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

It is my plea­sure to wel­come you to the 2014 BOMA Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory. As al­ways BOMA is proud to put this pub­li­ca­tion to­gether with our part­ners the Ot­tawa Business Jour­nal. This pub­li­ca­tion is not only dis­trib­uted by the Ot­tawa Business Jour­nal, but given to del­e­gates at the Ot­tawa Real Es­tate Fo­rum , which BOMA is proud to support. Ad­di­tion­ally it is sent to all lo­cal, provin­cial and fed­eral politi­cians that rep­re­sent our fine city and fi­nally given as a guide to the Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate In­dus­try in Ot­tawa.

The Com­mer­cial Space Di­rec­tory is a tra­di­tional part of our an­nual BOMA pro­gram, and we hope to con­tinue to pro­duce the Di­rec­tory for many years to come, but only do­ing what we have done be­fore is not enough for BOMA, its Board of Direc­tors or its mem­bers.

In 2014 BOMA reached out to its mem­bers to ask what it was they wanted from their As­so­ci­a­tion and in the years to come. Much of what we learned we could see in the in­ter­ac­tion of our mem­bers within BOMA, but other things we learned were new to us.

We are ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond to both our mem­bers and the in­dus­try’s ever emerg­ing needs. Our mem­bers clearly com­mu­ni­cated that they count on BOMA to tell them things they don’t know, but are very spe­cific that we should be Ot­tawa Cen­tric in our in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing.

Our mem­bers told us they want to know what BOMA is do­ing, as we do it, and why. It isn’t enough to tell mem­bers the pre­vail­ing in­dus­try po­si­tion on a sub­ject, we should be in­form­ing them of all po­si­tions so they can make in­formed choices.

In the months to come, and stretch­ing into 2015, you’ll see many changes at BOMA, with a new web­site, new com­mu­niqués, ap­pli­ca­tions and func­tions as well as ad­vances into so­cial me­dia and mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions. Watch for BOMA to be­come even more in­volved in City plan­ning and us­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the City of Ot­tawa to have our mem­bers’ voices heard. We will also be mak­ing calls for new vol­un­teers to ex­am­ine changes in Tech­nol­ogy, Pub­lic Pol­icy and In­dus­try Best Prac­tices, es­pe­cially as they af­fect the Ot­tawa Com­mer­cial Real Es­tate In­dus­try.

Our mem­bers are amongst the most trained, pro­fes­sional and qual­i­fied peo­ple in any in­dus­try, and they look to BOMA to help them stay that way and to carry their in­dus­try flag proudly. We are up for the chal­lenge, and with our in­dus­try part­ners’ plan to not dis­ap­point.

As al­ways we hope you find the 2014 Di­rec­tory use­ful and in­ter­est­ing. Steve Ni­co­letti Pres­i­dent, BOMA Ot­tawa

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