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In hour long conversations and Q&A's with business thought leaders, Leon Goren, President and CEO of North America's premier peer network and advisory community, PEO Leadership, looks ahead, beyond the immediate crisis, to help leaders strategize in this unprecedented time amidst huge transition. Learn more at https://peo-leadership.com/.
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In a personal and engaging conversation, Leon spoke with the successful Canadian businessman and visionary, Mitchell Goldhar. Learn about the defining moments of his life and career,  the candid leadership and life lessons learned along the way, a bold outlook on the future of Canadian retail, office and residential real estate and receive an insider's perspective and entertaining anecdotes about working with Walmart. Mitchell is the founder, Executive Chairman and largest shareholder of SmartCentres REIT, a commercial and residential real estate company with 166 properties in each province across Canada. SmartCentres is publicly traded on the TSX with assets valued at $10.4 billion.Mitchell started SmartCentres with the vision of offering Canadians fair pricing on their weekly shopping needs. He put everything at stake to help Walmart enter the Canadian market, based solely on a handshake deal. That relationship deepened and he remains Walmart's only real estate development partner in the world. Mitchell's current focus is an unprecedented $12 billion transformation of SmartCentres' existing properties, from shopping centres to city centres. This includes SmartVMC, the new 100-acre master planned city centre in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre; one of the largest urban mixed-use developments in Canada. 
We kick off our 2021 The Way Forward Webcasts, with our good friend Dr. Jason Selk, CEO of Enhanced Performance and the former Director of Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He helps business leaders, executives, and top sales people develop mental toughness, increase confidence and focus, and substantially grow their bottom line. Some of you may recall that Dr. Selk was our top speaker at the PEO Leadership Conference in 2013 - he was outstanding! He is recognized as one of North America's top performance coaches to both athletes and business executives. He helped the Cardinals win their first World Series in over 20 years in 2006, in 2011 he assisted the Cardinals in the historic feat of winning their second championship in 6 years and in 2013 he helped them once again make their way to the World Championships against the Boston Red Sox. Dr. Selk is a regular contributor to Forbes, ABC, CBS, ESPN, USA Today and NBC radio and television. His latest book Relentless Solution Focus will be published in January 2021. Here is what you should expect to take-away from our hour conversation and Q&A:THE #1 obstacle to mental toughness is our biological tendency to focus on the PROBLEM before the SOLUTION. As humans we tend to have a problem-centric focus (PCF)The opposite of a problem-centric focus is a Relentless Solution Focus replacing all negative thoughts about a problem with a solution based focused thinking.Relentless Solution Focus is confirmed and accomplished often with one simple question: "What is the one thing I can do differently right now that could make things better?"You should expect to walk away with some of the starting blocks of increasing your mental toughness allowing you to accelerate more effectively towards your professional and personal goals and objectives.
