Legends Of Housing – SOLD OUT

Event date: January 31, 2018
Showtime: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre (4331 Dominion Street Burnaby, British Columbia)


What does this years Legends of Housing panel have in common? The desire to constantly seize opportunity. Shaping their companies in line with vision that revealed the depths of their entrepreneurial spirit, they created a legacy that revolutionized approaches to residential housing, the way in which we build, and how to break through the impossible.

Presented by FortisBC, GVHBA’s 6th annual Legends of Housing dinner meeting is on January 31st at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby, featuring an all-star panel of movers of the industry and prominent builders. This year’s panel includes Anthem Properties’ CEO, Eric Carlson; Macdonald Development Corporation’s President, Rob MacDonald, and The Geller Group’s President, Michael Geller. The session will be moderated by Kirk LaPointe, Editor In Chief, Business in Vancouver, who will query the panel about their past experiences and how they see the immediate and longer term market picture developing.

Come listen and learn from the legends before us. Our panel is not known for their shyness or lack of strong opinions. It promises to be a lively evening!

To book a table, learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or purchase single tickets please click here.  Be sure to act early – this event sells out!

As one of our marquee annual events, we will be hosting several of the region’s mayors as well, so if you attend only one dinner meeting, this would be it!

Event Agenda

5:30pm: Registration, Networking, and Tabletop/Gallery display viewing

6:10pm: Welcome & Introduction of Special Guests, Head Table and new members

6:15pm: 3 course plated dinner served (cash bar available)

7:00pm: Introduction of Presenting Sponsor

7:01pm: Presenting Sponsor Speech (2 min)

7:03pm: Introduction of the Moderator, Kirk LaPointe

7:04pm: Introduction of Panel Speakers

7:05pm: Panel discussion begins (60 min)

7:30pm: Dessert served

8:05pm: Audience Q & A (15 min)

8:25pm: Closing remarks

8:30pm: Event Concludes



  • 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.



  • Eric Carlson, CEO, Anthem Properties Group

    Eric Carlson is the core founder and CEO of Anthem Properties Group, a real estate development, investment and management business that operates in BC, Alberta and California. Founded in 1991, Anthem is an integrated team of 350 people, driven by creativity, passion and direct communication. Alone or in partnership, Anthem has developed or managed more than 190 residential, commercial and retail projects with an aggregate value of approximately $5 billion. Anthem purchased United Communities in 2014, and together, Anthem and United (now Anthem United), have more than 11,000 homes built, in design or under construction, more than 6 million square feet of commercial real estate space and 5,000 acres of land for future development across Western North America.

  • Michael Geller, President, The Geller Group

    Michael Geller is a Vancouver-based architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with 45 years’ experience in the public, private, non-profit and institutional sectors.

    He serves as an Adjunct Professor in SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Development, and Resource and Environmental Management.

    Michael has been honoured as a life member of the Architectural Institute of BC, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and serves on numerous boards.

    He is a frequent commentator on urban issues and writes a bi-weekly column for the Vancouver Courier and the ‘Homes Away from Home’ column in the Vancouver Sun.

  • Rob Macdonald, President, Macdonald Development Corporation

    Mr. Macdonald is the owner and President of Macdonald Development Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in Urban Land Economics. Mr. Macdonald has extensive legal, financial and practical experience in the real estate field and is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the company.