Region 1
Candidates for RECO’s Board of Directors

Fourteen candidates came forward from Region 1

 
Voting runs from March 9, 2020 to March 23, 2020.

Registrants in Region 1 will receive an email with a link to vote on March 9th.

Voting will open on March 9, 2020 for the 2020 RECO Board of Directors Election. If email updates from RECO are not being delivered to your primary email address, it’s important to update your profile so that you receive your ballot promptly. You can review and update your contact information by logging into MyWeb and clicking the ‘My Profile’ link.

If you have any questions related to the 2020 Election of Directors, please email election@reco.on.ca.



Candidates
Anyanwu, Samuel C.
Cheema, Paul
Gill, Daljinder
Himelfarb, Rebecca
Khan, Masood
Lapas, Carolyn (Cari)
Mirza, Mansoor Ahmed
Othi, Manpreet
Rose, David Jason
Saini, Navneet Nicky
Sandhu, Deven
Steinfeld, Katie
Suleiman, Mahmoud
Tarasca, Vincenzo (Vince)


The information contained in these candidate profiles is supplied by each candidate.


Samuel C. Anyanwu, Broker
Starion Realty Inc., Brokerage
samuel@starionrealty.com
Years Registered: 7

Samuel Anyanwu
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I decided to stand for election as a Director of RECO because I wan to uphold the regulatory standards of RECO so as to ensure that industry professionals are equipped with the tools and knowledge to better serve their clients in compliance with set rules and regulations.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
The attributes I’ll bring to RECO’s Board of Director includes but is not limited to;
– Accountability Skills
– Analytical Skills
– Technical and Computational Skill Sets
– Financial Understanding and Oversight

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I have volunteered and worked as the President of Humbers Toastmasters and a Not-For-Profit Youth Organization called Visionaries.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
My business and leadership skills /experience include the following:
– General Business Acumen: Organizational Structure; Process Engineering; Organizational Effectiveness; Business
– Profitability and Sustainability
– Understanding and Analysis of Financial Statement: Financial literacy; Budgets and Financial Statements
– Leadership: Visioning; Strategy Development; Strategic Planning
– Public Relations: Government Relations; Media Relations; Stakeholder Relations; Crisis Management
– Information Technology, Systems Analysis and Process Maps

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Paul Cheema, Broker
Streetcity Realty Inc., Brokerage
contact@paulcheema.com
Years Registered: 13

Samual Anyanwu
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
RECO is an excellent organization that caters to the issues faced by consumers of real estate. While consumer complaints can be reduced by educating registrants, I strongly feel the consumer should also be well informed of how real estate transactions are expected to conclude. I aspire to be a team member and contribute with my ideas from the grass-root level for better delivery of RECO’s mandate.

Another reason for me to stand up is to listen to the concerns of the registrants of Region 1, discuss with the fellow directors, and help reach a consensus in finding a solution. I believe this will create a mutually trustful relationship among the consumer, RECO, and the registrants.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
1. The commitment of time and participation the position requires.
2. Proven professional integrity and high respect for the Code of Ethics
3. Commitment to maintaining the highest level of privacy and confidentiality standards
4. Strong oral and written communication skills
5. Unbiased and highly objective mindset
6. Present my viewpoint with confidence
7. An active team player who goes along with the mandate

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
1. I am an active Vice-President Public Relations of a local Toastmasters Group, where I organize executive committee meetings and help spread the word about this organization by creating campaigns and maintaining the brand’s logos and marketing standards
2. I was a member of RE/MAX Integra’s focus group when they were working on a lead generation platform and related software development.
3. I successfully carried out my duties on various executive committees, such as procurement, tenders, education during my job as a Senior Scientific Officer in the State Forensic Science Laboratory. I also taught the police officers from the lowest to the highest rank on crime scene investigation and clue material delivery.
4. I am actively working towards supporting Alzheimer’s Society Peel Region from this year.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
1. I have demonstrated leadership skills in my past jobs. As accounts payable in the Lockerbie and Hole, a construction company, where I was responsible for disbursing about $2-3 M each month, I helped save tremendous amounts of money by suggesting innovative ideas and contributing to the management of staff expenses.
2. As a successful business person, I can assist with my organizational abilities for better profitability and sustainability.
3. With over 15 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping, I am a proven asset for any financial task.
4. I am highly proficient in public relations. This is demonstrated in my being elected a vice president of Public Relations within the shortest period of one year into the Toastmasters group unanimously. I can create a healthy trust level with anyone, share my ideas, and learn from theirs.
5. I am resourceful and highly proficient in the ever-changing Information Technology.

