This winter has been a challenge to navigate – both professionally in this market and physically with the weather since Christmas!  Your Board has been busy with several initiatives over the past few months.

Annual General Meeting (AGM), April 20th

Our AGM and election of officers is coming up soon and once again and we have a position to fill!  If you, or someone you know, would like to participate on the Board, please contact me through our Administrator at


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Join us for the AGM on April 20th and receive a free professional head shot!   This offer is open to Calgary REIC Members in attendance only.


The Board has learned from other Chapters across the country that they rely heavily on sponsorships for their programs and subsidization of their operating costs.  As such, the Calgary Board will be opening up sponsorship opportunities to suppliers and vendors.  If you have a key vendor who would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please direct them to our website at

Promoting Our Designations

Toward the end of January, Gareth Jones, FRI, CRES from the National office was in Calgary.  He was busy meeting with various organizations to promote the National Association of Realtors (NAR) specialty courses, which are now offered through REIC (read further to find out more), and to meet with employers to promote the Certified Leasing Officer (CLO) designation and related courses.  During the last weekend in January REIC National had an information booth at the Banff Western Connection, which was a fantastic REALTOR® conference.  I worked the booth for a day with Gareth and was very impressed with the calibre of education and networking opportunities.
As Program Committee Chair, Neil Fawcett, CPM®, ARM® is organizing career fair participation opportunities for this spring at different high schools, to raise the awareness of real estate as a rewarding career path.

New Administrator

Tanya Chartrand has left her employment with Associations Plus, and we will now be served by Nicole L’Hirondelle, who has worked at CMHC in the past.  Our original Administrator, Erika Holter is still with Associations Plus and will be providing continuity for training and the transition process.  Welcome, Nicole!

NEXT MEETING - We look forward to seeing you at the AGM in April!

Chrystal Skead, CPM®, ARM®
Calgary REIC Chapter President
President's Message
Upcoming Events
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Save the Date 
Speaker Adam Legge, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce

Thursday June 22, 2017 Luncheon
Time:  11:30 am lunch, Presentation 12:15 pm
Location: The Danish Canadian Club- 727 11 Avenue SW
Every year, REIC Members, Chapters and like-minded organizations shape the real estate industry landscape with initiatives that advance the profession and the Institute as a whole. The REIC Pursuit of Excellence Awards program recognizes these outstanding individuals, teams and organizations for their commitment to excellence. 
You contribute to this effort by submitting nominations - highlighting outstanding individuals and organizations in professional real estate. 
The 2017 Pursuit of Excellence Award nominees and recipients will be recognized at the Awards Dinner on June 15, as part of the 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Halifax. 

For more information visit:



Good management translates into value, and well‐managed properties improve the quality of life for people who live, work and shop in them. Professional ethics is critical. Knowledge is powerful, and sharing it is important. The IREM REME Awards support these core values by recognizing and celebrating real estate management excellence through:
  • Highlighting real estate management companies and individual practitioners for innovative, leading-edge, business practices and initiatives.
  • Sharing successful initiatives and fostering further innovation within the real estate management industry, locally and globally.
Be among the best.  Submit for a 2017 REME Award and...

Be Recognized. Gain exposure through media outlets, to other companies, and to the public.

Earn An Exclusive Honor. Show your owners, clients, employees, tenants, and residents that your company's reputation is top-notch and that you care.

Be a Champion of Industry Professionalism. Raise the bar and show the world that innovation and professionalism make a difference.
The finalists will be recognized and the winners announced at the Inaugural Gala and REME Awards during the IREM Global Summit in Chicago on October 13, 2017.

For more information please visit:
Since the fall of last year, the Calgary Chapter of REIC has seen a small slide in renewals and correspondingly our membership/candidate base now stands at 173 members in good standing. However, going into the end of the first quarter of 2017 we do have a lower than normal number of members in arrears. As of February 28, 2017, we had collected more than 80% of the dues owed. In 2016 we lost 14 members and 4 candidates for a variety of reasons and to date this year a further eight members/candidates did not renew. Your Chapter Board is proactive and support National Office in their pursuit of dues collection. As such, we will be contacting all the members/candidates who are in arrears, to ensure that they are aware of the benefits of membership. Recently we did lose a member (Diane Boutilier) and we extend our sympathies to her family and co-workers.

There are currently 26 candidates who are enrolled for 6 different designations, the clear majority (19) being for the CPM or ARM. The CRP designation also has 3 candidates enrolled, with two new graduates in 2016. Nationally the FRI group represent about 30% of total designations and we did have a single candidate become a member last year. In conjunction with Gareth Jones and his marketing efforts from National, we hope to see enrollment grow in this are as we begin delivering the N.A.R. courses in the latter part of 2017.

As a Board we are always on the lookout to add members to our base, while still retaining the existing members/candidates. We will be seeking your input as to how we can improve on these efforts by the end of the second quarter. We continue to seek opportunities to raise the awareness of who REIC is and what the benefits of being a member can be, to all participants and future members of the real estate industry.

NAR Courses Now Offered Through REIC

REIC National has obtained the rights from AREA to offer the NAR specialty courses.  As part of this transition, the instructors who were facilitating for AREA and now working with REIC.  Gareth Jones, FRI, CRES, ABR, CRB, SRS, SRES, PSA, RENE from the National office has been working with the CREB and other Alberta real estate boards to promote these valuable REALTOR® courses.  The range of courses are fully Canadianized and/or border-friendly and are available in classroom and online format.

  • ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative® Course
  • C-RETS - Certified Real Estate Team Specialist (core course)
    • HR Solutions for Teams
    • Position Your Team for Profit
    • Team Leadership for Maximum Performance
  • CRB - Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (program)
    • Business Planning for Maximum Results
    • Position Your Business for Profit
    • Real Estate is Risky Business
    • Sales Leadership That Drives Performance
    • The A.R.T. of Recruiting
    • Understanding and Leveraging Teams
  • CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist Course
  • e-PRO® - Day 1 Certification Course
  • PSA - Pricing Strategy Advisor
  • RENE - Real Estate Negotiation Expert
  • SRES® - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Designation Course
  • SRS - Seller Representative Specialist Course

For further information on enrolment and cost, please visit the website at

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