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Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Excellence = CoreNET
CoreNET… what’s in it for me as a CRE professional? What’s in it for me as a CRE organization?

CoreNET is a global organization with a mission to advance the effectiveness of Corporate Real Estate (CRE) professionals and the entire industry engaged in delivering value to corporations through the strategic management of corporate real estate and workplace resources.

This session will focus on how CRE professionals and the organizations they work for can leverage CoreNET’s resources to pursue CRE excellence.

Didhiti Bhoumik, Vice Chair, Professional Development, CoreNET, will provide an overview of how CoreNET supports the global CRE community and speak to how some of the world’s top CRE organizations have leveraged CoreNET’s resources to drive CRE success.

Curtis Kjinserdahl and Angela Choi, practicing CRE experts with CoreNET designations, will speak to how their organizations are leveraging CoreNET and how they, personally, are leveraging CoreNET to ensure CRE excellence.

This session will be of general interest to all real property specialists and of particular interest to: “Property and Facility Management”, “Portfolio, Program and Policy Management” and “Real Estate Services” specialists.

Join us on Wednesday, October 25 to see how CoreNET can help!


Didhiti Bhoumik, Vice Chair, Professional Development, CoreNET
Curtis Kjinserdahl, HOK
Angela Choi, Deloitte

Excellence in Facility Management in Canada

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Few if any property/facility management professionals intended on a career in facilities management, so how does one establish credentials once in the field? Associations that provide professional development opportunities can play a significant role in your career development. Studies have shown that those who have worked their way through a professionally designed educational program can provide benefits to their organization resulting in a positive ROI.

  • 98% say BOMI education has helped them or their employees become more efficient.
  • 61% said knowledge gained attending a BOMI course helped them save on their energy costs.
  • 67% said their companies enjoyed a monthly operating expense reduction after taking a BOMI course.

This session will touch upon these benefits and provide a brief overview of BOMI certificates and designations. It will highlight the availability of a selection of our courses in French as well as announce a new interactive five-module course on HVAC Optimization. A graduate of the BOMI program will be on hand to discuss how a BOMI education has benefited their organization. The session will highlight the results of a recent study of graduates and current students noting the career advantage of accessing professional development opportunities.

James Preece is President & CSO of BOMI Canada; an educational institute which focuses on property and facility management education in Canada. BOMI has been providing educational opportunities for property and facility managers for more than 40 years. With more than 14,000 students and 4,000 graduates of our designations, our students come from all corners of the property and facility management field. From government to third party management companies, students are representative of all major companies and organizations in Canada.

This session will be of general interest to all real property specialists and of particular interest to: “Property and Facility Management”, “Portfolio, Program and Policy Management”, “Real Estate Services”, “Accommodation Management”, “Real Property Project Management Services”, “Heating Plant”, “General Labour & Trades” and “Environment” specialists.


Jim Preece, President & CSO, BOMI Canada

The New BOMA BEST® 3.0


BOMA BEST® is Canada’s leading environmental certification program for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings and is used and mandated by government departments across Canada including Public Services, Parks Canada, Transport Canada, Saskatchewan Central Services, and Alberta Infrastructure.

Developed by industry and government stakeholders, BOMA BEST® is an affordable, effective and easy-to-use green building certification system and management tool for all existing buildings, regardless of size or class.

As a program truly focused on long-term building performance, BOMA BEST ® empowers building owners and managers with best-in-class environmental management practices. Our program enables better managed and performing buildings, resulting in healthier and more sustainable communities.

Benefits from recent studies show:

  • An average a 15% reduction in energy use over a three-year period.
  • A reduction in water use of 52% over 6 years.
  • An 18.7% higher occupancy rate than non-certified buildings.
  • A 7% higher tenant satisfaction score
  • A 5.6% higher lease renewal rate.
  • An 8 to 10% increase in asset value.

Come and learn about the new BOMA BEST 3.0 and how it can help reduce the environmental impact of your building.

This session will be of general interest to all real property specialists and of particular interest to the following specialists: property and facility management; architecture and engineering services; portfolio, program and policy management; real estate services; accommodation management; and, environment.


John Smiciklas, Director, Energy and Environment, BOMA Canada

Innovation in Delivering $1 Billion in Community Infrastructure in Partnership with Indigenous Stakeholders

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The Community Infrastructure Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) currently provides approximately $1 billion annually to Indigenous communities in support of the construction, operation and maintenance of essential on-reserve community assets, such as water and wastewater systems, schools, roads and bridges, housing, and other supporting infrastructure. It is looking to work with partners such as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to increase access to the delivery of quality assets to Indigenous communities.