In this week's episode of The Way Forward, Robert Chesnut, former Chief Counsel and Ethics Officer of Airbnb and author of his new book Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution, speaks with Leon Goren.  In the talk, Rob argues that the “do no evil” mantra is no longer enough, and companies that do not think seriously about a crucial element of corporate culture – integrity – are destined to fail. Defining integrity is difficult. As our workplaces become more diverse, global, and connected, integrity matters more than ever. It requires leadership from the top, but it also requires that everyone in the company have a shared sense of what integrity means and a strong, empowered voice to put that integrity into practice. Sounds difficult to achieve, but through his 6 C’s, Rob shares how leaders can engage and empower employees to recognize and tackle integrity dilemmas as they would any other business challenge, by considering both short- and long-term consequences. Join us for our  PEO Leadership Annual Conference. We are expecting 1,500 C-level executives, many with their entire leadership team, to join us on November 18th and 19th. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
On this episode, we hear strategy advice from BusinessWeek's "top business leader" for his pioneering innovation and TIME magazine's 1 of 5 top "Marketing Innovators". Rishad Tobaccowala is in the Ad Age Interactive Hall of Fame and has received a lifetime achievement silver medal award from the Chicago Ad Federation. He discusses how the hidden key to successful transformation in any organization lies between human intuition and data-driven insights. Rishad combines learning from his book  Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data and recent perspectives on Covid-19, The Great Re-Invention, to help you see, feel and think differently about how to grow yourself, your team and your company.  In this interactive fireside chat, Rishad explores the following topics:How to grow and remain relevant in transformative times by understanding what it takes to make sense and thrive in a world of rapid technological, demographic, and global upheavalHow to grow yourself, grow those around you, and grow your practice, passion, and companyWhy data is often not the way forward and we may have too much of itWhy it is essential to have a culture and courage that calls out "the turd on the table"Why COVID-19 is the start of a great re-invention of society, business and peopleIf you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
For Dr. Greg Wells, health and performance, particularly under extreme conditions, are personal and professional obsessions. As a scientist and physiologist, he has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable.On September 25th, our CEO, Leon Goren spoke to Dr. Wells who offers dozens of insights about what it takes to perform at a high level in very challenging circumstances. He translates complex science into actionable insights and tactics you can use to optimize mental health and navigate the COVID19 environment. Dr. Wells teaches our audience how to leverage proven techniques and technologies to achieve peak performance and optimal health. This in-depth presentation covers topics ranging from mental and physical activation to optimizing brain function. It’s a session you won’t want to miss as we explore the following:What it takes to be ultra healthy and perform in the 1%How to rise above mental and emotional exertion What athletes do in high stakes, high pressure situations, when the end is no where in sight, and translate that to what CEOs and business leaders should be doing to achieve a similar level of mental toughnessOUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER:Dr. Greg Wells, CEO & founder of Wells PerformanceFor over 25 years, Dr. Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, and with organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.A veteran endurance athlete, Dr. Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in over 50 countries around the world.Dr. Wells is author of four best-selling books – Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, The Focus Effect and Rest, Refocus, Recharge. He also hosted the Gemini award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012.Dr. Wells has a Ph.D. in Physiology, and continues to serve as a Senior Scientist in Translational Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.He is the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally and reach their potential.
There is nothing like a crisis to separate the great leaders from those that have been floating through good economic times. Most leaders know how to deal with certainty, but few understand the importance of being agile when uncertainty surrounds them. On July 28th, as PEO Leadership President and CEO, I will share some of my learnings over my 25 years experience of working with leaders from all over North America, as well as my observations of what has separated the great leaders from the rest of the pack over the last 4 months. I will be joined by special guest, Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry, world-renowned leadership expert, New York Time bestselling author, co-founder and president of IHHP, a Fast 100 company (Profit Magazine's fastest growing companies), who will moderate our webcast.   When times are good, it's very difficult to distinguish between average and great leaders - it takes time and numerous interactions. In a crisis, leadership skills, or a lack thereof, become evident very quickly - it's black and white, there is no gray area. In fact, the impact of leadership skills over the last four months has been so substantial that many leaders will be asked to step down and will be replaced by individuals who rose to the occasion.   This insightful webcast will provide you with the following takeaways:What differentiated great leaders from the rest of the pack?The importance of EQ and FQ.The importance of having spent the time building the right connections and relationships well before the crisis.How the first 3 weeks of the crisis set the stage of whether a leader would succeed?Why the following 90 days won't get any easier?
