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July 2017 Newsletter

Member News

G.W. Wayne Braid, RI

Wayne_Braid.JPGOn July 19th, the Society of Notaries Public of BC announced the retirement of Wayne Braid who has held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Secretary with the Society of Notaries Public of BC since 2001.

He will retire from his existing role effective September 20th. He will lead the Notaries' new insurance program and will continue working with The Notary Foundation of British Columbia, which provides grants to other BC organizations for legal education, research and law libraries.

Wayne has been a member of the REIBC for the past 11 years and has been a huge supporter of all of REIBCs programs and events. In 2016 he received the George Whyte Award at the REIBC Charity Golf Tournament. 

The award honours George Whyte, a long time real estate licensee, who passed away suddenly in February 2000. Presented each year at the Institute’s golf tournament by Judi Whyte, RI,  the award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exemplary professional conduct, has recognized achievements in the real estate profession, and supports the objectives of the Institute.

Congratulations Wayne on all of your various achievements, and we wish you well in your retirement. 

David Podmore, RI

smallerdavidpodmor.JPGBusiness in Vancouver and MacKay CEO Forums recently announced David Podmore as one of the 2017 BC CEO Award winners in the Enterprise Category. 

A long-time REIBC member, David Podmore is Chairman and Founder of Concert Properties Ltd. and Concert Real Estate Corporation and widely recognized as one of the most influential contributors to the Greater Vancouver's real estate industry. He led Concert for 28 years as it's President & CEO, growing it from a vision to a national enterprise.

A judging committee chose the honourees by looking at their vision and strategy, financial performance, people development, innovation, social responsibility and sustainability. 

Winning CEO's will be profiled in the Business in Vancouver October 10 edition and honoured at a gala dinner taking place on November 8th where winners will share their leadership lessons to an audience of Vancouver's business community. 

Congratulations, David!

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament

MastersBuildingServices.JPGOn Wednesday June 21st the REIBC hosted its 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon. The weather was perfect, and all of those who attended had a wonderful time. Our hope is that we raised a lot of money! We will know more about that in September.

The winning team (pictured) was  one of our Platinum Sponsors, Masters Building Services; Todd Mikl, Dan Hunt, Colby Johansen and Colin Murray. The team that went home as second place winners were golfers Seth Kingsbury and James Mair from Hemmera, Greg Gordichuk from Industrial Alliance and MC, Perry Solkowski. Taking third place was Ed Furlan and Phil Gertsman from Altus Group, Ray Riopel from Pacific Air Filters and John Maclean from Quadreal.

Individual prizes went to:

Putting Contest: Joan Bird, Quay Pacific Property Management
Longest Putt: Murray Brown, iA Financial Group
Ladies Longest Drive: Adena Waffle, Concert Properties
Mens Longest Drive: Jay Prahalad, Bentall Kennedy
Mens KP: Craig Bradshaw, Avison Young.

Our grand prize winner, was Justin Stubbs, RI from Laurentian Bank of Canada who won a beautiful set of Calloway Golf Clubs!

Congratulations to all of our raffle prize, silent auction and live auction winners! Thank you to all of those who joined us. Mark your calendar for June 27, 2018 for next years' tournament. Wee look forward to seeing you there.\

REIBC Chapter Events

Victoria Chapter Pub Night

The Victoria Chapter held a social event at Brown’s Social House at Uptown on July 6th.  Seven RI’s came out to have some food and chat about the local real estate industry.  Good times were had by all in attendance.  Thank you to those who were able to make the time to come out and mingle!

-submitted by Justin Howard, Victoria Chapter

Industry News

BC's Notaries Welcome two new Executives

Jacqui_Mendes_photo_colour.jpgOn July 19 the Society of Notaries Public of BC released an announcement that they will welcome two Executive Directors this fall, who will assume newly created distinct and complementary roles.

Jacqui Mendes will be CEO of BC Notaries, the trade association for Notaries Public in BC, and will be responsible for member recruitment and communications, marketing and branding, government relations, conferences and international programs.

Ms. Mendes has extensive experience leading member-based organizations, most recently for the Non-Profit Housing Association and previously for other diverse organizations within complex regulatory and governance frameworks. 

She has a proven track record of success in strategic planning, relationship and partnership building, and maintaining a member and client focused perspective.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of London, UK, Indigenous Cultural Competency Certifications, and is a Certified Housing Professional with the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada. 

John Mayr will be Executive Director of the Society of Notaries Public of BC, and will be responsible for education and ongoing development, licensing, complaints, discipline, and audits and inspections. 

Mr. Mayr holds a Master in Law from Osgoode Hall York University and has extensive experience leading and managing professional regulatory organizations, including corporate governance, stakeholder outreach, educational program development, and establishing effective operational business systems. He also holds an MBA from Royal Roads University.

