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September 2023

Greetings Real Property Community,  

The start of Fall in Canada is quickly approaching with the official first day on Saturday, September 23, 2023. At RPIC, the Fall is a busy time with lots of planning for the year(s) ahead as well as the occurrence of many of our premier professional development events.

Continue reading for a look at some of the news from this past month and what’s to come including the announcement of the Clerk of the Privy Council’s upcoming remarks at the RPIC Awards and Recognition Ceremony taking place on October 25th at the Real Property National Workshop.

RPIC Joins the IPAC National Conference with the OBOT

As you may have heard, on September 15th, in collaboration with the Ottawa Board of Trade (OBOT), RPIC was pleased to participate in the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC)’s National Conference as a co-sponsor of the plenary discussion entitled “Pivoting Together: A New Opportunity to Strengthen Canadian Cities.”

The panel session explored how governments, businesses and community leaders can work together as good neighbours to optimize opportunities and accelerate downtown transformations in metro areas for the greatest positive impact on our national community and economy. Attendees learned from leaders and elected officials from various levels of government about how we can leverage the lessons of the last few years to propel our cities forward.

Most notably, distinguished panelists included:

  • The Honourable Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa-Vanier,
  • The Honourable Greg Fergus, MP for Hull-Aylmer, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and the President of the Treasury Board,
  • Serge Lamontagne, City Manager for Montreal,
  • Mark Garner, Executive Director, Calgary Downtown
  • Mary W. Rowe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Urban Institute who joined as moderator.

Thank you to all who came out and joined us! We look forward to pursuing more partnership opportunities to expand our reach and goals for the real property community.

Distinguished panelists
Distinguished panelists: The Honourable Greg Fergus (MP-Hull-Aylmer), Mark Garner (CDA), The Honourable Mona Fortier (MP - Ottawa-Vanier), Serge Lamontagne (City of Montreal), Mary Rowe (CUI)
Panelists & RPIC
Alastair Lawrie (RPIC Board of Directors), Jeremie Emond (RPIC Board of Directors), The Honourable Greg Fergus (MP-Hull-Aylmer), Serge Lamontagne (City of Montreal), Mary Rowe (CUI), Mark Garner (CDA), The Honourable Mona Fortier (MP - Ottawa-Vanier), Sueling Ching (President and CEO – OBOT) at the RPIC-OBOT co-sponsored IPAC panel discussion.

Engage with us this fall at these upcoming events!

Professional Development Day — Science Assets

The virtual Science Assets Professional Development Day will be held September 27, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

This workshop will offer attendees invaluable insights from 12 knowledgeable, insightful, Real Property Professionals on the latest and most important science infrastructure topics.

Discover more about the topics and sessions through the event website.

Let’s work together today to unlock the strategic opportunities for tomorrow! Registration will close on September 26th, 2023. Register.

2023 Hybrid Real Property National Workshop 

Join us October 25-26, 2023, at the Shaw Centre in downtown Ottawa and online as we dive into this year’s workshop’s theme: READY TO INFLUENCE. How can we find paths to meet end-user portfolio requirements using our knowledge, tools, and data? 

The premier event will feature four inspiring plenary sessions, 32 informative breakout sessions, 36 engaging presentations, the 2023 RPIC Real Property Awards ceremony, numerous opportunities to network and share ideas with peers, and much more! 

Most particularly, RPIC is pleased to share with our community the exciting news that the Clerk of the Privy Council, John Hannaford will be providing remarks at RPIC’s Real Property Awards and Recognition Ceremony luncheon taking place during the National Workshop on October 25, from 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM. 

Don’t miss out! Available ticket options to attend the National Workshop include in person, online or our new viewing party format providing access to watch the event sessions as a group in the same room, eliminating the need for individual tickets. 

PLEASE NOTE: In person tickets are going fast and we are on track to sell out again this year, so be sure to secure your spot before then if you wish to join us at the Shaw Centre in Downtown Ottawa. Register.

2023 Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop

The 2023 Federal Contaminated Sites Workshop will be taking place later this Fall from November 29-30, 2023, at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto and online.

The 2-day hybrid workshop offers a unique opportunity for the public, private, and academic sectors to meet and exchange new ideas and information with colleagues and industry representatives from across the country and abroad.

The full event program is now live and promises to deliver exceptional value including key topics of discussion such as climate change considerations, indigenous perspectives, risk management & risk assessment, remediation techniques & technologies and many more.

Don’t miss out! Early Bird registration will be closing on October 6. Register.

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Jean-François Robert
Real Property Institute of Canada