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November 2017 Newsletter

Meet A Member

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Meet Alec Warrender, RI

Alec_Warrender.JPGAfter completing his Masters in Urban Planning degree at Dalhousie University Alec started working with the City of Kelowna’s Planning Department. During that time Alec earned his Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the Sauder School of Business and became more interested in technical real estate and development. Alec is now part of a team that helps guide the City of Kelowna through various real estate activities including acquisitions, dispositions, housing initiatives and long-term planning. He continues to use his passion for urban planning and real estate to the help facilitate positive growth in Kelowna.   

Meet Karen Johnson, RI

KarenJohnson.jpgWhen completing the Diploma in Urban Land Economics at UBC, I became a student member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia, never imagining I’d become Alberta’s Acting Property Rights Advocate. I believe I am the only Order in Council appointed Property Rights Advocate in Canada. 

I’ve enjoyed many real estate related roles like land use planning, appraisals, mortgage brokering and negotiation. I’ve earned other designations like SR/WA and FRI and chose not to keep then, but I’ve kept the RI designation because of the experience and education the RI represents. An Alberta Chapter of the Real Estate Institute might increase recognition of the RI designation’s value outside of B.C. 

First appointed as Acting Property Rights Advocate in December of 2015 for a one year term, I was reappointed in 2016 and again this year. I report to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice Services at Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, but I also have an independent role under the Property Rights Advocate Act. I file an annual report with the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly providing recommendations to improve fairness and equity related to property rights.

A Standing Committee of the Legislative Assembly deliberates on that report and files its own report with the Legislative Assembly advising government on actions related to the recommendations. Ministry representatives appear before the committee and report on the actions they were tasked with.

Citizens provide feedback to their government and receive responses through a process that is public, accountable, responsive and transparent. The office is proud of the constructive influence it continues to have on Alberta’s property rights laws and policies. 

I feel privileged to play a role that fosters positive change and helps stakeholders’ voices be heard.


At the June 2017 Board of Governors meeting it was decided that the North Fraser and Fraser Valley Chapters of REIBC were to amalgamate. The meeting of the two chapter committees and the District Governors took place on October 18th, and a new name was decided on for the Chapter.

At the November Board meeting the new chapter name, Fraser Pacific Chapter, was approved. There will be co-chairs of the committee, Umesh Chand, RI and Phil Chau, RI.

2017 REIBC Presidents Luncheon

The REIBC's Annual Presidents Luncheon is taking place on December 14th, at the Four Seasons Hotel! With over 200 people currently registered to attend we expect a sold-out event.  Don't miss your chance and make sure you register right away. 

This years' event will feature a panel presentation from Masters of Real Estate: Avtar Bains, President, Premise Properties; Neil Chrystal, President & CEO, Polygon Homes; and moderator David Podmore, RI, Chairman & Founder, Concert Properties.

Do you want to know who's coming? Click here for a list of those registered for the event!

A great big thank you to our Title Sponsor, The Real Estate Foundation of BC; Venue Sponsor, Landcor Data Corporation; Table Brochure Sponsor, The Society of Notaries Public of BC; Student Sponsor, Stewart Title; Photography Sponsor, The Real Estate Council of BC; and Table Sponsors, AEC Property Tax, BC Assessment, Concert Properties, Polygon Homes Ltd, Shato Holdings Ltd, and UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division. 

BCIT Entrance Awards & Fall Scholarships 

Amber_Gilmore_and_Daniel_John_BCIT_Awards_Presentation_Photo.jpgIn early November BCIT held its annual Entrance Awards &  Fall Scholarships Ceremony. Amber Gilmore, REIBC Nominee member and student at BCIT, won the REIBC's Robert Mikitka Memorial Award. President-Elect Daniel John presented the award.

The Real Estate Institute of BC, Bob Mikitka Memorial Endowment is presented annually to a Marketing Real Estate student at BCIT completing their first year. This Endowment is awarded to a first-year student based on a combination of high academic achievement, leadership, service and best all-around performance. The student is nominated by the Program Faculty and is awarded more than $850.

Other REIBC Nominee members who were recognized at the event were, Trevor Heselton: First Year Achievement Award; Luca Bortolazzo: Real Estate Council of BC award in Professional Development; Zhal Sean: Madison Pacific Properties Inc. Award in Professional Real Estate and Marat Albecov and Huan Ly – Building Owners and Managers Association of BC, Gerry Thomson Memorial Award.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

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. 

Click here to read about Chelsea's wish. Chelsea is suffering from a relapsed medulloblastoma. Her wish was to meet the characters from the movie Frozen. 

Last month we announced that $36,156.36 was raised at this years' tournament. The 25th Annual Tournament is taking place on Monday, June 18th at the Richmond Golf & Country Club! Save the date! 

New to the Industry 

The REIBC has recently connected with a recently established association - The Real Estate Brokers of BC.  We received the following article from it's President, Michael La Prairie. 

We believe there is a need for a collective voice to represent the needs and concerns of real estate companies throughout the Province of BC at all levels of our Industry.

- Real Estate Council rules and regulations
- BCREA matters including the education requirements
- Real Estate Board issues including rules and regulations
- MLS Services

To achieve this, we are working together in a cohesive manner that represents our collective interest. Just look at our members list to see that we are a representational cross section of most major real estate companies in British Columbia. In the past, changes have been made without consultation with Owner/Brokers as a group. These changes often impact our operations without us having had a chance to speak with them. We want to take a proactive position in making recommendations to the various industry organizations before the changes are made. We want to be able to provide input which will benefit all of us as Owner/Brokers.

We plan to continue to work together for the mutual benefit of Owner/Brokers through the Province. We are committed to working with our local Boards, BCREA, REIBC, CREA, Real Estate Council of BC, the Superintendent of Real Estate in BC, and all levels of government in order to achieve these ends.

For more information on joining, go to: 

Upcoming REIBC Chapter Events 

Fraser Pacific Chapter Social/Networking Event 
December 5, 2017 7:00pm
Langley Events Centre
7888 200th Street, Langley
More info - SOLD OUT

Thompson/Okanagan Holiday Reception
December 5, 2017 5:00pm-7:00pm
The Xchange
200-1615 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna

Vancouver Chapter Holiday Reception 
December 7, 2017 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver - Vista 360 Room
1133 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Upcoming REIBC Events 

2017 Presidents Luncheon
Masters of Real Estate: Where are we? Where are we going?
December 14, 2017 11:30am - 2:00pm
Four Season Hotel
791 W. Georgia Street,Vancouver
Panel: Avtar Bains, Neil Chrystal, and moderator David Podmore
Register - 85% sold!

Webinar: How Workforce Housing can help the Homeless
January 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Speaker: Mukhtar Latif, CEO & Chief Housing Officer, Pomegranate Housing Consultancy
More info
Watch for registration ... 

Career Opportunities

Director, Real Estate Services - BC HOUSING - New Posting!

TL Acquisitions and Leasing Agent (20170513) - TransLink - expires tonight at midnight

Members Seeking Employment

We recently launched a new page on the REIBC website for members looking for employment. If you are an Associate, Professional or Nominee member looking for a career - tell us a little about yourself here.

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