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August 2016

Please note, an error was made in this newsletter noting Mandy Hansen as president. We have made the change as she is Past-President, please see the edited version below. We apologize for the error.

In the News!

Congratulations to Mandy Hansen

Mandy Past-President Mandy Hansen, RI has contributed to the latest version of a UBC textbook. Mandy contributed real life examples for BUSI 460 Course – Critical Analysis and Forecasting in Real Estate in Lesson 10 – Risk Analysis & Learning from Auditing Experience.

Mandy presented at the Valuing Diversity Conference in May 2016 in Tigh Na Mara on Risk Analysis and one of the participants was John Bridal, RI from UBC. After her session, she was approached and was asked to participate in this work.

This is a great example of how the RI members are experienced, educated and connected leading them to new and exciting opportunities.


Congratulations Garth! 

Garth Cambrey Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, Garth Cambrey,RI was appointed as a Vice Chair – Strata of the Civil Resolution Tribunal for a 3 year term beginning July 31, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.  

The Civil Resolution Tribunal is Canada’s first on-line tribunal for resolving strata and small claims disputes and opened its doors for early intake of strata disputes on July 13, 2016.

Small claims disputes are expected to be accepted in early 2017. The CRT encourages a collaborative, problem-solving approach to dispute resolution that will allow many strata disputes to be resolved in a more timely and efficient manner, and for less cost than going to the Supreme Court.

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Guess What?!

The REIBC is advertising!  We are pleased to share that the REIBC will be implementing an exciting advertising campaign through transit, social media and the 24hrs newspaper.  
After an amazing year of re-branding and the creation and launch of the Strata Governance Certificate Training Program we are now letting people know.  

Our advertising campaign will focus on the Strata Governance Certificate Training program and will be branded to follow the theme of the new RI brand.  At this point it is slated to begin in late September and will run through the fall!

Our goal continues to be focused on making sure the public see’s our RI’s as designated, educated, experienced and connected! What better way to let the public know then in a big way across the province!!  Stay tuned, more information will be shared as we get closer to launch day!

Meet A Member

In an effort to meet more of our members, we will be showcasing member profiles in our monthly eNews. Let us know if you would like to be the next member featured!  

Meet Maryna Shmyk, Student Member 

Maryna ShmykI graduated from the BCIT Real Estate Program this past May and through a deep interest in development and design, I was fortunate to earn the opportunity to begin my career with MOSAIC Homes.

I work as an analyst and project coordinator with the Construction team. My responsibilities include coordinating between trades and consultants, and supporting senior management with project cost estimates and budgeting. A unique aspect of my role is that my position is rotational between departments on a yearly basis.  This opportunity ultimately provides me with maximum exposure to every stage that goes into building and selling a home. 

Despite being a recent graduate, I continuously work toward expanding my knowledge in the different facets of the industry while also taking advantage of new learning opportunities.

At the moment, I am most looking forward to the upcoming projects I have the opportunity to be a part of and to witness their progress and success.

Meet Guy Akester, RI 

Guy AkesterI started my career in real estate at Colliers International in Vancouver in 1995 as a summer student and I knew on my first day that I was hooked for life.

After many years with Colliers in Vancouver, I spent 10 years based out of Toronto, London, Shanghai and then Hong Kong doing real estate portfolio management for companies such as Goldman Sachs, Macquarie Bank, Alcan and FedEx. I returned to Vancouver with TELUS in late 2009 to manage their global real estate portfolio where my team and I put together the 1 million square foot TELUS Garden mixed use project.

I am currently responsible for the real estate portfolio at TransLink which includes retail, parking, telecom, commercial partnerships, strategic and IPP acquisitions, and surplus land sales. In addition to this, and probably one of the most exciting parts of my job, I have responsibility for development approvals and partnerships for some 43 million square feet of current development projects with close proximity to SkyTrain and transportation assets. Without a doubt the best part of my job and working at TransLink is that I can have a real and material impact on reducing the burden on the taxpayer while simultaneously helping make the Vancouver region an even nicer place to live.

I have lived in nine cities in six countries and have had the great fortune of travelling to over 50 countries. I enjoy downhill mountain biking on the North Shore, snowboarding and playing soccer. I received a B. Com from The University of Victoria and an MBA from The University of Edinburgh.

LinkedIn Guy Akester

Meet Justin Allin, RI 

Justin AllinSince my late teen years I have had a keen interest in real estate. After managing my own small portfolio of investment properties, I decided to make a career in real estate and went back to school to obtain my Bachelor of Business in Real Estate from UBC.

In 2010, I had a short stint with BC Assessment and later moved to the private sector as a commercial real estate appraiser and have since obtained my AACI and RI designations. I spent most of my early years in the appraisal field with a small boutique firm called Equity Valuation and am currently working with Colliers International’s Valuation department. I enjoy the variety this job provides as it takes me all over the province looking at a wide range of property types. I particularly enjoy working in the areas of expropriation, litigation and First Nation land leases, but find gratification in most of the appraisals I am asked to perform.    

Since July 2015, I have also been a Director for the REIBCs Vancouver chapter, where we strive to organize interesting learning events and fun meet and greets for all of the spirited members of the Vancouver chapter. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, spending time with friends and family, spending time outdoors and snowboarding. I also partake in some of the finer things in life, such as travel, fine whisky, hip-hop music and cars (I love my Audi!).

On a personal note, I vacationed this July in London, Paris and Malta, and got engaged in Paris to my wonderful fiance, so my main goal over the next year is surviving the joys of wedding planning!

LinkedIn Justin Allin 

Making Wishes Come True 

The REIBC continues to receive updates on the great wishes that are being granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon as a result of many charitable donations, including dollars from REIBC's Charity Golf Tournament. We received the following email from it's CEO Mr. Ross Hetherington. 

Dear Friends,

Jamie’s wish to stay in the celebrity exclusive Chateau Marmont came true because of you!

Each wish that you help us grant carries the wish child and their family from a place of uncertainty to a place of hope.

Here is Jamie’s Circle of Joy wish story with our heartfelt gratitude for helping us share the magic of a wish with so many inspiring kids throughout our province.

It is our hope that you will share it with your groups, teams, employees & friends.

We grant wishes because wishes change lives.

From all of us at Make-A-Wish, but especially from our wish kids,  thank you for helping us share the power of a wish®.

Ross and the Make-A-Wish BC&YK Team


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Career Opportunities 

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REIBC Events

2016 Presidents Luncheon - Save the Date! 

December 1, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Guest Speaker Jessica McDonald, President & CEO of BC Hydro


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