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May 2016 Newsletter



PAT MUNROE shares his heartfelt thoughts as he reflects on his time with the Institute. 


In 1980, shortly after obtaining my qualifications specializing in Real Estate and Urban Development while attending UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning , I applied to be a member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (REIBC).

Once I was accepted as a member I was able to fully realize the importance of the REIBC to my career in the real estate industry and what it could help me accomplish.

As a member of the REIBC, I would be associated with others who respected the importance of the industry for its role in the economic prosperity and social stability of our communities in British Columbia.

The standards set by the Institute in the principles of integrity and ethical conduct in the Code of Conduct would be a guide for me during the following years.

I soon found myself both on the Board of Directors, Real Estate Institute of BC, Education Committee, and the President, of the Real Estate Institute of Canada, Vancouver Chapter. Along, as well, with service in the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver: Arbitration Committee, Business Practices and Professional Conduct Committee and others.

Serving four years on the Task Force on Housing Issues in North Vancouver and bringing together the many North Vancouver Community Associations lead to my getting elected as Municipal Councillor for the District of North Vancouver, for two three year terms. During that time, being appointed to the Housing Committee for the GVRD and the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Housing Corporation serving 25 municipalities.

So, one thing leads to another. Like many other members of the REIBC, I became active and served in the following community, regional or provincial organizations, namely:

  • Edgemont Community Association - Founding President
  • North Vancouver Recreation Commission
  • North Vancouver Library Board
  • North Vancouver Police Liaison Committee
  • North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee
  • BC Parole Board- Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor
  • Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Commission - Alternate Member
  • T'Sleil Watuth Treaty Table - Municipal Representative 

What I value most about my volunteerism is playing a small part in the overall activities which help contribute to a healthy and vibrant community. And to build on that, it’s the like-minded people with whom you work alongside who truly make it worthwhile.

In my real estate career, I have been an owner operator of my own strata management company, also active in real estate brokerage, mortgage brokerage and property management.

As a 35 year member of the Real estate Institute of British Columbia, I feel very appreciative of the great opportunities which allowed me to have a fulfilling career, while being involved in meaningful volunteer activities and ensuring quality time with my family. I could not have hoped for more.

I have much respect for those who have followed and are doing remarkable service for the real estate industry and are in service to the people of the GVRD and surrounding communities in British Columbia.

In my retirement now in the South Cowichan on Vancouver Island, I have been the president of a bare land, gated sea side resort-like strata community of over 600 homes, am still serving on a British Columbia provincial Appeal Tribunal, as well as Chair of my local church council.

But most of all I play three rounds of 18 hole golf each and every week. We continue to spend tropical sunshine time south every winter, and a month or so at our family cottage every summer. Although I have scaled down my activities, my life continues to be full and active with community, friends and family..

We sincerely thank you Pat and wish you continued health and happiness on the golf course and beyond! 


REIBC & AIC-BC , Valuing Diversity Conference was a hit!

Andrea conferenceTigh-Na-Mara Resort & Conference Centre was a wonderful setting and the weather co-operated nicely.  It is always rewarding to see our members netwoking and learning.  Thank you to our speakers and our sponsors for making this a successful event.  Your input is always welcome as we want to continue to ensure that these events meet the needs of the diverse membership.

In lieu of speakers fees, together we are able to make a donation of $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon and $1000  to Habitat for Humanity.  

As promised, the speaker presentations are available to our members and can be found here.  

"What a great conference and a job very well done.  Both Tammy and I not only enjoyed ourselves but found the learning experience to be very worthwhile.  Your speakers were on topic engaging and simply terrific!" Wayne Braid, RI, CEO of The Society of Notaries Public of BC

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REIBC Upcoming Events

2016 AGM and Recognition Dinner

 AGM Fun!

Last year was great fun with networking, laughs and even a little Trivia game! Join us...

June 16, 2016 5:00 pm
Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street
Vancouver B.C.

Recognition Dinner
June 16, 2016 6:00pm-9:00pm
Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street
Vancouver, B.C.
Register here

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Please join us in congratulating the following members for being part of the Real Estate Institute for 25 years and longer. We thank them for all of their contributions and accomplishments that have shaped our Institute.