On February 16, 2020, I wrote an article titled: Pull Your Head out of the Sand - Something's Gotta Give. The first paragraph opened as follows: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, ..." so goes the famous opening line by Charles Dickens in March 1869. That line from A Tale of Two Cities perfectly captures where we find ourselves today. Its time to start thinking about reducing your risk exposure in both your business and investments and prepare to take advantage of various opportunities as they arise. A month later the S&P 500 collapsed just over 33%. No one can call the timing of any collapse but in this case the writing was on the wall.Today we are in the midst of a V shaped recovery, with the market as of June 18th, recovering just over 30%. Yet there exists almost as much uncertainty in what the future holds as we noted back in February. Should we be jumping on the exuberant momentum or derisking our portfolios and heeding Warren Buffet's wisdom "We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when other are fearful". Thane Stenner, Managing Director of the StennerZhony Group, part of Morgan Stanley's Wealth Division and Chairman Emeritus of TIGER21 joins us in our The Way Forward Webcast Series for a fireside chat on July 17th. The StennerZohny Group has been recognized in Barron's 2020 Top 50 Institutional Investment Consultants ranking #8 in all of North America and #1 in California.Our interactive conversation will focus on providing you with some market insights and confidence on how you should be managing both your wealth creation and preservation during these uncertain times. "To buy when others are despondently selling and sell when others are greedily buying requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward" as John Templeton is famously quoted. It's a session you won't want to miss as we explore the following:What's happening in the markets and why the dislocation between the real economy?Are we in a "V" shaped recovery or is this really a lazy W with a slow recovery?The importance of having a well diversified asset allocation to ensure you don't lose those hard earned dollars.Why are there so many well-known value investors sitting on the sidelines?Are we in for another market reckoning? 
In today's episode of The Way Forward Webcasts, Joe Jackman and Stefan Read reflect on how you should respond to the new attitudes and values your core customers have developed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  Despite what Instagram would have you believe, not everyone is responding to COVID-19 by taking up baking. Different people are reacting differently to the crisis. As businesses start to re-open, it's critical to see beyond the general trends and understand what has changed with your particular customer. In our The Way Forward Webcast, Joe Jackman, strategy and customer engagement expert and founder of Jackman Reinvents, alongside his VP of Engagements, Stefan Read, reveal the insights from a comprehensive study of 5,000 consumers to answer the question: Which attitudes and values are changing for your customers, and how should you respond? This interactive discussion arms business leaders with the tools needed to dig deep with customers and focus on what they care most about now - preparing you to come out of this stronger. Joe Jackman and Stefan Read provide the following main take-aways for this session:Insight into which attitudes and values are changing for your target customer as a result of the crisis.Understanding of how to build engagement with your customers now, and set yourself up for relevance after the crisis.Recommended tactics to execute now to help you come out of this stronger.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Now more than ever, leaders are faced with the challenges of finding balance in their lives. As the lines between personal and professional lives are blurred, prioritization of what is important becomes that much more complicated. Having written two best sellers, the first on how to become a values-based leader "From Values to Actions" and the second on how to build a values-based organization "Becoming the Best", strategy and management expert, Harry Kraemer, realized that he was missing one very important pillar in his writing: how does one live a value based life? Harry's new book "Your 168: Finding Purpose and Satisfaction in a Values-based Life", will help you work through the demands, distractions, and challenges that tend to never go away as a leader. Harry's insights will guide you to be able to identify the specific areas where all of your time, effort, and attention are spent - your life buckets - and reallocate them to reflect your priorities, choices, and unique circumstances.In this webcast, Harry Kraemer spoke to the CEO of PEO Leadership, Leon Goren, about: The importance of self-reflection in being able to make those choices that are deep rooted in your values.A framework to help you think about building new habits, in order to plan and re-prioritize the demands on your time.Understanding your process on how to effectively work on balancing your action plan in real timeIf you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In today's webcast, Leon Goren, CEO and President of PEO Leadership, speaks with Goldy Hyder about government response and the requirements for the comeback of SME's and big businesses. As the President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Goldy Hyder, represents some of the TSX‘s largest companies. Further to this, he has extensive experience as a policy maker, serving as the Director of Policy and Chief of Staff, to the former Prime Minister and former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, the Right Honourable, Joe Clark. Mr. Hyder’s understanding of the ins-and-outs of Canadian politics at the highest levels, as well as his understanding of the implications of policy on the very organizations that he now represents, gives him a unique perspective to be able to provide us with an understanding of things to come.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/.Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Let’s face it, most of us just can’t convert an assembly line into making ventilators over night. Our businesses are being forced to adapt but aside from throwing around popular phrases like “digital transformation” and “re-engineering revenue”, many aren’t exactly sure what to change, what to chase, and where the real opportunities are.  It’s time for a coup. But this time it’s from within your own castle walls. This May 15th ‘The Way Forward‘ live webcast is lead by Ron Tite, who is the founder of marketing agency Church+State and Executive Producer and Host of the podcast The Coup, recently awarded Canada’s “Outstanding Business Series” by the Canadian Podcast Awards and a Finalist in Best Business Podcast by the New York FestivalsTune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127.If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
