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November President’s Message

Greetings real property colleagues!

This is Jean-François Robert signing on with my first message as President of RPIC. I’m honoured to be taking on the leadership of the Institute, especially considering what an important time this is for RPIC. We’re working on many new and exciting ways to better serve the real property community!

Before I direct your attention too far into the future, I’d like to provide an update on some recent developments, starting with a look at our workshops. 

Looking back on a successful 2021 Real Property National Workshop. 

RPIC extends a huge congratulations to the workshop’s co-chairs, Wayne Liko and Lezlie Locke, and their organizing committee on planning and executing a highly successful event. This year’s Real Property National Workshop took place from November 2-3, and attracted 760 attendees for two days of virtual learning, networking, and professional development. 

An important highlight of the event was the Deputy Ministers’ Panel, which was brilliantly facilitated by Dale MacMillan, our new RPIC ADM Champion and Vice President Corporate Services and CFO of the National Research Council. The Panel included addresses from Roch Huppé the Comptroller General of Canada, Iain Stewart, President of National Research Council, and Kevin Stringer, Former Deputy Minister and Adjunct Professor at Carleton University.  I also received very positive feedback on the virtual trade show and the trivia competition!

Thank you to everyone who made this workshop possible, to all who attended, and special thanks to our event partners and exhibitors for their ongoing support for RPIC! 

Gearing up for RPIC’s remaining November programming. 

Coming later this month, we have RPIC’s Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop. We hope that you’ll join us on November 15-18 for this great learning and networking opportunity!

Upcoming Strategic Planning Session. 

As noted earlier, RPIC has numerous initiatives under way, all focused on increasing our capacity to deliver timely, relevant, and valuable training to the real property professional community. 

Looking into the future, we will focus on continuing to strengthen partnerships and increase resource capacity. In mid-January 2022, our Board members will be participating in a strategic planning session to focus on how our vision for RPIC should translate into action in 2022 and 2023! 

Another important development is the RPIC brand refresh and website development project undertaken this fall. We are refreshing the overall look and feel of our digital presence, and we look forward to launching a new and revitalized website in early 2022!

There will be more to come in future messages about these initiatives, along with our upcoming professional development programming in 2022.

Anticipating the year to come. 

In closing, let me express my heartfelt gratitude to Sonia Powell, whose term as RPIC President ended at the October 2021 Annual General Meeting. I also extend deepest appreciation to those members of the Board whose terms came to an end. Your service to RPIC has been invaluable as the Institute navigated the enormous impacts of the pandemic.

I will also take this opportunity to welcome our newly elected Board for 2021-22, including five new incoming members. Your insight and commitment as volunteers are vital to RPIC’s ambitious agenda to become a hub for knowledge exchange, learning, and connectedness among real property professionals.

Again, I am very excited about this opportunity to serve as President of the Institute. I am fully committed to ensuring RPIC continues to be a key partner in professionalizing the federal real property community.


Jean-François Robert
Real Property Institute of Canada

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