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2020 RPIC Real Property National Workshop
(Virtual Edition)
One GC: The Art of Integration

Call for Presentations

Submission Deadline: August 14, 2020

RPIC has made the decision to deliver the 2020 RPIC Real Property National Workshop virtually. The Call for Presentations has been revised to focus on a number of new priorities, and address the new reality that we are now living and working in. 

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The 2020 RPIC Real Property National Workshop (RPNW) theme is One GC: The Art of Integration. 

The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) and the RPNW Planning Committee invites you to submit presentations on the following topics. Presentations proposed to be delivered in French are encouraged.


The Art of the Changing Workplace: Where is Your New Workplace?

Over the course of the next 12 to 18 months, most departments will implement and support return to work strategies affecting the workplace, both the how and where we work. The discussion is well under way, but the opportunity is to learn collaboratively during a very dynamic time. This stream offers a great platform to share ideas and for those leading the charge, an opportunity to present early results and creative paths forward. We invite you to talk about everything from the mental well-being through to the use of the space and everything in between. The time share Workplace innovation is now!

The Real Property workforce is both the frontline and backbone for building business and government success. How will we shape the workplace into something new without destroying components of its past that are worth keeping? How will the office of tomorrow be designed to keep people working together while physically apart? How do we integrate and design for increased remote work which will likely become a much more widely recognized alternative to location-based work?

This stream offers real property professionals a forum for discussing the current state of business resumption and will include: updates on federal guidance, implementation and best practices; horizontal collaboration and how IT, HR, finance, real property and health came together so rapidly to adjust and plan for future; technology platforms and business continuity; and, how to manage the post-COVID change management, culture changes and workforce development.

For example, how do the social distancing choices impact a city’s infrastructure, and the employers and employees plans to return work? What if any long-term effect on Real Property? Will people want to work from home and avoid public transit or prefer to work in a location outside the core where they can bike or drive to work?

Has the workplace been redefined permanently? Will some of the new habits and ways of doing business continue? How has the workplace been redefined? The boundary between IT and RP is getting blurry. Furthermore, the line between personal, private and public asset that supports/constitute the workplace is a very real consideration. What are the implications of these new ways of doing things, assuming work from home becomes the norm for many more than was anticipated only a few months ago? How we can best leverage our RP portfolios to better support the new way of doing things?


The Art of Forward-Looking Policies and Programs: Predicting the Future

No discipline is an island, and real property is no exception. Today’s real property professional has to be a master of collaboration and factor in multiple requirements and priorities in decision-making, while never losing sight of the fact that, at the end of the day, real property has to meet the needs of the people who use it. Further, there is growing momentum globally to direct post-COVID economic stimulus funding from governments to retrofitting existing building stocks to maximize building performance, energy efficiency, resilience and sustainability as well as the health of building occupants. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the federal government to show leadership within its own portfolio of buildings, at the same time strengthening the building services and energy efficiency sectors of our economy.

This broad stream examines the results and recommendations from the government of Canada’s Fixed Asset Review, policy reset and policy adjustments to respond to pandemic-related challenges, moving the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy forward, and the impacts of the pandemic on federal real property programs and portfolios and the changing future needs. What is the current state of the federal building portfolio? What opportunities are there to improve building performance and save taxpayer $? What barriers are impeding the progress of these projects? What is the expected long-term outcome of the pandemic on commercial real estate? A surplus of vacant space? Higher or lower rents, who will be the tenants, required amenities, etc. How are property management companies adapting? How are their services changing?


The Art of Building Technology and Infrastructure Sustainability: Making Our Portfolio Smarter 

This stream will explore how cross-functional collaboration between Real property professionals and those from other fields like IT and HR can create innovative ideas to improve building performance and occupant productivity as well as adapting to changing needs.

Trends such as the growth of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud-based analytics are creating new ways to optimize facility and asset management – how will they impact federal real property? How can facilities be adapted to meet changing needs and technology? What new technologies are available to optimize building performance? These questions and case studies showing the long-term impact of cross-functional initiatives will be discussed.

This stream will also provide participants involved in construction, maintenance, and sustainable development an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and experience gained while working in their fields of expertise on diverse aspects of projects. The following will be covered by this stream: acquiring knowledge on the different certification programs including LEED's newest ZCB (Zero Carbon Balance) version; understanding different approaches for the sustainable management of the lifecycle of government properties; BOMA guidance; and pandemic-related change requirements.



Presentation abstracts are to be submitted using the submission form. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and must include a presentation objective and biographies for all presenters. The abstract may be submitted in English or French and must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Note that the presentation time block is 45 minutes, including Q&A. Presentations will be selected for inclusion in the preliminary program on the basis of a peer review by a panel of experts. 



Final presentations are to be submitted as a PowerPoint file that is l0 MB or less. The workshop presentations will be made available on the RPIC website ( following the Workshop.



Initial presentation proposal submissions may be submitted in English or French. All final accepted presentation titles, objectives, descriptions and speaker biographies, as well as PowerPoint presentations crediting federal government employee authors must be submitted in English and French. The translated presentation title, objective, description and speaker biographies are due two weeks after the confirmation of acceptance into the Workshop.

Presentations can be delivered in English or French. Please indicate your preferred delivery language on the submission form.



All presenters are encouraged to participate in the whole Workshop and one complimentary two-day registration is offered per accepted presentation (while quantities last). Presenters registering are encouraged to register by October 2, 2020. The complimentary registration includes the Workshop only, not the Professional Development Day fees.


Abstract Submission Form Deadline

August 14, 2020

Author Notification

August 28, 2020

Translated Abstract Due*

September 4, 2020

Draft PPT Due

October 2, 2020

Presenter Registration Deadline

October 2, 2020

Final PPT Due

October 30, 2020

Translated PPT Due*

November 6, 2020


* We encourage everyone to submit in both official languages.

For more information please visit the 2020 RPIC Real Property National Workshop website


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