We are very excited to have Michael Beer, the Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, specializing in organization effectiveness, organizational change, high commitment, high performance organizations, leadership, as well as HR management, speak on our The Way Forward Webcast Series on May 7th. Professor Beer draws from his award-winning research and new book Fit to Compete: Why Honest Conversations about Your Company’s Capabilities Are the Key to a Winning Strategy, to discuss the importance of the honest conversation in preparing an organization to successfully strategize, pivot and execute with success. Fit to Compete’s insights and frameworks are extremely relevant to what we’re faced with today as we contemplate how to engage with our people and develop our next steps forward.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic discussion promises to provide a unique perspective into what’s really happening around the world and what it means to us personally and professionally. Professor Stein’s webcast will help us connect the dots regarding key events and will also provide a look at the big picture. These long term perspectives are aimed to assist business leaders to start thinking about what their businesses may look like in the future.Janice was the first woman graduate student at Yale University, where she received her Master’s Degree. She completed her undergraduate studies and earned her PhD at McGill. Prof. Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.She is the co-author, with Eugene Lang, of the prize-winning work, The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar, and her most recent book is Diplomacy in the Digital Age.Professor Stein was the Massey Lecturer in 2001, and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate, and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.In the media, she has provided commentary for networks such as CBC, CTV, TVO and CNN, and columns and comment for The Globe and Mail and The National Post.Professor Stein’s talk promises to leave us with a better understanding of current global issues, a clear vision of the future and what it means for us.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In this webcast, Leon Goren speaks with Cresa's Jamie Grossman about upcoming rent payments and various tools business owners can leverage in this time. Given the constraints many businesses find themselves in during the COVID-19 crisis, there are many questions surrounding what to do about office rent and rental agreements. The recent Ontario-Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program offers some relief, but how does it apply to your business? If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127. If you’d like to find out more about our leadership community, please feel free to reach out directly to lgoren@peo-leadership.com. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, please subscribe and give us a review on Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.  
In an hour long talk with Leon, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who hold the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change, draws from her award-winning research and her new book Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time as she speaks to what she thinks organizations should be doing during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, specializing in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders worldwide through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations, governments, and start-up ventures. She co-founded the Harvard University-wide Advanced Leadership Initiative, guiding its planning from 2005 to its launch in 2008 and serving as Founding Chair and Director from 2008-2018 as it became a growing international model for a new stage of higher education preparing successful top leaders to apply their skills to national and global challenges. Author or co-author of 20 books, her latest book is Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time.The former chief Editor of Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists such as the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Thinkers 50, and in November 2019 received their biannual Lifetime Achievement Award). She has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards, lifetime achievement awards, and prizes.Amongst many of her books, MOVE: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Her book The Change Masters was named one of the most influential business books of the 20th century (Financial Times); SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, one of the ten best business books of the year by Amazon.com; Evolve! Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow, one of the five best books of the year by the Toronto Star. Her book Confidence: How Winning & Losing Streaks Begin & End, a New York Times bestseller (also a #1 Business Week bestseller), describes the culture of high-performance organizations compared with those in decline and shows how to lead turnarounds, whether in businesses, schools, sports teams, or countries.She speaks widely, and has shared the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at major events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and national industry conferences in over 20 countries. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan.If you’re interested in tuning into the live webcasts, please visit https://peo-leadership.com/. Tune in to our new podcast, Snippets! In short segments, Leon Goren brings together business leaders to share stories, best practices and learnings with the rest of the community. Available on Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/snippets-with-leon-goren/id1510439127. 
