Volunteering for the Real Property Institute of Canada
The Institute and the People
The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) is a federally incorporated non-profit organization. A volunteer Board of Directors, who together represents numerous departments and agencies across the federal government, leads RPIC. Other members include representatives from other levels of government and the private sector. The Institute provides professional development to a diverse community of more than 10,000 federal real property specialists and executives to enable a high performing federal RP Workforce (see facts section below). RPIC’s professional development programming is achieved primarily through national and regional workshops. These include the annual Real Property National Workshop and specialized biennial Workshops on Marine Infrastructure, Federal Contaminated Sites and the Workplace. RPIC also delivers Professional Development Day training sessions, a Breakfast Speaker Series and Lunch & Learn sessions in cities across Canada. Visit the Events section for the current offerings.
RPIC relies on approximately 100 Volunteers each year who together define and deliver its Professional Development and Networking programs to the RP Community across the country. Our volunteers include federal public servants, representatives from other levels of government, the private sector and academia – all part of the Community.
Benefits of Volunteering for RPIC
From a role on our various Committees to a position on the RPIC Board, volunteers are offered an interesting, rewarding and positive professional development experience. Affiliation with RPIC also enables networking among the large, diverse RP Community to develop meaningful personal connections and growth.
Facts about the federal Real Property community
- The federal RP professional community is responsible for:
- A real property portfolio worth about $40 billion;
- The management and maintenance of some 37,000 buildings (27M square metres of floor space), including heritage buildings, laboratories, office buildings, warehouses, embassies, refineries, ports, highways, bridges, lighthouses, and dams;
- Management and maintenance of 44 million hectares of land, including national parks, military bases, contaminated sites, fields, and forest research sites; and,
- Transactions amounting to more than $10 billion per year on operations, repairs, leases, purchases, renovations and new construction.
- More than half of RP practitioners are concentrated in three functional areas:
- Property and Facility Management Services;
- Project Management Services; and,
- Architecture and Engineering Services.
What is the best thing about being involved in the RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop organizing and/or technical committee?
|Facilitating the sharing of experiences and lessons learned.|
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Committee member since 2006
|The workshop is a huge undertaking with lots of work going on behind the scenes to make it a success. I joined the Technical Committee to give back to a profession that has given me so much and to help in a small way with making the workshop a success.|
Department of National Defence, Committee member since 2016
|The best part of the workshop is meeting practitioners, manager and scientists to learn from each other’s challenges and successes in contaminated sites management.|
Royal Military College of Canada, Committee member since 2018
|Working with peers to make this workshop the best national event for networking and applied technology advancement in the contaminated sites field.|
Public Services and Procurement Canada, Committee member since 2015
|Recognizing achievements through the selection of scholarships and RPIC awards!|
Parks Canada, Committee member since 2008
|One of the best parts of being involved in this workshop is that I am doing something I am passionate about and believe in. I enjoy supporting the relationships and networking the workshops provides, the source of knowledge it can be and technical discussions that happen. I also enjoy supporting people across the country and sometimes internationally connecting with one another to share knowledge, experience and innovative ideas regarding contaminated sites. Also there are great people to work with on the committee!|
Geosyntec Consultants Inc., Committee member since 2010
What is the best thing about being involved in the RPIC Real Property National Workshop organizing committee?
|For me, the best part of being involved in this workshop is the opportunity to catch up with people I have worked with in the past and to make new connections - and to do this while organizing and participating in engaging learning sessions!|
Ottawa Public Library
|Being part of the RPIC national workshop organizational committee is the best extracurricular activities that I have participated. I’ve met so many devoted Real Property professionals while being part of this amazing committee, and have gotten to see so many innovative ideas being presented. For anyone looking into expanding their professional network, learning new skills and sharing innovative knowledge, you should be part of this!|
Public Services and Procurement Canada
|Participating in this workshop planning committee has been a great opportunity to be part of the discussions around determining what new or developing issues will be most beneficial to our real property community as part of the workshop program. There is a real sense of contribution with this committee.|
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
|The opportunity to contribute new ideas and create a program filled with interesting sessions for our community is the best part of participating on the organizing committee.|
|Caroline Lavigne McGregor,
Canada Lands Company
|RPIC provides one of the only opportunities for Real Property professionals across Canada to network, exchange ideas and information and discuss topics of relevance to real property challenges faced in today’s ever changing environment. This networking experience is invaluable in creating engagement and building connections between all levels of government, private sector, educators, contractors, and suppliers interested in improving the Real Property Industry. The network support, relationships built and shared purpose to deliver quality RP services is the reason to be here.|
Public Services and Procurement Canada
|Participating in the committee provided me with a unique perspective of the cross section of real property and innovation and how we collaborate to drive change and reduce our impacts.|
Black and McDonald