A rising number of Canadian facility professionals are using the International Facility Management Association to further their education, network and access the most valuable resources in the industry.
Facility management is a profession that encompasses many disciplines integrating people, place, process and technology to ensure functionality of the built environment. As the world’s largest association for facility management professionals, IFMA represents more than 19,000 members in countries around the world. IFMA members have a total combined purchasing power of US$100 billion and manage more than 37 billion square feet of space.
“IFMA chapters have always been growth drivers for IFMA membership, and the Canadian chapters continue to shine in this area,” said Barbara Zlatnik, IFMA director of member resources. “Our increased education and networking opportunities offer value to IFMA stakeholders and have helped recruit and retain members.”
With more than 1,000 Canadian members, facility managers have the opportunity to belong to 10 IFMA chapters throughout Canada based on geographic area Calgary, Northern Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Regina, Toronto, Ottawa, South Central Ontario, and London, Ontario, along with a student chapter at Conestoga College. The Toronto Chapter is currently the largest in Canada with more than 300 members.
On April 1 and 2, 2009, hundreds of facility professionals from the U.S. and Canada will meet in Vancouver, B.C., for IFMA’s Industries Forum 2009 a two-day conference covering the latest issues, trends and best practices affecting the built environment. Held at Vancouver’s Sheraton Wall Centre, the third annual Industries Forum will concentrate on topics relevant to the industry sectors represented by IFMA’s councils covering a variety of industries including corporate facilities, restaurants, environmental health and safety, airport facilities and the public sector.