October 8, 2019
Association News

Connect, educate and celebrate in Vancouver from September 22 to 24, 2020. The BOMEX Organizing Committee is made up of ten local B.C. members, and they are hard at work to deliver the best conference yet! Save the date, and share the video!

The Hon. Minister Robinson, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, mentioned BOMA BC's Greater Victoria 2030 Resiliency District at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention (pictured on left). Read about the launch of Greater Victoria’s 2030 Resiliency District.




Did you know that BOMA BC has a FREE job board for companies that are members of the association? From the Education & Careers page, see the section titled 'Careers and Job Postings'. If you need assistance, email our Manager of Membership at

Fire Prevention Training
FireWise Consulting
Candle use increases during the winter months and is a cause of home fires and home fire deaths. In the USA fire departments respond to an estimated 11,640 homes structure fires that were started by candles which caused 126 deaths, 953 injuries and $438 million in direct property damage. Keep your occupants educated and safe.
Download this free resource ready for circulation here. FireWise that saves lives.
Regulatory News
The Government of B.C. is asking British Columbians to help define future legislation that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province. The opportunity to provide feedback opened on September 16, and is open until November 29, 2019, at 4 p.m. Feedback will be used to help develop legislation.
Bartlett Tree Experts
City Elevator Ltd
Events & Education

At the September Luncheon, five companies were recognized for achieving various levels of BOMA BEST, a national sustainability benchmarking program. Congratulations to Aberdeen Kamloops Mall Ltd., Blackwood Partners Management, Morguard Investments, Shape Property Management and Triovest Realty Advisors (BC) Inc.

A special shout-out to Shape Property Management on their Platinum certificate for Uptown in Victoria (photo on left and below).

View link below for a look at why Marine Gateway won the highest award for accessibility from the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Speakers from Ontario and California spoke at a seminar on building intelligence and the integration of different technologies into a platform for the future operation of buildings. 

The panelists pictured on the left from left to right were: Brad Croasdale of Automated Logic, Richard Goode of Acuity Brands Lighting, Thano Lambrinos of QuadReal Property Group and moderator Claude Nobauer of Control Solutions. 

If there's a topic you'd like to learn about related to managing your commercial property, send your ideas to Sarah Jones at


Sunny Ghataurah, President of AES Engineering, spoke about using technology for tomorrow's buildings at BOMA's September Luncheon (pictured on left). 

Please note that we are back to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for the luncheon on October 24th, where we will hear about the changing office environment from architect Mark Thompson. Tickets are selling fast for this event, register soon!

Rebates help save money, energy and emissions
FortisBC - Electricity
Whether you’re replacing old heating equipment or are planning to develop or renovate a building to meet new energy performance standards, FortisBC has rebates on high-efficiency boilers and water heaters as well as custom incentives for optimizing building controls. If your properties include apartment buildings, you can also get water-saving upgrades and an energy assessment at no cost from the rental apartment efficiency program.
Find FortisBC rebates for your building at
Good to Know

The Province of B.C. launched the $5 million CleanBC - Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program on September 26, 2019. To access the rebates for MURBs and Workplaces, and information on the program, click here.

The Accessibility Professional Network’s 1st Annual Conference will be taking place October 31 to November 1 in Toronto. Learn about national and international initiatives in accessibility, network with accessibility professionals and engage in discussions about the built environment in Canada.
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Ultra-Tech Cleaning Systems Ltd
Event Calendar
Oct 2019
BOMA Victoria Chapter Luncheon: Victoria and Saanich Chiefs of Police
Police Chief Constable Manak and Saanich Police Chief Constable Green will present on policing stats, issues being worked on jointly between the municipalities and how property managers can work with police to deter theft and vagrancy.
Oct 2019
BOMA October Luncheon
Hear about Vancouver's changing office landscape from architect Mark Thompson of MCM Partnership.
Nov 2019
QBT Session: Water treatment tips that save energy and money
Best ways to maintain energy efficiency in boilers, chillers and cooling towers, and how improving water heat transfer will lower gas consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Nov 2019
BOMA November Luncheon
Save the date for our last keynote luncheon of 2019.
Nov 2019
Victoria Chapter Christmas Luncheon
Details to come on the Victoria chapter's annual event.
Dec 2019
BOMA Christmas Luncheon (Vancouver)
Save the date for our biggest event of the year that draws over 800 people.
Around the Industry
Source: Interior Design
Projections from the CBRE suggest the flexible office space market will grow to 13 per cent in 2030 from two per cent today.
Source: Daily Hive
Vancouver and Seattle’s economic development agencies have announced a new partnership to promote growth through mutually beneficial business prospects and partnerships.
Source: Vancouver Sun
A Staples store in Kelowna has undergone a major transformation. The renovation, which is part of a rebrand, features a reconfigured retail section, an auditorium, a café and co-working space outfitted with offices and desks.
Avison Young’s Mid-Year 2019 Investment Review (British Columbia) shows commercial real estate in the province remained strong despite a volatile global market.
Source: Daily Hive
Hudson Pacific Properties has announced plans to add a major addition to the Bentall Centre office complex in downtown Vancouver’s Central Business District. A fifth tower will make the integrated complex the largest in the city, increasing the combined total floor area to nearly two million sq. ft.
Source: Vancouver Sun
Data from Avison Young suggests the Fraser Valley will become the Lower Mainland’s leading industrial hub. Buyers signed 199 industrial deals there in 2018, more than those in Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver combined.
Source: Seattle Times
Many businesses and labor unions in the natural gas industry are asking Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to reconsider his proposal to ban gas-piping systems in newly built homes and buildings, with representatives voicing their concerns to the sustainability committee last month.