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June 2016

In the News!

GREG STEVES - New Assistant Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction Standards 

Dave Nikolejsin, Deputy Minister Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing announces below, that our own RI, Greg Steves was the successful candidate in the competition for Assistant Deputy Minister of the Office of Housing and Construction Standards, effective immediately.

Greg_Steves.jpg Greg has worked for the provincial government for 16 years and brings hands on experience with housing issues to the position, as he has been  the Executive Director of both the Housing Policy and Residential  Tenancy Branches in past years.

Greg started in the Housing Policy Branch in 2000 as a senior policy  analyst and became Manager of Housing Policy with responsibility for  social housing and homelessness.  In this role Greg led the working  group supporting the Premier's Task Force on Homelessness, Mental  Illness and Addictions.  In 2007, Greg moved to the Ministry of Citizens  Services, as the Director of their Project Management Office and then  Director of Strategic Real Estate.

In 2010, Greg returned to the Housing Policy Branch as the Executive Director, guiding the branch through consultations and policy development on the revised housing strategy the Non-Profit Asset Transfer Program. Most recently, Greg took on the role of Executive Director for the Residential Tenancy Branch, focusing on introducing a transformation culture focussed on improving service delivery and modernizing services.

Greg is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is the incoming President of the Board of Governors for the Real Estate Institute of BC, for which he is also a member.

Please join in congratulating Greg on his new role! Congratulations Greg!  


DEAN LAPOINTE awarded by the Real Estate Institute of Canada

Dean Lapointe

Dean Lapointe is the recipient of the 2016 "Murray Bosley" Member of the Year Award, the most prestigious professional yearly award granted by the Real Estate Institute of Canada.

Congratulations Dean! 

SCOTT ULLRICH receives the Award of Excellence 2016


Scott Ullrich Award of Excellence Winner 2016



The Award of Excellence is awarded to an RI who has  best demonstrated exceptional and outstanding leadership and  contribution to the real estate industry. 

Scott Ullrich, RI has demonstrated support for the Institute over the years and we congratulate him on being this year's recipient.

Congratulations Scott!

WAYNE BRAID receives the George Whyte Award 


This award is 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.  

Wayne Braid, RI was the proud winner of this year's  award. 

Congratulations Wayne! 

REIBC Event Follow Up

2016 AGM and Recognition Dinner

This was a great success and we thank everyone for attending our AGM and the dinner.  It is always a good opportunity to get out into the community with your peers and other professionals and guests.  The comedian was a hit and the trivia section during the awards presentation kept us on our toes and laughing!


The REIBC Charity Golf Tournament was a success! 

The sun was out for the 23rd Annual REIBC Golf Tournament and the committee did a fantastic job.  Thank you to our sponsors and those who donated prizes.  We raise money for the Make A Wish so they can continue to grant wishes for children with life-threatening medicals conditions. 

This years Tournament Committee:

Rob Reichelt (Chair)

Richard Sirola (Sponsorships)

Bruce Tanner (Prizes)

Susan Antoniali (Auctions)

Rebecca Nguyen (Media Liason) 


Nanaimo Chapter Event 

“On June 23rd around 30 members from the Nanaimo REIBC and AIC-BC chapters met in the evening to network and listen to a presentation by Josh Gordon who is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University,  School of Public Policy.  Josh discussed the hot topic of Vancouver’s housing affordability crises.  He provided interesting data which highlighted how the influx of foreign money, low interest rates, geographic constraints, desirability and poor political oversight have be attributable to the crises.  His presentation was followed by a good discussion with lots of questions by the members.  Thank you everyone for attending."   

Nancy Skeels, Nanaimo Chapter Chair


REIBC Upcoming Events - NEW!

In an effort to get to know your members on a more personal level, we will be showcasing member profiles for our upcoming newsletters.  We want to know about you, your work and what you do in your spare time.  

Email and let us know if you want to participate!  

Enjoy your summer!


Career Opportunities

Senior Project Officer (Real Estate) - BC Housing - deadline July 15, 2016

Real Estate Coordinator - District of North Vancouver - deadline June 30, 2016

Executive Officer - Real Estate Council of BC - deadline August 16, 2016


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Industry News

Changes to Real Estate Industry

On June 28, 2016 the Report of the Independent Advisory Group was received and made public.  There are a 28 recommendations that will change some of the workings of the Real Estate Council. More on the story here.

On June 29, 2016 the Premier made an announcement that the real estate industry will no longer be self-regulating.  All authority for penalties, regulations and rule making will be transferred from the Real Estate Council to dedicated Superintendent of Real Estate.   More on this story here.

For more information, please visit the Real Estate Council of British Columbia

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

PIBC Planning Institute

Check out the list of various industry events.  

Click here for a list of events 

Urban Development Institute (UDI) 

Summer Social Event July 

Event details here 

IRWA - International Right of Way Association, Vancouver

Click here for more information on courses

CREW Vancouver

Speaker Series Luncheon

Event details here


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