Updated: May 2
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