It’s shaping up to be a busy speaking season for Larisa Ortiz Associates. Here are some places you can find us in the Fall:

IDA Pre-Conference Workshop: The Future of Physical Retail in the Age of Online

LOA Principal, Larisa Ortiz, will be presenting at this ICSC sponsored pre-conference IDA workshop with  Michael Berne, MJB Consulting and Tony Hernandez, Director & Eaton Chair in Retailing, Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA).

This timely session will not only get into the nuances of what is in fact happening in the industry, but also introduce various strategies and interventions that district managers might consider in an effort to help mitigate possible impacts and take advantage of the latent opportunities during the current period of transition. Participants will have an opportunity to share specific challenges they face and receive real-time feedback from peers and instructors.

Sept 13, 2017, 8:30-11 am, Delta Hotels Winnipeg
Conference program + registration.

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Panel: Optimizing Tenant Mix for Downtown Business Districts

Larisa Ortiz, LOA Principal, will be speaking on a panel with Winnipeg West End BIZ’s, Joseph Kornelsen, and Build Toronto’s Director of Development, Salima Rawji – moderated by ICSC’s Director of Community Relations, Cynthia Stewart. 

They will be discussing how to optimize tenant mix for downtown business districts with practical and actionable steps to better understand how to develop a retail attraction strategy, how to engage retail real estate industry professionals and how to customize a retail attraction strategy to fit the unique challenges associated with different traditional downtown retail environments.

Sept 19, 2017, 4-5 pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel 
Conference program + registration.

International Making Cities Livable Conference: Making Space for Democracy

LOA Associate, Nur Asri, will be presenting at the 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the conference October 2-6. She will be presenting her paper entitled “Making Space for Democracy,” which introduces a new evaluation tool for assessing public spaces based on political and philosophical tenets of democracy. Nur conducted this research as part of her graduate thesis in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute. The study aimed to uncover the state of democracy of Singapore’s public spaces – particularly in relation to migrant workers who have become isolated to parts of the island-state. 

Presentation details + conference registration.