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The 1st Top 100 Trailblazers in Canadian Real Estate 2021 - Part #1 Countdown begins here, 100 - 51

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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Jody is one of Ottawa’s top Real Estate Brokers. Starting his real estate career in 2004, Jody Lavoie provides a truly personal experience to each of his clients. Jody was born and raised in Ottawa and now currently resides in Nepean. The Lavoie family has been trading in real estate since 1972.

To add to the level of service he provides to his clients, in 2008 Jody became a licensed mortgage broker. As a broker Jody works with his clients to find the right person to arrange their mortgage or other financial options.

He founded the charity project Renovation Challenge in 2007-2008 Not only did this award help benefit the community; it is also enhancing Jody’s ability to help his clients. As the general foreman on the renovation project, getting right into each and every project at the house, Jody’s knowledge of home construction has grown astronomically.

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Danny Wood is a public speaker for major conferences and global brands. His focus is on marketing and technology. From generating leads, to lead follow up and after sale systems for repeat and referral business. He currently runs BrokerageNation a collection of 200 real estate offices and over 8,000+ agents who are enrolled in his online training programs. Along with that he has a 1-on-1 coaching service helping REALTORS® implement the systems and services he speaks on.

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"There are no old roads to new places. Quite simply, we cannot solve today's problems with yesterday's logic.

I'm an entrepreneur with a passion for solving big, challenging problems. I've helped transform and evolve multi-billion dollar corporations into new business models, products and paradigms. I've built a very successful startup from the ground up. I know what it takes to build products, teams, and cultures that can execute with passion."

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"My son received an Autism diagnosis in 2008. I was overwhelmed by the questions that were running through my mind at that time. What was Autism? What will his future look like? How do I fix it? It was that last question that kept me glued to the computer researching Autism. I didn’t sleep or eat for days as I read website after website to learn as much as I could about Autism and how to help my son.

I pulled myself together and went into action mode.

Action mode meant leaving my corporate job. I was sad to leave, but I needed to get my son from this appointment to that appointment and back to this therapy and that therapy. It was a hectic time. And needless to say, money was not abundant considering I wasn’t working. So, I had to take action on that too. No one would hire me with the hours I had to keep, so I needed to start my own business. Being an entrepreneur was always something I wanted to be, but didn’t expect it would happen in this way.

From sales strategy to working with key business executives to marketing, I was at the hub of it all. I was able to sit with key executives to talk about business strategy and work closely with corporate branding, marketing and sales. Having spent hours in front of the computer searching and finding information on all things Autism, I learned how the online world worked and the technology behind it. The most important thing was to build relationships online with businesses and create those important connections. I love all things business and technology. As an early adopter, I have been using Social Media since the beginning and love keeping up with trends & hacks. I'm a tech geek at heart."

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Mark McLean is a 30 year real estate industry veteran. He has held several positions in management including founder/partner of Sothebys International Realty Canada (Ontario), manager at Bosley Real Estate (the largest and oldest independent brokerage in Ontario) , and president and Broker of Record at Realty, where he grew agent count from 75 to over 240 agents in 18 months, opened 3 satellite offices in the GTA and became one of the top brokerages in the city, closing ff

Director-at-Large and President of the Toronto Real Estate Board from 2013-17 and Director-at-Large of the Ontario Real Estate Association. He has chaired many committees and task forces.

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"Before I built a business dedicated to helping real estate agents build their online marketing strategies, I was one myself.

I hated door knocking but I was pretty good at blogging. I was tallying over 100k views on Google-Plus without even realizing it (you know, back when it was relevant). We started hitting 5 to 10k views per month on our website and I became obsessed with tweaking our strategy and watching the numbers grow.

Before long, I was working with one of the leading real estate brands, training hundreds of agents across North America to generate more leads online. One day, I was helping my mentor when he turned to me and said, “Can I hire you to do this for me? I just want to sell homes.” I looked up the domain for and bought it immediately.

That was in 2015.

Now, I spend every single day getting fired up about the opportunity to help other agents, teams and vendors grow their businesses by driving real results online. I understand the challenges they face, and it’s so satisfying to see the look on their faces when they realize their marketing strategy has the power to transform their entire business model for the better."

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Debbie commenced her real estate career in the 1980’s, after graduating from the University of Toronto. Founding her own Real Estate Brokerage she has become a self-made business woman in a highly competitive industry. Since inception she has overseen the sales and marketing of over $15 Billion Dollars of real estate.

Foreseeing a need for an innovative and dynamic player in the industry she launched In2ition Realty in 2002. Recognized not only as an astute professional, but also as a fearless innovator in the industry.

Debbie has been honoured with multiple business, professional and civic awards for her contribution to both the real estate industry and her community by both BILD (Building Industry and Land Development) and NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). Debbie is known for her generous spirit and her mentoring of new professionals in the industry. She has assembled a devoted team in whom she has instilled the same passion and values that she is known for. She successfully manages multiple roles, from broker, to marketing dynamo, to mentor and philanthropist.

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Katie Steinfeld

"Almost 11 years ago, I decided to follow a career path towards helping people make one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives and I haven't looked back! Whether you are looking to downsize, a growing family or something in between, I enjoy the process of getting to know my clients on a personal level in order to better understand how to provide the best possible service. As the Broker of Record for On The Block Realty, I also enjoy helping Realtors reach their highest potential in their own real estate business. At On The Block, we are constantly striving to make improvements in this industry and I am thrilled that we can share those opportunities with as many people as possible."

Daniel Steinfeld

"I am one of the co-founders of On The Block and I'm thrilled with the opportunity this brokerage has given me to impact the lives of so many people. I have done extensive work with buyers and sellers in the Greater Toronto Area and I pride myself on personal and tailored service for each individual with whom I have the privilege of representing. I am a broker, a chartered professional accountant, and a registered lobbyist with the City of Toronto. In using these unique designations, coupled with a background managing and training large sales departments as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, I have been able to provide new perspectives and knowledge to my clients. That all doesn't matter as much as the relationships I build with the people with whom I get to work."

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Dianne is a high profile and respected real estate professional with significant management, training and industry knowledge. Her real estate career began in 1978 as a sales representative, and Dianne quickly climbed the management ranks at Royal LePage and was most recently Senior Vice President and Manager at Johnston & Daniel.

Dianne has served as Director and President of the Ontario Real Estate Association, York Region Real Estate Board, Director of the Canadian Real Estate Association, committee member on the RECO education committee, past-President of the Toronto Real Estate Board and continues to serve on various committees and task forces in organized real estate. She has been a coach mentor for the Brian Buffini and Richard Robbins coaching organizations, as well as an instructor for the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Toronto Real Estate Board.

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