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Daljinder Gill, Broker
Royal LePage Flower City, Brokerage
dgill@royallepage.ca
Years Registered: 28

Daljinder Gill
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I believe that it is an evolving Industry and new Improvements/changes are being to address the expectations the Public expects from the Governing body of the Realtors. I am capable of working with fellow professionals towards these new goals. I am a Team player and want to contribute to new and improved Real Estate Council of Ontario.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?

I have more than 25 years of expertise as a Real Estate Salesperson, as a Broker and as a Broker of Record. I have served and still serve on several TREB Committees and Real Estate Institute of Canada for the better understand of the needs to improve Real Estate interactions and responsibilities as Realtors.

Having said that having run a Brokerage for more than 15 years, I understand the needs of the Public when working with Realtors. The protection of their personal as well as transactional data become vital. Steps to safeguard

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Board Member of REIC – Toronto Chapter – 2014 to now
Board Member of REIC – TO Chapter Education Committee – from 2019 on
REIC National Body FRI Task Force Committee – 2029 to now
TREB Member of Professional Standards Committee – from 2018 to now
TREB Member of Commercial Committee – from 2018 to now

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I believe I may best serve in any of the following:
– General Business Acumen: organizational effectiveness; business profitability and sustainability
– Legal: contracts; corporate legislation; bylaws; consumer protection law; insurance
– Leadership: visioning; strategy development; strategic planning
– Information Technology

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Rebecca Himelfarb, Broker
Forest Hill Real Estate Inc., Brokerage
rebecca@foresthill.com
Years Registered: 5

Rebecca Himelfarb
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
In my roles as Realtor, recruiter and broker for Forest Hill Real Estate, I have had the unique opportunity of both growing our business and getting first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Real Estate Council of Ontario.

Throughout the years, and in various professional capacities, it has become clear to me that RECO’s role in regulating the trade of real estate in our province is critical to maintaining professional standards in our industry. I have a deep respect for the professional organization that guides, maintains and guarantees a level of excellence and integrity from those who work in real estate in Ontario. As a Director of RECO, I will be able to support the initiatives that resonate with Ontario Realtors.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
My approach to office management and employee relations is built on the principles of positivity, authenticity and trust. Professional ethics has been critical to our success and performance as a brokerage.

I am passionate about maintaining excellence in our industry. I know first-hand that RECO’s consumer protection mandate, on behalf of the Ontario government, maintains public confidence in our profession. I would be honored to lend my experience, skills and passion to the area of consumer protection, which I believe only strengthens and enhances our industry as a whole.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I am an avid volunteer and I devote my time to various charitable organizations. This includes being a leader and longtime volunteer with Scouts Canada, Out of the Cold, and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. My contribution includes mentoring young children with special needs, serving warm meals at shelters and donating 26 inches of my own hair to create wigs for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

The wide scope of my volunteer work reflects my innate passion to give back as well as my strong commitment to my community. I hope to bring the combination of my enthusiasm, experience and dedication to the RECO Board of Directors. I would love nothing more than to be part of the team that works diligently to protect both our consumer and professional standards.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
As the third generation in a real estate focused family, I became immersed in the world of real estate at a very young age. By the age of fifteen, I had already fallen in love with this incredible profession. Throughout my teens I was working administration, dealing one-on-one with a diverse group of Realtors and involved with the daily operation of a brokerage.

Fast forward to today, I bring over thirteen years of real estate experience to the operation and partnerships in nine of Forest Hill Real Estate’s branch offices.

In addition to my responsibilities as an active partner, I also act as Corporate Recruiter and Branch Office Consultant for Forest Hill Real Estate’s forty-five branch offices. I have also been involved with opening numerous Forest Hill Real Estate’s branch offices and have recruited over 200 Realtors.

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Masood Khan, Broker
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc. Brokerage
mkhan@theeasternnews.com
Years Registered: 39

Masood Khan
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I have served RECO’s discipline and appeals committee under REBBA 2002 for 8 years. I have served RECO’s committee under by-law 10 for 8 years. I have served TREB’s professional standards hearing committee as its vice-chair and chair of the DADY for many years. I have served MREB as its director of political affairs. I have served many committees of TREB, MREB and OREA for number of years. I wish to offer my 40 years of volunteer services to the benefit of our registrants.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
Since 1976, I have volunteered for the city of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton in various committees and task forces to support consumer protection related work.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I sat on RECO, TREB, MREB, city of Mississauga, city of Toronto, Queen’s Park, St. John Ambulance, Ethnic Media Association, Trillium Hospital, Canadian Helping Arms, canada Day Committee of South Asians, Talent Search International in various capacities including but not limited to its chair, director, secretary and similar positions which provided me a rich 40 plus years experience for governance.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
RECO is a not-for-profit organization and as such profitability and sustainability is not applicable to this organization.

I have owned and operated various businesses including real estate, travel agencies, trading company, an immigration company, periodicals and newspapers.

Being an active politician (ran twice for the mayor of Mississauga, City Councillor and MPP) gave me an edge over other registrants to liason better with our provincial politicians.

In my capacity as chair of an ethnic journalist association and editor/publisher of the eastern news, I have an easy access to the Queen’s Park, our civic, provincial and in fact federal leaders all the time, most of them know me very well and this will definitely help negotiate benefit packages for our registrants.

I have a legal background (studied law in two law schools) and such, could provide some valuable input should the need arise in legal matters.

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Carolyn (Cari) Lapas, Broker
RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd., Brokerage
cari@cariandpaul.com
Years Registered: 11

Carolyn Lapas
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I have always been committed to leadership and contribution from the time I was a young adult. Volunteering, chairing clubs and committees, fundraising, creating, ultimately participating in making a difference for others brings me purpose and fulfillment. I have been volunteering for the TREB Arbitration Roster for nine years. And have been a Vice Chair for two years. I have also been a Mediator for 7 years. I feel compelled to work in the interest of the consumer. I feel that is where we can make a real difference for our industry and profession. I feel very passionate about.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
– Two decades of leadership experience and team building
– Self made serial entrepreneur – built multimillion dollar company and expanded across Canada and U.S.
– Strong communication skills. H.B.A. from UofT in Communications and Professional Writing. Public speaking experience in media, on camera.
– Integrity, high ethical standards – personally and professionally. Broker of Record experience.
– Strong work ethic, commitment and successful completion of all endeavours. Completed additional BoR courses to understand REBBA.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
TREB Vice Chair of Arbitration (2018)
TREB Arbitration Panel Member (2012)
TREB Mediator (2014)
Broker of Record Core Consultants (2018)
Founder / President of Style and Profyle, UofT’s largest social club. Raised thousands of dollars, Producing Charity Fashion Shows (2003-2007)
President / Board of Director – (Condon Domus in Yorkville)
Co-Chair Parent council – Balmy Beach Community School

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
– Partnered, grew and expanded a Matchmaking Business start up to a multi-million corporation across Canada and U.S.
– Business Financial Literacy required in the start up. In my position as Broker of Record at Commercial Brokerages and as President of Condo Board as well as Chair of a Public School’s parent council committee.
– High End Matchmaking Business required staffing. Managed and hired at team of 17 staff.
– Legal Interest and exposure through Arbitration, Mediation and the Steering Committee at TREB. Highly literate in understanding contracts and implementing guidelines.
– Frequently asked to speak at the News to discuss real estate policy, changes and opinion. Comfortable on cameral and publicly speaking.

