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

This month we are introducing you to two members.

Mike Blackall, RI

Mike Blackall

Mike started his real estate career in 2012 as a Realtor® & property manager (strata & rental). He is currently at CENTURY 21 Prudential Estates (RMD) Ltd in Richmond as Vice-President and Managing Broker. He still works as a Realtor® in addition to his other roles at the company.

Mike enjoys the variety that the real estate industry offers. With his brokerage providing strata management, rental management and trading services each department or license requires its own set of knowledge, skills and expertise which he finds interesting and allows him to view the industry from very different perspectives. The average licensee does not get to experience or see all these perspectives and in the lower mainland having this perspective is quite unique. As the Vice-President & Managing Broker of the brokerage, he is responsible for the majority of the business development, recruitment and training which he finds very rewarding.

Mike and his father, Bill Blackall, are the co-owners of the Brokerage. Bill was one of the first individuals to get involved with the CENTURY 21 franchise when it came to Canada in 1975 and they are proud to be the longest CENTURY 21 office in Canada still in operation and to be a local independently and family owned company. When Mike is not busy working, he enjoys playing sports (ice hockey, baseball, snowboarding, tennis, etc.), staying active and spending time with his girlfriend and their 2 dogs; a French Bulldog and an Australian Shepherd.

Welcome Mike!

Chad Kelbough, RI

Chad Kelbough

Chad started out his career in real estate as a commercial real estate wealth manager for a REIT company for close to four years. He then decided he wanted to expand his knowledge into property management and for one year was a site manager, supervising fifteen staff and overseeing four residential apartment buildings in the downtown core of Victoria. He then decided to get into real estate appraisal in 2015 and was a major industry property appraiser for one year with BC Assessment and then transferred on to the residential team as residential appraiser. Chad is currently working for BC Assessment as a residentail appraiser and his areas of responsibility include Central Saanich, East Saanich and the Highlands. Chad is completing statistcial analysis and market analyis in determining values of various property types. He also acts as an expert witness to the property assessment review panel and completes full property appraisal reports as evidence. He is also in constant communication with property owners to resolve issues with assessed values.

Last year he travelled to Cork, Ireland to visit his girlfrinds’ family and friend and absolutely loved it there. The culture was incredible – everyone was very inviting and friendly.

Member News

Shannon Brown-John, RI

Shannon Brown-John

It has almost been six months since I started with the LTSA in my new role of Deputy Administrator, Land Owner Transparency Registry Services.  In a year where everyone’s lives have been filled with change and “unprecedented” times, starting a new career mid-pandemic in a role no one had ever been in before seemed like a fitting thing to do for 2020.  Previously, I had worked for BC Assessment for six years, two in Victoria and four in Vancouver, most recently as an Appraiser on the Industrial team.

The legislation which my role operates under, the Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA), received Royal Assent in May 2019 and introduces mandatory reporting about indirect ownership of land which will be housed in a searchable public database called the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR).  LOTR will retain information about interest holders of relevant corporations, relevant trusts and relevant partnerships that are not reflected in the land title register.  This notion was first introduced by the Provincial government in 2018 as an action to end hidden ownership in their 30-point plan for housing affordability.

My new role encompasses a lot of exciting facets that comes with the passing of a new legislation - my day to day is different every day.  On any given day I may be working with our team to translate the legislation into policy and procedures, aid in our communications and marketing plan, give webinars and presentations to various groups and stakeholders, as well as work with the IT development team who is building the registry.  Along with my Director & Administrator (and fellow RI member) Reuben Danakody, I get to help make sure that the legislation is not only being implemented accurately but also that the look and feel of the system is user-friendly and integrates well with LTSA’s other products.

I know my RI designation and the education that comes with it is seen as valuable by not only my colleagues but also the customers and stakeholders I interact with on a daily basis.  I also have to say thank you to the RI newsletter for sharing this opportunity, because had I not seen it here, it may have passed me by!  Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions about LOTR or just want to say hi:

Mandy Hansen, RI

Mandy Hansen

“Mandy was recently granted membership with Lambda Alpha International, a society which advances the practice of land economics worldwide.  This honorary membership recognizes her long career in the field of land use and development.  Membership in LAI is highly selective through a nomination process initiated by an active LAI member.


Mandy is honored to be welcomed among the esteemed members of the Vancouver Chapter of LAI.”

Grapes REIBC Grapevine


The month of October saw two great webinars:

October 21, 2020

Space for Community: Understanding the Real Estate Challenges Affecting the Not-for-profit / Social Purpose Sectors

Jacquie Gijssen

Jacquie Gijssen

Jennifer Johnstone

Jennifer Johnstone

This is a very interesting webinar and Jacquie & Jennifer eloquently told the story of the Social Purpose Real Estate Collaborative. The piece that we used to remember what Social Purpose Real Estate is this explanation - Social Purpose Real Estate is property owned and/or operated by mission driven organizations for the purpose of community benefit. If you have any other questions regarding SPRE you can locate their website at

REIBC made donations to Central City Foundation and Aboriginal Children’s Village by Lu’ma Native Housing Society.

October 29, 2020

The Leadership Pivot: How to lead through change

Carla Wood

Carla Wood

On October 29, 2020 we had a great webinar with Carla Wood from All Strategy talking about The Leadership Pivot – Leading in a Time of Change. As we are all in a time of change Carla talked about the five things we need to do as leaders.

  • Prioritize the people
  • Reflect, Review & Revise
  • Identify the impact
  • Engage & Invite
  • Collaborate, create & celebrate

Thank you to Carla for speaking with us as it was great information during this time.

REIBC Webinars and Events

November 5, 2020 – 4 – 6 P.M.

Networking Meeting: “Where are we now: IC&I Market update from 3 Brokers and an Assessor” – In November 2019, the REIBC welcomed three industry brokers who provided a snapshot as to where the retail leasing, office and industrial markets were and what to expect moving forward. In addition to the broker input, BC Assessment also provided an overview of the impacts on assessed values for the 2020 Assessment Year while outlining key sales activity in the retail, office, industrial and multi-family markets.

Needless to say, we are in a very different environment today. Please join us for a follow-up session as our speakers dive into where we are now, and how Covid has changed the landscape for IC&I properties.

Four great speakers – Retail Specialist – Raman Bayanzadeh; Office Specialist – Perry Gorgounis; Industrial Specialist – Eugen Klein, RI; Assessor, Keith MacLean-Talbot, RI

Raman Bayanzadeh

Raman Bayanzadeh

Perry Gorgounis

Perry Gorgounis

Eugen Klein

Eugen Klein, RI

Keith MacLean-Talbot

Keith MacLean-Talbot

Register now

November 19, 2020, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Ask a Planner

Lindsay Chase

Lindsay Chase, MCP, MCIP, RPP

In the style of an Ask Me Anything session, this is an opportunity for you to ask a planner your burning questions about planning and land development

If you want to know what an Official Community Plan (OCP) does, ask away.  If you want to know about zoning, we can talk about that too.  What’s the difference between the two?  I’m glad you asked! Wondering about Development Permits, Development Variance Permits and the Board of Variance? Want to know what makes a great application? This session is for you!

Register now


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