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August 2019


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 provides employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

In our newsletters we will be focusing on the new RI’s that are joining REIBC, sharing with you their experience, their communities, and their everyday lives. We welcome these new RI’s into our community.

Help us welcome two of our new RI's:

2019_Newsletter/Harpinder_sandhu_headshot.jpgHarpinder Sandhu

Harpinder began his real estate career with the City of Surrey in the Civic Works and Planning Departments.  As a planning technician, the exposure to various functions of municipal government provided me with a unique insight into the development process. Harpinder moved to the BC Assessment authority 11 year ago and is now an appraiser for the lower mainland.  He works from both the Vancouver and Surrey offices.  His role in the Industrial, commercial and investment division is to implement operational efficiencies along with appraisal business.  Harpinder is keenly interested in real estate and his education background with a BA in Geography and Economics from SFU provides him his theoretical and research knowledge. He is also a director of Public Policy for AffordableBC; an affordable housing campaign focused on solving our housing crisis by leveraging public land value increases to build public infrastructure. He is also a Pension Board trustee for both the BC Public Service Pension Plan and BC Municipal Pension Plan.  The two funds have over $88 billion of assets invests, included a sizeable investment in BC real estate. Harpinder believes the RI designation is valuable because it represents a diverse background of members. Unlike other designations solely designed for specific professions, the RI brings a vast range of professionals with varying skill-sets together.  He notes “this unique characteristic is our greatest collective strength.”


 Jessica Yee

Jessica joined the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division in 2016 as a senior legal course specialist. She is responsible for the legal course content and other legal matters for a variety of the Real Estate Division’s real estate licensing, diploma and professional development courses.  She is passionate about the law and education and felt that combining her two interests at UBC would be the prefect fit. She joined REIBC and applied for the RI designation because she would like to expand her network of real estate professionals. She has really enjoyed meeting fellow members and recent events such as the annual golf tournament! 

Member News


BC CEO Awards

REIBC would like to congratulate Connie Fair, RI for receiving the 2019 BC CEO Award in the Public Service Category.  Connie is the President and CEO of the Land Title & Survey Authority of BC and was previously the President & CEO of the BC Assessment Authority.  Connie has been a member of REIBC for 26 years.  The BC CEO Awards were established in 2012 and annually celebrates the top leadership in BC. Winning CEO's will be profiled in the Business in Vancouver October 1 edition and honoured at a gala dinner taking place on November 13th where winners will share their leadership lessons to an audience of Vancouver's business community. 

Congratulations Connie!

Altus Group Presents: Development Pro Forma 101 Workshop

A Pro Forma is a key tool for decision and feasibility analysis on real estate development projects leveraging data. This full-day course will cover the Pro Forma as being the ‘key tool’ for decision and feasibility analysis on real estate development projects. Participants will be led through the general theory, concepts, key variables, and the step by step process of creating an industry-standard Pro Forma for a mixed-use high rise project using ARGUS Developer™ software. This course will be held in the Seattle market. Click here for more details!

A Public call for applicants. The National Housing Council is looking for people with lived expertise and professionals in the housing industry.

The National Housing Council promotes the participation and inclusion in the development of housing policy, contributes to the success and provides advice on the effectiveness of the National Housing Strategy. The National Housing Council also provides advice to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development on how to improve housing outcomes. If this overview has sparked your interest click here for more information. Application deadline is October 14, 2019 23:59 EST.


REIBC Real Talks with Richard Kurland.


August 29th we had immigration lawyer Richard Kurland speak at the Oceanic Plaza. This fascinating talk was about how 300,000 people residing in Hong Kong currently have Canadian citizenship and 200,000 more hold permanent resident cards. That is a half a million people that could potentially come back into Canada. Richard spoke on the legal aspect of the situation and how it could affect all areas of real estate. It was a riveting presentation filled with insight on the progressing situation in Hong Kong.

Thank you to all who attended, we look forward to hosting more of the REIBC Real Talks!

Register now for our Luncheon in Kelowna September 19th. Whats next?! An expose on real estate development in the Okanagan will be presented by Renee Wasylyk at the Manteo resort. Click here to register! 

Upcoming REIBC events

Luncheon with Renee Wasylyk 
What's Next?! An Expose on Real Estate Development in the Okanagan
September 19, 2019 
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Kelowna, BC 
More Info

Webinar Highest and Best Use Analysis with Charles Johnstone 
September 26, 2019 
Mark your calendars, more information and registration to come!

Presidents Luncheon
December 12, 2019
11:30 AM– 2:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
Save The Date!

Aven's Wish!

Our charity golf tournament helps children such as Aven realize their wish. 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 Aven's Circle of Joy wish with our heartfelt gratitude for helping us share the magic of a wish with so many inspiring kids.

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Career Opportunities

CEO - BC Notaries Association

Faculty, Real Estate - BCIT 

TL Property Management Agent (20170850) - Translink

Candidate Appraiser and Research Analyst - Kent-Macpherson Appraisals

Property Representative 2 - BC Hydro

Senior Appraiser (Vancouver Island) - BC Assessment Authority

Property Negotiator II - City of Vancouver

Real Estate Services Manager - City of Kelowna

Real Estate Specialist (Term) - Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

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