The unexpected emergence of the COVID-19 crisis has taken everyone by surprise – affecting every country, every industry, every market. So with all the recent developments of the COVID-19 crisis and the measures governments are taking to mitigate loss of life, where does that leave the residential real estate market?Hunter Milbourne, nationally recognized authority in residential real estate will discuss the following:What does the residential real estate market in Toronto look like 6 – 9 months from now?If you were thinking of selling this spring, should you be reconsidering?If you’re a buyer and/or investor in Toronto when do you jump in?What does the rental market look like in the next year?Where will we be 3 to 5 years from now in terms of pricing?Hunter Milborne, President & CEO, Milborne GroupHunter Milborne is nationally recognized as the “Dean of Condos” by Canadian Business Magazine. Through his firm, Milborne Real Estate Inc., Mr. Milborne has been personally responsible for the marketing and sales of over $25 billion in properties, having sold over 100,000 units. With over 38 years of experience, Mr. Milborne is well known for his entrepreneurial style, creative problem solving and innovative market penetration strategies.Milborne Real Estate has served hundreds of clients on a range of projects, from vacation homes to high-density multi-use developments in locations around the world. Selling more than 700 developments since its inception, Milborne Real Estate continues to hold a 12-15% market share in Toronto in an industry with over 1000 competing companies.The high measure of his success is evident in the large volume of repeat business secured, due to Mr. Milborne’s expert guidance. He has firmly established Milborne Real Estate as the most dominant force in Canadian condominium marketing.
The COVID-19 crisis has proven to be extremely stressful and very different than any other significant event anyone in our generation has experienced because:of its global reachthe life and health risks associated with itof how sudden and rapidly evolving it has beenits hard to see the light at the end of the tunnelwe are required to isolate ourselves from friends and extended family the battle between key values of human life versus economic stabilityinformation about it is highly variable and different people process it differentlyAs a result of these factors, mental health can quickly degenerate if we do not take care of ourselves. Arden O’Connor, founder of O’Connor Professional Group, will provide tools and resources to maintain a good mental health and deal with the anxiety that the COVID-19 crisis has brought forth. Arden speaks to us on the following topics:Overcoming stress and anxiety of COVID-19Dealing with isolation and lonelinessOverall mental healthArden O’Connor, Founder, O’Connor Professional GroupArden O’Connor founded the O’Connor Professional Group to address the needs of families and individuals struggling with an array of behavioral health issues, including addiction, mental health disorders, eating disorders, learning, and other developmental challenges. With several relatives in recovery, Arden is passionate about helping families and individuals navigate the highly fragmented treatment system in a way that creates positive outcomes and allows families to heal. Arden is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. She remains heavily involved in community activities, as a board member of Winsor School Corporation, Collaboration for Family Flourishing, Massachusetts Association of Mental Health, and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises. Previously, she served as a board member for the Justice Resource Institute (former chair), C4 Recovery Solutions, Harvard Club of Boston, Victory Programs, and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Boston. She maintains professional affiliations with the following organizations: Boston Estate Planning Council, Worthy Circles and Family Firm Institute.
