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IDC promotes interior design at federal government workshop

IDC recently participated in a two-day federal workshop, Innovating in Today's Environment, presented by the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC), November 24 and 25. IDC's participation reinforced to federal private and public sectors, such as management, real estate, and policy makers, the possibility of working with an interior designer. The workshop garnered more than 300 attendees and 18 exhibitors.

The workshop explored topics such as developing partnerships with various levels of government, universities and the private sector; sustainability and climate change; clean energy; planning; investment; and, contract management.

During the two-days of the workshop, IDC staff was reminded of the several opportunities for both interior designers and industry to work on government projects. These opportunities, we have come to recognize, may not be ones that members are taking advantage of. In order for interior designers and industry to bid on government projects, you must be listed on MERX, an online public and private tendering service for Canadian and U.S. private and Crown contract opportunities.

In the show's opening address, Christine Perry, Director General, Corporate Operations Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, announced the government's adoption of a community attitude, stemming from a desire to create an atmosphere that supports and fosters development. Government has aligned its key priorities in respect to funding and renewing the Canadian Real Property development community. Perry says this attitude ensures longevity in the delivery of real property services.

Within the last few years a lot of money was invested in Real Property sectors, which employs more than 10,000. Perry commented that government has realized a need for professional development services in order to build and maintain the Canadian workforce, especially with the coming surge of boomers retiring.

"We are working globally to recruit and retain a strengthened workforce," says Perry. "We are now in a better position to build expertise and promote professional development."

Contact IDC to learn more about the different ways we are working to advocate on your behalf. To learn more about how to start working in the private sector, visit merx.com.

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