President's Letter

Rosa Paliotti

RPIC President’s Message

As we enter a new year, I’m pleased to report that the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) is today stronger than it has ever been and is focused on many new opportunities to serve our professional community even better. I’m excited to work with our Board, and with our ADM Champion Diane Orange, to continue building upon the solid foundations already in place.

I’m especially eager to continue implementing our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan and further our pursuit of its three goals:

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

All three goals are squarely focused on building our capacity to deliver excellence and increase the value and scope of our programs and services. RPIC exists to provide professional development for federal real property professionals, and we’re uniquely positioned to enable knowledge exchange that helps to modernize and improve our professional practices.

The Real Property National Workshop held in November 2019 achieved record attendance and was a great success. The workshop was highlighted by several captivating keynote speakers, numerous breakout sessions, and RPIC’s annual real property awards and scholarships gala. Congratulations to all our awards and scholarship recipients!

Looking ahead, we encourage you to visit our website and explore the programs of our next two workshops in 2020:

Activity is also under way on many other new initiatives. That includes the work of the new Senior Advisory Council (SAC) – an autonomous think tank established to provide insight and advice that will influence the RPIC Board’s strategic decisions about future programming and direction. The SAC held its first meeting in November 2019. Discussion largely focused on how to strengthen our networks, create strategic partnerships, and engage influencers to showcase innovation, share the latest transformational information, and demonstrate how they are implementing best practices.

We are also in the early stages of start-up with two new committees:

  • Partnership Advisory Committee; and,
  • Communications Advisory Committee.

The Partnership Advisory Committee’s mandate encompasses forging new relationships and seeking new opportunities to collaborate with public or private sector partners to advance mutual interests and support growth and diversification of RPIC offerings. One such collaboration already under way is the development and pilot testing of a new private sector orientation course. The two-day course is intended to enhance companies’ understanding of the federal government’s real property and decision-making framework. Working with EY Canada and in partnership with Ottawa’s Regional Group, we’ve prepared a course that we’re preparing to roll out to test markets in 2020. (For more information, see:

The Communications Advisory Committee, meanwhile, will work to strengthen RPIC’s digital presence, better enabling us to reach more real property professionals, more often, through more channels – such as our website, social media, e-newsletter, and online communities.

RPIC is also taking steps to expand our regional outreach. An expanded network of volunteers has been established and mobilized to identify topics and help deliver our roster of free “Breakfast Speaker Series” and “Lunch and Learn” events. During 2019, eight sessions were held in centres across Canada on topics like accessibility, investment planning and management of projects, and productivity in the workplace. We expect to offer even more sessions in more cities in 2020. (For more information, check the RPIC website and follow us on your preferred social media platform – Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.)

In closing, I extend deep appreciation to everyone whose involvement drives the Institute’s growth and success. We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of delegates from the federal workplace, private sector, academia and non-profit organizations who attend our workshops and other events. And special thanks go to our many sponsors and trade show exhibitors, whose support and involvement is so crucial.

And finally, RPIC’s success relies heavily upon the contributions of many professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to develop and deliver our workshops, and to support our other activities. Among them, our dedicated and conscientious Board of Directors provides keen and insightful oversight and leadership.

Thank you all for being such a vital part of the Real Property Institute of Canada.

Sonia Powell
Director General, Workplace Solutions
Real Property Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada

Board Members


2020 RPIC Board of Directors:
Front row (left to right): Marie Lyne Tremblay, Diane Orange, Rosa Paliotti, Sonia Powell, Lyse Langevin, Lezlie Locke, Elizabeth Mah, Ruth Brady
Back row (left to right): Wayne Liko, Greg MacMillan, Silvano Mason, Steve Brasier, Chris Vandyk, Ashley Maloney, Elizabeth Tough, Jean-François Robert, Nancy Fahey, Donna Jean Kilpatrick



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