Arts champions celebrated

Strategic Group was the proud Champion Sponsor for the fifth consecutive year of Calgary’s highly awaited Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. Held on March 13, 2019,  the event honoured arts and business leaders through engaging conversation and an awards presentation.

Together, we are all arts champions, and recognize the smart, passionate, and committed individuals that lead and support our arts organizations which make our community thrive.

The new Mamdani Arts Leadership Award launches Strategic Group as a Cultural Legacy Leader. It was created to recognize the role of board members who lend their expertise, talent, and time to support art organizations and festivals that make Calgary such a great city. Congratulations to this year’s award recipient, Peter Schryvers with the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association. Peter spearheads the Beltline Urban Murals Project. He is celebrated for helping to energize the popular Beltline community with public murals, inspiring other local communities to follow suit.

Congratulations to all of Wednesday’s award winners and a big thank you to Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, Strategic Group team members, guests, and volunteers who helped on the event. For more information on the Mamdani Arts Leadership Award, click here or read CEO, Riaz Mamdani’s message from the event program here.

Photo credit: City of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Peter Schryvers, and Strategic Group CEO, Riaz Mamdani. Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo.

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Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions – A message from CEO Riaz Mamdani

The following was published in this week’s Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions program, a special message from Strategic Group’s CEO, Riaz Mamdani:

Whenever we experience art—be it in a theatre, gallery, our homes, or public places—our lives are enriched, and our community becomes stronger. A healthy creative economy makes Calgary a better and even more attractive place to live and work.

At Strategic Group, the arts inspire us to be creative and unconventional. Our support of the creative economy, today and every day, is an important part of who we are. As a Calgary-based real estate company with a strong sense of responsibility in our community, we challenge our peers to join us as champions for the arts.

Attend, promote, and invest in our cultural sector. In that challenge, we all win.

Congratulations to all of this year’s award recipients. We are proud to honour you and celebrate with you today. Together, we’re making more space for the arts in our lives and in this city—and we will continue to do great things.

Read more about the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions event, here.

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Riaz Mamdani and Strategic Group to re-purpose empty Calgary office space

Calgary-based Strategic Group has launched an aggressive plan to re-purpose under-utilized office space in the city for residential use, as it sees future growth in this segment of its real estate portfolio.

CEO Riaz Mamdani says Strategic Group is very bullish on the residential market and is both re-purposing office space and building new rental units. Strategic Group has 2,438 residential units either under construction or planned — 995 currently being built and 1,443 to be built in coming years. The business plan involves purpose-built, multi-family rental buildings.

“New construction is a viable business today for us. It’s a good business and it’s a way that we’re going to continue to increase our residential portfolio,” Mamdani told RENX in an exclusive interview, “so that we continue to evolve and grow that side of the business for the next 10 to 12 years when we know that our office buildings are going to be flat. Our growth is going to come from our residential.”

“We’ll get stability from our retail, growth from our residential, and on the office we just have to maintain it and do the absolute best we can while we ride out a storm.”

Read more of the exclusive story at Real Estate News EXchange.

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