Pres­i­dent’s Mes­sage

Ottawa Business Journal - BOMA Magazine - - President’s Message -

On be­half of the Build­ing Own­ers and Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion of Ottawa (BOMA Ottawa), I am pleased to present the 2009 – 2010 Ottawa Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory. This is the 22nd edi­tion of this pub­li­ca­tion, which pro­vides valu­able de­tails on all types of com­mer­cial space – in­clud­ing of­fice, in­dus­trial, re­tail and in­sti­tu­tional – avail­able through­out the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion. As a widely cir­cu­lated pub­li­ca­tion, many stake­hold­ers in­volved in all facets of the com­mer­cial real es­tate busi­ness have come to rely upon this di­rec­tory as a com­pre­hen­sive source of in­for­ma­tion.

I would like to ex­tend sin­cere thanks to the BOMA Ottawa mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee, whose mem­bers work dili­gently to up­date and im­prove this ref­er­ence pub­li­ca­tion each year, en­sur­ing its use­ful­ness and ac­cu­racy. Thanks also are ex­tended to Transcontinental Me­dia’s Ottawa Busi­ness Jour­nal, for their in­valu­able as­sis­tance in the pro­duc­tion of this di­rec­tory.

While the past year has been a chal­leng­ing one for most cities, Ottawa has been for­tu­nate due to our well-di­ver­si­fied econ­omy and the strength­en­ing pres­ence of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. This year has, for much of our in­dus­try, pre­sented an ideal op­por­tu­nity for or­ga­ni­za­tions to re-tool and re-fo­cus on main­tain­ing mar­ket share and prof­itabil­ity. In the com­mer­cial real es­tate mar­ket this has meant re­new­ing leases, per­haps early, en­sur­ing good ser­vice to re­tain clients and be­ing flex­i­ble and creative in deal­ing with any soft spots. Cur­rently in our re­gion the em­ploy­ment rate con­tin­ues to be steady, buck­ing the na­tional trend, which there­fore stim­u­lates the hous­ing and construction sec­tors. Al­though the in­di­ca­tors are slowly start­ing to im­prove na­tion­ally, af­ter the past year we should all feel lucky to be liv­ing and work­ing in one of Canada’s most sta­ble, beau­ti­ful cities.

BOMA re­mains com­mit­ted to ac­tively work­ing on be­half of all its mem­bers on a proac­tive ba­sis rather than a re­ac­tive one; this strat­egy has been very ef­fec­tive for us in the past. Our ad­vo­cacy ef­forts re­main strong, with a re­cent fo­cus on the City of Ottawa’s lat­est of­fi­cial plan, as well as de­vel­op­ment charges, leg­isla­tive changes and prop­erty taxes.

Net­work­ing has al­ways been a key com­po­nent to BOMA. This is per­haps even more im­por­tant in a chal­leng­ing econ­omy, so we have been very grat­i­fied to find our BOMA events in the past year fully sub­scribed. This tells us that shar­ing in­for­ma­tion, seek­ing best prac­tices and mak­ing those all im­por­tant per­sonal con­nec­tions con­tin­ues to be very im­por­tant roles for our as­so­ci­a­tion.

BOMA mem­bers are proud to sup­ply, ser­vice and main­tain the best work­ing en­vi­ron­ments pos­si­ble. To this end, we are con­stantly pur­su­ing new ini­tia­tives, like our suc­cess­ful na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram, BOMA BESt, which has be­come a na­tion­ally-rec­og­nized stan­dard for sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal lead­er­ship. As of this year, over 1100 build­ings in Canada have at­tained BOMA BESt cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, in­clud­ing many in Ottawa (visit for de­tails). Keep­ing work­places safe and healthy is also of para­mount im­por­tance and BOMA has been very proac­tive on this fore­front. Our pan­demic plan­ning ma­te­ri­als (avail­able at­macanada-pan­ of­fer com­pre­hen­sive and timely and prac­ti­cal ad­vice on how com­pa­nies large and small can bet­ter pre­pare for what ex­perts ad­vise will be a chal­leng­ing in­fluenza sea­son.

I en­cour­age you to visit our web­site (­maot­ to learn more about BOMA’s im­pres­sive scope of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy, re­sources and net­work­ing. I hope you find this edi­tion of the Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory use­ful and in­for­ma­tive.


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