As Canadians we have many blessings to be thankful for. We live in a country rich in diversity, abundant resources, and a variety of business and professional opportunities. Perhaps most importantly, we are a compassionate and caring society. At Primecorp, we cherish these values, knowing that our professional success does not exclude our capacity to give back to our community. Last month, our very own Bruce Wolfgram, Head of Office Leasing: Tenant Representation at Primecorp Commercial Realty Inc., was honoured by their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston with the prestigious Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers.
Governor General Celebrates National Volunteer Week
Every year, the Governor General helps celebrate National Volunteer week by honouring those among us whose selfless commitment to the well-being of others is evident from their steadfast efforts volunteering in communities across our great country:
“National Volunteer Week is an ideal opportunity to thank people for giving their time and talents to good causes that help people in need,” said the Governor General. “Giving speaks volumes about the way we imagine our communities, our provinces, our territories and our country: it says that we want a Canada that is caring and compassionate. Thank you for your generosity and for making such an important contribution that strengthens the fabric of our society.” Governor General of Canada
This year was the inaugural presentation of the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, which replaced the Caring Canadian Award, established in 1995 by then Governor General Romeo Leblanc. During this year's National Volunteer Week, from April 10-15, 2016, Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon Johnston presented the "new Medal for Volunteers to 56 Canadians to recognize exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields."
Primecorp VP of Tenant Representation Awarded Sovereign's Medal for Work with Ottawa Hospital Foundation
At Primecorp, we are very proud, but not surprised, to see that this year one of our core team members, Bruce Wolfgram, was nominated for his tireless volunteer efforts with the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and recognized for his work with other local charities as well:
Bruce Wolfgram's commitment to building and supporting the Ottawa community can be seen through his volunteerism with The Ottawa Hospital and its Foundation since 2002, in addition to his efforts with the United Way and Habitat for Humanity. With the hospital, he has helped expand its volunteer base, established the Foundation's signature event, the President's Breakfast, and steered the organization as a director and member of its Governance Committee. Morning Star News
“The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Ottawa Hospital.” The Ottawa Hospital has deep roots going back to 1845 (as the General Hospital) and has been a leading medical facility in Ontario for nearly two centuries. This world class hospital administered the first autologous human bone marrow in Canada, and in 2004 The Ottawa Hospital became the first hospital in North America to implement the multi-facility surgical instrument management system known as “Alex Gold”:
In an effort to limit the risk of spreading infections by enforcing CSA reprocessing guidelines to manage increasingly complex instrument inventories and to temper rising medical costs through improved efficiencies and increased productivity, a new healthcare instrument management and tracking software has been installed at The Ottawa Hospital. TGX Medical
These kinds of cutting edge medical innovations, repeated over the decades at the Ottawa Hospital, require critical community funding and support via the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Every dollar raised by the Foundation stays in the community and, over the last five years, the Foundation has raised and transferred more than $99 million dollars to the Ottawa Hospital. The efforts of highly dedicated volunteers, like Bruce, serve to keep these donations flowing on an annual basis, to the benefit of everyone in our community.
Bruce's Volunteer Efforts are Equally Matched by his Dedication Representing Tenants for Office Leasing
Bruce's significant community volunteer efforts are equally matched by his professional accomplishments on a career path that led him to become a key member of the Primecorp team. Bruce has been a specialist in tenant representation for over 25 years, assisting tenants and not landlords. In this way, he levels the playing field against landlords who negotiate office leases every day, as opposed to tenants who may do so once every 5-10 years.
In 2001, Bruce made the Ottawa Business Journal's Top 40 under 40 list. Bruce was the first commercial real estate broker in Ottawa to achieve his green LEED AP designation from the Canada Green Building Council, and he is the only commercial real estate broker in Ottawa with an Engineering Degree (Electrical – Queen’s). Bruce has the technical expertise and practical experience to help ensure that each of our clients secures a space with adequate power, redundancy, cooling, sight lines, etc.
The most important trait that all companies attest to when engaging any outside consultant is trust. Our past clients consistently confirm that Primecorp only acts in the clients’ best interests. We are extremely appreciative of the repeat business and referrals that have resulted from our unwavering position of negotiating strongly, solely for our tenant clients, under Bruce's professional guidance.
As one of the most prolific commercial real estate companies in the Capital Region, with a strong presence across Canada and a growing presence internationally, at Primecorp we fully recognize the value that seasoned professionals like Bruce Wolfgram bring to our firm and our clients. We equally recognize the social responsibility that we, as a successful homegrown company, have in supporting various charities and local foundations, either directly as a company, or indirectly through the volunteer efforts of our amazing staff.