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January 2016


2015 Year in Review

The Board of Governors and staff of REIBC continue to work diligently towards promoting the excellence of it's members and we're proud to share the accomplishments of 2015.

  1. At the tail end of 2014 a Branding & Marketing committee was formed to discuss and ultimately discover what could be done to identify area's of improvement with respect to marketing and branding the RI designation. The result came in 2015 when huge changes were made.
  2. The REIBC logo was redesigned and chosen by you, the member. A distinct logo was created, one that defined our members as Designated Real Estate Professionals.
  3. This coincided with re-branding a definition of our members. REIBC members are designated, educated, experienced and connected, and we wanted to make sure that this comes across loud and clear! 
  4. REIBC staff followed through with some of this re-branding with public outreach. We sponsored a Vancouver Canadians Baseball game, filmed a commercial, created brochures that outlined the benefits of hiring an RI along with giveway cards for WHY an RI and HIRE an RI.
  5. A social media plan and subsequent policy was built to help us engage with members.
  6. A new website was built and launched in the summer. It was created to put our members first by making FIND an RI prominent on the home page.
  7. Input was redesigned. Our magazine continues to be a leading publication in the industry and we continue to provide our members topical and engaging content. Where possible, our members are providing us with this content.
  8. REIBC held both the largest Recognition Dinner and Presidents Luncheon in recent history.
  9. With the help of many sponsors and supporters the REIBC raised over $33,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon at it's Golf Tournament, this is the largest amount to date!
  10. REIBC & AIC-BC entered into a new Letter of Understanding.
  11. REIBC & AIC-BC collaborated to start planning the 2016 Valuing Diversity Conference which will be held from May 5-7 at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Conference Centre in Parksville B.C.
  12. The Strategic Plan was reviewed and updated.
  13. The Board of Governors and REIBC Chapter Chairs began a discussion on the best way to serve the members.
  14. At the Board of Governors meeting on October 1, 2015 the Board approved two new universities as qualifications to become an RI.   The universities are Ryerson University and University of Guelph, both from Ontario. Click here for more info.
  15. A policy was approved that gave Executive’s an alternative to the regular entrance requirements.  This policy, entitled the Executive Entrance, speaks to those people that may not meet the Institutes regular requirements and have been in the real estate profession for a number of years and are in positions of executive leadership. Click here for more info.
  16. Changes were made to the Exception Matrix and it was added to our website. Click here for more info.

The REIBC continues to work towards promoting the excellence of it's members to the public while continuing to identify areas of improvement. If you have any thoughts or comments please feel free to share them with your Chapter, your Governor or staff.

Members News

Scott Veitch

34b969f.jpgThe Board of Directors of the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation has elected Scott Veitch as Chair of the Board effective February 1, 2016.

Scott is licensed as the Managing Broker of Century 21 Veitch Realty in Creston, BC and has been active in the real estate industry for over 31 years.  He is Past President of both the Kootenay Real Estate Board and the BC Real Estate Association.  He was also an Officer with the Real Estate Institute of BC and was the recipient of the 2009 RI Award of Excellence.

Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation was established in 1988 and exists pursuant to the Real Estate Services Act to provide mandatory errors and omissions insurance to real estate licensees in BC.

 Congratulations Scott!

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament

 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 REIBCs Charity Golf Tournament. We received the following email from it's CEO Mr. Ross Hetherington. 

Dear Friends of Make-A-Wish,

Tea Lyn’s wish to swim with manta rays 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 Tea Lyn’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. It was a very cool night!

We grant wishes because wishes change lives.

In 2015, we were able to grant 110 magical wishes with all your support and we already have 74 wish kids waiting for their wish to come true in 2016.

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

The 2016 Golf Tournament will be held on June 22, 2016 at the Richmond Country Club! Registration will open soon!

REIBC Events

2015 Presidents Luncheon

The REIBC's Annual Presidents Luncheon was held on December 3rd at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Vancouver. After a great presentation by Connie Fair, RI, we gave away some great door prizes. 

IMG_2520.JPG The first was two tickets to a Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks game on March 3, 2016 and a weekend night stay at the Marriott Airport Hotel; Michael LaPorte, CRP, AACI, P.App, President of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, Greater Vancouver Chapter was the winner.
IMG_2523.JPG The second prize was two tickets to a Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks game and two tickets to the Fraser Valley Chapters Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular won by Laura West from Coldwell Banker, Prestige Realty.
IMG_2527.JPG Our final prize of the luncheon was a full conference registration and accommodation to the REIBC & AIC-BC Valuing Diversity Conference which will be held from May 5-7 at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Conference Centre in Parksville. Nancy Skeels, RI, REIBC Chapter Chair for Nanaimo was the big winner.


