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03

Parker: Skinner takes over leadership of BOMA Foundation

BOMA Calgary Foundation provides a scholarship for a student to take the 5th Class Engineering — Building Operator Program run by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). More than 300 apply for the course and the federal government funds spaces for 20. The foundation supports another student by covering the $15,000 course fee.

Published on: February 3, 2017 | Last Updated: February 3, 2017 6:00 AM MST

 

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Rita Skinner first visited Calgary to study broadcast journalism, on a six-week internship, with radio station QR77. She quickly fell in love with the city and decided to move here from her home in Belleville, Ont.

That was 15 years ago. Today, she is a property manager with Artis Real Estate Investment Trust and was recently appointed chair of the BOMA Calgary Foundation board.

Skinner began her career in property management at Aspen Properties where she was introduced to BOMA by Chris Howard. Now vice-president office leasing and industrial sales with Avison Young, Howard has just completed his term as foundation chair.

The foundation was started by a few BOMA members who volunteered to raise scholarship funds and give back to the community at large. A major contributor is Enmax, a founding sponsor of the BOMA Calgary Charity Golf Tournament.

The foundation raises about $18,000 each year to support its programs. Last year it received a huge boost from a $100,000 donation given by member Fred Edwards, president Western Canada GDI and CEO of Servpro Canada.

BOMA Calgary Foundation provides a scholarship for a student to take the 5th Class Engineering — Building Operator Program run by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). More than 300 apply for the course and the federal government funds spaces for 20. The foundation supports another student by covering the $15,000 course fee.

Last year’s recipient was later hired by Artis and is now responsible for operating one of its 30 buildings in the city.

Edwards added to his contribution to the foundation by also sponsoring a CCIS student in need of funds.

The foundation’s other annual investment is an educational bursary offered to a full-time Mount Royal University student entering the third or fourth year in the Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Funding has also been allocated to the Canadian Red Cross and the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

This week, Skinner and her 11-person board — joined this year by Derrick Carleton of Riverpark Properties and Steve Walton of Oxford Properties — developed a new strategy to raise more funds for Calgary needs and to encourage BOMA members to volunteer time mentoring others.

Meanwhile, Skinner is busy managing several Artis REIT buildings, including the Ford and Alpine towers downtown, Centre 70 and Heritage Square on Macleod Trail South, and three office buildings in Quarry Park.

News and notes

  • The Calgary Assessment Review Board is looking for candidates with real estate, property management, development, assessment or law backgrounds to become board members. The independent board hears and adjudicates property assessment complaints in the city. The one-year term begins April 1.
  • The Calgary Capital Markets Group at Avison Young has started the year well. It sold the historic Canmore Hotel to a Calgary family of investors through a judicial sale in the mid-$2 million range.

In Calgary, the team sold Standen’s east industrial portfolio of two buildings in Burns Industrial Park to a Vancouver private equity company. The 225,160 square foot properties are entirely leased to Standen’s IMT on a long-term basis. A 66-unit townhome complex in Pump Hill was sold to Killam Properties of Toronto.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at calgaryherald.com/business. He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at info@davidparker.ca.

 

Source: http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/parker-skinner-takes-over-leadership-of-boma-foundation

 

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Jan
02

Alberta is the Future

Alberta is the Future

Alberta, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants to Canada, thanks to its quality of life and economic opportunities.

Diversity

In Alberta, you will find welcoming communities built by hardworking people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. People from any country or background can participate in a high quality of life, with safe and inclusive communities that welcome and celebrate diversity. The government of Alberta protects human rights and promotes fairness.

Economy

In Alberta, you will enjoy a stable and financially secured government. With plenty of jobs opportunities and the province is becoming one of the best places to relocate from another country. There is an abundance of natural resources, agriculture, energy, forestry and industrial products. Alberta is home to more than 60% of the country's conventional crude oil reserves and all of its heavy oil and oil sands reserves. Major cities in Alberta are full of innovation and knowledge-based industries. Along with low property tax, there is no provincial retail sales tax, and the provincehas the lowest personal tax rate in Canada. Thanks to low levels of unemployment and high demand for workers, Alberta’s average wage and salary rates are highly competitive. Most basic health services in Canada are offered at no direct cost to the patient.

Community

In Alberta, you will find magnificent landscapes, mountains and lakes. There is plenty of wide open spaces and parks as well as major cities. Summers are mild and green while winters provide fresh snowfall for skiing and other outdoor sports. Alberta enjoys a very low crime rate and one of the more affordable housing markets in Canada. In a renowned education system, from kindergarten right through to its universities, all citizens and permanent residents under the age of 20 are entitled to free education until the end of high school through the public school system.

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Jan
02

Integration in the Workplace

Integration in the Workplace

Build Your Future – Build Your Career

Alberta, Canada is becoming one of the top locations for re-locating from other countries. High standard of living and stable economy attracts immigrants from all over the world. Cities in Alberta are known for multicultural communities and are welcoming to all races and religions. However, a great job in a new country is not all that is needed for a prosperous life.

Having a “job” is simply putting in your time for a paycheck. To have a career and build your future, you must incorporate your skills and talents into the company and participate in all aspects-socially, mentally and physically. Your success in immigrating to another country depends on your ability to meld with and become part of the dominant culture. Success depends on making your new country and career a part of yourself and making it your new home.

A great place to start your immigration process is CCIS Oil & Gas Training Programs. Our intensive training programs will not only teach you hands-on skills to work in the expanding oil and energy industries, but also how to integrate into your new company and the culture of Alberta, Canada.

CCIS, the leader in energy training, has everything you need for a successful change:

• Sourcing
• Integration
• Training
• Safety
• Retention

CCIS Integration training component is what makes graduates successful and satisfied with their new careers and lives. The 2012 Immigrants of Distinction Award was given to CCIS for their focus on integration as their #1 priority for all new Canadian citizens moving here from other countries.

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