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November 2018

Welcome a new RI! 

We're always in such awe of the professionalism and experience that all of our RI designated professionals hold and for the past two years we've been pleased to share profiles of our many members; their experiences, their communities and their everyday lives. You can read through these profiles in our newsletter archives.

Moving forward we'll be focusing on the new RI's that are joining the REIBC. RI's are a community of professional real estate practitioners that we are proud to consider a cut above. We welcome these new RI's into our community. 

Michael Cameron, RI

After spending 10 Michael_Cameron.jpgyears more or less travelling (more on that later), I moved back to Canada from Prague where I had been living for 2 1/2 years, so that I could return to university. Starting from scratch back at university, I earned my B.A. in Economics & Political Science from SFU over the course of 9  straight semesters.

Following graduation, I took a job with an Alberta-based land services company called Cavalier Land. Considering that its headquarters was in Alberta  the majority of Cavalier's work was in the Oil & Gas sector. With that said, they were making a big push into communications work with Shaw, Telus, Rogers and Wind/Freedom (now also Shaw). I started as the only agent for Cavalier in BC - doing all the acquisitions as well as all the municipal and regulatory affairs work that Cavalier had throughout south and central BC.

I am currently a Property Representative for BC Hydro based in Vernon, having transferred from the Dunsmuir Street offices at the end of summer 2017. Property Reps in our department focus on acquiring and maintaining the property rights BC Hydro relies upon across the province. My area of responsibility is loosely defined as the North Okanagan, Shuswaps and Kootenays. This role provides me with ample opportunity to travel across BC, meet people, solve problems and contribute to the the success of projects both large and small in a tangible and meaningful way.

As I noted earlier, prior to returning to school I'd been travelling, working to travel, or living overseas for about 10 years, because of this I've managed to visit over 60 countries. The photo is from country #63 - Nepal, taken in 2015 at the Annapurna Base Camp which is on a 7-day trek (4 in, 3 out) from Pokhara. We were quite late in the season and it started to get quite cold at nights. The last night before arriving at base camp I got 2 hours sleep and had slept in all of my clothes, trying to stay warm. It was so uncomfortable that I got up long before dawn to basically run the final 2 hours to the Base Camp. On the final climb to the camp plateau I was passed by a Nepali porter that was actually running - and carrying 2 full propane cylinders while wearing flip-flops. That was pretty much the end of my complaining about cold and sleep...

Shawn Sand, RI

Shawn_Sand.jpgFor many years I worked in the hospitality industry, but in 2005 after participating in a career exploration program I discovered real estate appraisal. I enrolled in the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) Education Program and by the fall of 2005 began my real estate career in the private sector as a residential fee appraiser. I worked as an appraiser in the private sector for 11 years, appraising a diverse portfolio of properties throughout Metro Vancouver.  Recently, I completed the Diploma in Urban Land Economics with a specialization in appraisal and am currently working as a commercial appraiser for BC Assessment.

I’ve had a passion for real estate since I was a child and as I learn more about the industry and its many facets my passion continues to grow. When I was working as an appraiser in the private sector, I loved inspecting properties under construction. Seeing the transformation of a project from being a hole in the ground to becoming a final product was amazing. This passion for real estate development grew, and so I decided to continue my education and recently completed the Advanced Studies in Real Estate Program with a specialization in Real Estate Development.  

I enjoy new challenges and with my current role at BC Assessment I have the opportunity to explore another perspective of the industry.

On a personal note, I love music, cooking and travel. I especially love to travel by cruise ship!  There is so much to explore and experience in the world.  Recently I went on a 7-day round trip cruise from Vancouver to Alaska which stopped at Glacier Bay, which was one of the highlights of my trip. We got incredibly close to the glacier, definitely unforgettable! Check out my photo!

I’m excited about an upcoming trip to Hawaii. I look forward to exploring multiple Hawaiian Islands, and on our way back we’ll cruise from Hawaii to Vancouver … five days at sea, with no stops…no land in site… that will be a first!


Member news

Tommy Tieu, Nominee

2018-11-07_16-57-37.jpgNominee Member, Tommy Tieu was recently presented the Real Estate Institute of BC's Robert (Bob) Mikitka Memorial Award, an endowment established in 1999. Bob Mikitka worked as a real estate appraiser for 35 years and was very active in professional real estate organizations, serving for many years on several boards, culminating in the position of president of the Real Estate Institute of BC and chairman of the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

This endowment is presented annually to a Marketing Real Estate student at BCIT completing their first year. This Endowment is awarded to a 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 the award is presented at the awards ceremony usually held in early November.  REIBC President Daniel John, RI awarded Tommy with this endowment at this years event.

Congratulations Tommy!

Alec Warrender, RI

Alec_Warrender_-_Member_Proifle_Photo.jpgRI's getting involved!

REIBC Professional member, Alec Warrender recently joined the Real Estate Foundation's nominating committee for the REFBC Land Awards. We asked Alec to let us know how he became involved!

The Real Estate Foundation of BC hosted an industry networking event in Kelowna that overlapped with the 2017 Planning Institute of British Columbia conference and although I was broadly aware of the work that REFBC does, it was my first contact with their staff. I was impressed and wondered if there was an opportunity to become more involved with their efforts to advance sustainable land use and real estate practices in the province.

Soon after, I joined the REFBC’s Land Awards Nomination Committee. The Committee worked to help shape the 2018 Land Awards Program and recruit nominees that were making positive impacts on land use. It was an interesting experience that concluded with the REFBC successfully hosting the 2018 Land Awards Gala at the Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre in Vancouver. It was a positive experience that allowed me to meet new people and become inspired by the interesting work being done throughout BC.   

REIBC is pleased to introduce the BCIT Real Estate Association Executive!

Alec Forsyth - President

Alec_Forsyth.jpgAlec was born and raised in Vancouver and is enthusiastic about being a part of an industry that has the potential to shape the future of his hometown. With a diverse background in both his education and work experience, Alec brings a unique perspective to the BCIT REA of 2019. He promises to deliver a high level of passion and determination to the board and has high hopes for what they will be able to accomplish during their tenure. He most recently added to his work experience by spending this past summer working as an acquisitions intern at Bosa Properties. While at Bosa Properties, Alec furthered his understanding of the dedication and hard work required to be successful in the real estate industry. Alec is eager to finish his Real Estate diploma at BCIT and continue to develop his working knowledge of the real estate industry.

Denver Mendoza - VP of Finance & Sponsorship

Denver.jpgDenver is an eager Professional Real Estate student at BCIT who enjoys the relationship focus of the industry. He is interested in working in the development and the brokerage side of real estate. As Vice President of Finance & Sponsorship in the BCIT Real Estate Association, he wants to develop strong connections with real estate professionals. He is currently in the last year of his studies and is excited to enter the Vancouver real estate industry with the knowledge, work ethic and energy BCIT has given him.

In his free time, you can find him biking along the sea wall from Granville Island to Coal Harbour, working out or hanging out with his friends. As for travel experience, he’s travelled all over Asia; his favorite destination was Japan specifically for their cuisine. Denver is excited and ready to gain more experience for the future.

Olivia Wheater - VP of Events & Marketing

Olivia.jpgOlivia began forming her real estate career working as an unlicensed assistant for a realtor from her hometown of Gibsons, BC, located on the Sunshine Coast. It was there where her interest in the industry became a passion, so she decided to pursue it by enrolling at BCIT. She is currently in her second year in the Professional Real Estate program and is eager for the opportunity to gain as much knowledge as possible.

Olivia has traveled through Europe and South-East Asia, as well as worked several years in the service industry. These experiences have equipped her with the necessary skills when it comes to organizing and promoting events, and she looks forward to applying them to her current position on the Board. In her free time, Olivia enjoys any kind of fitness activity avidly, from yoga to hiking. Finally, she looks forward to an exciting year of networking and discovering any opportunities the real estate industry has to offer.

Tommy Tieu - VP of Events & Marketing

Tommy.jpgBy persuing his studies at BCIT, Tommy’s level of knowledge regarding the Real Estate Industry has progressed. Combined with the position of VP of Events & Marketing, Tommy’s approach of conjoining creative and business strategies allows him to use a different perspective when organizing events for the association.

Another passion of Tommy’s is dance, as he’s been dedicated to performing for several years. The freedom of movement allows for physical fitness and expression of emotions. Tommy is eager for a year full of learning and working alongside the board members in hopes of graduating to a new level of understanding.

REIBC Events

Fraser Mills, Oct 31, 2018

Fraser_Mills3.JPGOn October 31st REIBC hosted a sold-out luncheon in the heart of Coquitlam to enjoy lunch, and a presentation on the up and coming proposed Fraser Mills Waterfront Development in the south westerly limits of Coquitlam.  The Luncheon was sponsored by both Beedie, and Intercity Appraisals.  Susan Antoniali, REIBC Governor, introduced David Roppel.   David is the  Director, Residential Development with Beedie.  David heads up the design and planning of the Fraser Mills Development. 

This development is labeled as the second largest Master Plan in the Lower Mainland, and if approved will take up to twenty-five years to complete all of the various stages.  Coquitlam will be a much desired meeting point for many of the lower mainland residents, after all that has been planned is in place. 

My husband and I live in Coquitlam, and have driven by the site many times over the past decade, and have been curious as to how it will be built out.   The site includes 95 acres of land, and will encompass various capacities of residential, retail/ commercial, and industrial use.  The plan will boast one kilometre of riverfront park, which the public will be able to access.  This waterfront will include walkways, bike trails, community events such as bandstands, art shows, and the like. 

The plan will also include an Aquatic Centre, and a Waterfront Plaza, both will include plenty of parking.  Day Care and a Grocery store will also be incorporated into the development, as well as numerous other retail outlets, yet to come.

The residences that will be a part of this development will have great access to transit, as there will be shuttles connecting people to the Braid Station, which is less than 2km away.  This will reduce the necessity for vehicular transportation, however it sounds like the site may include stations for electric refueling, as well as include car shares, and bus passes.

The City of Coquitlam will be having a Public Hearing in the Spring for more public input.  City Council could make decisions thereafter.

All in all, its going to be an asset to the City of Coquitlam, as well as neighboring communities.  Thanks Beedie, looking forward to seeing this come alive.

Submitted by Debbie Richard, RI, ND Projects, Inc.

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2018 Presidents' Luncheon: Let's talk real estate value, risk & return with Community Builders
Guest speakers: Stephanie Allen, Catalyst Development; Mandy Hansen, Insight Specialty Consulting; Jennifer Johnstone, Central City Foundation
December 6, 2018 11:30am - 2:00pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel
655 Burrard St, Vancouver
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