2015 Commercial Summit



The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington’s 14th Annual Commercial Summit was held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.

The 100+ delegates were welcomed by Commercial chair-elect Hank Balfoort.  The Summit’s proceedings were moderated by Professor Marvin Ryder from the DeGroot School of Business, McMaster University.

The full morning of education and updates began with a report from Ron Abraham, Commercial Committee Director for the Canadian Real Estate Association.  Next, a panel of the region’s economic development representatives presented a range of updates and insights, including growth opportunities, business attraction and retention, and incentive and grant programs. The panelists representing Haldimand, Burlington and Hamilton were John Regan, Frank McKeown and Neil Everson.  Keynote speaker Glenn Miller from the Canadian Urban Institute explored various means for realizing growth and development in infrastructure, downtown improvements, and transit, by exploring case studies and best practice evidence.

The event was complimented with a range of industry-relevant sponsors and exhibitors.


Delegates met for a morning of education and networking










Keynote speaker Glenn Miller


(l-r) Professor Marvin Ryder, Neil Everson, Frank McKeown and John Regan