Legends of Housing
GVHBA’s 7th Annual Legends of Housing will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby, featuring three of the construction industry’s top influencers who have helped shape the Metro Vancouver housing market as it is today.
This year’s legends are Rich Coleman, former Minister of Housing and Social Development, Brian McCauley, President and CEO, Concert Properties Ltd., and Jon Stovell, President and CEO, Reliance Properties Ltd. Kirk LaPointe, Editor-In-Chief, Business in Vancouver, will again be the moderator for this event. Legends will share their personal histories, their experiences in this changing market, and offer their predictions on the future of the industry.
As one of GVHBA’s marquee annual events, mayors from across the region have been invited to attend.
This is the must-attend dinner meeting of the year. Tickets are now available — reserve your ticket/table today. Premium sponsorship opportunities will be made available shortly. If interested, contact Wendy McNeil, VP of Marketing and Education (email@example.com) for details.
This is a must-attend event for anyone in the construction industry.
Builders, developers, professional service providers, suppliers and subtrades. New to the industry and seasoned colleagues.
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Your ticket includes a plated dinner.
Rich Coleman, former Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing
Rich Coleman, has served as an MLA since 1996 for the ridings of Fort Langley – Aldergrove and Langley East, as of 2017. Throughout his twenty-two years in office Coleman has held several cabinet positions: Minister of Energy and Mines, Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Minister of Social Development, and Minister of Forests and Range. He also served as the Deputy Premier under Premier Christy Clark from 2012 to 2017. In the summer of 2017 Coleman became the interim leader of the Official Opposition and guided his Caucus toward a leadership transition, passing to current Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson.
Born in Nelson and growing up in Penticton, Coleman’s desire for public service was shaped by his mother and father who both worked in the public sector as a teacher and a civil servant, respectively. Emulating his parent’s desire to serve their communities, Coleman first became a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a police officer for eight years. He then entered the securities industry, followed by real estate consulting where his aspirations to provide for his community never abandoned him.
Before entering public life, Rich was the governor of the BC Kinsmen, president of the Aldergrove Chamber of Commerce, and a director on several volunteer boards. As a member of the Aldergrove Kinsmen Club in the 1980s, Rich oversaw the volunteer fundraising and construction efforts that built the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre, a vital community facility that houses a preschool, library, workout area, and meeting space. The club was also involved in building a successful housing project in Aldergrove. Rich is now a life member of the organization. It was these first projects and the community of Aldergrove that provided Rich the inspiration to enter politics.
First elected in 1996, Rich has continued to win by wide margins and has been given a clear mandate by his constituents to represent them in British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly. He began his political career as an Official Opposition critic on housing and forests and served as Caucus whip. Over the next sixteen years Coleman has also served as a member of various Cabinet Committees including: vice-chair of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and the Priorities and Planning Committee and was a member of the Treasury Board, the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy, the Environment and Land Use Committee, and the Cabinet Working Group on Climate Leadership. Finally, from 2015 to 2017 Coleman was the B.C. Military Liaison with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Brian McCauley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Concert Properties Ltd.
Since joining Concert in 1994, Brian has been involved with hands-on development management activities of Concert’s growing residential and income producing property portfolio.
In 2001, Brian guided Concert’s expansion in Ontario leading the development of assured rental housing in Toronto in joint venture with OMERS. Marking Concert’s 20th anniversary, Brian was named President on June 1, 2009. In June 2017, Brian assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and oversees the operations of Concert’s real estate activities across Canada.
Brian is Past Chair and current board member of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region, a past director of BILD, and a current Board member of Junior Achievement BC.
Jon Stovell, President and CEO, Reliance Properties Ltd.
Jon Stovell has been in the real estate investment and development industry for some 30 years. He works in all areas including acquisitions, finance, civic approvals, construction and marketing. For the past twenty-two years he has served as General Manager and now President for Reliance Properties Ltd. (located in the Gastown area of Vancouver, BC), a privately-owned Vancouver company that has been active in the development, ownership and management of a wide variety of commercial and residential real estate for over 50 years.
At Reliance, he has developed a broad base of expertise in portfolio management with an emphasis on urban renewal through restoration and renovation of heritage buildings, together with new strata and rental residential and specialty office and retail projects. The firm has earned several awards for its contribution to the retention of heritage buildings, High Rise excellence, and affordable housing in the downtown and Gastown and Downtown Eastside Areas.
Recent or current projects include the multiple award-winning Burns Block Micro-Lofts, the award-winning 564 Beatty Office, the also-award-winning West Pender Place in Coal Harbour, and the One million square foot 54-storey Burrard Place with Jim Pattison Developments. In 2013 Reliance was named the most innovative company in BC by “BC Business Magazine” for its Burns Block Micro-Lofts. In 2014 Jon was named as one of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50.
– Chair, Executive, and Board Member of UDI (Urban Development Institute). Also member of the UDI Vancouver Liaison Committee and UDI Director of Affordable Market Housing.
– City of Vancouver Public Art Committee – City Council Appointment.
– Emily Carr University – Honorary Doctorate Degree and Member of Big Idea Fund Raising Campaign Cabinet.
– Past Development Industry Advisor, City of Vancouver Development Permit Board Advisory Panel (City Council Appointment). The Development Permit Board is responsible for granting permission for all major development projects in the City of Vancouver. Three Terms Served.
– Served six years as President of the Gastown Business Improvement Society (GBIS). The GBIS administers the tax levy funded Business Improvement Area for Gastown and serves a variety of functions from provision of security and street beautification through planning issues and lobbying on behalf of the area. Emphasis as GBIS president has been to vigorously lobby city, provincial and federal officials for the enactment of effective re-development incentives for the Gastown Heritage Area. The City of Vancouver has now implemented the highly successful Heritage Management Plan to provide a package of incentives for Gastown revitalization.
Kirk LaPointe, Editor In Chief, BIV
Kirk holds two full roles in Vancouver: as the Vice President, Audience and Business Development at Business in Vancouver Media Group, the publisher of Business in Vancouver newspaper and biv.com; and as a daily host of a week-evening three-hour radio show on Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 FM Vancouver. He teaches Ethics and Leadership as an Adjunct Professor and the Executive-in-Residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of British Columbia. He is the former Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen.
In 2014, Kirk ran for Mayor of Vancouver under the banner of the Non-Partisan Association. Before his time at BIV and Roundhouse he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Self-Counsel Press. He is the former CBC Ombudsman of English Services and has held the senior editorial roles at CTV News, The Hamilton Spectator and Southam News. Kirk was also the founding Executive Editor of National Post, Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor at The Canadian Press, and host on CBC Newsworld, among other media roles.