Updated: May 2, 2021
To everyone, thank you all for being a part of The Buzz Conference January 13 - January 15, 2021. We hope you all found tremendous value & had a lot of fun in being a part of Canada's Premiere Virtual Real Estate & Proptech Event of the Year. The feedback keeps coming in, and we are so grateful, you all found tremendous value.
To all our amazing Sponsors, Industry Leaders, Speakers, Panelists, Moderators, Networking Contributors & our Ambassadors extraordinaire, we thank you. And to our Attendees, you make the Buzz a special place to learn, network, share & create a whole new vision of what's to come.
As we announce our Buzz Conference 2021 Top 100 Trailblazers this week, we will finalize with a complete BIO Presentation of each one, altogether as ONE. For our Top 20, we will share the ONE BIG CONTRIBUTION of the many they have implemented to the Real Estate Industry that made tremendous impact & helped us navigate the past year with confidence, pride, professionalism & innovation. There are so many that have changed the trajectory of our Industry - where we were, where we are now and where we are heading in 2021 & beyond.
We want to thank these esteemed professionals for their leadership, their constant support & vision in helping our Industry pivot, innovate & adapt over the last 300+ days.
You kept us safe, you allowed us to serve our clients at the highest level, you gave us confidence that we are capable and you inspired HOPE that we will all be together one day soon. For all the ideas, innovations, opportunities, responsibilities and higher standards you set upon us - we thank you. Because of your Leadership, we continue to LOVE what we do.
We thank each and everyone of you who continues to raise the bar, and make Real Estate great, not only in Canada, but Globally.
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We have mad respect for Canadian Real Estate Industry Professionals who are continuously elevating professionalism, protecting integrity & helping shape the future for new Realtors who have a passion to serve. One of these people is Pauline Aunger. She is the Global Committee Chair, The Canadian Real Estate Association ( CREA ) and Broker of Record for Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate.
Pauline Aunger, FRI, CIPS, ABR Broker of Record Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate, was the 2015 President of CREA, the Canadian Real Estate Association, the 2009 President of OREA, Ontario Real Estate Association and in 2017 International Director for NAR, National Association of REALTORS.
Pauline Aunger has been involved in the real estate profession as a REALTOR for over 40 years. She served as the 2015 President of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), was the 2009 President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, and in 2017 served on the Board of Directors of the NAR in the United States. Pauline presently serves as the Chair or CREA’s Global Committee, is on the Advisory Council for Royal LePage Real Estate nationally and as a director on the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation. In 1993 she purchased the first Royal LePage franchise in Canada. She is the Broker of Record for Royal LePage Advantage Real Estate with offices in Perth – one of the prettiest towns in Ontario and Smiths Falls – the home of Tweed the largest Marijuana manufacturer in the world. Pauline obtained her CIPS designation in 2014. She also has her ABR and her FRI from the Real Estate Institute of Canada.
Since entering real estate in 1989, young and ambitious, Tim continuously strove to take in and learn as much as possible about his chosen industry that led to extensive knowledge in all aspects of real estate. Along the way, his dedication and efforts also did not go unnoticed as Tim became the recipient of numerous achievement awards as awarded by RE/MAX International. His knowledge and expertise have been sought after as an industry speaker and has been continuously featured in numerous media interviews including newspaper, radio (CFRB “Ask the Experts”) and TV (CP24, CBC, CFTO, CTV, Omni and Global). With the support of his wife and three children, he has focussed his sights on helping Realtors achieve success, mentoring and coaching his entire sales and support staff and sharing the knowledge necessary for the ever changing real estate industry. Tim has a reputation of a visionary when it comes to industry trends and embracing technology. He deeply believes that one should not be afraid of change and instead be afraid of not changing.
Tim has also served as part of the TREB Board of Directors between 2012 until 2019, Board of Director with the Ontario Real Estate Association and 2017/2018 President of the Toronto Real Estate Board. The largest real estate board in the world. Tim is determined to fulfill his dream of building a Brokerage surrounded by the best, most reputable REALTORS in Greater Toronto that will deliver the level of service and experience clients deserve and expect. Through Tim's leadership, RE/MAX Ultimate Realty Inc., Brokerage has built an enviable reputation in our vibrant city as the “go to” brokerage for clients and other Realtors, as well.
To learn more, visit www.remaxultimate.com
Jamie brings experience and knowledge from his work with many well-respected organizations in the real estate industry as well as an extensive formal real estate education. Throughout his career, Jamie has been able to identify and implement profitable real estate solutions for his clients. His proven track record and dedication to increasing clients’ net worth keep them coming back.
To learn more, visit www.schreders.ca
"LSTAR is excited to welcome Bill to the association, during a pivotal time for the real estate profession and housing industry," said Blair Campbell, 2020 LSTAR President. "Bill brings an extensive background in all facets of real estate and is one of the most respected leaders across Canada."
Madder previously served as CEO of the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS® (ASR) for the last 19 years. Having been in the real estate industry since 1979, he has worked as a salesperson and broker/sales manager, served on association boards and committees and led the Brandon Real Estate Board as its Executive Officer. In 2016, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) awarded Madder with the AE (Association Executive) Network Award of Excellence.
Under Madder's leadership, ASR achieved major wins for the profession, including the reduction of education property taxes; legislation changes to allow Realtors to incorporate their business; and solidification of key government and business relationships, paving the way for ASR and its Realtor members to sit at the table with decision makers on issues impacting the profession, such as housing affordability.
To learn more, visit www.lstar.ca
Kathleen Black is North America’s leading Real Estate Team Coach and Trainer, delivering her proven success techniques to Agents and Teams around the world. Kathleen Black has worked with thousands of agents, and hundreds of teams, attributing their growth to her systems and coaching to the tune of billions in additional sales volume annually across her client network. With 80% of her clients top 1% producers nationally, she will help you expand, at a fraction of the time and cost, using the same tried, tested, and true “KBCC Ultimate Expansion Strategy” that powers her client growth.
Beginning her career as a RE/MAX Real Estate Agent and working her way to being recognized within the top 1% of Realtors in both the Durham Region and on the Toronto Real Estate Board, many would agree that this level of success is the pinnacle achievement amongst their peers; but for Kathleen it was only the beginning.
Kathleen quickly realized that her success was attributed to programs that she had developed internally over years of perfecting her craft as an Agent. Recognizing the demand for such programs, Kathleen set out to work on further developing each system and building out a robust platform of educational programs and coaching methods designed to provide Real Estate Agents with the tools and techniques needed to progress forward both personally and professionally. In 2015, Kathleen Black Coaching & Consulting (KBCC) was formed.
