ICSC 2006 Outdoor Centres Forum: The Evolution of the Canadian Shopping Experience

The International Council of Shopping Centers will host its first ever Outdoor Centres Forum on Thursday, November 2, 2006, from 7:00am-5:00pm at the Carlu in Toronto. The Outdoor Centres Forum brings together industry experts from the owner/developer, investment and retail communities to discuss subjects relating to the changing Canadian retail environment and specifically the movement from traditional shopping centres to outdoor centres.

At 12:30pm, luncheon speaker Eric R. Kuhne, Principal of Eric R. Kuhne & Associates in London will discuss the marketplace of ideas. Kuhne leads a renowned research and design firm with offices in London and New York and projects that span the globe. The firm is dedicated to the integration of architecture, landscape and civic arts and has developed a special expertise in major mixed-use projects that restore the powerful storytelling qualities of design. Among the firm’s achievements are Bluewater Park, Kent Hill, UK; Castle Hill Quay, Jersey, UK; and the Millennium Dome, London, UK.

At 8:30am, keynote speaker Michael E. McCarty, ICSC Trustee and President, Community/Lifestyle Centers Division, Simon Property Group will examine past, present and future factors in the US shopping-centre industry and how they influence the current direction of the Canadian industry.

A panel discussion beginning at 9:45am considers consumer behaviour trends: how will developers and retailers respond to changing consumer behaviour patterns in the immediate future? And at 11:00am, hot retailers and new concepts are presented, and looks at what’s hot, what’s not and what will be with Canadian consumers as Canadian, European and American retailers continue to flow into the market.

Afternoon panel discussions begin at 1:45pm with “Turning Plans into Projects: How to expedite the development process of high quality outdoor centres by including city planners and municipal leaders,” followed by the 3:00pm session on “Multi-use = Multi-users = Multi-opportunities: A detailed case history and discussion of how to successfully mix commercial, residential, institutional, retail and other users to form a working retail community.”

For more information please visit www.icsc.org/srch/mt/descs/2006OCF/2006OCF.pdf or contact Lynda Joyet, Senior Manager, ICSC Canada at 416.486.4511.