The core of Westbank’s mission is to create a body of work with a high degree of artistry that helps foster more equitable and beautiful cities. Westbank is active across Canada and the United States, with projects including residential, hotels, retail, office, rental, district energy, affordable housing and public art. Established in 1992, they are one of North America’s leading developers, with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Chengdu, and over 25 billion dollars of projects completed or under development.

Westbank is driven by the belief that beauty and culture in all forms and in the broadest definitions, are essential to human existence. In committing their efforts fully towards the fight for beauty and the creation of culture, they have evolved beyond the definition of a traditional real estate development firm, to become a culture company.

Peterson Group

Peterson Group (“Peterson”) is a family-owned private entrepreneurial company based in Hong Kong and Vancouver.

The company has expanded over the past sixty years from a humble trading company sharing a single desk, to a thriving and diversified international group. Today Peterson has businesses in various sectors and different regions of the world, while remaining true to the fundamental values on which the company was founded: integrity, entrepreneurship and partnership.

Peterson prides themselves on their reputation of building lasting relationships with partners, stakeholders and community groups, continuing to establish their presence as a reliable, trustworthy partner and market leader, and above all else, making positive contributions to the communities in which they live and work.

The principal business of Peterson is investments in property globally, crossing asset classes and strategies. In addition, Peterson has investments in private equity, venture capital, private debt and asset management. Throughout their history, Peterson has owned, developed and managed a diverse portfolio of projects including residential, office, hotel, retail, industrial and mixed-use.

Across North America, Peterson’s interests include ownership in 7.5 million square feet of commercial property, over 2,400 units of residential and hospitality, and participation in the development of another 14 million square feet.


With net assets of $20 billion CAD, OPTrust invests and manages one of Canada’s largest pension funds and administers the OPSEU pension plan, a defined benefit plan with almost 95,000 members and retirees.

  • Fully funded defined benefit pension plan.

  • Average member satisfaction score of 9.1 / 10.

  • Joined a group of leading global investors as part of a G7 initiative to promote gender diversity, develop infrastructure investment in emerging economies and improve financial reporting related to climate change.

  • In 2018, OPTrust launched OPTrust Select, the first new jointly sponsored, defined benefit product offering in a generation.

Gary Dillabough &
Urban Community

Gary Dillabough is the co-founder and CEO of Urban Community, a real estate development company committed to enhancing the experience in downtown San Jose.

Dillabough has spent two decades bringing people together and challenging the status quo at the intersection of real estate, technology and sustainability. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from CAL Poly-San Luis Obispo, Dillabough gained an expertise in smart, energy efficient buildings while serving as managing partner at venture capital firms Navitas Capital and the Westly Group. Previously, Dillabough spent nearly a decade at eBay as vice president of sustainability. He has also served on numerous boards of directors including the Lucile Packard Hospital foundation, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Spur and View Glass.