To learn more, visit www.kathleenspeaks.com
RE/MAX of Western Canada is pleased to announce Kingsley Ma has joined the regional head office as a Director in the Member Services department.
Kingsley brings a wealth of franchise sales experience to his new position. He spent the last 13 years as a Director, Franchise Sales and Development at a National real estate franchise. He oversaw a team of franchise sales representatives and directors nationwide. “We are excited to be able to add a quality individual such as Kingsley to our Regional Team. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge.” says Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada.
Beyond Kingsley’s franchise sales background he has also taken a lead role in the expansion efforts in AREAA (Asian Real Estate Association of America – Canada) across Canada through trade, consumer and real estate events speaking on behalf of the Association. He is past Vice President and Active Board of Director member. He plans to continue his involvement following his move to Kelowna.
To learn more, visit www.remax-western.ca
Royal LePage MeadowtowneFounded by Alex Ocsai, Broker/Owner & Gloria Riddall, Broker of Record/Owner in 2003, Royal LePage Meadowtowne services the GTHA from it's offices located on Financial Drive in Mississauga as well as from it's locations in Milton, Georgetown, Acton, Erin & Caledon. The Leadership team at Meadowtowne views it's agents as individual business owners and partners. Their purpose is simply to provide an environment that makes it easier for everyone to run and grow their businesses under the Royal LePage Meadowtowne banner.
Helping our agents sell more homes through Online Lead Gen with CRM, in-house marketing, coaching, business development and planning, expert panels, podcasts and ongoing mentorship are just a few of the value adds that help Meadowtowne agents maintain some of the Highest Awards Levels and Recognition in the country. As a leading Royal LePage Brokerage, Meadowtowne provides some of the most innovative and forward thinking approaches to agent and business development of both Teams and Solo practitioners. Meadowtowne also extensively supports one of the highest per capita numbers of both large and small teams in the marketplace.
To learn more, visit www.meadowtowne.com
Sandra excels at the art of negotiating, and whether you’re a seller or a buyer, you are in very capable hands, and always on a fair playing field.
“In the end I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly and armed with the right information and knowledge. I’m able to make sure my clients don’t get clouded by emotion and stay calm and focused so that we can create a win-win situation.”
In 2006, Sandra was cast as the Host of HGTV’s popular program titled “Property Virgins”. A perfect fit, this gave Sandra the ability to help first-time buyers purchase their dream home while being able to share her extensive knowledge with viewers all over Canada and the U.S. In 2008 Sandra released her first book titled "Realty Check: The Real Scoop on Real Estate". She's also the recipient of the coveted Stevie Award for Women in Business for Best Canadian Entrepreneur, and has toured across North America lending her expertise on programs like The View, CNN, Steven and Chris, The Nate Berkus Show and Marilyn Denis.
To learn more, visit www.rinomato.com
As an agent who's an expert in this local area, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise about buying and selling real estate here. It's not the same everywhere, so you need someone you can trust for up-to-date information. I am eager to serve you. Here are some of the things I can do for you:
Find Your Next Home You need someone who knows this area inside and out! I can work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home
Sell a Home When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. I can take care of everything you need, from start to close.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. I can make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which can help you get top dollar. Things like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.
To learn more, visit www.nelsongoulart.com
Debra Bain is an experienced and polished real estate agent with an impressive career that has spanned over thirty years in the industry. Ms. Bain has not only helped grow the industry that has given her such success, but has also given back her time and effort to sustain and support it. She has served on the Arbitration Committee for the Toronto Real Estate Board and is a member of the Chairman’s Leadership Advisory Council – a RE/MAX International Association of the Top RE/MAX Brokers in North America. Along with her other commitments Ms. Bain is very active in training and coaching aspiring agents.
Debra is recognized as an authority in the industry where she is often called upon to speak and do presentations for other RE/MAX brokers throughout the RE/MAX system. Debra also acts as a media spokesperson for RE/MAX Ontario, often doing TV interviews on industry trends and market conditions. Before becoming involved with the Leadership group at RE/MAX Hallmark Ms. Bain was a top producing agent receiving prestigious awards including the Hall of Fame Award. In 2000 she was named Manager of the Year for RE/MAX Ontario.
Today Ms. Bain is a Broker/Partner in RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. whose presence in the Greater Toronto Area she has expanded substantially with her enthusiastic leadership. She continues to concentrate on the growth of the business and, thanks to her drive and leadership, she attracts the brightest and best sales associates in the industry to RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd.
To learn more, visit www.debrabain.com
Mark received his real estate license in 2007 at the age of 24. Together with his wife Joanna, who led the marketing, Mark focused on redefining industry standards of quality by pushing the boundaries of exceptional service. Faris Team’s reputation quickly grew, becoming industry leaders and selling well over 6,500 properties to date. Faris Team’s core values (Love, On Fire, Excellence, Growth, Innovation and Wow) are foundational to the company’s culture and success.
Founding an independent real estate brokerage, Faris Team Real Estate Brokerage, and selling over 1000+ homes in one year (2019), is a truly celebrated achievement for Mark Faris and his team. With local Faris Team Realtors in Client Experience Centres located in Barrie, Innisfil, Midland, Orillia, Alliston and Collingwood, allows the team to provide exceptional and consistent service across Simcoe County and the surrounding areas. Mark Faris, Founder/CEO/Broker of Faris Team has a strong vision to transform the real estate industry and provide the best real estate experience in the world.
Faris Team is the number one real estate team in Simcoe County out of all brokerages (from 2011–present). They were the number one team at Royal LePage from 2015–2018, setting an all-time record for sales in Royal LePage’s 100+ year history. Faris Team also ranks 131st in the 29th annual PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and Maclean’s magazines.
To learn more, visitwww.faristeam.ca
Cliff Stevenson is a licensed REALTOR® and part owner of RE/MAX First in Calgary Alberta, and has been a busy industry member for the last 14 years. After graduating from the University of Regina with a BA in Economics in 2001, Cliff moved to Calgary to work in the corporate world, and began to take a keen interest in real estate shortly thereafter.
While serving as President of the Calgary Real Estate Board in 2016 was a key highlight of Cliff’s volunteer career thus far, Cliff has also served on numerous local and provincial committees. Cliff is a Past-Chair of CREA’s Technology Committee, a Past-Chair of the National Advertising Campaign Committee, and served as CREA’s Vice President in 2019.
