Year in re­view

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


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.

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