Ryan Berlin

Economist, Demographer, and Director of Urban Futures Inc.

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Ryan Berlin | Economist, Demographer, and Director of Urban Futures Inc.
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At Urban Futures Inc., economist Ryan Berlin provides thought-provoking insight into economic, demographic, and real estate trends. Is housing affordable? How are demographics—including aging and immigration—impacting the labour force? Is the economy stable? Berlin answers these questions—and many more—and shares their implications for government, businesses, communities, and individuals.

Ryan Berlin is the research leader in housing market and economic analysis at strategic research organization Urban Futures Inc. and is a full member of the Association of Professional Economists of British Columbia. He has authored and contributed to numerous publications and reports on a variety of subjects including the sustainability of health care in Canada, the challenges and opportunities associated with our aging population, and regional, provincial, and national trends in housing and affordability.


Berlin has spoken to audiences ranging from real estate boards, development organizations, and home builder associations to municipalities and regional governments, community development organizations, and private sector businesses. Recent audiences have included the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, the City of Richmond, the Alberta Safety Codes Council, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.   


“The material Ryan provided was extremely interesting and relevant to our members and our market area. Ryan is a very good presenter. We received great feedback from a number of members following the presentation. I would most certainly recommend Ryan and Urban Futures to other real estate organizations.”

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

“I found Ryan’s presentation to be packed full of highly relevant content that appealed strongly to our real estate guests and RBC employees. This was evidenced by observing the number of clients taking smartphone pictures of Ryan’s slides throughout his discussion. Ryan is clearly a subject-matter expert in the area of demographics and real estate, establishing credibility early into his presentation. I enjoyed the way in which he layered some modest humor throughout the conversation to add impact. Ryan left the audience with a positive vibe and confirmed optimism for continued real estate growth in the market. This was not lost on the audience.”

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

“I wanted to say thank you for recommending Ryan to us—he did a great job, even making all those numbers and charts entertaining!”

Chemistry Consulting

“A very big thanks for your incredible presentation—it was a great kick-off to our strategic planning process. Your presentation was insightful, interesting and we very much appreciated the way that you tailored it to our issues.”

E-Comm Services

“I found Ryan’s presentation very interesting, informative and relevant. He is an engaging speaker that clearly understands the issues.”

UDI: Okanagan Chapter

Speech Topics

Demographics and Our Future

The aging of the baby boom generation, and of Canada’s population as a whole, is impacting labour force participation, consumer spending patterns, residential mortgage activity, health care, and countless other dimensions of our society. Perhaps most importantly, the aging of our population could begin to significantly impact our ability to generate the resources required to pay for life’s necessities such as health care, housing, and hockey tickets in the coming years. In emphasizing the drivers to future demographic change and the ways in which these factors will impact communities and businesses, both big and small, this presentation delves into the strategies through which we can manage that change. This presentation can be customized to meet the needs of large corporations, SMEs, community economic development groups, real estate industry groups, and municipal and regional organizations.

Canadian Economy
Real Estate Trends and Myth-Busting

Why is housing so expensive in many parts of Canada (especially British Columbia)? Where is the real estate market headed? In this eye-opening talk, Ryan Berlin discusses the economics behind the housing market and why the longer-term outlook for housing activity is robust. He demonstrates that current affordability measures do not represent the reality of housing transactions, and explains the dominant role that equity plays in market pricing and the distribution of prices and buyers in sub-markets. Berlin explores the future potential for housing markets through an expert analysis of demographic change and where it will take us in the coming decades. This presentation can be customized for a range of housing market segments and regions.

Innovation & Creativity
Rural Regions Demographics and the Importance of Innovation

No business, community, or government will effectively navigate the coming decades without first acknowledging the ways in which our population is changing. This is particularly true in our more rural regions, where demographic change has largely been characterized by the outward mobility of young, labour force-ready migrants and the dramatic aging of the existing resident population. In this thought-provoking keynote, Berlin describes how this new demographic context, economic growth—required to pay for the changing needs of our rural communities—will increasingly rely on innovation and productivity gains. He explores the relationship between demographic change and economic growth, and how communities can work towards achieving more with less.