With the books for 2021 now closed, it’s time to take stock. This is the 4th year of the competition. Time has flown by and like you, no doubt, the BEC is taking an informed and realistic look at its strengths and weaknesses. All of us have had to cope with an unpredictable, complicated context of a pandemic, climate change, government guidelines, new regulations, etc. From this assessment, a vision of the future is coming to light. The competition will continue and BEC 2.0 is taking shape, with details to be announced in June. The year 2022 will mark the début of a new 4-year cycle that will take us to 2026. I think that this next edition will allow us to pursue our goals under more normal circumstances.
And you? Have you done your assessment? Do you have a clear vision of your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have a specific vision? And finally, are you proud of your results or are you disappointed? Could you do any better? It’s always possible to do better, and the BEC will continue to provide participants with support.
The 4th awards gala, the high point of this first edition, will take place on June 7 in Montreal, with participants actually attending in person for the first time! Hosted by Pierre-Yves Lord, it will be an opportunity to celebrate with your peers, leaders in the commercial real estate sector and in effective energy management. We are extremely proud of the results of this first edition and can’t wait to share them with you.
Without giving anything away, I can already tell you that the BEC has achieved one of its major objectives, which is to give every participant a chance to stand out. By taking part in the competition you are automatically in a winning position, given that energy management is a journey, an ongoing process. This past year has allowed us to pay tribute to several new winners, and is thus great motivation to continue and to remain committed to the program. Why? Because we detect a real cultural shift toward efficient energy management in the commercial estate sector. We can’t shout VICTORY as that will take a few more years, but things are slowly changing, and that is what’s important.
As part of BEC 2.0, we will continue to engage with and to support the real estate sector in order to pursue our objectives of energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction.
In light of your assessments, your next task is to draw up a short and medium-term work plan and pinpoint your 2.0 objectives for the years to come.
My congratulations for taking part. Continue with your efforts. They all add up, and will make you a positive influence within the industry.
I look forward to seeing you on June 7, and also to seeing the number of participants increase as we embark on BEC 2.0.