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IFMA’s chair honors chair of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries Community at World Workplace 2017

Oct. 21, 2017

Workplace transformation strategist, change leader and community-builder Kate North was honored for her contributions to IFMA and to the facility management profession with a Chair Citation presented by 2017-2018 chair of IFMA’s board of directors William M. O'Neill, CFM.

The presentation of the citation was part of IFMA’s annual Awards of Excellence banquet, held Friday, Oct. 20, in Houston, Texas, USA, during IFMA’s World Workplace 2017 Conference and Expo.

“As global chair of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community, Kate North has led a group of forward-thinking workplace strategists to accelerate research, knowledge and innovation around the emerging workplace,” said William M. O'Neill, CFM, Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors. “Kate and the WE Community know the workplace is changing; but instead of watching it unfold, they’re making it happen.”

Each year, IFMA’s chair may elect to recognize individuals whose association involvement and professional achievements may not be widely known or formally acknowledged. Chair Citations honor the behind-the-scenes leadership, hard work, selfless actions and exceptional accomplishments of those who help drive IFMA’s success.

“Kate believes that exploring and embracing inventive strategies to support higher levels of engagement, productivity and well-being is vital to an effective work environment. And she’s made us believe it, too,” said O’Neill. “She’s introduced FM professionals to pioneering workplace strategies, encouraging us to become leaders in transforming the spaces we support.”

Kate North is the Managing Director, Workplace Innovation Advisory Services for Colliers-International in the Greater Chicago area. In 2012, she and a group of passionate workplace strategists created the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community of Practice within IFMA, to stimulate new ways of thinking about the future of work through learning and networking events, published research, monthly webinars and a repository of workplace knowledge. Kate has been the global chair of the WE Community since its founding, helping to build a knowledge- and idea-sharing resource for all workplace professionals. Kate co-authored the best-selling books “Work on the Move” and “Work on the Move 2,” referenced by professionals and academic institutions worldwide. In 2014, she received IFMA’s International Associate Award for her contributions to the association.