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May 2020

Meet a Member

Whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry, REIBC is your key to career advancement and connection with the real estate industry. Professional members have achieved the RI Designation, which provides employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

We would like to introduce new RI:

2020_events/choo.JPGChoo-Ming Yeak, RI

After working for the Singapore Government for 10 years, my wife Angela encouraged me to venture overseas in 2010. After 3 years in Vancouver, I graduated with a Masters in Urban Studies with the Simon Fraser University, and landed myself a Property Information Collector position with the BC Assessment. I then got an Appraiser position with the same company at their Capital Office and moved to Victoria about a year later.

In my 5 years as an appraiser with the BC Assessment, I’ve been involved in the assessment of residential properties and in recent years found a niche in the assessment and valuation of rural residential and vacant properties. The assessment cycle is like the 4 seasons: there is something dominating your work each quarter. In the first quarter, we handle assessment appeals; the second quarter sees us catching up with our core work like sales analysis; the third quarter usually ushers the end of the second round of assessment appeals and projects; and the last quarter signals the start of the assessment roll production. There is never a boring season on my job and that keeps me motivated.

When I am not working, I’ll be spending time with my family and this photo is my latest with my youngest son Joel out at Thetis Lake, where we got a 17-inch small mouth bass.

Welcome Choo-Ming!

Member News

2020_events/kelly_alm.jpgREIBC is happy to see member Kelly Alm, RI using the power of his designation on his signage. He has been working on this project and has created these signs to post on the building. Great idea and thanks for sharing Kelly.





2020_events/jon.jpgNew Govenor:

Jon Burbee, RI has been appointed as the Governor of the Vancouver Island District for the Real Estate Institute of BC.

Jon Burbee has spent most of the past 30 years supporting the public sector across a broad range of specialties in real estate. For Jon, the appeal of working in the real estate sector is the role it plays the well-being of society and individuals, even more so presently.Through his work in community planning, capital project delivery, and property management, he’s experienced the impact of the built environment on communities, the environment and individuals. In his role providing corporate real estate services such as asset management, risk management, and property taxation, he’s also seen the impact on the financial well-being of individuals, organizations, and communities. He’s energized by the opportunity to be part of the adaptation in real estate as a result of recent societal transformations.

Following a twenty-three year career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Construction Engineering Officer building and operating public properties in Canada and in conflict zones abroad, he joined the public service first with the federal government and then with the Province of BC. In 2014 he assumed an executive director role with the Ministry of Citizens’ Services managing the owned portfolio of the provincial government (less health and education sectors) from Victoria. During the past year he has focused on work at the corporate level involving governance, digital services, service improvement, and typical corporate functions of human resources and finance. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Defence Studies (International Relations and Leadership).

Originally from Prince George and with roots in the Peace River and Kootenay regions, Jon now lives with his family in Victoria. He enjoys coaching youth sport and is active through endurance sport, paddling local waters, and recreational hockey.

Welcome Jon! We look forward to working with you in the future. 


2020_events/individual_mentoring.pngREIBC Mentoring:

We are making some changes to our mentor-ship program here at REIBC. We are looking for participation from our experienced and connected members, if you are interested in becoming a mentor for young professionals or students looking to enter the industry please email Stay tuned for more information to come!

Did you know you can log in to your REIBC account and you can update your profile. When people search in "Find an RI" they will find your complete information on your profile and know more about you!


Webinar: The Future of Real Estate Visualization
In this webinar we will discuss the latest technologies currently utilized in the market, and discuss emerging technology that will play a part in the future real estate marketing.
June 10, 2020
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM
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Webinar: An Innovative Real Estate Model
By curating a blended property portfolio, Community Impact Real Estate (CIRE) works with community partners to proved valuable services to vulnerable populations. Through an innovative model CIRES supports community economic development through leveraging  Provincial assets to ensure that no-for-profits and social enterprises are protected from the impacts of gentrification and remain in the DTES. In addition, CIRES will share how they have supported tenants  and the broader community through the challenges presented by Covid-19.
June 25, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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REIBC Updates

Mark your calendars for the AGM scheduled for December 11th! More information to come.


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