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Transit Oriented Development – Planning for the Future of Transit in the Lower Mainland

May 24, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
1220 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2Y5 Canada
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What is the role of Transit Oriented Development in contributing to livability, housing affordability, and densification in our region? In planning for transit development, how important is it to have well-planned stations that consider form, access practices, and a mix of uses? What new and existing funding sources are being leveraged around the world, for the development and ongoing operation of transit infrastructure that could have applications to our region?

Join us as speakers Yehia Madkour (Associate, Perkins+Will), Mark Hodgson (Partner, Asset & Economic Advisory, Deloitte), and Guy Akester (Director, Real Estate Programs and Partnerships, TransLink) address these questions and more, on best practices for building high-density, Transit Oriented Development in and around rapid transit stations. Moderating this panel discussion, we have Winnie Shi, CFO of InTransit BC.

Light refreshments will be provided to support what promises to be a lively discussion about the challenges and solutions to building successful transit-oriented communities.

Following the panel discussion, join us for networking over light canapés and beverages.

Speaker Bios:


Guy Akester

Guy is responsible for the real estate portfolio at TransLink which includes retail, parking, telecom, commercial partnerships, acquisitions, development, and surplus land sales. In addition to this, he has responsibility for development approvals for projects with close proximity to SkyTrain and transportation assets. He has lived and worked based out of Vancouver, Toronto, London UK, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Shanghai doing the real estate for a wide range of companies including Telus, FedEx, CIBC and Goldman Sachs. Guy has over 18 years of experience in Real Estate across the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Mark Hodgson

Mark Hodgson is a Partner who leads the Infrastructure Advisory group of Deloitte in Western Canada. Mark has over 25 years’ experience as a business advisor on large capital projects and related studies. Mark is a proven leader in Canada’s infrastructure market having advised governments on the financing and procurement of some of the largest and most complex capital projects in the country. Mark’s expertise is in developing and implementing public-private partnership (“P3”), alternative service delivery and divestiture transactions. His experience with major projects spans all infrastructure sectors including highways, roads, water, power, transportation, marine, solid waste, and public buildings including health care facilities. Mark is a civil engineer with over five years municipal engineering experience. Following a career in engineering, in 1993 he obtained an MBA in finance and strategy from McGill University

Yehia Madkour

Yehia’s work spans architecture and urban design, with a focus on transportation, research, and a particular interest in the intersection of technology and design process.

Yehia plays key leadership roles on major transportation projects for Perkins+Will. Most recently, Yehia led design teams across Perkins+Will offices to design transit stations on the new REM line in Montreal, the Confederation Line in Ottawa, the BRT line in Riyadh, as well as a multi modal transportation hub in the middle east. Yehia’s focus on these projects was on developing a line-wide system identity, engaging the stations within their urban context, and creating positive passenger experiences to connect and move people through the cities.

Yehia sits on Perkins+Will’s Research Board, provides strategic direction to the research and innovation agenda across the firm. He a member of the firm’s Building Technology and Mobility research labs, and is founder and past director of the firm’s Computational Design Integration, where he facilitated a platform to advocate for digital design and fabrication across offices.


Winnie Shi

Winnie is the CFO of InTransit BC, the Special Purpose Vehicle who has the contract to design-build-operate and partially finance the Canada Line in BC. InTransit BC is jointly owned by SNC-Lavalin, BCIMC and CDPQ. Prior to joining InTransit BC, Winnie was a Partner with KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group in Vancouver with over 20 years of experience in providing financial advisory services and to support infrastructure projects in Canada, U.S. and Internationally. She has worked for both public and private sector clients in a wide range of industries assisting them with all aspects of the transaction, from business case development, financial due diligence, financial modelling, risk assessment and valuation, development of financing plans, transaction structuring, negotiation and presentation to investor.


Registration Details:

Members / Non-Members: $35 / $50
Young Leader & Student Members / Non-Members: $25 /$35

*All fees are in CDN funds are are subject to 5% GST

Please note: This event is eligible for Self-Report AIBC Core Learning Units and the PIBC CPL system.

Phone/Fax/Email: May 22nd
Online: May 23rd

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