Year in review
Our Lunch Series brought out members for events like the Holiday lunch where over 600 people come together as well as exclusive looks at initiatives in our City such as ZIBI an exciting new development, a panel discussion on the state of Commercial Real Estate in Ottawa and the second in our Icon of the Industry series recognizing the contributions of Mr. Michael Cooper from Dream.
Our annual BBQ luncheon was held at the Museum of Nature followed by our 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 the newly re-named Fred Speer Fall Golf Classic named after long time BOMA builder Fred Speer who presented the newly re-named Fred Speer Texas Fall Classic Trophy to the winning foursome.
In response to declining enrollment in traditional BOMI courses, the BOMA Education Committee reached out to new partners and launched a successful new program with Algonquin College entitled Building Systems Essentials. Following an initial run of this 8 part seminar series the Committee began a new cycle running from May 2015 to March 2016. The Committee also continues to look for new offerings for members that will further their development as managers within their own organizations.
In addition to formal education sessions through the Education Committee the three industry committees of BOMA (Technology, Energy and Environment, Security and Life Safety) organize half day seminars on topics ranging from relevant Codes, Chilled Water strategies and in November 2015 a new event focusing on an entire day of Technology changes, advances and issues that face our industry.
The BOMA Advocacy work was fully engaged as the Government Affairs Committee, and its sub committees participated in being the voice of the Commercial Real Estate industry in Ottawa. A sought after voice of government at all levels, BOMA has never refused the invitation to work with all levels of government to ensure that our needs, challenges and opportunities are expressed.
After many months of negotiations representing the interests of our industry BOMA finally reached an agreement with the City of Ottawa on revisions to the Development Charges Bylaw that will see significant savings to our members, and help to continue stimulating the viability of building in Ottawa.
2015 will also see the implementation of a new series of Resources and Communiques to our members. After extensive research we launch our first new website in 10 years, along with new Newsletters, Bulletins and Advisories. These new resources will bring new features to our members including a job site, useful information, movement of our members and much more.