March 12, 2020
Association News

BOMA BC has curated a list of resources to help you find information in one place. The web page includes health information, business continuity information, downloadable posters and a checklist for buildings. 

The Education Committee identified the need for a session on business continuity in case the COVID-19 virus becomes a national pandemic. BOMA is currently planning a half-day workshop for the near future; stay tuned for details.


This year's Ski Day surpassed last year's attendance and BOMA will be looking at ways to accommodate everyone who wants to attend in 2021. After the two coaches arrived in Whistler, small groups went off in different directions, eventually meeting in the afternoon at various watering holes (notably Longhorn's patio). Caramba did a fantastic job quickly serving a family style feast so that we could arrive back in Vancouver on time. 


We'd like to thank the following members for sponsoring: the two coaches; $20 lunch gift card; coffee & snack; and drinks...


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Representatives of Triovest Realty Advisors with their BOMA BEST certificates.

Member companies are recognized at each of BOMA's luncheons for achieving BOMA BEST certification. At the February event, the following received their certificates:

  • Cadillac Fairview's Pacific Centre Retail
  • Concert Realty's 468 Terminal Avenue
  • Hudson Pacific Properties' Bentall Centre (One, Two, Three & Four)
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge's Guildford Town Centre & Tsawwassen Mills
  • Manulife Financial's 510 Burrard & Manulife Place
  • Triovest Realty's 4370 & 4350 Still Creek Drive
  • Wesgroup Properties' 8411 200th Street & 8506 200th Street
  • West Pender Property Group's 580 Hornby, 885 Dunsmuir, 815 W. Hastings Street, 800 W. Pender & 890 W. Pender
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Regulatory News

Technical Safety BC has an update for owners of elevators and escalators about the new safety code for elevating devices, CSA B44-16, which comes into effect on April 30, 2020. View their brochure that promotes awareness of your responsibilities for ensuring maintenance work is performed on devices by a licensed contractor. More information is available on their website

Government Affairs

BOMA officials met with Jessie Adcock, the new General Manager of Development, Buildings and Licensing and Andrea Law, Director of Development Services at the City of Vancouver, to discuss ways in which we can support improved permit processing.

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Events & Education

This time last year a focus group made up of BOMA commercial property managers was held to brainstorm ideas for BUILDEX sessions. Jump ahead to February 2020, where specific sessions created for the commercial buildings industry were offered. One of them was a presentation on talent attraction and retention, where members Sean Ingraham (FirstServiceResidential), Pia Preou (Hays Recruitment), Michael Scott (Impact Recruitment), Lillian Tummonds (Cadillac Fairview) and moderated by Warren Smithies (Martello Property Services). 


How do you get out of a slump at work or in your personal life? When things are going well, how do you maintain that?

Steve J. Thomas, an engaging speaker from Illinois, addressed The New Professionals (TNP) members at a half-day seminar. 

Upcoming events for the TNP group include a network-building Cocktail Wars event, where teams will work together and a session on how to use LinkedIn for its full potential. 

Sign up your under 40 real estate colleagues by sending an email to Sarah at BOMA. 

Good to Know

As Surrey grows, so does their need to engage with residents, gather input, and seek direction on projects and processes. In 2019, the City launched a Public Engagement Task Force to enhance engagement. One of the key deliverables of the Task Force is a citywide Public Engagement Strategy. This strategy is being developed by a consulting firm and will provide a vision and framework to guide community engagement in the city. To support this effort, input is being sought from Surrey residents. Provide your feedback by completing a five minute online survey.

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Event Calendar
Apr 2020
BOMA April Luncheon & AGM
Set aside 11am to 11:30am to attend the Annual General Meeting prior to the luncheon. Details to come.
Apr 2020
TNP Cocktail Wars!
Teams work together to create the best cocktail. Registration opens soon.
May 2020
BOMA Awards Gala
Celebrate with industry peers as they are rewarded for excellence!
Jul 2020
BOMA Boat Cruise
Keep an eye out for registration in May as this event sells out quickly.
Aug 2020
BOMA Golf Classic
We're back at Northview's two courses for this double shotgun, Texas Scramble tourney.
Sep 2020
BOMEX Vancouver
BOMA Canada's national conference and tradeshow is coming to town!
Dec 2020
BOMA Christmas Luncheon
Set aside 11am until at least 2pm for BOMA's largest event of the year.
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Around the Industry
Source: Real Estate News EXchange

Shopify has signed on as a major tenant of Bentall Centre in Vancouver and will take up more than 70,000 square feet of the building operated and co-owned by Hudson Pacific Properties.
Source: The Globe and Mail

Major tech companies are looking to Vancouver as the best place to set up shop.
Source: URBANIZED/Daily Hive

The WeTown development is shifting gears and has rebranded as the Abbotsford Tech District. The new concept for the development has not yet been released, but is based on feedback from the initial proposal.
Source: URBANIZED/Daily Hive

A re-zoning proposal for the narrow empty lot at 619-685 West Hastings St. in Vancouver’s downtown will go to public hearing this spring.
Source: URBANIZED/Daily Hive

Plans are in the works to replace the 650,000-square-foot Amazon fulfilment centre in New Westminster. The proposed development would create 1.5 million square feet of office space in addition to several residential buildings.
Source: Vancouver Sun

Plans for the redevelopment of two large plots of land in Downtown Fort Langley were put on pause, but may now be able to move forward in the form of a partnership with Kwantlen First Nation.
Source: Times Colonist

A strong demand for housing and commercial development is behind the surge in construction last year.
Source: Seattle Times

Public officials were tasked with dealing with the old brick buildings in Seattle that could crumble with deadly consequences. 
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Madeline DelVescovo spends a lot of time walking back and forth from campus to her apartment. She started noticing how the skyscrapers seem to match their lights with one another. 
Source: Times Colonist

The Maritime Museum of B.C. is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with the City of Langford to partner in the construction of an $87-million performing arts centre and museum.