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Blake Hutcheson in conversation with Bruce Flatt

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Real Estate and the Global Investment Landscape: The state of the industry and where it will go from here

Toronto is one of the fastest growing cities in North America and has become an international development hub. No-one knows this better than Bruce Flatt, CEO, Brookfield Asset Management and Blake Hutcheson, President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS and former CEO of Oxford Properties.

These captains of the real estate and investment industry globally come to the podium of the Empire Club on November 28th to engage in a rare fireside chat on where the industry stands today and how it will continue to have a major impact on the economies of Canada, the United States and globally. Will real property continue to play such a prominent role in this city’s and country’s economy and is the present model sustainable going forward?  Where else in the world do the best opportunities exist?  What asset classes other than real estate are the best buy today?  Where is the iconic Brookfield platform focused and what does the future look like for this global powerhouse?  Will OMERS reflect upon, mimic, or refute the Brookfield global approach?

This is a must attend event for any financial analyst, economist, real property professional or global investor who wants to better understand how leaders within these world class platforms make decisions and what the future has in store for two of Canada’s most impressive investment platforms.

Bruce Flatt, Chief Executive Officer, Brookfield Asset Management

Bruce Flatt is Chief Executive Officer of Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager with over $500 billion in assets under management. Mr. Flatt joined Brookfield in 1990 and was named CEO in 2002 and under his leadership, Brookfield has developed a global operating presence in more than 30 countries. Prior to his current role, Mr. Flatt ran Brookfield’s real estate and investment operations and has served on numerous public company boards over the past two decades.

Blake Hutcheson, President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS

Blake has recently been named the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS responsible for the Strategy, Government Relations, Communications, Legal, Pension Services, Technology and Operations of the $100 Billion Pension Plan.  Prior to that Blake was the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS.  He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group since 2010 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $50 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai.