2012 Award of Excellence

Robert Fawcett

RobertFawcett.jpgRobert Fawcett is the Executive Officer to the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and has served in this capacity since 1995. During his 32-year association with the Council, he has also served as Deputy Executive Officer and Assistant Executive Officer. Robert has a diploma in Urban Land Economics from the University of British Columbia and a diploma in Public Administration from the BC Institute of Technology.

Robert has been a member of the Real Estate Institute of BC since 1986. Throughout his career, Robert has been involved in varying capacities with several real estate organizations. From 1987 through to 1997, he chaired and participated in numerous committees and task forces for the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, including serving as District Vice-President, Treasurer, and President. In 2003 and again in 2009, he served as Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Regulators Group.

Robert has continually demonstrated the greatest respect for the real estate profession and has been dedicated to improving education and professional standards among real estate licenses. As a regulator, his mandate is executed without adversely affecting the ability of real estate professionals to succeed in their endeavors. Robert’s sage advice and endless energy has led to many significant improvements to pre-licensing and the continuing education process for licensees, for example: the Real Estate Service Act, which replaced a time-worn piece of legislation that had not seen significant changes in 50 years; personal real estate corporations for practitioners; the Compensation Corporation, which replaced the obsolete bonding requirements for brokerages; and the current movement towards implementation of designated agency in British Columbia. He is working on designated agency and strata management requirements at this time.

Robert continues to be a great mentor to the volunteer leaders of British Columbia. Robert is very active in the community, having served as President of the BCIT Alumni Association and as Governor of BCIT. He has been an active member on the board of directors for the Vancouver Club from 2006–2010 and has been a member since 1991. Robert has served two terms as President of the Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Robert is always ready and willing to help out, whether it is rounding up more attendees for industry functions, assisting a start-up charity, or even helping with a move when an industry organization relocates. Robert is a true gentleman who sincerely cares about everyone he surrounds himself with, whether family, friend, associate, employee, or someone who just needs a helping hand!