Year in review
Each year BOMA organizes a series of activities for its membership ranging from networking events, to activity days to education sessions, all with the goal of providing BOMA Ottawa members with opportunities to interact with their peers and become better at what they do.
Since October of 2013 the Monthly Lunch Series brought our members large sized events like the Holiday lunch where 600 people attend to share the best of the holiday seasons, but also intimate, exclusive looks at the Lansdowne Park and TD Place re-development, personal development sessions on leadership with noted speaker and author Crane Stookey and recognition of our second Icon of the Industry professional, Mr. Michael Cooper of Dream Unlimited Corporation.
In June, BOMA doubled up by offering a traditional BBQ as well as a not so traditional Golf Tournament. Our annual BBQ luncheon was held at the Lonestar , but our true kickoff to summer is the famous BOMA Spring Golf Tournament. Registrations pour into the BOMA office within 10 minutes of notification to the members, and sells out each year at the picturesque venue of the Montebello and Heritage Golf Courses.
BOMA Days are also popular events with our Ski Day, Curling Day and Texas Fall Classic that saw the recognition of recently retired long time BOMA member Fred Speer who presented the newly re-named Fred Speer Texas Fall Classic Trophy to the winning foursome.
The BOMI Educational Program is managed by BOMA Ottawa and provides an opportunity for those in the industry to secure one (or multiple) of four professional designations. In recent years a North American trend of declining enrollment finally hit Canada, and many BOMA’s began to phase out class sessions. In response the BOMA Education Committee began to reach out to new partners launching a successful new program with Algonquin College entitled Building Systems Fundamentals. This 8 part seminar series often has sold out, and reflects a new direction for professional development in Ottawa.
The BOMA Advocacy work was fully engaged as the Government Affairs Committee, and its sub committees participated in the development of the City of Ottawa Official Plan and the subsidiary Master Plans. Although not completely in agreement with the all parts of the plan our involvement shows the respect that BOMA as earned with the City in being asked to represent the industry.
This work was followed by our representation of industry interests on the Development Charges bylaw passed in 2014, but currently under appeal by BOMA.
As BOMA Ottawa charts a new course over the next five years it will not only seek input and help from its 450 members, but will now seek out the next generation of volunteers and participants that can bring new ideas and new ways of reaching our members in the years to come. To determine members’ needs and wants, BOMA launched a Member Engagement initiative issuing surveys, conducting focus groups as well as one on one interviews to chart the course for the future.