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October 2016

Member News!

Dan Wilson, RI and REIBC Vice-President of the Board of Governors

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Dan Wilson, RI and Vice-President of the Board of Governors  was awarded the Keith Goodwin Award from the BC Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada at their AGM on Friday, October 14, 2016.

The Keith Goodwin Award is presented annually by AIC-BC to recognize a designated member for their outstanding service, leadership, achievement, education, or mentoring. The award is named after AIC-BC past provincial & national president, Keith Goodwin, who personifies these attributes.

Congratulations Dan

Elizabeth Model Makes History! 


Associate Member Elizabeth Model, CEO of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, is the world’s first woman to have finished ALL Ironman triathlon competitions across the globe!! She is one of only four people in history to complete all 40 or so sanctioned Ironman triathlon competitions on six continents – and she’s raced a marathon in Antarctica to join the “seven “continents club.  

An Ironman triathlon competition includes 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running. More of the story, read here.

Record Breaking Donation to The Make-a-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon!

Rob Reichelt, RI Jacelyn Huber, Greg Steves,RI Ross Hetherington

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 REIBC presented the proceeds from the 2016 Charity Golf Tournament to The Make-A-Wish Foundation.  To present the cheque was Tournament Chair Rob Reichelt, RI & REIBC President Gregory Steves, RI.  Ross Hetherington, CEO and Jocelyn Huber, Fundraising & Event Coordinator received the cheque on behalf of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon.

 The cheque in the amount of $36,555.55 sets a record for the donation. Thank you to everyone who participated in this years' tournament!

Victoria RI Chapter meet up and planning session!


A group of Victoria Chapter members met at Spinnakers in Victoria on October 12.  The main purpose of the evening was to meet other members of the RI chapter in Victoria and set a groundwork for plans for future events for the chapter. 

Attendees ranged from the fields of real estate development, appraisal, government, logistics and transportation.  Based on the feedback from those attending, the Victoria Chapter plans to meet at least quarterly to create a stronger network of real estate

 in Victoria, so we hope you all come out and join us for upcoming events.

Meet the BCIT Real Estate Association Executive

Brandon_Sibal_President.jpg Brandon Sibal: Brandon is the President of the BCIT Real Estate Association. His passion for leadership, professionalism, and personal growth has led him to take on this role with the board this year. Brandon is extremely keen on entering the real estate industry and working in such a dynamic market. He loves the idea of being able to help shape and influence different communities, whether it be bringing in new business or expanding old ones. While he is interested in all aspects of real estate, he is hoping to pursue a career in either development or brokerage. 
Isaac Ford: Isaac is the VP of Finance for the BCIT Real Estate Association. His passion for real estate is fueled by the challenges involved in the industry. His competitive nature drives his desire to enter an industry that rewards those who work hard. Born and raised in Richmond BC, Isaac aims to grasp the opportunities presented by the Metro Vancouver real estate market. Although determined to become involved in commercial real estate, Isaac looks forward to discovering all aspects of this industry.                         Isaac_Foord_VP_Finance.jpg

Ali-Brooke_Jacklin_VP_Mktg_Comm.jpg Ali - Brooke Jacklin: Ali-Brooke is the VP of Marketing and Communications for the BCIT Real Estate Association. She moved to North Vancouver at a young age and has spent majority of her life there ever since. Ali chose to pursue the real estate industry due to her love for architecture and her passion for working with people. Real estate has proven to be the perfect combination of the two. Ali hopes to eventually work in the development sector with specialization in restoration. Her kind nature and diligence is sure to guide her to success in the future.

Jenny Do: Jenny is the VP of Events for the BCIT Real Estate Association. Captivated by Vancouver’s prominent, fast-growing real estate market, she looks forward to expanding her knowledge on various aspects of the industry. While currently interested in brokerage, she is eager to further explore the diverse options within the field. Through the BCIT Real Estate Association, Jenny hopes to also offer valuable learning and networking opportunities for those who share the same passion. Jenny_Do_VP_Events.jpg
Lucas_Raynor_VP_Operations.jpg Lucus Raynor: Lucas is a 21 year old student who has developed a passion for real estate while growing up in West Vancouver. He currently holds the position as Vice President of Operations for the BCIT Real Estate Association. Lucas feels that his outgoing and sales-oriented personality will help him achieve his future goals. Lucas is excited to learn more about what the industry has to offer, and has an interest in residential and commercial real estate. 

REIBC President's Luncheon - Secure your seat!