RI's by Occupation

We will be listing each members names in our monthly e-newsletters. Each month we will highlight different industry categories. This month we've listed Mortgage Brokers, Notaries, Portfolio Managers, Project Managers, Property Managers, and Property Negotiators. See below:

Mortgage Broker

Scott Baid, HLC Home Loans Canada
James Cosco, Cosco Mortgage Corporation
James McLaren, Seaboard Mortgage
William Rainbow, Mortgage Alliance West
Damon Whitbread, Bridgehouse Mortgage Services Inc.


G.W. Wayne Braid, The Society of Notarie Public of BC
John Eastwood, Eastwood & Associates
Patrick Kelly, Whistler Real Estate Co. Ltd
Alex Ning, Alexander Ning Notary Corporation
Leanne Rebantad
Akash Sablok
Ken Sherk, Ken Sherk Notary Public
Terry Sidhu, Sidhu & Associates
David Watts, David Watts Notary Corporation
Tiah Workman, Tiah M.Workman Notary Public

Portfolio Manager

Nicholas Bodie, Fraser Health
Lindsay Colin, Port Metro Vancouver
Brad Currie, Verico Coastal Pacific Mortgage Brokers
Robert Kates, TELUS
Tracy Lakevold, Resolve Real Property Expertise Inc.
Stephen Marguet, Shared Services BC, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
Bruce Nimmo, Artis REIT
Neil Patterson, Martello Trusted Real Estate Advisors
Jason Penner, BC Hydro
Phil Wooster, First Island Financial Services Ltd.

Project Manager

Craig Broderick, City of Vernon
Alexander Warrender, City of Kelowna
Cheryl Wirsz, BC Parks

Property Manager

Susan Antoniali, Antoniali Property Services
Heidi Campbell, BC Hydro
Edith Chan, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
Christine Eriksen, Port Metro Vancouver
Rod Fram, Transpacific Realty Advisors
John W.E. Hayes, Newport Property Management Ltd.
Barry Holmes, Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc.
Wayne Lee, Gulf Pacific Group
Kirby Leong, Dream Office Management (B.C.) Corp
Shelley Lindsay, Metro Vancouver
Adam Lord, Stratawest Management Ltd.
Linda MacSeafraidh, Strata West Management Ltd.
Lisa Martin, DTZ Nanaimo Real Estate Ltd.
Brian Meakin, Turner Meakin Management Co. Ltd.
Randy Orr, Island Timberlands LP
Eric Spurling, Proline Management Ltd.
R. Scott Ullrich, Gateway Property Management Corporation

Property Negotiator

John Adank, Province of BC
Jennifer Anderson, Port Metro Vancouver
Sev Araujo, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation - Granville Island
Michael Bancroft, Right Way Acquisition Services Ltd.
Murray Bird, ProLogic Property Services
Randy Buksa, Alberta Transportation
Steven Burke, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Bruce Cameron, City of Nanaimo
Devon Caufield, Port Metro Vancouver
David Y.M. Chan, BC Hydro
Winnie Chan,  City of Vancouver
Scarlett Chen, Port Metro Vancouver
Carvan Cheng, City of Vancouver
Arthur Chow, MacDonald Realty Westmar
Heather Clark, City of Coquitlam
Tim Collins, Metro Vancouver
Claire Cote, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Neil Curtis, Minsitry Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Lisa D'Errico, BC Hydro
Ross Dalpre, Pacific Land Services Ltd.
Yvonne Deibert, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
Michael Del Balso, PWGSC
Jeffrey Dicken, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations
Catherine Du Bois, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
Peggy Enermark, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Eleanor Enns, City of Surrey
David Freeman, City of Kamloops
Eric Fung City of Surrey
Ben Gauer, Royal LePage Ben Gauer & Associates
Wesley Gentle, McDonald Restaurants of Canada Ltd.
Douglas Gilchrist, City of Kelowna
Karen Goertz, Metro Vancouver
Johnny Grewal, The Township of Langley
Len Hayley, Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Jillian Henderson, Jillian Henderson Lease Consulting & Negotiations Inc.
Jordan Hettinga, Kent-Macpherson
David Hilliard, Milestone Property Services Ltd.
Karen Hilliard, Milestone Property Services Ltd.
Liza Hood, LH Land Services Ltd.
Steve Howard, Howard Consulting Ltd.
Renato, Jadrijev, Metro Vancouver - Property Services Division
Jageero Johl, ICBC
Simon Joslin, Capital Regional District
David Jurome, Macdonald Realty Kelowna
Judith Kehler, Don Kehler/Team Powerhouse Realty
Jacques Khouri, Jacques Khouri Associates
Glen Kirk, Fraser Health Authority
Fred Kozier
Robert Law, Colliers International
Tony Lee, BC Hydro
Ian Lindsay, Ian Lindsay & Associates
James Loewen, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kevin Loggin, K.R. Loggin Consulting Services
Betty Lui, BC Hydro
Catherine E. McInnis, Metro Vancouver
Brad Marko, JB Marko Development Corporation.
Philip McKenzie, Diamond Land Consultants Inc.
Patrick Murphy, City of Vancouver
Kenneth Myette, City of Surrey
Cindy Marie Nesselbeck
Andrew Newman, City of Vancouver
Nathan Nottingham, Port Metro Vancouver
Brenda Orcutt, City of Surrey
John Phillips, RCEC
Gordon Pladson, City of Surrey
Robert John Pratt, Robert Pratt Land Consulting Inc.
Nicholas Rawcliffe, City of Surrey
Steven Reid, Sutton Group West Coast Realty
Andrew Reidy, BC Hydro
Jim Riches, Riches Land Services Ltd.
James Jefferson Robertson, BC Hydro
Caren Roche, The Corporation of the Township of Langley
Michael James Rogers, Spearwell Holdings
Marie Roset-Crawford, BC Hydro
Denise Sakai, Island Timberland GP Limited
Johannes Saufferer, City of Kelowna
Robert Scott, Rovax Property Serivces Ltd.
Catherine Seel, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
Rose Sikora, City of Richmond
Nancy Skeels, City of Nanaimo
Yvonne Smith, Translink, SCBCTA
Greta Soo, Koan Property Services Ltd.
Perry Staniscia, City of Coquitlam
Thomas K. Swann, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Jessica Taylor, Ministry of Transporttion and Infrastructure
Cheryl Ting, Metro Vancouver
Dyne Torgeson, Rainmaker Real Estate Solutions Corp
Kim Wagner, BC Hydro
Matthew Walsh, MCW Property Services Ltd.
Bryan Douglas Watkins, Royal LePage Advance Realty Ltd.
Francis Wheeler, Frances Wheeler Land Services Ltd.
David Wong,  Metro Vancouver
Kerry D. Wong, City of Vancouver
Graham Wood, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Karmelle Yakimovitch, City of Surrey
Edwin Kwok Yu Yan, Virani Real Estate Advisors
Alice Yee, City of Vancuver
Evan Young, BC Hydro

