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August 2020

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

We would like to introduce new RI:

2020_events/Brad_Stokes_Photo_1_002_.jpgBradley Stokes-Bennet

I started in the private equity sector with a focus on investing in real estate financial securities such as Limited Partnerships, Mortgage Investment Corporations (MICs), Offering Memorandums and Joint Ventures.  I was also an Investment Advisor at TD Wealth Private Investment Advice prior to becoming a licensed realtor.  For approximately 10 years, I have been a Developer or General Partner on two high density projects in downtown Victoria consisting of approx 350 individual condo or apartment units. I have also developed real estate in California near San Diego. 

I am currently both a Developer on 989 Victoria with Cox Developments and a Licensed Realtor at The Agency. I also actively consult and write about the real estate market at  I live and work out of Victoria BC.

As a Developer I still have an active project and expect to complete all sales in 2021. I became a realtor as it was an excellent way to work with individual buyers and sellers, obtain unbiased market data and amplify my ability to develop sales and marketing strategies for the Victoria BC projects. I consult and write about the real estate market and various related topics, using my past experiences to hopefully create new context and opinions around some of the dominant economic real estate narratives that I believe should be explored in more depth. 

I was overjoyed to receive the RI designation as it is a diverse community of real estate experts that can efficiently come together to discuss how our society approaches real estate solutions and asset management. I look forward to meeting as many of BC’s RI members as I can and explore different topics together. 

While finishing my MBA, I was able to focus on various renewable technologies that could potentially be incorporated into residential housing development.  Moving forward, I believe that there will be ample future business opportunities for renewable energy generation and storage within specific types of real estate projects.  

Before my start in the financial and investment world, I was a co-founder of the world’s first Kindness Crew at  With a vision to connect the world through kindness by inspiring, educating, and mobilizing people to commit acts of community service, I co-wrote two best-selling books COOL TO BE KIND & CALL TO ARMS and was featured on Good Morning America and CNN. Today, I still try to make time to speak about the importance of giving back and injecting kindness into the corporate world.  

I love living on Vancouver Island with my wife Tamara and our two young sons, Jude & Luke.  I look forward to helping more people live and create new homes within this wonderful community on the far west side of Canada.  We have waves to surf and mountains to climb & ski, I expect more of the world to continue to discover the Victoria market and having a strong supply of real estate will be key to maintaining happy and healthy communities. 

Member News

2020_events/Greg_Steves.jpgPast President Gregory Steves has joined the LTSA in Victoria as their Vice President Policy & Legal Services on Monday, August 24th.

Gregory has over 20 years of experience with the BC Public Service with a focus in land and real estate. Most recently Gregory was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Office of Housing and Construction Standards where he oversaw housing policy, building and safety standards, and the operation of the Residential Tenancy Branch. He also held Executive Director and Sr Policy Analyst roles with the ministries of Citizen Services; Forest & Range; and Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services. Gregory has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba, and both a Bachelors degree in Geography and a Certificate of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.

As part of the LTSA team, Gregory's background and experience will be important in providing leadership to the Policy & Legal Services Division and supporting their strategic growth and operational efficiency objectives.

Please join REIBC in congratulating Greg on his new role and we wish him all the best.  


Doug Watkins

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Mr. Doug Watkins. Doug was 2020_events/doug_watkins_002_.jpginvolved in the real estate profession from 1969 and was member 1210 of the Real Estate Institute of BC.  He was the owner/manager of Heal Agencies, and in his many years of involvement was President of the REIC, Director of CREA, Director of BCREA, President of FVREB, Member of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, Director of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute, Member of the Property Assessment Review Panel for Delta/Richmond, Director of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society and Director of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce as well as a Governor of REIBC.

In 2005 Doug was made an Honorary Member of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board for his tremendous involvement.   

Doug made huge contributions to the profession and he will be missed.



Meet the Pros

Each year REIBC does a Meet the Pros event for the students that are taking Real Estate at BCIT.  This year due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold the Meet the Pros in Person so we adapted and held it via Zoom.

We had 10 different professionals speak about 10 different specialties and we slotted them in specific times so they were able to talk about their specialty and the students could ask questions.  Early feedback is that it is was successful and the students were pleased we were able to hold it for them even in these challenging times.

Thank you to the following pros for participating:

Dan Jones, Nathan Worbets, Blake Newton, Tina Lee, Damon Whitbread, Kit Matkaluk, Bradley Stokes-Bennett, Daniel Stewart, Andrea Fletcher and Rodney Sytsma. 

Thank you to the following students for participating:

Cameron Abram, Mustafa Akhtar, Rhys Cameron, Chiao Chiao Cheng, Sean Gartland, Christian Holzhey, Dave Jones, Etienne Lemieux, Dyllan Quon and Gleb Vasilev.

REIBC wishes the BCIT Real Estate Class of 2020 all the best in finishing their studies and moving forward in their career.


The Sun Peaks Grand Hotel is pleased to partner with the Real Estate Institute of BC and offer a 10% discount off of their Best Available Price to our members!

Sun Peaks Grand is located in the core of the European-inspired Sun Peaks Resort village just 45 minutes from Kamloops. With chairlifts, trails and activities at the doorstep, as well as boutiques, eateries, and brand-new guest rooms, Sun Peaks Grand is proud to make your stay with us enjoyable and relaxing. We also offers on-site dining, a heated outdoor pool with mountain views, massage therapy services, and pet-friendly guest rooms.  

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2020_events/individual_mentoring.pngREIBC Mentoring:

We are making some changes to our mentor-ship program here at REIBC. We are looking for participation from our experienced and connected members, if you are interested in becoming a mentor for young professionals or students looking to enter the industry please email Stay tuned for more information to come!

Did you know you can log in to your REIBC account and you can update your profile. When people search in "Find an RI" they will find your complete information on your profile and know more about you!


Did you know as an REIBC member you can attend the REIBC webinars for FREE? 

Perspectives on Economic Recovery from the Pandemic for Northern BC

Susan Mowbray has a deep understanding of the regional nature of BC’s economy and the factors that affect Northern BC. She is the lead author of Northern Development Initiative Trust’s State of the North report and has worked on a number of projects related to economic development in the area including the development of economic indicators for economic development agencies, the assessment of the economic impacts of proposed developments, labour market assessments and periodic updates to the data used for the community profiles on the Trade and Invest British Columbia website.

September 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
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Property Tax: What is Ahead of us?
September 24, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
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REIBC Updates

Mark your calendars for the AGM scheduled for December 11th! More information to come.


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