President's Message


SAM BARBIERI, President, NAIOP Greater Toronto

April 2019 - Q1 has drawn to an end and I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued support and confidence in our chapter. 2018 was a busy and productive year for NAIOP Greater Toronto and 2019 has started with an ambitious agenda of initiatives and the lofty goal of providing an excellent experience for our members through best-in-class education, networking and advocacy.

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In February, NAIOP Greater Toronto was recognized at the Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat in Washington, DC as Chapter of the Year for 2018, in the large chapter category.  This recognition is granted annually to the chapter that distinguishes itself, relative to its peers, in the areas of education, networking and advocacy. Our chapter has and continues to work hard for all its members and is honoured to have received this recognition for the third time in its history.

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On April 9th, NAIOP Greater Toronto is proud to be hosting the 18th annual Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards. The planning committee has worked hard to put together an exciting evening of networking and we look forward to celebrating our industry colleagues who have achieved “excellence” in a variety of categories, as judged by panels of independent industry participants. The venue is also changing this year, and REX will be held at the Sheraton Centre where food stations will be set up to celebrate the diverse neighbourhoods and fabric of the Greater Toronto Area.

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NAIOP Greater Toronto’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) has started 2019 with a full slate of initiatives, many of which are carried over from 2018 and directly impact our members.  As advocates for NAIOP, the GRC is your voice on issues like ToCore, the Waterfront LRT and the commercial to residential property tax ratio. The GRC continues to effectively engage with the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario, ensuring that the commercial real estate industry has a voice in shaping an outcome around these complex issues.

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NAIOP Greater Toronto’s Commercial Real Estate Studies Toronto (CREST) program continues to be an attractive certificate program for new entrants to the industry. Last year, several members graduated from the program and with the program’s popularity the graduation rate will increase in 2019. The Programs Committee for our chapter continues to review and enhance the program, ensuring that it meets the needs of members new to the industry.

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Lastly, 2018 was spent engaging with senior leaders within the NAIOP Greater Toronto membership to enhance programming for this cohort. Several interesting events have been scheduled through 2019, aimed at enhancing engagement to the mutual benefit of all members.

I look forward to the balance of 2019 and thank the Board of Directors and our Executive Director, Constance Wrigley-Thomas, for their commitment to the organization. It’s shaping up to be a great year! A special thank you needs to also be extended to NAIOP’s many sponsors and, of course, our members for contributing to the fabric of the organization and ensuring that it continues to be a strong voice for the commercial real estate industry in the GTA!

Sam Barbieri