THE CREW NEWS Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 2, Iss. 1 Outgoing CREW President’s Message Welcome 2009 President Sharon Fuchs! Thank you CREW Calgary for CREW Calgary is pleased to introduce the incoming making 2008 a successful and president for 2009, Sharon. notable year. CREW Calgary hit a milestone in 2008 of 50+ members Sharon has worked at Consolidated Real Estate Services and counting. Our membership is as for the past 4 years as Corporate Controller and Co- strong as ever and we have Manager of the Commercial Real Estate Division. amassed the most dynamic group of women in the industry with representation from areas Sharon is a member of the Certified Management such as law, finance, development, property management, Accountants of Alberta and has been a CREW member leasing, design and engineering - just to name a few! since 2006. The 2009 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs represent the diversity of our member companies and President’s Message these women represent the diverse expertise CREW Calgary offers within the Commercial Real Estate I anticipate a great year for CREW industry. This organization provides not only the Calgary in 2009. CREW Calgary networking contacts needed to complete a commercial will be focusing on increasing the real estate transaction from start to finish, it also provides awareness of CREW Calgary in the a community for women in the industry. We share similar marketplace. CREW Calgary offers experiences and are able to learn from one another as we many opportunities for networking. move through our careers. According to a survey completed by CREW Network, it is networking – building and growing 2009 promises to be another exciting year. Our 2nd a group of professional contacts that will assist most in Annual Canadian Chapters Conference is scheduled to be surviving the economic crisis (www.crewnetwork.org). held this Spring in Toronto from May 7-9, 2009 - you do not want to miss this exceptional networking opportunity CREW Calgary offers its members the benefits of: with our fellow 500+ Canadian CREW Members. • Access to highly competent, high-achieving professionals in all disciplines required to I would like to impart a special thank you to our 2008 complete a commercial real estate transaction. sponsors for their generosity and assistance throughout • Top-quality networking opportunities at various the past year. Our 2008 sponsors included First Canadian events held during the year. Title, Oxford Properties Group, Ivanhoe Cambridge, • Membership to the North American CREW Mancal Properties Inc., BDC, Borden Ladner Gervais Network – with 8,000 members. LLP and Macleod Dixon LLP. • Canada focused conference dealing with Canadian Real Estate issues at a special price for Thank you for making my 2008 term as President so members. enjoyable and I look forward to my continued involvement in CREW Calgary. As we look ahead in 2009, I encourage you to mark your calendars for the various events held in Calgary. The Sarah R. Martin Canadian conference is scheduled for May 7 – 9 at the CREW Calgary 2008 President Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. This will bring together professional commercial real estate women from all across Canada. The focus will be on developing and CREW Calgary enriching our skills. In these uncertain economic times, Bankers Hall it’s important to come together and build bridges. PO Box 22487 Sharon Fuchs Calgary, Alberta CREW Calgary 2008 President T2P 4G7 www.crewcalgary.com THE CREW NEWS Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 2, Iss. 1 RECENT EVENTS Members Bring a Guest Event Recap CREW Calgary’s Member Services Committee hosted Report on CREW Network Winter’s Meeting its first event on January 15, 2009, at The Main Dish, a trendy establishment located in the Bridgeland area The Winter meeting of CREW Network was held in San offering dine-in or fresh meals to go. Diego on January 30th, 2009. CREW Network President Jane Snoddy Smith asked CREW Network Delegates to The wine and cheese event was well attended with take back one message to their chapters: “There is never approximately half of the attendees being potential a cold call in CREW Network.” new members. CREW Network supports its members’ success through The evening featured two excellent local speakers: services such as the CREW Network Career Center which past-president Karen Price spoke about the benefits of provides members with access to positions with more than CREW Calgary and current CREW Calgary President 4,700 of the industry’s premier real estate employers. Sharon Fuchs talked about the upcoming CREW Additionally, the Career Center allows members to Conference to be held in Toronto May 2009. manage job search, post resumes and more. A special guest speaker, Diane Butler, visited from Delegates were reminded about CREW Networks’ Dallas, Texas, representing the CREW Network. aggressive industry research initiative. To date, CREW Diane gave an excellent overview of the benefits of Network has published its first benchmarking study in the greater CREW Network. 2005 on the status and achievement of women in the industry and is gearing up for its second study to be published in 2010, a follow-up report entitled “Minding the Gap”, that provides women with strategies to close the gap on the advancement and compensation disparities that exist within the industry. CREW Network has a white paper which will be published in April 2009 titled “Repositioning Your Career to Succeed in an Era of Change.” I invite you to take a look at the resources CREW Network has on its website: www.crewnetwork.org New CREW President, Sharon Fuchs, welcoming new members CREW Christmas Party 2008 to CREW Calgary. The CREW Calgary Members Christmas Party was held on November 25, 2008 at Murrieta’s and was a huge success thanks in part to superb member turnout, the dedication and hard work put into planning the event by the Events Committee and the very generous support from our CREW Board and to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP who sponsored the event. The evening included cocktails, followed by a gorgeous four course meal in Murrieta’s private dining room and plenty of games and prizes! Christmas ornaments were for sale with all proceeds going to a local charity. We were able to present Inn from the Cold with a cheque in the amount of $187. It was a (Left to Right) CREW Calgary Member Karen Price, Diane wonderful and fun end to another great year with CREW Butler of CREW Network, CREW Calgary Members Sharon Fuchs and Jaime Evaskevich Calgary. THE CREW NEWS Quarterly Newsletter Vol. 2, Iss. 1 2009 CREW Canada Conference UPCOMING EVENTS May 7 – 9, 2009 Toronto, ON A must attend event, this Monday, April 6, 2009 unique conference offers great Bowling at the Glencoe - Bring a Guest Networking opportunities for professional Event. Join us for 5 pin bowling from 4:00 p.m. to development and networking 6:00 p.m. followed by pizza and wings in the West with members from the four room. Canadian Chapters, Toronto CREW, CREW Montreal, Monday, April 27, 2009 Vancouver CREW and CREW Luncheon and Presentation on the Impact of the Calgary as well as the Midwest Economy and Commercial Real Estate. American Chapters. The Keynote speaker is Lyn Heward, Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil and she has been Hotel Arts 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Members $35 touring the globe giving executive speeches on the subject and Non-Members $65. of creativity and its relation to human and corporate growth and success. July 2009 4th Annual Golf Event – Details to follow. Check out the CREW Calgary website at www.crewcalgary.com for more information. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join fellow CREW Network November 2009 members at the first CREW Canada Conference. Christmas Party – Details to follow. Can YOU Promote CREW? The Sponsorship Committee challenges CREW Calgary Members to secure sponsors. Cash incentives will be paid quarterly based upon the number of dollars committed by your sponsors. For each commitment under $1,000 you will receive $50. For each commitment of $1,000 - $2,000 you will receive $75. For each commitment of $2,000 or more you will receive $100. You do the math! If you secure 5 sponsors for $2,000 – you will receive $500!!! Not only does this help you pocketbook but it allows CREW Calgary to continue to be the most effective organization to represent, respond to and promote women in commercial real estate. Watch your ‘Inbox” for details on how to approach sponsors about various sponsorship levels. Thank you to our annual sponsors! Special thanks to our AAA Sponsor, First Canadian Title! Also, a special thanks to CresaPartners for volunteering their time to produce this newsletter!
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