To learn more, visit www.crea.ca
Rob is a high-tech operations veteran with over 25 years of senior management experience in IT, real estate, telecom, aerospace, and enterprise. As COO, Rob led e-Cruiter.com (one of the first SaaS companies) through hands-on reference customer wins, a Nasdaq IPO and a roll up. Since then, he has advised multiple start-ups and co-founded and built Plaza Ventures into a Top 5 Private VC in Canada (as ranked by the PwC Money Tree Report). Rob leads with purpose and has the proven ability to develop a mission, product and business model that solves a massive problem in a compelling and profitable way. His passion for the impact of technology on economic and social advancement is central to why he founded Key.
To learn more, visit www.keyliving.com
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Debra Harris is the Vice President of Business Services at Royal LePage Real Estate Services, Ltd. People often ask me, "What exactly do you do?" It's a fair question as professional development can mean a lot of things. The obvious part of my role is directing the training and education of our 1400+ Sales Representatives and Brokers. This includes overseeing our proprietary Dynamic Agent Professional Development Program, as well as continually developing new course content and teaching, which is my passion.
The development of the brokerage as a whole is arguably the larger part of my responsibilities. I manage the corporate brokerage brand, our online presence including multiple websites and social media channels, and our recruiting program.
What I love about my job is the diversity of work, the opportunity to work with exceptionally talented colleagues, and being part of a great Canadian real estate brand.
To read more, visit www.rlpgta.ca
Sherman Chan is responsible for key decisions and strategies in VANDYK’s process of acquiring underutilized land in the Greater Toronto Area. His experience in land planning and value creation strategy are critical to VANDYK’s value added edge to specialize in the repositioning of real estate and distressed properties. With a niche eye and expertise in recognizing emerging infill opportunities and obtaining maximum entitlements and rights to build, Sherman leads the development team in both multi-family residential and ICI projects for the firm.
To learn more, visit www.vandyk.com
Rob Reynar is the Manager of Industry Development at the Canadian Real Estate Association. Rob joined CREA early in 2020 and comes from a real estate background—first as a sales agent and REALTOR® from 1999 to 2014, and most recently as the Manager of Operations and Member Services at the Association of Regina REALTORS® where he spent nearly six years looking after more than 600 members and leading a staff team of eight. Rob is a well-respected representative of the REALTOR® Community, the Association Executive Network, and with related suppliers and stakeholders.
To learn more, visit www.realtor.ca
Brad is the broker-president of Brad J. Lamb Realty Inc., Toronto's #1 condo and loft brokerage. Over the last 20 years, Brad has led the marketing and sales programs for dozens of condominium projects in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. Brad is acknowledged in Toronto as one of the city's foremost condominium sales experts. His firm has acted as the exclusive broker at namesake developments such as The Candy Factory, Tip Top Lofts, Glas, 550 Wellington West, 75 Portland, amongst dozens of others. To date, he has been involved in over 13,000 condo sales for over $3.5 billion dollars.
Brad J. Lamb is recognized as one of this country's most influential real estate professionals.
To learn more, visit www.bradjlamb.com
Brad was first elected to the ORTIS board in 2016. He comes with experience as a Past-President and member of numerous committees of the Niagara Association of REALTORS®, a Board Member (since 2011) of the Niagara Hospital Foundation, Vice-President at Royal LePage In Touch Brokerage, and is currently the Broker of Record for Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre.
To learn more, visit www.ontarioregional.ca
Carolyn Cheng is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Royal LePage. Serving Canadians since 1913, Royal LePage is the country’s largest national real estate company, with a network of over 18,000 real estate professionals in over 600 locations. The company also operates its own charity, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, dedicated to supporting women’s and children’s shelters and educational programs aimed at ending domestic violence. As the COO, Carolyn is charged with the ongoing development of the company's value proposition to attract and retain brokerages, teams and agents in the industry's ever-changing landscape. As a passionate and trusted business leader, she takes on complex problems, identifying solutions and driving the implementation effort to achieve results. She has spearheaded core business strategy, channel growth, new business line development, technology and services adoption strategies as well as process and organizational optimization. Specifically, she oversees the company's pilot programs, its lead generation strategy and programs, the consumer portal, the company's end-to-end integrated and automated brokerage operations and marketing solutions, recruiting and retention services, training and customer care. Recognized for her strategic input, she has been asked to sit on various Advisory Councils including those for Google, Inside Real Estate and Local Logic and she participates in the Canadian Real Estate Association's (CREA's) AGM for franchisors. She has also been recognized on Swanepoel's Power 200 the last two years. Prior to joining Royal LePage, Carolyn worked for its parent company, formerly known as Brascan Business Services, as the Director, Business Development and at Deloitte Consulting as a Senior Consultant in Strategy & Business Operations.
Carolyn has a Master's of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University.
To learn more, visit www.royallepage.ca
"When my family immigrated to Calgary we, like so many people here, fell in love with the city right away. We moved into our first home in Coach Hill (SW Calgary) and I grew up in the West Hills area; this is where my roots are in Calgary. Though I started my career in the high-tech industry, I switched to real estate in 2005 and never looked back. Being a real estate professional is a deeply rewarding career and I like the challenges that come with the job. I enjoy getting to know my clients and am happy to say that many of them have become lifelong friends. Whether it's a couple purchasing their first home or an oil executive moving into his dream house, all of my clients get my utmost dedication and professional expertise. It's always an honour to be part of such an important milestone and joyful time."
Justin Havre grew his business rapidly at an independent brokerage, to the point where he decided to form a team. After reaching the top at that brokerage, Justin knew it was time to move on to new challenges backed by the world's most powerful real estate brand: RE/MAX.
To learn more, visit www.justinhavre.com
Richard Robbins is Co-founder and CEO of Richard Robbins International, a global sales and business coaching organization that amassed over $50 million dollars in revenue worldwide in its first ten years alone. The organization’s explosive 3000% growth is attributed largely to the transformational impact Richard Robbins’ unique methodologies have had, and continue to have, on the businesses and lives of thousands of sales professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders at all levels worldwide.
Born of humble roots in the small town of Peterborough, Ontario (Canada), Richard enthusiastically began a career in real estate sales at the age of 24. After four record-breaking years including hitting a six figure income in his first year and every year after that, Richard decided it was time for a change. In 1989, Richard opened his own real estate brokerage some 90 miles from his small town and amidst one of the worst real-estate recessions the Country had ever seen.
Richard was undeterred by the enormous obstacles and in just 3 years, he successfully ranked among the top 1% of all REALTORS® in his marketplace and grew a powerhouse brokerage that captured 12% market share. Richard’s extraordinary leadership and innate ability to inspire peak performance in his fellow agents, also led his successful brokerage of only 20 agents to achieve the “highest production per agent” of any brokerage within its trading area. It was here that Richard discovered a profound passion for speaking and helping others to achieve goals they never thought possible. Today, Richard is an author, business mentor and sought-after expert in the field of personal and professional performance.
