COVID’s Impact on Commercial Real Estate: The Future of Office and Retail

COVID’s Impact on Commercial Real Estate: The Future of Office and Retail


Hosted By: Industry Relations and Corporate Governance Committee
Format: Online (Please note that all times are Eastern Time)


Commercial real estate has been severely impacted by COVID-19 and the two sectors that have been hardest hit are office and retail. Working from home has gained widespread acceptance in the workforce. The shift to e-commerce has accelerated with an even greater number of consumers making on-line purchases. Over one year into the pandemic, many maintain that COVID-19 will hasten the decline of these two sectors. Others argue that the current difficulties are merely temporary, and the need for physical office and retail space has endured a variety of market disruptions and ultimately stood the test of time. Office and retail’s average combined weighting of nearly 70% in Canadian institutional real estate portfolios should give investors good reason to examine how these sectors will fare going forward.

This webinar features a panel of industry experts who will discuss the impact on commercial real estate, the response in the wake of COVID-19, and the future viability of office and retail properties as candidates for investment in Canada and other markets. Attendees will come away with a finer appreciation of the challenges in these sectors and better understand whether the industry is facing permanent change in terms of how office and retail commercial real estate are regarded in an institutional portfolio.

Who Should Attend: 

Portfolio managers, real estate professionals, pension fund executives, risk managers, asset allocators.

Registration Deadline: March 30 - 11:59 PM

Please Note: Zoom login details will be sent in your registration confirmation email. Please remember to check your spam folder.


  • When

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Eastern Time

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