Chapter leaders from across the NAIOP network joined together in Washington, D.C., for the annual Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat, February 11-14. Over 300 individuals attended the Retreat. This year, 5 representatives from the Vancouver Chapter attended.
Attendees had their choice of concurrent sessions that explored their roles as leaders and provided strategies and techniques. Sessions focused on various topics, including Developing Leaders programs, branding strategies, membership values and government affairs priority issues.
From the legislative perspective, all attendees heard from U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and U.S. Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga.). Congressman Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee and supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy. Congressman Barrow serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and currently serves as the group's Co-Chair for Administration.
Additionally, senior writer of The Weekly Standard and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hayes shared his perspectives on the political and legislative environment, and provided insight on important international issues and their impact on the United States.
As tradition dictates, the three Canadian Chapters convened for a dinner on the second evening of the Conference. This year, we were joined by 2 representatives from the soon to be founded Edmonton Chapter. Amongst the agenda items discussed (besides standing of our various hockey franchises were the joint initiative for the Sustainability website (www.naiopvcr.com, click on the link forLets Talk Sustainability) and the need to lobby the federal government to encourage legislation to allow a rollover of real estate assets in a similar fashion to the 1031 Tax Exchange used widely in the US. Stay tuned on this as we work with our partners at RealPac to develop a case for consideration.
At the Awards Dinner held on February 13th, the success and growth of our Sponsorship Program was recognized for an award amongst the 51 Chapters throughout the North American network.
The Vancouver Chapter also received an award for our digital outreach program (the use of blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a biweekly e-newsletter to reach out to our members) as a forward thinking and cost effective approach to find new ways to connect with our members.
And last but not least, congratulations were in order to our fellow Canadian Chapter, Greater Toronto, a for winning the much coveted award for Chapter of the Year, a fantastic achievement to be recognized on the National Stage!
Vice President Project Development