To learn more, visit www.richardrobbins.com
Elton Ash (ABR, CRES) oversees regional operations in the RE/MAX of Western Canada Region, which includes British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. It was the RE/MAX Region of the Year in 2010.
Elton joined RE/MAX in 1984 as a Sales Associate in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Six years later he became Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Penticton Realty in Penticton, British Columbia. In 1994, he joined the RE/MAX Western Canada Region as Director of Broker Services, and later served as Management Consultant, Senior Management Consultant and Director of RE/MAX Commercial Canada. In 2000, shortly after RE/MAX, LLC acquired RE/MAX of Western Canada, Elton was promoted to Vice President and Regional Director. In 2005, he was promoted to his current position.
Elton grew up in Saskatchewan and earned a Diploma of Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977. He spent his early working years on the family farm, breeding Black Angus cattle and working as a professional cattle fitter at livestock shows and auctions.
To learn more, visit www.remax-western.ca
Sam was raised in the city of Mississauga where he attended Lorne Park Secondary school. In his teen years, Sam developed a passion and talent for tennis. He spent countless hours on the court and competed successfully at both the provincial and national levels.
After completing high school, Sam obtained a tennis scholarship at Nicholls State University as the number two player in singles and the number one player in doubles.
While spending three to six hours a day on the tennis court, weight room and track field, Sam still made the Dean’s and President’s lists in each of his four years at the University. He graduated with an honors Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.
Sam then enrolled at the University of South Carolina where he completed his Masters of Business Administration degree with honors.
Back in Canada, Sam spent two years in the corporate sector working as a financial analyst with two large multi-national companies. However, Sam felt his true love was marketing and sales. Having decided to embark upon a real estate sales career, he has never looked back.
To learn more, visit www.mcdadi.com
Joyce came on board with EXIT within months of its inception and became President for Canada for EXIT in 2001.
Under Joyces leadership in Canada, EXIT has developed real estate brokerages that have climbed to the number one position in market share as well as brokerages that have earned a ranking in Real Trends report of the top 250 Real Estate Brokerages in Canada. Joyce conducts speaking engagements and workshops across Canada for franchisees as well as business seminars that introduce the EXIT concept to real estate communities. She is the recipient of EXITs Leaders Leader Award, Chairmans Award, Trusted Advisor Award and has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Real Estate.
Working with a strong team of Regional Owners she is spear-heading EXIT's goal of over 340 franchised offices in prosperity and 18,000 real estate professionals in Canada.
To learn more, visit www.exitrealty.com
To learn more, visit www.suttonwestcoast.com
For over 23 years, Darren Jacklin has travelled 4 continents and personally trained and developed over 1 million people in over 48 countries.He has mentored entrepreneurs and business owners on specific and measurable strategies. These strategies have then been implemented into businesses to increase income, transform obstacles into cash flow and turn passion into profits.Darren has an uncanny ability to increase wealth and success by uncovering hidden assets, overlooked opportunities and undervalued possibilities.
His talent has captured the attention of Tiger 21, Family Offices, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, NBC TV, CBS TV, CTV, CBC, Global TV, international radio stations, magazines and newspapers, movie producers, best-selling authors, CEO’s and business experts worldwide.
Darren is featured as an international celebrity in the 2015 movie The Treasure Map.
Darren Jacklin currently sits on paid international boards of directors and advisory boards of public and private companies and with this experience has successfully advised a small private American residential real estate company to grow to an internationally recognized publicly traded company on the NASDAQ. He has also personally trained 157 Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, Black & Decker, Barclays Bank, as well as high school, college, and university students and lastly, professional athletes.
To learn more, visit www.darrenjacklin.com
As the Senior Vice President of RE/MAX INTEGRA’s North American regions, Pamela Alexander is responsible for the corporate management of its operations in nine U.S. states including Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin, and in the eastern Canadian provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. These operations consist of more than 17,500 sales associates and more than 900 offices.
Ms. Alexander has been involved in every facet of the RE/MAX organization– from the ground floor to the executive suites—with distinguished service for more than 40 years. Her brokerage, RE/MAX Professionals in Mississauga, ON was the first RE/MAX franchise to open in Eastern Canada in 1980. Ms. Alexander joined the Regional Office of RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada in 1995 as Regional Director and was promoted to the position of CEO & Managing Director, North American Operations in 2001.
Her comprehensive understanding of the real estate industry, its trends and future direction, as well as exceptional business acumen have allowed Ms. Alexander to strategically focus and direct her team with respect to increased market share and agent growth with great success. She has worked closely with her marketing and promotions team to propel the RE/MAX brand to the forefront among consumers and the media through far-reaching advertising and hard-hitting, newsworthy and credible public relations initiatives. Ms. Alexander has served as a formidable spokesperson for the organization and is in large part the reason why RE/MAX is the Voice of Real Estate in Canada today.
To learn more, visit www.remaxintegra.com
Walter Schneider is President and Co-founder of the RE/MAX INTEGRA Group of Companies. In 1980, alongside his business partner Frank Polzler, Chairman and Co-Founder, Schneider acquired the Eastern Canadian rights to RE/MAX, establishing both the brand and their head office in Mississauga, where it currently resides. In the following years he and his partner continued to acquire the rights to multiple regions throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Today RE/MAX INTEGRA operates in 40 countries worldwide, with over 3,100 operating offices and an agent count of 45,000; which equates to nearly 1/3 of the entire RE/MAX network.
Over his 40 plus years with the company, Walter has received nearly every RE/MAX award offered, including: Regional Owner of the Year numerous times, the Distinguished Service Award, is one of 15 members of the elite Leadership Circle — RE/MAX’s highest award, and of most recent was given the Founders Award in 2018, which recognizes a lifetime commitment to building the RE/MAX network. In addition, he has been named CEO of the year by the Financial Post, received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award for his work with the Canadian Forces, and the T. Wilson Award from his alma mater, University of Toronto, which recognizes outstanding achievement by alumni in business and charitable work. In August 2017, Walter was recognized as a Fellow by the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation.
Schneider also plays a very active role in the community, sitting on three diverse boards, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Team Up Foundation, Canada’s Walk of Fame Foundation and most recently The David Foster Foundation. During the 30th Anniversary Gala of the David Foster Foundation, he received the prestigious National Business Leader of the Year Award. In 2016, Walter was appointed Honorary Consul General for Austria in Toronto.
To learn more, visit www.remaxintegra.com
#20 of the first Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - GROWTH is Possible with the right People. 7 locations later with an expansion plan in progress, including a Virtual Office! Look at the needs of people, and take it from there. This is when the biggest opportunities come to life.
