Real Estate Council of BC Elects New Chair and Vice-Chair for 2015-2016

VANCOUVER, Aug. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - The Real Estate Council of British Columbia is pleased to announce that Marylou Leslie of Macdonald Realty Ltd., Surrey, has been elected as Chair for the 2015/2016 term.

"We have a very interesting period ahead of us in BC. With real estate markets in many areas of the province rising rapidly, it is more crucial than ever to maintain a strong regulatory presence and ensure that consumers are protected. I'm honoured to be leading the Council during a very significant time for BC real estate." said Ms. Leslie. "Real estate consumers in BC benefit from one of the strongest regulatory frameworks in North America, and I look forward to working to ensure the Council continues to provide effective public protection."

Ms. Leslie has been a licensed real estate professional for twenty-five years. She has been a member of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board since 1989, and a member of the Real Estate Council of BC since 2011. Joining Ms. Leslie as an Officer of the Council is Susan Lynch, of RE/MAX Centre City Realty, Prince George, the newly elected Vice-Chair of the Council.

New Council Members

The Council also welcomes several new members. Newly elected are members Christopher Brown of Magnum Projects Ltd., Vancouver; Calvin Lindberg of Angell, Hasman & Associates Realty Ltd., West Vancouver; and Dennis Fimrite of Firm Management Corporation, Saanichton.

Colette Squires of Abbotsford has been appointed to the Council by the provincial government, joining Barbara Barry of North Vancouver as a public member.

As a result of amendments to the Real Estate Services Act in March 2015 which authorized the Council to appoint one member representing strata property owners, the Council is pleased to welcome former public member John Nagy of Delta as the first Strata Owner member.

Re-elected Council members for a two-year term are: Garth Cambrey, Cambrey Consulting Ltd., Port Coquitlam; Marylou Leslie, Macdonald Realty Ltd., Surrey; Joseph Pearson, RE/MAX Vernon, Vernon; Susan Lynch, RE/MAX City Centre Realty, Prince George.

Council members with one year remaining in their terms are: David Peerless, Dexter Associates Realty, Vancouver; Ralph Archibald, Polygon Realty Limited, Vancouver; Susan McGougan, RE/MAX of Nanaimo, Nanaimo; Harvey Exner, Macdonald Realty Ltd., Maple RidgeDavid Rishel, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Abbotsford; Subhadra Ghose, RE/MAX of Nanaimo, Nanaimo.

About the Council

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia is a regulatory agency established by the provincial government. Its mandate is to protect the public interest by enforcing the licensing and licensee conduct requirements of the Real Estate Services Act. The Council is responsible for licensing individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental and strata property management. The Council also enforces entry qualifications, investigates complaints against licensees and imposes disciplinary sanctions under the Act.

The Council is comprised of up to seventeen members. Thirteen members are chosen through an election process open to all real estate licensees in the province. The elected members include three representatives and nine brokers representing the provincial counties. One individual is elected as the strata/rental property management member.

Three members are appointed by the provincial government.

In addition the Council, pursuant to section 74.1 of the Real Estate Services Act, may appoint one individual as a Strata Owner Representative.

SOURCE Real Estate Council of BC

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