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 www.bomabest.ca 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 at www.bomacanada-pandemic.ca) 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 (www.bomaottawa.org) 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.