Legends of Housing 2021
HAVAN’s Legends of Housing is a high-calibre annual event which will be moved to a live virtual stage in February 2021. Featuring three of the construction industry’s top influencers and trailblazers who have helped shape the Metro Vancouver housing market as it is today, the Legends will share their personal histories, their experiences in this changing market, what they have done to be a trailblazer (philosophy, goals, community impact), how they have adapted to this global crisis, and offer their predictions on the future of the industry.
The moderator is industry-respected Kirk LaPointe, BIV Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, who will facilitate the conversations, questions, and ease amongst the Legends.
This year’s Legends includes Beau Jarvis, President of Wesgroup Properties, Deana Grinnell, Vice President, Real Estate (British Columbia and Ontario), Canada Lands Company, and Ryan Beedie, President of Beedie.
Legends of Housing will be another must-attend live event, bringing together C-suite and upper-level executives, government representatives, other industry leadership, developers, builders, and all levels of HAVAN members at this one virtual event. The event will be streamed through an online platform.
Thank you to our sponsors:
- Presenting Sponsor: FortisBC
- Patron Sponsor: National Home Warranty – AVIVA
- Media Sponsor: Glacier Media Group and BIV
- Supporting Sponsor: Federated Insurance
Interested in sponsoring this event? Limited sponsorships for HAVAN members are still available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kirk LaPointe, Editor In Chief, BIV
Kirk holds two full roles in Vancouver: as the Vice President, Audience and Business Development at Business in Vancouver Media Group, the publisher of Business in Vancouver newspaper and biv.com; and as a daily host of a week-evening three-hour radio show on Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 FM Vancouver. He teaches Ethics and Leadership as an Adjunct Professor and the Executive-in-Residence at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of British Columbia. He is the former Executive Director of the Organization of News Ombudsmen.
In 2014, Kirk ran for Mayor of Vancouver under the banner of the Non-Partisan Association. Before his time at BIV and Roundhouse he was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Self-Counsel Press. He is the former CBC Ombudsman of English Services and has held the senior editorial roles at CTV News, The Hamilton Spectator and Southam News. Kirk was also the founding Executive Editor of National Post, Managing Editor of The Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor at The Canadian Press, and host on CBC Newsworld, among other media roles.
Beau Jarvis, President, Wesgroup Properties
As President of Wesgroup Properties, and with the help of his Executive Team, Beau is responsible for overseeing the operational and strategic direction of Wesgroup. His diverse real estate background consists of Acquisitions, Development, Construction and Leasing/Management. He has significant experience in the execution of master-planned and mixed-use communities, high- and low-rise condominium/rental developments, retail, industrial parks and office buildings. In addition to overseeing Wesgroup’ s real estate portfolio and operations, Beau’s responsibilities also include government relations and acquisitions. Beau also is the current Chair of the Board of the Urban Development Institute.
Deana Grinnell, Vice President, Real Estate, BC and ON Region, Canada Lands Company
Deana Grinnell is Vice President, Real Estate, (British Columbia and Ontario) with Canada Lands Company, responsible for optimizing community and financial value while repurposing former government properties. Deana has been instrumental in operationalizing CLC’s partnerships with First Nations in BC. Deana is guiding the planning and development of master planned, sustainable new neighbourhoods on the Jericho Lands and the Heather Street Lands, both held in partnership with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, while overseeing Ontario projects including the planning and development of the former CFB Downsview in Toronto (600 ac).
Deana brings professional experience from the private, not-for-profit and public sectors in urban planning and award-winning real estate development. Deana is currently President of the Vancouver Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, a society focused on issues of land economics and has held board roles with Havan as co-chair of the Government Relations Committee, the Planning Institute of BC, and was a founding director of the BC Community Energy Association. She holds a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Ryan K. Beedie, President, Beedie – Built for Good
As President of Beedie, Ryan Beedie oversees one of the most successful industrial and residential property development companies in Western Canada. Born and raised in Burnaby, BC, he joined the company in 1993 and became President in 2001. Ryan holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and finance from Simon Fraser University and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of British Columbia.
A philanthropist at heart, Ryan has contributed to many charitable organizations over the years, donating or committing to donate a total of close to $100 million in the past decade alone.
Ryan’s passion for real estate was ignited early on, learning about the family business at the dinner table from his father Keith, who founded the company in 1954. Ryan was immersed in the business from a very young age: as a young boy, he would tour with his father to project sites, learning about industrial real estate development.
In 2018, the company became known by the single name BEEDIE, reflecting the principles that had produced its success – Built For Good. Under the Beedie name are:
Beedie Industrial, specializing in land development, construction and property management. Beedie is the leader in industrial development in Western Canada, having built more than 30 million square feet of industrial space, and is now the largest landlord of industrial property in BC with more than 11 million square feet in its portfolio;
Beedie Living, launched in 2011, is Beedie’s residential development arm. It has developed a number of projects and has a significant inventory of development sites in Metro Vancouver including Station Square, Kin Collection and Storia in Burnaby, the Austin, Crown, the Heights on Austin in Coquitlam and the Orchid in Richmond;
Beedie Capital, the private investment arm of Beedie, engaging in a range of investment activities primarily in mining and technology; and,
Beedie Luminaries, launched in 2018, is a social-profit enterprise designed by Ryan to help remove barriers to education and provide wrap-around support for promising British Columbia students facing adversity. Ryan has personally committed $50 million dollars to offer scholarships and support to promising students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to pursue higher education. Currently there are 200 students in the program with this amount increasing to more than 300 students in 2021. The program is designed to maintain 400 students applying to one of twenty-five British Columbia public post-secondary institutions over the next 25 years.