Joined in 1991 – 25 years

Brad Currie
Ian Dewar
Rod Fram
Markus Franiek
Philip Gertsman
Julia Hallett
Chris Kyle
Margot MacFadyen
Graham McIntosh
Jean R. Nicol
Lita Powell
Larry M. Serko
Jan-Paul (J.P.)Shason
Randy Wenger
David Wong
Edwin Kwok Yu Yan

Joined in 1986 – 30 Years

Michael Bancroft
Don Ellis
Robert Fawcett
Bradley Fenton
David Hilts
Barry Holmes
David Jurome
Judith Kehler
Norman Laube
Marlyne Mandziak
Colleen McCombe
Mona Murray
Lonnie H. Neufeld
Lana P. Quinn
John Vaccaro

Joined in 1981 – 35 years

John Adank
Shahid Ahmed
Richard Bentley
John Eastwood
Bruce Gardner
Susan Graham
Ronald Hansen
Yin Ping Lee
Roy Leung
Robert Love
David Marshall
Sandra  Munro
Dougal Shewan
Richard M. Sirola
Gordon Douglass Walker

Joined in 1976 – 40 Years

Anne Clayton
Damian Dunne
Allan Forbes
Kenneth Hick
Azim Jamal
Monte Thompson
Stanley Wong

Joined in 1971 – 45 years

John W.E. Hayes
David Lane
Ronald P. Reynolds
John W. Toljanich

Joined in 1966 – 50 years

Vaughan Bruneau

Joined in 1961 – 55 Years

Phillip White

Honorable Mentions Joined in 1970 - 46 years Kenneth A. Johnson, Lloyd Kenwood

Joined in 1969 – 47 years Michael Naish, Andrew Pearson

Joined in 1968 – 48 years Ronald H. Pope, James Tutton, Harold L. Waddell

Joined in 1963 – 53 Years Ian Macnaughton

Award of Excellence Award 2016

Who will it be?

The Award of Excellence is presented each year at the Recognition Dinner to one of the Institute’s members who have been nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of the board.

The Award of Excellence is awarded to an RI who has best demonstrated exceptional and outstanding leadership and contribution to the real estate industry in a manner beyond the expectation of daily business and a member who best demonstrates a continued commitment of contribution to voluntary organizations within their community and the community at large.

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament
June 22, 2016
Richmond Country Club
9100 Steveston Hwy Richmond B.C.
Register now!

Grand Prize Raffle Golf 

Golf Grand Prize Raffle - it could be yours!

Career Opportunities

Real Estate Assets Manager - BC Housing

Course Specialist (Real Estate Education) - UBC Sauder Real Estate Division

Regional Director, Operations - RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust

Regional Director, Operations - RioCan Management Inc.

Senior Real Estate Manager - Telus Communications Inc.


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Industry News

Office condos could become Metro Vancouver's next hot strata sector, according to industry studies that point to $280 million worth of sales in the last two years.  Some office condos are even selling for more than their residential comparative. Such growth around the strata sector could mean opportunities for us to increase exposure and possible uptake of our Strata Governance Certificate Program.   

Read more in Business In Vancouver here

The soaring price of residential real estate is one of the biggest impediments to Vancouver’s economy, and could weigh on future business growth and formation, says a prominent local economist. 

“How do you grow a global-scale company in Metro Vancouver if your employees, particularly your employees in the age where they start families, can’t afford to live here?” said Jock Finlayson, vice-president and chief policy officer for the Business Council of BC.

“Looking ahead I am fearful of a hollowing out of corporate Vancouver.”

Read more in Business In Vancouver here

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.  Some great topics covered here, including upcoming webinar on Insurance Requirements for Construction Contracts.

Click here for a list of events 

Urban Development Institute (UDI) 

Great events including events for U40 which seem to fill up quickly. 

UDI Seminar: The Future of Transit with Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink

Click here for a registration info

CREW Vancouver

Speaker Series Luncheon

Wednesday Sept 21, 2016

Vancouver Club - Grand Ballroom

Event details here

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