Our Future City - Our Story is a half-day real estate development focused conference (afternoon only) that will explore various topics related to the future growth and direction of Kelowna and the Okanagan.  It will take place at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna on Friday, October 12th, 2018.  The conference is being put on by the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Okanagan Chapter.  Attendees will include interested members of the public and people in all facets of the real estate development industry such as developers, municipal planners, architects, engineers, appraisers, large land owners, lawyers, consultants, and many others.


12:00pm -1:00pm: Registration

1:00pm -1:15pm: Introduction- Mary Irwin Theatre

1:15pm -1:45pm:  Keynote Presentation:  The Buildings of the Future are Zero Carbon- Mary Irwin Theatre                                       (0.5 CPD points)


  • Thomas Muller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council


This year’s keynote speaker, Thomas Mueller, who is CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, will share his thoughts on the future of building in the context of our rapidly changing environment and regulatory framework with regard to climate change.  He will share the opportunities of sustainable construction and design as well as some of the cutting edge work that is being done in the industry to help advance ‘green building’ practices. Carbon, resilience and health are some of the current driving forces transforming the building sector in Canada toward a sustainable future. 

1:45pm -2:00pm:  Break with refreshments

2:00pm - 3:00pm: First set of breakout sessions


The Future of Technology and Real Estate Development- Mary Irwin Theatre

(1 CPD) 



  • Dr. Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Andreas Boehm, Intelligent Cities Manager, City of Kelowna
  • Facilitated by: Ben Rawlinson, Branch Manager, Aplin Martin


Technology continues to influence and change every industry, and real estate development is no different.  Join Dr. Kim Dotto, Dean of Applied Research at BCIT, and Andreas Boehm, Intelligent Cities Manager with the City of Kelowna, as they discuss the future of technology and real estate development.  Dr. Dotto will touch on some of the latest technological research that is happening at BCIT that has implications for the real estate development industry.  Andreas will talk about why the City of Kelowna created the new Intelligent Cities Manager role and what the future could bring.

The Future of Transportation- 109. Sun FM Dance Studio


  • Mayor Colin Basran, City of Kelowna
  • Christian Brandt, Regional Fleet Manager, Modo
  • Dr. Gord Lovegrove, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus

  • Facilitated by: Andrew Gaucher, Vice President, McKinley Beach 


Kelowna and the Okanagan region are changing and continuing to grow.  With that, there are important decisions that must be made regarding our transportation networks.  Join City of Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, Regional Fleet Manager at Modo Christian Brandt, and UBC Associate Professor, Dr. Gord Lovegrove for a future focused conversation about the changing nature of transportation and how best to serve  our transportation needs as a community today and in the years to come. 

The Future of Architecture and Cities- 104. Salloum Rehearsal Hall 

(1 CPD)


  • ​Harley Grusko, Architect, MA+HG

  • Marianne Amodio, Architect, MA+HG

  • Stoke Tonne, Principal at Meiklejohn Architects Inc

  • Facilitated by: Rob Fershau,  Director of Planning, Landscape Architecture + Urban Design, WSP


Hear from Architects Harley Grusko and Marianne Amodio, from architectural firm MA+HG as they explore the topic of architecture and the evolution of cities, touching on themes such as densification, infill development, and others. 

3:00pm - 3:15pm:  Break with refreshments

3:15pm - 4:15pm:  Second set of breakout sessions

Addressing Housing Affordability- Mary Irwin Theatre

(1 CPD)


  • ​Armin Amrolia, Associate Vice President of HousingHub, BC Housing

  • Raymond Kwong, Director of HousingHub, BC Housing

  • Lance Jakubec, Affordable Housing Specialist, CMHC

  • Facilitated by: Katy Williams, Associate Lawyer, Real Estate Law Group 


Over the years, the issue of a lack of affordable housing options has grown in prominence in Kelowna and the surrounding region.  This is a complex issue but many initiatives are now underway to alleviate this problem.  Join representatives from BC Housing and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) to hear about the various initiatives that the Province and the Federal Government are undertaking to help combat this issue.

Our Aging Population- 109. Sun FM Dance Studio

(1 CPD) 


  • Andrew Ramlo, Vice President of Market Intelligence, Rennie Group ​

  • Karen Omelchuk, Residential Services Administrator, Interior Health Authority 

  • Facilitated by: Jessica Grantham, CPA, CA, Senior Mangager,  MNP LLP


Shifting demographics and the implications for the future of retirement housing needs in Kelowna and the surrounding region is a reality that cannot be ignored.  Join Andrew Ramlo, VP of Market Intelligence at Rennie Group and Karen Omelchuk, Residential Services Administrator with the Interior Health Authority (IHA) as they discuss our aging population, what this means, and some of the planning that is going on surrounding how we are going to accommodate the increase in care requirements for baby boomers.  This represents a dramatic shift with major implications related to planning, building, cost and other factors.  Come with your questions ready and learn more about this important topic. 

Agriculture Debate- 200B. Pacific Safety Products Room


  • Ben Stewart, MLA, Kelowna-West ​​ 

  • Danielle Noble-Brandt, Policy & Planning Manager, City of Kelowna

  • Kim Grout, CEO, Agriculture Land Commission

  • Facilitated by: Andrew Bruce, Regional Manager, Melcor



Join Kim Grout, CEO of the Agriculture Land Reserve, Danielle Noble-Brandt, Policy & Planning Manager with the City of Kelowna, and Ben Stewart, MLA of Kelowna-West for a discussion about the state of agriculture today, where it is heading and how best to get there.

4:15pm - 4:30pm:  Break with refreshments

4:30pm - 5:00pm:  Closing Keynote Session- Mary Irwin Theatre


  • Mayor Basran, City of Kelowna


Join Mayor Basran in this closing talk where he will provide some high level impressions on how Kelowna and the Okanagan are continuing to grow and evolve, including exciting opportunities that exist for our city and region.

5:00pm - 5:05pm:  Closing Remarks- Mary Irwin Theatre

5:05pm - onwards:  After party at RCA

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact the UDI office.

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The Urban Development Institute (UDI) is a national non-profit association of the development industry and its related professions and is non-partisan in its activities. With over 650 corporate members, between its Pacific, Victoria, Okanagan and Fraser Valley Chapters, UDI represents thousands of individuals involved in all facets of land development and planning, including, to mention a few: developers, property managers, financial lenders, lawyers, engineers, planners, architects, appraisers, real estate professionals, local governments and government agencies. Since 1972, UDI has been dedicated to fostering effective communication between the industry, government, and the public and aims to improve both housing and job opportunities for all British Columbians. UDI also serves as the public voice of the real estate development industry, communicating with the media on a number of issues and concentrates its activities in three primary areas: government relations, professional development and education, and research.


The industry is diverse. The hundreds of corporate members that form our association represent a wealth of expertise in all aspects of development. Our members’ activities contribute many billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs annually to the provincial economy.


UDI strives to be the preeminent professional association for the real estate development industry in British Columbia. UDI’s mandate is to promote wise and efficient urban growth, to exercise good planning and progressive development practices, to create affordable housing and high quality commercial and industrial developments, create job-generating opportunities and to provide for the needs of British Columbians today and in the future.


As a “Partner in Community Building”, UDI is committed to working with communities and governments to create and achieve the vision of balanced, well-planned and sustainable communities.