Message from BOMA Nova Scotia President Dan Bourque
Welcome to the 2018 edition of SPACES magazine! SPACES is the annual publication of BOMA Nova Scotia (Building Owners and Managers Association) and offers articles following the latest news and trends for the commercial real estate industry. I hope you and your colleagues enjoy it.
BOMA Nova Scotia’s mandate is to provide commercial real estate leadership and support throughout Nova Scotia. We provide our members with educational and networking opportunities and represent the industry on various issues important to building owners, managers and their tenants. Over the past few years our priorities have included promoting a light rail option (GIRT) as a viable solution to Halifax’s transportation problems and liaising with local education providers to bring new qualified workers into the field of commercial real estate management.
As always the 2018 edition of SPACES includes the Leasing Guide for Greater Halifax, now expanded to include both the office and industrial sectors. As such, SPACES provides one of the most comprehensive lists of commercial space for lease in Nova Scotia.
As a basis to achieve our goals and better service our members, the BOMA Board of Directors has worked hard over the past two years on strategic planning and a new and improved committee structure. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the current Board (listed on page 3), as well as previous Board members and our Committee members, for their hard work. There is always room for more representation from industry members on our committees; if you would like to get more involved please reach out to the BOMA office.
As I write our industry is facing a period of transition with the rising vacancy rates in Nova Scotia, particularly in downtown Halifax. I encourage you to read the article on this topic on page 6. Also a hot topic in the downtown area is the introduction of Halifax’s Centre Plan, the municipality’s new guide to development in the more urban areas. Both of these factors have resulted in a changing environment for commercial real estate, which has an everyday impact in and on our buildings. As our members adapt to change we look forward to offering the latest on new technologies, regulations and more, with a variety of luncheons, workshops and courses in the upcoming months; check out the latest offerings at www.bomanovascotia.com.
I hope you enjoy the 2018 edition of SPACES. We love to hear feedback about our publications and other initiatives … email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 902-425-3717.
Dan Bourque, RPA President, BOMA Nova Scotia
Message from Premier McNeil
Businesses drive our economy and organizations like BOMA play a vital role in helping companies push forward.
The Government of Nova Scotia and our Crown corporations are creating the conditions for economic growth. We are responding to the needs of business owners by cutting red tape, streamlining regulations and providing tax relief for small enterprises.
We are also investing in creative collusion spaces – places where entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into successful companies. “Incubators” like Volta Labs in Halifax, the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship in Dartmouth, Ignite Labs in Yarmouth and Momentum Cape Breton in Sydney are helping new business owners build stronger products and services under one roof.
As commercial owners, managers and operators, you understand the power of great places. The buildings you own, manage and operate help define our communities. They populate our towns, villages, downtown centres and waterfronts. Their dynamic features also help companies foster creativity and attract and retain employees.
On behalf of the Government of Nova Scotia and all Nova Scotians, I want to thank you for your leadership and support. Let’s keep working together.
Together, we can make Nova Scotia an even better place to live, visit and do business.
Sincerely, Honourable Stephen McNeil, M.L.A. Premier
Message from Mayor Savage
One of the great challenges and opportunities of being Mayor is preparing to meet the demands of a world that is changing at an ever-increasing rate. Indeed, we all have a role to play in ensuring we remain relevant, connected and resilient in ways that will serve us today and into the future.
This is a time of unprecedented growth and development for Halifax, with people and businesses from around the world finding opportunity here. In the past couple of years, we have seen significant increases in people in their mid-20s to late 30s, a key working age demographic with the skills we need to bridge labour gaps and support the growing population of residents in their retirement years.
At the city we are working hard to ensure we continue to attract and retain young people through significant city-building initiatives. Among them: The Integrated Mobility Plan that reconsiders our entire transportation, public transportation and active transportation network; the Centre Plan that will overhaul and streamline planning and development in urban neighbourhoods; the Green Network Plan to protect open spaces and natural buffers throughout the municipality; and a Poverty Strategy so we don’t leave people behind as we grow the regional economy.
Equally, we must be better partners with the private sector to foster the innovation and investment that will shape our city’s future. Creating a climate where good people with good ideas are met with encouragement when they come here to invest their money and their hopes for the future is a responsibility we take seriously.
With strong population growth, unprecedented opportunities for new graduates and investment in our city by the private sector, we can face our challenges with an optimism we haven’t felt in decades.
Planning well for how people want to live and building communities that are as appealing in their form as they are in their function, will help ensure a strong future for the Halifax region.
BOMA members play an important role in job creation and generating economic activity, just as they help us create strong, vibrant communities. Thank you for everything you do to help us meet the challenge of not simply a bigger Halifax, but a better Halifax.
Kindest regards, Mike Savage, Mayor