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April 2021

Meet a Member

Whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry, REIBC is your key to career advancement and connection with the real estate industry. Professional members have achieved the RI designation, which provide employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

Meet Keith McKinnon, RI – City of Surrey

Keith McKinnon

Real Estate has always been an interest of mine, therefore, once I completed my undergraduate degree from Simon Fraser University, enrolling in the Urban Land Economics Program at the University of British Columbia was the natural first step to beginning my career. While completing my Diploma at UBC, I worked in residential single family home construction, where I was exposed to variety of different trades and aspects of residential construction.

Over the last four years, I have been employed with the City of Surrey as a Property Agent in the Asset Management Section. The primary focus in this role has been on the leasing, licensing, maintenance and sale of the City’s land assets. My position with the City of Surrey has allowed for me to gain a comprehensive understanding into how the real estate industry works on a municipal and corporate level while still having the opportunity to serve the community I grew up in. Joining the REIBC has provided me with an opportunity to be a part of a well-respected organization, further my career development and continue to expand my professional network within the real estate industry.

Welcome Keith.

Meet Bob Ransford, RI, VP Development, Century Group

Bob Ransford

Bob started his career 33 years ago in the summer of 1988 when he joined Samoth Capital Corporation, a public real estate merchant banking company started by then Vancouver resident Peter H Thomas, who brought Century21 Real estate to Canada. Samoth was a participation lender in a number of real estate assets classes. With no educational background in real estate or any experience, Bob was thrust into the job as an asset manager overseeing the loans in a myriad of real estate projects in the US and Canada. He absolutely learned on the job. After five years, Bob ended up moving to work for one of Samoth’s development clients – Andre Molnar, who was Vancouver’s original “Condo King.” Bob joined him as a Senior Project Manager, managing multi-family development projects and went on to spend seven years with Molnar Homes, mostly in the position as Vice President of Development. And now for the last five years, Bob has been in his second tour of duty with Century Group, as Vice President of Development. He heads up Century Group’s development team as they pursue the development, construction and marketing of a number of large and unique mixed-use projects in BC.

Bob is in the position he is now because he LOVES it!! He’s had a life-long fascination with communities and have always been intrigued by the notion of civic engagement. He believes there is a strong connection between the way we plan, design and build our towns and cities (the habitat of humans) and how citizens value and participate in community. “Community” is a pursuit. Being engaged as a citizen is a deliberate act. Bob believes people are moved to be engaged as citizens and participate in the common life of a place because they value that place and its sense of community. He believes that is largely influenced by certain physical qualities of the place, particularly the built form and the urban public realm. So, we can have connected, caring, engaged and concerned people if we plan, design and build their habitat in a way that inspires a sense of a value and a feeling of belonging to something that is larger than one’s little world.

Bob likes to travel to urban places elsewhere, where he can simply wander and observe. He also finds great satisfaction in his own sense of community, living in Steveston, which is still very much a small town and where his family roots extend back three further generations before him.

Welcome to REIBC Bob!

Member News

Andrea Fletcher, RI wins CoStar Power Broker Awards – 2020

Andrea Fletcher

Andrea Fletcher, RI wins Top Retail Leasing Power Broker in the Vancouver market for her 2nd consecutive year. Congratulations Andrea.

This award is to recognize and celebrate commercial real estate’s top brokers and firms in the United States and Canada.

Each year Commercial Real Estate Professionals have the opportunity to submit their closed sale and lease transactions to be considered toward the Annual Power Broker Award. These sales are then analyzed by CoStar to identify winners in each market (based on cumulated deals: SF + PSF). These awards are recognized as the premier industry awards, both the firms and brokers have the opportunity to obtain this recognition which places them among the industry elite.

Andrea has been an RI for over 20 years so it is a given that she is among the elite. Once again, congratulations Andrea!

