President's Letter

Rosa PaliottiMessage from the President: Rosa Paliotti

It has been a privilege to serve as President of the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) for the past two years. I’m delighted to announce that I was re-elected to serve a second term at the Annual General Meeting held on October 18, 2017. I look forward to working with our Board, and with the vital support of our ADM Champion, Kevin Radford, ADM Real Property, Public Services and Procurement Canada, to continue building upon RPIC’s success.

Great progress is being achieved, we’re in a strong financial position, and work is on track as we implement RPIC’s 2016-2018 Business Plan. The plan was reviewed at the December 2016 RPIC Board Strategic Retreat and three priority areas were confirmed for 2017/18:

  • Enhanced professional development; 
  • Growing the volunteer base; and, 
  • Enhanced branding.

The Board agreed that hiring an Executive Director was paramount to provide leadership for these initiatives. In June 2017, Steven Brasier was hired as RPIC’s Executive Director, with a mandate to address these priorities, support effective governance, and provide operational oversight. He brings more than 30 years of management and non-profit experience to the role.

Following a full review and assessment, the Board approved a two-year renewal of RPIC’s longstanding relationship with The Willow Group to provide association and event management services. In addition, Executive Advisor Ruth Brady continued to lead many of our priorities and contributed her valued experience and judgement to RPIC during the year.

Building on the resounding success of the 2016 Real Property National Workshop (RPNW), a strong program was developed, and we held another very successful event in November 2017 with 673 delegates attending! The 2017 RPNW included an expo in partnership with the Building Energy Innovators Council, featuring exhibits and program content on clean energy – a federal and environmental priority. We were also very fortunate to have American economic and social theorist, writer, and political advisor Jeremy Rifkin deliver the opening keynote. From beginning to end, the workshop was a memorable event that sets the bar for future events.

As the federal real property workplace transforms, so too does RPIC’s approach to meeting its changing needs. In April 2017, we held our first national Forum on the Workplace, with a focus on people, places and technology. The workshop was so successful that we’re preparing to hold this event again in 2019.

In addition to our national training offerings, RPIC held its bi-annual Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop in Richmond, B.C., in June 2017. We delivered a two-day session in Calgary, Alberta, in September, in partnership with Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., featuring two courses on “Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples” and “Indigenous Consultation and Engagement”. Feedback on these sessions was very positive and we expect to offer them in other locations in 2018. We also continued to offer our complimentary Breakfast Speaker Series and Lunch and Learn sessions during the year.

Looking ahead, we have a full slate of national workshop offerings in 2018 including:

  • The Marine Infrastructure National Workshop (Ottawa, January 2018);
  • The Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop (Toronto, June 2018); and,
  • The Real Property National Workshop (Ottawa, November 2018).

The future looks very promising for RPIC’s upcoming professional development roster, and we’re encouraged by the September 2017 Treasury Board Secretariat confirmation that RPIC events are classified as “training”. This should assist in more efficient approval processes for federal employees.

Increasingly, RPIC is reaching out through social media and other online platforms to interact with the RP community. 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
Tara Dinsmore, Canada Lands Company

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

Donna Jean Kilpatrick, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Past President
Heather Kane


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

Khaled Manai, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Silvano Mason
Sonia Powell, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Jean-François Robert, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Daniel Therien, National Research Council Canada
Andrew Hope, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Maurice Arsenault, Department of National Defence
Elizabeth Mah, Construction de Défense Canada
Ashley Maloney, Service correctionnel Canada
Lyse Langevin, Indigenous Services Canada

2018 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
Robert vanWyngaarden, AECOM










RPIC 2017 Board Portrait 1 copy

Our communications efforts also include identifying and pursuing strategic partnerships with organizations that share common objectives with RPIC. In addition, we intend to facilitate the development of local RP communities through which to enhance our regional network across Canada.

As always, our annual Real Property Awards competition remains the centrepiece of RPIC’s efforts to recognize and showcase excellence and best practices. At the 2017 Awards and Recognition Evening, I took great pleasure in launching three new RPIC scholarships, adding to the roster of other awards and scholarships already offered in conjunction with RPIC national workshops. Criteria and further information on the scholarships is available on the RPIC website.

I extend heartfelt thanks to our volunteer Board of Directors, committee chairs and committee members, whose dedication, commitment and hard work are the foundation of RPIC’s success. I also gratefully recognize our ADM Champion, Kevin Radford, who has actively promoted RPIC among his senior executive networks, maintained involvement in our awards selection process, and has arranged for Senior Executive involvement in our national workshops.

Finally, on behalf of the entire RPIC Board of Directors, our deep appreciation goes to the hundreds of professionals from the federal community, private sector, academia and non-profit organizations who attend our events each year! RPIC’s workshops attract not only federal RP professionals, but delegates from all levels of government, as well as academia, and the private sector, including non-profit organizations. It’s always rewarding for us to provide workshops that serve as such important platforms to share knowledge, experience, research and best practices among this community.


Rosa Paliotti
President, Real Property Institute of Canada