The new Government of Canada has made it clear that First Nation infrastructure is a main priority – and they have provided clear direction to departments:

“…Work, in collaboration with the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and in consultation with First Nations, Inuit, and other stakeholders, to improve essential physical infrastructure for Indigenous communities including improving housing outcomes for Indigenous Peoples…”
[Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Mandate Letter, 2015]

This session will focus on exploring partnership opportunities between industry, Indigenous groups such as the AFN, and the Government of Canada to deliver innovative solutions for infrastructure across Canada.

Specifically, the session aims to:

  • Provide an overview of current programs and partner roles and responsibilities;
  • Highlight new approaches in procurement and service delivery that are currently being explored in partnership with Indigenous communities, such as the Manitoba Schools initiative;
  • Generate discussion and solicit advice on how to address the complexity, risks and challenges that can impact the delivery of infrastructure projects in First Nations communities (e.g. capacity, remoteness, transportation challenges, etc.); and,
  • Engage industry in dialogue on next steps and plans for delivery.

Daniel Leclair, Director General, Community Infrastructure Branch, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Your Real Property Career: Where are you going and how are you going to get there? 

Join the Real Property Institute of Canada, Treasury Board Secretariat’s Procurement, Materiel and Real Property Management Community Management Office and three senior real property (RP) leaders in a panel discussion that will:

  • Touch on the profile of today’s federal real property community;
  • Profile the career trajectories of three distinguished RP leaders;
  • Share observations on how the federal real property profession has evolved in recent years and what changes are likely on the horizon;
  • Share observations on key skills and competencies real property professionals should focus on; and,
  • Share insight on keys to a successful career.

Al Ricottone, Executive Advisor, Real Property Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Diane Orange, Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Sylvie Lemieux, Senior Project Lead – Paris, Major Crown Projects, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Michael M. Nowlan M. Pl, Senior Advisor, Office of the Comptroller General, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Investment Management: The Art and Science of Executing an Investment Plan

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The essence of investment management is informed and focused decision-making and a commitment to action. As with any decision-making process, there are key elements:

  • The right frame – making sure the right problem is being solved;
  • Clarity about what is wanted;
  • The assimilation of the right information, including information about uncertainty;
  • The application of reasoning, which includes what is known and what is not;
  • The consideration of creative and innovative alternatives; and,
  • A commitment to action.

Investment management is a disciplined approach to shaping investment proposals, informing decisions about them, monitoring their delivery and tracking the benefits they achieve.

Investment management begins the shift from a delivery-centric culture, where the focus is on delivering outputs to time, cost, scope and quality standards, to a benefits-led culture focusing primarily on creating and sustaining value from the organization's investments that extend beyond the initiatives' closure. This requires a marked shift in management approaches. Up until now, most investment leadership has been driven by the owners of the assets or acquired services solutions rather than by the owners of the benefits. Attendees will learn that while both parties have distinct and different responsibilities, the primary objective of any investment must be to improve the probability of a successful operational outcome.

Fred Hardy, Environmental Service and Contaminated Sites (Ontario Region), Public Works and Government Services Canada

Working Together: How PWGSC, Shared Services Canada and Industry Canada are Delivering on the Government’s Accommodation Initiatives

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As announced in Budget 2012, and reinforced in Budget 2013, the government is moving forward on its Deficit Reduction Action Plan and this has impacted all departments.  Already underway, there are two key accommodation initiatives that directly affect the real property community:  The space recapture initiative which is reducing departmental space envelopes as reductions of FTEs occur (which results in a reduction of office accommodation requirements); and the space modernization initiative, which supports departments as we transform and modernize federal government workplaces to reflect the current industry trend in office accommodation. This is translating into workplaces that include flexible collaborative space and smaller workstations that integrate new technologies and reflect worker profiles.

This breakfast session is intended to provide you with a brief overview of the two Government of Canada accommodation initiatives as well as how three departments – PWGSC, SSC and Industry Canada – are addressing these requirements by adopting – and adapting to – these initiatives.  PWGSC and SSC will speak to how they are helping other government departments move forward, and Industry Canada will share its experiences in planning for and implementing the initiatives, as well as the tools that it has developed and its lessons learned along the way. 

