A Word from the Executive Director
Steven Brasier, CAE
Executive Director, Real Property Institute of Canada
We live in interesting times. Change abounds – whether you’re talking about technological, environmental, political, economic, or social issues. Against that backdrop, it’s important for the federal real property (RP) community to commit to training and professional development to stay contemporary with current policies and practices.
That’s what makes this an especially exciting time to have joined the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) as its first Executive Director. RPIC has been doing extremely well under the stewardship of its volunteer Board of Directors. So well, in fact, that the Board decided it was time to bring in a full-time executive to lead its strategic initiatives and oversee its growing operations.
RPIC today offers more national and regional workshops than ever. In addition, RPIC is pursuing collaboration within the federal and other levels of government and alliances with other non-profits, private sector partners, and the academic community – all with a view to providing enhanced content and greater reach in the delivery of our professional development programs and networking opportunities for RP executives and practitioners across Canada.
As I get oriented in my new role, I’m learning about the RP community to better understand the environment in which you operate, including applicable legislation, regulations and policies. I’ve also reviewed research on the demographics of this professional community – to better appreciate its breadth and its scope of activity within the many government departments and agencies you represent.
Delving into the issues that impact RPs, I’m able to draw from prior experience as Executive Director of Canada’s national institute for professional planners. I’m already familiar with many issues that are associated with federal real property management, including: climate change mitigation and adaptation, indigenous communities, sustainable development, infrastructure, remediation of contaminated sites, and other topics.
Appreciation and thanks go to RPIC’s Executive Advisor, Ruth Brady, and to Sarah Zgraggen, Robin Baldwin and the rest of The Willow Group team for helping me transition into the Executive Director’s role, and whose dedication to RPIC is evident.
I look forward to attending the 2017 Real Property National Workshop, on November 14-16, and to meeting as many members of the RP community as possible. I also encourage contact through other channels, through RPIC’s social media.
We rely on your support, whether it’s by attending or presenting at RPIC’s workshops, participating in RPIC’s awards programs, or volunteering. RPIC is a creation of the federal RP community for the federal RP community. Your input and involvement is encouraged and crucial to our collective ongoing success.
Steven Brasier, CAE
Real Property Institute of Canada