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March 2017

Member News

Philip H. White, Honourary Member

REIBC is sad to announce that Honourary member Philip H. White died peacefully on February 25th, 2017. Philip White was awarded Honourary membership with REIBC in 1961 after his  work developing UBC's Urban Land Economics program. The diploma was immediately adopted as a major education standard for membership for the REIBC; a requirement that is still a major part of REIBC's qualification standard.

Philip held his REIBC membership since the very beginning and would have celebrated his 56th year with REIBC this June; the longest - standing member of the Institute.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

You can view his obituary here.

Andrew Peck, RI

Andrew_Peck.jpgAndrew Peck, RI has just been appointed as the President of the Canadian Real Estate Association having served on the Board of Directors for the past 7 years.
First licensed in 1983, Andrew became a managing broker in 1987 and in 1988 earned his RI designation.

In 1996, he merged several companies to form Royal Pacific Realty Group – serving Metro Vancouver. Andrew is now the broker owner, vice-president and general manager, overseeing over 1,200 licensed REALTORS® and a staff of 30. Since 2001, Andrew has been a part of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and in 2007, Andrew was elected president of the BC Real Estate Association.

Andrew enjoys assisting Boards with progressive governance, teaching leadership courses for CREA and mentoring YPN members. When not focusing his time on real estate, this former piper with the SFU Pipe Band is an avid boater and hobby chef.

Congratulations Andrew!

David Podmore, RI

DavidPodmore-GalaforNewsletters.jpgLeaders from BC's Chinese Canadian community along with many of BC's business leaders helped raise over $2.5 million at the 22nd annual For Children We Care gala for BC Children's Hospital.  Presented by Peterson Group, the black tie event was attended by 480 guests and helped support urgently needed equipment for the PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit). 

Pictured, REIBC member David Podmore, RI who is also the Past Chair of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation board attended and supported the event. 

It is a great to see our members supporting great community causes! 

Photo credit- | David Podmore, RI (left) Benjamin Young, CEO Peterson, (right)

Jean-Francois Proulx, RI

Jean-Francois_Proulx.jpgREIBC member Jean-Francois Proulx, RI, President of Constructive Condo Reporting Corp. recently shared his expertise on reserve fund planning and depreciation reports through an article published in the Winter 2017 issue of the Condo News distributed by the Canadian Condominium Institute – Vancouver Chapter.

J-F wrote on why misconceptions about reserve fund planning persist. He has worked as a trade contractor and consultant to construction, engineering and appraisal firms – fostering depreciation report divisions along the way, as well as providing warranty reviews, specification writing, and other services.

You can read his article on pages 11-14 here.

REIBC Events

AIC-BC & REIBC Vancouver Chapter Joint Luncheon

JointChapterEventMarch29.jpgThe AIC-BC & REIBC Vancouver chapters held a joint luncheon on March 29th on the topic of the Georgia Viaduct/False Creek Plan. Guest speakers Micheal Geller, architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer as well as Kevin McNaney, Assistant Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver took turns sharing some great information on what the city of Vancouver is planning for the area as well as ideas from developments throughout Europe.

Mr. McNaney explained that the vision for the area is to create a vibrant new waterfront district that completes Vancouver’s public waterfront.  The theme of the plan would focus on “human scale development” creating a community that serves local, district, city and economic purposes.  Mr. Geller shared the point that space and the idea of fostering community could be done through architecture. He shared various slides from countries within Europe, including Germany and Denmark, where local governments along with builders and architects had effectively ‘created space’ through dramatic and innovate architecture.

The sold-out event was a great opportunity for members of both organizations to network and connect while learning a little bit about the changing landscape of the Georgia Viaduct & Vancouver False Creek flats.

Industry Information

Thompson/Okanagan Chapter sponsored UDI Luncheon

On March 17th the REIBC Okanagan Chapter sponsored an Urban Development Institute luncheon where guests heard about “The Future of BC and the Okanagan”. The speakers panel consisted of; our BC Minster of Agriculture, Norm Letnick, BC Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resources, Steve Thompson and Director of the Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Corrie Griffiths. It was a very informative luncheon and was well attended. With approximately 215 registered guests, the event was sold out and REIBC received good exposure in exchange for the sponsorship. Doug Gilchrist, RI Governor and Amanda Willms, RI Okanagan Chapter Board member were recognized at the sponsor table and they held numerous discussions about the purpose and value of REIBC. Doug was given the opportunity to publicly thank the speakers and present a small gift.

Submitted by Doug Gilchrist, RI
Governor Thompson/Okanagan

BCREA Announces 2017-2018 Board of Directors

In early March the BC Real Estate Association announced the following individuals who will form the 2017-2018 Board of Directors effective March 23, 2017:

     - Jim Stewart, President 
     - James Palanio, President-Elect
     - Deanna Horn, Past President
     - Diane Dou, Public Director
     - Ray Harris, REALTOR®, Director
     - Kyle Hislop, REALTOR®. Director
     - Brenda Jackman, REALTOR®, Director
     - Gisele Janzen, REALTOR®, Director
     - Cory Raven, REALTOR®, Director
     - Mark Sakai, Public Director
     - Michael Trites, REALTOR® , Director

The REIBC wishes them all a great year!

