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January 2019

Welcome a new RI! 

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 experiences, their communities, and their every day lives.  We welcome these new RI's into our community.

Damien Roussin, RI

Damien-2EditedCentred.jpgI started my career in 2007 with Dorset Realty Group, managing student and market rental housing projects at UBC.  Along with learning about facilities management and the ins and outs of the Residential Tenancy Act, I grew thick skin.  Managing side by side student and family housing projects taught me about the non-technical challenges of property management.

I am now the Chief Executive Officer at Dorset Realty Group in Richmond.  My role is to lead the company through our planned (and un-planned) strategies and objectives.  I also maintain a portfolio of long term and key clients.

Having grown with the company, I’ve worked in trading, property management and leadership roles.  While spending time in each department, I also studied for a handful of real estate licenses and my MBA.  The front-line experience and formal education helped prepare me for my current role.  Now, as the CEO, I work with different teams every day which I find challenging and exciting.  I learn from everyone around me every day and I love that!  The people (our teammates, clients, customers and community) are my ‘why’.

Outside the office, you can find me with my family or on my bike.  My wife and I do our best to get away for weekend trips and longer adventures, whatever we can fit in.  I also cycle whenever the weather will allow.  I find the physical and mental grind of road cycling to be humbling and invigorating.  If I choose the music, it’s going to be Country.


You will be missed ...

andrew_peck.jpgIt is with great sadness the we share with you news of the passing of Andrew Peck, he was 59. A fourth generation British Columbian Andrew began his real estate career in 1983.  In 1988 he joined the REIBC as a professional member, and held his RI designation for almost 20 years.

Andrew Peck was the broker owner, vice-president and general manager of Royal Pacific Realty Group. He oversaw more than 1,250 residential and commercial REALTORS® and a staff of 30 in five offices, as well as New World Realty, which together sold more than $15.1 billion worth of real estate in 2016.

Andrew was very involved in various areas of the real estate industry over his 36-year career. Andrew spent eight years serving as a Director for Canadian Real Estate Association having served on every committee within the association. Throughout his career Andrew held the role of President for the Canadian Real Estate Association, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and British Columbia Real Estate Association.

He taught leadership courses, helped guide young professionals, was passionate about progressive governance and made sure to share that knowledge with several boards.

Our thoughts are with his husband, Paul Croes, family and friends during this difficult time. Andrew expressed his desire to have contributions made to the BC Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Member news

Guy Akester, RI

Guy_Akester_20180125_007_Final.jpgAfter six and a half years leading TransLink’s real estate projects & partnerships and development approval teams, Guy Akester has left to join Triovest Realty Advisors as a Senior Vice President where he will have responsibility for Triovest’s business activities in British Columbia.

Triovest’s team of 50 in BC invest, develop and manage approximately six million square feet of real estate assets on behalf of investors.

Congratulations, Guy!


David Nishi-Beckingham, RI

David_Nishi_Beckingham.jpgWith property assessments out and tax notices coming next, the hot topic of conversation has turned to property tax and how it will affect homeowners and businesses. 

David Nishi-Beckingham, RI,  Director at AEC-Property Tax has been sharing his expertise on commercial real estate and property tax. On January 22nd he was the presenter at a Surrey Board of Trade workshop of Commercial Property Values and Taxes. On that same day he sat down with the Tyee to do an interview on Assessments based on redevelopment potential and ‘triple-net leases’. 

You can read the full article here



BCIT Meet the Pros - Commercial

IMG_0252.JPGOn January 24th the REIBC hosted the Commercial Meet-the-Pros event for the real estate students of BCIT.  With 5 professionals and 13 students in attendance it was a perfect opportunity for the students to engage in small groups with each professional!

A great big thank you to Deborah Nixon, RI, Manager of Real Estate and Leasing for Fraser Health; Brian Meakin,RI, President/Owner of Turner Meakin Mgmt Co.; Ellen Hsu,RI, President/Owner of Prominent Real Estate Services; Damien Roussin,RI, CEO of Dorset Realty Group and Jeremy Bramwell,RI, Principal of Brawmell & Associates Realty Advisors  for sharing your expertise with the students.

BC Land Summit

Don't forget to register for The 2019 BC Land Summit: Collaborations & Connections taking place at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver from May 8-10, 2019! 

Extra Early Registration is open until midnight tonight. Register Now & Save Even More! Extra Early registration provides the absolute best rates for the 2019 BC Land Summit and is only available for a limited time. Be sure to register now!

Click here to register 


About the 2019 BC Land Summit:

The BC Land Summit is the premier collaborative conference providing interdisciplinary education, professional development, training and networking opportunities for professional practitioners in fields related to land and land-use in British Columbia, and beyond. The BC Land Summit is comprised of five professional organizations; The Appraisal Institute of Canada-BC Association, The BC Society of Landscape Architects, The BC Institute of Agrologists, The Planning Institute of BC and the Real Estate Institute of BC. 

Join us in Vancouver - May 8th-10th, 2019 - for this unique conference, with keynote speakers: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, and Edward Glaeser, as well as featured evening entertainment presenter Mark Critch.

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. 

Click here to read about Mea's wish. Mae suffers from a brain stem tumor. Her wish was to be a Disney Princess.

We raised $32,709 at last years tournament. The 2019 Tournament will once again be held at the Richmond Country Club! Mark your calendars for June 26, 2019. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Upcoming Events

Webinar: What you should know about Managing or Distributing your Wealth... Are you in control? 
Presented by: Tammy Morin-Nakashima, RI, Notary Public
February 28, 2019 12:00 pm  - 1:00 pm PST
Register here

Industry Information

Vancouver Real Estate Forum 

VREF-logo-blue.jpgThe 26th annual Vancouver Real Estate Forum returns on April 4th at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.   The Forum will focus on the city’s continuing trends and challenges as it relates to foreign capital, housing affordability, record low vacancies and more. What are the opportunities still present in the market? Where is foreign investment into Vancouver coming from and why? Can municipalities and developers align on producing more affordable housing?

Join over 1,200 executives for a program that will feature some 60 experts and leading practitioners examining the trends and challenges facing those active in the ownership, management, leasing, financing, and marketing of commercial, industrial, investment, and residential real estate.

Register now to secure your spot at this year’s event.

Rental Housing Review Recommendations and Findings

In April 2018, Premier John Horgan appointed a Rental Task Force to advise on how to improve security and fairness for renters and rental housing providers throughout the province.  The Task Force was appointed to look specifically at the Residential Tenancy Act, the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act and the processes of the Residential Tenancy Branch.

The Task Force was led by Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert, who serves as the Premiers Advisor on Residential Tenancy. The task force also included MLA's Adam Olsen and Ronna-Rae Leonard.

In mid-December the Rental housing review was completed.  Click here to view the full Recommendations and Findings.


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