The future lives here! 2021 FRPO MAC Awards
By David Gargaro This year’s FRPO MAC Awards presentation took place on Friday, December 3, 2021. The event was held virtually, and was open only to members of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO). In addition to celebrating the awards, attendees of the event were able to network with industry members, suppliers, vendors, and more in the virtual event room. All the proceeds from the registration fees were donated to Interval House on behalf of the membership.
The MAC Award goes to those who “lead, innovate, and continue to raise the bar in Ontario’s rental housing sector.” It represents commitment to high standards of service, enabling consumers to choose the best service providers while supporting the growth and development of strong communities. Winners of the awards will be published in the next issue.
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This year marked the 21st anniversary of the MAC Awards. It is FRPO’s most important annual event for members, as it recognizes the leaders in Ontario’s rental housing industry. It is regularly well attended by more than 1,200 rental housing providers, ranging from hands-on owners and managers to third party management and REITs, making it the largest event of its kind in Canada. The awards highlight excellence in a number of categories, including customer service, construction, sustainability, marketing, and personnel. “For 21 years, the MAC Awards program has recognized excellence and leadership in Ontario’s vibrant rental housing industry,” said Lynzi Michal, Director of Membership and Marketing, FRPO. “It’s important that we acknowledge the contributions that our members have made to the rental housing landscape in our province. Our members consistently demonstrate their dedication and commitment to providing high quality rental accommodations. The MAC Awards also provide an opportunity for organizations to highlight their innovation and creativity while inspiring others.”
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Social Media Excellence Best Advertising Campaign Best Property Management Website Best Suite Renovation Under $25,000 Over $25,000 Best Lobby Renovation Best Curb Appeal Best Amenities Renovated or Existing New Development Best Rental Development 200 Units or Less Over 200 Units Environmental Excellence CRB Member of the Year Leasing Manager of the Year Property Manager of the Year Resident Manager(s) of the Year Community Service Award of Excellence Supplier Members Rental Housing Providers Customer Service Award of Excellence Company Culture Award of Excellence NEW! Impact Award
“We are pleased to bring back our full complement of award categories this year, as well as the introduction of the Impact Award,” said Michal. “This category recognizes a rental housing provider that has achieved extraordinary social outcomes related to one project or initiative in Ontario. We have also updated the Rental Development and Amenities categories to better reflect the current development environment and market offerings.” The awards were open to companies of all sizes. The judging panels included professionals with expertise across different areas. They narrowed the field to three finalists per category. Finalists for all award categories were revealed on November 12, with the winners announced at the event. While a number of past winners have been nominated for this year’s MAC Awards, there were also many first-time finalists for a number
of categories, which demonstrates growing interest in, and commitment to, the rental housing industry. “Each year we see new projects, fresh ideas, and housing providers that continue to raise the bar,” said Michal. “This year was a particularly competitive one with a 25 per cent increase in submissions. It’s always great to see new organizations and high levels of participation in the awards program. Our members are very invested in providing best-of-class rental housing, and the MAC Awards are a fantastic vehicle to showcase their efforts.” A number of companies involved in the rental housing industry sponsored the MAC Awards. Yardi Canada Ltd. was the exclusive event sponsor. Primary event sponsors included
Coinamatic Canada, Rogers Communications, and Wyse Meter Solutions. FRPO was proud to partner with RHBTV, its media partner, to showcase sponsor highlights, award nominee introductions, and other show segments. Next year’s MAC Awards will return to being in person, and will be held in conjunction with the Buildings Show. “We are really looking forward to celebrating together live and in-person for the 2022 event,” said Michal. “This will be one you will not want to miss.” For more information, visit FRPOMACAwards.com, and stay tuned for upcoming episodes of RHBTV for award winner highlights.
About FRPO FRPO has been the voice of Ontario’s rental housing industry and an advocate for quality rental housing since 1985. It is the largest association in Ontario that represents people and businesses that own, manage, build, finance, service, and supply residential rental homes. FRPO offers public advocacy, representation and promotion, industry research, standards and best practices, education and training, in addition to hosting the MAC Awards and other industry events. FRPO’s membership ranges from single-unit and single-property property owners up to large property management firms and institutional owners. It represents more than 2,200 members who own or manage over 350,000 households across Ontario. It also represents service providers, suppliers, and industry consultants. FRPO’s objective is to promote a balanced and healthy housing market with a vital rental-housing industry, choice for consumers, adequate government assistance for low-income households, and private sector solutions to rental-housing needs.
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