BOMA Year In Re­view

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Since the 2008 Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory was pub­lished we have con­tin­ued to ful­fill our man­date and bring the pro­fes­sion­als of our in­dus­try to­gether. As the pri­mary as­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate pro­fes­sion­als in Ottawa, BOMA man­ages its ac­tiv­i­ties into four dis­tinct ar­eas.


One of the many func­tions of BOMA is to pro­vide av­enues for our mem­bers to net­work with each other. In 2008 BOMA adopted a phi­los­o­phy that all events we or­ga­nize should em­brace this func­tion. Our com­mit­tees were en­cour­aged to or­ga­nize events that would meet their main ob­jec­tives, but also pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for mem­bers to in­ter­act.

Whether it was a tra­di­tional net­work­ing event or a sem­i­nar, or even at com­mit­tee meet­ings BOMA mem­bers were given time to min­gle with each other and learn things they might not have an op­por­tu­nity to hear about from any­where else.

Since 2008 BOMA hosted eight lunches in­clud­ing one with the Ottawa Real Es­tate fo­rum. In the 2008 Lunch Se­ries, BOMA at­tracted 1,200 reg­is­trants to sub­jects as di­verse as solid waste to changes in prop­erty as­sess­ment, and 2009 should equal that mark.

In ad­di­tion the An­nual Hol­i­day lunch at­tracted 550 peo­ple to en­joy the com­pany of their peers for an af­ter­noon.

BOMA Event Days (ski day, curl­ing fun­spiel, 2 golf tour­na­ments) at­tracted an­other 600 reg­is­trants for a day of ca­sual fun out­side the of­fice en­vi­ron­ment, no mat­ter what the con­di­tions around them speak­ing to the pop­u­lar­ity of th­ese events and the friend­ship that they foster amongst the mem­bers.

Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment

BOMA also has a man­date to pro­vide pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to its mem­bers. We do this so that our mem­bers may im­prove them­selves, and share ex­pe­ri­ences that may be of in­ter­est or ben­e­fit to their peers. We do this both in aca­demic and a ca­sual set­tings.

The BOMI Ed­u­ca­tional Pro­gram is man­aged by BOMA Ottawa and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for those in the in­dus­try to se­cure one of four pro­fes­sional des­ig­na­tions. In 2008 200 stu­dents en­rolled in 9 cour­ses where we ad­min­is­tered both classes and na­tional ex­ams as well as pro­vid­ing sup­port for those that pre­ferred to work in self-study.

The Sem­i­nar and Work­shop Pro­gram also had a suc­cess­ful year. In 2008 we hosted a new one day work­shop de­vel­oped in Ottawa en­ti­tled “Best Prac­tices in Tele­com for Build­ing Op­er­a­tors”. This course was of­fered twice in 2008 and will be of­fered again in Oc­to­ber 2009.

Our in­dus­try com­mit­tees also hosted two sep­a­rate 1/2 day sem­i­nars. In each case the com­mit­tees se­cured out­side ex­perts, or unique case stud­ies within the mem­ber­ship that were able to im­part im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on new leg­is­la­tion, best prac­tices or on­com­ing trends. Over 100 peo­ple at­tended the two sem­i­nars.


2008 saw the launch of new BOMA ad­vo­cacy ef­forts in old ter­ri­tory as the City of Ottawa launched its con­sul­ta­tion on a new of­fi­cial plan and new de­vel­op­ment charges. To date BOMA has been ac­tive in re­duc­ing the over­all charge per square foot charge by 1/3 from the orig­i­nally pro­posed rate and we con­tinue to work on be­half of the in­dus­try to re­duce if fur­ther.

At the fore­front of dis­cus­sion, BOMA has be­come the source for in­dus­try com­ment, of­ten be­ing asked to serve on city com­mit­tees or at city in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing ses­sions. Our opin­ion is be­ing sought on de­vel­op­ment charges, taxes, wa­ter by­laws and em­ploy­ment lands. Our mem­bers are sought as rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, Li­ai­son Com­mit­tee for the De­vel­op­ment and other in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing bodies.


It al­ways falls to a pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion of peers to not only of­fer op­tions for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment, but to find ways to mea­sure it. In 2008 BOMA Ottawa rec­og­nized build­ing man­age­ment ex­cel­lence and ser­vice ex­cel­lence through its TOBY and Pin­na­cle Awards as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­cel­lence through the BOMA BESt pro­gram.

Both pro­grams have one thing in com­mon: they demon­strate at­ten­tion to de­tail, and a will­ing­ness to be com­pared against a stan­dard of the in­dus­try. Since the pub­li­ca­tion of the 2008 Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory prop­erty man­agers from Ottawa to Kingston have put over 100 build­ings through Go Green, Go Green Plus or the new in­te­grated pro­gram BOMA BESt.

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