial hubs: Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary.

  • Capital Markets Investment into Canada: A look at the challenges and opportunities faced by investors into Canada.  This report examines which investors heading are north, the sectors in high demand, and the partnerships that have served Canadian investors well on a global scale.
  • Canadian Quartet:   From Calgary to Vancouver, Toronto to Montreal, JLL will review the policies, personalities and properties of Canada’s largest cities.

PANELIST SPEAKERS: Schedule time to meet JLL’s experts in the following discussions at ULI:

  • The Impact of the Asia Factor on the Pacific West Coast (April 8, 3 – 7 PM): Lucy Fletcher, Vice President and Head of International Capital Group, Canada, will moderate a panel to discuss trends, policy, challenges and opportunities for Asian investment on the West Coast. David Green-Morgan, Global Capital Markets Research Director will serve as a panelist. NOTE: Registration for this panel is required.
  • Vancouver as a Gateway City (April 10, 9 – 10:15 AM):  Mark Lester, Senior Vice President, will act as moderator for this panel focused on market fundamentals and economic factors that drive investment into Vancouver.
  • Public Institutions: Product Council Discussion (April 10, 10 – 10:45 AM): Kevin Wayer, Managing Director, will lead a discussion about trends in public development. This event is for council members only but media are invited to speak with him about the topic prior or following his event.

The following JLL experts are available to discuss investment into Canada as well as other trends in the commercial real estate sector:

  • Canadian Investment Market: Brett Miller, President, JLL Canada, Toronto
  • Global Capital Markets: Lucy Fletcher, Vice President, International Capital Group, Vancouver
  • Global Capital Markets: Steve Collins, President, Americas Capital Markets, Washington D.C.
  • Global Research: Rosemary Feenan, International Director of Global Research, London
  • Global Research: David Green-Morgan, Global Capital Markets Research Director, Singapore

If you would like to arrange a time to speak with a JLL expert, please contact Heather Filkins (312-228-2139, or Megan Dolan (312-228-3154, At the conference, inquiries can be directed to Paige Steers (312-925-6640,

JLL will also be hosting a private client event the evening of Thursday, April 10. Media are invited to attend but must pre-register by reaching Janet Kelly (416-238-5983 / to confirm.

In 2013 alone, JLL’s Capital Markets completed nearly $99 billion in investment sales and debt and equity transactions globally. Over the past four years, Capital Markets has added more than 140 producers to its team in the Americas, with more than 1,400 specialists operating all over the globe.  During that same time period, the firm grew its Americas Capital Markets revenues by nearly 600 Percent.

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About JLL
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