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Mansoor Ahmed Mirza, Broker
Century 21 People’s Choice Realty Inc., Brokerage
mansoormirza21@gmail.com
Years Registered: 15

Mansoor Ahmed Mirza
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I am involved in many community services through by volunteering my time. I know the importance of giving back to community. Realtor are my first hand community I interact most on daily basis. I understand their issues and needs. I can be their voice to help RECO accomplishing RECO mandate more effactively.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I bring first hand experince in field on day to day basis. I am full time realtor meet my other fellows on daily basis and can help RECO understand the needs of its members better.
I am currently member of TREB Professional development Committee members. I was member of same committe in 2017-2018 as well. I am member of Brampton Board Of Trade. I am member of TREB for about 15 years now without any break.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I am currently member of TREB Professional development Committee members. I was member of same committe in 2017-2018 as well. I am member of Brampton Board Of Trade. I am member of TREB for about 15 years now without any break.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I have over ten years of experience of running multibrand internatioanl restaurant chain. I ws training manager for this multi brand chain at Ontario level. Later I owned my own fast food francise. I am part of local community based mediation and arbritation for family dispute resolution program as mediator and arbitrator. I am member of TREB Professional Development Committee, Member of Brampton Borad Of Trade. I help on volunteering my time for helping high school students in maths. I also help and mentoring many of my office new comers in Real Estate business.
I have back ground of monitoring operations of over 200 restanurants by performaing operation audits on them,and done my job by organizational effactiveness. I have very successfully demonstrated financial audits, develop many leaders. Took part in local municipal elections in 2018 and hve very good relations with local political leadership. Well aware of and familir with new information technologies in use these days.

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Manpreet Othi, Broker
Freeway Realty Inc., Brokerage
manpreetothi@gmail.com
Years Registered: 12

Manpreet Othi
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I have decided to stand for election for director as i think it will give me a platform to advocate for stronger consumer protection rules, higher professional standards and better enforcement of the rules governing real estate practices which is much needed in present scenario of real estate industry.
as a real estate broker i deal with issues and oppurtunities in real estate industry on daily basis.and as a director i believe i can use these oppurtunities to create a industry where we have a protected and informed consumer and a knowledgeble and confident real estate saleperson on other side.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
In this fast changing world adaptability, integrity and discipline is the key world for success, which i will be brining with me on board with RECO to support its consumer protection mandate.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I have never been on board of directors and /or committees of any organisation but being broke of record in Freeway realty inc. since 2015 gives me great insight into real estate industry.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
important to transform it’s mission to realty.i am in real estate field since past 12 years with past 5 years as broker of record in freeway realty inc.i all these years i gained good leadership ,understanding of consumer relationships and diffrent legal intricacies pertaining to real estate industry.

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David Jason Rose, Broker
Go Forward Commercial and Residential Realty, Brokerage
Davidroselawyer@icloud.com
Years Registered: 21

David Jason Rose
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I have dedicated my entire career to real estate transactions and real estate litigation and want the integrity of real estate as a profession to be maintained.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I have two service business, one law, the other brokerage. I serve consumers. I can look at consumer protection as both a lawyer and a broker.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I have no experience but have been a member in good standing with both the Law Society and as a real estate broker for my entire professional career.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I run my own law practice representing commercial landlords, hotel owners and the general public for transactional work and litigation matters. As a broker, I have great insight into the commercial real estate market. I believe that my legal background will be very helpful to the Board.

I have a deep understanding of contracts and contractual disputes which I believe will be a useful asset. Additionally, I have tremendous research skills as a lawyer and can review case law and legislation as needed to support the Board’s positions as needed.

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Navneet Nicky Saini, Broker
Professional Practice Sales Ltd., Brokerage
nicky.saini@live.com
Years Registered: 17

Navneet Nicky Saini
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
I became licensed in 2002 & have experienced REBBA’s induction into the Industry, as well as the many changes it has undergone over the years. The profession has, and will continue to modify its rules & regulations to keep up with such things as the modernization of technology, the ever-changing marketplace, and how we perform our daily activities, interacting with each other, as well as providing competent and ethical services to consumers. With these changes, I have fundamentally evolved as a Real Estate Sales Professional as well, & I decided to stand for the election because I believe I would be able to provide sound recommendations that would continue to develop the rules and regulations based on real, daily situations, I, like many of you, have experienced.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
In my mind, the comprehension of the Mandate and its application to my daily work activities are the most fundamental attributes that I would contribute in providing support or recommendations as a member of the Board of Directors. I understand that the consumer protection mandate serves two purposes: it regulates our requirements of registration, education, insurance and conduct as competent registrants, while enforcing standards to provide fair and informed services in the interest of protecting consumers.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Though I have not been a member on a Board of Directors, I have had the opportunity to serve as a committee member for numerous organizations over the years. To names a few, I volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity, I was also a main organizer for an event in support of the Evergreen Youth Centre, affiliated with the Yonge Street Mission in Toronto, a Public Relations Executive for an annual cultural dance competition within Ontario Universities’ South Asian community, and a Fitness Leader for activities with a local children’s summer camp. The functions I administered did differ within each committee, and though all not-for-profit organizations, I gained valuable leadership and management experiences that came along with each position respectively.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I have made Real Estate a career for the past seventeen years and with that, I have been able to discover many facets under the Real Estate umbrella. Additionally, my academic background has been ultimately focused on aspects related to Real Estate as well, including urban land development, construction project management and property management.

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Deven Sandhu, Salesperson
Sutton Group-Admiral Realty Inc., Brokerage
devensandhu@gmail.com
Years Registered: 1

Deven Sandhu
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
• I have 15 years experience on healthcare, Literacy, Scientific, public & healthcare foundation boards, leveraging 19+ years managing compliant and Not For Profit Organizations. Expertise in business management and board Leadership for over 20 years. Won 2019 Joyce Cunningham award for the best Board Governance in Ontario, Canada.

• Leverages market potential and competitive landscape in product, service, and concept development. I will like to make a difference by using continuous improvement principles and facilitating reforms in making RECO best Board Governance Organization in our Country. I have ICD.D corporate Governance and MBA in Strategic Management.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
RECO is a consumer protection Agency that regulate real estate and I have over 12 years experience a board member to protect consumers at the Vaughan Public Library Board, where collectively we achieved, 43% increase in library space, 103% increase in library usage, and 52% operating budget increase. I led 20-member board in management of 10 City of Vaughan libraries consisting of 173,400 square feet with over 548,000 items in the VPL Library Collections., including 3 libraries which opened 2015 – 2018 as chair for 4 years and as Vice-Chair as 4 years.

Oversaw $17.4M annual budget, $39.5M budget for 20 approved capital projects, and audits. Oversaw construction of 3 specialized libraries(2015-2018). Currently I am member of the Ontario Science Centre and Vaughan’s Governance Committee.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
• Member, Board of Trustees (Board), Ontario Science Centre | 2019-Present
• Member, City of Vaughan’s Effective Governance and Oversight Task Force | 2019-Present
• Advisor/Mentor , Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) | 2019
• Member, TiE, Global Fostering Entrepreneurship, Ottawa Chapter | 2017-2018
• Chairman/Vice-Chair Member, St. Robert Catholic High School Council | 2013-Present
• Life Member, Royal Canadian Institute, Canada | 2010-Present
• Member, Institute of Corporate Directors, Canada | 2018-Present
• Chairman and Board Director, Vaughan Public Library Board | 2007-2019
• Member, Treasurer York Catholic Parent Involvement Committee | 2016-2018, 2019-20
• Director, Providence Healthcare Foundation, Toronto | 2010-2012

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
• GENERAL BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP- Guiding Strategic Directions and Risks:
Board Functions and Duties, Strategy (From Management to Board Room), Historical Governance, Understanding Directors Duty of Care, Legal Framework-Board Duties, Responsibilities and Liabilities, Regulatory Framework, Overseeing Strategic and Stakeholder Issues, Avoiding Decision Failures in the Board Room, Board Room Negotiations Applied: Ensuring Effective Outcomes,

• FINANCIAL- Monitoring Financial Strategies, Risks and Disclosure:
Strategic Innovation, Discretionary Accounting: Financial Reporting and Directors’ Responsibilities, Risk Oversight, Audit Committees- Monitoring and Disclosures, Difficult Conversations in the Board Room, Directing the CEO,

• HUMAN RESOURCES: Guiding Human Performance and Assessing Enterprise Risk:
CEO Evaluation, Talent Management & Executive Compensation, Role of the Compensation Committee, Incentive Plan Design Considerations, Director’s Liability, Governance Committee in developing Board Effectiveness, Selecting Board Members, Board Evaluations, Director Assessments

• LEGAL/RISK/Public relations, IT- Directing Extreme and Unique events:
Consumer Engagement Issues and Trends, Information Technology and Cybersecurity, Risk, Mergers & Acquisitions, Ethics and Reputational Risks, Corporate Governance, Spanning the Information Chasm.