December 1, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Four Season Hotel
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Guest Speaker Jessica McDonald, President & CEO of BC Hydro

Congratulations to Steve Blacklock

At the AGM of the BC Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, on October 14, 2016, Steve Blacklock, AACI, P.App of Comox, BC was re-elected as President for another term. The Association congratulates Steve Blacklock, AACI, P.App, of the Nanaimo Chapter of the BC Association of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
Read the Press Release here

AIC-BC News - Welcome Christina Dhesi


REIBC would like to welcome AIC-BC ‘s new Executive Director – Christina Dhesi. Christina has a strong background in customer service as well as impeccable organizational and administrative skills. Christina began her role as E.D. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. As REIBC works very closely with AIC-BC we look forward to meeting Christina and getting to know her better.

Welcome aboard Christina.

Real Estate Foundation Land Awards Winners!

On Friday, October 21, 2016 the Real Estate Foundation held their Land Awards. The Land Awards are presented every 2 years and this year the event was held at the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station. They presents award for three different categories and awards a Land Champion. The following are the recipients of the 2016 REF Land Awards.

Public Sector – Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B, District of Lillooet and St’at’imc Agricultural Plan
Private Sector – The Beer Farm – Persephone Brewing Company
Non-Profit Sector
– Moving Towards Reconciliation – Fair Mining Collaborative
Land Champion
– Deborah Curran – Acting Executive Director, Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria

Congratulations to all the finalists and the recipients of the 2016 Land Awards.

Guess What?!

The REIBC is advertising!  We are pleased to share that the REIBC has implemented an exciting advertising campaign through transit, social media and the 24hrs newspaper.  
After an amazing year of re-branding and the creation and launch of the Strata Governance Certificate Training Program we are letting people know.  

Our advertising campaign will focus on the Strata Governance Certificate Training program and will be branded to follow the theme of the new RI brand.  The campaign launched on October 3 and will run through the fall!

Our goal continues to be focused on making sure the public see’s our RI’s as designated, educated, experienced and connected! What better way to let the public know than in a big way across the province!!  

Interested in taking our Strata Governance Certificate Program? Register here

Meet A Member

In an effort to meet more of our members, we will be showcasing member profiles in our monthly eNews.  Let us know if you would like to be the next member featured!

Meet Cristiana Valero, Student Member


The real estate development sector has opened up many exciting opportunities for me in the past 10 years. Whether involved in small scale projects or large developments that shaped an entire community, I had the pleasure of working with passionate and driven individuals, who have inspired me to further my skill-sets and my career in this area.

As a Land Development Associate working for SmartREIT, I thrive on the challenge of taking a project from concept to reality. What I find most interesting is working in collaboration with a professional team of architects, designers and consultants to achieve a final product that delivers a perfect combination of community / government’s views while meeting the shareholders / owner’s expectations.

As a fully integrated development company, SmartREIT gives me the ability to achieve the most challenging tasks by providing direct access to legal, engineering, marketing, finance, and estimating personnel. To complement my real estate development skill-set I decided to pursue the Diploma in Real Estate Development at UBC. The Real Estate Development specialization program broadened my view of projects evaluation, development potential, and site planning, which sparked an interest on mixed use, urban, and more challenging projects.

Originally from Brazil, I enjoy discovering Canada’s diverse culture. During my free time I like visiting new communities by taking small weekend trips with my boyfriend, and have recently taken an interest in learning French.

Meet Laura West, AACI.P.App.,RI

Laura West, RI

In my career in Commercial Appraisal I have had the opportunity to appraise many different asset classes including multi-family, commercial, industrial, development and some special use properties like a campground and a marina come to the top of my mind. The special use properties are the most memorable with the most interesting quirks and challenges influencing the value.

I was awarded my AACI, P. App. and my RI in the spring of this year. The past 4 years I spent in this industry have been rewarding and full of talented and eager mentors. In an attempt to get involved I have served two 2 year terms on the Executive for the Appraisal Institute of Canada Vancouver Chapter and have enjoyed serving my community, colleagues and friends.

Every year we are required to get CPD credits and I am currently taking the Machinery and Equipment Valuation course. This just goes to show how diverse and rich this field is and that there’s always another challenge and something new to learn.

One thing I know for sure is that I will never get bored in this field because there are just too many asset classes and too many reasons for an appraisal that I couldn’t experience them all in one lifetime. Overall, I am looking forward to continue learning, growing and expanding myself in all the ways that are available through my memberships in the Appraisal Institute of Canada and the Real Estate Institute of BC.

Career Opportunities

Property Agent - BC Housing

Toastmasters Survey

On September 9, 2016 a survey on whether you would participate in a Toastmasters club was closed. We had 213 completed surveys returned. From those 213 completed surveys 20% said yes they would participate and 80% said no, they would not. As we drilled down further there were not enough members from any one area to consider doing the legwork to put together a club. We need over 20 people to start a club and our numbers from the survey did not allow us to do that.

We thank you for participating and responding as it gave us the information we required to make an informed decision on your behalf.

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