Coming June 10th to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, MediaEdge is proud to present a high-calibre forum, designed with input from prominent players in Canada’s property management industry. The one-day event will draw on globally-sourced presenters, well-vetted case studies, effective management strategies, and a host of game-changing new technologies to deliver critical insight into the real issues commercial building owners and facility managers face today.
Delving into “essential learning” through panel discussions and organic networking opportunities, industry newcomers and veterans alike will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with frontline professionals who are responding to challenges, solving problems and driving innovation.
“The industry is changing fast. We need to be looking ahead at what’s next rather than maintaining the status quo,” observes Sandi Mileta Clancy, Vice President Property Management at Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. “What’s happening in other markets? What are some of the ideas driving the industry forward in Europe and the United States? Toronto is a sophisticated market, but we need to look outside ourselves in order to keep up with the pace of change.”
In addition to a global outlook, the REMI Summit committee is calling for “honest” and “accurate” case studies that reflect what didn’t work as much as what did. Neil Lacheur, Executive Vice President Real Estate Management Services Canada, Avison Young, and David Giddings, Director, Nationals Programs REM, Oxford Properties Group, both underscore the need for more agnostic learning opportunities. “Not everything we do goes according to plan despite our best intentions,” says Giddings. “These types of insights are invaluable.”
Frank Mazzone, Regional Manager, Real Estate, TFI International, adds: “Smart buildings, emerging tech, tools to help PMs be more successful at their jobs. Quality presentations that offer real value and help solve real problems—that’s what will resonate with attendees.”
Beyond the physical aspects of buildings, the REMI Summit will explore the needs of the people inside them. “Young professionals seek advice and mentorship, and welcome educational or information sessions that relate to their particular roles,” points out Janbee Monsod, Director, Property Management at Crown Property Management Inc. “A topic such as tenant retention continuously draws attention, as managers are always looking for different ideas for further enhancement.”
Professional development, staff recruitment, and service delivery also figure among concerns to be tackled.
“The sessions must be topical and focused on emerging trends,” advises Chris Crozier, Director, Property Management, GWL Reality Advisors Inc. “They should reflect what’s actually happening in our buildings. For example, what are the legal ramifications of allowing pets indoors? How are tenant needs changing, and are the features and services we’re currently offering still relevant to those needs?”
That all ties into the four cornerstones of property management. “Operations, Finance, Technology, Leadership—having individual tracks like these will give structure to the program,” reiterates Jason Bates, Managing Director at BGIS Global Integrated Solutions.
Held alongside ISSA Show Canada, REMI Summit counts on the support of notable industry associations and partners, to be confirmed. Ten per cent of registration revenues will be donated to Tree Canada.ca – a registered charity dedicated to greening communities and reforestation through the planting and nurturing of trees.
As the June 10th event fast-approaches, the committee will continue to consult on the education program with the broader goal of delivering a forum that provides real value to the commercial building industry.
Special thanks to our committee members for sharing their time and insight: