We are nearly halfway through the year and the period has been very eventful for the Prairies Chapter.

The board has been pushing ahead with initiatives related to recognition and awareness - behind the scenes discussions are being held with educational establishments, other associations and broader groups who will support our activities. We have welcomed a new board member, Karen Barry FRICS to strengthen the Calgary section of the Board.

A great first event in Calgary was held in February, with over 80 attendees, and we are successfully arranging regular events in Edmonton and Calgary. The most recent in Calgary fielded over 20 members to visit the new Cadillac-Fairfield tower being built by PCL. As a team we supported the Project Management conference held in Calgary. We had our first Matrics CPD presentation on June 18 and are looking forward to our Mosaic Centre tour in Edmonton, which is the first ”net-zero” commercial building in Alberta.

Membership continues to grow which is fantastic news given the general economic status in Alberta, and the pipeline is looking strong for the 2015/16 period. The aim is to develop our membership in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the coming years. The Prairies region was one of the most successful in CPD completion in the World - well done indeed!

A number of our members attended the Summit in Los Angeles and as a result we won the prize for highest percentage of members in attendance. Many thanks to all who braved the hours of travel involved. Next year we will be in Washington and I really hope we can maintain a great turnout from the Prairies region. In parallel with the summit there, RICS will host a Governing Council meeting, where those present will have an opportunity to meet new members who represent the institution.

I would like to thank you all on behalf of the Prairies Board for your participation in events,  your comments and all round support.

Kevin Ellis FRICS
Prairies Chapter Chair

Pictures from our first construction and project management seminar held on February 19th

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