Ryan Serravalle founded Revel Realty Inc. in 2013 after a successful basketball career, which earned him a full scholarship at the prestigious College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After captaining The Crusaders to two Patriot League Championships, including two berths in the NCAA Tournament, he played professional basketball in Italy, France, and Poland.
Ryan combined his leadership experience on the court with a Psychology Degree and a Masters in Education to introduce REVEL to the Niagara Region. Since then, Ryan has become the top selling broker in the Niagara Region for three consecutive years, a social media marketing mogul, winning the Chamber of Commerce’s Best Business Award and Marketer of the Year from the Niagara Real Estate Board, and the leader of 7 separate branch locations and over 160 realtors.
His philanthropic work includes having served as a board member for Project Share and the mastermind behind Revel’s annual Charity Ball which helped raise over $50,000 for local charities.
To learn more, visit www.revelrealty.ca
#19 of the Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - from Our Co-Host of The Buzz Conference - no matter what age, that Passion, Professionalism, Innovation and Fun, make for a great career in Real Estate. He’s done it all. GET INVOLVED AND HAVE FUN!
He has always been a keen purveyor of technology and an early adopter throughout his entire career. One thing we have always loved about Richard, is his passion for education, networking, sharing innovative ideas and Real Estate Conferences. He is also the Co-Host of The Buzz Virtual Conferences, where he has been a key influence in some of the strategic content we have heard, as well as what's to come in 2021.
Richard is a Sales Representative and leader of at Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. On top of that, he is also designated as an ABR, e-PRO, and a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS). All of these combined, help him deliver an experience that goes above and beyond for his clients.
Richard Silver is also a past Director-at-Large for the Canadian Real Estate Association, as well as a past President of the Toronto Real Estate Board. Richard is adept in the market and has a level of expertise that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
He is also a speaker and writer, concerning the use of technology in real estate, as well as the international real estate market and its effect on the industry. He is also the founding past President of the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Toronto Chapter.
To learn more, visit www.torontoism.com
#18 of the Top 20 of our Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Our Canadian Real Estate Associations continue to lead the way when it comes to bringing awareness to Housing Affordability. Under Darlene's leadership, BCREA collaborates with their 10 Real Estate Boards and works with all levels of government to advocate for public policy that provides housing opportunities, ensures economic vitality, protects property owners, preserves the environment and builds better communities.
Darlene Hyde is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). She has earned recognition from Business in Vancouver (BIV) for her achievements in business and leadership and has many accolades that have assisted her to lead the way for the 23,000 Members and 10 Real Estate Boards that make up BCREA.
"Darlene Hyde is one of the recipients of the BIV 2020 BC Chief Executive Officer of the Year awards, sponsored by Fasken and Deloitte. Recognized in the Not-for-Profit category, she is one of six leaders selected for their vision and strategy, financial performance, development of employees, innovation, social responsibility and sustainability in their respective fields and organizations. Hyde joined BCREA as its Chief Executive Officer in 2018 after holding senior executive positions at the Commercial Real Estate Development Association of Metro Vancouver, the New Car Dealers Association of BC, and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. She is also currently Chair of the Insurance Council of British Columbia. BCREA is the professional association for over 23,000 commercial and residential REALTORS® in BC. Working with the province’s ten real estate boards, we provide professional development opportunities, advocacy, economic research and standard forms so REALTORS® are trusted, respected and proud of their profession."
To learn more, visit www.bureau.bc.ca
#17 of the Top 20 of our Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Working remotely, over the last 300+ days, has showcased the many disruptors and Prop-techs, who are challenging us to to think what’s possible in Real Estate. Let’s face it, INNOVATION is really here! Never in 30 years would we ever imagine a company that has no Brick & Mortar Offices, yet provides an innovative approach with an on-line Virtual experience, the Virtual Office.
Jason is Chief Executive Officer, eXp Realty, and a member of the Board of Directors for eXp World Holdings. He has been a critical part of eXp Realty since joining the company in March 2010, and has served in a number of capacities, including Chief Executive Officer, managing broker of multiple states, General Counsel and President. Currently, Jason supports the company’s larger enterprise by evaluating and developing complementary ventures outside of the more traditional residential real estate vertical.
We look forward to learning more from them and how this model may impact our business in the future.
To learn more, visit www.exprealty.com
#16 of the Top 20 of our Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - There are so many smart people in our business, and just when you thought you learned everything, someone comes along to challenge you with more brilliant ideas. Coupled with a tremendous amount of PASSION, we learned that Competitors are in fact Collaborators and care for excellence of our Industry.
Francisco Angulo is the Vice President of Global Development for Realogy Holdings Corporation. He is strategic, results-oriented, and has over 24 years of experience driving profitability and setting the organization's strategic direction. Realogy Holdings Corporation was the Title Sponsor of The Buzz Conference, January 13th-15th, 2021.
With a strong business and sales acumen, coupled with significant experience with local and international Real Estate operations, Francisco has taken his company's objectives to a new level. He has a proven ability to drive sustainable business results with direct management of P&L under complex business environments in North and Latin-America and the Caribbean Islands.
He also has proven leadership of multi-million dollar producing teams. He is experienced in defining, adapting, and executing sales strategies, that led to an increase of 53% in sales revenue and 37% in sales volume.
By staying connected and working closely with his people, he has become outstanding in talent management, team motivation, interacting with multidisciplinary organizations, and in serving as a trusted advisor to Senior Management Teams.
To learn more, visit www.realogy.com and connect with Francisco on his LinkedIn Profile.
#15 of the Top 20 of our Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - When you DREAM BIG anything is possible to achieve a great Business and a great Life. In one year and in one of the toughest markets and economies, Scott Hurren grew his company from one location to 5 in Canada and the USA, with a Team of engaging, smart and supportive professionals. Growth is possible and it starts with a story, which then creates the idea to achieve the dream. They are a loyal, supportive and fun company to work with.
Meet Scott Hurren, Founder of OTBxAIR. This is his story.
"Awhile back, over a family lunch, we were introduced to aerial drone technology by a young inspiring 15 year old. He was super excited about the technology. The problem was, he didn’t have enough money to make it happen. What he did have however was the inspiration to recover the cost by providing photography services for people. This got us thinking. How many passionate photographers are out there who would love to pursue their passion but need a little help getting steady work that is fun & rewarding?
