Another successful AGM wraps up!

Earlier this month, over 400 REALTORS® and board and association staff packed into Ottawa for CREA's Leadership Summit and Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The Leadership Summit was one of the best attended in recent years. This year's Summit theme, "WeR1," focused on the future of real estate and highlighted ways REALTORS® can come together to make a difference and advocate for both consumers and the profession. Attendees heard from an excellent line-up of speakers including a panel moderated by CREA's CEO, Michael Bourque, about the current state of government support for homeownership in Canada, a keynote from marketing expert Terry O'Reilly and a conversation with CREA and National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Presidents Barb Sukkau and Elizabeth Mendenhall.

Newly elected to the CREA Board of Directors were Regional Directors Kari McBride for Atlantic, Larry Cerqua for Ontario and Cliff Stevenson for Alberta. Georges Gaucher and Costa Poulopoulos were elected to the board as Directors-at-Large while Dianne Usher and Ron Abraham were re-elected to their Director-at-Large positons. Barb Sukkau officially took over as CREA President for 2018–2019, with Jason Stephen becoming President-Elect, Costa Poulopoulos becoming Vice-President and Andrew Peck moving into the Immediate Past President role.

There were several proposals up for consideration by the AGM delegates. They passed bylaw changes related to Voting Delegates, Term Limits, Qualifications of Directors and Tied Votes. Delegates further considered and passed a proposed new bylaw that would permit a board to apply for direct membership in CREA. Finally, amendments to Rule 10, which deals with the operation of board MLS® Systems, were approved. For full details on all the proposals considered at the AGM, please see the AGM Delegate Package.

Check out all the memories and photos from the Leadership Summit and the AGM on CREA's Facebook Page.

When your smart home system is too smart

Accidentally trapped in your house by your smart home system? Not the best way to kick off the purchase of a brand new home, but that's what can happen when you don't use a REALTOR®. This year's installment of CREA's national ad campaign, "House Rules," features new homeowners unable to disarm their smart home system, left trapped inside in their living room as security measures activate. "House Rules" highlights how REALTORS® protect consumers from some of the problems and pitfalls that can arise when going it alone. Otherwise, things might get a little bit "#awkward."

The campaign also features a series of 10- and 6-second digital ads to capture the ever-shorter attention span of modern consumers. The ads can be viewed and embedded from REALTOR Link®  as well as viewed on CREA's YouTube Channel for use by boards, associations and members on their websites for a period of one year ending March 19, 2019. The 2017 commercial "Metalfest" has been removed and links are inactive.

Congratulations to the REALTORS® and staff from across the country who served on the 2017–2018 National Advertising Campaign Committee who helped guide the development of this year's campaign.

Carolyn Swinson honoured with the Canadian REALTORS Care® Award 2018

Carolyn Swinson of Toronto has been honoured with the Canadian REALTORS Care® Award 2018 Proudly Presented by REM, for her outstanding volunteer work with MADD Canada.

Carolyn Swinson, a REALTOR® with Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage—Signature Office, became involved with MADD Canada following the tragic loss of her son, Rob, in an impaired driving-related crash in 1993. Sadly, Swinson's father, Scot, had also been killed by an impaired driver in England 12 years earlier. MADD Canada helped the Swinson family cope with the aftermath of Rob's death. Soon after, Carolyn Swinson began volunteering with MADD Canada to help other victims of impaired driving and has continued to do so ever since.

Carolyn currently serves as Director of Victim Services with the Toronto Chapter of MADD Canada and Regional Director for Ontario East on MADD Canada's national board of directors. She previously served as President and Chair of the national board. A number of legislative changes relevant to the anti-impaired driving movement were successfully achieved during her tenure, thanks in part to her leadership and advocacy work.

Carolyn has shared her personal story countless times with the media, students and groups of impaired driving offenders, all in an effort to prevent further deaths and injuries. She has supported many victims of impaired driving through the grieving process and helped them navigate the criminal justice system. She recently created a support group for victims in her community.

According to Andrew Murie, CEO of MADD Canada, Swinson is "irreplaceable" to their organization. "It's very difficult to go through this type of trauma and turn around and be able to help others," explains Murie. "Carolyn has done that in many capacities with MADD Canada. She works extensively with new victim families—supporting them—and has done that for decades. You hear stories from these families saying 'I don't know what I would have done if Carolyn wasn't there to support me.'"

CREA is pleased to announce we have donated $5,000 to MADD Canada in Carolyn's honour.

More visitors are using REALTORS®

Did you know? In 2017, all visitors, regardless of home-buying stage, increased their likelihood to work with a REALTOR®.

Here's a glimpse into how visitors are finding you on and their journey to your listings:

As you can see, profiles are getting a lot of attention, so make sure you stand out. Your profile includes information you entered into your board or association's MLS® System. Enhance your profile today by including:

Dive into more REALTOR® tips, market trends and consumer statistics in the 2017 Insights Report.

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