It is a pleasure and honour to serve as President of CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter (“CoreNet Global”).
CoreNet Global is a 100% volunteer Leadership Council with a mission to advance the effectiveness of Corporate Real Estate professionals and the entire industry engaged in delivering value to corporations through the strategic management of corporate real estate and workplace resources. CoreNet serves a unique role in the commercial real estate industry. We are the only global real estate industry association solely dedicated to the Corporate Real Estate profession. Therefore, we have a critical role to play in advancing the practice of corporate real estate throughout Canada. We need to continue to build respect and awareness for our young profession. Through various mediums, such as programming events, the CoreNet Summit, research papers, publications, networking events, and alliances with post-secondary educational institutions, we have two important roles; we contribute to advancing CRE knowledge, and we also formally recognize the great work of others in CRE.
The Corporate Real Estate industry, like so many others, is experiencing an unprecedented level of disruption.
The rapid pace of technological advances, the greater importance placed on maximizing the employee experience, and a business environment that demands that CRE leaders drive improvements in efficiencies and value-added effectiveness, means that the solutions deployed five or ten years ago have little relevance to solving the problems of today and tomorrow. CoreNet Global provides a mechanism—the best mechanism--for end-users, service providers and owners to come together to share ideas and develop the Corporate Real Estate solutions of tomorrow.
I am humbled by the talent that surrounds me at the Leadership Council table, among our many volunteers, and our small but dedicated management staff that keep our association functioning on a day-to-day basis. Each member of our team contributes in a meaningful way to advance the great work of CoreNet Global and the industry. While I will not list them individually, you may view our entire roster of Leadership Council members on our website.
This past year was a momentous one for our association as we expanded some initiatives already underway and commenced new initiatives in other areas. As an example, in 2019 we delivered a total of 10 programming events, including our REmmy Awards Gala and our Golf Classic, increasing our programming offerings by over 50% from what we offered just three years ago. The June Diversity & Inclusion CRE Industry Breakfast was precedent-setting in two respects: First, it was the first time in our history that CoreNet Global, BOMA, NAIOP, REALPAC, Toronto CREW and ULI collaborated on a programming event. Second, it was the first time in recent memory that any Canadian real estate industry association has held an event entirely focused on LGBTQ issues.
This year the Leadership Council will continue to provide a variety of quality, topical programming events, and facilitate dialogue and cross-pollination of ideas among our diverse professional network. We will continue to place a significant amount of resources into the planning, funding and delivery of our REmmy Awards Gala and Golf Classic; two events that are always a highlight on the Corporate Real Estate calendar. We will be deliberate in expanding CoreNet Global’s presence to other regions outside the GTA and Montreal to better serve all our members from coast to coast. We will bring additional CoreNet Global professional development courses to Canada with an emphasis on the full suite of courses necessary for one to earn their MCR designation. Lastly, but certainly not least, we will develop and execute a long-term strategy to improve the marketing, communications and branding of CoreNet Global to attract attention to our great organization, our profession, and our contribution to the business.
As a volunteer-based association, we rely on the generous support of dozens of Corporate Real Estate professionals to deliver on our mandate. There is no better way to give back to your Corporate Real Estate profession than to get involved in CoreNet Global. Please consider becoming a member, volunteering for one of our many committees, serving on Leadership Council, attending or sponsoring a CoreNet Global event, or simply by communicating our mandate to other real estate professionals, other business professionals, and throughout the ranks of the C-suite and corporate executive teams.
On behalf of the CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter, thank you for your continued support.
President, CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter