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November 2021

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 provide employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

Magee Walker, RI
Real_Estate_Institute_of_BC/Magee_Walker.jpgMagee began her career working as a tutor with the UBC Sauder School of Business Real Estate Division while she completed her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours. Following that, she worked for some time at Colliers International in Vancouver and at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada in Whistler. Magee now lives in Squamish and is happiest when she is in the mountains. She has come full-circle since the start of her career, and has returned to working at UBC Real Estate Division, this time as a Senior Course Specialist. She loves her role, as she gets to experience many different areas of real estate, from appraisal to development, to property management and beyond.

Welcome Magee.

Arjen Dhaliwal, RI

Arjen currently works as an Appraiser at BC Assessment, with a portfolio which consists of Residential and IC&I Properties. He has recently been approved as a Professional member of REIBC. He is looking forward to travelling again post pandemic and hopes to visit somewhere warm with a lot of history and interesting cities. In particular, he is considering Antalya in Southern Turkey, which has some of the most well-preserved ruins in the world.

Welcome Arjen.

Austin Lee, Nominee Member

Real_Estate_Institute_of_BC/austin_lee_photo.pngAustin Lee is a recent graduate of the Professional Real Estate Advanced Diploma from BCIT. He currently works as an Assistant Engineer at a Hydrogen Fuel Cell company in Vancouver, BC and also works part-time doing residential property management. In high school, Austin was a competitive skier and placed at the BC provincials and to give back to his community became a CSIA level 1 ski instructor. Today, he does 100km cycling rides on the weekends and plays hockey in the Arbutus Club House league. He is currently a Nominee member of REIBC, but is interested in achieving the RI designation and plans to focus on projects and land developments. He is interested in entry-level roles in order to gain the necessary experience and is keen to learn from established professionals in the industry and to work towards developing his career.

Welcome Austin. 

Member News

Keith MacLean-Talbot, RI, AACI, P. App

Real_Estate_Institute_of_BC/Keith_photo.jpgKeith is excited to announce his new role as Director, Property Tax for Grover, Elliott & Co. Ltd, a leading commercial real estate appraisal firm located in Vancouver. Pivoting after 11 great years with BC Assessment, Keith is leveraging Grover Elliott’s decades of real estate experience and his in-depth knowledge of assessment appeal strategies to lead a new property tax department. Keith’s comprehensive property tax strategy combines top-level industry research with a reasoned and measured approach to negotiation. Services offered include, pre-roll consulting, preliminary property tax reviews and appeal services. Keith has been accepted as an expert and advocate at the Property Assessment Appeal Board, Property Assessment Review Panel and Squamish Nation Assessment Review Board. Keith is currently the President of the Real Estate Institute of BC’s Board of Governors and has been a professional RI designated member since 2013. Reach out and connect with Keith via LinkedIn.

John D’Eathe, RI

Real_Estate_Institute_of_BC/john_d_eathe_book_cover.jpgAward of Excellence recipient and longtime member, John D’Eathe recently bravely confronted the knotty problem of Money Laundering in real estate. But he admits he chickened out and aired his opinion through a light but well researched historical crime novel, “Laundering the Dragon. Black Renminbi” which came out on Amazon Kindle in October. He spent his first decade in Hong Kong and Asian real estate before coming to Canada so the book concentrates upon business in those areas of his experience. Of course, money laundering itself is universal. Early reviewers say the well-developed fictitious characters make the tale active and engrossing, revealing money laundering of which we are all guilty at some level but which allegedly continues on a major scale unchallenged and unabated in Canada. He claims that the word, ‘allegedly’, is the reason his initial serious study became a novel.  He found money laundering to be an enigma wrapped in mystery with no genuine official interest nor adequate budgets to find hard facts nor take any action. We will see what the Inquiry into Money Laundering reports early in December. But for the time being we will have to be satisfied with John’s entertaining novel.

Grapes REIBC Grapevine


Presidents’ Luncheon

Join us, and the over 130 RSVP’d guests, on December 9th for our annual Presidents’ Luncheon. It’s our first in-person event since the pandemic, and you will not want to miss it.

