Employee Profile: Ian A. Rogers B.Sc. FMA FMP Director, Building Operations Practice
Updated: Jun 26
Tell us a little about your career and what led you to working at Roth IAMS?
I have spent over 20 years in the facility, project and property management sector. Through that time, I have worked in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, industrial and commercial. Throughout my career I have always driven each organization I have worked for to ensure that maintenance and operations of a building are taken seriously. This often led to me being able to implement robust programs related to preventative maintenance programs and therefore reduce overall operating costs and increase profitability. Joining Roth IAMS was born out of several conversations over the years with Bill Roth. Given we are both very passionate about the built environment sector, it seemed like a natural fit to combine my building operations knowledge with the Asset Management Strategies that Roth IAMS brings to its client base. So I guess the rest is history.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Interaction with a diverse and very talented team at Roth IAMS is most likely the best part of my job. The sense of inclusiveness and the fact that if I do not have the answer to something, I feel confident that we have an expert on our team to speak with who is willing to help. I also enjoy providing consulting to our clients and helping them manage their assets more effectively is very gratifying.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Much of my day is spent supporting our clients, building our database of knowledge and supporting my team. I also provide support during the creation of many of our programs and am on hand to answer client questions as related to Building Operations.
What do you think makes a company a great place to work?
An organization needs to make you feel welcome, included and a contributor to the overall mission of the organization. I feel that the companies’ values also need to be reflected not just of what we offer our clients, but also what we offer to our team. If you have an organization that provides for both sides, you end up with a more successful product or service.
How has being a gay man influenced your career?
For the most part, I have not noted any significant challenges because of me being a gay man.That said, it has not always been easy. I have been involved in situations where the fact that I am gay is not known and overhead some rather unfortunate conversations and overall marginalization. I have also been constructively dismissed because of my orientation. However, I am thankful that times are changing. With that said, we need to keep this momentum going should we ever remove marginalization and discrimination for our vocabulary.
Tell us about your involvement in the LGBTQ+ community?
I have always been an active member of the LGBTQ+ community. Over the years I have volunteered for Pride Toronto, supported efforts at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto and been a voice of our community for each organization I have worked for. Currently I am also supporting the Gay and Lesbian ArQuives, as a sitting committee member for there relocation committee.
What do you think are some ways that companies can celebrate pride and support the LGBTQ+ community year-round – and not just during pride month?
Equitable, Diversity and Inclusion. These elements need to be built into everything an organization does, both internally and externally. Supporting all employees and clients and representing these elements will ensure that your firm is representing a broader community and including all. Supporting local and national non-profits would also be something would encourage any organization to do.