The unexpected emergence of the COVID-19 crisis has taken everyone by surprise – affecting every country, every industry, every market. So with all the recent developments of the COVID-19 crisis and the measures governments are taking to mitigate loss of life, where does that leave the residential real estate market?Hunter Milbourne, nationally recognized authority in residential real estate discusses the following:What does the residential real estate market in Toronto look like 6 – 9 months from now?If you were thinking of selling this spring, should you be reconsidering?If you’re a buyer and/or investor in Toronto when do you jump in?What does the rental market look like in the next year?Where will we be 3 to 5 years from now in terms of pricing?Hunter Milborne: President & CEO, Milborne GroupHunter Milborne is nationally recognized as the “Dean of Condos” by Canadian Business Magazine. Through his firm, Milborne Real Estate Inc., Mr. Milborne has been personally responsible for the marketing and sales of over $25 billion in properties, having sold over 100,000 units. With over 38 years of experience, Mr. Milborne is well known for his entrepreneurial style, creative problem solving and innovative market penetration strategies.Milborne Real Estate has served hundreds of clients on a range of projects, from vacation homes to high-density multi-use developments in locations around the world. Selling more than 700 developments since its inception, Milborne Real Estate continues to hold a 12-15% market share in Toronto in an industry with over 1000 competing companies.The high measure of his success is evident in the large volume of repeat business secured, due to Mr. Milborne’s expert guidance. He has firmly established Milborne Real Estate as the most dominant force in Canadian condominium marketing.
Given the unusual circumstances with markets at the moment and the volatility across all sectors, we’ve asked Greg Thompson and John Kustec from Focus Asset Management to provide some insights and understanding of what may be in store.Greg and John discuss:Historical events affecting the marketsHow current events are affecting the marketsGreg Thomson, Chairman, Focus Asset ManagementGreg Thompson has been Chairman of Focus Asset Management since 2017. Greg is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and is also dedicated to various aspects of the business, including client development and strategic direction of the firm. Prior to joining Focus, Greg spent over 20 years in capital markets where he was a ranked research analyst, founded a boutique investment bank and most recently, led the investment banking operations of a Canadian bank–owned investment dealer. Greg holds an MBA from Concordia University and an undergraduate degree from Bishop’s University. As well as sitting on the Investment Committee of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Greg is the founder of “Making a Difference” projects in needs-based schools within the Toronto District School Board.John Kustec, Portfolio Manager, Focus Asset ManagementJohn Kustec joined Focus Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager in 2012. John is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and an integral part of Focus’ client service team. Prior to joining Focus, John spent eight years as a Portfolio Manager at a bank-owned investment counselling firm and was previously a Partner and Portfolio Manager in the private client group at an independently owned investment counselling firm. John has a bachelor of arts in math and economics from Queen’s University and is a CFA charter holder. John served on the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. John also chaired Bloorview’s Investment Committee and served on its Board of Trustees.
With the onset of lock down measures and the negative effects on the economy and our basic way of life, the COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on mental health. In this session, Amy Deacon will cover personal mental health and dealing with the anxiety and depression of isolation and uncertainty. What can we all do to deal with this transition in a healthy way? Discussion of tools, activities and tips to help you, your family and organization.Amy speaks to us on the following topics:Personal mental healthThe risks of burnoutTips and tools on maintaining good mental health through the pandemicAmy Deacon, Registered Social Worker, Cleveland Clinic CanadaAmy Deacon is a Registered Social Worker at Cleveland Clinic Canada. Ms. Deacon has a decade of experience providing individual and group counseling as it relates to trauma and mental health. Ms. Deacon describes her counselling practice as one rooted in empowerment, as she works closely with individuals to build a life they find rewarding and meaningful. She is an advocate of “making purpose out of pain,” as it strengthens both resilience as well as compassion.Ms. Deacon obtained a certificate in Life Coaching from Seneca College before going on to complete her Bachelor of Arts from York University, and finally her Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has since gone on to complete training in a wide variety of areas, including cognitive behavioural therapy, clinical traumatology, suicide intervention, harm reduction and life skills. In her treatments she incorporates motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and brief solution-focused therapy.A big believer in giving back to her community, Ms. Deacon has been involved with numerous charities. She acted as a volunteer for Pathways to Education: Lawrence Heights, where she provided academic and personal support to youth in the Lawrence Heights community. She has also volunteered with All Saints Church, COSTI Immigrant Services and 40 Oaks drop-in centre for individuals living in poverty.When she’s not seeing patients, Ms. Deacon loves to spend time with her husband and two young daughters. She also enjoys running, hiking and being outdoors.
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