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Our Annual UDI Fall Conference Nov. 1,  2023

Working Together to House Nova Scotians

Our conference will offer various topics of interest for everyone involved in development.  Ben Young of Southwest Properties will begin the day as our keynote speaker.  We will have panel discussions on Leading-Edge Technology in Construction, Affordable Housing and the effect of Non-Construction-Related Costs on Housing.  Cathie O’Toole, HRM’s CAO will address the audience, as will Housing Minister John Lohr.  BMO Economist, Robert Kavcic will offer his insights into the economy, interest rates and inflation.  We are working on adding another speaker, or two.

 This is your opportunity to reacquaint with old colleagues and meet those new to the industry.  This is an event you will not want to miss.

 As with all events, topics and speakers are subject to change. 


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    Presenting at UDI Conference on Nov. 1

  • Keynote Speaker - Ben Young of Southwest Properties

  • HRM CAO Cathie O'Toole

  • Housing Minister Hon. John Lohr


  • BMO Economist Robert Kavcic - Economy and Interest Rates

Ben Young is the  President/CEO at Southwest Properties. As one of Atlantic Canada's leading real estate developers, Southwest owns, operates and develops residential and commercial real estate. Ben has been involved with Southwest on several award winning developments. Included are the Maple, Pavillion Condos, and Curve rentals. Ben, with Southwest's partnership with Newcastle, participated in the restoration of the Algonquin Resort and redesign of its world class golf course. Ben also is the past chair of  the Better Business Bureau and past chair of UDI.
Cathie O'Toole has more than 30 years of leadership and public sector experience - most recently General Manager of Halifax Water, a role held since 2019. From 2011-2019 she was Director of Corporate Services /CFO for the municipally owned water utility. Prior to joining Halifax Water, she worked for 10 years in  a variety of roles including Director of Finance/CFO and Director of Infrastructure and asset Management.
In addition to holding a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University and a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, Cathie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Chartered  Professional accountants (FCPA) of Nova Scotia
Honorable John Lohr was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Kings North in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017 and 2021.
He sits on the Treasury and Policy Review Board.
The Ministers current cabinet responsibilities include;
- Minister of Municipal Affairs
- Minister Responsible for the Office of Emergency Management
- Minister Responsible for Military Relations
Robert has been with the Bank of Montreal since 2006. He plays a key role in analyzing economic, fiscal and real estate trends in Canada. Robert regularly contributes to various department publications and is the main author of the Provincial Monitor and the sought-after Global Equity Weekly. He is a frequent commentator on economic and financial trends in the media, and a regular advisor on economic issues to Canadian policymakers.
Before joining BMO, Robert worked in the Research department at the Bank of Canada. Robert holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master’s degree in Economics from Carleton University

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