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Katie Steinfeld, Broker
On The Block Realty Inc., Brokerage
katie@getontheblock.com
Years Registered: 10

Katie Steinfeld
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
The professional standards and education in the real estate industry are one of my top priorities on a daily basis as a Broker of Record, brokerage owner and registrant. I believe that there is a lot of opportunity to increase the level of communication and involvement at the brokerage level as well as with each individual registrant in order to elevate our profession to a higher standard.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
I listen first and put my words into action. I collaborate well with others and I am always considerate of different opinions. I respectfully speak my mind when needed, even if it goes against the general consensus, as positive change needs a voice. I am always open to exploring new opportunities and will work hard to implement ideas that will have a positive impact for everyone. I always make myself available to anyone who would like to contribute to the discussion as everyone within our registrant community deserves to be heard and understood.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
In the past, I have served on TRREB’s Consumer Relations Committee – a position that gave me the opportunity to assist in developing new ways to reach consumers and members to put forth a positive message about our industry. Since last year, I’ve been appointed to serve on RECO’s Discipline and Appeals Committee – a position that has provided me with a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that our profession faces. I also take every opportunity possible to attend focus groups, annual general meetings and other information sessions held by our industry’s boards and organizations so that I am always aware and educated on upcoming initiatives and industry performance. I always ensure that I share my perspective within these meetings when I feel that my opinion can provide value. I take my responsibilities very seriously and work hard to make efforts that have a truly positive impact.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I am a Broker or Record and co-owner of a real estate brokerage in the GTA and have first hand experience handling all sides of a business from financial reporting, to reviewing legal information and evaluating risk. Within this role, I have interviewed with various media sources such as CTV news and the Globe and Mail.

I have actively traded in real estate for 10 years and can confidently speak about the challenges registrants face within the profession. I have a strong understanding of REBBA 2002 along with Bill 145 (Trust in Real Estate Services Act) – an act designed to update and modernize our rules to better protect consumers.

As a graduate from the Schulich School of Business at York University, my business education has given me previous career and volunteer opportunities in the fields of accounting, financial planning, marketing and human resources.

From an Information Technology perspective, I am always staying on top of emerging technologies for our industry and have helped create online tools to facilitate the real estate process.

I have a strong grasp of the industry from many perspectives and will bring my experience from each role to provide a well-rounded approach to the board’s discussions and initiatives.

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Mahmoud Suleiman, Broker
Right at Home Realty, Brokerage
msuleiman.re@gmail.com
Years Registered: 9

Mahmoud Suleiman
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
As a realtor in my 10th year of practice, I have come to appreciate many facets of our profession, none more important than the trust and responsibility that the public places in us to put their interests at the forefront of their real estate transactions. Most of my experiences have been positive with fantastic, professional realtors, but have also dealt with a small number of them who tarnish the profession for everyone. It is important to me that we strive to continuously strengthen the image of the profession while driving the profession forward to support the needs of
the public now, and in the future, which is what I hope to do as a valuable member of RECO’s Board of Directors.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
Through my experiences, outlined in the next section, I have developed a strong understanding of the regulatory environment and made positive contributions to it. I also have a solid foundation of the industry, as well as in finance and governance. I seek to ensure that there is alignment between what the organization is doing and where it wants to go. I am never afraid to ask the important questions to keep the Board and the organization accountable.

With respect to my character, I place high value on integrity and respect, knowing that my actions and words matter. I hold myself to a high standard and hope that inspires the same from others with whom I interact.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
I have a wealth of experience that would be applicable to the role of Director of RECO. I am currently a member of the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR), a regulatory organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and understanding of regulation in order to enhance public protection. As a part of CLEAR, I serve as the Vice Chair of its International Relations Committee and also serve on one of its conference subcommittees.