Career Opportunities

Deputy Superintendent - Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate

Valuation Consultant, Real Property Group - Suncorp Valuations Ltd. - closes today!

Meet A Member

In an effort to meet more of our members we will be showcasing member profiles each month! We will be in touch! If you want to be the next member featured, let us know.

Meet Sean MacDonald, Student Member

SeanMacDonald.PNGI am currently the Property Research Assistant for Metro Vancouver Regional District, which has given me the opportunity to see the many facets of the real estate industry and has further spurred my interest in the real estate business.  My current role includes providing support for Metro Vancouver’s Property Division by maintaining our database of our interests we have in land a well as supporting our team in researching current and possible future land holdings.  Prior to my current role, I spent 11 years working at the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC first as an Examiner of Title and later as a Team Lead.  I had the opportunity to be involved in some major projects in my time there such as the registration of Tsawwassen Treaty, the Olympic Village and later as the lead examiner for the Tla’amin Treaty.  I was also a member of the team that brought about a complete transformation on how the database now looks and feels for the staff there, including training team members on how to use the system and the role out of the automation of some of the documents filed there.  This provided me with a strong foundation of knowledge in real estate. I jumped at the opportunity with Metro Vancouver as it seemed like a perfect stepping stone to continue my journey in furthering my career in the real estate industry.

I have recently started to work towards completing a Diploma in Urban Land Economics with the desire to move up within Metro Vancouver and take on a larger role within my organization.

On the weekends you can usually find me exploring one of the nearby mountains with my partner Kate.

Meet David Franklin, RI

DavidFranklinfromGoogle.jpgI am President of CMLS Financial Ltd; Canada’s mortgage company providing a broad range of financial products to the borrower and investor communities.  As president, I focus on strategic direction and direct responsibility for the commercial mortgage operations including annual origination exceeding $3.5 billion and a mortgage portfolio exceeding $12 billion of AUA. 

I have always worked in the commercial real estate field.  I started my career working for an appraiser where I learned to analyze property cash flows.  I entered into the mortgage business through working with both private & public mortgage insurers and subsequently worked with financial institutions in the commercial mortgage space.  While I learned risk assessment and the mortgage business from a lender perspective, my career took a big turn when I worked with a mortgage banking company located in Toronto in the late 1980’s.  It was working with the mortgage banker that I had the benefit of understanding the mortgage industry from a business perspective. I became an RI(BC) in 1990 as a way to meet other industry professionals and increase my level of professionalism. 

I got married about the same time I entered the mortgage industry in the mid 1980’s.  My wife and I have two boys aged 27 and 22.  My eldest son also works in the commercial mortgage business and my youngest is in the final stages of a bachelor of commerce degree at UBC.  Maybe we will get the whole family involved in the industry.  I like to spend my spare time jogging, biking (road & mountain), skiing and enjoying water sports on Lake Okanagan.  My wife & I like to travel, with Europe and Hawaii being our two favorite destinations.  While the mortgage business can be challenging & demanding at times, it also provides time to relax and recharge.

Meet Craig Changfoot, RI

CraigChangfoot.JPGI am a Property Portfolio Manager with BC Housing, managing 92 Group Homes in the Lower Mainland. I enjoy interacting with the Group Home Operators and developing an understanding of how BC Housing can contribute in catering to their clients’ needs.

I have 20 years of real estate management experience, which has run the gamut from private to public and to education sectors. I love working at BC Housing because the Commission immerses itself in finding ways to assist those truly in need. I believe in a positive attitude at work, and at BC Housing the people I work with bring their positive attitudes everyday believing that they can make a difference.

I love meeting with friends and family, reading, and taking in the odd pop culture moment. My aspirations are to continue growing my sphere of influence and to make a positive indelible difference in people’s lives.

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 Ross Hetherington.

Dear Friends of Make-A-Wish,

Josh’s Hawaii wish 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 Josh’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. We could not say ‘yes’ to so many inspiring children without your support. We are aiming to grant 150 wishes this year, which will be the most of any Canadian Chapter, ever.

Some of the wishes we are presently working on include: I wish to practice with the Canucks; I wish for my own Harry Potter wand; I wish to go to Dubai; and I wish to release baby sea turtles into the wild.

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

This years tournament  is taking place on June 21, 2017 at the Richmond Country Club! Last year we raised more than $36,000 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC  & Yukon; a record. Join us on June 21st so we can surpass that record so that more wishes can be granted to many deserving children in BC & Yukon!

Registration is open, register today or give us a call if you'd like to donate.
Click here! Early bird pricing is in effect!

REIBC Award of Excellence 

The membership of the REIBC 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. 

Nominate an RI by filling out this nomination form and email it to Nomination deadline is May 5 ,2017.

The Award will be presented on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the REIBC Recognition Event!

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