Toronto CREW Leadership Awards
Established in 1996, Toronto Commercial Real Estate Women (Toronto CREW) is group of key decision makers from some of the most influential corporations in Canada. Toronto CREW is committed to providing high-quality networking and leadership opportunities to assist in furthering the careers of each of its members.
During its 20th anniversary gala, hosted at one of Oxford’s office buildings, the lobby of 130 Adelaide W., awards were given out for the first time in 20 years for Excellence in Leadership, for Volunteer Engagement, and to a Rising Star.
The Excellence in Leadership award is given to someone with experience in the commercial real estate industry, stands out for her leadership qualities and achievements, and shows commitment to her career, the industry and community. The Rising Star award was given to someone who has worked in the commercial real estate industry for less than 10 years and whose initiatives in the industry stand out above all others.
Two of Oxford’s very own were awarded these prestigious awards:
- Nancy Prenevost, Vice President, REM Legal, won the first ever Excellence in Leadership award. Nancy takes every opportunity she can to identify opportunities to promote women in the industry and to break down roadblocks in the industry that prevent women from advancing. Nancy is a true champion of Toronto CREW and the essence of what Toronto CREW was set up to accomplish.
- Courtney Starr, General Manager at Canada Square, won the first ever Rising Star award. During her four years as a member of Toronto CREW, Courtney has been involved with the Programs Committee, and the Real Jobs Committee where she quickly moved from being a member to Vice Chair and now Chair. This past year, the Real Jobs Day hosted over 130 grade 11 and grade 12 female students for a fun and informative day focused on the various careers in the commercial real estate industry.
World-Class Energy Management
Through the leadership of energy professionals in Oxford’s head office, we’re taking energy management efforts in our office portfolio to another level. A strong foundation had been built through two successfully achieved corporate emissions/energy reduction targets, portfolio-wide real-time energy metering and recommissioning, and the integration of energy metrics into quarterly reporting. But there was still much more to do. In late 2013, the team successfully developed an “energy signature” for each Oxford office building showing how it performs in a range of temperatures throughout the year, and used this data to set a “predicted target” for each building. They then challenged each building to beat its best past performance to “Be the Best You Have Been”. Liviu Botan, National Manager, Energy and Technical Services at Oxford, notes, “Our office buildings are achieving incremental energy savings of an average of 6% as a result of operators now having visibility into their energy data and their building’s performance through daily targets.” And the team is not stopping there. They are well on their way to benchmarking each building at a system level (base, heating, cooling) and working with site teams to develop a custom, absolute (ekWh/ft2) target to “Be the Best You Can Be”.
Leading Change in Our Industry
We are proud of the many Oxford employees who actively contribute to organizations and initiatives focused on sustainability and real estate. In so doing, they help drive global thought leadership in this important area. Among their many affiliations, they are involved in the Canada Green Building Council and US Green Building Council, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, International Council of Shopping Centres, BOMA, Real Property Association of Canada, and Race to Reduce.
Oxford Head Office Steps Up for OxWalks
From June 4 to July 1, 2017, Oxford Head Office employees were getting their step counts up with the oxWalks Step Challenge.
Led by the Head Office Green Team Wellness Champions, 13 teams vied for the top prize of best overall increase for a team and for an individual. Over a four-week duration, teams set their baseline steps in Week 1, and had three weeks to achieve an increase in absolute steps and percent increase from their baseline.
The excitement could be felt by the chatter in the elevator, or in common area spaces where employees would ask each other how their oxWalks were going.
Impressive Key Stats:
- 142 total head office participants (24% participation)
- 15,234 average steps per week by all participants
- 41% average step increase over the first week baseline
The individual winner, Niddhi Signh, Contact Centre Solutions Anaylst, was motivated by his friends and son as they would send step count updates after work to encourage one another to get to the next level on their step trackers. The challenge helped Niddhi to get back to the gym where he noticed considerable improvements over the four weeks, including a 206% increase over his baseline and an average of 79,671 steps above his baseline.
The team winner was Corporate Legal who averaged 233,219 steps a week and a 64% increase from their baseline week!
- Tracking devices: A smart phone device can be used as a step tracker if you don't want to wear a FitBit or alternative. Many employees did not know that their phone was tracking their steps. Going forward, we would recommend that employees provide their own devices in the future as pedometers that were available for employees did not provide expected results. Even though the challenge is over, many employees still refer to their daily steps!
- Teamwork: Many individuals joined as a team and really motivated each other. It was great to hear stories of lunch time walks, and creative ways steps were added throughout the days and nights of the challenge. The challenge was filled with excitement and positivity, fostering a friendly competitive environment.
- Change in habits: The challenge duration was long enough to create new habits such as tracking daily steps, having walking meetings, or getting out more on weekends. Many employees have commented that the challenge provided them an excuse to get moving again and the motivation they needed. Scheduling the challenge through June was beneficial for this.
Leading Change in Our Industry
We are proud of the large number of Oxford employees who actively contribute to organizations and initiatives and drive global thought leadership in sustainability and real estate. Among their many affiliations, they are involved in the Canada Green Building Council, International Council of Shopping Centres, Global Reporting Initiative, Real Property Association of Canada, Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada, and Race to Reduce.