In a prevoius role, I worked with the Ontario College of Pharmacists for over 5 years, which has the same mandate of public protection and worked closely in supporting its Registration Committee.

Since 2018, I have been serving as a co-chair of a scholarship committee at the University of Toronto, with a mandate for fundraising to create a scholarship for internationally educated professionals and increasing alumni engagement.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
I have completed multiple university degrees, including a Masters in Health Administration and worked in different roles throughout my professional life, within and outside of real estate, all of which have contributed to my leadership skills.

I have high financial literacy which I apply to my work with investor clients. I regularly utilize proformas and financial analyses so that they can make the best decisions. I have also participated regularly in creating annual budgets for different organizations. From a human resources perspective, I place a lot of weight on effective performance management and have engaged in it routinely when working with my team members and supervisors as well as those
whose training I have supervised.

Through my work within regulatory organizations I have been involved in the development of regulations and by-laws and have become accustomed to how to interpret the difficult language that is often used. From a leadership perspective, I have contributed to visioning and strategic planning processes to help organizations identify where they want to go and how they will get there.

I am confident that my broad set of leadership and business skills would allow me to make tremendous contributions to the RECO Board and would appreciate your trust in allowing me to do so.

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Vincenzo (Vince) Tarasca, Salesperson
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage
vtarasca@gmail.com
Years Registered: 10

Vince Tarasca
 
Why did you decide to stand for election as a Director of RECO?
As a real estate professional for the last ten years, I found it quite disappointing that the profession that I believe in and am proud to be in, is consistently regarded by the general public as being one of the most untrustworthy professions. We, as real estate professionals, need to help alter this perception in order for our profession to progress and survive within an atmosphere of great change and increasing options for consumers. Only through awareness, education, and cooperation can we move forward and I would honour the opportunity to serve RECO to work to improve how the consumer views us as a whole. We need to move forward to achieve this goal, to gain the public trust back, and help to implement change, both at a government level and consumer level.

What attributes would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors that would support its consumer protection mandate?
As a Realtor, I always believed in putting the consumer first. The consumer makes us who we are. If there is one thing that I am proud of, is when my clients tell me that they trust me. Maintaining this trust is paramount. Protecting the consumer’s interest is a vital part of being a real estate professional. I always, and continue to, educate clients and customers through the entire process. I listen to their questions, concerns, and always find a way to ensure they understand the buying and selling process through transparency and the use of tools to help them through it. I created many packages for clients and customers with all the information needed to ensure that they are always well informed and confident in what they ultimately decide to proceed with.

Describe your experience(s) on a Board of Directors and/or committees of a public or private organization, trade association or not-for-profit organization.
Although I have never served on any previous Board of Directors, just like change itself, I need to begin somewhere. What I may lack in experience with not serving on any of the above items, I more than make up with passion to work to achieve the goals I set above and to work with others to make it a reality. I know how to listen, how to communicate, how to cooperate and how to work hard to get things done. I am more than confident that I can serve REGO, the public, and my fellow real estate professionals in a fair and conscientious manner.

What business leadership skills/experience would you bring to RECO’s Board of Directors?
At the age of fourteen, I began working in the construction field while attending high school and eventually earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. From getting my hands dirty with manual labour, to eventually taking on a management role, I always worked well with others and was constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency and quality. I played a vital role in managing the daily aspects of over a hundred employees, scheduling their time and ensuring that the needed work was completed in a timely fashion. I negotiated contracts for the company I worked for to ensure that there would always be a steady flow of work. I negotiated material purchases to allow maximum profitability. I was responsible for working with insurance companies to cover operations ranging from construction to property management and investigate areas to reduce risk at all levels. I worked to coordinate all areas of commercial property management from dealing with tenants to help meet their needs, all the way to tax issues involving properties. I was responsible for the hiring and dismissal of employees. I ensured that conflicts which arose were dealt with and resolved fairly, whether they came from employees, builders or contractors. In order to be responsible to maximize profitability, I learned the importance for creating budgets, reading financial statements and understand governing laws and regulations within the industry, whether from government bodies like the Ministry of Labour, or rules and regulations set forth in the Ontario and municipal building codes. Throughout this career, taking on leadership roles has always been my strength.

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