A troika of new industry awards for Canadian real estate professionals at various stages of their careers will be bestowed during BOMEX Virtual, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Canada’s annual conference, later this year. The Elaina Tattersdale Sustainability Champion will be chosen through an open nomination process, while local BOMA associations will play the key role in determining finalists for the two other individual achievement accolades, which recognize emerging leaders and outstanding contributions worthy of the year’s MVP.
“BOMEX is the place where thought leaders, industry insiders and innovators come together for a full program of inspiration and engagement,” says Benjamin Shinewald, BOMA Canada’s president and chief executive officer. “BOMA Canada is excited to introduce these three new awards, which will be presented for the first time ever at the National Awards Gala held during BOMEX Virtual 2021 on October 20-21, 2021.”
Named for the late Elaina Tattersdale, the national award for sustainability champions has been established through an endowment from her parents, Rick and Cheryl Gray. In keeping with their daughter’s outlook and aspirations, the award will celebrate efforts to reduce buildings’ impact on the environment at any organizational level and within any branch of commercial real estate. Candidates or their nominators are invited to submit summaries of their qualifications, outlining their commitment, achievements and ability to motivate others, along with a third-party endorsement.
Recipients of BOMA Canada’s Emerging Leader and Member of the Year Awards will emerge from a two-stage process, drawn from a field of candidates who have first earned the honour at their local association level. BOMA members working for either property management or supplier firms are eligible for the awards.
“As with other BOMA national awards, these awards are both ‘feeder awards’, meaning that only those who have successfully won at the local level are eligible,” Shinewald explains.
The Emerging Leader Award will recognize a fulltime employee aged 35 or younger who has attained profile and demonstrated potential within their own organization and/or the industry in general. Nominees will be evaluated on: job performance; professionalism; innovation; leadership; and team building.
The Member of the Year Award recognizes leadership, initiative and/or service to the commercial real estate industry over the course of a one-year period. Nominees will be evaluated on: leadership skills; BOMA participation; BOMA education; and contributions to the wider commercial real estate community. The BOMA Canada winner will be acknowledged with other regional winners at BOMA International’s annual conference.