Premier Smith to Share Provincial Government’s Vision for Real Estate Development

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Edmonton, Alberta – Premier Danielle Smith is set to take centre stage at MacEwan University’s Triffo Theatre on May 14 to discuss her government’s plans, policies, and programs aimed to support economic growth and investment attraction through real estate development.

  • What: Premier Smith on Real Estate
  • When: May 14, 2024 (doors open at 4 p.m., presentation at 5:15 p.m.)
  • Where: MacEwan University (Triffo Theatre, 11110 104 Avenue)
  • Media are invited to attend, capture event footage and clips from Premier Smith’s presentation and fireside conversation.

Co-hosted by UDI – Edmonton Metro, CHBA – Edmonton Region, NAIOP Edmonton, BOMA Edmonton, Edmonton Construction Association, and the Infill Development in Edmonton Association, this event will feature Premier Smith’s thoughts on the opportunities for coordination and partnership between the real estate sector and the provincial government on issues like housing affordability, downtown revitalization, and economic investment. Over 450 real estate professionals and 16 elected officials will be in attendance.

Kalen Anderson, CEO, UDI – Edmonton Metro
“Our real estate sector is known for collaborating with all levels of government – to foster a healthy housing market, a great quality of life, and attract good paying jobs and opportunities for current and future Edmontonians. We are excited to co-host this conversation with our real estate partners, and to identify actions and opportunities we can take together to ensure our Edmonton Metro Region remains competitive and ready to welcome an additional one million more people, jobs, and investment.”

Laura Bruno, CEO, CHBA – Edmonton Region
“We’re thrilled to partner with the Edmonton real estate industry in hosting Premier Danielle Smith, diving into ongoing collaboration between the industry and the province to nurture sustained growth in the region. We’re keen for insights from the Premier on tackling crucial industry challenges such as labour shortages, building code complexities, and ensuring adequate housing supply. Together, we aim to develop innovative solutions, champion sustainable development practices, and catalyze positive change in our communities, ensuring a brighter future for all.”

Anand Pye, CEO, NAIOP Edmonton
“The commercial real estate development industry in Edmonton is excited to hear from the Premier on how we can make our province, and our city, a destination of choice for public and private investment. With 100,000 people coming to Edmonton in two years, we’ll need to work together to grow and attract businesses, create good jobs, and invest in infrastructure, to make sure we’re setting ourselves up for long-term success.”

Lisa Baroldi, President & CEO, BOMA Edmonton
“The real estate sector is the second largest contributor to Alberta’s GDP after oil and gas. Collaborating with other associations in this important sector demonstrates that we are jointly committed to working with all industries and governments to better our communities and province. BOMA Edmonton’s members work daily to provide and maintain space – space for businesses, families, and individuals to thrive and for our communities to prosper. There are many challenges and opportunities to doing this post-COVID and during a population boom, so it is imperative for us to share ideas and take action collectively, which is what the May 14 event is all about.”

David Johnston, President, Edmonton Construction Association
“The Edmonton Construction Association recognizes the critical role of government partnership in navigating the challenges and opportunities within Edmonton’s real estate landscape. We look forward to Premier Smith’s insights on the development of a regulatory environment that encourages growth, addresses labour shortages, and reduces red tape. By working hand in hand with policymakers, we can ensure that Edmonton remains a centre for investment and sustainable growth in construction.”

Nicholas Rheubottom, Executive Director, Infill Development in Edmonton Association
“IDEA is pleased to be part of this collaborative effort alongside other industry stakeholders in hosting Premier Danielle Smith. As proponents of sustainable urban development, we look forward to hearing the Premier’s insights on addressing barriers to infill development in Edmonton. In particular, downtown revitalization plays a crucial role in our city’s evolution, and we look forward to constructive dialogue that considers the diverse perspectives and needs of municipalities in shaping our urban landscape.”

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