Year in re­view

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

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.

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