AGM Recap: The 10 Faces You Should Know

On March 18-20, 2016, over 400 members of the REALTOR® community convened in Ottawa for CREA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the T3 Summit.

Delegates in attendance voted in favour of the proposed changes to the minimum board standards, qualifications to run for CREA's Board of Directors, REALTOR® Code and trademark policy.

At the AGM, delegates were also introduced to their new 2016-17 CREA President, voted for five new CREA directors and had the opportunity to celebrate with the winners of the Association Executive Network (AEN) Award of Excellence Winner, Canadian Commercial Network (CCN) Merit Award Winner and the first National REALTORS Care® Award Winner.

Here are the names and faces from the AGM you should know:

Board of Directors:

Cliff Iverson

Cliff Iverson – 2016-17 CREA President

Andrew Peck

Andrew Peck – CREA President-Elect

Barb Sukkau

Barb Sukkau – Vice-President

Tim Ayres

Tim Ayres – Director-at-Large

Dianne Usher

Dianne Usher – Director-at-Large

Costa Poulopoulos

Costa Poulopoulos – Regional Director Ontario

Len Wassil

Len Wassil – Regional Director Saskatchewan

Association Executives Network (AEN)
Award of Excellence - Bill Madder

(AEN) Award of Excellence Winner

(From left: Gary Simonsen, CREA CEO, Bill Madder, CEO of the Association of Saskatchewan REALTORS®, and Lynette Keyowski, Chair of the Association Executive Committee)

Canadian Commercial Network (CCN)
Merit Award – WinnipegREALTORS®

(CCN) Merit Award

(From left: Don Patterson, Chair of the Canadian Commercial Committee, Stewart Elston, 2016-17 President of WinnipegREALTORS®, and Stephen Sherlock, WinnipegREALTORS® Commercial Division Chair)

Canadian REALTORS Care® Award 2016
Proudly Presented by Scotiabank® Home Financing Solutions – Vince Mirabelli

Cliff Iverson

(From left: Ralph Fyfe, Chair of the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation, James Haines, Senior Manager, Sales, Scotiabank® Home Financing and Vince Mirabelli)

Learn more about Vince, and his charity of choice, Our Kids Count, in the side bar.

Following the AGM, Stefan Swanepoel and the T3 Group, a leading information and management-consulting firm, identified and discussed some of the most significant threats, risks and trends that could potentially impact the industry.

Take a look at all the faces from the AGM and T3 Summit on CREA's Facebook page.


National Ad Campaign

This year's TV ad, 'Bikers', introduces consumers to a young couple who just moved into a home they bought without a REALTOR® and who find the neighbourhood welcoming committee isn't quite what they were expecting.

The ad informs potential home buyers and sellers about the type of guidance, expertise and know-how REALTORS® offer during a real estate transaction. The ad sends the clear message that REALTORS® can help mitigate the risks of the biggest financial transaction of their lives.

Here are the 30 second and 60 second TV ads that will be interrupting your regular TV programming:

30 Second:

NAC 30 sec video

60 Second:

NAC 60 sec video

The television ads are just one component of a multi-channel integrated campaign to promote the value of using a REALTOR®. To learn about the new testimonial videos, as well as the print and digital assets visit REALTOR Link®. Many of these assets can be used by REALTORS®, so have a look.


Federal Budget 2016

NAC 30 sec video

Following an extensive pre-budget consultation process, the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau tabled Budget 2016 last Tuesday. This is the first budget for the new Liberal government.

Given the government's concerns about home prices in high-priced markets like Toronto and Vancouver, and its recent decision to increase minimum down payments, CREA did not expect our industry's lobbying proposals for the Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) to be included in this year's budget.

CREA will continue to press for changes to the HBP in meetings between MPs and PAC representatives during our spring constituency visits (the week of May 23) and the PAC Days conference this fall from October 16-18, 2016.

Budget 2016 did contain commitments that may be of interest to the REALTOR® community. Check out the REALTOR® Action Network for all the details.