When we started to dig a little closer into how commercial photography and videography was being done, it became apparent that there was opportunity. Opportunity for us to help make life easier for photographers and videographers while bringing enhanced value to our clients by streamlining the booking, delivery and communication process for the end client. With a passion for photography and a love of the creative, we set a business plan in action to bridge this gap and help bring something new and innovative to the world. We keep our business simple and follow key outside the box (OTBx) principles. We believe that business should be fun, simple, scalable and rewarding for everyone it touches. We stand committed to safety, innovation, creativity and contribution. We are excited to help people live into their passion and bring the world incredible footage. It’s a spectacular place. Welcome to OTBx Air."
To learn more, visit www.OTBxAIR.com ,
#14 of the Top 20 of our Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - We often see many Leaders in our Industry initiate and implement change to make Canadian Real Estate a great place to work. This comes by watching and listening carefully to the needs of the Industry. Diversity, Inclusion, and Women make up a few of the Task Forces that Lisa Patel has implemented at TRREB. She is giving everyone a VOICE.
From her childhood, Lisa Patel has had an entrepreneurial spark. Her parents created and ran a number of businesses, including motels, hotels, department and convenience stores, restaurants, and more across Ontario—and Lisa followed in their footsteps. As a child, she began her own entrepreneurial ventures selling giftwrap and bubble gum to her school friends and running a candy shop.
Lisa is an award-winning Real Estate professional, entrepreneur, and social activist. Lisa founded the Lisa Patel Team (formerly known as The Property Princess Team). She and her team of experienced real estate staff work diligently to find families and businesses the perfect spaces to live and work. They focus on all aspects of real estate across the Greater Toronto Area, including commercial, residential, leasing, land, and investments for over 11 years.
Lisa’s successful brand has been included by McGraw-Hill in an educational textbook, which is studied by students in business, business professionals and entrepreneurs. The Property Princess brand was recognized by Andris Pone, author of Attract: Power Up Your One-of-a-Kind Personal Brand, for brand strength and consistency. The National Post featured Lisa Patel on “The Art of Networking.” In 2009, Ryerson University recognized Lisa as a Top 30 Under 30 and named by Ryerson University as the “Art of Diversification.” Lisa was also a former host for a television show with Rogers TV: A Greener Durham.
To learn more, visit TRREB & www.lisapatelteam.com
#13 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Represent your BRAND in the best possible manner and be consistent with the clarity of your brand message. Luxury Real Estate is represented by a very select few, and it begins with their Leadership. Don Kottick has been consistent in representing the finest Luxury Brands and Leaders in his career and in the World. Sotheby’s is definitely at the height of being Leaders in this specialized Market.
Don is a senior real estate executive with a proven track record of operational and brokerage management success. He is honoured to be with an iconic brand with a legacy of excellence, unwavering bespoke client service, and unparalleled global exposure.
Prior to Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Don was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Peerage Realty Partners (Peerage). Peerage is one of North America’s leading luxury real estate networks. During his tenure at Peerage, the organization increased its national and international partnership holdings, which now include Baker Real Estate, Fifth Ave Sales & Marketing, Street City Realty, Chestnut Park Real Estate, and Madison & Company Properties, LLC.
To learn more, visit www.sotheysrealty.ca
#12 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Well, first of all, we hope to connect soon with Brad Scott and have him join us at a future Buzz Conference. LOYALTY to people and to an industry is crucial in any RE Market. After being nominated by esteemed professionals and after reading Brad’s repertoire, he has certainly been a Constant force with The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
Brad Scott has been with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) since 1978 and has served as its CEO since 2013.
Prior to his appointment as CEO, he had served as REBGV's Chief Operating Officer beginning in 1991. Brad first became a member of the management team in 1985 and has held a number of other positions with REBGV. Since 1996, he has played a central role in helping REBGV achieve numerous quality management awards including Excellence Canada’s Canada Order of Excellence (Quality).
He is a member of the Real Estate Institute of British Columbia and holds both the R.I. (B.C.) and Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.d) designations.
To learn more, visit www.rebgv.org
#11 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - A strong BUSINESS ACUMEN is developed over time. The alignment to stay connected with the most experienced, passionate and strategic Mentors in the industry, will only breed the next best within our Industry. We need to know who these Mentors are that created this path for us.
Andy Puthon was appointed President of Coldwell Banker Affiliates of Canada in September, 2013. A lifelong Canadian real estate veteran, Andy earned his real estate license at the age of 18, was a Broker at 20, and a Manager at age 25. He understands the real estate business from the ground up and the challenges brokers and sales representatives face every day.
Andy is well known throughout the industry as a strategic thinker with a proven track record for business development. His prior leadership roles include Executive VP of Brookfield Real Estate Services where he was instrumental in growing the Royal LePage system in Canada, and led Brookfield’s acquisition of La Capitale, as well as U.S. acquisitions including GMAC Home Services and Real Living.
To learn more, visit www.coldwellbanker.ca
#10 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - It’s not easy leading the World’s Largest Real Estate Board. With 60,000 Members, we learned that the best Leaders LISTEN more and will always create strategic solutions, ideas and choices that are in the best interests of their People based on facts. John DiMichele is accountable to 60,000 Realtors, this is an exciting position to be in, and we believe his strength lies in his expertise in knowing what efficiencies will lead us to create the most efficient Client Experience in the future of Canadian Real Estate. He is continuously listening and evolving.
TRREB, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board has had quite the year. Not only did they initiate exciting new Task Forces to encourage engagements, conversations and innovations to make for a better Real Estate Community, they also implemented new technologies into their MLS system so Realtors can work efficiently and effectively. Interesting enough, they did this all during a Pandemic, while celebrating their 100th Year Anniversary. AMAZING!
John DiMichele, CEO of TRREB continues to raise the bar, encourage and engage TRREB Members collectively and collaboratively, to shape the future of our Canadian Real Estate Industry and MLS. With so many different conversations taking place on the Social Space, we decided to invite John back to The Buzz to facilitate where we are heading into 2021.
John brings together a wealth of professional experience, the practitioner’s perspective, and an intimate understanding of both technology and the real estate landscape. John worked in the Real Estate profession initially as a salesperson and then as a Broker/Manager prior to joining TRREB’s staff as Chief Information Officer in 2002. As TRREB’s CIO John was responsible for all technology and for introducing and overseeing a variety of notable initiatives, some of which include early adoption of strong authentication, the Buyer Registry, CONNECT and external data integration. As TRREB’s CEO John’s key priorities are the protection of privacy and MLS® data intellectual property rights.
To learn more, visit TRREB
#9 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - There are unique people who have a place in our Industry. These people have a special VISION and VOICE that allow us to think differently, create new expectations and elevate current standards. Natasha Koifman and her dynamic Team at NKPR have been the constant vision and voice in helping us shape exciting content to deliver these unique experiences to The Buzz. She works with esteemed leaders and visionaries in Residential and Commercial Real Estate Development, Philanthropists and Entrepreneurs whose desirable brands are some of the most exciting and most respected throughout Canada and North America.
