Chapter President's Message


JOEL PEARLMAN, President, NAIOP Greater Toronto

JUNE - It has been a busy start to 2018 for NAIOP Greater Toronto as the Board of Directors continues to work hard to ensure that members benefit from the NAIOP experience at every stage of their careers, through quality programming, advocacy work and social interaction.

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Programming events such as Oxford’s Brad Jones’ presentation on Curating the Yorkdale Experience provided all our members with insight into one of the most unique retail assets in the world.  Events such as the interview with First National’s Moray Tawse afforded our Developing Leaders the opportunity to meet with an industry heavyweight.  The creation of the NAIOP Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Studies Toronto (CREST) has allowed those interested in continuing education to benefit from a program that has been specifically tailored to the Toronto real estate market.

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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.  Some of the issues that the group has been addressing to start 2018, include:

  • Advocating against the proposed 650% increase in the non-residential Education Development Charges proposed by the TCDSB.
  • Actively participated in the City’s TOcore planning review on behalf of the commercial development industry.

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

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This year’s Real Estate Excellence (REX) Awards was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate achievements within our industry and we recognized three leaders in the commercial real estate sector including Brydon Cruise (Community Service), John Donald (Lifetime Achievement) and the late Thomas Schwartz (Directors’ Award).

An evening event with RBC’s Doug McGregor, the annual NAIOP golf tournament and the Tour de NAIOP cycling event provided our members with opportunities to interact with other members in different environments.

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There will be lots to keep our membership busy throughout the summer months, including our Mentorship Program, a new unique beach volleyball summer social and the ever-popular Rookies and Rockstars networking event.  I hope to see many of you at the events.

Finally, I want to thank our members, our Board of Directors and many volunteers, and our corporate sponsors for their contributions to the successful start to 2018.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Joel Pearlman