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April 2023

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.

Susan McGougan, RI

Newsletter_Images/Susan_McGougan.pngSusan McGougan, a successful real estate agent from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, had a passion for real estate since the early 80s. After managing a travel agency for almost 15 years, Susan realized she needed a career change and signed up for the Real Estate program with UBC in 1985. It took her until 1990 to pass the exam and start working at Miller Realty in Nanaimo. Despite being a single mother at the time, Susan enjoyed her work and joined her current brokerage in 1995, focusing on residential listings and sales in the Nanaimo to Parksville area. She takes pride in helping seniors, first-time buyers, and newcomers. Susan spent many years volunteering in organized real estate, serving as a past president of VIREB and past Chair of the former Real Estate Council of BC. She currently teaches the mandatory Ethics program for the BCFSA. Susan and her husband love to travel, and her successful long-term real estate career enables them to travel in style. With a great balance of work and family/travel time, Susan has no plans to retire and plans to continue working in the field. Her clients appreciate her expertise and focused attention, as do her associates.

Welcome Susan.

Viswakant Nimmalapudi, RI

Newsletter_Images/Viswakanth.jpgViswakant Nimmalapudi is an experienced real estate appraiser with over six years of experience in the field. Having earned multiple designations, including Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and Candidate Member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), Viswakant holds a degree in Civil Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Advanced Construction Management. In July 2022, he migrated to Canada and currently works as a Property Acquisition Coordinator in the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure for the government of BC. Despite being a newcomer to Canada, Viswakant is excited about his role and is eager to learn and grow in the field of property acquisitions.

Welcome Viswakant.

Member News

Rick Young, RI
Newsletter_Images/Rick_Young_Headshot_1_.jpgRick joined Grover Elliott when it was known as Newcombe Appraisals in May 1973 and became an RI in March 1975. He will be retiring at the end of April, after completing his 50th year of appraisal work. Rick has a wealth of experience, knowledge and industry connections that he has generously shared with all past and current appraisers, researchers and support staff at Grover Elliott. Most recently, he has focused his mentorship on his son Daniel who joined Grover Elliott in 2015. Daniel will be taking over Rick’s ‘book’ of business with assistance from the Partners and other appraisers at Grover Elliott. Rick has left a positive and lasting impression on the appraisal profession.

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Registration has opened for the 2023 REIBC Awards!

An extraordinary in-person event, celebrating the distinguished.

The Real Estate Institute of BC recognizes the leaders and innovators in the real estate industry at the 2023 Awards Gala.

Join this powerful event featuring delicious food, tantalizing sips, and explore the creative activations throughout the evening.  Connect with peers and celebrate the RI's who have demonstrated distinguished qualities and contributions to our industry.

We will be announcing the 2023 recipients of the RI Medal of Excellence in the categories of Emerging Leader, Ingenuity, Leadership, and the coveted Medal of Distinction. REIBC members are held to the highest standards of integrity and expertise. As part of the elite, you are connected to individuals who continually elevate the profession of real estate. It is time to celebrate your outstanding achievements and contributions.

WHERE: Paradox Hotel, 1161 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C6

WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2023
Doors open at 5pm.


Early bird prices available until April 28th! 


Reconciliation Training - 4 Session Training Program – April 19, 20, 26, 27

Newsletter_Images/shelley_joseph.JPGOn April 19, 2023, Shelley Joseph, from Ladders to Kindness Training began a four-part webinar series to help educate and discuss a significant topic of Reconciliation in Canada. 

The webinar began with prompting each person to recognize their own biases with the opening question, "what does reconciliation mean to you personally?"  Followed by the fundamental value of interconnectedness, the idea that "we are all one."  Therefore, how you treat yourself affects those around you.  Shelley, delved deeper into the historic and systemic mistreatment of First Nations Peoples, particularly the children who were succumb to residential schools. Including, the intergenerational trauma that has impacted and now embedded into the very fabric of our First Nations communities. 

It was Shelley’s father, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, who was instrumental in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He suffered irreparable harm from residential schools and today continues to be a powerful advocate for the rights of First Nations communities.

Through this interactive four-part webinar, Shelley urged each person to be introspective for reconciliation to occur, as we are all called to come together as a way forward. Therefore, let's move forward with an open heart and mind, looking to a new way.  In the words of Shelley’s mother, “be fierce with love.” 

REIBC Events

Metro Vancouver Industrial Lands Program
Thursday, May 11, 2023 – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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REIBC 2023 Awards Gala
Thursday, June 15, 2023 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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An Economic Update with BCREA's Brendon Ogmundson
Thursday, July 20, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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Career Postings

Property Coordinator 2 - ILS - BC Hydro

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