NKPR, Natasha Koifman Public Relations is all about delivering the newest trends in Brand Voice and Development to her Clients so they may capture Client Love. With many of her clients from the space of Real Estate, Office Design, Condo Development, Technologies and Home Design and Decor, we want to know what’s next for our industry and how we can capture Client Love too!
Natasha Koifman created NKPR in 2002 to combine her two passions: sharing stories of substance and championing important causes.
Recognized as one of Canada's most powerful and innovative women in public relations, Natasha has been honoured with awards from the Women's Executive Network (WXN), Notable magazine, BizBash and others.
A sought after speaker and commentator on public relations, marketing, popular culture and fashion, Natasha writes a regular column for Huffington Post and is a frequent contributor to Entertainment Tonight Canada and Newstalk 1010 radio. She is also a TEDx Speaker.
Believing strongly in giving back, Natasha is the President of the Board for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada and on the Board of Directors for APJ USA. She also supports various other charities working to improve the lives of others.
Natasha divides her time between Toronto and New York City.
To learn more, visit www.NKPR.net
#8 of our Top 20 of The Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Patience, compassion, humility and empathy are really important qualities to have when put into a position of Leadership, especially during a time of extraordinary challenges. Fact - based communication is also essential and at the right moment to convey messages of hope and safety. This for our industry, during Covid, became paramount.
Active in real estate for 14 years, Sean Morrison is a Broker and Manager for Coldwell Banker Momentum Realty Inc. and is a member of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB), where he served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. He has also served as a member and Chair on several OREA and RAHB committees and is currently serving as our OREA President.
During the last 300+ days, Sean Morrison continued to communicate with us as well present the 4 new BOLD ideas being implemented by OREA. This leadership allowed us to lead with confidence and transact safely with our clients during a Pandemic.
Adding more value to its members, OREA continues to create initiatives that are good for the inclusivity of our industry. The recent creation of the President's Advisory Group on Racism and Inclusion is also a step in the right direction to help build stronger communities within our Canadian Real Estate landscape.
To learn more, visit www.orea.com
#7 of our top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - As Leaders come to the forefront of conversations, we learn more about their energy and enthusiasm to see our industry through futuristic eyes. Century 21 Canada introduced the world to a refreshing rebrand at rebrand.c21.com. Century 21 speaks to the Realtor of the Future. This is the new energy and enthusiasm our Industry craves to represent the Next Generation Leaders.
A past franchise owner, Martin H. Charlwood is tuned to the challenges and opportunities in running a small business as well as a global organization. He has been involved in the franchise industry for more than 25 years, with a focus on development, sales and growth.
As the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CENTURY 21 Canada®, Martin also serves as President and Partner of the Charlwood Pacific Group (CPG). CPG has operations in 67 countries with 24,060 network members under five brands: CENTURY 21 Canada; CENTURY 21 Asia-Pacific; Centum Financial Group; Real Property Management Canada; and UNIGLOBE Travel International.
Martin has been involved in the real estate industry for more than 25 years. He was appointed to the CENTURY 21 board in 2007 and took on the role of CEO in 2014. In addition to his responsibilities with C21 Canada, he is involved in developing and managing the growth strategy for CENTURY 21 Asia Pacific, the organization’s joint venture partner. Graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1990, Martin joined CPG, which was founded by his father, U. Gary Charlwood. Martin has since worked in nearly every facet of the business, and is currently also President and Partner of CPG.
Martin was named one of North America’s top real estate leaders on the Swanepoel Power 200 list for the past 5 years. Martin has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company. He also shares his leadership experience as an active mentor and member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), the world’s premier ‘peer network’ for chief executives and business leaders, that focuses on developing better leadership skills through education and idea exchange.
To learn more, visit www.c21.com
#6 of the Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Women in Leadership Roles continue to grow and elevate our Real Estate Industry more than ever. The expertise, experience and repertoire they bring to Corporation and Association levels, best represent a future of an inclusive and diverse industry, while achieving some of the greatest accolades that inspire change, innovation and company growth. There are more Female Leaders in Real Estate today in all layers and Sherry Chris blazed that trail.
Sherry Chris President and CEO Realogy Expansion Brands Sherry Chris currently serves as president and CEO of the Realogy Expansion Brands portfolio, which include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate and ERA®, focusing her efforts on guiding the strategic growth of the brands within the division. Sherry most recently served as president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. Under her leadership, the brand grew significantly across more than 40 states and 6 countries, and established a unique position as real estate’s lifestyle brand.
Well-known for building brands based on next-generation consumer insights along with her innovative marketing and sales acumen, Chris’ tech-forward mindset has been proven to usher brands to the next level in the industry which she serves. She is a strong advocate of engaging with businesses and consumers through social media channels – making her the most followed CEO of a national real estate brand on Twitter.
Chris currently serves on advisory boards for the National Association of REALTORS® Real Estate Services program, the Asian Real Estate Association of America Education Foundation, New Story Charity, a certified 501(c)(3), that builds safe homes and transforms slums into thriving communities in developing countries. In December 2018, Chris was appointed as a strategic advisor to Wine Society, a premium wine subscription company, in the development and growth of the company’s mission and business plan, in efforts to build brand awareness and move the wine industry forward in the same ways she has done for real estate.
To learn more, visit www.realogy.com
#5 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Leadership is deep-rooted. It comes in all ages, cultures and gender profiles. Some are privileged to be born into this exciting business and have to work extra hard to earn their place. We say this with deep respect for the Brands & People who built Canadian Real Estate. Paying attention to these next-generation leaders is crucial. GROWTH happens over time, starting from the bottom up. It doesn’t happen quickly. Very few are honoured with this position and it’s the ones who work and learn every aspect, every detail, every facet of this industry, these are the leaders who will make our industry World Class.
As Chief Strategy Officer & Executive Vice President for North America, RE/MAX Integra, Christopher Alexander is responsible for all areas of day-to-day operations including franchise management, membership services, training and development, marketing, advertising, promotions, and finance. He leads the progression of the North America region through strategic growth, the implementation of policies, best practices and programs that establish competitive advantages in the marketplace, brand awareness, and network support and services, among others. Christopher is also responsible for connecting RE/MAX with key audiences and stakeholders, positioning the organization as the premier source for real estate news, trends and information.
Coming from a long line of family members in real estate, Christopher is no stranger to the industry. Beginning his career as a Sales Representative at RE/MAX Professionals Inc. in 2010, he then joined the Regional Office as a Franchise Sales Consultant in 2014 where he was in charge of managing franchise sales and strategic growth throughout the Ontario-Atlantic Region. Most recently, Christopher has also purchased a franchise, RE/MAX Professionals North, servicing the Muskoka and Haliburton areas and has assumed the primary responsibility of representing the Polzler and Alexander families at the leadership level.
