A Towering Problem? COVID-19 and the Demand for Commercial Real Estate
Nicholas Bloom, William D. Eberle Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas (Nick) Bloom is the William Eberle Professor of Economics at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on management practices and uncertainty. He previously worked at the UK Treasury and McKinsey & Company.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of the Alfred Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize, the European Investment Bank Prize, the Frisch Medal, the Kauffman Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. He has a BA from Cambridge, an MPhil from Oxford, and a PhD from University College London.
On the personal side he is English, living with his Scottish wife and American kids on Stanford campus, in a multi-lingual English household.
Dan Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Federation for Independent Business
Dan Kelly serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this capacity, Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 110,000 small and medium-sized member businesses.
Dan joined CFIB in 1994 as Policy Analyst for the Prairies and, soon after, became Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. Dan led many files, including the call for balanced budget laws and workers’ compensation reform. In 1999, Dan moved to Calgary to become CFIB’s Western Vice-President and was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people while in that role. In Western Canada, Dan led the Federation’s work on the growing shortage of labour, training and immigration, publishing many influential studies on these files. In 2009, Dan took on the role of Senior Vice-President, Legislative Affairs, where he led CFIB's successful campaign to establish a Code of Conduct for the credit and debit card industry. CFIB’s Board of Governors appointed Dan as President and CEO as of June 2012, and Chair in June 2014. In 2015, Dan was named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People in Government and Politics”, by Power & Influence magazine.
Dan has served on dozens of provincial and federal committees and task forces and has represented Canada’s small businesses at the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. He currently serves on Finance Canada Payments Consultative Committee (FINPAY) and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Advisory Committee. Dan is a regular speaker in Canada and around the world on topics like international trade, the payments industry, and skills and labour shortages.
Prior to joining CFIB, Dan served as a policy advisor to the Premier of Manitoba. In this capacity, Dan gained a great deal of knowledge on the legislative and political functions of government - specializing in rural development, transportation and economic matters.
Dan was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba. Immediately following university, Dan spent a year living and teaching in northern Japan.
Jon Ramscar, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, CBRE
Jon Ramscar is the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CBRE Limited in Canada. He is responsible for leading CBRE's flagship brokerage office in Downtown Toronto. Jon is responsible for all asset classes of office, investment, and retail focused on our client services and overall market leadership.
Jon commenced his real estate career in the UK where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and gained agency experience in office leasing, corporate finance and client-side experience in funds management. Since his move to Canada in January 2011, Jon has been part of providing both advisory and transactional services for local, national and global clients. This includes all commercial asset classes, residential, joint venture structuring and raising equity capital. Jon has extensive experience in Canadian real estate having been part of over $4.5 billion of transaction volume in the Canadian market.
In his transition back to CBRE and into the leadership team, Jon will be responsible for overseeing day to day management and strategy for the Toronto Downtown office. His extensive Canadian and international real estate experience will ensure CBRE's clients receive best in class real estate solutions.