President's Message


JOEL PEARLMAN, Past President (2018), NAIOP Greater Toronto

Happy New Year! I hope all of our members had a restful and enjoyable holiday break spent with family and friends.

It was an honour representing you in 2018, but the role was just as rewarding for me based on the great people that represent NAIOP Greater Toronto.  Our membership is diverse and engaged.  Our sponsors are committed to the NAIOP experience.  Our Executive Director, Constance Wrigley-Thomas, is the best in the business.  And the volunteers on our Board of Directors are devoted, hardworking and always looking to improve the experience for all of our members.

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2018 was quite a year for NAIOP Greater Toronto.  Our goal was to ensure that our members benefit from the NAIOP experience at every stage of their careers, through quality programming, advocacy work and social interaction.

The chapter’s schedule of events and educational programs was one of the most varied we have had in years.  For example, the Effect of Cannabis Legislation panel in October was a unique topic with a diverse panel of speakers that many of our members rarely get to hear from or interact with.  This year’s Development Challenge was as strong as ever.  The President of NAIOP Corporate, Tom Bisacquino, attended the event and was blown away by our Developing Leaders and what they are producing. The chapter’s newly-created Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Studies of Toronto (CREST) included seven Toronto-focused courses that were all well attended and received.

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The NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter continues to take a larger step to the forefront on being one of the pre-eminent industry groups addressing Government Relations and Advocacy issues.  Our influence is noticeable at the highest levels of government as our Government Relations committee was able to secure Mayor John Tory to speak at our annual Government Relations Program Event this past year.

Our Government Relations Committee will continue to monitor and advocate on City initiatives that are important to our members.

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Aside from continuing with our excellence in programming and government relations, we started some new initiatives this year, including a workshop with our Senior Leaders and the creation of the Communications Committee.  Our round table with the Senior Leaders provided some great feedback and ideas that we will look to incorporate in 2019.  Our Communications Committee was hard at work all year setting the groundwork for some changes that our members will start to see this year.

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2019 already is shaping up to be a great year and I am certain that Sam Barbieri will do a terrific job as this year’s President.

All the best and I look forward to seeing many of you at our chapter events starting on January 31.

Joel Pearlman