To learn more, visit www.remaxintegra.com
#4 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Knowledge is Power. Being fully immersed in Canadian Real Estate and being connected to those who play an integral role in fact-based information is a responsibility of those who lead us. Facilitating this powerful knowledge from the top impacts our profession and our ability to articulate this value to the consumer. Recognized as a true Leader in Canadian Real Estate, a Voice that represents us all in good times and in challenging times.
Phil Soper is President & CEO of Royal LePage & Bridgemarq Real Estate Services. With 20,000 agents in its Royal LePage, Royal LePage Commercial, Johnston & Daniel, Via Capitale and Proprio Direct businesses it is the largest real estate brokerage firm in Canada, with property sales of $100 billion dollars in 2019.
In the 2020 comprehensive ranking of industry leadership in North America, the Swanepoel 200, Soper was again named the most influential leader in Canadian real estate and 10th worldwide. In 2016, he became the first Canadian to receive the Real Estate Leadership Award at the U.S. National Realtor Expo as “an industry visionary who embraces innovation and blazes new paths.” Real Estate Marketing magazine declared him one the 25 most important leaders of the past 25 years, and he has been honoured as “CEO of the Year” by the Canadian Public Relations Society, a first for a real estate industry executive in the long history of the award.
Soper’s community involvement includes the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest charity focused on eliminating domestic violence and supporting the women & children who fall victim to it; United Way and Toronto SickKids Hospital campaign leadership; and Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Ryerson awarded Phil the inaugural G.Raymond Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2017. He is a former governor of the University of Alberta.
Prior to his real estate career, Phil Soper was an executive with technology giant IBM, he held national and global leadership roles in professional services and technology sales.
To learn more, visit www.royallepage.ca
#3 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - Our Leadership is represented by many people and cultures. One of the most diverse industries, with people who are kind, passionate and hard-working. When we look at how big our industry actually is, 140,000 Members at CREA, we are made up of a diverse fabric of many individuals who love this industry and this country with their heart. We continue to hear of one Leader whose qualities best represent the Members of the Canadian Real Estate Association and this is the key ingredient that best represents the GLOBAL representation that makes our profession WORLD CLASS.
Costa Poulopoulos has been a REALTOR® since 1987 and has served as Past President of the London-St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®. In addition, he has been on a variety of LSTAR Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Groups. In 2014 Costa served as President of OREA and was OREA Western Area Director for 2007 and 2008.
Costa is also a Past President of The Marketing Division of London and St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR). He has been awarded twice with the outstanding achievement award for his contribution to the Real Estate Profession in South Western Ontario and to his local real estate association in 2000 and 2008.
To learn more, visit www.crea.ca
#2 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate.
What we learned - There is always more work to be done, to bring our Canadian Real Estate Industry and Experiences of Value to the next level. To enhance and elevate our Real Estate Professions and Reputations - we want more! It took great determination, tremendous perseverance and continuous advocacy to make TRESA and PREC happen. And although we know it was a collaborative and collective effort by many key representatives and voices at the OREA Association Level, some leaders names just come up each time. When we first heard Karen Cox speak at the recent Reality Event in Niagara Falls in 2020, we knew, we had a chance to make our dream of Personal Real Estate Corporations ( PREC ) come true.
Karen Cox is the Past President of the Ontario Real Estate Association ( OREA ), where she represents 80,000 brokers and salespeople who are members of the 38 real estate boards throughout Ontario. As President, she played an important role to raise the bar on professional standards, advocate on behalf of struggling, aspiring home owners, and increase housing supply and affordability across the province. OREA has spent more than 9 decades promoting higher standards in real estate for the benefit of consumers and Realtors alike. OREA supports Ontario REALTORS® as they help home buyers build stronger communities.
Karen Cox also played an integral role in one of the most significant and long over-due laws ever passed affecting Real Estate Salespeople in Ontario. Royal Assent was received in March of 2020, and the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020 ( TRESA ) replaced the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act ( REBBA ). This new legislation allows Real Estate Salespeople to incorporate and receive remuneration through their Personal Real Estate Corporations ( PREC ). The great thing, TRESA now holds Real Estate Professionals to a much higher standard than ever.
In 2010 and 2015, Karen was elected to the position of President of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound (RAGBOS).
#1 of our Top 20 of the Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate. What we learned - What didn't we learn? Let's face it, we have just gone through one of the most unique times ( 300+ days ), not only in the history of our profession, but within our communities, our Canada and our World. We were tested and put into so many difficult positions, that at times created fear, chaos and uncertainty. This affected us all in many ways. In March 2020, we assumed this was to be short-lived, and here we are today navigating our 2nd lockdown together as we were taught to in the best manner possible - together. We were challenged financially, mentally, spiritually, physically, and many of us were instructed to always put the well-being and safety of our Clients first. How exactly were we going to do this? We learned quickly that coming out from our offices and screens was going to help lead the way. We learned that timing was supreme, communication was pivotal, following rules and regulations set out by Federal and Provincial Governments were paramount and facilitating fact - based information to help everyone remain calm and hopeful that we would navigate this Pandemic together. How did we get here? One Leader, Tim Hudak lead us with compassion and this was the magic ingredient that was going to help us raise the integrity of our Real Estate Industry with confidence and pride. As a Realtor Community, we came together and focused on Corporate Responsibility, NOT Sales, we showcased Hope NOT Ego, and we communicated with Strength NOT Weakness. Our Communities now sees and believes that we, REALTORS® of Canada are an ESSENTIAL part of life, community, home. We are grateful for this supreme Leadership. Tim Hudak, the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association represents 80,000 REALTORS®. Tim joined OREA after a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature – including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Since becoming CEO in December 2016, he and his OREA team have focused on transforming OREA into Ontario’s most effective professional association that delivers high-impact advocacy on behalf of REALTORS® and consumers, and provides quality services to members. During his first year as OREA CEO, he was named one of the most powerful people in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200, 2017/18/19/20. The Ontario Real Estate Association is here to help Ontario REALTORS® succeed in building stronger communities. With 80,000 REALTOR® members who take up this mission for you every day. Ontario REALTORS® use their skills, experience, knowledge, drive and determination, along with the latest technology, to help more men, women and families achieve the Canadian dream of home ownership. As one of Canada’s largest professional associations, we are Ontario’s strongest advocate for home and property ownership, property rights, and prosperous communities. To learn more, visit www.orea.com