May 12, 2020
Association News
Since mid-March, BOMA BC member Dawn Surette (Warrington PCI Management) and president Damian Stathonikos have been part of a national COVID-19 working group chaired by BOMA Canada. The working group brings together subject matter experts (including Susan Bazak, the author of BOMA Canada’s Pandemic Planning Guide) from across the country to plan and create timely resources.
Kieran touched the lives of countless BOMA members. Most recently, he was a property manager for Park Royal Shopping Centre but many of us knew him from earlier days at Bentall Kennedy, BJC-WSI and Oxford Properties. He will be remembered for his smiling face, ability to make people laugh and his fun-loving nature. We share with you the eulogy.

BOMA BC has embarked on the fourth phase of its Labour Market Strategy in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. This project will implement some of the key strategies identified for our sector during our strategy development stage. The project is being overseen by a Governance Advisory Committee made up of senior representatives from the commercial real estate industry and will be focusing on creating usable tools that will help ensure our industry’s labour market is ready to lead our industry for the next decade and beyond.

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
In April, Technical Safety BC made the decision to suspend all in-person assessments, with the exception of incidents or hazards that are deemed critical to the safety system. What this means to the industry is that once a request for inspection (declaration) has been received, safety officers will assess the information to determine the appropriate next step, which can be one of the following options.
The Elevating Devices Safety Regulation requires you to complete continuing education training before renewing your Elevating Devices Mechanic certificate of qualification. 
Government Affairs

BOMA BC has been engaged with all levels of governments as our sector deals with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. BOMA has been outlining concerns with regard to safety, security and accessibility, and have taken steps to support economic recovery strategies. If you have ideas on what governments can be doing that will be particularly helpful for your company, your staff, or your tenants at this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Bartlett Tree Experts
City Elevator Ltd
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.
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Good to Know

After a period of “hibernation,” the commercial real estate industry is now preparing for a phased re-entry. To provide guidance on building operations and management, BOMA Canada and its volunteers from across Canada have put together the Pathway Back to Work - Commercial Real Estate, Coronavirus and Re-Entry Guide.

This guide provides recommended pathways for the return of tenants, building personnel, visitors, vendors, contractors and others to commercial real estate across Canada. To download click here.

Source: Nicole Wutschnik and Caroline Collins, Curtis Health
Fitness centre reopening will take place in stages during Phase 3 in BC. Now is the time for property managers to start looking at their own framework for reopening so the sites are ready and, most importantly, safe. Reopening will comply with the most up-to-date information from national, provincial, and local authorities, especially with respect to physical distancing guidelines and enhanced cleaning. In advance of the fitness centre openings, protocols will need to be established and communicated clearly. 
Source: Tremco
Does your roof system look like it’s nearing the end of its life? Funding for a new roof may not be in the capital budget, however, roof restoration is a great alternative for building owners to use their maintenance allowance to significantly extend the life of their roof by 10 to 30 years.
Curtis Personalized Health Management ltd
Ultra-Tech Cleaning Systems Ltd
Event Calendar
May 2020
BOMA BC Awards Happy Hour
Have a chat in a virtual meeting room, listen to a comedian, and of course find out who won an award!
Jun 2020
QBT Session
Topic details to come!
Aug 2020
BOMA Golf Classic
Stay tuned for further details!
Aug 2020
BOMA Boat Cruise
This afternoon harbour cruise may soon become your favorite BOMA event. Our back-up date is August 27 - we hope it will be business as usual by then.
Sep 2020
BOMEX Vancouver
The Planning Committee is considering various possibilities for the conference. More information to come in late May.
Dec 2020
BOMA Christmas Luncheon
Set aside 11 a.m. until at least 2 p.m. for BOMA's largest event of the year.
Improve your Building’s Energy Performance
Trane Canada ULC
Would it be helpful to see your building’s energy usage at a glance? At little or no cost to you, Trane can provide a snapshot and analysis of your building’s energy profile, and outline action plans and recommendations for improvement.  With just one year of energy data, Trane professionals will provide you with insights into cost savings and sustainability. Why? Because if you can see a problem, you can change it.
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Around the Industry
Source: BC Business
The COVID-19 pandemic poses many challenges for the property market and raises questions about the B.C.’s overall economic resilience.
Source: CBC News
Workers eager to their return to work at the office should prepare for new safety protocols.
Source: Real Estate News EXchange
As some commercial tenants struggle to pay rent, building owners, particularly those with retail spaces, have had to look at alternative ways for covering their own costs.
Source: The Globe and Mail
While many industries slowed down as COVID-19 forced closures across Canada, some property managers are busier than ever.
Source: The Georgia Straight
Dan Boram, CEO of Greater Vancouver office-design company Aura Office Environments, shares what he expects offices will look like after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: URBANIZED/Daily Hive
The City of Surrey’s economic action and recovery plan includes late payment penalty extensions for property taxes and approval of building permits.