President's Letter

Rosa Paliotti copyMessage from the President: Rosa Paliotti

Having completed my first year as President of the Real Property Institute of Canada, I am delighted to advise that we had an exceptional 2016 thanks to the leadership of our Board of Directors, the outstanding support of senior executives in the federal government, our many volunteers, partners and stakeholders in the Community. In all cases, attendance at our professional development offerings exceeded expectations! We enjoyed our first formal partnership to co-host the International Conference on Sustainable Remediation (SustRem) providing the Institute with exposure across the globe. In addition, in partnership with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and the private sector, we have developed our first Webinar to be launched in early 2017. Special thanks to our outgoing ADM Champion, Jaime Pitfield, ADM Infrastructure and Environment at National Defence, for his valuable contribution and guidance over the last two years. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish Jaime all the best in his retirement.

We have an exciting year ahead! First, let me introduce our 2017 Board of Directors, including new members from Quebec, Alberta and the National Capital Region, all of whom bring new perspectives to our already very strong Board. Also, I would like to welcome our new ADM Champion Kevin Radford, ADM Real Property at PSPC. Kevin has been a strong supporter and contributor to RPIC and we will now enjoy his direct guidance and wisdom on issues of importance to the Community and the strategic direction of the Institute.

2017 Executive

Rosa Paliotti, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

First Vice-President
Tara Dinsmore, Canada Lands Company

Second Vice-President
Andrew Hope, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Donna Jean Kilpatrick, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Past President
Heather Kane, Correctional Service Canada

2017 Directors

Louise Bricault, Employment and Social Development Canada
David Burley, Defence Construction Canada
Marc Desjardins, Department of National Defence
Khaled Manai, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Silvano Mason, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Michael M. Nowlan, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Sonia Powell, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Jean-François Robert, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Daniel Therien, National Research Council Canada
Sébastien Yelle, Public Services and Procurement Canada

2017 Ex Officio Members

Carolyn Haddock, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation
Franklin Holtforster, Colliers Project Leaders
Wayne Liko, Horizant
Gordon Murray, Golder Associates Limited
Cheryl Nelms, City of Vancouver

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In addition to our regular roster of National and Regional Workshops including the specialized Federal Contaminated Sites and Marine Infrastructure offerings, our Professional Development Days and our Breakfast Series, our programming has been expanded to include a dedicated “Forum on the Workplace” which will take place in Ottawa on April 26 and 27, 2017. We will also be focussing our efforts on leveraging technology to deliver some of our programming to ensure maximum reach and benefit across the Nation.

Our plans for 2017 include enhancing our outreach and volunteer recruitment efforts to provide professional development opportunities for the next generation of leaders and allow them to influence and help shape our programming for the future. Of course, partnerships are critical to our success and we will continue to seek opportunities to work together with other professional associations, other levels of government and the private sector to ensure we bring you the latest information, innovation and developments in this diverse world of real property.

Finally, I want to recognize the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who participate on our Board, our Committees and at our events, all resulting in RPIC’s long term sustainability. It is an absolute privilege to be associated with so many outstanding professionals as we work together to achieve our vision to enable a high performing federal real property workforce. If you are interested in expanding your network or want to give back to the community, consider volunteering. Please feel free to contact me or any member of our Board for further information.

Looking forward to an exceptional 2017, while Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday and RPIC celebrates the 30th Real Property National Workshop from November 14-16 in Ottawa. Stay tuned to our other online communication for updates and details for all our professional development offerings.


Rosa Paliotti
President, Real Property Institute of Canada

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