Five HOOPP property managers receive LEAP awards for leadership in energy savings, sustainability
(Mississauga, ON) – Five real estate property management firms and two tenant organizations were recognized for leadership in building energy use, sustainability, tenant engagement and innovation in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan’s fourth annual LEAP Awards competition.
The LEAP (Leadership in Environmental Advancement Program) Awards were presented at HOOPP’s Spectrum Square development in Mississauga, a development that has been built to LEED® Gold standards.
HOOPP is one of Canada’s largest defined benefit pension plans with $60.8 billion in net assets. President & CEO Jim Keohane says HOOPP’s strategy is “to invest in healthy, efficient and high-performing buildings that deliver a quality product to tenants and provide long-term value to pensioners.”
The LEAP awards, he adds, “recognize and celebrate successes of management teams and tenants in HOOPP properties across Canada.”
Here is the full list of winners.
Conference focuses on trends, innovation
Earlier in the day, HOOPP hosted a half-day conference with leading managers and senior personnel from the companies that partner with HOOPP in the running of its $9 billion real estate portfolio. The LEAP Conference – a new addition to the annual event – focused on discussion of portfolio sustainability objectives, trends, innovative ideas and future direction for integrating sustainability in real estate.
Among the special guest speakers at the conference was Claudine Blamey, Head of Sustainability and Stewardship at the UK’s Crown Estate. HOOPP partnered with The Crown Estate a few years ago in a major real estate development at St. James Gateway in London. Blamey, as well as Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, also offered congratulations to this year’s LEAP Awards winners.
About the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Created in 1960, HOOPP is a multi-employer contributory defined benefit plan for Ontario’s hospital and community-based healthcare sector with over 470 participating employers. HOOPP’s 295,000 members and pensioners include nurses, medical technicians, food services staff and housekeeping staff, and many other people who work hard to provide valued Ontario healthcare services.
As a defined benefit plan, HOOPP provides eligible members with a retirement income based on a formula that takes into account a member's earnings history and length of service in the Plan. Once eligible members start receiving a pension, they receive it for life.
HOOPP is governed by a Board of Trustees with representation from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and four unions: the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The unique governance model provides representation from both management and workers in support of the long-term interests of the Plan.
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Joe Vecsi, Senior Manager Public Affairs
416 369-9212 ext 4315
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