President's Letter

Rosa Paliotti

Message from the President: Rosa Paliotti

It is a special honor and a privilege to continue serving as President of the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC). I’m pleased to share with you the following updates highlighting RPIC’s recent achievements and preparations for our upcoming events and other activities.

With the term of our 2016-2018 Business Plan coming to an end, RPIC’s Board of Directors held a strategic planning retreat in June 2018 to begin developing a new 2019 – 2021 RPIC Strategic Plan. The Board, RPIC’s many volunteers, and staff can all take pride in the Institute’s achievements over the past three years. Looking ahead, the new plan builds upon RPIC’s successes and strengths, with a continued focus and commitment to providing high-value professional development training and other services to the federal real property community.

Highlights of the new strategic plan include:

Our Mission:
To foster and enable professional development, knowledge exchange and lifelong learning across the federal government real property community.

Our Vision:
A high-performing federal real property community that effectively shares knowledge to modernize and improve its professional practices.

Our Strategic Goals:

  • Develop and implement a focused, strategic approach to sustain and grow the Institute.
  • Understand and respond to the federal RP community’s professional development needs.
  • Establish RPIC as a thought leader and the recognized national voice of the federal Real Property Community.

RPIC’s two most recent workshops – the Marine Infrastructure National Workshop (MINW – January 2018, Ottawa) and the Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop (FCSNW – June 2018, Toronto) – were very well attended, highly successful events. In addition to the hundreds of real property professionals who attended, and the many excellent speakers, we are grateful to our exhibitors and sponsors, whose tremendous support is vital to the success of our workshops. Congratulations and thanks to MINW Chair Khaled Manai and FCSNW Co-Chairs Clayton Truax and Rob Lajoie, and their organizing committees!

In addition to delivering its national workshops, RPIC has taken steps over the past year to deliver more regional activities. A series of PD Day training events on “Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples” and “Indigenous Consultation and Engagement” were held in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Halifax. A Lunch and Learn session on "Productivity in the Workplace" will be presented in Edmonton on September 26, 2018.

The planning and development of more regional events is under way, under the guidance of Board member Sonia Powell, RPIC Executive Advisor Ruth Brady, and a host of regional Board Members and volunteers whose contributions are invaluable in helping RPIC reach out and provide training opportunities to our colleagues across the country!

Next, we’re gearing up for the 2018 Real Property National Workshop, from November 20-22 in Ottawa, under the leadership of Co-Chairs Andrew Hope and Jean-Francois Robert. The theme is “Real Property: A Catalyst for Transformative Innovation”, and preliminary program details are posted on the RPIC website. The workshop will cover wide-ranging topics, including: policy and programs, energy innovation, indigenous engagement; security, resilience and procurement. The program will be punctuated with compelling keynote speakers, including Sheila Watt-Clouthier, author, activist, and political representative for Inuit at the regional, national and international levels. Other keynotes are: Soren Hermansen, Director, Energy Academy, Samso, who led the transition of the Island of Samsø in Denmark to 100% renewable energy; and Canadian-American political pundit David Frum, who will share his insights on what will the presidency of Donald Trump means for Canadian business.

A special Information/Networking Session for federal Real Property Executives will be held the morning of November 22, featuring various speakers from Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Acquired Services and Assets Sector (TBS ASAS), the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC), the National Executive Forum on Public Property (NEFPP). The Comptroller General of Canada, Roch Huppé, will open the session and the TBS Executives will address current hot topics. There will also be a panel discussion with representatives of other levels of government who will share information about their respective innovative real property/infrastructure initiatives.

RPIC’s Real Property Awards will be presented on November 21, 2018, showcasing excellence by groups or individuals who set a high standard in professional practice and are advancing the profession through innovation, achievement, quality, and leadership. Our awards gala will also feature the introduction of three new scholarships supporting students enrolled in real property related studies.

Looking further into the future, RPIC will deliver its second Forum on the Workplace from May 14 to 15, 2019 in Ottawa. The theme is “Who Moved My Workplace?”, and Co-Chairs Silvano Mason and Wayne Liko are lining up a program that explores such workplace transformation topics as: change management, technology, health and well being, design, policy and procurement.

Registration is open for both the November 2018 Real Property National Workshop and the 2019 Forum on the Workplace. Both will provide an excellent opportunity to learn, to network with colleagues and make new contacts with whom to exchange experiences and practices. We hope to see you there!

In October 2018, RPIC will hold its Annual General Meeting and election of Board Directors and Officers. I will provide further updates later to announce any changes in the Board’s composition arising from the election. Suffice to say, we have an excellent and productive team, most of whom are eligible and have agreed to continue serving on the Board in 2019!

In closing, I extend sincere thanks and deep appreciation to our ADM Champion, Kevin Radford, ADM Real Property, Public Services and Procurement Canada. His contributions, guidance and support have been instrumental in making RPIC what it is today. We’re extremely pleased that he has agreed to continue in the role for another year.

And finally, to our federal Real Property professional community – those employed by the government, and those from private industry, non-profits and academia, who work so diligently alongside – thank you all for your contributions to the profession and for allowing RPIC to be part of your professional development.

We encourage you to follow us and join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Add your voice to the community and share your ideas!

2018 Executive

Rosa Paliotti, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

First Vice-President, Communication and Outreach Portfolio 
Sonia Powell, Public Services and Procurement Canada 

Second Vice-President - Professional Development Portfolio 
Michael Nowlan, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 

Donna Jean Kilpatrick, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Past President
Heather Kane, Retired 


RPIC Staff

Executive Director
Steven Brasier, Real Property Institute of Canada 

Executive Advisor 
Ruth Brady, Real Property Institute of Canada

Executive Secretary 
Robin Baldwin, Real Property Institute of Canada 

2018 Directors

Maurice Arsenault, Department of National Defence
Tara Dinsmore, Canada Lands Company
Andrew Hope, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Lyse Langevin, Indigenous Services Canada
Greg MacMillan, Health Canada
Elizabeth Mah, Defence Construction Canada
Ashley Maloney, Correctional Services Canada
Sonia Powell, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Jean-François Robert, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Daniel Therien, National Research Council Canada

2018/2019 Ex Officio Members

Catherine Daillaire, KPMG
Carolyn Haddock, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Franklin Holtforster, Colliers Project Leaders
Wayne Liko, Horizant
Silvano Mason, Deliotte Real Estate 
Gordon Murray, Golder Associates Limited
Cheryl Nelms, City of Vancouver
Robert van Wyngaarden, AECOM


Non-Board Members - Chair/Lead

Chair, Federal Contaminates Sites Wrokshops (2019 Regional / 2020 National)
Clayton Traux, Public Services and Procurement Canada, National Capital Area

Chair, 2020 Marine Infrastructure National Workshop
Khaled Manai, Public Services and Procurement Canada   

Board Members


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