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Golf tournament raises $182,000 for trades training

We at Concert our proud to have once again surpassed our fundraising target by generating a record-breaking $182,000 for trades training during our 16th annual golf tournament.

This year’s “All Things Canadian” theme was a nod to the company’s exclusively Canadian activity and ownership. In addition to enjoying authentically Canadian delicacies such as maple bacon doughnuts and poutine; golfers enjoyed themed holes that channeled the spirit of the Maritimes, the great outdoors, hockey, hunting and life on a farm. To top it all off, there was even a hockey shootout that saw Concert staff suit up in goalie pads while golfers took aim with their best slap shot.

“This year’s tournament was a tremendous fundraising success thanks to the generous support of our trades, consultants and suppliers" said Brian McCauley, Concert’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “As always the day also proved to be a fun and memorable experience for our friends, colleagues and employees."

Recognizing that skilled trades people are an essential part of the development and construction industry, we’ve been working with industry partners since 2002 in support of trades training. The proceeds from this year’s tournament will go towards charitable programs in Vancouver and Toronto aimed at providing an ongoing supply of highly-skilled and well-trained trades people to the construction trades industry.

With the support of the 140 golfers who played at QGolf Club (Quilchena Golf & Country Club) in Richmond on Thursday, September 19, Concert was able to raise another $182,000 towards this worthy cause. To date, Concert has contributed a cumulative $1.8 million in support of students in trades and technology programs related to the construction industry through various initiatives.

Welcoming homeowners in Toronto

This month, Concert welcomed its first-ever condominium homeowners in Toronto. Purchasers began taking possession of their new homes within The Berczy, a 13-storey development located in downtown Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

While the company has been active in the Toronto residential marketplace since 2002, the initial focus was on delivering assured rental housing. Now established as the largest developer of assured rental housing in the City, Concert made the decision to expand into condominium development and first offered The Berczy to market in 2010.

Our homeowners have been delighted that Concert was able to register The Berczy prior to occupancy. When a condo tower registers, it is officially named a condominium corporation and turned over to the building’s owners. But purchasers generally move into a building during what is known as the interim occupancy period. During this time, condo owners are required to pay occupancy fees until the building registers. The Berczy’s early registration means homebuyers moving in will proceed directly to final closing on their units, saving time and money.

“This is extremely rare,” says Catherine Diraison, Director of Sales at Concert in Toronto, adding that most Toronto condominiums can take months – or in some cases years – after full occupancy to register. The Berczy registered on September 17. “The fact that we have completed registration of The Berczy so quickly and efficiently is a testament to the way we work at Concert.”

With The Berczy, Blythwood at Huntington and most recently 88 Scott, Concert has now become an active player in the City’s condominium market.  Concert is proud to be bringing the same level of quality and attention to detail for which Concert is known for in Vancouver and Victoria, to its condominiums homebuyers in Toronto.

Building with Habitat for Humanity

This summer, Concert’s Toronto team pitched in for the tenth year in a row to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity. The team of 10 spent the day swinging hammers and contributing to the construction of semi-detached homes in Scarborough.

These efforts are part of Concert CommunityWorks, the handle we’ve assigned to the numerous charitable activities and events that we undertake to support the communities in which we work, live and build.

Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent quality affordable homes. This not only helps to provide available housing for families in need, it enables low-income families to build assets, reduce their dependence on other forms of social assistance and break the cycle of poverty.

Move into One32 today

This month, Concert welcomed its first residents into One32, the company’s most recent rental development in downtown Toronto.

Located in Corktown, the 177-suite development offers a mix of efficiently planned studios, one, two and three bedroom suites. Most homes in this 10-storey development offer five energy-efficient appliances including dishwasher and in-suite laundry. In addition to our signature Concert On-Call customer service, residents will enjoy a variety of amenities including a spacious party room with adjoining terrace, fitness studio and library/meeting room.

A fully-furnished, on-site display suite is now available for viewing during office hours. To learn more please visit www.One32Rentals.com .

 

   Founded in 1989, Concert specializes in developing rental apartments, condominium homes and retirement communities, acquiring and developing commercial, industrial and infrastructure properties and in property management. With operations in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and the backing of more than 200,000 Canadians represented by the union and management pension plans who own Concert, our commitment is to build strong, sustainable communities across Canada.

This issue brought to you by Bentall Kennedy, platinum sponsors of Concert's 2013 golf tournament.

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