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March 2016 Newsletter


Membership Renewals

Have you renewed your membership for 2016/2017?  Thank you to all of those who have renewed and for those who have not yet had the chance - your membership with REIBC expires as of midnight tonight, March 31, 2016.

All those who have not yet renewed you have 60 days to do so before your membership will move into 'reinstatement' from which point you will have to pay a $100 reinstatement fee prior to renewing your membership. 

If you have forgotten your password, please note that for privacy reasons we do not have access to your passwords so you will have to click on 'forgot password'.

We look forward to serving you all for another year!

REIBC's Strata Governance Program is now available.

Do you live in a Strata? Do you know someone who lives in a Strata? The REIBC's ground-breaking Strata Governance Program is NOW AVAILABLE! This program will equip you with the kind of information that will set you apart from the rest. It will show you how good governance can benefit and protect one of the biggest investments in your life, your home.

The Strata Governance Certificate Program provides guidance in the practice of good governance. We believe that governance training will help strata council members perform their roles and duties with understanding and confidence, thus allowing them to provide the best representation for all the members of the strata corporation.

 You don't have to sit on council to benefit from this program.  As an owner in a strata property it's also beneficial to learn about how good governance should dictate the way your Strata runs... be knowledgeable, be proactive! 

Click here for more information and to register for this AMAZING program!

REIBC Award of Excellence 

The membership of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia includes many individuals who provide outstanding service to the Institute, to the real estate industry, and to their own communities.  The Institute recognizes select professional members who have been nominated by their peers and have achieved service excellence in each of these areas by awarding them with the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia's Award of Excellence. 

The Award of Excellence is a formal recognition of members who have distinguished themselves over their careers and have contributed significantly to the advancement of the Institute, to the broader real estate industry, and to their individual communities.

Nominate an RI by filling out this nomination form and email it to Nomination deadline is May 4,2016.

The Award will be presented on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the REIBC Recognition Dinner held at the Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver B.C. We look forward to having you join us!

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

Dear Friends of Make-A-Wish,

We were able to say ‘yes’ to Esme’s wish to go to Maui with her family thanks to your support!

Every wish that you help us grant carries the wish child and their family from a place of uncertainty to a place of hope and joy, as you can see by the smile on Esme’s face!

Here is Esme’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.

We grant wishes because wishes change lives.

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 is being held on June 22, 2016 at the Richmond Country Club! Click here to register

REIBC Events

REIBC Recognition Day

The Chapters of REIBC hosted a series of events on February 18, 2016 to recognize 5, 10, 15, and 20 year members of the Institute.  We heard back from a few of the Chapters and would like to share their thoughts from the events.

Congratulations to all of our recipients!

Thompson/Okanagan Chapter - Vernon Event

There were no recognition certificates to present to the Vernon RI’s, but we celebrated the REIBC Day of Recognition for the second year in a row. The Vernon RI’s got together for lunch at the local Wings Restaurant for a pleasant meal and good company. There were five of us in attendance ( six invited), three retired members and two active. We had a lively discussion as three of us were from private practice and two from government.  Local market and business climate in the Vernon area were of primary interest followed by a brief discussion of the Canadian dollar and its impact of travel and vacations. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. - Curt Broughton-

Career Opportunities

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Industry News

Helping B.C.'s wood building industry hit new heights

It was reported in the March 1-7, 2016 edition of the Business in Vancouver that when the UBC new student residence is completed next year, it will eclipse the eight-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George as the tallest wooden building in BC. 

As the world moves towards decarbonization, wood as a building material for high-rises and even bridges is gaining in popularity because concrete and steel production generates a considerable amount of greenhouse gases.  Therefore tall wooden buildings are starting to go up all over North America and Europe, creating a new demand for specialized expertise in solid-wood structural engineering. 

Read the rest of the article here.

Board Report 

The January teleconference board meeting was held on January 28, 2016.
Some of the highlights of this meeting included:

  1. Discussion on Governance and Chapter Structure
  2. Follow-up discussion on bylaw amendments regarding Professional Conduct
  3. Discussions on the professional entry requirements for BCSLA members and CRA designates with undergraduate degrees. These professionals will be added to the MATRIX
  4. Follow-up discussion on BCIT Student membership benefits.

The next board of Governors meeting will be held in person on March 31, 2016.

Respectfully submitted by:
Troy Abromaitis, RI
Governor of Vancouver District

REIBC Upcoming Events

REIBC & AIC-BC , Valuing Diversity Conference
May 5-7, 2016 Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Conference Centre
1155 Resort Drive Parksville, BC
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AGM & Recognition Dinner
June 16, 2016
Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C.
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REIBC Charity Golf Tournament
June 22, 2016
Richmond Country Club
9100 Steveston Hwy Richmond B.C.
Register now! (Only 2 Platinum Sponsorship's Left!)

Chapter Events  

AIC-BC & REIBC Vancouver Chapter Luncheon: Foreign Investment Impact on Vancouver Market
April 6, 2016 11:30 am - 1: 30 pm
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia St. Vancouver B.C.
Click here for more info
Register now

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 


The International Right of Way Association, Chapter 54 is offering the following courses this year, to be held at the BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street.

Course 800C (May 16/17) is Principles in Real Estate Law, this course provides novice employees dealing with real estate issues with basic right of way information and experienced employees with a broader perspective on legal issues and applicable law. Click here to register.

Course 801C (May 18/19) is Canadian Land Titles, addresses the overall principles and applications which generally govern land title activities. Click here to register

Course 802C (May 20) is Legal Aspects of Easements, provides an overview of the theory and rationale of easements and other partial interests that run with the land. Click here to register.

(Course 800 Canadian Series Courses, Instructor: Bob Cosburn)

Course 100C (October 3 to 6  ) is Principles of Land Acquisition, the IRWA’s foundations course. Larry Dybvig is the instructor. Click here to register

Course 201 (November 14 – 16)  is Communications in Real Estate Acquisition. Click here to register.

Course 209  (November 17/18) is Negotiating Effectively with a Diverse Clientele. Click here to register.

(Course 201 and 209 will help attendees better handle negotiations and communications. We are bringing back Gord MacNair, an award winning instructor and director of Real Estate for the City of Ottawa to instruct these.)

Chapter 54 of IRWA is pleased to announce three Engineering courses, to be offered in a four day blitz September 26 to 29 at the BCIT downtown Vancouver campus

Course 900C -

Course 901 -

Course 902 -


May Luncheon : Guest Speaker, Tsur Summerville
May 17, 2016 11:45am - 1:30pm
Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings St, Vancouver.
More info


PIBC is holding a  webinar series on the theme of "agriculture". The final webinar in this series is scheduled for:
Monday, April 25th 12:00- 1:30 pm For more information or to register, click here 

Annual Conference - Planning Unfiltered
May 10-13 , 2016
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre
1310 Water St, Kelowna BC
More info


Nominations for the Real Estate Foundations Annual Land Awards is open. Land awards will be presented to three organizations (private, non-profit and public) as well as presenting a land champion award to an individual who’s made an outstanding contribution to land use in BC. Nominations close on May 30, 2016

Click here to view the nomination criteria.


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

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