We all have great intentions embarking upon new initiatives but we often get too busy and our plans fall to the wayside. Avoiding the proverbial road to hell, this summer can be a great time to start looking at the different commercial real estate associations / networking opportunities in Edmonton. We’ve put together a list of the various associations / organizations in the Edmonton region with a brief overview of each.
NAIOP – Edmonton
Up until 2009 it was known as the National Association for Industrial and Office Properties, but was rebranded as the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, keeping the original acronym. There are chapters across North America with four in Canada (Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto). The Edmonton chapter offers luncheons, social events, education opportunities and plenty of chances to network with other commercial real estate professionals. Members include developers, property owners, architects, lawyers, bankers, brokers and managers.
Building Owners and Managers Association- Edmonton
Dating back to the late 60’s, BOMA Edmonton is the local chapter for the international namesake. There are numerous events, including breakfasts, luncheons and a yearly awards gala. BOMA also puts out a yearly leasing guide which is the de facto reference for the industry. As their name suggests, membership is comprised of building owners and property managers, but extends to virtually all professionals within the commercial real estate industry.
Urban Development Institute – Edmonton Region
Comprised primarily of developers and industry professionals, the organization is focused on land development. UDI puts on numerous events each year, ranging from luncheons, socials and a golf tournament but is perhaps best known for their active involvement in all levels of politics. UDI also provides regular news updates on issues pertaining to land development issues.
Edmonton Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
The local CREW chapter was founded in 2010 and like the other chapters across North America the objective is to provide support the achievements of women in commercial real estate. The initiatives of the organization are business development, industry research, leadership development and career outreach. CREW offers numerous networking events throughout the year.
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Although many people might think of a surveyor as someone involved in measuring land dimensions, RICS more broadly defines the field as any professional involved in construction, development or land. The local group of RICS professionals meets regularly over a variety of different events.