Ryan Malcom, RI

Ryan Malcom

Ryan is thrilled to announce that after 3 years as CEO of Ntityix Development Corp. he has decided to pivot in his Real Estate career and join the William Wright Commercial Real Estate Services team in the new Kelowna office. 17 years after first hanging his license with LandQuest Realty, Ryan is honoured to bring his education and experience to William Wright and for his clients in the Okanagan Valley and throughout the Central Interior.

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Member Poll

On February 17, 2021 REIBC sent out a member poll to see if you were working from home and how you were liking that. We had a 39% response rate and we sent you the information over a five-week period in the Weekly Bulletin. Today we have put the entire document here so that you can look at the whole thing together. Thanks so much for participating. Click here to see the poll results.

If you have any thoughts about short polls like this for the future, please feel free to reach out to the office at or contact Brenda at or 604.754.3151.

Introduction to Indigenous Relations in British Columbia

April 21, 2021 to May 12, 2021.

REIBC embarked on a training session of 4 weeks for Indigenous Relations in BC. It’s an introductory course that is being led by retired RI Peter Walters. The course is being attended by over 85 people and the feedback has been very positive. We have completed 2 weeks and there are four weeks in total. The first two sessions have been very interesting and we look forward to completing the next two.

Member Meeting

On April 22, 2021 the Board of Governors held their member meeting and chatted with members throughout the province. It was a very good session and we had a great feedback. Some of what we heard was: The North feels better connected because of the webinars and so many people from all over the province attending; the membership looks forward to hybrid meetings in the future. A suggestion was to do a series of webinars on what our members do in their professions so there is a complete understanding of the membership. All in all, it seemed the members were pleased with what is happening and pleased to do more of the same.

Thank you to all for participating, it was great for Governors to meet folks from their districts.

We will continue to look at events like this for the future. It is always great to hear from the members.

Land Titles and Survey Authority

On April 1, 2021 REIBC held a webinar with Carlos MacDonald, Director of Land Titles to discuss what happens at LTSA and give the registrants an overview of LTSA does. It was a well-attended webinar with over 95 people registered and there were many questions for Carlos as he moved through his presentation. Thank you to all those that participated as this is what makes these sessions great!

2021 Federal Budget Discussion

2021 Federal Budget Discussion

April 27, 2021 REIBC with the Mortgage Investment Association of BC and the REIC BC Chapter held a collaborative webinar to discuss the federal budget. The panelists were Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist at BCREA, Bryan Yu, Chief Economist at Central 1 and Hugh Kelly, CRE and principal of Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics from Brooklyn New York. Moderating this event was Andy Pham, AACI, P.App, Vice President Canadian Asset Management of BentallGreenOak.

We had a sold out event to hear this interesting discussion on the budget. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this happen in record time!

REIBC Events

Data Science in Real Estate
Thursday, May 27, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Register here

Industry Events

Webinar with Guest Speaker Eric Bond, CMHC
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
More Info

First Nations Development Webinar + Post Webinar Mingler
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
More Info

A National Perspective: In conversation with Brian Rosen and Werner Dietl
Thursday, May 20, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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UDI Fraser Valley Webinar – The Foreseeable Future: How those who shape this place are thinking about it
Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
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UDI Webinar: Open for Business - Coquitlam
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
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UDI Virtual Luncheon: Q1 2021 – Market Moves That Might Surprise You
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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ULI BC - Cities and BC's Economic Recovery: A Conversation with Minister Ravi Kahlon
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
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ULI BC - Federal Budget 2021: What it means for the Future of Canadian Cities
Friday, May 7, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
More Info

ULI BC - Coffee and Conversations with Marie-France Venneri – Mechanical Engineering & Real Estate Development
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
More Info

Career Opportunities

Chief Real Estate Investment Officer - Sacha Investments Ltd.

Property Negotiator II - City of Vancouver

Property Representative 2 - Site C - BC Hydro

Senior Manager, Acquisitions - TransLink

Director, Real Estate Development - TransLink

Senior Manager, Acquisitions - TransLink

Property Coordinator - Indigenous Land Services - BC Hydro

Property Coordinator - Distribution Acquisitions Services - BCH-R-1242-210415E1 - BC Hydro

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