This will be an opportunity for the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) community to learn more about how three departments have implemented the federal direction on space recapture and space modernization through an interactive discussion. 

Carol Blotniuk, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Garth Rotor, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Kathy Wedekamm, Shared Services Canada
An Trinh, Shared Services Canada
Robin Strang Lindsey, Industry Canada

Surplus strategic real property assets? Canada Lands Company can help you with the disposal of these assets.

Disposal of federal real property assets continues to be a priority for this government. In 2013, departments were asked to take a hard look at their inventories and identify surplus and/or underutilized properties that should be slated for disposal. To prepare the real property community for a potential increase in disposal projects, RPIC has invited Tara Dinsmore, Director, Acquisitions and Basil Cavis, Senior Director, Business Analytics from Canada Lands Company to provide an overview of the company’s mandate related to strategic disposals, its role in working with departments throughout the disposal process and what the company does once it acquires these sites - citing examples of projects across the country. Attendees will learn how Canada Lands Company assists in the identification of strategic sites, how its business plan fits into the decision making process of departments as well as helpful tips based on Canada Lands Company’s experience with federal departments to date. Attendees will also leave with a better understanding of Canada Lands Company’s development process and how it produces the best possible return for both the communities it operates in and the Government of Canada.

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Tara Dinsmore, Canada Lands Company
Basil Cavis, Canada Lands Company

Real Property Business and Systems Transformation Project and the NOVUS Solution: An Integrated Approach To Modernizing Real Property

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This session will provide custodians and Real Property professionals with an overview of the Real Property Business and Systems Transformation Project and a process overview of the NOVUS solution. It will also describe how the adoption of a “Commercial off-the-shelf” (COTS) real property information management system can support the modernization of your operations, provide a more integrated view of asset management and improve portfolio investment decision making. Some of the anticipated change impacts and management benefits associated with NOVUS will also be discussed.

JP Lamberti, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Diane Rodrigue-Lalonde, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Mark Featherstone, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)

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P3s are a long-term performance-based approach for procuring public infrastructure where the private sector assumes a major share of the responsibility in terms of risk and financing for the delivery and the performance of the infrastructure, from design and structural planning, to long-term maintenance. As highlighted in Budget 2011, the Government aims to increase the use of P3s wherever they show the potential to generate value for Canadians. For this reason, all federal departments and agencies are required to screen large infrastructure investments to determine whether they are potential candidates for a P3 delivery model. PPP Canada, which was established to assess federal P3 opportunities, advises on the execution of federal P3s and, more generally, serves as a source of expertise and advice on P3 matters. As such, departments are required to consult PPP Canada in applying the P3 screen to their investments.

This breakfast session is intended to provide you with a brief introduction to P3s, as well as an overview of the Treasury Board Guideline to Implementing Budget 2011 Direction on Public-Private Partnerships. In addition, PPP Canada will discuss its role and mandate, and Public Works and Government Services Canada will share its experience in applying both the Guideline and in working with PPP Canada.

This will be an opportunity for the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) community to learn more about P3s and the federal direction through an interactive discussion. 

Shirley Jen, SReal Property and Materiel Policy Division, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Naresh Debidin, PPP Canada
Preetipal Paul, P3 Development & Advisory Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada 

Community of Practice for Real Property Project Management

The federal Community of Practice for Real Property (RP) Project Management will be holding a breakfast session to deliberate the next steps for common competencies in the world of RP Project Management. This will be an opportunity for the RP community to learn about the value of competencies and the potential application of competencies for the RP Project Management community. Presentations will include the work to date in various aspects of RP Project Management competencies from Public Works and Government Services Canada, Department of National Defence and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Marc Beaudoin, Public Works and Government Services Canada
Mark Featherstone, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Denis Fortin/Eric Bramwell, Department of National Defence
Eric German, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Maria Somjen, Public Works and Government Services Canada

NOVUS Update

The Real Property Business & Systems Transformation Project (RPBST) is delivering an integrated business and system solution for Real Property Branch which will be called the NOVUS solution. NOVUS is a Latin term meaning something new or extraordinary. This briefing is intended to provide federal real property custodians with a project overview and update on current status. NOVUS was designed through its procurement to be made available to federal governments. This will be an opportunity for the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) community to learn about why the project was undertaken and what the potential is for greater interoperability in the federal real property environment.

Jean Paul Lamberti, Senior Project Director, Real Property Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada

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