BC Law Institute Releases latest report on Complex Stratas

On June 19, 2017, the BCLI released its latest report on Complex Stratas.  The report recommends 68 reforms, including:

- 29 recommendations on sections, which propose clarifying the procedures for creating and cancelling sections, spelling out section powers and duties, and strengthening section governance, budgets, and finances;

- 14 recommendations on types, which propose clarifying the procedures for creating and cancelling types and fine-tuning the operation of types; and

- 25 recommendations on phases, which propose enhancing the oversight of the phasing process, simplifying governance in a phased strata corporation, and providing additional protections for the financial interests of owners in a phased strata.

The report also contains draft legislation, illustrating how the legislative assembly could implement these recommendations.

The Strata Property Law—Phase Two Project has been made possible by project funding from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Notary Foundation of British Columbia, the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing for British Columbia, Strata Property Agents of British Columbia, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors, the Vancouver Island Strata Owners Association, and the Condominium Home Owners Association.

For more information on the Strata Property Law Project – Phase Two, visit the project page

Career Opportunities

Property Services Agent - District of North Vancouver

Property Agent - BC Housing

Manager Real Estate Services - BC Housing

TransLink Acquisitions and Leasing Agent (20170513) - TransLink

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser - Campbell & Pound Real Estate Appraisers (Closes tonight at midnight)

Members Seeking Employment

We have recently launched a new page on the REIBC website for members looking for employment. If you are an Associate, Professional or Nominee member looking for a career - tell us a little about yourself here.

Meet A Member

This month in our newsletter we are introducing you to three new members that recently joined the Institute.  If you would like to be profiled as an new or existing RI, let us know!

Meet Chris Kim, RI

Kim_Christian_12682_Photo.jpgIn 2006, while working towards a Bachelor Degree in Business, I had an opportunity to experience working in real estate with a temporary position at BC Housing. Just over a decade later, I am still with BC Housing in my current role as a Financial Analyst, working with non-profit partners engaging in the provision of social housing. My career goal is to expand my knowledge and experience to eventually transition into property management.

What has kept me at BC Housing all these years is having the opportunity to help the most vulnerable people in the province through housing. I feel this is such meaningful work because having a safe place to live is one of the most essential things in life that has so often been taken for granted.

Moving to the Sunny Okanagan in 2013 from Vancouver, I enjoy everything that the Okanagan offers, from being able to taste some of the best wines to experiencing the diverse and vibrant lifestyles. I am an avid Vancouver Canucks fan and enjoy traveling, off-roading and various outdoor activities.

Meet Ellen Hsu, RI


I received my Master of Real Estate degree from Texas A&M University and my Master of Science in Finance and Economics degree from West Texas A&M University. Following this educational path, I worked at Ernst & Young LLP (Transaction Real Estate Group), Wal-Mart Store, Inc. (Real Estate Division), and Southwestern Oklahoma State University's Small Business Development Center. After having worked in these various opportunities, I founded Prominent Real Estate Services.

To date, I have broad industry experience as an owner/broker, real estate adviser, sales/leasing agent, transaction real estate consultant, real estate manager and research head. In addition, my past and ongoing professional collaborations with other real estate professionals and investors from various Asian, European and North American countries provide me with extensive insight into the global marketplace. As a result, I have been invited to speak at various real estate conferences such as Cityscape Korea 2017.

Outside of my real estate brokerage, I continue to serve in numerous volunteer positions with the CCIM Institute; the Real Estate Institute of Canada (BC Chapter); National Association of Realtors; the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and as the President-Elect for Rotary Club of Vancouver (Fraserview). I look forward to involving myself with the Real Estate Institute of BC in the near and distant future.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son. We enjoy traveling to different places and trying different types of cuisines. I also enjoy playing golf, basketball, soccer, tennis, and badminton.

Meet Paula Ladds, RI

Ladds_Paula_12689_Photo.jpgSince Paula was young she has always had an interest in Real Estate. In her senior year of high school, Paula job shadowed a local realtor where she first considered a career in real estate. She then went on to the University of Northern British Columbia to complete a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in Finance. While finishing her degree a neighbor and current employee mentioned she should consider a career at BC Assessment. Following his advice, Paula started at BC Assessment in 2013 as a property information collector and in a few short months moved up to an appraiser position. Since starting at BC Assessment, Paula has gained experience in appraising residential property in the Okanagan and has most recently moved on to appraising major industrial properties in Northern BC.

In her spare time, Paula enjoys hiking, fishing and spending time outside on sunny days. When not outside she likes to paint and play guitar. Paula has also volunteered at numerous animal shelters over the past few years and shares her home with two lovely cats.

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