Career Opportunities

Real Estate Assets Manager - BC Housing

Residential Appraiser - Surrey & Fraser Valley - Campbell & Pound Real Estate Appraisers

Property Development Officer I - City of Vancouver

Property Services Agent - District of North Vancouver

Industry News


The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) is calling for presentations and papers for it's 2016 Conference, Showcase, and Annual General Meeting.

The event is taking place at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel, 1228 West Hastings Street in Vancouver from March 31 - April 2, 2016.  For more information or to submit an abstract, visit the info page here.

Vancouver could see first billion-dollar office sale

The expected sale of the Bentall Centre office portfolio and the Royal Centre office and retail tower this year could "push overall dollar volume to previously unseen levels" according to Avison Young.

The current record price for a Canadian office tower is $1.27 billion paid for Toronto's 68-story Bank of Nova Scotia tower in 2012, however, a 2016 Avison Young forecast suggests that both Bentall Centre and Royal Centre will set a new benchmark and may produce the first billion dollar plus commercial real estate transaction in Vancouver's history.
Read the rest of the story here.

REIBC Upcoming Events

REIBC Day of Recognition
February 18, 2016

Mark your calendars and come join REIBC members for a Province-wide Recognition Event, Thursday February 18.

Each Chapter will host an event to recognize 5,10,15, and 20 year members of the Institute.  We will let you know of event locations and times as they come in. If you have any questions please contact your Chapter Directors.

BCIT Meet the Pro's - Commercial Real Estate
February 24, 2016 5:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Register here

REIBC & AIC-BC , Valuing Diversity Conference
May 5-7, 2016 Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive Parksville, BC
Register here

AGM & Recognition Dinner
June 16, 2016 Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street Vancouver, B.C.
Save the Date!

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament
June 22, 2016
Richmond Country Club
9100 Steveston Hwy Richmond B.C.
Save the date

Industry Events


The AIC-BC hosts a number of seminars, courses and networking events throughout the year for both AIC members and non-members alike.  Click here for the list of events 


February 2016 Luncheon
Guest Speaker: Peter Ameerali, Lawyer with the Ministry of Attorney General of BC February 16, 2016 11:45am - 1:30 pm
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings St, Vancouver
More info


PAMA hosts a number of seminars, courses and networking events throughout the year for both PAMA members and non-members alike.  Click here for the list of events 


Second Annual Construction & Project Management Seminar: BIM Perspectives February 24, 2016 5p.m. -  8 p.m.
Simon Fraser University-Segal Building
500 Granville Street Vancouver ,B.C.
More info


UDI Vancouver Lunch- Charles Montgomery
February 18, 2016  11:30am-2:00pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel Regency Ballroom (3rd floor)
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver B.C.
More info


2016 Spring Meeting
April 19 - April 21, 2016
Pennsylvania Conference Centre
1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
More info

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