Speakers David Franklin, RI (President of CMLS Financial) and Bob Ransford, RI (V.P. Development of Century Group) will discuss how organizations in the real estate sector manage through global events such as trade wars, pandemics, financial crisis, political shifts and climate change. They will also speak about their organizations' forward thinking and what role leadership has played in the sustainability of the business.

Unlike previous years, you also have the option to attend the event via livestream if you can’t make it in person. Access to the livestream and in-person tickets can both be purchased on our website.

Event Location:
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5

Doors Open @ 11:15am
Lunch Service @ 12pm
Program @ 1pm - 2pm

Register Now / Attendees' List

Our New Resources Page

Promoting diversity and inclusion is an important part of what we do at REIBC. To help members in their continuing education, we have made a list of resources about these important topics. This list can be found on our Resources page. We hope this page will be of use to you as you continue to learn about Indigenous affairs, diversity and inclusion.

REIBC Office Closed for the Holidays

Please note that the REIBC office will be closed from December 24th to January 4th.


Virtual Meeting: Three Brokers and An Assessor – November 4

On November 4, 2021 REIBC held its annual 3 Brokers and An Assessor event that discusses what is happening in the lower mainland with regards to Retail, Office, and Industrial markets and then BC Assessment gives an overview of what they are seeing.  The event was attended by over 60 people and was held as a meeting so that we could break into networking sessions after the presentations.   An awesome event each year and we thank our experts:

Retail: Raman Byanzadeh – donation made to BC Children’s Hospital
Office: Perry Gorgounis – donation made to Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
Industrial:  Eugen Klein, RI – BC Children’s Hospital
BCA: Clayton Olson, RI – Canucks Autism Network


We also thank BC Assessment for their sponsorship of this event.

Hot Topics in Title Insurance for 2021 – November 10

On November 10, 2021 REIBC hosted Brett Horton of Stewart Title to discuss “Hot Topics in Title Insurance for 2021.” Brett gave us a great overview of what is happening with fraud and how to avoid being involved. The take away from this webinar was “stay away from fraud, you don’t want to be part of that.” Great information was received and we thank Brett for joining us to share his knowledge.

REIBC made a donation on behalf of Brett to Stanley Park Ecology Society.

We thank REF for their support of this event.


Brett Horton

Housing: What’s happening from a building perspective – November 18

Real_Estate_Institute_of_BC/Neil_Photo.jpgOn November 18, 2021 we hosted Neil Moody, CEO of Canada Home Builders’ Association of BC to discuss what is happening from their perspective.  Neil spoke about building, policy, new codes and generally what is happening in this area of real estate in BC.  A great discussion and great questions and we thank Neil for joining us.

REIBC made a donation on behalf of Neil to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC.

We thank REF for their support of this event. 

2022 Webinars

These last three events conclude our 2021 webinars and we trust that you were able to garner great information from them.  We will be having our first webinar of 2022 on January 20, 2022 at noon with Chief Economist of BCREA, Brendon Ogmundson to discuss the housing outlook and then on January 27, 2022 Bryan Yu, Chief Economist of Central 1 will discuss his economic forecast for 2022.  We look forward to hosting both of these events.

REIBC Events

2021 Presidents’ Luncheon
Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
More Info

Save the Date

Housing Outlook 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
More information coming soon!

Economic Forecast for 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022
More information coming soon!

Industry News

Real Estate Foundation of BC - Call for Nominations for 2022 Land Awards, Real Estate Category

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Land Awards. The Land Awards were created by the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) in 2010 to highlight and celebrate excellence in sustainable land use. The awards recognize outstanding projects and standout leaders that work to protect the lands and waters we love, and create welcoming, inclusive, and socially just communities across BC.

There are five Land Awards, which recognize projects that raise the bar for innovation, collaboration, equity, and sustainability in land use and real estate. Awards are given in five subject-matter categories:

  • Land Use and Conservation
  • Built Environment
  • Fresh Water
  • Food Lands
  • Real Estate

There are also two awards for individuals:

  • Land Champion Award
  • Emerging Leader Award

The deadline for nominations is December 1, 2021.

Career Postings

Property Coordinator 1 (Junior Paralegal) – BC Hydro

Manager, Indigenous Land Services – BC Hydro

General Manager – Arbutus Ridge
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